Senior English Classes March Into Battle

By: Taylor Ewing and Amanda Lundquist, SHS News Writers

On October 30 and 31, Springville High’s senior English classes participated in a World War l Centenary Commemoration to launch their War literature unit. Five Star Generals Simmons and Rabner led the many students that were “drafted” into Command Post HQ, the library, and given the weapon of choice, a camouflage Army pencil.

After running a lap around the courtyard, our soldiers were given an issued Military Uniform, dog tag, a tin helmet, and a Kit-bag, before being filed back into the library where they sat in their assigned trenches (upside-down tables).

Troops reviewed, assembled, and directed to man/sit in uncomfortable trenches in their issued military uniform, then directed to review a laminated handout while inspecting, swapping, and consuming contents of their Kit-bag. In their Kit-bag, the soldiers were given an assortment of hardtack biscuits, hard sugar candy, Hershey’s chocolate bars, Chiclets, and individual canned, pre-cooked rations.

After settling down, the troops were visited by Sgt. Tritt, whom then displayed different military artifacts, equipment and gear. His humor and intelligence kept the troops entertained and lively as he shared experiences of rookie pranks and initiations.

General Rabner then stole the front with her more than amazing World War l presentation.  She used pictures and experiences of her time in Europe where she got to see most of the awestricken sites. Be it the beautiful cemeteries, where the brave soldiers of the US lie, to the posts along the border of France that still stand there today untouched.

During all of their experiences, the troops of English students kept down their thoughts and feelings on a post it note given to them beforehand. They stuck their memoirs onto the WWl “graffiti wall.”  Lives were lost as the soldiers draft cards were randomly pulled out of a glass bowl. They are remembered on the “Graffiti Wall” that is now featured in the SHS Library.

Senior Ball "Old Hollywood"

photos by Mark Spencer
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Seniors enjoyed an evening of celebration and fun at the annual Senior Ball on Saturday, November 8.

Two Math Students honored at BYU

By Chris Frossard, SHS Math Teacher

Ashley McConnell and William Wallace of Springville High were honored with other state high school students as Distinguished and Exceptional High School Math Students at a banquet held at Brigham Young University on Wednesday, November 12.

William Wallace and Ashley McConnell were selected by their math teacher as students who are strong in math and problem solving.  Ashley McConnell is also Springville High’s 2014-2014 Sterling Scholar in Math.  Both students were honored at Brigham Young University on the evening of November 12 for their strengths in Math.  There were other students in the State of Utah who were also being honored.  We are proud of our students for representing Springville High School well. 

Springville FBLA students compete in Herriman Invitational

by Carey White & Anna Tuttle, FBLA Advisers

On Friday, November 7, the following FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students competed at the Herriman Invitational Competition:  Jared Coles, Marcus Hansen, Garrett Lopshire, Jonathan Howes, Chase Robertson, Moroni Black, and Aaron Bird.

The following students placed in their individual events:

Jonathan Howes, 3rd Place in Computer Problem Solving
Chase Robertson, 3rd Place in Personal Finance

Presentations and role play results:

Jonathan Howes and Aaron Bird, 3rd Place in Banking & Financial Services
Moroni Black, 2nd Place in Future Business Leader
Moroni Black, 1st Place in Impromptu Speaking
Moroni Black, 3rd Place in Job interview

Fall Jazz Band Concert

by Molli McConnell and Taylor Johnson, SHS News Writers (photos by Molli McConnell)

On November 5, Springville High’s Jazz Band performed their Fall concert.  Three different combos performed with three interesting names.  The “Bluesy Noobies”  played St. James Infirmary by Joe Primrose and Mr. PC by John Coltrane.  Then “Jimmy Fallon” played Four by Miles Davis and Quinn Gleave was the vocalist. They also played “In the Mood” by Joe Garland “Chris and the Tofu Brothers” played Sister Sadie by Horace Silver and Feeling Good by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.  We also had a special rendition “What's Out There” by Chase Kimball. 

The Concert was much fun and everyone had a great time.   So, make sure you all come to the Jazz Band Concert in December—it’s gonna be awesome!

photos by Molli McConnell

Veterans Day Assembly

photos by Jonathan Haws and Vanessa Aboyte, SHS News Writers

Springville High student body honored Veteran’s Day with an assembly ranging from listening to veterans’ stories, enjoying music with the marching band, and celebrating veterans through giving.  The assembly was hosted by Springville High FFA.

Many faculty, staff, and students commented, “……this was the best Veteran’s Day Celebration SHS has ever had!”

Pep Assembly keeps spirits high

by Tanner Gervais and Teyler Hone, SHS News Writers
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Red Devils of the Term

With the beginning of playoffs in sight, the student body of Springville needed a boost to keep their confidence alive.  With stunning performances from the SHS drill team and student council, our student body was on their feet and ready to succeed.

The students were treated to a dance composed of teachers from Springville High dressed as retro zombies from the 1980s. 

Principal Brown and our student body President, Preston Adams, received for our school, the coveted Directors’ Cup award.

Our students had their pride rejuvenated with the awarding of “Red Devils of the Term” which reminded all of us how great Springville High really is.

SHS Girls Volleyball setting the ball from home to state

by Francesca Rotolo and Vanessa Williams, SHS News Writers (photos by Mark Spencer)

Our Lady Red Devils ended the series of home games with 22 wins and 6 losses, landing their 23rd win against Wasatch, 3-0. Although the team is saying goodbye to SHS for the season, they’re certainly not saying goodbye to their determination. The girls are moving onto state at Utah Valley University and with them bringing SHS pride and confidence in each other.

Varsity player, Cassidy Bowers said, “We did good [against Wasatch].  I feel like we were shy and didn’t have a lot of energy.”

Amanda Schultz, a team member agrees that the team could’ve used more focus, but all in all, they worked well together; and as they always do, had a blast playing together.

Along with the great memories of being a part of the volleyball family, the girls shared some of their favorite highlights of the season. Shultz said, “Playing with the seniors was definitely a highlight. Seeing everyone work together was really great.”

Bowers said that her favorite part of this season was playing that first game on the court.  She just felt at home.

Savannah Sumsion, a player for both Varsity and JV said that her take on volleyball is different from the other girls’.  Sumsion said, “Playing for both JV and Varsity is definitely a different play. Playing on JV is sort of like a practice for me; and, when I get out on the court with Varsity, it’s the real deal.” Sumsion said that her highlight was having fun with both teams.

All in all, the girls all agreed that they spoke for everyone on the team when they said that they will miss the seniors and their leadership.

It’s apparent that these girls have put love, dedication, and determination into their team members and coaches.

The SHS student body and faculty want to congratulate our Lady Red Devils for making it to state.

photos by Mark Spencer

Red Devils win first round of playoffs

by Omar Garibay, SHS News Writer (photos by Mark Spencer)

Four years have passed since the Red Devils have won a playoff football game.  After seeing what happen last year with the game tied with Olympus High School and winning with a hook and leader play, the Red Devil football team graduated many seniors last year; and, people didn’t think that this year’s senior were up to the task.  But, they came to play and finished third to face the Bonneville Braves in the first round of the 4A playoffs.  Many predicted that Springville would lose by a large margin, but the underdog upset favored Bonneville on the road, 21-17.   

Noah McCray's 50 yard touchdown reception from Zachary Gordon fueled the Springville rally, and Kaden Hilstead's 50 yard punt return for a TD capped a first round victory.  Nels Halton gave Bountiful a brief lead in the third quarter, but the scoreline would not hold in favor of the Braves.   Springville will now face Corner Canyon for the second time this season on Friday, November 7.

photos by Mark Spencer

Showdown between local rivals

photos and article by Eric Dominguez, SHS News (photos by Mark Spencer)

On October 24, our mighty Springville Red Devils traveled to our local rival Maple Mountain Golden Eagles in which they left victorious with the ending score, 28-7 in favor of Springville.  

In the first half of the game, Maple Mountain’s Golden Eagles had the upper hand scoring 7 points.  However, Springville’s Jackson Stepp took it up a notch, stepping up the score by adding three touchdowns.  The Red Devils came back in the second half scoring 28 points to take home the win and clinching the third seed in Region 8.  

This win secures the Red Devils a spot in state play in which they will be traveling to Bountiful on Friday, October 31, to face the Braves.

photos by Mark Spencer