DECA club organizes 800 Santa response letters

Attributions: 
by Jedidiah Barker, DECA Officer

This December Springville High’s DECA club organized a “Santa letters” service project.  DECA students visited elementary schools in Springville and decided to be Santa’s Elves. This was a good way to get all the SHS clubs involved; DECA reached out to every elementary school in Springville and the response was astonishing.  The club ended up with over 800 letters to respond to so DECA club members had to act fast.

DECA opened this opportunity for service to all clubs at Springville High.  Everyone who wanted to participate had the chance to discover their fun side with writing to children--telling them things about how nice they have been and that the North Pole was very busy this year.

Once students finished writing the response letters, students decorated the letters and put them in a big present to deliver to the children. Santa’s little helpers went to each school to deliver the great treats. This service project put so many smiles on their faces and was a great present for most of them.  DECA club, with the help of other service clubs at SHS, really enjoyed this service project and hope to continue it throughout the years.

Latinos in Action -- Christmas Service

Attributions: 
Ivan Cardenas, LIA Adviser
SHS Latinos in Action students
SHS Latinos in Action students
SHS Latinos in Action students
SHS Latinos in Action students
SHS Latinos in Action students
SHS Latinos in Action students

LIA served as volunteers in a Christmas/dinner party for the United Angels Foundation. In addition, LIA students from SJHS and SHS collected 2,289 letters to Santa for Macy's "Believe" program. Macy's donated $2 per letter to the Make A Wish Foundation. That is a contribution of approximately $4,600. The money is used to grant wishes to children with terminal illnesses

Bulldogs over Red Devils in OT Thriller

Attributions: 
by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)

Springville’s Red Devil Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to Provo’s “Dawg Pound” on Friday, December 4; and, in thrilling OT play, lost 81-74.  The game was Provo’s first win of the year.  Free-throws were a big factor for Provo in the win as it made 16 more free throws than Springville.   Red Devil Josh Elison had a huge night with 26 points including hitting a whopping six 3-point shots.  Bennett Hullinger added 18 points and two 3-pointers.

Team Members: Mitch Brotherson, Daxton Poulsen, Bennett Hullinger, Andrew Slack, Seth Mortensen, Josh Elison, Mason Sumsion, Sam Mele, Mark Gallagher, Aidan Erickson, Ben Schreiner, Jesse Hullinger, Isaac Englund, Spencer Livsey, Jonas Killpack, Levi Ruf, Ryker Jenkins, Brett Bodily, Brayden Howell, Easton Call, Sean Halloway

photos by Mark Spencer

FBLA students do well at regional competition

Attributions: 
by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser
Julia Gonzales, Jared Coles
Janessa Lewis, Julia Gonzales, Erick Vargas
Elwin Golding, Matt Boel
Erick Vargas, Elwin Golding
Erick Vargas, Rafael Gonzales
Erick Vargas
FBLA Students
Janessa Lewis

On Friday, December 4, Springville High FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), competed in the regional competition at Utah Valley University. 

Students who participated: Matt Boel, Jared Coles, Elwin Golding, Julia Gonzales, Rafael Gonzalez, Caleb Houtz, Jonathan Howes, Janessa Lewis, Garrett Lopshire, and Erick Vargas.

The following students and teams placed in their competitive events:

Matt Boel, Elwin Golding, and Erick Vargas, 2nd Place, Network Design
Jared Coles, 3rd Place, Word Processing
Rafael Gonzalez and Erick Vargas, 3rd Place, Management Information Systems
Erick Vargas, 4th Place, Job Interview
Janessa Lewis, 5th Place, Public Speaking
Erick Vargas, 5th Place, Computer Problem Solving
Janessa Lewis, 5th Place, Impromptu Speaking
Caleb Houtz, Elwin Golding, and Rafael Gonzalez, 5th Place, Global Business
Julia Gonzales, Janessa Lewis, and Erick Vargas, 5th Place, Business Ethics

Advisers:  Ms. Anna Tuttle, Mrs. Carey White

Double Victory for Girls Basketball

Attributions: 
by Megan McConnell, SHS News Writer (photos by Mark Spencer)

On Tuesday, November 24, at Springville, our Lady Red Devil basketball team crushed Timpview, 58-40. Lydia Austin owned the court, scoring 30 points, and making seven 3 point shots that helped Springville on their road to victory. Olivia Park and Savannah Sumsion also added a valuable contribution with both of them scoring 10-12 points respectively.

Our girls hooped Highland on Wednesday, December 2, again at Springville. The final score being 47-44 in favor of Springville. Lydia Austin, Olivia Park, and Cheyenne Brown all scored points in the double figures helping our girls pull of this narrow victory.

Team Members: Samantha Atkinson, Lydia Austin, Cheyenne Brown, Marynda Chipman, Kennedy Clement, Mary Fredrickson, Taralynn Gervais, Rylee Harris, Kelsea Johnson, Megan Lindsey, Mikayla Miyasaki, Ali Monson, Olivia Park, Brittany Simpson, Alex Sorensen, Savannah Sumsion

*photos by Mark Spencer

Welcome to SHS Mr. Valeti

Attributions: 
by Blake Bullock and Gradin Burns, SHS News Writers

This is Mr. David Valeti’s first year teaching at Springville High.  He was assigned to SHS last year as a student-teacher.  He teaches inclusion English, inclusion Biology and also Study Skills. 

“My vision is to help students realize their true potential and assist them in identifying what their likes and skills are and how they can apply that to a job or their education,” said Valeti.

One of his best experiences was when a student really engaged in a term project, and Valeti watched the student really learn from the experience.  The student did their best and received a high score on the term project.

Valeti is Springville High’s varsity football team defensive coordinator.   We know that part of our Red Devil’s amazing season was due to Valeti’s efforts in working with these dedicated players.  

Valeti is married to Alison and they have four children, three boys and one girl.  His children’s names are Kasanova, who is 9 years old, Shari Siviana who is 7 years old, Tuiono who is 8 years old, and Mataiasi who is 1.  The Valetis love camp, fish, and have extended family over for barbeques.

Welcome to SHS Mr. Valeti!   We hope you enjoy teaching all of our students here.

SHS welcomes new U.S. Studies and Government teacher

Attributions: 
by: Alex Farrell and Zuki Kaufmann, SHS News Writers

This week we received the opportunity to interview and get to know our new U.S. Studies/Government teacher Mrs. Kara Hernandez.  She is very happy to be here at Springville High.  She attended Brigham Young University before she came to teach at SHS.  She wants to help create a positive and fun learning environment for each of her students.  Hernandez hopes that students will leave her classroom with a clear understanding of why History/Government is important and also learn values of how to be successful outside school.

She has been happily married for one year now to her husband Dave.  Some of her interests are music and physical exercise.  One of her past unusual jobs was teaching flute lessons when she was in high school.  Let’s all give Mrs. Hernandez a warm welcome and a great year at SHS.

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