Sterling Scholar Finalists

by Nathanael Heggem and Scott Wallentine, SHS Staff Writers
Kristi Hatch (Left) Julianna Sheffield (Right)
Payton Seamons

This year our Red Devil Sterling Scholars Payton Seamons, Julianna Sheffield, and Kristi Hatch qualified as state finalists and attended the competition last month. Payton is our scholar representing Skilled and Technical Sciences Education, Julianna is our Dance scholar, and Kristi is our scholar for Music.

After they checked in at the competition, they were escorted to their warm-up rooms or practice rooms and were able to gain some confidence before their performances. After a little while they were taken to the judges to perform and then answer different questions that the judges would ask about their content area. Kristi Hatch performed a piano piece entitled “Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique First Movement” and Julianna Sheffield performed her dance entitled “And the World Falls Away.”

Payton Seamons didn’t have the opportunity or the need to go to a practice room, he went immediately to the room with the judges and they asked him questions about skilled and technical sciences.

Cake Decorating Sweethearts

Por Hyrum Atkinson, Domínguez Moroni, y Hill trayton, los escritores SHS personal

El jueves 14 de febrero concursantes cariño comenzó a trabajar en sus propias decorando pasteles especiales e hizo un trabajo increíble. Sin embargo, los pasteles no podría superar la dulzura de cada concursante encantadora que tenía sólo una hora y media para decorar los pasteles pre-cocidas al horno. las tortas fueron evaluados en el sabor y la presentación por parte de jueces profesionales.

Durante el montaje de la novia subasta pastel de las ofertas van desde 140 dólares a 300 dólares. el dinero que fue recaudado será donado para el próximo año sub-para-santa programa para conceder a los niños en necesidad de una Navidad que no han recibido originalmente.


by Jesus Beltran & Ezra Hopoate, SHS Staff Writers
Mrs. Mandy Park

Mrs. Mandy Park is a new tracker at Springville High School, she started working here last January. A tracker helps students improve grades and looks out for them. She also coaches varsity girls basketball and wanted to be with her children that attend Springville High. She loves coaching basketball and being with her children; she said being in state competition was really fun. She likes to run a lot; and, currently, she’s training for a marathon. Mrs. Park has four daughters, one married and two at Springville High; her youngest daughter attends Mapleton Junior High

Mrs. Dani Olsen, new teacher at SHS

by Anthony Adams and Pedro Candia
Mrs. Dani Olsen

Mrs. Dani Olsen is Springville High’s newest Special Education math teacher.  Olsen graduated from Payson High School and later graduated from Brigham Young University.

Prior to becoming a teacher at Springville High, she worked in California at a private school, New Vista, specializing in autism.  In the past she has taught at Pleasant Grove Jr. High and West Valley Elementary both schools in Utah.  The reason she became a math teacher is because she loves math and helping students with special needs.  She chose to teach at Springville High because she loves the other teachers that are here.

Some of her hobbies include tennis, traveling, and being a mom.     

Red Devils end season strong, 17-5

By Hyrum Atkinson, Moroni Dominguez, and Trayton Hill, SHS Staff Writers
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SHS vs Roy (photo by Mark Spencer)
Ben Johnson vs Roy (photo by Mark Spencer)
Spencer Frixione vs Roy (photo by Mark Spencer)
Bradley Kitchen vs Roy (photo by Mark Spencer)
Max Schreiner vs Mtn View (photo by Mark Spencer)
SHS vs Mtn View (photo by Mark Spencer)
Spencer Frixione vs Mtn View (photo by Mark Spencer)
Brad Kitchen_Boys BB vs Mtn View (photo by Mark Spencer)
Dawson Pedersen_Boys BB vs Mtn View (photo by Mark Spencer)
Nielsen Hullinger (left) and Garrett Clark (right) Boys BB vs Mtn View (photo by Mark Spencer)

Springville’s Red Devil Boys Basketball team had an amazing season finishing, 17-5.  On Tuesday, February 26, they faced Roy High in the first round of the 4A state tournament; the Royals came out ahead of the Red Devils, 59-46. 

Springville’s Bradley Kitchen scored 14 points with Spencer Frixione adding 13 to the total.  Roy’s Brekkott Chapman recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks to spearhead a dominant defensive effort by Roy.   Springville led 22-20 at the half, but the Royals scored the Red Devils 39-24 the rest of the way.

Coach Kitchen said, “This year was the best record in the past ten years; and, in the past six, the boys have been gradually improving.  They improved by playing as a team; not too many negative things to say about these boys.”

“Being a captain is more than being a spokesperson--its being a leader on and off the court and helping to improve the team.  Brad and Spencer did a great job doing just that,” said a SHS student.

The boys are happy with the way they played and a proud to be “Mighty Red Devils.”

*photos by Mark Spencer


by Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser
DigiGirlz 2013

On Tuesday, February 26, Springville High girls were invited to attend all day technology workshops and seminars at Microsoft’s headquarters at Thanksgiving Point. 

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

Springville High girls who attended (pictured left to right):  Carey White (Adviser), Savannah Skinner, Kenya Martinez, Ripley Tew, Nikki Chappel, Michelle Herrera, Haley Lish, and McKayla Montierth (Salem Hills High).  Mrs. Diane Hartman from Springville’s High Career Counseling also attended as a chaperone.

Springville’s flawless finish, 25-0, with another 4A championship title

by Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)
SHS Lady Red Devils Win 4A Championship Title
SHS Lady Red Devils Win 4A Championship Title
SHS Lady Red Devils Win 4A Championship Title

Springville’s Lady Red Devils finish the season 24-0, underscored by a 54-40 victory over Timpview in Saturday's 4A girls state basketball championship game at Salt Lake Community College.  Their high-pressure defense and fast-paced offense helped them earn their third state title in four years over fifth-ranked Timpview.  This group of senior girls have played in four consecutive championship games; five for the program.

The Lady Red Devils never allowed the Lady T-Birds to build any kind of drive, regardless of who was on the floor; Springville dominated the second-half.

Utah commit Malia Nawahine led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Savannah Park added 12 points and four steals, while Brooke Wheeler earned a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The T-birds were led by Lauryn Dela Cruz, who scored 14 points and Lyndie Haddock, who added 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Nawahine's play earned her Deseret News All-Tournament MVP, with her closest competition for the award coming from Park, who made it difficult for the T-Birds to get into any kind of offensive rhythm.

The team had a preseason goal to go undefeated. But they did it by focusing exclusively on each game at hand.

The Red Devil student body turnout and enthusiasm was unanswered by the T-Birds; Springville fans included many parents and community patrons.

Springville’s head coach is Nancy Warner with assistants Jill Thackeray, Holly Averett, Mandy Park, and Chris Warner.  Lisa Walker heads athletic training and Cathi Jarvis is Springville’s athletic director. 

*photos by Mark Spencer

Springville High Teachers Get a Passing Grade from Students

By: Amanda Sly and Chet Kanzee, SHS Staff Writers
Mr. Cragun, Drama

Students at Springville High appreciate their teachers this week in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Our student body appreciates our faculty and staff.

“Mr. Cragun (Drama), he spends countless hours after school to help his students and put on productions.” --Lawrence Pendleton, 12

“Mrs. Seal (English), she has always been a teacher I can confide in, I don’t even have her this year. She is an amazing person, and I was happy to have her last year.” --Sky Engelking, 11

“Mr. Ostler (Welding), because I have been his student since my first year of high school, and I think of him as a true friend and someone I can trust. He helps me improve my welding projects.” --Moroni Dominguez, 12

“Mrs. Hales (Math), she is so willing to work with kids and tries hard to see you understand things and to become better.” --Natalie Shaw, 12

“Mr. Lewis (Art), he’s so cool and he helps me improve my insight on art and life.” --Sariah Morris, 12

“Mrs. White (Business and Newspaper), she always pushes me. She knows that I can do anything and that I can focus and dedicate myself. Plus, she’s really funny and she understands her students. ” --Amanda Sly, 12

“Mrs. Giffing (Agriculture), she’s super chill and nice; she is really cool about letting make my grade better and catch up.” --Paige Davis, 11

Thank you Red Devil faculty and staff for all the time you spend to help us, to improve our lives, and to teach love of learning.

Sweethearts “Oink” their way to Victory

by Candice Lee and Casey Thobe, SHS Staff Writers
Heidi Colborn
Pig Chase
Pig Chase

On February 12, Springville High’s Sweetheart Candidates trailed after pigs, leading them through a cone obstacle course for their own personal gain and accomplishment. Only a few of the pigs were misbehaving and making it difficult for the students to lead them through the cones. There was no time limit, so you could take your time with no competition or pressure to make hast.

The pigs thought they were going to have an easy-going day; but, then they were loaded into a truck, unloaded around a horde of teenagers, corralled into a small crowded space; and, lastly, pushed around by a big red barrier. The girls along with the crowd were entertained while the pigs ran for their lives--most likely hoping that this terrifying situation didn’t turn into more chaos by them getting slaughtered and made into bacon. In the end, the pigs were not hurt, nor the students, but all ended up smelling like a barn and had an exiting experience that will last a lifetime.

2013 Sweethearts Candidates included: Alyssa Nance, Amberly Bradford, Ashley Crookston, Ashly Endicott, Brandy Craft, Camille Sumsion, Caryn Crandall, Cassidy Woolsey, Chelsea Ricks, Haley Hoffman, Heidi Colborn, Holly Sumsion, Katie Bair, Libby Devenish, Mahaela Farris, Miranda Follete, and Natasha Houtz.

Red Devil swimmers rise at state while school records fall

by Ezra Hopoate and Jesus Beltran, SHS Staff Writers
State Swimming

On Saturday, February 9, our Springville High mighty Red Devil boys swim team secured the 2nd place state title narrowing losing the top spot to Mountain Crest by only 4 points. The Lady Red Devil swimmers got a little taste of redemption when they placed 7th overall ahead of Orem, who finished in 8th place. Orem previously took the region title by twenty points; however, in state swim the Lady Red Devils outscored the Tigers by 18 points, 156-138.5. Although Springville narrowly missed coming home with the state title, 5 of 6 lady swimmers and 7 of 13 boy swimmers broke school records.

School records are as follows: Nichole Mertz, 100 Free (54:47), she broke another of her own records set two-weeks earlier in region competition; Lauren Pilcher, Halle Acor, Rebekah McClain, and Nichole Mertz, 200 Free Relay (1:43.80); Lauren Pilcher, Payton Acor, Rebekah McClain, and Nichole Mertz, 400 Free Relay (3:47.30); Connor Anderson, 500 Free (4:37.11); John Morris, 100 Breast (1:00.54); Travis Pope, Nathan Marett, Matthew Vaughan, and Connor Anderson, 200 Free Relay (1:28.97); Travis Pope, Christopher McClain, John Morris, and Connor Anderson, 400 Free Relay (3:15.15).

Springville’s swimmers have been preparing a long time for state. Most prepared by getting plenty of rest and practicing hard, also by eating a lot of carbs and no sugar. The night before the big competition Nicole Mertz ate a baked potato and Travis Pope had pizza.

Most swimmers felt prepared, but still nervous. Springville’s swimmers thought they might break school records, however, John Morris thought differently although he broke the 100 breast record.

“I thought Matthew would win,” said Morris.

Parents were very supportive.

Sophomore Payton Acor said, “They always believe I can do better than my best which motivates me!”

Senior Lauren Pilcher said, “My dad always gets me pumped before I swim. My parents are always encouraging.”

Travis Pope’s mom did some cheering of her own, Pope sad, “After a close loss we all needed a little cheering up, especially since it would be the last time I swam as a Red Devil. Thank you Mom and Dad, and good job Red Devil swimmers!”