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.

Lady Red Devils knock off local rival Golden Eagles

photos by Blanca Martinez, SHS News Photographer

On Thursday, October 1, Springville High’s Lady Red Devil varsity volleyball team hosted local rival Maple Mountain Golden Eagles ending in a Red Devil victory, 3-1.

Amanda Schultz had 17 kills and 14 digs while Cassidy Bowers added 19 digs as Springville knocked off Maple Mountain in four sets. Courtney Mackay also contributed 36 assists while Carmen Payne had 13 digs for the home team. 

Red Devils Win First Annual UIAAA Invite

by Joshua Ornelas, SHS News Writer
Boys Varsity Team 1st Place
Girls Varsity Team 2nd Place
Ella Park (Fr)
Grant Gardner (Fr)
Haden Penrod (Jr)
Josh Ornelas (Jr)
Julie Sumsion (Jr)
Mariah Skinner (Fr)

The cross country team traveled to Spanish Fork to participate in the first annual UIAAA (Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Invitational on September 18.  The Lady Red Devils cross country team took second place, first in the 4A state division and region being led by Junior Julie Sumsion.  The Red Devil boys team ended up winning the meet led by Freshman sensation Grant Gardner.  This is the first time that the boys have won a meet in a long time and same goes for the girls.  The team had eight individual medalists; at least one top finisher per race.

The Medalists are as follows:

JV Frosh/Soph (Boys)
Adam Krieger (Fr) 5th
Devin Pancake (So) 6th

JV Frosh/Soph (Girls)
Natalya Love (Fr) 6th

JV Jr/Sr (Boys)
Kaden Nissen (Jr) 10th

JV Jr/Sr (Girls)
Megan Skinner (Jr) 2nd

Varsity Girls
Julie Sumsion (Jr) 2nd

Varsity Boys
Grant Gardner (Fr) 2nd
Haden Penrod (Jr) 11th  

The team has done exceptionally well this season and they are now ranked 1st in the region for boys and girls.  The athletes are having fun and they are excited to see how the rest of the season plays out for them.  The team’s next meet will be at the Nebo Invitational hosted by Maple Mountain High School which is going to be one of the biggest races Springville has run in this season.  This year has been a great year and this season has been one of the most successful in school history.  Keep it up Red Devils!

2015 Homecoming Royalty

photos by Mark Spencer
Queen - Julia Gonzales
1st Attendant - Lyndsie Jordan
2nd Attendant - Olivia Park
3rd Attendant - Jacqueline Bradford
4th Attendant - Ali Monson

Queen - Julia Gonzales
1st Attendant - Lyndsie Jordan
2nd Attendant - Olivia Park
3rd Attendant - Jacqueline Bradford
4th Attendant - Ali Monson

photos by Mark Spencer

A picture of our new SHS photographer teacher

by Austen Moon and Tyler Lewis, SHS News Writers

When Mr. Lou Crandall left Springville High School at the end of the 2014-2015 school year to teach photography at Saint George’s Desert Hills High School, administration found a replacement in a young teacher from Logan, Utah.  Her name is Ms. Beth Hansen and this is her first year teaching at a high school.  Previously, she taught photography at Utah State University, but moved here over the summer after three years of working with college students.  According to Hansen, moving was something she grew accustomed to during her childhood.

“When I was a kid, my dad was in the Air Force, so we moved a lot,” she said.

Hansen graduated from Satellite High School in Florida and then attended BYU-Idaho and Utah State University.  According to Hansen, she became a teacher because she likes helping students learn in a fun way.  Her most rewarding teaching experience has been helping students to find creativity and improve. 
While she is only a month into her first year of teaching at SHS, the school has already left an impression on her.

“It seems like a good school,” said Hansen, “There are a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities and everyone seems pretty friendly.”

Some of her hobbies include soccer, hiking, watching movies, and, of course, photography.  Her students may also be interested to learn that she is allergic to both apples and mangoes.

Spotlight on Mr. Spencer Eaquinto

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

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

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 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”

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

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.