Agricultural Education at SHS

By: Chet Kanzee and Amanda Sly, SHS Staff Writers
Taylor Murphy
Austin Weight loves FFA
Mikayla Morgan Taylor Murphy and Derek Boyer
Derek Boyer chasing a chicken
Taylor Murphy and Derek Boyer
Nikki Vance

Mrs. Giffing and Mr. Allsup are Agricultural Education teachers at Springville High. Mr. Allsup teaches Bio Ag; this class is geared for sophomores and teaches you about animal systems and ecosystems as well as genetics. Mrs. Giffing teaches Animal Science (a class where you learn about the different body systems and care for animals.) Mrs. Giffing also teaches Floriculture and Greenhouse Management in which students learn the basic design elements for flower arrangements as well as how to grow and care for plants in the school’s greenhouse.

Being enrolled in an agricultural class at SHS includes eligibility to join the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization. The FFA is an organization that anyone can enjoy. It teaches leadership and responsibility through experience. Some of these experiences include raising your own animal at the school, such as a pig or a lamb, to sell at a stock show (and hopefully make a profit). Students are also given the opportunity to compete in Career Development Events such as Livestock Judging, Meats Identification, Ag Mechanics, Floriculture, and Marketing. These events encompass many of the different areas of agricultural careers and there is always “something for everyone.” Career Development Events give students the chance to learn about different careers, as well as earn cash and scholarships. Students are also given the chance to meet members from across the nation, numbering over 550,000. All SHS students are encouraged to join FFA, even if they aren’t sure it’s for them.

Springville’s flawless finish, 25-0, with another 4A championship title

by Carey White, SHS Newspaper Adviser (photos by Mark Spencer)
SHS Lady Red Devils Win 4A Championship Title
SHS Lady Red Devils Win 4A Championship Title
SHS Lady Red Devils Win 4A Championship Title

Springville’s Lady Red Devils finish the season 24-0, underscored by a 54-40 victory over Timpview in Saturday's 4A girls state basketball championship game at Salt Lake Community College.  Their high-pressure defense and fast-paced offense helped them earn their third state title in four years over fifth-ranked Timpview.  This group of senior girls have played in four consecutive championship games; five for the program.

The Lady Red Devils never allowed the Lady T-Birds to build any kind of drive, regardless of who was on the floor; Springville dominated the second-half.

Utah commit Malia Nawahine led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Savannah Park added 12 points and four steals, while Brooke Wheeler earned a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The T-birds were led by Lauryn Dela Cruz, who scored 14 points and Lyndie Haddock, who added 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Nawahine's play earned her Deseret News All-Tournament MVP, with her closest competition for the award coming from Park, who made it difficult for the T-Birds to get into any kind of offensive rhythm.

The team had a preseason goal to go undefeated. But they did it by focusing exclusively on each game at hand.

The Red Devil student body turnout and enthusiasm was unanswered by the T-Birds; Springville fans included many parents and community patrons.

Springville’s head coach is Nancy Warner with assistants Jill Thackeray, Holly Averett, Mandy Park, and Chris Warner.  Lisa Walker heads athletic training and Cathi Jarvis is Springville’s athletic director. 

*photos by Mark Spencer

Springville High student tops in the nation

By Justin Coplin and Raymond Jablonsky, SHS Staff Writers
Ashley Eaton

Out of 1.5 million nationwide students, Ashley Eaton ranks in the top five percent in the 2012 national merit scholarship competition.   She entered the competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.

“I don’t feel that I should be that smart.” Eaton said when asked how it felt to be in the top five percent.

Red Devil Track teams take 1st and 2nd at State Championships

by Jeff Wales, Head Track Coach
Springville High Girls and Boys Track Teams win 1st and 2nd at State Championship
Lady Red Devils Track win State Championship Title
Springville Boys Track Team take 2nd in State Championship
Lady Red Devils Track win State Championship

The months of hard work paid big dividends this year as Springville’s girls and boys track teams went first and second at the State Championships held at Brigham Young University.  The Lady Red Devils team came in as the number one favorite, but had to fight to the end to secure their victory. 

Aimee Wheeler started things off on the first day of competition with a first place finish in the long jump.  Things continued the second day with Aimee Wheeler finishing second in the 100m and Lexi Eaton taking third.  Mindy Stapel was fifth in the 100m hurdles with a sophomore school record time.  Next up was the 4x100m relay team of Sarah Duncan, Lexi Eaton, Aimee Wheeler and Brooke Larsen.  As the dominate relay team in the state, they didn’t disappoint as they came home with the victory.  Mindy Stapel again came through in the 300m hurdles with a fourth place finish and another sophomore record.  This was followed by the medley relay team of Sarah Duncan, Brooke Larsen, Mindy Stapel and Kate Hullinger who place third with another school record performance.  Brooke Larsen saved her best performance of the year in the 400m with a fourth place finish.  The high jump competition would prove to be the turning point in the meet as favorite Lexi Eaton came in first and Mindy Stapel providing a huge second place finish.  As is the usual case the last event, 4x400m relay, would be a fight between Springville and Ogden for the state title.  The team of Brooke Larsen, Sarah Duncan, Aimee Wheeler and Lexi Eaton would take second with Ogden coming in seventh.  The final score was Springville 79 – Ogden 77.5.  This was the fifth year in a row that Coach Corey Wales and the Lady Red Devils would bring home a state trophy.

Springville’s boys team was led by some great performances which started on the first day with Joseph Christensen taking fourth place in the 1600m run.  Later in the day Nathan Israelsen would take fifth in the high jump to keep the momentum going.  The second day Zach Gardanier would prove the spark with a second place finish in the long jump.  He would later take fifth in both the 100m and 200m dashes.  The 4x100m relay team of Zach Gardanier, Trevor Church, Jeremy Jay and Jalon Miyasaki took third to continue the Red Devil dominance in the relay events.  Jeremy Jay would add some big points with a second place finish in the 300m hurdles with a school record time and a sixth place finish in the 110m hurdles.  The surprise of the day came when junior Grant Evans took third in the shot put adding valuable points to the boy’s total.  The second place trophy was secured in the last event of the day by the 4x400m relay team of Jalon Miyasaki, Trevor Church, Daniel Jones and Jeremy Jay as they came home with the victory and a school record time.

Brandon Curtis Invitational Track Meet

By Matt Beach and Nathan Israelsen, SHS Staff Writers
Brandon Curtis

On Monday, May 2, the Springville High track team will host the Brandon Curtis Memorial Invitational track meet. The event starts at 1 pm at Maple Mountain High School, another demonstration of the cooperative effort in the community.  Brandon was a student at Springville High; but, in order for this meet to be a state qualifying meet it must be held on an 8-lane track and Maple Mountain is the only one in the region that meets that qualification.

This will be the last time this year that Springville students will be able to participate in raising money for the Forever Strong scholarship that has been established in Brandon's name.   All proceeds from the track meet will go to the fund the scholarship in the memory of Brandon Curtis.  The cost for this event is $2.00 per spectator 12 years and up.

The Forever Strong Scholarship was established in the memory of Brandon Curtis, the son of Jesse and Dianne Curtis of Springville, Utah. Brandon Curtis was killed in a tragic accident July 28, 2010, at the age of 18 years. Brandon was a blessing to his parents and his six brothers and sisters. He was a kind and loving kid with a "forever strong" attitude that helped him to excel in all sports. His favorite sports were football, wrestling and track.  Donations have come from many generous people in support of Brandon Curtis and his family.

Springville Track places 2nd at Timpanogos Invite

by Morgan Adams and Monty Helmer, SHS Staff Writers
Mindie Stapel
Heather Soules
Kaisa Rosenberg
Kate Hullinger
Michael Bartholomew

Last week Timpanogos High invited over 20 schools to compete in track and field events.  Orem High’s girls track team and American Fork’s boys track team each took first place; second place went the Springville Red Devils boys and girls track teams.  

Photos by Morgan Adams, SHS Staff Photographer

FBLA students do well at state competition

By Carey S. White, FBLA Advisor
FBLA Group Picture
Dexter Eppley (left) and Mykal Johnson (right) win 10th place in Global Business
Mitch Ohman (left) and Bradley Borget (right) win 10th place in Banking and Financial Systems
McKayla Montierth (Spanish Fork Jr. High) wins 9th place in Public Speaking I.jpg
left to right--Dexter Eppley, Timothy Elliott, and Mykal Johnson win 7th place in Management Information Systems.jpg
Dexter Eppley (left) and Mykal Johnson (right) win 10th place in Management Decision Making
Dexter Eppley wins 1st Place in Help Desk
Dexter Eppley wins 7th place in Computer Problem Solving

On Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students from Springville and Maple Mountain high schools traveled together to Utah state competition.

The following students placed in state in their respective events:  Bradley Borget and Mitch Ohman, 10th place, Banking and Financial Systems; Dexter Eppley and Mykal Johnson, 10th place, Global Business; Dexter Eppley, 1st Place, Help Desk; Dexter Eppley, Mykal Johnson and Timothy Elliott, 7th Place, Management Information Systems; Dexter Eppley, 7th Place, Computer Problem Solving; Dexter Eppley and Mykal Johnson, 10th Place, Management Decision Making; McKayla Montierth, 9th place, Public Speaking; Tyler Clement, 7th Place, Web Page Design.

The following students participated in state competition:  Bradley Borget, Mitch Ohman, Dexter Eppley, Mykal Johnson, Timothy Elliott, Olivia Garrido, Shannon Smith, Ashley Knowles, Nick H. Taylor, Zach Haycock, Tyler Clement, Kaylie Chen, Elisa Lou, Shirley Lou, Bria Heckel, Kierra Larsen, Shalyn Green and McKayla Montierth.

Dexter Eppley has qualified to attend FBLA national competition in the Help Desk event this June in Orlando, Florida.

Springville High Receives Prestigious All-Sports Award

by Carey S. White, SHS Newspaper Advisor
Springville High Red Devils

Twenty years ago was the last time a high school in Nebo School District received the Deseret News All-Sports award; it was awarded to Springville High.  In 2010, Springville High is again bestowed the honor.
The Deseret News All-Sports award denotes the top overall athletic programs in each of the five classifications. Schools earn All-Sports points for placing in the top eight positions at state. Ten points are awarded for first, eight for second, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh and one for eighth. Points are divided when teams tie. Springville's 66.5 points topped all others. Mountain Crest finished second with 51.5 points, with Timpview, Timpanogos and Bonneville rounding out the top five.
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4A Track Athlete of the Year

by Jeff Wales, Head Coach
Kaisa Rosenberg -- 4A Track and Field Athlete of the Year

The Utah High School Track Coaches Association has awarded Springville junior Kaisa Rosenberg with 4A Track & Field’s Athlete of the Year honors. She is the third athlete from the Girl’s Track team to receive this honor in the last three years. Allissa Huffaker and Natalie Young were Co-Athletes of the Year in 2008.

Kaisa was instrumental in helping the Red Devils place second at the State Meet this season. She brought home gold in three individual events (100m, 200m and 400m), and was on the winning 4x100m relay. In addition she set school records in all three of her events, and was the anchor on the 4x100m relay that also established a new school record. 

Lady Red Devils Track 2nd at State for 4th Straight Year

By Coach Jeff Wales
Lady Red Devils Win 2nd Overall at State Competition
left to right: Lexi Eaton, Kaisa Rosenberg, Sarah Duncan, and ChaiDee Woods.jpg

If there was any doubt who has had the most dominating sprint team in 4A the past five years, the Lady Red Devil Track and Field team put another exclamation point on their ever growing legacy. In what was their most impressive showing to date, these young ladies turned in a performance not seen in quite some time at any level of state track competition. Five years ago they took third at State, and started a trend that has not been matched by any school in any classification. What has followed is four straight second place trophies brought home to SHS.
Leading the way this year was junior sensation Kaisa Rosenberg. In a year that had one of the deepest fields of sprinters, she was able to take the individual title in all three sprint events. She won the 100m in 12.25 seconds, the 200m in 24.85, and the 400m in 56.44. She now owns the school record in all three events. “What makes this so impressive,” first year head coach Corey Wales points out, “is the fact that this is her first year running track as a sprinter, and beating such a quality field of runners. This is the best sprinter that we have ever had here at Springville.” He should know as he has been the sprint coach at SHS for the past six years.
There were other exceptional performances turned in by the young ladies, including a win in the 4x100m relay (Sarah Duncan, Lexi Eaton, ChaiDee Woods and Rosenberg) in a time of 48.55, tops in all classifications. Junior Sarah Duncan also contributed with a fourth place finish in the 300m hurdles and a fifth place in the 100m.   Junior Lexi Eaton was third in the high jump, sophomore Aimee Wheeler fourth in the long jump with a sophomore record of 16’ 11”, senior ChaiDee Woods fifth in the 200m, and junior Brooke Larsen with an eighth place finish in the 100m hurdles.
In what may have been the most exciting race of the meet, the 4x400m relay, the girls needed to beat Sky View to earn a tie for the first place trophy. These two teams took command of the race from the start, and each ran faster than either team had run all year. In the end Sky View edged out the team of Vanessa Johnson, Brooke Larsen, ChaiDee Woods, and Lexi Eaton for the gold. It was the fastest two times ever turned in by two teams in a state race. Their times were the seventh and eighth fastest times ever recorded in the 4x400m relay in the state of Utah. It also was a SHS school record. All in all the girls’ set six school records this year.
Even though there was some disappointment in not winning the team title, Coach Wales noted, “ we only had two seniors on this year’s state team, and are looking to be a contender once again next year. We hope that our success will lead to other good athletes at SHS wanting to come and be a part of this great program.”
The boys’ team also had success at the meet with a third place finish in the 4x400m relay (Daniel Jones, Hunter Nelson, Brandon Curtis and Steven Krutsch), and seventh in the 4x100m relay (Zach Gardanier, Nelson, Curtis and Krutsch). Both were tops for Region 8 teams. 
Individually, the boys’ were paced by junior Daniel Jones’ sixth place in the 800m, junior Joseph Christensen seventh in the 1600m, and senior Steven Krutsch eighth in both the 300m hurdles and high jump.