New math teacher, great “addition” to SHS

by Mack Nicol and Mckaylee Hunt, SHS Staff Writers
Mr. Bradley Thornton
Mr. Bradley Thornton

Springville High welcomes one of our new math teachers, Mr. Bradley Thornton. He has been teaching for seven years.  He has experience teaching at two other schools, Sunset Junior High and South Sevier High school.

Mr. Thornton is a dedicated math teacher.

“I envision my students learning how math works and being able to show someone else how to go about solving the problem.” said Mr. Thornton.

One of his most rewarding experiences in teaching is when some of his students from three years prior, had come back to visit and thanked Mr. Thornton for helping them in school. They had given him a picture they had painted for him.

Mr. Thornton is married and has two children. He plays “old man” softball and basketball. He loves video games as well as playing golf.  If it’s a competition, he is all in.

Springville High’s Newest PE Teacher

By Jonathan Haws and Kelcie Collett, SHS Staff Writers
Mr. Jon Bridges

Mr. Jon Bridges is Springville High’s new Health and Fitness for Life teacher. Prior he was a team manager for Brigham Young University’s football team where he would assign, repair, and maintain the equipment and assist the coaches during practice. He wants students to develop skills and attributes that will allow them to be successful and healthy throughout their lives.

“After my first few days, I was feeling a little unsettled, not entirely sure how things were going or if the lessons were having any impact. Toward the end of the second week, a student hung back after class and said, "Thank you for the lesson today...that was a memorable one.”  It was completely unexpected and exactly what I needed to hear at the time. Those simple words provided a much needed confidence boost and helped me put things in the proper perspective,” said Bridges about his most rewarding teaching experience.

Bridges is married to Julie and they have three children; Preston, Hailey, and Lincoln. Outside of school he loves to play golf recreationally and competitively.

Bridges said, “I love the community and the people here in Springville and am grateful for my opportunity to contribute here at SHS. I am proud to be a Red Devil.”

The debate is over, Ms. Amy Anderson is here to make history

By Howard Hutchings and Rylan Hartvigsen, SHS Staff Writers
Ms. Amy Anderson

Ms. Amy Anderson is Springville High’s new debate coach and one of SHS’s new history teachers.  Anderson has been teaching for 17 years.   She has taught at Spanish Fork High as well as Payson Junior High.  Anderson is excited to be a Springville High Red Devil.

“Seeing former students who tell me how much they enjoyed a specific story or event is the best thing about teaching,” said Anderson.

The most unusual job she had was working for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Press Relations.

Springville High faculty and student body welcomes Anderson.

Red Devil Boys Golf Ready for State

By: Kyle Englund, SHS Staff Writers
Springville Golf Team

Springville’s Red Devil Boys Golf team has the best record the school has had in recent seasons. This year’s team is currently sitting in third place in what some consider the toughest region in the state of Utah. With only one region tournament left, the Red Devils are in great position to qualify for the State Tournament.

“I’d like to see the residual effects of being on the golf team years from now,” said Head Coach Brett Miller.

One of the more enthusiastic players of this year’s team is senior Todd Jensen.

“There are none other like me; I’m a diamond in the rough, the sun on a cloudy day,” said Jensen.

This year’s team is led by captains Kyle Englund and Zachary Droubay.   Varsity top scorers this season are Kyle Englund, Mason Murphy, and Brett Whitlock.   Golf team members include:

Springville’s 2013 varsity team consists of Kyle Englund, Mason Murphy, Brett Whitlock, Todd Jensen, Zachary Droubay, and Allan Maughan.   Junior Varsity players include Dane Carlson, Charlie Fry, Dylan Carter, Chandler Collings, Brent Blackwell, and Jaden Warren.

Senior Sunrise

photos by SHS Student Council
Jacob & Owne
Student Council Serves Breakfast
Gregg & Dylan
Jaden & Caesar
Tyler M

Friday, September 6, began early with a Springville High class tradition, Senior Sunrise.

Litchfield, Finding Your Pathway to Success

By: Izabell Hight, Victor Magana, SHS Staff Writters

Mr. Lee Litchfield is Springville High’s new CTE career pathways and internship coordinator.  He has been a guidance counselor for six years, including working at Slate Canyon (a Juvenile Detention Center); and, last year he was at Maple Mountain High school.  Litchfield would like every student at SHS to know what a career pathway is by the time they graduate.

“Whenever I never see a kid again, I feel successful,” said Litchfield, referring to being a counselor at Slate Canyon.

Litchfield is married to Tiffany and they had a baby last June. His hobbies include golf, snowboarding, and video games. When he lived in Arizona, he was a pool boy; he said this was his most unusual job.  One last fact about Litchfield is that he didn’t go to a traditional college; he graduated from the University of Phoenix. 

New Business and Marketing Teacher

By: Izabell Hight, Victor Magana, SHS Staff Writters

Miss Chelsey Beck is a new business and marketing teacher here at Springville High. She graduated from Utah Valley University with an undergraduate degree in Business and Marketing Education. She teaches both Business and Marketing classes as well as Entrepreneurship, Marketing 1, and Computer Technology. She is also the Springville High chapter DECA Adviser, which is a local, state, and national academic marketing club.

“To see DECA students’ faces when they go into competitions and come out feeling like they nailed it; and then, when they place, you can see it in their eyes or they’re jumping up and down.  They know they gave it their best and it paid off,” said Beck about her most rewarding teaching experience.

When she is not in class, she has a lot of hobbies.  A few of her hobbies include playing tennis, riding horses, being with her family, quilting, website programming, jigsaw puzzles, and hiking, just to name a few.

Red Devils Spoil Dons Homecoming

by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)

On Friday, September 13, the Spanish Fork Dons homecoming hosted local Red Devil rival Springville, ending with a Red Devil region road win, 34-21. 

Quarterback Dylan Slavens led the Springville offense in style, throwing for 324 yards and three touchdowns to pull away from Spanish Fork.  Springville’s Jarom Hendicks and Jessi Noll each had a pair of TD’s with Rhett Clark adding one in the victory.

Max Terry said, “We are doing so well because of our hard work and preparation.”

“The players have been working hard for this season since January and all through the summer,” said head coach Willy Child.

“Our team works hard and we love and respect each other,” said Jarom Hendricks.

“Every week is a new challenge. We try to focus on our next challenge and not worry about looking ahead in the season,” head coach Child.

“We need everyone to keep coming to the games to support us,” said Terry.

“We have a talented team that works together well and us as coaches expect our players to work hard,” head coach Child.

photos by Mark Spencer

Lady Red Devils Sweep Skyhawks and Golden Eagles

by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)
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On Tuesday, September 10, the Lady Red Devils traveled to local rival Maple Mountain and shattered the Golden Eagles, 3-0, bringing home yet another varsity volleyball victory.

Emma Israelsen led the Lady Red Devils in the sweep with eight kills, two blocks, and two digs. Stacey Stapel added 23 assists, two kills, two digs, and a block while Mikayla Crystal had 10 digs and five kills.

Again on Thursday, September 12, success was sweet when Springville's Savannah Bowers, Mikayla Crystal and Cassidy Bowers played exceptionally well from the back line to seal the victory against Salem Hills, 3-0. 

The Lady Red Devils are currently undefeated at 5-0.  All Red Devils fans are encouraged to come and support our girls volleyball team when they meet at home the tough Timpview T-Birds on Tuesday, September 17.

*photos by Mark Spencer

Cross Country, In It to Win It

By: Kimberly Graves and McKennah Pierce, SHS Staff Writers

Springville High’s Cross Country team began the season with a pre-region race at Salem Hills High; the Red Devils are off to a great start.  Owen Gardner had the best boys time, 16:01; and, for the girls, Julie Sumsion with a time of 19:24.

On August 31, American Fork High hosted the Grass Relays.  Owen Gardner, yet again, obtained an incredible time of 10:31, scoring in the top 15 for the boys, while Megan Robinson triumphed, finishing with a time of 12:15 and in the top ten girls.

 “The team just wants to improve and keep getting better,” said Megan Robinson.

Peggy Sorenson added, “We’re slowly getting better.”

Springville’s Cross Country team has participated in three meets.  Their next meet will this Saturday at Brigham Young University.