FFA “Subs for Santa”

By Faith McNalley, Howard Hutchings, and Derick Johnson
FFA students prepare Sub for Santa gifts

Each year at Christmas Springville High’s FFA chapter (Future Farmers of America) hosts and raises money for “Sub for Santa.” This year not only is FFA going to be “Subbing for Santa,” but eight other clubs are joining in the effort including:  Cheer, Dance Company, Latinos in Action, National Honor Society, Drama Guild, Student Government, DECA and the Hope Squad.  Every year United Way provides a list of about 40-50 names of local children who will receive Christmas gifts from Sub for Santa.   

Each club will use money raised from this last year’s Sweethearts Auction to shop and purchase presents for these children, such as clothes, toys, and games.  FFA members have also placed donation boxes around the school for the student body to donate used and in good condition coats to donate for those who need one this winter.  This is a great way to give to children who usually don’t get presents or worry about getting their own parents presents, but Springville High has the privilege to give again to children in need.

DECA – A Marketing Club

By Ernest Devenport and Harrison Grimes, SHS Staff Writers
DECA – A Marketing Club

DECA is a business and marketing club here at Springville High.  DECA members attend competitions around the state. If you enjoy competing with other students and socializing, then DECA might be the club for you.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

DECA’s Springville High President is Sky Anderton.  “I like DECA because it’s a fun way to compete with other people. I joined my sophomore year because it sounded fun, and I stuck with because it was,” said Anderton.  

Klade Smith is another member of DECA, he said, “The competitions are really fun to and it teaches us a lot of new things about marketing.”

DECA’s new adviser is Miss Chelsey Beck.

FBLA students compete at USU

by Carey White, Springville High FBLA Adviser
FBLA -- UVU Aggie Invitational

On Wednesday, November 20, Springville High FBLA students traveled to Utah State University to attend the FBLA Aggie Invitational Competition.  Students competed in various speaking and testing competitions including team events:  Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Emerging Business Issues, Marketing, Public Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking.  Hayden Diede, Tanner White, and Jordon Ockey placed 1st in the Entrepreneurship team event.  Their adviser is Carey White.

From left to right:  Jordon Ockey, Tanner White, Andrea Villalobos, Hayden Diede, Matt Niu, and Spencer Gwilliam

SHS Orchestra Teacher wins top award

by Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser
Dr. Tsugawa

Congratulations to Sam Tsugawa, recipient of the 2013 Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education.  The Beverly Taylor Sorenson Legacy Foundation will honor Dr. Tsugawa, six other music educators, and other accomplished arts educators from around Utah at a banquet on Tuesday, May 21.  Each award recipient will receive a $2500 grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation to be used in their respective arts programs.  

Mike Brown, principal of Springville High School, and other colleagues who nominated Dr. Tsugawa for the Sorenson Legacy Award wrote, “Dr. Tsugawa is a respected advocate for the arts.”  His involvement as a public school music educator, teacher mentor, and senior adult music advocate is “evidence of the lasting legacy of music education experiences Dr. Tsugawa has imparted for his students, his profession, and the community.  His contributions to music teaching and learning will ensure a tradition of quality music education for generations.”  

Congratulations, Dr. Tsugawa!

New Girls Head Basketball Coach

Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser
Camie Oakey

Springville High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Camie Oakey as the Girls Head Basketball Coach. Coach Oakey spent the last two years as the Head Girls Coach at Mountain View High School.

From 2008-2011 she served as the JV Head Coach and the Varsity Assistant and helped coach Mountain View to at state title in 2009. She played high school basketball in Texas at Flower Mound Marcus High School and went on to receive a Division 1 scholarship to the University of Utah where she played for Coach Elaine Elliott. She played at the University of Utah for four years and served as team captain her senior year.

While at Utah, she played in two NCAA tournaments and helped Utah advance to the Elite 8 in 2006. She graduated from the U of U in 2008, receiving a Bachelors degree in Health Education.

“I am honored and excited be the next coach at SHS! This is an exciting opportunity for me and my family. It is my hope that I can build on the rich tradition that has defined Springville basketball over the past six years,” said Coach Oakey.

Principal Mike Brown said, “We are excited to be able to hire a coach of high character and who will be a great role model for our student/athletes. Mrs.Oakey has had success at all levels of basketball and will continue to build on the great tradition of excellence we have at Springville High School.”

Agricultural Education at SHS

By: Chet Kanzee and Amanda Sly, SHS Staff Writers
Taylor Murphy
Austin Weight loves FFA
Mikayla Morgan Taylor Murphy and Derek Boyer
Derek Boyer chasing a chicken
Taylor Murphy and Derek Boyer
Nikki Vance

Mrs. Giffing and Mr. Allsup are Agricultural Education teachers at Springville High. Mr. Allsup teaches Bio Ag; this class is geared for sophomores and teaches you about animal systems and ecosystems as well as genetics. Mrs. Giffing teaches Animal Science (a class where you learn about the different body systems and care for animals.) Mrs. Giffing also teaches Floriculture and Greenhouse Management in which students learn the basic design elements for flower arrangements as well as how to grow and care for plants in the school’s greenhouse.

Being enrolled in an agricultural class at SHS includes eligibility to join the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization. The FFA is an organization that anyone can enjoy. It teaches leadership and responsibility through experience. Some of these experiences include raising your own animal at the school, such as a pig or a lamb, to sell at a stock show (and hopefully make a profit). Students are also given the opportunity to compete in Career Development Events such as Livestock Judging, Meats Identification, Ag Mechanics, Floriculture, and Marketing. These events encompass many of the different areas of agricultural careers and there is always “something for everyone.” Career Development Events give students the chance to learn about different careers, as well as earn cash and scholarships. Students are also given the chance to meet members from across the nation, numbering over 550,000. All SHS students are encouraged to join FFA, even if they aren’t sure it’s for them.

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 student tops in the nation

By Justin Coplin and Raymond Jablonsky, SHS Staff Writers
Ashley Eaton

Out of 1.5 million nationwide students, Ashley Eaton ranks in the top five percent in the 2012 national merit scholarship competition.   She entered the competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.

“I don’t feel that I should be that smart.” Eaton said when asked how it felt to be in the top five percent.

Red Devil Track teams take 1st and 2nd at State Championships

by Jeff Wales, Head Track Coach
Springville High Girls and Boys Track Teams win 1st and 2nd at State Championship
Lady Red Devils Track win State Championship Title
Springville Boys Track Team take 2nd in State Championship
Lady Red Devils Track win State Championship

The months of hard work paid big dividends this year as Springville’s girls and boys track teams went first and second at the State Championships held at Brigham Young University.  The Lady Red Devils team came in as the number one favorite, but had to fight to the end to secure their victory. 

Aimee Wheeler started things off on the first day of competition with a first place finish in the long jump.  Things continued the second day with Aimee Wheeler finishing second in the 100m and Lexi Eaton taking third.  Mindy Stapel was fifth in the 100m hurdles with a sophomore school record time.  Next up was the 4x100m relay team of Sarah Duncan, Lexi Eaton, Aimee Wheeler and Brooke Larsen.  As the dominate relay team in the state, they didn’t disappoint as they came home with the victory.  Mindy Stapel again came through in the 300m hurdles with a fourth place finish and another sophomore record.  This was followed by the medley relay team of Sarah Duncan, Brooke Larsen, Mindy Stapel and Kate Hullinger who place third with another school record performance.  Brooke Larsen saved her best performance of the year in the 400m with a fourth place finish.  The high jump competition would prove to be the turning point in the meet as favorite Lexi Eaton came in first and Mindy Stapel providing a huge second place finish.  As is the usual case the last event, 4x400m relay, would be a fight between Springville and Ogden for the state title.  The team of Brooke Larsen, Sarah Duncan, Aimee Wheeler and Lexi Eaton would take second with Ogden coming in seventh.  The final score was Springville 79 – Ogden 77.5.  This was the fifth year in a row that Coach Corey Wales and the Lady Red Devils would bring home a state trophy.

Springville’s boys team was led by some great performances which started on the first day with Joseph Christensen taking fourth place in the 1600m run.  Later in the day Nathan Israelsen would take fifth in the high jump to keep the momentum going.  The second day Zach Gardanier would prove the spark with a second place finish in the long jump.  He would later take fifth in both the 100m and 200m dashes.  The 4x100m relay team of Zach Gardanier, Trevor Church, Jeremy Jay and Jalon Miyasaki took third to continue the Red Devil dominance in the relay events.  Jeremy Jay would add some big points with a second place finish in the 300m hurdles with a school record time and a sixth place finish in the 110m hurdles.  The surprise of the day came when junior Grant Evans took third in the shot put adding valuable points to the boy’s total.  The second place trophy was secured in the last event of the day by the 4x400m relay team of Jalon Miyasaki, Trevor Church, Daniel Jones and Jeremy Jay as they came home with the victory and a school record time.