Senior Student Soldiers in the Trenches

by Megan McConnell & Kallie Powell, SHS News Writers (photos by Megan & Kallie)
Student Soldiers
Students at Attention
Staff Sgt. Tritt from USMC
The Simmons Lift

Last week, the second of a series of year-long activities in a War Literature unit, the SHS library put on a trench warfare simulation to make war novels come to life for seniors. Participants were from Mrs. Lisa Simmons’ AP Literature, College 1010, and English 12 classes, along with Mr. Brett Miller’s and Ms. Jill Thackeray’s English 12 classes.

Students marched into our very own SHS library to discover it had become a battle ground with two “trenches” (upside down tables) and “No Man’s Land” in between. The recruits had to fill out facsimiles of WWI draft cards before they could join the ranks. The soldiers were each given a dog tag and their C-rats, (rations including prepared wet rations, hard sugar candy, a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, Chiclets and other necessities.)  Outfitted for the battle with tin hats (representing WWI helmets), they sat in their trenches munching on C-Rats, and listening as Staff Sgt. Tritt from the USMC and librarian, Mrs. Lanell Rabner, explained what combat is really like.

The students learned about conditions in the WWI trenches, what soldiers wore, military conduct, and much more. General Rabner gave a presentation on WWI and displayed authentic U.S. Army issued uniforms and equipment. Rabner also shared her experiences in historic battlefields, museums, and concentration camps, to help students gain a realistic perspective. Simmons even got a “lift” from Sgt. Tritt as he demonstrated how they carried out wounded soldiers during a battle.

Students also learned about the things soldiers carried to war, such as letters, pictures, and books. While in the trenches, they read letters from home, as well as letters soldiers wrote to their loved ones, and examined authentic texts of the era, namely WWII Armed Services Edition books that were just the right size to drop in a pocket.

Perhaps one of the most shocking and memorable parts of the simulation was the reality of death. The students, after finishing their draft cards placed them in a bowl. Periodically during the simulation a bell would toll (a reference to Ernest Hemingway’s, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”), and Mrs. Simmons would select a card and pronounce that solider dead. These students were chosen to represent the soldiers who died in battle. Sgt. Tritt would then escort them to sit in the “Dead Zone” or graveyard, for the rest of the presentation. It’s unnerving to be sitting next to your friend in the trenches, only in the next moment for them to be gone forever.

Through it all, the simulation proved to be a very memorable learning experience for everyone involved. It’s sure to be a lesson the students will never forget.

Veterans Breakfast

by Kelty Cope, FFA Officer

On Tuesday, November 10, Springville High FFA club and Student Government teamed up to host a breakfast for local Veterans in honor and celebration of Veterans Day.

Veterans Celebration

photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
Veterans Honored at Assembly
Military Guest Speaker, Mr. Gabbitas, Navy
Veterans Honored at Assembly
Band Performs at Veterans Day Assembly
Aspen Lamber, Bailey Bird, and Elise Willmore write an perform original Veterans Day song
Band Performs at Veterans Day Assembly

All week, Springville High students, faculty, and staff are celebrating and recognizing our Veterans.  FFA club and Student Government have organized activities for the week starting with a poem contest won by Sarah Emmett.  Tuesday morning the FFA club and student government hosted a Veteran’s breakfast and assembly “Honoring All Who Served.”   SHS Marching Band performed at the assembly, including a moment of silence with a “Taps” solo.   Aspen Lamber, Bailey Bird, and Elise Willmore wrote and performed an original Veterans Day song.

All week students can write thank you notes to Veterans which will be part of a “Flag of Remembrance.”  On Friday students will have the opportunity to assemble care packages for soldiers.

Red Ribbon Week

photos and article by Addie Provost and Andrew Trevenen, SHS News Writers

SHS students pledged to be against drugs during Red Ribbon Week. With each day a different theme, students dressed up or participated in different activities to show that they are against drugs and pledge to say, “No!” to peer pressure and drug use.

Undefeated and Unfazed

by: Madie Burns and Shy Speers, SHS News Writers (photos by Mark Spencer)

On Friday, October 6, Springville High’s varsity football team took on Murray High in the state 4A quarterfinals. The game ended in defeat for Murray when they weren’t able to score a single point, ending in Springville shutting out Murray, 35-0.  Springville advances to the semifinals.  Springville kept their unchanged record and are still undefeated.

After a slow start, the Red Devils exploded for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a commanding lead, and didn't look back en route to the victory over Murray.  Devyn Tate ran for a 70-yard TD, and Brennen Rymer contributed a pick 6 in the win. 

Next week Springville will travel to Rice Eccles stadium to play East High’s football team in the state semifinal matchup.  Springville (11-0) is paired with East (9-2), in the class 4A
 semifinals this Thursday, November 12. The question on everyone’s mind is will they come out on top.

School Events for November 9-14


Tuesday November 10th:

Thursday November 12th:

  • Semi-Final football game at Rice-Eccles stadium at 11 a.m. Details below.  Click here for the consent form.

Saturday November 14th:

  • Senior Ball Dance

We invite all SHS students and parents to attend the State Football playoff game on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased at SHS before school, during lunch, and after school.  Students can purchase a bus ticket for $5 and a game ticket for $5; adult tickets can also be purchased at SHS for $8. Students MUST return the consent form signed by the parent/guardian in order to ride the bus. By signing the consent form you are excusing your student from school.  Also, if your student rides the bus up they must ride the bus home. Busses will leave the school at 9:30 a.m. and will return home around 2:00 p.m.

Springville High will be sponsoring Utah College Application Week, November 16-20.  We will have college Reps here to help students apply to Utah colleges on Nov. 18-20.  We will also have some fun activities to promote college attendance, such as:  Everyday a different college pennant will be hidden somewhere on the school campus.  The student who brings it to the Counseling office will get a prize; clubs will be decorating doors for prizes; lunch time activities in the library for prizes - College Mascot Quiz, College Fight Song Quiz, College Superfan competition.  Please encourage your Seniors to participate and get their college applications completed with us next week.


Red Devils advance to second round of 4A state playoffs

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

Springville’s Red Devils didn’t disappoint in Saturday's 28-20 win over Box Elder in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.  The Red Devils kept their perfect record by relying on their strong defense and resourceful offense.

Four different players, Scott Averett, Adam Rodriguez , Chris Jensen, and Devyn Tate, all scored rushing touchdowns as Springville survived strong to remain perfect on the season and advance to the 4A quarterfinals. 

Come support our varsity football in the quarterfinals 4A state play on Friday, November 6, at 4 pm, when Springville will host Murray at their home field.

*photos by Mark Spencer

Deseret News Article by Brandon Gurney


Fall Band Concert

photos by Jonathan Young, SHS News Photographer

On Wednesday, October 21, Springville High's Marching Band performed their Fall Concert.

School Events for November 2-6

 Monday November 2nd:

  • Parent Awareness Night in the SHS auditorium 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday November 4th:

  • Fall Choir Concert 7:30 p.m. in the SHS auditorium

Thursday November 5th:

  • FFA Fundraiser meeting at 6:30 p.m., room D-5

Friday November 6th:

  • Volleyball Tournament begins (SHS is 1st in Region, ranked 3rd in state)

  • Football game at 4:00 p.m. at SHS


November 10-Veterans Recognition Assembly & Breakfast


Attention sophomore students:

The HOBY Scholarship is a state leadership seminar where students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.  It is a fantastic opportunity and excellent resume builder.  Students also have the opportunity to earn future scholarship money.  

When to apply:  Now until November 24th

How to register:  Students pick up an application in the counseling office

Where it is: TBA

When it is:  TBA  (typically in May) 


Annual FFA Fundraiser meeting Thursday November 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m. SHS Ag. Room D-5

Produce Lunch Box - customers receive  a "lunch box" of  fresh fruit & vegetables two times a month and your student will earns $20 for every customer and every 2 month cycle!


Check it out at and come to our meeting for more information!

FFA Jacket Orders due November 6th, 2015 $65.00 to the finance office! Jacket Scholarships!

Do your students need help with purchasing a jacket - encourage them to participate in our FFA Jacket Essay contest and receive 50% off the price of the jacket! 20 scholarships available.


Essay topic(minimum 200 words maximum 400) - "What would having my own FFA Jacket mean to me?"

We no longer have jacket available for students to borrow it is HIGHLY encouraged that each member have their own jacket to feel a part of our FFA program and participate in our events!