November 2016

Senior Selendra Lewis wins poem contest

Selendra Lewis was the winner of the Veteran's Day Assembly Poem Contest. Lewis is the 2016-2017 Springville High English Sterling Scholar.  Her poem entitled, “Different Than You,” follows:

Different Than You

Do you hate me because I’m different than you?
Because my skin,
My clothes,
My talk
Are not exactly the same?

We see things differently
You say white,
I vote it’s red
Who’s to say what’s right?

We do things differently
You walk
I run
Who’s to say what’s better?

We think things differently
You insist it’s left
I believe it’s right
Who’s to decide which way to go?

But all these differences
Between you and me
Are not a cause for fights
And anger

You be you
And I’ll be me
Each in our own way
Together, but different

And I’ll care for you
And you be friends with me
Because we need each other
Together, but different


We’re all on a journey
It’s long
And bumpy
And hot
And we’re tired

But if we work together
We get pink
And we get there
The scenic way

Because peace is better
Than hate
We don’t need any more war

You don’t hate me because I’m different than you
Because my skin
My clothes
My talk
Are not exactly the same

Because you know that we have peace
Because I’m different than you

Sophomore sponsors anti-underage drinking seminar

by Shannon Acor

Springville High Sophomore Reed Gardner held a special Anti-Underage Drinking Seminar for students and community members on November 14 at Springville High School. Gardner planned and executed the event for his Boy Scout Eagle Project in partnership with the school, Springville City, and the Utah County Health Department.

Guest speaker, Mike Cottam, Utah State Office of Education, taught students the dangers of using alcohol before the age of 21. Cottam’s presentation had the students involved and engaged with demonstrations on how our brains receive and transfer messages.  

Gardner received donations and gave out prizes to the captive audience members. The grand prize of a mini-iPad went to an excited Cub Scout in attendance.  Good job Reed and good luck at your Scout Board of Review.

Red Devils shut down Hawks in 4A semifinal game, move on to championship game still undefeated

photos by Erin Call and Lynn Brereton, SHS News Photographers

No one expected Springville to shut down the typically high scoring Alta in the 4A semifinal state football game, ending 42-14, at Rice Eccles Stadium on Friday, November 11.   The Red Devils came to play and win with clean executions, zero turnovers, a disciplined defense, and very few penalties.

Payton Kelepolo had a huge game with 33 carries, 242 yards, and a TD.  Four 1-yard TDs from quarterback Jantsen Thorpe put the Red Devils over the top of the Hawks.   Viliami Kolomalu is credited with 8 tackles and 2 sacks.  Griffan Slavens also had 8 tackles.  Cole Bowers and Jackson Murphy each contributed 7 tackles with Bradley Nicol adding 5 tackles and a sack.

Springville needs just one more win to clench the state title.   The Red Devils will face East again this year, but now in the championship round.  The Red Devils lost to the Leopards in last year's 4A semifinals, 42-14 — the very same score they won by on Friday.  

The 4A championship game will be played at Rice Eccles Stadium on Friday, November 18, at 6:30 pm.

Events for the Week of November 14, 2016

Monday, Nov 14:
Utah College Application Week
(1:30pm) Dangers of Alcohol Presentation

Tuesday, Nov 15:
Utah College Application Week
(6pm) Winterguard in Main Gym and Upstairs Gym

Wednesday, Nov 16:
Utah College Application Week

Thursday, Nov 17:
Utah College Application Week
(4pm) FFA Chapter Speaking Contest/Green-hand Night, sjhs
(5pm) Turkey Bowl Set Up (FFA), g-wing gym
(6pm) Pep Rally for Fall Sports (community welcome), main gym 
(7pm) Musical Performance, auditorium "The Drowsy Chaperone"
(7pm) FFA Turkey Bowl, g-wing gym
(7pm) Football meeting, lunchroom

Friday, Nov 18:
Utah College Application Week
(4:30pm) Weight Management Testing, g-wing dance room
(6:30pm) Football State Finals vs East High @ Rice Eccles

Saturday, Nov 19:
(2pm) Matinee Musical Performance, auditorium "The Drowsy Chaperone"
(7pm) Musical Performance, auditorium "The Drowsy Chaperone"

For more information, please visit the School Calendar


FFA and Student Council sponsor Veteran’s Day Assembly

On Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, Springville High’s FFA Chapter and Student Council members organized and produced an amazing Veteran’s Day celebration.   The morning began with a breakfast provided to local community veteran’s prepared and served by the FFA.

Eagle Scouts began the assembly with a color guard presentation of the flag.  Lieutenant Colonel John Darrington was the keynote speaker with the National Anthem sung by Aspen Lambert and God Bless America sung by McKenna Nixon.  Selendra Lewis and Bryn Sawnders delivered original written poems honoring Veteran’s Day.

Springville High’s Marching Band played a salute to America including “Taps” played by Jonathan Young on the trumpet.

All who attended were inspired by the patriotism and honor demonstrated by these cherished veterans.

Veteran's Week Activities


The week of November 7 - 11 was celebrated by Springville High student body with coordinated activities sponsored by the FFA and Student Council.  Monday included writing notes and letters to Veterans, Wednesday was assembling care packages, and Friday was celebrated with a best dress Veteran's Day assembly.

Springville advances to semis undefeated

photos by Erin Call and Lynn Brereton, SHS News Photographers

The Red Devils jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and continued on to cruise to the victory over Woods Cross in the 4A Quarterfinals finishing with a 43-7 big win. Jantsen Thorpe connected with Brennen Rymer for three scores while teammate Payton Kelepolo had 16 carries for 70 yards adding two rushing touchdowns.  Bennett Hullinger added 46 rushing yards in the win.

Springville now faces Alta in the 4A semifinals at Rice Eccles stadium on Friday, November 11, 2:30pm.