At the beginning of the music assembly, Springville's Red Devil Cross Country team presented to the student body and administration the flag they received for finishing 15th at Nationals. Congratulations Boys Cross Country on a historic and amazing season run.
What better way to start Christmas break but with an amazing music assembly for our student body and staff by our Fine Arts department.
Performances by Wind Symphony, all SHS Choirs, and Jazz Band were entertaining and wonderful.
We want to congratulate our first year members for earning their Greenhand Degrees. At Springville Junior High there was a creed speaking contest in which members competed in saying the creed. The creed is a five paragraph belief statement that FFA members memorize.
All of the first year members were awarded their Greenhand pin for their jackets and also received a certificate in honor of being a Greenhand. Congratulations to all those who received their Greenhand Degree.
Springville High School and the FFA honored our U.S veterans for their service throughout the week of November 7 the 11. FFA and Student Council prepared care packages to send to soldiers currently serving. We invited U.S. veterans to join us for breakfast on the morning of Veteran’s Day and held an assembly afterwards honoring them and their service for our country. It was a very touching display. We want to thank all those who have served and are currently serving.
On Tuesday, December 13, Springville’s Red Devil Varsity boys basketball team hosted Kearns and came out victorious, 68-56. Going into halftime, the teams were tied, 29-29.
During the 2nd half, Springville’s entire lineup stepped up for the win including Mason Sumsion with 15 points followed by Andrew Slack with 13. Four Red Devil each had 9 points each—Ben Schreiner, Bennett Hullinger, Josh Elison, and Seth Mortensen.
Congratulations to quiz bowl team “c8h11no3” which is “Norepinephrine” (a chemical composition similar to adrenaline, used to treat life-threatening conditions such as shock and low blood pressure). It’s a good thing this top winning team (Maxwell Riche, Brian Udall, Brady Dolan, and Elizabeth Setzer) didn’t need the actual Norepinephrine since their brains were naturally working overtime to beat their opponents, “The Therapists” -- Jared Buler, Brett Bodily, Simon Laraway, and Morgan Allen. Final score 140-120.
With only 11 questions remaining, the teams were tied 110-110. It was an adrenaline-moving final 20 minutes; both teams showed their knowledge prowess as they sparred back and forth until the very end, making it an exciting quiz bowl final round.
A big thanks goes to Mrs. Lanell Rabner for organizing and moderating the event, Mr. Christian Cragun and Mr. Trent Mikesell for their humorous MC commentary, Mr. Mike Johnson for preparing the slides, Ms. Leslie Christensen for keying the questions, senior Chloe Wilson for designing the T-shirts, Mr. Braden Boss for the audio visual presentation; and, of course, our fabulous judges Ms. Marie Condie and Mr. Dan Frewin.
When you hear “trench warfare” you might think of shells exploding overhead, wet and muddy trenches, and cold meager rations. Several weeks ago, the SHS Library was turned into a simulation of trench warfare so seniors in Mrs. Lisa Simmons’ and Ms. Jill Thackeray’s classes could experience what it was like to be a soldier in the the trenches of WWI.
To begin the activity, students were marched into the library by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Angeli and Private Dunkley before filling out facsimiles of WWI Draft Registration forms. Taken outside to the courtyard where they had to demonstrate their physical fitness, they were then outfitted and issued strapped pie-plate tin covers (representing WWI helmets), their weapons of choice (a sharpened pencil “mightier than a sword” and army post-its), and a pair of authentic stamped dog tags on a chain bearing their names and inscription: Seared in Memory, 1916 Verdun and the Somme, and simulated WWII era C-rations.
Students in the trenches (turned over tables) had the opportunity to sample the cold C-rations that included food items like Chiclets, chocolate, beans, and biscuits, read authentic letters soldiers had written home to their families, and participate in a brief “Over the Top, Boys!” attack during the Battle of the Somme between the British/French and German trenches. Or SHS seniors engaged in throwing rounds of wadded newspaper and attempts to charge across the barbed wire and corpse-ridden no-man’s-land, having heard from Staff Sgt. Angeli and SHS Librarian, General Rabner, what it was like to be in mortal combat. Those who were “hit” were either taken to the “Dead Zone” or to one of the two British or German field hospitals. A sobering event occurred throughout the day when a bell would toll unexpectedly (a reference to Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls) and CSM Simmons would draw out several students’ registration cards. These soldiers were pronounced dead, casualties of war, and escorted to the “Dead Zone” (ala Our Town stylized cemetery).
General Rabner also gave a moving instructional multimedia presentation on WWI comprised of photos from her own travels to historic battlefield sites and camps, a Centennial Commemoration of the battles of Verdun and the Somme, and a poignant rendition of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. Throughout this experiential learning event, students discovered more about the harsh conditions and realities of life in the battlefield and the nature of war.
One of the most memorable parts of the activity was the opportunity students had to listen to a panel of veterans (i.e., F. Keith Davis, Reed Clements, Fred Hurst, Stan Jorgensen, Richard Howell, Bowden Angeli). A WWII veteran who served in the European theater, landed on the beaches of Normandy, fought his way across Europe to Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge, and then liberated a Nazi concentration camp, Mr. Davis’ message was echoed by each of the veterans and reinforced a theme of the entire event: Never forget the sacrifices that our veterans have made to keep us free.