When Mr. Lou Crandall left Springville High School at the end of the 2014-2015 school year to teach photography at Saint George’s Desert Hills High School, administration found a replacement in a young teacher from Logan, Utah. Her name is Ms. Beth Hansen and this is her first year teaching at a high school. Previously, she taught photography at Utah State University, but moved here over the summer after three years of working with college students. According to Hansen, moving was something she grew accustomed to during her childhood.
“When I was a kid, my dad was in the Air Force, so we moved a lot,” she said.
Hansen graduated from Satellite High School in Florida and then attended BYU-Idaho and Utah State University. According to Hansen, she became a teacher because she likes helping students learn in a fun way. Her most rewarding teaching experience has been helping students to find creativity and improve.
While she is only a month into her first year of teaching at SHS, the school has already left an impression on her.
“It seems like a good school,” said Hansen, “There are a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities and everyone seems pretty friendly.”
Some of her hobbies include soccer, hiking, watching movies, and, of course, photography. Her students may also be interested to learn that she is allergic to both apples and mangoes.
Mr. Spencer Eaquinto is one of our many new teachers here at Springville High. Eaquinto teaches US Studies and Honors US History, Eaquinto said. What he wants most for his classroom is to foster an academic setting to prepare students.
“My most rewarding teaching experiences include seeing growth of the students and their learning relationships,” said Eaquinto.
“The most unusual job I had was when I used to fight forest fires for three years,” said Eaquinto.
“Yes, I’m married and I have two kids,” Eaquinto said about his personal life.
He also loves doing anything outdoors like gardening and hiking; just anything that will keep him outside. Knowing he loves outdoor activities, it’s no surprise he would be a fan of baseball.
“My favorite baseball team is the Oakland A’s, said Eaquinto.
Welcome Mr. Spencer Eaquinto to Springville High.
Dr. Everett Kelepolo is our new principal here at Springville High School. He has taught and has been a principal for the past 24 years at three different schools.
He has taught economics, accounting, marketing, physical education and weight training. His years of teaching included assignments at Lehi High and Spanish Fork High. He was also principal of Springville Jr. High. For the past eight years, he was in a supervisory position at Nebo District office. While he was with the district office, he worked in athletics and student services.
Kelepolo commented on what his focus will be as our new school principal.
Kelepolo said, “Our main focus is on student learning.”
He said that preparing students for college is also an emphasis.
Kelepolo reflected on his observations of Springville High in regard to academics and school spirit.
“We are working on the vision to have the discipline of West Point, the academic rigors of Harvard, and the fun of Disneyland,” said Kelepolo.
Kelepolo said that his most rewarding experience while being a principal and teaching is the interaction he has with the students.
Kelepolo also coached many sports during his 24 years of teaching. He has coached football, wrestling, and track at both Lehi and Spanish Fork High.
With only 30 seconds left on the clock, the Red Devils pulled off a huge PAT stop to keep Maple Mountain from throwing the game into OT.
The Red Devils handed the Golden Eagles their first loss of the season, 14-13, on Friday, September 11, and Springville remain unbeaten. Adam Rodriguez accounted for both of Springville’s touchdowns in the win. Bryce Nelson contributed with 114 rushing yards and 22 carries.
photos by Christian Jones and Brett Perkins, SHS News Photographers
additional photos by Mark Spencer
Mr. Jason Beardall, the new Dean of Students at Springville High School, is excited to work here with students. His philosophy is to help students be successful in life and their schooling. Even though he may be new to the SHS administration, he is not new to Nebo School District. He has been working throughout Springville, Payson, and Spanish Fork for twenty years. In his twenty years he has coached basketball and PE, taught health, and is now working his first year in administration.
Beardall loves to play baseball. His favorite MLB team is the Boston Red Sox and he has visited their stadium (Fenway Park) multiple times. One of his goals is to travel to every major baseball stadium in the United States. Beardall loves travelling. He has been to Mexico and to different states in the U.S., like Massachusetts and California.
When Beardall says, “Don’t be a cloud,” it means to stop being negative. It actually comes from his favorite quote, “Don’t be a cloud on a sunny day”- unknown. Beardall is excited to be the new Dean of Students and is eager to work with our Red Devil student body. If you have any problems or need help, you can always count on Mr. Jason Beardall.
Congratulations to Ian Taylor for being named as the 2015 Springville High Valedictorian. Congratulations to Rebecca Morrison and Cassidy Erickson for being named as Springville High’s Co-Salutatorians for 2015.
These outstanding seniors will be speakers at the Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, at Utah Valley University UCCU Events Center.
On Thursday, May 21, Springville’s varsity softball team played in the 4A one-loss semifinal bracket against local rival Maple Mountain. Maple Mountain centerfielder Ellie Anderson made a spectacular catch to rob Springville's Natalie Sumsion of what would have been a game-winning home run. The 2-1 victory allowed the Golden Eagles to play region rival Spanish Fork in the 4A championship game. Springville finishes 3rd in 4A state girls softball.
photos by Mark Spencer
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the Springville Varsity Softball team squared off against local Maple Mountain in state playoffs beating the Golden Eagles, 3-2.
Rylee Harris hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Lady Red Devils a win against region rival Maple Mountain. Junior pitcher Kaycie Jensen finished with 16 strike outs.
photos by Mark Spencer