November 2015

New Digital Media Teacher, Mr. Preston Powell

by Jonathan Young, SHS News Writer

Mr. Preston Powell, a new teacher here at Springville High, is excited to teach students how to become efficient in Digital Media.  Mr. Powell teaches Digital Media I and he’s very experienced teacher.  After graduating from Utah Valley University in the Spring of 2010, Powell did some freelancing until he realized that he loved to teach.  He started by teaching at UVU as a Digital Media professor and moved on from there.  Now, he is teaching his 4th year at Nebo’s Advanced Learning Center and also teaching at SHS.

Mr. Powell is excited to see what his students will create in Digital Media.  There are many things to create in the class, such as 2D animations, 3D graphics, audio, and so much more.  His vision for students is to prepare them for college and for careers in Digital Media.  Some advice he would like to give to students is to “Never give up on your dreams.” Powell’s favorite quote is, “Do or do not, there is no try”--Yoda.

If Powell could go anywhere during Christmas, he would choose Basel, Switzerland. He is married to his wife, Jessica, and has a dog named Ruby who is half pointer, half golden lab, and 100 percent angel.  He also has a cat named Lukie who is not an angel.  He loves Star Wars and is excited for the new Star Wars movie to come out.

School Events for November 23-27

Monday November 23rd:

  • ”The Pajama Game” school play (last night to see it!)

Tuesday November 24th:

  • HOBY Scholarship applications due

  • Girl's Basketball home vs. Timpview

  • Boy's Basketball away vs. Westlake

  • Swim meet @Uintah

November 25th - 27th:

  • Thanksgiving Break

Regents’ Scholarship Applications are available now, click here. The priority deadline is December 11th.

Welcome to SHS Mr. Valeti

by Blake Bullock and Gradin Burns, SHS News Writers

This is Mr. David Valeti’s first year teaching at Springville High.  He was assigned to SHS last year as a student-teacher.  He teaches inclusion English, inclusion Biology and also Study Skills. 

“My vision is to help students realize their true potential and assist them in identifying what their likes and skills are and how they can apply that to a job or their education,” said Valeti.

One of his best experiences was when a student really engaged in a term project, and Valeti watched the student really learn from the experience.  The student did their best and received a high score on the term project.

Valeti is Springville High’s varsity football team defensive coordinator.   We know that part of our Red Devil’s amazing season was due to Valeti’s efforts in working with these dedicated players.  

Valeti is married to Alison and they have four children, three boys and one girl.  His children’s names are Kasanova, who is 9 years old, Shari Siviana who is 7 years old, Tuiono who is 8 years old, and Mataiasi who is 1.  The Valetis love camp, fish, and have extended family over for barbeques.

Welcome to SHS Mr. Valeti!   We hope you enjoy teaching all of our students here.

Window on the Workplace

by Brad Northcutt, Work-based Learning Coordinator

On Tuesday, November 10, as part of our Veterans Day/Week of Celebration, Springville High was proud to host Colonel Paul Kucharek of the Air Force ROTC as a Window on the Workplace speaker.  Col. Kucharek discussed careers in the USAF and the benefits that come from military service.  He also talked about the benefits to the community and nation from the trained leaders that come from the Armed Services and how SHS students have the opportunity to become those type of leaders.  It was a great discussion from a true patriot!

SHS welcomes new U.S. Studies and Government teacher

by: Alex Farrell and Zuki Kaufmann, SHS News Writers

This week we received the opportunity to interview and get to know our new U.S. Studies/Government teacher Mrs. Kara Hernandez.  She is very happy to be here at Springville High.  She attended Brigham Young University before she came to teach at SHS.  She wants to help create a positive and fun learning environment for each of her students.  Hernandez hopes that students will leave her classroom with a clear understanding of why History/Government is important and also learn values of how to be successful outside school.

She has been happily married for one year now to her husband Dave.  Some of her interests are music and physical exercise.  One of her past unusual jobs was teaching flute lessons when she was in high school.  Let’s all give Mrs. Hernandez a warm welcome and a great year at SHS.

Academic All State

photo by Andrew Trevenen, SHS News

Congratulations to the following students receiving Academic All State honors:

Volleyball:  Analyse Fischio, Carmen Payne, Amanda Schultz
Soccer:  Alexis Monson, Meagan Morrill, Alyssa Oman
Boys Cross Country:  Austin Galbraith

Red Devils lose to Leopards in semifinal state game, 42-14

by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)

Springville’s undefeated Red Devils made their goal—to play at Rice Eccles stadium supported by bus loads of SHS students, faculty, staff, and fans.  In an exciting race to the 4A state football championship, Springville knew getting past East wouldn’t be easy. 

The Red Devils played with high-risk and high-intensity.  In the first half, Springville opted to go for a touchdown instead of a field goal twice in the red zone and came away with zero points both times, which resulted in a halftime score of 14-0, in favor of East.

In the second half of the game, East scored 28 points. East had about a dozen big plays--four of which ended in touchdowns.

Springville was led by Devyn Tate, who rushed the ball nine times for 89 yards and Payton Kelepolo, who rushed for both of the Red Devils' touchdowns.  Kelepolo, the junior running back, scored the Red Devils’ only other touchdown with 59 seconds left in the game--a 3-yard run.

East’s quarterback Jonnie Lang, danced around and through Springville's defense to rack up 280 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 rushes. He was also 3 of 5 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown.

photos by Mark Spencer