A Long Way from Home

By Josh Ornelas, SHS News Writer

This school year at Springville High, the students and teachers have been lucky to host a number of foreign exchange students.  One of these students is a Junior named Sandra Bruhn.

Bruhn lives in Pinneberg, Theodor-Hevss-Schule, Germany.  She lives with a small family consisting of herself, her parents, and two sisters.  They like to read and play sports together.  Bruhn has really enjoyed taking school in a new country and her favorite subject right now is Fine Arts, specifically focusing on video.

Bruhn says that school is a lot easier here than in Germany.  The grading system in Germany is based heavily on participation and how often students would answer questions in class.  Their school year starts in August and ends in July; so, it’s almost a full year of school.

Bruhn really enjoys running and playing volleyball.  She also has a love for reading, listening to music, and watching movies.  Bruhn has said that one of the strangest things that she has noticed since she arrived here was how early Christmas decorations and Christmas shopping started.  Before school started, Bruhn had the opportunity to visit Zion’s National Park, and she said it was an amazing experience that she will never forget. 

Bruhn wanted to be a foreign exchange student because she thought it would be fun and she wanted to practice her English skills.  She really loves the mountains and landscape of Springville.

“The city has a lot of school spirit and support for their school,” said Bruhn. 

The weirdest food Bruhn has tried was a s'more which she said “tasted awful” and her favorite color is blue.

Red Devils bring home road victory

photos by Mark Spencer

On Friday, January 8, our Springville High Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Payson to face the Lions with a big fourth quarter effort ending in a Red Devil victory, 50-40.


Keepin’ the Pace

by Brett Perkins and Christian Jones, SHS News Writer
Mr. Jamin Pace

Mr. Jamin Pace is Springville High’s newest study skills and math teacher.  This is Pace’s first full-time teaching assignment; he was a student teacher at American Fork Jr. High School. He wants to help each and every student be able to reach their fullest potential. Pace loves to see students understand and improve their skills.

Pace has been married for over six years to his wife, Laura.  The Pace’s have a three year old son named Blain and are expecting a second boy in April.  In his personal time he loves activities with his family such as hunting, fishing, and camping.

Pace’s most unusual job was delivering medical equipment for people on hospice. He was able to meet some very cool people and hear some very interesting stories.

Dance Company Winter Concert

by Kallie Powell, SHS News Writer; photos by Karyssa Sundwall, SHS News Photographer

Springville High’s  Dance Company Winter Concert was amazing.  The performers seemed like professional dancers; their hard work paid off.

"Working with Dance Company is a joy!  I have an extremely talented group of dancers who bring their best to the company.  I'm savoring every minute of my time with them because I will be retiring and dance has always been my "safe place."  We'll be doing more performing this next semester and going to adjudication.  I'm looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring," said Dance Teacher Mrs. Debbie Allred.

Choreography:  Dance II Students, Ariel Stephan , Debbie Allred, Vika Kozakova, Rosie Durfand, Ashlyn Glazier, Ali Hawks, Megan Martin, Mikiya Olsen, Marissa Roper, Brie Bernardi, Megan Billing, Maiya Buckley, Morgan Davis, Kayla Hansen, Madi Barney, Mattie Child, Sam Hall, Eliza Nemelka, Shayne Bennett, Ashlie Elmer, Nikiah Jones, Lela Packard, Tasha Wagstaff, and Sara Pickett

Music:  Daughter, Toby Barrett and Luke Despain, Raisin Murphy, James Vincent McMorrow, Beyonce, Kesha, and Little Mix, and Rodrigo y Gahriela

Dancers:  Kiera Archibald, Haley Haneberg, Gabielle Hawker, Cinthia Perez, Nicole Plowman, Carly Robison, Giavanna Valletti, Heather Woolf, Guadalupe Gonzalez (T.A.), Rosie Durland, Ashlyn Glazier, Alli Hawks, Megan Martin, Mikiya Olsen, Marissa Roper, Brie Bernardi, Megan Billings, Maiya Buckley, Morgan Davis, Kayla Hansen, Madi Barney, Mattie Child, Sam Hall, Eliza Nemelka, Shayne Bennett, Ashlie Elmer, Nikiah Jones, Lela Packard, Tasha Wagstaff, and the SHS Dance Company

Lady Red Devils road victory, 59-41

photos by Mark Spencer
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Savannah Sumsion led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points as the Springville Red Devils picked up the road victory over the Murray Lady Spartans.  Lydia Austin added 9 points with Cheyenne Brown and Olivia Park each adding 8.  Shay Potter had 14 points for the Lady Spartans in the loss.  Game played in Murray on December 22.

photos by Mark Spencer

Lady Red Devils beat Cavemen, 49-37

photos by Mark Spencer
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Savannah Sumsion had 14 points while teammate Olivia Park added 11 points, eight rebounds, two 3-point shots, and two steals to lead the Red Devils to their seventh consecutive win of the season. Lydia Austin added 8 points and 7 rebounds to the win.

American Fork’s Taylor Moeaki had 15 points to lead all scorers in the loss.  Game was played at Springville on December 15.

photos by Mark Spencer

Christmas Music Assembly

photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
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Springville High's orchestra, choir, and band all performed for the annual, traditional Christmas Music Assembly on the last day of school before break, Friday, December 18.

Lady Red Devils burn up the court

photos by Maddie Burns, SHS News Photographer
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Springville opened the game on a 16-4 run and as it steamed past Brighton on Thursday, December 10, finishing a huge home victory 58-42.  Lydia Austin torched the floor for a game-high of 20 points with six 3-pointers and seven boards while Savannah Sumison added 16 points and collected nine boards to power the home team.  Bengal’s Dani Barton's had 14 points in the loss.

DECA club organizes 800 Santa response letters

by Jedidiah Barker, DECA Officer
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This December Springville High’s DECA club organized a “Santa letters” service project.  DECA students visited elementary schools in Springville and decided to be Santa’s Elves. This was a good way to get all the SHS clubs involved; DECA reached out to every elementary school in Springville and the response was astonishing.  The club ended up with over 800 letters to respond to so DECA club members had to act fast.

DECA opened this opportunity for service to all clubs at Springville High.  Everyone who wanted to participate had the chance to discover their fun side with writing to children--telling them things about how nice they have been and that the North Pole was very busy this year.

Once students finished writing the response letters, students decorated the letters and put them in a big present to deliver to the children. Santa’s little helpers went to each school to deliver the great treats. This service project put so many smiles on their faces and was a great present for most of them.  DECA club, with the help of other service clubs at SHS, really enjoyed this service project and hope to continue it throughout the years.