September 2015

2015 Homecoming Royalty

photos by Mark Spencer
Queen - Julia Gonzales
1st Attendant - Lyndsie Jordan
2nd Attendant - Olivia Park
3rd Attendant - Jacqueline Bradford
4th Attendant - Ali Monson

Queen - Julia Gonzales
1st Attendant - Lyndsie Jordan
2nd Attendant - Olivia Park
3rd Attendant - Jacqueline Bradford
4th Attendant - Ali Monson

photos by Mark Spencer

Staying in the Springville Family

by Madison Burns and Gradin Burns, SHS News Writers
Tiffanie Miley

Springville High has a new assistant principal, Ms. Tiffanie Miley. Miley taught English at Springville Jr. High School for 14 years, and she spent the last two years as their assistant principal. This year she joined the Red Devil staff here at Springville High school.

Miley said, “Springville High was my first choice. I am so happy to be at Springville High, in the community that I have come to know and love over the years. I feel very blessed!”

As a teacher, Miley taught English, Journalism, Reading for Enjoyment, and Creative Writing. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students learn and grow.  She says that the thing she misses most about not teaching is not seeing the same groups of students each day and getting to know them.  She also said that she loves seeing former students around Springville High.

When she was in school, Miley worked for a florist delivering flowers and in a bookstore.  It’s no secret that Miley loves to read.

Miley grew up in California and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University, Master’s degree in Teacher Education also from Brigham Young University, and Administrative Certificate from Southern Utah University.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and caring administrator here at Springville High.

Homecoming Light Parade

photos by Kallie Powell, SHS News Photographer

Springville High students, staff, and community members celebrate homecoming in a night "light" parade.

Scoring big in Math with new teacher Janessa Lee

by Addison Provost and Andrew Trevenen, SHS News Writers

Janessa Lee, Springville High's new math teacher, makes Math fun and interesting as she tells students how a cherry pie would beat an apple pie in a fight to the death.   Lee’s height is 6’3” and, as her height suggests, she sets up students to score big as she explains how she played volleyball before becoming a teacher.

Lee is happy to be teaching at Springville, “I just hope that my kids can learn to enjoy math and it’s not a subject they come in fearing; and, I hope they can enjoy it as much as I do,” said Lee.

Springville High is fortunate to have Ms. Janessa Lee and we are excited to welcome her to our Red Devil family.

A picture of our new SHS photographer teacher

by Austen Moon and Tyler Lewis, SHS News Writers

When Mr. Lou Crandall left Springville High School at the end of the 2014-2015 school year to teach photography at Saint George’s Desert Hills High School, administration found a replacement in a young teacher from Logan, Utah.  Her name is Ms. Beth Hansen and this is her first year teaching at a high school.  Previously, she taught photography at Utah State University, but moved here over the summer after three years of working with college students.  According to Hansen, moving was something she grew accustomed to during her childhood.

“When I was a kid, my dad was in the Air Force, so we moved a lot,” she said.

Hansen graduated from Satellite High School in Florida and then attended BYU-Idaho and Utah State University.  According to Hansen, she became a teacher because she likes helping students learn in a fun way.  Her most rewarding teaching experience has been helping students to find creativity and improve. 
While she is only a month into her first year of teaching at SHS, the school has already left an impression on her.

“It seems like a good school,” said Hansen, “There are a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities and everyone seems pretty friendly.”

Some of her hobbies include soccer, hiking, watching movies, and, of course, photography.  Her students may also be interested to learn that she is allergic to both apples and mangoes.

Spotlight on Mr. Spencer Eaquinto

by Blanca Martinez and Julio Nolasco, SHS News Writers

Mr. Spencer Eaquinto is one of our many new teachers here at Springville High.  Eaquinto teaches US Studies and Honors US History, Eaquinto said. What he wants most for his classroom is to foster an academic setting to prepare students.

“My most rewarding teaching experiences include seeing growth of the students and their learning relationships,” said Eaquinto.

“The most unusual job I had was when I used to fight forest fires for three years,” said Eaquinto.

“Yes, I’m married and I have two kids,” Eaquinto said about his personal life.

He also loves doing anything outdoors like gardening and hiking; just anything that will keep him outside.  Knowing he loves outdoor activities, it’s no surprise he would be a fan of baseball.

“My favorite baseball team is the Oakland A’s, said Eaquinto.  

Welcome Mr. Spencer Eaquinto to Springville High.

A Basic Sketch: Our New Art Teacher at a Glance

by Alex Farrell and Megan McConnell, SHS News Writers
Kimberly Ipson with nephew Jack

SHS is welcoming a new creative mind this year to our Fine Arts Department, Ms. Kimberly Ipson.  This is Ipson’s first year teaching drawing, painting, and design.  Ipson hopes to help students explore the variety of art medium and styles.  

Her primary goal is “to teach students that there is no right or wrong way to be an artist. I want all of my students to leave my class feeling successful,” said Ipson.

Ipson said, “The most rewarding part of teaching has been the students.  I love my students, I love how creative they are, and I love how they have individual voices and styles.  Student relationships has definitely been the highlight.”

Outside of teaching art she enjoys hula-hooping, Harry Potter, tennis, and painting.  She says her most unusual job was changing the clothes on the Macy’s department store manikins.

Ipson graduated from Utah Valley University last April and is lives in Provo.

Ipson has four brothers, three nieces, and two nephews.   

“I love going home to Centerville to be with my family!” said Ipson.

Pictured:   Ipson and her nephew, Jack.  

New Principal’s focus is on student learning

by Christian Jones and Brett Perkins, SHS News Writers
Principal Kelepolo

Dr. Everett Kelepolo is our new principal here at Springville High School.  He has taught and has been a principal for the past 24 years at three different schools.

He has taught economics, accounting, marketing, physical education and weight training.  His years of teaching included assignments at Lehi High and Spanish Fork High.  He was also principal of Springville Jr. High.  For the past eight years, he was in a supervisory position at Nebo District office.  While he was with the district office, he worked in athletics and student services.

Kelepolo commented on what his focus will be as our new school principal.

Kelepolo said, “Our main focus is on student learning.”  

He said that preparing students for college is also an emphasis.

Kelepolo reflected on his observations of Springville High in regard to academics and school spirit.

“We are working on the vision to have the discipline of West Point, the academic rigors of Harvard, and the fun of Disneyland,” said Kelepolo.

Kelepolo said that his most rewarding experience while being a principal and teaching is the interaction he has with the students.

Kelepolo also coached many sports during his 24 years of teaching.  He has coached football, wrestling, and track at both Lehi and Spanish Fork High.