October 2016

BLT Club has BLT’s for Lunch

photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser

BLT means “Business Leaders of Tomorrow” which is a combination of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and DECA (A Marketing Club).  This year FBLA and DECA have teamed up to form one combined club to give its members more opportunities to participate in competitions and leadership activities. 

On Wednesday, October 12, BLT officers served BLTs for lunch to its members.  BLT is encouraging new members to sign up.  A business tour, competitions, service projects, and activities are scheduled for November and December.  If you’re interested in joining, please see Miss Chelsey Beck, Adviser. 

New English Teacher at SHS

by Yuna Takaoka and Lynn Brereton, SHS News Writers

Laura Bangerter is one of our new teachers at Springville High.  Bangerter teaches 11th and 10th grade English. This is Bangerter’s first year teaching.  One of Bangerter’s teaching goals is to help students prepare for the future by helping them learn how to communicate. Bangerter believes that English class is about more than just reading stories and writing papers.

Bangerter previously worked at Qualtics, a technology company. Bangerter was the head of the professional development department. That means Bangerter had to teach and train employees. Bangerter’s main focus was the sales team and building the training program for new salespeople as well as ongoing training programs for existing employees.

Bangerter is married and will have first child, a baby boy, in December.  She and her husband are very excited.  Bangerter’s most unusual job was stocking vending machines at Brigham Young University.  

Springville Cross Country is heading to State after making history at Regions

By Josh Ornelas, SHS News Writer

On Friday, October 7, the Springville Cross Country team traveled to Spanish Fork to participate in the Region 8 Championships.  The boys owned the varsity race by placing its top 4 individuals in the first 6 places.  Grant Gardner defended his region title by winning the meet with a time of 15:06.1 for 3 miles, followed by teammates Brandon Garnica (2nd), Haden Penrod (3rd), and Caleb Garnica (6th).  This is the first time in school history that the boys team has ever won regions.  

Gardner said, “It was a very exciting race. It was cool to see the boys win in such a dominating fashion.”  

Gardner said his personal goal heading into state is to take the individual title and to give his team that low stick score.  Haden Penrod was stoked with how the boys finished. Penrod has been on the Varsity squad since his freshman year.  So, for the team to win regions his senior year, was an awesome feeling.

The girls finished in second place only 3 points off of Maple Mountain.  Julie Sumsion won the race in a time of 17:54.4.  She was followed by teammates Ella Park (6th) and Mariah Skinner (9th).  Sumsion said that the team did really good.  

“The team has worked so hard all season, and it was very hard to finish 2nd by only three points,” said Sumsion.

Park said the race was fun but hard.  “It was hard to win with the Maple Mountain runners running as a pack, but it was fun and it helped push us,” said Park  

Overall, the boys and girls Varsity and JV teams finished either first or second in all of the races.  After this race, the boys proved they will be a team to watch at State. Springville has had a very successful season beating nationally ranked schools and writing history along the way.  

Head Coach Sam Smith said, “The team exceeded the expectations that they had.  The boys went in as the favorite, but the girls came in as the second ranked team.  Almost everyone beat their personal records which was the overall goal for the team.”  Smith went on to explain, “I know the girls are frustrated with finishing second.  I talked with the Maple Mountain coach and he complimented us saying that we really made his team work for the Region Title.  I know we can beat Maple Mountain, which is one of our goals going into state.   We hope to see the girls place top 3 at state and for the boys to win state.  Grant and Julie have run really well for us all season, but we need everyone else to run their best because they can’t win state on their own.”

If the boys can finish on the podium at state, this will improve their chances at earning an invitation to the National meet in December.  

Gardner commented, “In order for us to win state, we need to race how we’ve been racing all season.  We don’t need to do anything crazy.  We just need everyone to do their job and we can walk out of it with the state trophy.”

Springville hasn't consistently been recognized for their cross coutry teams in the past.  It has managed to produce some great individual runners who were very successful at the collegiate level. But, this is the first time in which the Red Devils have had an extremely talented boys and girls team in the same season.  

Penrod said, “Not a lot of people know who we are right now.  Springville is just another school that hasn’t really been recognized for its cross country team.  Hopefully, after state, we will be able to emerge and receive the recognition we deserve.”  

Marching Band and Color Guard perform at last home game

photos by Erin Call, Madi Burns, and Evelyn Brereton, SHS News Photographers

This year's Red Devil Marching Band and Color Guard is amazing.  Their performance and props at the last home game on Friday, October 7, "wowed" the crowd.

Recently, Springville's Red Devil Marching Band traveled to the Bridgerland Band Invitational and placed 2nd with an Outstanding Visual performance. 

Student body supports the fight for breast cancer

photos by Madi Burns and Lynn Brereton, SHS News Photographers

At the last home football game on Friday, October 7, Springville High Red Devils turned in their blue and red to wear pink to support those in our community who are fighting or who have overcome breast cancer.  Red Devil varsity football players wore pink on their uniform to support their coach, Alan Curtis, and his wife Carol.

Red Devils remain undefeated

photos by Mark Spencer

The Springville Red Devils remain undefeated on the season after a huge 49-6 win over Payson in region play at home on Friday, October 7.  Jantsen Thorpe connected with Brennen Rymer for two touchdowns while Payton Kelepolo and Bradley Nicol added two rushing touchdowns a piece; Cole Bowers also added a touchdown in the win.

Events for the Week of October 10, 2016


Monday, Oct 10:
Columbus Day

Tuesday, Oct 11:
Marching Band @ Davis Cup @ Davis High
Soccer State @ Home Sites
(8am) FFA @ Snow College
(8am-2pm) HOSA Blood Drive
(3:30pm) Volleyball vs Spanish Fork

Wednesday, Oct 12:
(3pm) School Community Council
(3:30pm) JV and Sophomore Football vs Salem Hills 

Thursday, Oct 13:
Soccer State @ Home Sites
(3:30pm) Volleyball @ Maple Mountain
(7pm) Band Concert
(7pm) Football @ Salem Hills

Friday, Oct 14:
Girls’ Basketball Fall Opener Fundraiser

Saturday, Oct 15:
Band @ Rocky Mt Competition @ PG
Girls’ Basketball Fall Opener Fundraiser
(7am) Kiwani’s Key Club 5k

For more information, please visit the School Calendar


Welcome new Orchestra Teacher

by Madison Burns and Brandon Lee, SHS News Writers

Mr. John Taylor is our new Springville High Orchestra teacher.  Taylor has been teaching for the past eight years at Westlake High School, Vista Heights Middle School, and Heritage Academy. Taylor says his teaching vision for Springville High is “to build upon this elite orchestra program and teach young people character and leadership skills that will enable them to contribute to the world the rest of their life.”

Taylor says his most rewarding teaching experience is watching past student’s progress from an intermediate performance level to a professional level and developing a love and passion for music.  Taylor is indeed married and has some children too. His hobbies include watching college football.  The most unusual job he ever had was a cashier at Allen’s Grocery; he could tell you some interesting stories. We are excited to welcome Mr. John Taylor to our teaching staff and into our amazing orchestra program and music department.