Spotlight on Mr. Spencer Eaquinto

Attributions: 
by Blanca Martinez and Julio Nolasco, SHS News Writers

Mr. Spencer Eaquinto is one of our many new teachers here at Springville High.  Eaquinto teaches US Studies and Honors US History, Eaquinto said. What he wants most for his classroom is to foster an academic setting to prepare students.

“My most rewarding teaching experiences include seeing growth of the students and their learning relationships,” said Eaquinto.

“The most unusual job I had was when I used to fight forest fires for three years,” said Eaquinto.

“Yes, I’m married and I have two kids,” Eaquinto said about his personal life.

He also loves doing anything outdoors like gardening and hiking; just anything that will keep him outside.  Knowing he loves outdoor activities, it’s no surprise he would be a fan of baseball.

“My favorite baseball team is the Oakland A’s, said Eaquinto.  

Welcome Mr. Spencer Eaquinto to Springville High.

New Principal’s focus is on student learning

Attributions: 
by Christian Jones and Brett Perkins, SHS News Writers
Principal Kelepolo

Dr. Everett Kelepolo is our new principal here at Springville High School.  He has taught and has been a principal for the past 24 years at three different schools.

He has taught economics, accounting, marketing, physical education and weight training.  His years of teaching included assignments at Lehi High and Spanish Fork High.  He was also principal of Springville Jr. High.  For the past eight years, he was in a supervisory position at Nebo District office.  While he was with the district office, he worked in athletics and student services.

Kelepolo commented on what his focus will be as our new school principal.

Kelepolo said, “Our main focus is on student learning.”  

He said that preparing students for college is also an emphasis.

Kelepolo reflected on his observations of Springville High in regard to academics and school spirit.

“We are working on the vision to have the discipline of West Point, the academic rigors of Harvard, and the fun of Disneyland,” said Kelepolo.

Kelepolo said that his most rewarding experience while being a principal and teaching is the interaction he has with the students.

Kelepolo also coached many sports during his 24 years of teaching.  He has coached football, wrestling, and track at both Lehi and Spanish Fork High.

Springville stops Maple Mountain with PAT block kick

Attributions: 
by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
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SHS Cheerleaders Perform
Maple Mountain visiting crowd
SHS D'Velles Drill Team Performs
SHS vs MMHS
SHS Band Performs
SHS Student Body Cheering
SHS Student Body Cheering
SHS Band Performs
SHS Band Performs
SHS Band Performs
SHS Band Performs
SHS Band Performs

With only 30 seconds left on the clock, the Red Devils pulled off a huge PAT stop to keep Maple Mountain from throwing the game into OT. 

The Red Devils handed the Golden Eagles their first loss of the season, 14-13, on Friday, September 11, and Springville remain unbeaten.  Adam Rodriguez accounted for both of Springville’s touchdowns in the win.  Bryce Nelson contributed with 114 rushing yards and 22 carries.

photos by Christian Jones and Brett Perkins, SHS News Photographers
additional photos by Mark Spencer

New Dean of Students is “No Cloud”

Attributions: 
by Emma Hargett and Jonathan Young, SHS News Writers
Mr. Jason Beardall, new SHS Dean of Students

Mr. Jason Beardall, the new Dean of Students at Springville High School, is excited to work here with students. His philosophy is to help students be successful in life and their schooling. Even though he may be new to the SHS administration, he is not new to Nebo School District. He has been working throughout Springville, Payson, and Spanish Fork for twenty years. In his twenty years he has coached basketball and PE, taught health, and is now working his first year in administration.

Beardall loves to play baseball. His favorite MLB team is the Boston Red Sox and he has visited their stadium (Fenway Park) multiple times. One of his goals is to travel to every major baseball stadium in the United States.  Beardall loves travelling.  He has been to Mexico and to different states in the U.S., like Massachusetts and California.

When Beardall says, “Don’t be a cloud,” it means to stop being negative.  It actually comes from his favorite quote, “Don’t be a cloud on a sunny day”- unknown.  Beardall is excited to be the new Dean of Students and is eager to work with our Red Devil student body.  If you have any problems or need help, you can always count on Mr. Jason Beardall.

2015 Valedictorian & Co-Salutatorians

Attributions: 
photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser

Congratulations to Ian Taylor for being named as the 2015 Springville High Valedictorian.  Congratulations to Rebecca Morrison and Cassidy Erickson for being named as Springville High’s Co-Salutatorians for 2015.

These outstanding seniors will be speakers at the Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, at Utah Valley University UCCU Events Center.

Lady Red Devil varsity softball finish 3rd in state

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

On Thursday, May 21, Springville’s varsity softball team played in the 4A one-loss semifinal bracket against local rival Maple Mountain.  Maple Mountain centerfielder Ellie Anderson made a spectacular catch to rob Springville's Natalie Sumsion of what would have been a game-winning home run. The 2-1 victory allowed the Golden Eagles to play region rival Spanish Fork in the 4A championship game.  Springville finishes 3rd in 4A state girls softball.

photos by Mark Spencer

Lady Red Devils beat the Golden Eagles in 4A Winners Bracket

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

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the Springville Varsity Softball team squared off against local Maple Mountain in state playoffs beating the Golden Eagles, 3-2.

Rylee Harris hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Lady Red Devils a win against region rival Maple Mountain.  Junior pitcher Kaycie Jensen finished with 16 strike outs.

photos by Mark Spencer

Over $3.5 Million in Scholarships Awarded to SHS Seniors

Attributions: 
photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
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Ian Taylor_Air Force ROTC
Brigham Brau_US Army ROTC
Genna Murray_US Military Academy_West Point
US Marine Corps Awards
Springville Chamber of Commerce Scholarships
Baylee Park_Brandon Curtis Forever Strong Scholarship Award
Wallace & Dianne Carr_STEM_Scholarship Awards
Springville Museum of Art Royalty_Art Guild President
Taylor Jordan_Hailey Seegmiller_Nebo Credit Union Scholarships
Payton Acor_SHS PTO Scholarship
Nichole Mertz_Intermountain Power Service Scholarship
Live wElle Scholarship Recipients
Lauren Ostler_Ambyr Hickman_Max & Kolene Knight_CTE Scholarship Winners
MaKell Wilson_Mtn. View Volunteer Scholarship
Kadyn Hillstead_Edward Earl Collins Scholarship
Payton Acor_Max Knight_Springville Kiwanis Scholarship
Samantha Carter_Ambyr Hickman_Springville Rotary Scholarship
Springville Kiwanis Service Scholarships
Gable Munn_Music for Life Scholarship
SHS Alumni Scholarships
Kylee Ewell_Family & Consumer Science Scholarship
Sarah Cheney_Nebo Chapter Utah Music Teachers Assoc Scholarship
Ashley Cutler_Pacific Horizon Scholarship
Jackie Gutierrez_Somos Scholarship
Payton Acor_Ray Newbury Scholarship
Sarah Cheney_Tomorrow's Pioneer Scholarship
Scott Griffin_Western Ag Credit Scholarship
Alexandra Allen_National Institute of Peace Scholarship
Payton Acor_Utah Elk's Assoc Scholarship
Keys to Success Scholarships
McKayla Montgomery_Stacy Stapel_Miss Springville_Mapleton Scholarships
Witney Ercanbrack_Hoby Leadership Scholarship
Sarah Cheney_Stephanie Hansen_T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Scholarships
Scott Griffin_IM Flash Scholarship
Leslie Lifferth_Deep in the Heart of Utah Scholarship
Rebecca Morrison_Sarah Cheney_Patricia Kauffman (NHS) Scholarships
Hayden Diede_Arizona State Univ Scholarship
Brigham Young University Scholarship Recipients
Brigham Young University Scholarship Recipients
Alex Hawker_Cornish College of the Arts Scholarship Recipient
Dixie State University Scholarship Recipients
Nik Grosland_Neumont University Scholarship Recipient
Snow College Scholarship Recipients
Snow College Scholarship Recipients
Southern Utah University Scholarship Recipients
Southern Utah University Scholarship Recipients
Southern Utah University Scholarship Recipients
Brigham Brau_Southern Virginia University Scholarship Recipient
University of Utah Scholarship Recipients
University of Utah Scholarship Recipients
Utah State University Scholarship Recipients
Utah State University Scholarship Recipients
Utah Valley University Scholarship Recipients
Weber State University Scholarship Recipients
Taylor Ewing_Westminister College Scholarship Recipient
Art Institute_ProStart Scholarships
Latinos in Action Awards
Athletic Awards & Scholarships
Lindsay Johnson_Zach Gordon_Nebo District Athletic Award of Excellence
McKayla Montgomery_Athletic Award of Excellence
Sterling Scholars
Perfect Attendance Award
Perfect Attendance Award
Utah Scholars Awards
Utah Scholars Awards
Synergy Awards_Angie Meacham, Enrique Cahua, Rebecca Morrison, Brent Haymond
Valedictorian Ian Taylor, Salutatorian Rebecca Morrison, Salutatorian Cassidy Erickson

Total Scholarships Awarded to SHS Students:  $3,594,815

Red Devils Firing Up the Track

Attributions: 
by Alissa Huffaker, Track Coach

What a year for Red Devil Track with three school records already broken before state competition:

Records broken by:
Hayden Penrod, Sophomore: 800m AND 1600m
Taylor Cannon, Senior: 400m
Julie Sumsion, Sophomore: 3200m

Springville High is loaded with talented track and field members on both the girls and boys teams.  State competition will be May 15-16 at Brigham Young University.

Girls Captains:  Teija Rosenberg, Genna Murray, Abby Mangum, McKayla Montgomery

Boys Captains:  Taylor Cannon, Nik Grosland, Nick Noorda, Bryce Nelson

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