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

Spring Showcase Projects

Attributions: 
photos by Austen Moon and Jonathan Haws, SHS News Staff

On Thursday evening, May 22, Springville High showcased students' work.

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

Attributions: 
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.

Brandon Curtis Invitational Track Meet

Attributions: 
By Matt Beach and Nathan Israelsen, SHS Staff Writers
Brandon Curtis

On Monday, May 2, the Springville High track team will host the Brandon Curtis Memorial Invitational track meet. The event starts at 1 pm at Maple Mountain High School, another demonstration of the cooperative effort in the community.  Brandon was a student at Springville High; but, in order for this meet to be a state qualifying meet it must be held on an 8-lane track and Maple Mountain is the only one in the region that meets that qualification.

This will be the last time this year that Springville students will be able to participate in raising money for the Forever Strong scholarship that has been established in Brandon's name.   All proceeds from the track meet will go to the fund the scholarship in the memory of Brandon Curtis.  The cost for this event is $2.00 per spectator 12 years and up.

The Forever Strong Scholarship was established in the memory of Brandon Curtis, the son of Jesse and Dianne Curtis of Springville, Utah. Brandon Curtis was killed in a tragic accident July 28, 2010, at the age of 18 years. Brandon was a blessing to his parents and his six brothers and sisters. He was a kind and loving kid with a "forever strong" attitude that helped him to excel in all sports. His favorite sports were football, wrestling and track.  Donations have come from many generous people in support of Brandon Curtis and his family.

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