December 2016

Springville FFA Enjoys the Gift of Giving

by Chloe Wimmer

What a wonderful time of the year for Springville FFA and Springville High School.  We were able to participate in the United Way’s Sub-4-Santa program. The FFA along with many other clubs at the school had the privilege of providing Christmas for 50 local children. For those who know about the FFA Sweethearts contest put on in the spring, all money raised from the cake auction is what helps us be able to provide Christmas for others in our community. Thank you to everyone that helped make Sub-4- Santa a success again this year.

Wonderful Music Assembly

photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser

What better way to start Christmas break but with an amazing music assembly for our student body and staff by our Fine Arts department.  

Performances by Wind Symphony, all SHS Choirs, and Jazz Band were entertaining and wonderful.

Greenhand Ceremony

by Kaitlin Thompson

We want to congratulate our first year members for earning their Greenhand Degrees.   At Springville Junior High there was a creed speaking contest in which members competed in saying the creed. The creed is a five paragraph belief statement that FFA members memorize.

All of the first year members were awarded their Greenhand pin for their jackets and also received a certificate in honor of being a Greenhand. Congratulations to all those who received their Greenhand Degree.

Turkey Bowling

by Kaitlin Thompson

 FFA members were invited to come bowl with us at the Springville high school after the Greenhand ceremony. We had a neon bowling theme which looked really awesome and went well with our chapter t-shirts. There were bright neon bowling pins (made from old 2-liter bottles) and lights around the gym. We used cornish game hens as bowling balls which was very interesting but fun.  The winners received free chapter t-shirts.

We had food and drinks for everyone to enjoy.  Everyone had a good time and it was a really fun activity.

Springville FFA Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

by Kaitlin Thompson

 On October 27, 2016, Springville FFA hosted our annual pumpkin carving contest at the high school. This took place in Mrs. Giffing’s classroom. It started at around 6 pm and lasted a few hours. We had delicious donuts from Reams grocery store to snack on while we carved pumpkins. There were different categories of pumpkins to be judged. The categories ranged from scariest to FFA. The prizes for the best pumpkins were some king size candy bars.  

Everyone had a great time and had a lot of fun.  All in all, it was a very fun activity that helped everyone get into the halloween spirit.

Honoring our veterans

by Kaitlin Thompson

Springville High School and the FFA honored our U.S veterans for their service throughout the week of November 7 the 11. FFA and Student Council prepared care packages to send to soldiers currently serving. We invited U.S. veterans to join us for breakfast on the morning of Veteran’s Day and held an assembly afterwards honoring them and their service for our country. It was a very touching display. We want to thank all those who have served and are currently serving.

Events for the Week of December 19, 2016


Monday, Dec 19:
(1:45pm) Detention Service Project, meet @ cafeteria

Tuesday, Dec 20:
(3:30pm) Boys’ Basketball vs Syracuse
(3:30pm) Girls’ Basketball @ Skyview

Wednesday, Dec 21:
(7:30pm) Christmas Choir Concert (pre-show @ 7pm), auditorium

Thursday, Dec 22:
(8am) Christmas Music Assembly

Friday, Dec 23:
Christmas Break

Saturday, Dec 24:
Christmas Break—Christmas Eve

For more information, please visit the School Calendar


Red Devils blaze past Kearns

photos by Lynn Brereton, SHS News Photographer

On Tuesday, December 13, Springville’s Red Devil Varsity boys basketball team hosted Kearns and came out victorious, 68-56.  Going into halftime, the teams were tied, 29-29. 

During the 2nd half, Springville’s entire lineup stepped up for the win including Mason Sumsion with 15 points followed by Andrew Slack with 13.  Four Red Devil each had 9 points each—Ben Schreiner, Bennett Hullinger, Josh Elison, and Seth Mortensen.

2016 Quiz Bowl Winners

by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser

Congratulations to quiz bowl team “c8h11no3” which is “Norepinephrine” (a chemical composition similar to adrenaline, used to treat life-threatening conditions such as shock and low blood pressure).  It’s a good thing this top winning team (Maxwell Riche, Brian Udall, Brady Dolan, and Elizabeth Setzer) didn’t need the actual Norepinephrine since their brains were naturally working overtime to beat their opponents, “The Therapists” -- Jared Buler, Brett Bodily, Simon Laraway, and Morgan Allen.  Final score 140-120.

With only 11 questions remaining, the teams were tied 110-110.  It was an adrenaline-moving final 20 minutes; both teams showed their knowledge prowess as they sparred back and forth until the very end, making it an exciting quiz bowl final round.

A big thanks goes to Mrs. Lanell Rabner for organizing and moderating the event, Mr. Christian Cragun and Mr. Trent Mikesell for their humorous MC commentary, Mr. Mike Johnson for preparing the slides, Ms. Leslie Christensen for keying the questions, senior Chloe Wilson for designing the T-shirts, Mr. Braden Boss for the audio visual presentation; and, of course, our fabulous judges Ms. Marie Condie and Mr. Dan Frewin.