October 2015

Red Devil runners finish season strong at state competition

by Sam Smith, Cross Country Head Coach

On Wednesday, October 21, Springville High’s boys and girls cross country teams had a great state showing with the boys team finishing 6th and the girls team finishing 11th.   Freshman Grant Gardner led the way for the boys finishing in 7th place, and Julie Sumsion led the way for the girls finishing in 4th place.

“Overall, we’ve had a great season. The team members have worked hard and it paid off. A majority of the athletes obtained PR's (personal records) of more than 1 minute over the season, with a couple reaching PR's of more than 3 minutes. That's not normal!  We've been through kind of a dry spell the past five plus years in which both teams haven't gone to state, so it's nice to have both teams qualify and get the experience,” said Head Coach Sam Smith.

What’s even more exciting is that all of the Varsity and a majority of our JV athletes are coming back next year, so we can expect to only improve upon what we were able to accomplish this year.  These runners are great and unique.  They work hard together; they cheer for each other. They push each other to overcome not only physical obstacles but whatever else might be going on in their lives.

Smith said, “What I love about cross country is that you not only set goals and work for those goals, but you make lifelong friends, which is what our team has done.  I honestly haven't had a team more united than this in all my years of coaching. Now that we're headed into the off season, it's been nice to reflect and see how far we've come, and then look toward the future and see how far we still can go!”

Red Devils shut out Lions, 48 – 0

photos by Mark Spencer

Springville’s Red Devil varsity football were on fire in the first half of the road trip to Payson, scoring 41 of its 48 total points.  Adam Rodriguez was the key for Red Devils, scoring two rushing touchdowns.

photos by Mark Spencer

Drama: We Have Guild

By: Addie Provost and Andrew Trevenen, SHS News Writers

“What's your favorite thing about drama guild?” “Just like everyone coming and laughing together and enjoying being around each other,” said Brynn Allred, Drama Guild President.

Drama Guild is a Springville High club in which students come together and enjoy themselves and expand their drama skills and be more comfortable with themselves and others. The Drama Guild has activities, parties, and the Drama Guild play. It’s an exciting atmosphere to work in and experience.

The Drama Guild presidency consists of:  Brynn Allred, Mandi Megeno, Sarah Emmett, Sally Wells, Spencer Smith, Becca Hammond, and Weston Murdock. 

“As a presidency we plan the activities so we make plans for the after school stuff and we do the opening Gallas for the musicals and for the Spring play. So we just kinda take everyone's great ideas and turn them into activities,” said Sally Wells.

Wells also said that an apple pie would beat a cherry pie in a fight to the death with street rules. “What do you do in the Drama Guild Presidency?” responded Becca Hammond, “I sit there and say go do cool stuff,” said Hammond.

“Yeah she’s really just there,” said Spencer Smith. “It’s awkwardly true though,” Hammond responded.

“It’s a communistic death trap!  We have our leaders who delegate the beatings to the lower members of the Drama Guild, and we just have to keep quiet,” said Noah A, a member of the Drama Guild.

All kidding aside, Noah said, “My overall experience in Drama Guild has been great; I’ve made a lot of new friends, and I have learned a lot of things that will help me later in life.”

Drama Guild is safe and cheerful atmosphere where students can be themselves and everyone goofs off with each other.

“It’s a place where you can go to just have fun and people are just themselves there,” said Mandi Megeno.

Members come and enjoy the company of everyone as they play fun games and normally get free food.­ If you are interested in drama or theater or just meeting some really wonderful people, you should check out Drama Guild activities or Improv which is every Wednesdays after school and all are invited.

FBLA students attend Herriman Competition

by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
FBLA students attend Herriman Competition
Jonathan Howes, Caleb Houtz
Matt Boel, Jared Coles

On Tuesday, October 6, nine Springville High FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students participated in the Herriman Invitational Competition at Herriman High. 

Erick Vargas won 1st Place in Job Interview and Jared Coles earned a score of over 700 points on the Microsoft Office Specialist exam which was one of the highest scores at the competition.  

All participants included:  Garrett Lopshire (FBLA President), Janessa Lewis, Rafael Gonzalez, Erick Vargas, Jared Coles, Elwin Golding, Caleb Houtz, Jonathan Howes, and Matt Boel.   FBLA Advisers are Miss Tuttle and Mrs. White.

School Events for Oct. 5-Oct. 10


Monday, October 5:

  • Golf @ Soldier Hollow

Tuesday, October 6:

  • FFA @ Snow

  • Golf @ Soldier Hollow

  • Volleyball @ SHHS st 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 8:

  • All State Choir

  • Tennis State @ Liberty Park

  • Volleyball @ Uintah at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 9:

  • Cross Country Region Championship @ home at 4:00 p.m.

  • Football @ PHS at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10:

  • Kiwanis 5K run @ 6:30 a.m.

  • Sadie Hawkins Dance at 8:00 p.m. in the G Wing



The Hope Squad will be handing out Lifesavers before school to remind everyone that you can be a lifesaver! We will also have the Wall of Hope by the cafeteria during lunch.


Assembly with guest speaker Tommy Wells


Thursday is Thoughtful Note Thursday. We're inviting everyone to come see us during lunch by the cafeteria and write a kind note to a friend or teacher. We’ll deliver them if you'd like!


Friday is Friendship Friday. We'll be in the gym during lunch playing a game and giving out donuts to those that come play! We invite you to come join us as well!


Saturday is the dance. “Blast From the Past” we invite everyone to dress up as a favorite decade.


Lady Red Devils knock off local rival Golden Eagles

photos by Blanca Martinez, SHS News Photographer

On Thursday, October 1, Springville High’s Lady Red Devil varsity volleyball team hosted local rival Maple Mountain Golden Eagles ending in a Red Devil victory, 3-1.

Amanda Schultz had 17 kills and 14 digs while Cassidy Bowers added 19 digs as Springville knocked off Maple Mountain in four sets. Courtney Mackay also contributed 36 assists while Carmen Payne had 13 digs for the home team. 

Red Devils score big for homecoming

photos by Christian Jones and Maddie Burns, SHS News Photographers

Springville’s varsity football team scored 21 points on Friday, September 25, in both the first quarter and the last quarter to easily beat visiting Uintah, 49-13.  Noah McCray was exceptional for the Red Devils as he rushed for two touchdowns.

Payton Kelepolo had 60 rushing yards, 10 carries, and 1 TD followed by Scott Averett with 39 yards, 5 carries, and 1 TD.