Environmental Science class beautifies the inner court

photos by Erin Call & Lynn Brereton, SHS News Photographers
Amanda Hall, science student, cleaning up the inner courtyard
Springville High alumni Cliff Holm helped with his concrete saw

Mr. Darwin Deming’s Environmental Science class has started a long, overdue project of cleaning, upgrading, and beautifying the inner court.  The students started with the ponds.  Science students drained them and are shoveling out 20-30 years’ worth of 1-2 feet of decomposing debris.

Their upgrade plan includes cutting into the walls and connecting the ponds making one large pond.  Once the area is cleaned out, they will add some aquatic plants and some fish (and return the turtle to its new home).  They’ve raked up leaf litter and cut back some of the trees in an effort to beautify the area.  They also pulled out a lot of the cattails and are looking to introduce other marsh plants into the courtyard. 

“The goal is to create a relatively balanced and self-sustainable ecosystem, and increase aesthetic appeal.  We are also looking into fixing up the greenhouse that is in there and grow some tropical plants, as well as expanding the desert biome area,” said Mr. Darwin Deming, Environmental Science instructor.

Springville High alumni Cliff Holm helped with his concrete saw.  Holm works for Clyde Co. 

Springville FFA in Indianapolis

by Brandon Hawkins

During the week of October 25 - 28 the 90th National FFA convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students from Springville FFA had the opportunity to attend this convention and expo. While in attendance students expanded their knowledge by attending workshops and tours of local businesses. These tours included Jeptha Creed Distillery, Undulata Farm, KyBlueGrass Genetics, Schaffer Hogs and Abbott’s Candy Factory.

On Friday morning Springville FFA members participated in a “Day of Service” in which they filled boxes for a senior food program. Each box weighed 40 pounds and contained items such as canned fruit, vegetables and meat as well as cereal and shelf stable milk. During a two hour shift, students were able to package 588 boxes.

Kameron Talbot, Brooke Larsen, Cailynn Hackworth and Sadie Rasmussen also had the opportunity to represent the State of Utah for the Agricultural Communications Career Development Event. The National FFA Agricultural Communications CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills in all areas of the agricultural communication field and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real life situations. Participants attend a simulated news conference and use the information gathered to complete individual practicums in writing, electronic media and design. Our team was awarded a silver ranking.