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!
On Wednesday, May 8, Springville High's library sponsored "Lunch and an Artist" featuring SHS's Art Sterling Scholar, Emma Graves. Emma showcased her art work and spoke with students and faculty celebrating her success as an artist and encouraging others to pursue their own passion in art. Emma's art teacher is Mr. Alan Lewis, who is retiring this year after teaching at Springville High for over 30+ years.
On Wednesday, April 24, Springville High sponsored an after school assembly, “Don’t Drive Stupid.” Keynote speaker was Leslee Hensen who related a personal story when she was injured and her husband killed by someone texting and driving. Driving and texting are not something to boast about. You might think it’s a talent; but it’s not. It will cause accidents, crashes, and lawsuits, and deaths.
Hensen told the student body about how she was in the Provo Hospital ICU (intensive care unit) for 15 days. She suffered from brain and head trauma that included more than 5,000 stiches with more surgery to come. She lost her husband to this accident because of someone texting and driving. At the assembly Leslee touched many students and teachers’ hearts with her story. She may have even convinced some people to stop texting and driving.
Although Henson had a hard time talking about it, she pulled through and told her story of why it is not safe to text and drive. According to Haley Warner, Leslee and Dave’s daughter, Dave pushed Leslee out of the way and took the impact himself. Because of Dave, Leslee is here today talking about her accident to teenagers, adults, and even the elderly.
Texting while driving is not a “skill” one wishes to acquire; it’s nothing you should even try to do, because if you do, it might just take someone’s life away or yours. Accidents can happen at any moment, even if you are not the one who is texting and driving, you could be the next one to get into a car accident because of it. Or, who knows, you could be the cause of an accident because you were the one texting and driving.
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.”
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.
On March 20, Springville High’s TSA (Technology Student Association) club traveled to JATC, Jordan Applied Technology Center, to compete in the Utah State TSA Competition.
The Technology Problem Solving test was completed by Mitchell Murray and Eric Harrison. The problem they had to solve was moving two marbles (that were two feet apart) so that they would switch positions, without touching the marbles. They were instructed to use ordinary objects that one might find on an average desk.
The Tech Sketching and Application competition was completed by Davis Agle who won 1st place and Spencer Duncan who took third. Davis says he was given different objects that he was supposed to draw; he won first place because his drawings looked the best.
Eric Harrison, Alexis Fisher, and Jack Setzer took 3rd place in the Technology Bowl which is much like Springville High’s Knowledge Bowl, but has to do with only technology including different kinds of technology, the history of technology, and the physics behind technology.
Spencer Duncan, who was our CAD 2D Architecture contestant (which is floor and building plans), was given a problem with a certain function, and he had to draw everything and measure it all to detail. Duncan took 3rd in this event.
Here are the final placements for our students at the competition:
- Technology Problem Solving, 3rd Place: Mitchell Murray (Senior) and Eric Harrison (Junior)
- Technical Sketching & Application: Davis Agle (Senior) – 1st Place (he has been invited to Nationals) and Spencer Duncan – 3rd Place
- CAD 2D Architecture: Spencer Duncan (Junior) – 3rd Place
- Technology Bowl, 3rd Place: Alexis Fisher (Junior), Eric Harrison (Junior), Jack Setzer (Junior)
Springville High senior Kelsi Simons has accepted a full-ride athletic scholarship to play girls golf for Northern New Mexico College located in Espanola, New Mexico. Simons has played on the Lady Red Devil golf team for the past four years, served as team captain over the past two years, and was the number one SHS girls golf player her senior year. Simons finished this season sixth in region overall.
“She really worked for this scholarship,” said head coach Brett Miller.
Simons plans on studying criminal justice. She also received offers to play girls golf at the collegiate level from Westminister in Salt Lake City and Marshall Missouri. Her parents are Brent and Angie Simons.
On Wednesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 7, 11 students from Springville High attended the Utah State FBLA Leadership Conference and competition at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.
Bradley Borget, Springville High Chapter President, won 6th place in Future Business Leader and 8th place in Electronic Career Portfolio. Springville’s Management Information Systems team won 9th place, team members included Bradley Borget, Jack Setzer, and Jordon Ockey.
FBLA State competition is rewarding for all those students who attend whether or not they get on stage; the learning experience is one to last a lifetime,” said Carey White.
Students attending State Competition from Springville High included: Hayde Blanco, Bradley Borget, Joseph Bowen, J. Hank Eaton, Alexis Fisher, Trevon Galbraith, Nathan Jones, Jordon Ockey, Whitney Richmond, Jack Setzer, and Tanner White. Springville’s adviser is Carey S. White.