Congratulations to members of the Springville High School Orchestra program who performed at the State Orchestra Festival over the weekend. Three orchestras represented SHS at the festival (the most qualified from a single school). The results were:
Chamber Orchestra: Division I (one), Superior
Philharmonic Orchestra, Division I (one), Superior
Philharmonic Strings, Division II (two), Excellent
The Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras superior ratings mark the 22nd consecutive year an SHS orchestra has earned a superior rating at the State Orchestra Festival.
Congratulations to Dr. Sam Tsugawa and SHS's outstanding music students.
The Lady Red Devils Girls Track and Field Team took a commanding third place win in State competition, Boys Team was eighth. Highlights of the meet were: Mindy Stapel was high point athlete of the meet for 4A Girls scoring 34 points. She took 1st in long jump, 2nd high jump, 2nd 100m hurdles, and 2nd 300m hurdles. She also broke the 300m hurdles school record. Freshman Megan Robinson was 8th in the 1600m (freshman school record, top freshman in state), and 10th in the 800m (also a freshman record). Genna Murray was 4th in the 300m hurdles (sophomore record). McKayla Montgomery was 7th in the 200m, and 8th in the 400m. Holly Sumsion was 8th in high jump. The 4x400 relay team of Genna Murray, Megan Robinson, Teija Rosenberg, and McKayla Montgomery placed 2nd. The 4x100m relay team of Ciara Snapp, McKayla Montgomery, Genna Murray, and Teija Rosenberg placed 4th. The Medley relay team of Ciara Snapp, Jena Murdock, Teija Rosenberg, and Megan Robinson placed 7th (school record).
Jessi Noll took 5th in the 200m (new school record) and 6th in the 100m (new school record). Kalin Snapp was 7th in the 200m. Dallen Stark was 3rd in high jump, 8th in the 300m hurdles. Nik Grosland 8th in the discus. The 4x100m relay team of Kalin Snapp, Jake Johnson, Taylor Cannon, and Jessi Noll were 2nd. The 4x400m relay team of Taylor Cannon, Jake Johnson, Kalin Snapp, and Jessi Noll took 4th (school record).
Mrs. Monica Giffing, Agricultural Education Teacher and FFA Adviser at Springville High School, was selected as Utah's Agriculture Outstanding Agriculture Teacher Award. Members of Utah Association of Agricultural Educators (UAAE) selected Giffing. These members are at the pinnacle of their profession and conduct the highest quality agricultural education programs in the state. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness, and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.
Giffing was recognized for her commitment to student success, innovative teaching strategies, and program growth. She will represent Utah’s Agricultural teachers at a regional level with the hopes to compete nationally in December at the National Association of Agricultural Teachers Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Springville High’s LIA club (Latinos in Action) volunteered recently at the Springville Library in the Spanish Book Carnival program.
“It was great to have the LIA kids volunteer for our Spanish Book Carnival; we couldn't have done it without them,” said Dan Sullivan, Springville Library Spanish Services Librarian.
Elizabeth Elliott named Valedictorian for the Class of 2013.
Heather Killpack (left) and Kristi Hatch (right) named Co-Salutatorians for the Class of 2013.
Mrs. Ann Penrod has been teaching at Springville High School for 22 years. Before Springville, she taught in Alpine School District. This year she will retire. She has taught clothing, sewing, foods, adult roles, and child development.
She is married to the Principal of Mapleton Mountain High School, has five children, and twelve grandchildren. After retirement, she plans to play with her grandchildren. Her most memorable experience when teaching was when she taught all of her children and one of her granddaughters.
“We have the nicest students,” Penrod says. Mrs. Penrod will miss many aspects of Springville High School, but most important she says she will miss the students.
“I just love Springville High School, it’s the best,” said Penrod.
Mr. Alan Lewis is finishing out his last year at Springville High School after teaching here for 29 years. In his entire teaching career, he has taught at Farrer Junior High School for six years and Springville High for 29; in total, he has been teaching for 35 years. Of course every teacher is going to miss aspects of their teaching career, like teaching and knowing the students, but Lewis is going to miss Sterling Wadley (another Springville High teacher) the most. Apart from teaching Art, Lewis has also taught Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. He first wanted to be an Art teacher after his former art teacher inspired him to do so when in college.
When asked when he decided that he wanted to retire, Lewis said, “When I first started teaching.”
Lewis thought that if he stayed teaching here any longer that he would end up toppling over in front of the class and scar kids for the rest of their lives; so, he thought it best to prevent that and retire while he still can. To Lewis, retiring is a good thing for him; he described it as like “A New Beginning in Young Women’s.” After Lewis retires, he plans to take David Letterman’s position on the Tonight Show, work at Walmart as a greeter, or dance and hold the sign for Little Caesars.
Mrs. Sue Davis has been teaching a total of thirty four years, three of which were spent at Springville High. She has taught all levels of English – sophomore to senior, honors classes, A.P. Language and Creative Writing. After her retirement she plans to write, travel, garden, and live on Lopez Island and watch the sea.
Davis is married with two daughters-- Camelia who is twenty five and Olivia who is nineteen. What she will miss most at Springville High is her students and the English Department. She feels as Thoreau did when he wrote “… it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and I could not spare any more time for this one.” Namaste, S.H.S!