October 2015

School Events for Oct. 26-30


October 26-30: “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

  • Monday- “We want YOU” to fight against drugs! Wear camo.

  • Tuesday- Make YOUR mark against drugs. Join us in the Courtyard during lunch to chalk the block.

  • Wednesday- “Sock it to Drugs”. Wear crazy socks.

  • Thursday- Jerzy day “Slam Dunk Drugs”. Wear your favorite sports jersey and join us during lunch in the gym for a free-throw shooting contest.

  • Friday- SHS united against drugs, wear RED!


Monday October 26:

  • Boy's Soccer Information meeting 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday October 27:

  • Volleyball @ Wasatch 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday October 28:

  • ASVAB at 2pm

Friday or Saturday: State Football @ home versus (we will know on Tuesday night).


Attention sophomore students:

The HOBY Scholarship is a state leadership seminar where students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.  It is a fantastic opportunity and excellent resume builder.  Students also have the opportunity to earn future scholarship money.  

When to apply:  Now until November 24th

How to register:  Students pick up an application in the counseling office

Where it is: TBA

When it is:  TBA  (typically in May)


Our students have been invited to "You Can Pay For College" night sponsored by UHEAA/StepUpUtah at Provo High School on Tuesday, October 27, from 6-8 pm. The first 30 minutes will be in the Provo High School auditorium where parents and students will learn ways to pay for college and the remainder of the time will be in gym 2 with the admission counselors from the Utah colleges & universities. Attendees can register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/provo-high-you-can-pay-for-college-night-tickets-18192631651.

Red Devil runners finish season strong at state competition

by Sam Smith, Cross Country Head Coach
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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!”

School Events for Oct. 20-23


Tuesday October 20

  • Band Competition at Davis High

Wednesday October 21

  • Cross Country State at Sugar House Park in SLC (all-day)

  • Fall Band Concert 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium

Thursday October 22

  • College Tour 8:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. (professional dress)

  • Last day of term 1

Friday October 23

  • No school

Thursday, October 22nd is College Tour Day! We will have our Utah colleges here to present information. Seniors need to report to their first period class that day. They will then be excused at 8:00 a.m. to go to the auditorium for an opening session. After the opening session, they will be excused to attend presentations from their top THREE colleges. After the last presentation, we will have a closing session in the auditorium with a prize drawing! We will end just in time for lunch. Best dress is encouraged. Contact the counseling office if you have any questions.

October 26-30: Red Ribbon Week  “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

  • Monday- “We want YOU” to fight against drugs! Wear camo.

  • Tuesday- Make YOUR mark against drugs. Join us in the Courtyard during lunch to chalk the block.

  • Wednesday- “Sock it to Drugs”. Wear crazy socks.

  • Thursday- Jerzy day “Slam Dunk Drugs”. Wear your favorite sports jersey and join us during lunch in the gym for a free-throw shooting contest.

  • Friday- SHS united against drugs, wear RED!



Senior Volleyball Players Honored

photos by Blanca Martinez, SHS News Photographer
Hannah Ruf, Carmen Payne, Courtney Mackay, Ana Fischio, Cassidy Bowers. Other seniors not pictured- Amanda Schultz, Tiana Ta'

On Tuesday, October 13, Springville High Lady Red Devils were honored at the last region home game against Payson.  The Lady Red Devils kept their perfect region record by shutting out the Lady Lions, 3-0. 

Amanda Schultz had 13 kills and hit a .63; Courtney Mackay had 28 assists and two aces; Nicole Wheeler had five kills and hit a .44; and Cassidy Wheeler had 14 digs in the win at home.

Seniors Hannah Ruf, Carmen Payne,  Courtney Mackay, Ana Fischio, and  Cassidy Bowers.  Other seniors not pictured- Amanda Schultz, Tiana Ta'ala, and Ashlyn Taylor.

Improv on Wednesdays

by Addie Provost and Andrew Trevenen, SHS News Writers

Each Wednesday after school, Improv is free and fun to either watch or participate. Improv is a great way to feel more comfortable in front of an audience and enjoy watching people having a good comedy laugh.  Improv is hilarious and never fails to get old.

“I just come and watch my friends sometimes, it’s really funny, it kinda feels like a show,” said Amanda Brimhall, a student who comes to watch Improv.

“I love doing Improv; it’s just a great creative outlet,” said Steven Bartholomew who sometimes comes and participates in Improv.

“Why am I involved in Improv?  Because the honest reason is sophomore year a cute girl put a clipboard in front of me saying ‘Sign Up for Improv’ and so I did.  But, then I actually turned out really liking it; and, so it’s something that I have been involved in since sophomore year.  I don’t regret it, not one bit,” said Spencer Smith.

Smith is the Improv Captain in Drama Guild, he said, “I am the representative for the Improv team on the Drama Guild Presidency, and so I’m gonna be the person in charge of every show, setting up competitions, and all the practices which are every Wednesday after school.”

Even if you don’t want to participate, come and watch, it’s a lot of fun.

New Math Teacher Really Adds Up

by Jonathan Young and Emma Hargett, SHS News Writers
Ms. Katelin Gonzales

Ms. Katelin Gonzales is a new Math teacher here at Springville High School and is thrilled to be here.

Her vision of teaching is, “I really want kids to be excited for math and not be intimidated by math. I just want kids to do their best; that's what matters most to me.” 

One of the most rewarding experiences in teaching she says is when students finally understand a concept that they have been struggling with.

This year is not only Gonzales’ first year teaching math at SHS, but also her first year as an educator.  Some hobbies she has outside of teaching are camping, fishing, and sports, such as softball.  She doesn’t coach any sports; but, says that if she did, she would love to coach softball.

School Events for October 12-16

Tuesday, October 13:

  • Rocky Mountain Invitational @ BYU (Lavell Edwards Stadium) at 4:11 p.m.

  • Volleyball @ home vs. Payson at 3:30 p.m.

  • Wrestling parent meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room

  • Soccer State tournament @ East High at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14:

  • PSAT Test, 7:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($20)

  • Football @ home vs. Salem Hills at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, October 15-16:

  • Fall Break

October 22: College Tour 8:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. (professional dress)

October 26-30: Red Ribbon Week

October 28: ASVAB at 2pm

College Tour day is a great opportunity for seniors to meet with three colleges and/or universities they are interested in. All of Utah’s colleges and universities will be at SHS to present to seniors. We recommend students dress professionally (best dress). Seniors will begin in their first period class then will be excused to the auditorium to receive instructions. After meeting with colleges and universities students will return to the auditorium for prizes.

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