When you hear “trench warfare” you might think of shells exploding overhead, wet and muddy trenches, and cold meager rations. Several weeks ago, the SHS Library was turned into a simulation of trench warfare so seniors in Mrs. Lisa Simmons’ and Ms. Jill Thackeray’s classes could experience what it was like to be a soldier in the the trenches of WWI.
To begin the activity, students were marched into the library by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Angeli and Private Dunkley before filling out facsimiles of WWI Draft Registration forms. Taken outside to the courtyard where they had to demonstrate their physical fitness, they were then outfitted and issued strapped pie-plate tin covers (representing WWI helmets), their weapons of choice (a sharpened pencil “mightier than a sword” and army post-its), and a pair of authentic stamped dog tags on a chain bearing their names and inscription: Seared in Memory, 1916 Verdun and the Somme, and simulated WWII era C-rations.
Students in the trenches (turned over tables) had the opportunity to sample the cold C-rations that included food items like Chiclets, chocolate, beans, and biscuits, read authentic letters soldiers had written home to their families, and participate in a brief “Over the Top, Boys!” attack during the Battle of the Somme between the British/French and German trenches. Or SHS seniors engaged in throwing rounds of wadded newspaper and attempts to charge across the barbed wire and corpse-ridden no-man’s-land, having heard from Staff Sgt. Angeli and SHS Librarian, General Rabner, what it was like to be in mortal combat. Those who were “hit” were either taken to the “Dead Zone” or to one of the two British or German field hospitals. A sobering event occurred throughout the day when a bell would toll unexpectedly (a reference to Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls) and CSM Simmons would draw out several students’ registration cards. These soldiers were pronounced dead, casualties of war, and escorted to the “Dead Zone” (ala Our Town stylized cemetery).
General Rabner also gave a moving instructional multimedia presentation on WWI comprised of photos from her own travels to historic battlefield sites and camps, a Centennial Commemoration of the battles of Verdun and the Somme, and a poignant rendition of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. Throughout this experiential learning event, students discovered more about the harsh conditions and realities of life in the battlefield and the nature of war.
One of the most memorable parts of the activity was the opportunity students had to listen to a panel of veterans (i.e., F. Keith Davis, Reed Clements, Fred Hurst, Stan Jorgensen, Richard Howell, Bowden Angeli). A WWII veteran who served in the European theater, landed on the beaches of Normandy, fought his way across Europe to Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge, and then liberated a Nazi concentration camp, Mr. Davis’ message was echoed by each of the veterans and reinforced a theme of the entire event: Never forget the sacrifices that our veterans have made to keep us free.
On November 19, the Springville High Red Devil Cross Country team traveled to Casa Grande, Arizona, to participate in the Nike Southwest Regionals. The weather was warm and there was a light breeze as the top schools in the southwest region stepped up to the line. After a great season, our Red Devils were admitted into the boys championship race. They were set to face off against the other teams in hopes of earning an invite to the National Meet (NXN).
As the gun sounded, everyone was off at sprint to get good position. After the one mile mark, Davis High School had a comfortable lead over the entire field. But, what happened in the next two miles, is what had everyone in the country on edge. It was no surprise that the number one team in the nation, Utah’s American Fork, won the meet thanks to their three nationally ranked individuals. But, the real question was who would be joining the American Fork boys to Portland? After what felt like a long wait. The results were finally in. Everyone stood and waited anxiously to hear what the announcer would say. With six nationally ranked teams in a region that can only send two auto bid teams to NXN, there was sure to be some stress.
As the tenth through fifth place teams were announced. It all came down to the final four. The top two teams would automatically go to nationals and the third and fourth place teams would have to wait and see if a committee would debate and eventually favor four out of eighteen teams across the country with a wild card bid to NXN. The crowd went silent as Timpanogos, with 201 points, was called to receive their 4th place trophy. In the back was the Springville team all lit up as the eagerly awaited to see where they would fall. After Timpanogos was ushered off the stage. The announcer said “the next up with 195, so you made it very close, within six. Then with a 195, this is Grant Gardner…” The rest couldn’t be made out because the Springville team jumped up and screamed so loudly that the rest couldn’t be heard.
The seven varsity boys made their way to the front to accept their trophy and was then taken to a tent where they would be processed for nationals along with Timpanogos, Davis (who finished second), and American Fork.
Now, after a week of waiting, the final four teams in were announced. Huddled around a phone, the Springville boys team waited to receive a call with good news. The phone rang and everyone got quiet as they could hear their coach on the other end. After a couple of minutes of dragging it out and adding to the suspense, Coach Sam Smith finally delivered, “Congratulations boys! You’re going to Nationals!”
This Thursday the Red Devil Cross Country team will fly to Portland, Oregon, to race this Saturday to see who truly is the best in the country. We are so proud of the athletes and coaches that have all spent months of training to be where they are now. For anyone who is interested in watching the meet, it will be live streamed December 3 on http://nxn.runnerspace.com at 11:30 am.
Photo L to R: Olympian Bernard Lagat, Brandon Garnica, Paul Young, Grant Gardner, Caleb Garnica, Haden Penrod, Zack Dalley, Adam Krieger
Monday, Nov 28:
Indoor Track Begins, downstairs track (3pm Monday thru Thursday)
Tuesday, Nov 29:
Wednesday, Nov 30:
Winter Captain’s Academy
(3:30pm) Boys’ Basketball vs Mt View
Thursday, Dec 1:
(5pm) Wrestling @ Payson
(7pm) Winter Dance Concert
Friday, Dec 2:
Swimming @ Canyon View Invite
Wresting @ Skyhawk Showdown
(3:30pm) Boys’ Basketball @ Mt Crest
(3:30pm) Girls’ Basketball vs Cedar City
Saturday, Dec 3:
Swimming @ Canyon View Invite
Wresting @ Skyhawk Showdown
For more information, please visit the School Calendar
During the football 4A championship game, Springville High's D'Velles Drill Team performed. Springville faced East in the 4A Utah state championship football game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. East won 48-20.
Undefeated Springville faced undefeated East in the 4A state championship high school football game in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. East won 48-20.
Springville finished 2nd in 4A State and a respectable 4th of all Utah teams according to Preece’s Power Poll (final).
- East (4A)/14-0/Jaylen Warren an unstoppable force
- Bingham (5A)/14-0/Miners hold off Lone Peak to win 5A crown
- Lone Peak (5A)/12-2/Two losses on season to 5A champs
- Springville (4A)/12-1/23-2 in last two seasons earns huge respect
Congratulations to the Red Devils on an amazing season.