September 2016

Welcome to SHS, Mrs. Reeder

By Yuna Takaoka, SHS News Writer

Mrs. Steffanie Reeder is a new teacher here at Springville High and she’s excited to be here.   Reeder teaches speech and she’s a very experienced teacher.  She has been teaching for 15 years.  Reeder taught at Logan School district before coming to SHS.

“My vision is to see students succeed at their best level,” said Reeder.

Her most rewarding teaching experience is to see students make progress.  She loves running and enjoys the outdoors.  Something interesting about Reeder is that she previously lived in Ethiopia for three years.  She was working with a non-profit organization to start an orphanage high risk center for youth. She also collected and shipped 15,000 books.

Welcome to SHS Mrs. Reeder!  We hope you enjoy teaching our Red Devil students.

New Speech and Language Technician

by Lynn Brereton, SHS News Writer

Kristen Morgan is our new Speech and Language Technician here at Springville High.  Morgan has been working in the district for four years as a behavioral technician and this is her first year teaching speech.  Previously she worked for Oakridge School.  Morgan wants to see students become better individuals. What’s most rewarding to her is seeing a student use a skill they’ve learned to better themselves.

Morgan’s favorite activities to do outside of school have to do with water.  She grew up in Arizona and was in the water a lot.  Morgan really likes playing on wave runners and swimming.

Springville Cross Country take 4th overall in Idaho meet

photos by Heather

Red Devil runners traveled to Idaho on Friday, September 23, to compete in the Bob Firman Invitational.  The last time Springville attended this meet was four years ago; so, some of the seniors on the team were freshman when they last competed in Idaho.

“The really cool thing to watch is how different things are this year compared to then. We have a mentally stronger and physically faster team than Springville has ever had, and it showed at this meet,” said Sam Smith, head coach.

The boys team placed 3rd right behind the top 4A team in Utah, but 4th overall school competing.  The girls took 9th right behind one of the top teams in 4A as well.

Smith said, “I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has in store. All the credit for these successes needs to go to the athletes because they are the ones that are up at 7 in the morning every day in the summer working hard.  Now, they are finally seeing some of the rewards which is cool.”

Red Devil Runners finish 1st and 3rd in Spanish Fork Meet

photos by Heather Penrod

On Friday, September 16, Springville High’s Cross-Country team competed in the UIAAA (Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) meet in Spanish Fork.  This was a great meet for Springville.  The boys placed first and the girls took 3rd with many individuals medaling in their respective races.  

“It was fun to see both the boys and the girls teams come together and run as a pack, because that is how you win meets, when they run together,” said Sam Smith, head coach.

Boys Golf Driving into the Season

by Erin Call and Kelton Hartvigsen, SHS News Writers

The Springville Boys golf team is driving right through this season.  Being fourth in region secures their spot in the state tournament on October 3 and 4 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

This year the team’s main goal was to make it to State.  Now that the team has met that goal, their new objective is to make it to the second day at State. The boys know this will be difficult, but they are up to the challenge.

Boys 2016 Golf Team Members:
Isaac Englund
Jaxon Wilkinson
Cooper Murray
Cole Porter
Tyler Maccabee
Ryan Hollingshaus
Spencer Paulsen
Dylan Carter
Mark Mabry
Tanner Huber
Luke Ehlert
Brandon Gordon
Alec Porter
Jake DeLlamas (freshman)

Lady Red Devil Volleyball host Golden Eagles

photos by Jeff Porcaro,

On Tuesday, September 20, Springville High's Lady Red Devil Varsity Volleyball hosted sister school, Maple Mountain Golden Eagles.  The match up ended in a Lady Golden Eagle victory, 3-1.

Springville High Band receives $10,000 from anonymous donor

by Jordan Goff and Spencer Houck, SHS News Writers

On Thursday, September 22, Springville High band students and band director, Mr. Ben Major, had a huge surprise from Lana Hiskey, Nebo Education Foundation Director—a $10,000 anonymous cash donation to SHS band.

Major said, “All of the money will be spent for band related activities.  Most of the funds will be used to purchase pit equipment.”

"We are all thankful for kind people in our community who care enough to help our band program succeed. Today in band class we were all very surprised to see people from the district come in with a huge check in their hands.  It was completely unexpected, and we were all so excited.  As a student, I know this is really going to be the boost our band needs to complete our goals and support other students in the school through our music at sporting events and assemblies. The students in the band work extremely hard and this is a reinforcement to them that people care about arts and music,” said band member Megan McConnell.

Band student Jonathan Young said, “The donation was a surprise for me.  I saw Ms. Miley, Mr. Beardall and one other lady walk in with this huge check made out to the SHS Marching Band for $10,000, and I gawked at the enormity of the amount.  I don't know how we're going to use the donation yet, but I know this will be extremely helpful in repairing instruments and purchasing replacement instruments.  I’m very glad that we received this generous donation.”

“We are very grateful and excited.  These funds will help out a lot.  Over the past couple of years, the band has seen the most growth ever. Because of this, we were in desperate need for equipment and funding.  This donation helped boost the morale of the band members,” said Major.

pictured from left to right:  Tiffanie Miley (Assistant Principal), Ben Major (Band Director), Lana Hiskey (Nebo District), and Jason Beardall (Dean of Students)