Intern Helps Man’s Best Friend

By Raymond Jablonsky, SHS Staff Writer
Mosiah Rios

Mosiah Rios is working an internship at All About Pets in Provo.  Rios is very active with the animals.  He helps with animal checkups, exams, and dental aid.  Not all of Rios’s duties are so glamorous though.  He also has the responsibilities of cleaning up after surgeries, cleaning kennels, and cleaning up animal waste.

Rios’ love of animals is what led him to do this internship.  Not only does he love the animal part of this internship, he is fascinated by the medical side as well.  Rios had the amazing opportunity to watch a C-section and assisted in cleaning up the newborn puppies.  His favorite part of that experience was seeing the mother interact with her newborns. 

“It has been beneficial.  I would recommend it because there is a lot of interactions and new experiences,” said Rios.

Rios is very interested in this line of work.  He plans on attending Southern Utah University and major in animal science in order to become a veterinarian.   Rios’ love of animals will help him become a great veterinarian that people will trust. 

If you’re interested in the internship program, please contact Mrs. Robyn Dunn, Worked-based Learning Coordinator, Springville High, (801) 489-2870, or

Drama Guild Play The Foreigner

By Rose Walker and Haylee Tischner, SHS Staff Writers
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This year’s annual play performed by Springville High’s Drama Guild is a hilarious comedy centered around a shy character named Charlie. Because he has an active fear of “talk,” he pretends that he’s unable to speak English. In his first few minutes on stage, he finds himself overhearing confidential matters. Everyone thinks that he can’t understand them; so, of course, the plot thickens. An old lady, an evil reverend, a dumb boy, and the KKK all end up in the mix and what you get is a masterpiece.

“The play was a joy to watch, I laughed from start to finish,” said senior Rosalie Swegle.

Full cast included:  Charlie:  Dallin Penrod,  Froggy:  Dallin Droubay,  Ellard: Lear Burton, Widow Meeks “Betty”:  Rose Walker,  Catherine:  Carly Sorenson,  Reverend David:  Eric Mageno, Owen:  Brandon Reagan.

The play was directed by seniors  Brennon Schow and Audrey Ruffell.

Springville High students attend DECA Nationals

By Kacie Jordan, DECA Officer
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DECA Nationals

On April 28 - May 2, eight students from Springville High School had the opportunity to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City.  These eight students competed with over 14,000 students from around the world.  Those who participated were Audri Petro, Kaycie Jordan, and Jehni Mcneil in the Learn and Earn Chapter Project; Lesli Mortensen in Restaurant and Food Service Management; Amy Tingey in Principles of Finance; Cody Zamora in Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan; Jack Setzer in Principles of Hospitality; and, Joe Parker in Chapter Management Academy. 

After competing, the students were able to participate in activities around the city such as Lagoon, shopping, playing Uno and Spoons in the elevator, sightseeing in Park City, and just having a great time together.

Springville students do well at state film festival

By: Shayne Bailey and McKenna Nuzman, SHS Staff Writers

The following students received awards in the Utah High School Film Festival:  Spencer Curtis and Riley Smith, 2nd Place Animation; Jason Haymond and Andrew Massimini, Honorable Mention in News Story; McKell Metcalf, Honorable Mention in News Story; McKell Metcalf, Andrew Massimini, and Grant Evans, Honorable Mention in PSA.

“My friends and I spent quite a bit of time working on that video, so I’m glad it paid off in the end,” said Spencer Curtis

“Considering there were 26 schools that came, which all entered a movie; and, for each category you get two honorable mentions and a first, second, and third place, Jason and I did pretty well,” said Andrew Massimini.

“This year was the best I've ever seen as far as quality content at the festival.  Our students went up against some pretty amazing work and did a fantastic job!  Additionally, this year's festival was one of the best teaching experiences I've had as a teacher.  The students who attended left the festival motivated, excited, and ready to be better.  It's great to work with such dedicated and passionate students.  I'm excited for the future of the video program here at SHS,” said Braden Boss, SHS Video Production Teacher.

“I was really happy with how we did. A lot of the other entries in the news category were made just for the fest. We just did what we do best,” said Jason Haymond.

Iconic Teacher Retires from Springville High School

By Justin Coplen and Jacob Malone, SHS Staff Writers
Mr. Kelly Clements

After 37 years of teaching and coaching at Springville High school, Mr. Kelly Clements will be retiring from his career of teaching; however, Clements will remain a Driver’s Education instructor here at Springville High. Over the years Clements has taught World History, American History, Government, Modern World Cultures, Current Issues, Utah History, Weight Lifting, Jogging, Financial Literacy, and Drivers Education. He was an assistant coach in basketball, football, and baseball.  He was also head baseball coach.  Clements was also activities director and advised the student council for six years.

Clements has always been a Red Devil.  His class was the first class to graduate from the “new” Springville High school located at its current address; meaning, he was a sophomore when the new school was built and first opened.  The original Springville High school was located by the art gallery, cherry creek, and the old middle School.

Clements attended high school with another Springville High colleague, Mr. Glenn Bird. 

“Glenn Bird was a really close friend of mine.  Glenn was our student body president here at Springville High. I always admired Glenn; he was so much smarter than I was. [Laugh] But, Glenn is the only one in the school who I attended Springville High with.”

Clements reflects on some of his best memories; he said, “I think the best memory is of all the students who are my friends.  I’ve coached a lot of great kids, I’ve been a teacher to a lot of great kids, I’ve cried with them, I’ve laughed with them, and I’ve received more from kids at this school than I ever gave back. I feel like I’m the luckiest man in the world; I feel like I have a lot of friends and those are the greatest memories anyone could ever have, the friends that they develop. The students and staff members are some of my closest friends here at the school.  I don’t know of how good of a teacher I was, I don’t know if I would have been considered a good teacher or a bad teacher, but I do know I was a better teacher because of the kids and the friends that I have here at the school. It’s gonna be hard for me to walk out of here; I’ve been here for a long time.”

To keep busy after retirement, Clements plans on doing a great deal of fishing and hunting as well as catching up on a lot of activities including hunting grizzly and sheep in Alaska and travel to Africa and bow hunt.

“I would like to do what Ernest Hemmingway did; sit in front of a walled tent and listen to lions roar at night,” said Clements.

As a final note Mr. Clements added, “I just want to say that I think Springville High is the best school in the state of Utah. I love it dearly, and I’m a red devil through and through. I just hope I was able to give back a small portion of what I received because I feel I was extremely lucky to have the job I had and be with the people and students here.  I know the students that graduate from here are the best in the state.”

Service Dance

By Tayli Smallcomb and Aaron Brown, SHS Staff Writers
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Service Dance

On Thursday, May 3, the student council sponsored a service dance for Springville High’s special needs students enrolled in either Mrs. Van Orden’s or Mr.  Snell’s class. This was the second year that the student council has sponsored this dance. 

Student Council Adviser, Ms. Meacham, said, “It was a success, and we will plan to do it again next year.”

Lady Red Devils blowout T-Birds, 15-0

Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)
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On Thursday, May 3, Springville matched up at home against Timpview.  The Lady Red Devils repetitively occupied the bases while stopping the T-Birds' chances to do the same.  Ashli Averett and Jennifer Fredrickson both hit doubles, while Miranda Follette only allowed two hits.  Springville’s record is currently 13-9 with three more regular games of the season left.

*photos by Mark Spencer (Springville vs Maple Mountain game)

State Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Festival

By: Haylee Tischner and Rose Walker, SHS Staff Writers

On Saturday, April 28, at Lone Peak High School students participated in the Utah State Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Solos Judged Superior (I) were: Jen Bate: soprano, Alissa Freeman: piano, Taylor Gervais: vocal tenor, Kristi Hatch: violin, Alex Hawker: violin, Jenny Jones: violin, Ben Krutch: vocal baritone, Kristen Tuft: soprano.

All soloists will receive a “Superior Performance Certificate” and a gold medal from the Utah High School Activities Association.

Soloists Judged Superior (I-) were: Matt Niu: vocal baritone, Emily Regan: vocal alto, Raymundo Yazzie:  string bass.

Ensembles Judged Superior (I) were the: Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Strings (Dance Parhelia), String Quintet (J. Jones, K. Hatch, R. Wood, A. Stoddard, R. Yazzie).

All members of these ensembles will receive a “Superior Performance Certificate” from the Utah High School Activities Association.

Ensembles Judged Superior (I-) were: Percussion Ensemble, Philharmonic Strings (Capriol Suite), Concert Strings, Cello Duet (A. Stoddard, C. Wood).

Soloists Judged Excellent were the following people: Brooklyn Bohl: vocal alto, Nathaniel Booth: string bass, Yamina Castro: violin, Emily Daybell: string bass, Aleks Newman: vocal alto, Jacob Stradling: vocal tenor, Cami Sumsion: vocal soprano.

Ensembles Judged Excellent: Brass Quartet, Female Vocal Trio.

Oakridge School Fundraiser

By: McKenzie Prothero, SHS Newspaper Writer
The Piano Guys

On Thursday, April 19, The Piano Guys performed a concert fundraiser for Oakridge school which raised over $4, 731.00 for student supplies and equipment. The Piano Guys were willing to lower their normal fee as a contribution to the school. The two man team can play the piano in different positions, including playing the piano lying on a piano bench upside down.

Oakridge school would like to thank Heather Ash and the parents who helped organize the event. Also, a big thank you to all those who donated their time to attending and participating in the fundraiser.

Oakridge school specializes in helping disabled students with severe handicaps and delays. Oakridge school helps students with physical therapy. Oakridge school is located in Springville High School’s I-wing.

Red Devil Track and Field Programs are Working Hard to Qualify for State

by Debbie Wales, Track (photos by Mark Spencer)
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The SHS track and field athletes have been working very hard to qualify for State Meet Competition this year and expectations are high after a 1st place trophy for the girl’s and a 2nd place finish for the boy’s last season.  This has been a year of new comers and rebuilding especially on the girl’s team.  Individual State Qualifying marks have been accomplished by a number of our athletes.  These requirements for 4A can be found at:

“Top girls who have qualified and will be competing at State thus far are Aimee Wheeler, Mindy Stapel, Malia Nawahine, Lauren Pilcher, Kate Hullinger, Megan Marchbanks, Holly Sumsion, Perla Lagunes, and  freshmen McKayla Montgomery, Genna Murray and Teija Rosenberg.   Some of our athletes who are very close to qualifying are Emma Graves,  Alexis Delange, Hannah Nelson, Shayni Brailsford,  and Natalie McCracken.” Coach Corey Wales said, “All these girls are working so hard and want to get to State to show what we have been doing to get ready for a great competition.”

Coach Jeff Wales said on the boy’s side, “We have Jessi Noll, Jalon Miyasaki, Trevor Church, Dallen Stark, Austin Johnson, Justin Ollerton, Caleb McCray, Mitch Maye, Kalin Snapp, Grant Evans, Evan Benson, Nathan Brush, Murphy Nadauld, Jake Johnson and  freshman Taylor Cannon.   Still others who are still working hard to reach their qualifying marks are Owen Gardner, Ty Sheilds, Parker Brady, Jantzen Dalley, Tyler Ercanbrack,  Michael Bartholomew, Nathan Israelsen,  Mitchell Rose, and Andrew Clyde.  We are not finished getting ready for our State competition till Region had been scored.  The top three individual finishers are automatically in and we are hopeful we will be able to get our distance runners in if they don’t run the times to qualify.”

The next two track meets will be this week (for state qualifiers only) on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May, at BYU.  Then next week is the Region 8 championships to be held on Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10, over at Mountain View High School track.  All the athletes will be participating to get ready for the final goal State Track Meet with all 4A teams.  This will be held on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at BYU track. 

*Photos by Mark Spencer