Every month the teachers at Springville Junior High carefully select six Super Knights. They choose two students from each grade, one boy and one girl. The teachers at SJHS nominate these students and vote. According to Mr. Krebs, a math teacher at SJHS, he picks students that “reflect the attributes of what a Knight should be.” Teachers base their choices on SJHS’s Desired Results for Student Learning (DRSL’s) and the monthly virtue. The DRSL’s at SJHS are: learning to be Effective Communicators, Responsible Citizens, and Successful Learners. The monthly virtue for October is courage. Ms. Miley, an English teacher, said, “So many students at our school do great things every day, so it's exciting to see who will be recognized in the assembly each month.”
The seventh-grade girl that was named a Super Knight is Jane Shoemaker. Her teachers said that she “Always, always, always volunteers an answer, and its typically a deep-thinking answer as well. Works well with others and is very nice and respectful.” Another teacher said, “Jane Shoemaker always has a smile on her face. She comes to class with a great attitude and is helpful at explaining things to students who are a little confused.”
The seventh-grade boy that was named a Super Knight is Spencer McQueen. According to Spencer, Super Knights need to be nice to others in order to be elected. “Spencer McQueen is someone I can count on. I know he is going to do his class work and do it the best he can,” said one teacher. “He gets his work done very quickly, but with good quality. He is very willing to help others understand what they are learning,” said another one.
The eighth-grade girl that was named a Super Knight is Megan Gashler. One of her teachers said, “She has showed courage by being willing to participate and share her opinions. She has showed courage by standing up for herself and the learning environment when there has been disrespect toward the learning time.” Another teacher said, “Megan works really hard in my class. She's always cheerful and happy, and will do anything I ask her to do. She's very helpful and will go the extra mile. Also, Megan does the best push-ups EVER and can do many of them.” Megan was excited to hear she was elected; she said, “It means a lot, I never expected teachers to say those things about me!”
The eighth-grade boy that was named a Super Knight is Tyler Anderson. One of his teachers said, “What I love about him is that when he is learning, he smiles. The light bulb goes off above his head, and he smiles. It is a wonderful gift for me to be able to see that.” Another teacher said, “He has showed courage by being an example of a model student. It's refreshing to have a student at this age know who he is and not be afraid to go after his aspirations.”
The ninth-grade girl that was named a Super Knight is Pamela Lopez. According to Pamela, you need to work hard in school to be a Super Knight. One of her teachers said, “Pamela is a very bright and dedicated student. She always has a smile on her face and works hard to accomplish anything she sets out to do.” Another teacher said, “Pamela is a great example of a Super Knight because she is a good student, positive, energetic, and extremely helpful. Congratulations Pamela!”
The ninth-grade boy that was named a Super Knight is Jaden Gulbransen. One of his teachers said, “Jaden is a very hard worker. He is always listening to the teacher and trying his hardest even when he doesn't know how to do something. He is a good example to other students in my class. He is always respectful.” Another teacher said, “Jaden Gulbransen is a hard worker, and he tries hard to do what's right.”
These students are the epitome of the DRSL’s and the value of courage. “You don't have to be an ‘A’ student to be a Super Knight, but you do have to be constantly trying and improving,” said Mr. Mikesell, the dean of students.