Last week, February 27 – March 2, Springville High student body celebrated Red Devil Spirit Week. Students celebrated by dressing up the entire week and ending on Friday, March 2, with a Spirit Bowl Assembly.
Every year students at Springville High compete in an event unlike any other. Not a competition of strength or speed, but of patience, mind, and preparation—the annual Bridge Building contest. This year senior Katarina Waugh won the competition with her bridge holding 2155 lbs.
The Bridge Building contest has been going on for over 25 years. Students enter bridges they’ve made and see how much weight they can take. This gives students the chance to take what they’ve learned in their science classes and apply that knowledge to a real life situation.
This contest is not any normal contest; it changes every year, challenging it’s contestants with new trials. This means that there is no world record and anyone’s bridge has a chance. Last year Christina Metler won with a total weight of 1866 lbs It seems that SHS is getting better at engineering each year.
On Monday, February 27, Springville High’s varsity boys basketball played East High in the first round of the 4A state playoffs, and, unfortunately lost by ten points, 56-66, with East taking home the win. East started with a quick lead, but Springville came back to tie the score with five minutes left on the clock. In those five minutes, Springville fouled East’s’ lead scorer four times, leading to 8 free throw points. Springville’s Max Schreiner led the Red Devils with 25 point. Nathan Israelsen had 14 points and Bradley Kitchen scored 12. East High will go on to play Olympus in the quarterfinals.
Springville High School announces the hiring of William “Willy” Child as the new Head Football Coach. Mr. Child began his teaching career at Springville Middle School where he taught social studies and physical education. In 2006, Willy was hired as a teacher at Springville High. He currently teaches in the social studies department and oversees an early morning weightlifting class.
Mr. Child has been an assistant football coach for Springville High for the past 20 years. He has experience coaching defensive backs, wide receivers, running backs, quarterbacks, tight-ends, linebackers, and special teams. Coach Child has been the Sophomore Head Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach, as well as the offensive and defensive coordinator at those levels.
Mr. Child is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Springville High School. During his tenure as Head Baseball Coach, his teams have won five Region Championships; and in 2003, Coach Child helped lead the Red Devils to a 4-A State Championship. In 2003, Coach Child was named the 4A Coach of the year for Baseball; and in 2010, he was named the Utah Coach of the Year.
On Saturday, February 25, Springville High’s young basketball roster faced off against Timpanogos in a bout for the state championship. The Lady Red Devils fought admirably ending in a 62-47 win for T-Wolves and a respectable 2nd place state finish for Springville.
The Red Devils were led by Malia Nawahine, who scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Savannah Park added nine points, two steals and two assists in the loss. Springville had only one returning senior from last year; look for the Lady Red Devils to be in the state championship playoffs next year.
Leading up to the championship game, Springville had to take down three top ranking teams Cypress, Sky View and Mountain Crest.
FFA Week is a celebration of agriculture. Without agriculture, we wouldn’t have food, fiber and shelter. FFA (Future Farmers of America) is a National Youth Leadership Origination. Some of FFA week’s activities included recognizing our teachers and members by serving breakfast and lunch, and visiting junior high schools to introduce younger students to FFA in hope that they would like to join FFA in high school. FFA officers coordinate and serve others during FFA week.
“FFA reminds us and the public who we are and what we represent,” said Mrs. Monica Giffing, Springville High FFA Adviser.
This year’s national FFA theme is “I Believe.” The theme celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than half a million nationwide members will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local, state and national levels. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow.
“Through agriculture education and hands-on learning, students prepare for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry,” said Kristy Meyer, FFA media officer.
Giffing said, “I love my job, mainly because I believe in the future of my students and of their potential.”
photos by Raymond Jablonski
Winning most of their games, current 15-6 record, our Springville Red Devil basketball team is feeling confident that they’re going to win the 4A Utah State Basketball Championship. Springville won their last two contests against tough region teams.
On February 21, Springville played strong on the road against Mountain View and took down the Bruins with a 67-43 win. Highlights of the game included Bradley Kitchen and Nathan Israelsen who made big shots that opened up the game.
On February 17, Springville played Timpview at home and won 59-43. Overall, Springville is 3rd in region going into state play which begins on Monday, Febuary 27.
photos by Mark Spencer
Twelve talented young men competed for the title of Mr. Springville, Saturday, February 18. Theme for the event was “Zero to Hero” and the entire evening was filled with dancing, amazing talents, incredible swimwear and dashing formalwear! Contestants also competed in several competitions throughout the week (action figure day, leg day, cake day, and costume day) which added to their final scores on Saturday night.
Alejandro Rojas also known as “pickles” was crowed Mr. Springville 2012. Other attendants were 1st – Ty Shields, 2nd – Jordan Jacobson, 3rd – Mytch Smith and 4th – Michael Bartholomew.
All Mr. Springville contestants showed this night what an incredible student body Springville High is made up of.
Contestants were Andrew Clyde, Michael Bartholomew, Nathaniel Booth, Quinton Swan, Jordan Jacobson, Alejandro Rojas, Jordan Davis, Ty Shields, Taylor Gervais, Alex Sisk, Mytch Smith, and Josh Buhler.
Photos by Jacob Malone and Shane Roberts, SHS Staff Photographers