Emily Hawks and Whitney Ercanbrack were selected to the Academic All State Cheer team at last Saturday’s competition. The average GPA of the selected team was a 3.997. Only 14 cheerleaders were chosen and Springville High had two. These girls have taken advanced classes throughout the year; which is not an easy task, especially during basketball season. We are proud of their accomplishments and they reflect positively on the cheer squad.
On January 22 and 23, some of Springville's theatre students enjoyed the Utah Theatre Associations annual conference. Each year the conference is held in a different venue; this year the conference was held at Brigham Young University campus as well as the Utah Valley Convention Center. Students participated in many different workshops that covered many different aspects of theatre.
The workshops varied from Wigs to Stage Fighting and even getting a special look behind stage production of the new musical, The Count of Monte Cristo.
With special guests like Frank Wildhorn, writer of the musicals Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlett Pimpernel, and the Count of Monte Cristo, and other guests Brandi Burkhardt, Tracy Miller Schell, and Darrin Ritchie, students were not disappointed in the performances given at all that weekend.
After students attended workshops, they were invited to attend two of the variety of choices of plays that are currently playing across the county. The first one students attended was on Friday, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. A show that incorporates the audience to vote on the ending of the musical. It was set up by Utah Valley University. The second play was The Little Mermaid, the original Hans Christian Anderson fairytale that had a Shakespearian Twist on it. That showing was put on by none other than The Grassroots Shakespeare Company at Madsen Hall.
We would also like to congratulate Amber Hickman on winning the Theatre Student of the Year representing Springville High. Mr. Christian Cragun, SHS theater teacher, nominated her after viewing her outstanding hard work that she had performed in Tech Theater and in the productions of our school musical.
On Friday, January 30, the Springville Red Devils faced the Timpview T-birds in region play, ending in a home court loss for the Red Devils, 52-30. Timpview’s Britain Covey, Gabe Reid, and Gavin Baxter all had double-digits, while Springville’s Zach Gordon had 11 points including one three-point shot and Hunter Davis added two three-point shots.
All of the students of Springville High School were energized and ready for the week after the pep assembly that went on last Thursday. The students watched in excitement as fellow classmates participated in a series of relays and games. These activities ranged from putting on weird cloths to eating pudding blindfolded. With special performances from the Dance Company and Cheerleaders, the students left with big smiles on their faces.
Rebecca Morrison was chosen for the Mayor’s Recognition Award from the city of Springville. Morrison is the President of the National Honor Society and a senior here at Springville High.
Last November Morrison lead the NHS in a clothing drive that donated to children around the district. During this time Principal Mike Brown noticed her outstanding acts of kindness that he said was fit for this award, in which he nominated her.
Morrison is honored and excited to have received this award.
Morrison said, “Service is fun, more people should go out and do it. SHS students—let’s go out and do service.”
In January, Springville DECA competed in the Utah DECA Southern Region Competition. Springville placed 4th overall; nineteen schools attended. The following students placed in their respective events:
- Mitch Miller took 3rd in Sports Marketing
- Brandon Merkley took 2nd in Business Finance
- Klade Smith took 1st in Quick Served Restaurant Management
- Sierra Marshman and James Johnson took 2nd in Business Law and Ethics
- Beau Barker and Jed Barker took 1st in Business Law and Ethics
On Friday, January 16, the Springville Red Devils traveled to Salem to face the Skyhawks in region play, ending in a loss for the Red Devils, 43-29. Salem Hills built a nine-point lead in the first half and then broke the game open in the third quarter for the big win. Salem Hill’s Porter Gustin led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds.
photos by Mark Spencer
Daniel Salazar, Rebecca Morrison and Mallory Murdoch were all smiles Tuesday, January 20, as they received the Springville Mayor’s Recognition Award. The three Springville students were recognized for their outstanding examples to other students and our community. Danny’s peers nominated him for being a “great guy, always being courteous and knowing everyone’s name in the halls at Springville High.” Danny also plays saxophone in the Jazz Band and is a member of the suicide prevention club, Hope Squad.
Rebecca Morrison is a great example of being committed to service and striving for excellence. She is the President of the National Honor Society and has a 4.0 GPA. SHS Principal Brown writes that Rebecca “makes the world a better place through her actions and the way she lives her life.”
Springville Junior High Student, Mallory Murdoch, is described by Counselor Monica Linton as a “dynamic member of the Hope Squad, she has volunteered to go the extra mile many times, there is no doubt her enthusiasm and unselfish service has a positive effect on everyone around her.” Mayor Wilford Clyde and the Springville City Council would like to offer a big congratulations and thank you to these amazing students and their parents for contributing positively to our community.
Nominate an outstanding Springville Student in K-12th grade today at: http://www.springville.org/mayor-recognition-award/
Sunni Holmberg, 17 year old senior at Springville High, participated in an internship at Intermountain Hospital. She studied and helped in the Radiology Technical department at the Hospital. Holmberg was in charge of the x-rays that they took of patients.
“. . . saw a lot of variety,” Holmberg said when she was asked what she liked about her internship. “There were lots of patients not specific to a certain disease or symptom, and I saw a lot of the hospital,” said Holmberg.
Holmberg is planning on continuing to study radiology as a career. She plans on attending the University of Utah and hopes to someday specialize in ultrasounds.
At her internship, Holmberg has seen x-rays of premature babies and a young girl who passed away in a car accident. The girl was a donor. About her time at the hospital, Holmberg says, “. . . simple accidents can affect people’s lives; there are things that they could have easily prevented. People’s lives are crazy, it’s just interesting.”
To other people considering this pathway for a career, Holmberg advises, “It’s a good program. You need to be open minded and work well with people. It was crazy; I saw people lifeless. It was a different experience, seeing the separation from body and spirit. I think that people need to mentally prepare themselves because it’s kind of a shocker.”