Katherine Baxter, sophomore at Springville High, has created a piece of art that will hang in Nebo School District’s administrative offices in Spanish Fork. Katherine’s pencil drawing entitled, “Empty,” was inspired by a book called “Tess of D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy. This artwork took Katherine about five hours to complete.
Katherine keeps a sketchbook with her that she uses to draw people and make notes about drawings she’s working on. Katherine also likes experimenting with different artistic mediums, such as watercolor and copic markers.
“Art is the way I think, it clears my head. When I’m getting frustrated, I draw; and, it feels like I’m in a whole other world,” explains Katherine.
Katherine also enjoys her 3-D design class taught by Mr. Alan Lewis, who said, “Katherine has a love and passion for art that is beyond comprehension. She always creates excellent work and is an outstanding human being.”
After high school, Katherine hopes to attend Brigham Young University and enter the art program.
After weeks of sweat and toil, eleven lucky groups had the chance to showcase their greatest ability in front of the roaring studentbody known as Springville High. As the lights dimmed, sophomore sensation Ashley Eaton tickled the ivories with the greatest of ease, starting the annual SHS talent show off with a bang. Several more groups followed her lead as the student body was “wowed” by the abilities of the school’s eleven most elite talents. All-stars Jared Hall and Kanakphol Limpanasriphong “Young” were the fan favorites with their medley of dance styles, varying from hip hop to ballet. Kevin Critchfield said this of the event, “Memo to ‘In The Middle of May’ and ‘The Pooches’ -- rock on and die strumming!”
Photos by Steven Anderson
A new tradition is in the making at Springville High. Mr. Braden Boss the new Photography and TV Broadcasting teacher at SHS is at the head of a committee of students that are putting together the “First Annual SHS Lip Dub Music video.” What is a Lip Dub you might ask? Essentially a Lip Dub is a large collection of people that lip sync, dance and do all sorts of crazy things to one song, in ONE TAKE (meaning you press record to begin the video and then one to stop it and that’s it). That way it is one continuous free flowing shot that goes with the music. The setting of the video will start in the school parking lot and then make its way into the school hallways and eventually end up in the school auditorium. All the while everyone will be singing and dancing and doing all sorts of different things along to the song “Blame it on the pop 2009” which is a remix by the artist DJ Earworm.
Many of the students and faculty are already signed up to participate in the Lip Dub and all students and faculty of SHS are invited/asked to participate. The shooting for the video will take place on May 15th which is a Saturday. If you want a singing part in the video there is a part by part breakdown in Mr. Boss’ room where you can sign up for a few singing spots. Mr. Boss said “It is an opportunity to be a part of something different” and that the students “will never forget being in the video…guaranteed.” He also said that he hopes that the Lip Dub will hopefully become an annual Springville activity and maybe even a competition between neighboring schools like Maple Mountain and Spanish Fork. He said he will also be posting the video on youtube.com and anticipates it becoming a popular video.
If you just want to be in the background and/or do something crazy you are not required to attend practices but you should approve the ideas you have with Mr. Boss. The first practice is TODAY! So if you have a part in the video or just want to see/practice anything meet in Mr. Boss’ room after school, practice will begin at three. Practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the final day when the final take will be shot.
The SHS girls track team continued their strong season last Friday and Saturday with a win at the Utah County Invitational held at Maple Mountain High School. Eighteen teams attended this very competitive meet, which serves as an important tune-up for the upcoming region and state meets. First year head coach for Springville, Corey Wales, was pleased to come away with the win, even though his top athletes competed on a limited basis.
Many of the girls had impressive wins, including Lexi Eaton (high jump), Kaisa Rosenberg (200m), Aimee Wheeler (long jump), Brooke Larsen (300m hurdles), the 4X100 relay team (Eaton, Larsen, ChaiDee Woods, and Vanessa Johnson), and the 4X400 relay team (Sarah Duncan, Woods, Larsen, Johnson). Other good performances were Vanessa Johnson (5th 100m), Nicole Ramon (5th long jump), Mindy Stapel (6th 100m hurdles), and Lexi Eaton (6th 100m).
The boy’s also did well, placing 4th at the meet as a team, and had several notable performances by individuals. Steven Krutsch (2nd high jump, 3rd 300m hurdles), Joseph Christensen (4th 1600m, 5th 3200m), Hunter Nelson (5th 300m hurdles), Michael Swasey (8th javelin), Brody Swanson (8th shot put), the 4X100 relay team (3rd Krutsch, Nelson, Trevor Church, and Tanner Nackos), and the 4x400 relay team, which ran a state qualifying time, (3rd Krutsch, Nelson, Daniel Jones, and Brandon Curtis). Way to go track team!
Six FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students from Springville High gave up part of their spring break vacation to attend and compete at the Utah State FBLA Conference. Students representing Springville were Dexter Eppley, Mykal Johnson, Shay Gashler, Chelsie Murdock, Jerich McAfee, and John Call. The following students placed in the top ten in their respective events: John Call and Jerich McAfee, 9th Place, Banking and Financial Systems; Jerich McAfee, 1st Place, Business Communications; Shay Gashler, Chelsie Murdock, and John Call, 7th Place, Entrepreneurship; Jerich McAfee, 6th Place, Help Desk; Chelsie Murdock, 5th Place, Marketing; Shay Gashler, Chelsie Murdock, and John Call, 9th Place, Management Decision Making; Chelsie Murdock, 9th Place, Client Service; and Chelsie Murdock, 1st Place, Business Procedures.
This July, Chelsie Murdock and Jerich McAfee, both first place winners, will represent Springville High at the National FBLA Conference and Competition in Nashville, Tennessee.
(left to right) Jerich McAfee, John Call, Chelsie Murdock, Shay Gashler, Dexter Eppley, and Mykal Johnson
Dylan Little is a senior at Springville High School. He is able to leave school for 3rd and 4th periods both A and B days to intern at All Things Art. His duties entail painting, drawing, and other tasks such as coping pictures or setting up the studio for other students.
Dylan would like to one day become an animator. In order to become an animator, Dylan has to have a portfolio; and, working at All Things Art helps him prepare for this. He said, “This has really helped me to be a better artist. As I look at the art I’m creating now and compare it to the art I was producing before, I can really see that my artistic skills have improved.”
One of Dylan’s fun experiences that he shared was that he painted a picture of his brother. Dylan states that he believes the internship program has been very beneficial to him. Good luck, Dylan, in your future endeavors!
Leisl Newell is a high school intern working at TLC Preschool and Daycare. Leisl loves working with the children; she has always wanted to work in childcare. She took advantage of the opportunity of working at the daycare to see what kind of childcare she wanted to pursue. Leisl works at the pre-school with the 4 and 5 year old children. She helps the students stay on task while playing games and interacting with the children. She exclaims, “I really like teaching the kids new songs and games. They catch on really fast, and it’s a ton of fun!” Leisl really enjoys working with children. She would highly recommend students to look into the internship program, “It’s a great way to get out and see what career you really want to go into.” Way to go Leisl, keep up the good work!
Tia Smallcomb, a Springville High senior, is currently working an internship with Westside and Cherry Creek in speech and language pathology. “I stand as an example to the children and assist them in their projects. I also make books to help the children with articulation,” says Tia. Her responsibilities involve observing and helping the students in multiple ways.
Tia is very interested in this line of work. Why she is very interested? She explains, “I love working with children. I love watching them learn and helping them increase their self-esteem as they learn to speak properly.” She intends on furthering her education in speech and language pathology.
Tia sees the internship program as a great experience. “Every student should try it!” She says. To her, one of the best parts of the program is interacting with others and learning new skills.