March 2013

Agricultural Education at SHS

By: Chet Kanzee and Amanda Sly, SHS Staff Writers
Taylor Murphy
Austin Weight loves FFA
Mikayla Morgan Taylor Murphy and Derek Boyer
Derek Boyer chasing a chicken
Taylor Murphy and Derek Boyer
Nikki Vance

Mrs. Giffing and Mr. Allsup are Agricultural Education teachers at Springville High. Mr. Allsup teaches Bio Ag; this class is geared for sophomores and teaches you about animal systems and ecosystems as well as genetics. Mrs. Giffing teaches Animal Science (a class where you learn about the different body systems and care for animals.) Mrs. Giffing also teaches Floriculture and Greenhouse Management in which students learn the basic design elements for flower arrangements as well as how to grow and care for plants in the school’s greenhouse.

Being enrolled in an agricultural class at SHS includes eligibility to join the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization. The FFA is an organization that anyone can enjoy. It teaches leadership and responsibility through experience. Some of these experiences include raising your own animal at the school, such as a pig or a lamb, to sell at a stock show (and hopefully make a profit). Students are also given the opportunity to compete in Career Development Events such as Livestock Judging, Meats Identification, Ag Mechanics, Floriculture, and Marketing. These events encompass many of the different areas of agricultural careers and there is always “something for everyone.” Career Development Events give students the chance to learn about different careers, as well as earn cash and scholarships. Students are also given the chance to meet members from across the nation, numbering over 550,000. All SHS students are encouraged to join FFA, even if they aren’t sure it’s for them.

TSA State Competition

By: Scott Wallentine and Nathanael Heggem, SHS Newspaper Staff Writers

On March 20, Springville High’s TSA (Technology Student Association) club traveled to JATC, Jordan Applied Technology Center, to compete in the Utah State TSA Competition.

The Technology Problem Solving test was completed by Mitchell Murray and Eric Harrison. The problem they had to solve was moving two marbles (that were two feet apart) so that they would switch positions, without touching the marbles. They were instructed to use ordinary objects that one might find on an average desk.

The Tech Sketching and Application competition was completed by Davis Agle who won 1st place and Spencer Duncan who took third. Davis says he was given different objects that he was supposed to draw; he won first place because his drawings looked the best.

Eric Harrison, Alexis Fisher, and Jack Setzer took 3rd place in the Technology Bowl which is much like Springville High’s Knowledge Bowl, but has to do with only technology including different kinds of technology, the history of technology, and the physics behind technology.

Spencer Duncan, who was our CAD 2D Architecture contestant (which is floor and building plans), was given a problem with a certain function, and he had to draw everything and measure it all to detail. Duncan took 3rd in this event.

Here are the final placements for our students at the competition:

- Technology Problem Solving, 3rd Place: Mitchell Murray (Senior) and Eric Harrison (Junior)

- Technical Sketching & Application: Davis Agle (Senior) – 1st Place (he has been invited to Nationals) and Spencer Duncan – 3rd Place

- CAD 2D Architecture: Spencer Duncan (Junior) – 3rd Place

- Technology Bowl, 3rd Place: Alexis Fisher (Junior), Eric Harrison (Junior), Jack Setzer (Junior)

Kelsi Simons receives girls golf scholarship

by Carey S. White, SHS Newspaper Adviser
Kelsi Simons (middle), Brett Miller (Head Girls Golf Coach), Principal Mike Brown

Springville High senior Kelsi Simons has accepted a full-ride athletic scholarship to play girls golf for Northern New Mexico College located in Espanola, New Mexico. Simons has played on the Lady Red Devil golf team for the past four years, served as team captain over the past two years, and was the number one SHS girls golf player her senior year. Simons finished this season sixth in region overall.

“She really worked for this scholarship,” said head coach Brett Miller.

Simons plans on studying criminal justice. She also received offers to play girls golf at the collegiate level from Westminister in Salt Lake City and Marshall Missouri. Her parents are Brent and Angie Simons.

Springville High FBLA attend state competition

by Carey S. White, Springville FBLA Adviser
Springville High FBLA
MIS Team (left to right)--Jordon Ockey, Bradley Borget, and Jack Setzer

On Wednesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 7, 11 students from Springville High attended the Utah State FBLA Leadership Conference and competition at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Bradley Borget, Springville High Chapter President, won 6th place in Future Business Leader and 8th place in Electronic Career Portfolio. Springville’s Management Information Systems team won 9th place, team members included Bradley Borget, Jack Setzer, and Jordon Ockey.

FBLA State competition is rewarding for all those students who attend whether or not they get on stage; the learning experience is one to last a lifetime,” said Carey White.

Students attending State Competition from Springville High included: Hayde Blanco, Bradley Borget, Joseph Bowen, J. Hank Eaton, Alexis Fisher, Trevon Galbraith, Nathan Jones, Jordon Ockey, Whitney Richmond, Jack Setzer, and Tanner White. Springville’s adviser is Carey S. White.

Girls Basketball 4A State Champions

By Tayli Smallcomb and Aaron Brown, SHS Staff Writers

On February 23, Springville’s Lady Red Devils took on the Timpview T-Birds in the final game of the 4A Girls State Basketball. Springville won 54-40. The hardest part was “taking it one game at a time and staying mentally focused,” said Savannah Park.

Parks teammate Malia Nawahine said that the hardest part was “playing four games in five days and playing hard till the end.”

The team’s “defense was amazing, that’s what won their games,” said assistant Coach Park.

Coach Warner said, “I was proud of the way the girls never settled and always gave 100%. They had high expectations and worked so hard to keep improving and giving it their all.”

Warner continued to say that the best game the team played was “the Clearfield game, all around, it was a game that jump started them on their run to the title and that effort carried over into the next game. They were poised, executed games plans, adjusted well, and played their best overall game against one of the best teams in the state.”