Tara Hall, SHS health and physical education teacher, was selected as UAHPERD Teacher of the Year by the Utah Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (UAPHERD). Tara has helped present health curriculum ideas and lesson plans within her district and also at Utah Association UAPHERD conferences. Tara continues to seek opportunities to get ideas from others for new activities that engage students and change behavior. She has received numerous awards, including the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Major of the Year award upon her graduation at BYU. She believes passion, excitement, and respect for your unique human body, as well as for the lifelong health and well-being of students is what creates success both in the classroom and in changing student behaviors. Although she’s the mother of three young children and expecting another this summer, she’s grateful for the opportunity to teach and influence others’ children and considers herself blessed to go to “work” every day, even though it doesn’t feel like work at all. She truly believes it’s what students DO with what they learn in health and PE that is most important. The real “final test results” of high school health and PE will come ten, twenty, and thirty plus years down the road; that’s why she believes what she teaches NOW are the most important lessons they can receive!
Because of Tara’s involvement in sports and other high school clubs and activities, she developed a passion for the spirited atmosphere and experience of a high. She knew she wanted to continue to be part of that environment and culture and so went into teaching knowing she wanted to work at the secondary level. Through her interactions with high school students, she recognized the greater need for application and not just knowledge acquisition; so her journey for more active classroom engagement began and continued to develop as she found she was changing and updating her curriculum almost every year.
Tara Hall is from West Chester, Ohio. In high school, she was a three sport athlete and was very involved in other high school clubs and activities. She graduated from Brigham Young University and has been teaching in Nebo School District for seven years. She was a health and PE teacher at Payson High for six years and recently moved to Springville High School to teach Physical Education full time. Tara earned her Master’s degree in Educational Administration and School Leadership in 2012.
On May 8 and 9 the Springville boys varsity tennis team played in the region tournament. Sam Clayson and Austin Galbraith (2nd varsity doubles) played Timpview’s 2nd varsity team taking the third seed in the state tournament. Tyson Galbraith (2nd varsity singles) came back with a ten game winning streak to beat Timpview’s Mason Brockbank in getting Galbraith the 3rd seed in the state tournament.
Ben Spencer played against Paul Monson in a best of three, after taking the second set with, “The luckiest shot I’ve ever hit,” Spencer ended up losing the third, putting him in the 2nd seed for the state tournament.
Sam Clayson, Austin Galbraith, Tyson Galbraith, and Mason Brockbank will all represent SHS in the State Boys Tennis tournament May 16 – 17 in Salt Lake City at Liberty Park.
The Red Devils baseball team predicts a great remainder of the season. With an even number of wins and losses, the Red Devils are ready to play their best games of the season.
Travis Mosely, a member of the team, predicts an “undefeated” rest of the season.
Mosely said, “I have loved this game ever since I was a kid. It’s my special place.”
Mosely loves to hit and is a great member of the team.
When asked what his personal best game was, Mosely said, “Spanish Fork was my best game. I got a double and a walk.”
The hardest part of playing on a team, Mosely said, “is dealing with failure.”
One of the team captains, Willy Child, foresees a strong season finish.
Child said, “I love hanging with people I am friends with and competing with them. My best game was against Salem, I went 3 for 4.”
Child loves the game and is proud to be a team captain.
photos by Mark Spencer
As winter comes to an end at Springville High, Spring sports are starting up again. The Track and Field team has had a successful year so far, winning numerous events at regionals. The team will head to the BYU Invite on May 2nd and 3rd. Region championships will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 7-8.
Track Team Members: Preston Adams, Josue Aguirre, Ty Averett, Tyler Bartholomew, Helaman Burrows, Juan Canedo, Taylor Cannon, Shay Church, Hayden Diede, Keaton Draper, Dallan Endicott, Devin Freeman, Owen Gardner, Nik Grosland, Jonny Hanks, Zach Hansen, Johathan Houtz, Dylan Howell, Christian Jensen, Austin Johnson, Jake Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Tyler Johnson , Nathan Karren, Eric Lee, Braedon Leslie, Josh Lewis, Jared Lopez, Sean McQueen, Mitchel Murdock, Jessi Noll, Nick Noorda, Justin Ollerton, Alex Palmer, Dylan Slavens, Alberto Valdez, Tyler Werner, Daniel Yanamaka, Payton Acor, Michelle Ashcraft, Allison Bailey, Mesa Bake, Allison Barrett, Claire Bunnell, Bianca Caraveo, Samantha Child, Emilee Christensen, Alexis Dalenge, Eme Earl, Witney Ercanbarack, Morgan Fulkerson, Elis Goodrich, Sydney Heister, Kate Hullinger, Abby Magum, Kourtney Martin, Olivia Monney, Mckayla Montgomery, Delanie Mortensen, Jena Murdock, Genna Murray, Abby Nielson, Audrey Penrod, Nicole Robbins, Megan Robinson, Teija Rosenberg, Michaela Schmidt, Naomi Snyder, and Andrea Villalobos.
On Tuesday, April 22, in the library during lunch, students had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Sam Sherrow talk about his career at Slate Canyon Youth Center in Provo. He spoke about how he got to where he is now with his job.
He started working at Slate Canyon after serving a LDS mission with a low level job. Eventually, he decided he wanted a college education, so he went to the University of Utah and received a Bachelor in Family Sciences. He became a counselor and later became the Director of Slate Canyon. As a counselor and director of Slate Canyon, he works with many of the students. He spoke about classes and activities that are held for the students in an effort to help them out.
Sophomore Jessica Brooks won an iPad at the Ken Graff Assembly on Friday, April 4. Brooks states that she did not expect that and had given up on it happening, “For the first five minutes after I couldn’t even think straight, I was that shocked.”
Though the iPad itself is only being used in social media uses and other fun stuff, the win has impacted her in a positive manner by helping her set some goals and work hard towards them. She won her lucky key card for improvement in her math class; and, although she didn’t win the car, she still has big plans for her future.
Brooks’ favorite quote is, “Work hard for what you want and for your dreams,” a truly inspirational quote from Brooks demonstrating that she is planning on using her time wisely here in Springville High.
During the assembly, four Springville High students received scholarships including Chase Daybell who received the Bill J. Pope Scholarship, Carlos Diaz who received the Utah Valley University Scholarship, Ashely Vazquez who received the Salt Lake Community College Scholarship, and Isaac Honeycut who received the Mountainland Applied Technology College Scholarship. Congratulations to all the winners!
On Thursday, April 24, Karen Huntsman awarded to Springville High veteran teacher, Mrs. Priscilla Leek, the highest teaching award bestowed in the state of Utah, the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. The award’s mission is to recognize, inspire and reward the best teachers, school administrators, and volunteers in Utah for continually seeking ways to improve the quality of education in our public school system.
The Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education highlights the achievements of some of Utah’s best educators and expresses gratitude for their devotion to Utah’s children.
“I feel so honored to receive this award and I appreciate Karen and Jon Huntsman's support of education and teachers in particular. But most importantly I wish to thank my colleagues and my students because without them my teaching wouldn't have meant as much. This is the coolest experience I have ever had,” said Leek.
In this 22nd year of the Awards program, Leek is one of 11 top educators who was selected for her professionalism, creative approaches to reaching the minds of young people, and her lasting positive influence on Springville High students.
“This is the first time a teacher at Springville High has received this award, it’s the highest honor a teacher in Utah can receive and Mrs. Leek is the best social studies teacher in the state,” said SHS Principal Mike Brown.
The award recognizes that it’s especially important to applaud those who weather the storm and maintain their steadfast commitment to preparing our children for successful futures.
“I’m just really excited for Mrs. Leek and I think she deserves this award more than anyone and I’m really happy for her,” said Taylor Murphy, SHS Senior Student.
Springville High Counselor NataLei Terry said, “Priscilla Leek is very deserving of this prestigious award. She is a great teacher and so admired and respected by her students.”
Leek is honored as one of the dedicated professionals whose work deserves recognition.
Fellow colleague Glenn Bird said, “Priscilla Leek is the consummate professional who is always providing her students with interesting and challenging assignments which require thoughtful and sophisticated answers. She never settles for mediocrity. She is innovative. Her instructional techniques focus on group activities that never cease to elicit enthusiasm from her students. She is tireless in her pursuit of excellence.”
“Mrs. Leek is a fantastic teacher, in my opinion, one of the best in the state! She is well deserving of this award, she has worked really hard, the kids love her, she’s just done an amazing job and there’s nobody more deserving for the Huntsman Award,” said Mr. Mecham, SHS Assistant Principal.
She and the other award recipients will each receive a $10,000 cash award and will be honored at a banquet at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Pictured from left to right: Lynn Mecham (SHS Asst. Principal), Glenn Bird (SHS Teacher), Priscilla Leek (Award Recipient), Ann Anderson (Nebo HR Director), Taylor Murphy (SHS Student), Kristen Betts (Nebo Board Member), Royal Waddoups (retired SHS Teacher), Mike Brown (SHS Principal)