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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS AREA TRAILS to host Wasatch Trail Run series By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ith 100-plus miles of winding canyon trails, it’s no surprise that hiking has become a summer pastime for many Cottonwood Heights residents. Throw in those residents who participate in one of Salt Lake Valley’s many marathons, 5K runs or just outright jogging for fitness, and a significant portion of the population is out there hoofing it around the community. But there’s a special breed of joggers that take to the high trails and thin air to compete in the Wasatch Trail Run series. Cottonwood Heights’ area trails will be hosting several events of the series between April and August, with races being held at Alta, Snowbird and Solitude resorts. The Wasatch Trail Run series is now in its sixth year. Each race offers both a short course — ranging from four to five miles, with a 500- to 700-foot elevation gain — and a long course that ranges between seven and nine miles, and has an elevation gain of 1100 to 2000 feet. “Our motto is ‘Dirt Cheap, Super Sweet,’” said Race Director Mitt Stewart. “The series is unique in that it takes place on Wednesday evenings, and the entry fee is only $20. Nine-race passes are available, which equates to $13 per race. We have 11 races this year.” The Wasatch Trail Run has six different race venues. Spring races are held in Corner Canyon, Dimple Dell and Park City. Summer races are held at Alta, Park City, Snowbird and Solitude. “Alta and our Olympic Park course in Park City are probably our two toughest courses due to the elevation gain,” Stewart said. “Over the years, a community has been created. Every race you see the same familiar faces. This has enabled long-lasting friendships to be formed and provides a healthy breeding ground for competition. The Wasatch Trail Run also has a charity component. Stewart estimates that several thousand dollars have been donated to charity from previous years’ races. Proceeds from this year’s Snowbird race on June 21 will benefit Wasatch

Racers participate in the Wasatch Trail Run series. (Mitt Stewart/Wasatch Trail Run Series)

Adaptive Sports, a nonprofit organization that encourages individuals with adaptive needs and their families to realize their potential and engage in active living through year-round recreational, educational and social programs. Not only do racers benefit from the camaraderie and competition of the series, but they can also get prizes just for being there. “After each race, tons of giveaways are randomly given to participants. From free pairs of shoes, free pairs of skis, clothing, gadgets, it’s a high likelihood that you’ll walk away with something cool. Ten thousand dollars of giveaways throughout the season,” Stewart said.

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Solitude’s race on June 14 marks the midpoint of the series. Upcoming races are scheduled at Snowbird on June 21, Park City’s Olympic Park on July 12, Solitude on July 19, Alta on August 9, and Snowbird again on August 16. Stewart said the races are for anyone from beginners to elite athletes. “The racer demographics cover the entire spectrum from beginners, children under 10 years old, retirees, (those) who are looking to meet new people and get a good workout, to elite athletes,” Stewart said. “Points are awarded each race corresponding to finish placings. At the end of the year, awards are given out to

the top three finishers in each category.” Runner divisions are set up in five-year age ranges, and divided into male/female categories. The Wasatch Trail Run has grown in popularity since it started six years ago at Solitude. “Our first year we held four races and maybe had 20 racers tops. 2017 has brought huge growth. We’ve doubled our participant numbers from last year. We have over 200 racers per race,” Stewart said. Runners interested in the Wasatch Trail Run series can register in advance online at http:// www.runontrails.com or onsite on race day. l

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Local author speaks at county libraries about historic factory fire By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com The Cottonwood-Holladay City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Cottonwood and Holladay. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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uring the Gilded Age of America, thousands of immigrants flocked to factory jobs; some of them found hope, others found tragedy. In her new book, “Factory Girls: A Kaleidoscopic View of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” local author and Westminster College professor Christine Seifert examines one of those tragedies, which she discussed during a book tour of Salt Lake County libraries. She visited Whitmore Library on June 7. One of the worst industrial disasters in American history, the 1911 New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Fire claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, including 123 women, mostly immigrants between the ages of 16 and 23. In a then-common practice to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft, the factory owners locked the doors to the stairwells and exits. This would prove fatal when a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the factory and trapped workers on the upper floors. “I would have loved to tell the stories of all the young women involved in the fire that day,” said Seifert. Her book explores the lives of five young adult women, four teens and a 21-year-old man who perished in the fire. “I wanted to write something that would show readers what life was like for a factory girl ... before and after the fire,” Seifert said. Seifert is a professor of communications at Westminster College, where she has taught the past 12 years. Instead of focusing primarily on the cause of the fire and the aftermath (which resulted in some of the first occupational safety regulations to protect factory workers), Seifert’s focus is on the workers themselves. “I hope readers walk away with an understanding of what it was like to be a young immigrant woman in early 1900s New York,” she said. “The five young women I talk about are truly incredible people and deserve to be remembered.” Seifert’s book discusses the excesses and impacts of the Gilded Age, which she relates to the conditions women around the world are working in today.

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ccording to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “If on the 8th of June it rain, it foretells a wet harvest, men sain,’” While June 8 was hot and windy this year in Cottonwood Heights, nothing really guarantees a wet harvest, or even green lawns, based on the weather of a specific day. Back in the early days of the town’s settlement, when farms and mills dotted the landscape, local residents used a more practical way to determine whether there would be enough water to supply their needs. Local legend states that if snow is still found in the Crow’s Foot in June, then streams and canals will have adequate water supply throughout the summer. The Crow’s Foot has a commanding view of Cottonwood Heights; the feature sits below the summit of Lone Peak, facing northward, resembling two crow’s feet, with natural chutes cutting the outline between the evergreens. The eastern foot, the most clearly visible, has four distinct “toes” (American crows really have three toes) that reach a confluence point midway across the mountain. The adjacent western foot is less distinct. Lacking the modern meteorological resources of today, early farmers had to rely on practical observations around them. Early settlers throughout Utah used various landmarks to forecast their water supply. According to Kevin Eubank, chief meteorologist for KSL-TV, “There are several spots in Utah that old timers would look to as an indicator of the coming season. The Crow’s Foot is one of them and so is the ‘Snow Horse’ in North Ogden and the ‘Sleeping Woman’ on Timpanogos. While there is no official record of these markers being accurate, they do correlate well with the type of weather a particular area is experiencing.” The northern slopes of the Crow’s Foot retain snow pack longer than southern-facing slopes. Drainage from the Crow’s Foot feeds Little Cottonwood Creek at the base of Lone Peak. Randy Julander, snow survey supervisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says, “When you can see the ‘Snow Horse’ (or Crow’s Foot) in late May, early June, good water year. Same for the ‘Dove’ in Morgan County. The concept is actually pretty sound. If you have snow in specific locations this late in the season it means that there was substantial snowpack and thus, substantial runoff.” “It makes sense that the longer we have snow on the ground in an area, the better the water year will be. It also makes sense that when there are colder temperatures that keep the snow on the ground later into the season, the later the last freeze will be,” said Eubank. Access to water was a key consideration when early Utah settlers decided to put down roots. Along the banks of Little Cottonwood Creek budded the pio-

The Crow’s Foot (center) features prominently on Lone Peak during the winter.

neer settlements of Butlerville, Union and South Cottonwood (Murray). Ditches and canals sprouted from the creek, but in dry years, lack of water spelled disaster for early residents. To plan how to get through the hot, dry months of July and August, farmers kept an eye on what fed their water sources. How accurate is the Crow’s Foot as a water gauge? Julander says, “I would like to think we do a bit better with actual snow measurement and statistical correlation to streamflow, but if all ya got is the Crow’s Foot, then that’s what ya go with.” On June 6, 2015, the Crow’s Foot was devoid of snow, and Little Cottonwood Creek, according to the U.S. Geologic Service, was running 90 cubic feet per second. On the same date in 2017, with snow still in the Crow’s Foot, the creek was running 300 cubic feet per second. Eubank notes, “As with everything, there are exceptions to every rule; however, I have learned that the old timers know what they are talking about and their experience can outperform the very best computer models.” The Crow’s Foot was included in Utah’s first congressionally legislated wilderness area, set aside in 1977. l

Signs installed to regulate rec center traffic


By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

uring the summer months, the neighborhoods across the street from the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center experience a substantial increase of parked cars in front of resident homes. One of the major attractions at the rec center is their outdoor pool, which is only open during the summer.

Some of the residents from these neighborhoods expressed frustration with the rec center’s influx of traffic to the city. City Manager John Park and staff worked with these residents to hopefully provide a solution. After observing the traffic, Park and staff realized that one of the rec center’s parking lots was not being fully utilized. The rec center is located on 7500 South 2700 East. When approaching the rec center from the north, heading south, the first visible parking lot is rather small, with only about three

rows of parking. However, on the opposite side of the rec center a much larger parking lot is shared with Butler Middle School. This is the parking lot not being fully utilized. After realizing this potential root of the parking problem, city staff wondered if rec center visitors were either unaware of or unsure about the southern parking lot. Since space was readily available for rec center visitor parking, the city provided a solution for residents concerned about parking. They decided to erect a number of specified “No Parking” signs along the residential roads. During the last week of May, the Cottonwood Heights Public Works staff installed numerous “No Parking” signs along Banbury Road and its adjoining streets. During their installation, many neighbors came out to the curb to discuss the proceedings with the public works employees.

The signs specify there is no parking between Memorial Day and Labor Day from noon to 6 p.m. Each sign has an accompanying sign underneath, which states “additional parking available south of the rec center.” Unfortunately, the signs have not been as effective as many neighbors and city staff members had hoped. “There has been evidence of visual impairment or total disregard with some people parking within feet of the signs during restricted hours,” said Assistant Manager Bryce Haderlie. Since these signs have been up, “there have been mixed citizen comments,” Haderlie said. City staff and residents will have to wait for the summer to heat up and the pool attendance to rise to see just how big of an impact the signs will have in redirecting cars to the underutilized lot. l

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Summer reading program goes beyond books By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


very year, the Salt Lake County Library Services offers a summer reading program to people of all ages. This year, the theme is taking participants beyond just books. The annual program draws thousands of participants, though few completers. The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” an idea that encourages individuals to find ways to make the world a better place. “They can build a better mind through reading, building a better community through volunteering or participating in community events, becoming involved in political activities, just doing what they can to build a better world,” said Liz Sollis, the marketing and communications manager at Salt Lake County Library Services. The program focuses on five theme words: read, learn, create, play and connect. Participants take a reading log and complete activities associated with the words. For instance, for “read,” participants can read or listen to a book, read with someone, read a newspaper or magazine, read an online article or e-book or read a poem or picture book. For “connect,” participants can visit a library, attend a concert, make a new friend, explore a new place or volunteer in the community. Sollis said the idea of the five theme words is to expand the program beyond just reading. “We want to remind everybody that the county libraries are a place where we can allow that to happen,”Sollis said. “Reading is something that we offer. But we offer programs and resources that allow opportunities for people to learn. We also promote play. Play is an important part of learning. We have programs

that involve play.” When a participant completes one of the tasks, they fill in a letter of the word on the program record. Once all of the words are filled in, participants can take the record to any Salt Lake County Library and enter into a drawing. They also get a prize and a ticket to the Natural History Museum of Utah for their library days in August, including an adult-only night. “We did an adult-only night and they really liked it. We have a lot of adults who participate in the program,” Sollis said. “The Natural History Museum has been a great partner. What we love about that is it’s a place where kids can go to learn and they can learn a variety of things about their world.” If participants finish their record and still want to keep reading, the library offers a skyscraper record. “They can get another reading record and they can continue to read and complete it,” Sol- An example of the kids’ reading record for the Salt Lake County Library Services Summer Reading lis said. “Once they finish their skyscraper re- Program. (Salt Lake County Library Services) cord, they get another entering into a drawing.” The program runs from June 1 to July 31. well as West Jordan has booths. We have entertainers throughout It was kicked off with a special event on June 2 at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the West Jordan the night and we have crafts,” Sollis said. “This year, West Jordan is hosting a screening of ‘Moana’ at 8:45 in the park. We also Library and the Viridian Event Center. “We have booths from different community partners, as have food trucks.” l

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City program wins Best of State award


By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

he Best of State Premiere Recognition and Awards Program announced their 2017 winners in June. The Cottonwood Heights Economic and Business Development program won the Best Economic Development Management in State award for their community involvement. “The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah,” states the Best of State Awards. For an organization, individual or business to win one of the many awards, they must meet three criteria. They must show that they have excelled in their endeavors, used innovative approaches or methods for such endeavors and contributed to a better quality of life for residents of Utah. Many different artifacts can be used for evidence of meeting

Best of State recognition for Cottonwood Heights City Economic Development team. (Cottonwood Heights Business Association)

the criteria. Evidence may come from peers, development of products, growth of individual enterprise, other earned awards, community service, charitable contributions, environmentally sound practices, employment opportunities, beautification,

education or cultural contributions. Over 100 judges review the nominations individually. These judges are carefully selected from the recommendations of the Utah Chamber of Commerce, Industry

Association or Mayor’s Office. The judges are encouraged to not rank nominations against one another. However, they rate each nomination numerically based on a 100-point system. The highest ranking nomination wins for the respective category. On May 17, the community and economic development department for Cottonwood Heights was recognized for winning the Best of State Award during the annual awards gala. Business Development and Licensing Specialist Peri Kinder and Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt accepted the award. As part of their recognition, they were praised for making Cottonwood Heights into a business-friendly city. Over the past two years, Kinder has been working hard with her team to create and perfect the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA). l

New administrators named for school By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


n 1999, Cher topped the billboards with her single, “Believe,” and high schoolers were wearing brand-name jeans. That’s when Tom Sherwood walked through the doors at Brighton High as a chemistry, biology and advanced-placement biology teacher. Now, 18 years later, with Bruno Mars at the top of the charts, Sherwood plans to return to Brighton as the school’s new principal this fall. Some things have changed, like the music, and some, like wearing jeans to school, remain the same. “I’m looking forward to renewing my old relationships and making many new ones,” he said. “I’m sure things have changed since I was here, but it all won’t be totally new. I embrace new challenges so I’m looking forward to being back.” Since Sherwood left Brighton after being an administrative intern Jordan High Principal Tom Sherwood, seen with his wife at a Jordan football in 2004, he was named assistant principal at Jordan High in Sandy. game, will be the new Brighton High principal.(Tom Sherwood/Jordan High After four and a half years, he served the remaining portion of that year School) and eight more as principal of Jordan High. principal in the fall. Christy Waddell will leave after seven years at Although Brighton doesn’t have the 100-year history Jordan has, Butler to become the principal at Draper Elementary. Sherwood said it’s still a strong school. “I feel like I put my heart and soul into this place, especially with “Brighton High is a school with tremendous academic and athletic helping with the new building,” Waddell said. “It was so much work traditions, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of last year and this year, it has been a pleasure to enjoy it all. I am the such a great school again,” he said. only principal some of the kids here have ever known. When the fifthSherwood will replace Charisse Hilton, who will take the post graders started in kindergarten I was already here. I honestly feel like of principal at Eastmont Middle School in Sandy, replacing Stacy we are a family and that will be hard to say goodbye to.” Kurtzhals, who will become a Canyons School District special Also departing from Cottonwood Heights is Canyon View education department program administrator. Elementary’s two-year principal, BJ Weller, who will be Canyons Brighton High isn’t the only school that will have a new principal School District’s new director of the responsive services department. in the Canyons School District’s Cottonwood Heights area. Kierstin Draper, current principal at Oakdale Elementary, will Midvalley’s Jeff Nalwalker will become Butler Elementary’s become the new Canyon View principal. l

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Residents concerned about neighborhood roads By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

A new home development by Danish Road is causing concerns among the local residents. (Google Maps)


uring the Cottonwood Heights City Council business meetings, road issues and their relative safety potential have been a common theme for citizen comments lately. One of the fist comments, a few months back, came from Kathleen Reibe. She was concerned about road hazards for school bus routes. “Three times this year my kids could not get to school,” she said. This problem seemed to increase during the winter months with the ski traffic and winter conditions. “We need to create a better area for the ski traffic. We really do struggle up there — we can’t move for close to two hours in the traffic,” Reibe said. She concluded her comment by saying, “Our kids need to get to

Danish Oaks Drive could be one of the residential roads affected by a new home development. (Google Maps)

school. They should be able to get there.” Many subsequent comments concerned one particular housing development. Miriam Aiazzi, who represented about 48 residents from adjacent neighborhoods, came to voice their concerns about the road plans for the development in conjunction with their residential roads. She brought some paperwork from 1987, written by the then associate director of development services at Salt Lake County to provide context for her concern. “At that point a development wanted to connect a road to Danish Road. We received a letter that states that they decided that instead of connecting, they would widen and improve Danish Road,” Aiazzi said.

Once again, bus routing issues were brought up. “We do not have bus stops; the children are dropped off at a church,” Aiazzi said. “The road is so steep that the busses can’t make it up the hill during winter conditions on occasion.” She concluded by offering some solutions. “Don’t connect the roads going into the new development. The current road is dirt — let the property owners develop that road for a connector road. If we do have to connect everything, we ask that the council be proactive and put in traffic calmers,” Aiazzi said. Tara Deans, another resident, representing “a number of residents on our street,” stood up to speak about the same issue. “Danish is actually a very busy street, cars drive very fast, so it is a concern,” Deans said. She spoke briefly about the proposed plan for developing roads and the potential traffic. “What we are proposing, instead of bringing traffic through the streets, keep through traffic out. The area was not built to be a major thoroughfare,” Deans said. Ricki Smith, a resident on Danish Oaks Drive, spoke up. She said that “none of the residents are saying that we don’t want new neighbors, we just want our kids to be safe. It’s just going to take one,” she said. “We are going to be so remorseful with all this foresight. We have it in front of us and we just need to pay attention.” After hearing all the citizen comments about the housing development, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore addressed the group as a whole. “My understanding is that nobody is opposed to the development, but the concern is about negative impacts the development may have on the streets. The developers have to prove the streets are capable of handling the traffic. These issues can be addressed with proper planning. Cities don’t have the authority to direct homes, we only have the ability to try and impose conditions. If the developer wants to connect the road, they can,” Cullimore said. “However, we can look at what that means when they do. At minimum, we can look at significant traffic calming. It’s important for you to understand what’s in our ability to do and what’s not in our ability to do.” Shortly these comments, the City Council reconvened during a work session meeting to discuss these issues. The council asked for either more information or action on each of the road concerns. l

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ombies prowled the streets of Cottonwood Heights on a late June evening. A handful of children and adults had “their zombie face on” as they headed down to the Cottonwood Heights City Hall for the Zombie Bike Ride. In the back parking lot of City Hall, visitor zombies were greeted by zombies from the city and local sponsors. The sponsors had tables set up to market and mingle, food trucks provided sustenance and School of Rock provided entertainment. At 7 p.m., all the zombies retrieved their bikes and convened at the starting line, anticipating to ride the frequented 5k trail through the city. The route starts at City Hall, snakes through local neighbors up to Racquet Club Drive, and comes back down to City Hall. As the zombies rode through the route, many families observed from their lawns, obviously not worried that a zombie outbreak was occurring among their city streets. “The event was not a race but a bike-centered ride through Cottonwood Heights that included a bike rodeo, food trucks, a recreational business expo, fun activities and the opportunity to dress up like a zombie and ride your bike,” Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt said. Many cities all over the country host a Zombie Bike Ride. In fact, that’s where the Cottonwood Heights Zombie Bike Ride

Right: A few awards were available at the Zombie Bike Ride, including Best Costume and Best Family of Zombies, seen here. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

drew its inspiration. During a work trip, one of the staff members of the community and economic development department became aware of a similar event from another city. He brought the idea back to Cottonwood Heights, thinking it would be a perfect fit since the city has many biking trails. A variety of people showed up for this event. Some were professional bike riders, some came to dress as zombies and some just came to have a family night out. In order for this event to occur, many people had to work together to provide different services. Many of the sponsors had their own tents pitched at the starting line, providing information and free treats. The Cottonwood Heights Police Department provided safety along the route and a disclaimer before the bike ride. Many city staff members put in time and effort to make sure the event had everything it needed. Berndt, an artist by heart, created the artwork for the posters and shirts. The Zombie Bike Ride on June 5 was from 6-8 p.m. It was sponsored by Cottonwood Heights City, Cottonwood Heights Business Association, Curves, Lisa Duffin Photography, Healthy Pets, Revive Sports and Spine, Children’s Academy Preschool, KGA Coatings Premium Finishes, Blue Clover Therapy, Family Health Coach and the City Journals. l

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Canyons Film Festival teaches organizational, literacy skills By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


t’s a few months after the red carpet at the eighth annual Canyons Film Festival rolled up, but what students learned in creating their entries will be put to use in the classroom. District Education Technology Specialist Katie Blunt said the skills students learn, such as organization and literacy, translate into their classroom work as well as in the films they create. “The students start with brainstorming, turn their idea in to a story with a storyboard and screen play, they write, they research, they synthesize the information to learn how best to communicate their message,” she said. “It’s a group project, Canyons School District Spokesman Jeff Haney and Secondary they learn how to collaborate. These are Education Technology Specialist Camille Cole present Midvale skills that translate into the classroom as Middle School’s Abigail Slama-Catron with her award for Best Middle School Documentary. (Julie Slama/City Journals) well as into the real world.” Through the process, students learn Elementary in Sandy. Liam teamed up with his not only how to create their film, but also sister, Chloe, to be the elementary PSA winner for how to edit and revise. “Students learn how to do revisions just like “Road Rules,” and he won elementary animation they may have to with a writing assignment in with “My Little Story.” Liam and Chloe also were repeat winners school. We see improvements in films from year to year,” said Blunt, who is the project lead of the film from last year, as was Entrada High Draper campus teacher Wade Harmon, who submitted “Any Given festival. She also said it allows the students to become Saturday,” which won both the teacher film categocreative, which can be seen from stop-motion films ry and the Utah American Graduate Teacher Film Award. to creative features. Other double winners were the high school “Being creative and coming up with my own ideas is part of the fun of the film festival,” said documentary winners, Gavin Hawkins, Ethan Perry Midvale Middle School sixth-grader Abigail Sla- and Connor Cagle of Entrada High Draper Camma-Catron, who has won five awards in the past pus, with “Merry Joseph.” They also won the Utah five years at the film festival. “Last year, I just took American Graduate Champion Award. Other PSA winners include Emily Erickson, an idea of what all my dog could accomplish in his daily life and went with it — up until he chose to Indian Hills Middle; and Cassidy Wixom, Corner Canyon High. fly.” Other animation winners include Ethan White, This year, Abigail won with her documentary “Strike Out,” based on her First Lego League Draper Park Middle; and Alma Sabey, Connor Cagel, Devin Johnson, Entrada High Draper Campus. team’s project. Newscast winners include Quail Hollow El“I look into what I’m doing and what’s going on around me for ideas as well. I’ve made PSAs ementary’s James Anderson, James Covey, Anna (public service announcements) about selling Girl Fetzer, Jade Fiedler, Amelia Harris, Cole Madsen, Scout cookies or helping homeless pets. I’ve made Kaden Morzelewski, Raegan Simmons, Priscella documentaries about a church providing a tem- Smingler, Jamus Wangsgard; Draper Park’s jourporary home and hand-up to transitional families nalism classes; and Corner Canyon High’s Chrisand about the construction of Mt. Jordan Middle topher Collins, Connin Fife, Sean Garrick, Bethany School. I like directing people and creating the Hardy-Smith, Joshua Hurt, Madison Jolley, Gabe Schino and Taylor Sampson. films, but I do it because it’s fun.” Other documentary winners include Belle Abigail and other students in the school district can get assistance, if they choose, from their Davidson, Basil Gillette, Payton Romero, Clara educational technology specialists, who are as- Biesinger, Lucero Reyes, Addison Darling, Bianca signed to schools to teach students numerous skills. Brito, Mason Daytonn, Maddox Titan Schaugaard, “I’ve learned about using a tripod, organizing Aliyah Wilkins, Mia Yanagui and Elise Montesinos my storyline so it’s not going all over the place and of Bell View Elementary. In the feature category, the winners include preparing before I actually begin filming,” Abigail Charlotte Smith, Sunrise Elementary; Eastmont said. The district also provides tutorials to help stu- Middle’s Tayler Peisley, Sara Batoo and Alysya dents, Blunt said. This year, it was on storyboards. Brown; and Amelia Pena and Isaac Bowen from Next year, students can look for enhanced audio Corner Canyon High. The Utah American Graduate Elementary and script writing. “We try to identify areas in the films where all Inspiration Award recipient is Krissy Holsonbach, Midvale Elementary; and the Utah American Gradstudents can improve,” Blunt said. Through the years, the interest in the film fes- uate Documentary Award winners are Ethan Perry, tival has increased. Five years ago, there were only Gavin Hawkins and, Alma Sabey from Entrada 50 entries. This year, there were 154 entries by 442 High Draper Campus. The poster contest winner is “Film the Stars,” students at 24 schools. Some students were multiple winners, such as Liam Morgan of Brookwood by Joshua McGee, Draper Park Middle. l

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utler Elementary student Savanna Moursal wants to learn how to hack into a computer if she should ever be locked out. So the fifth-grader decided to apply for a RizePoint STEM scholarship to attend the camp Girls Go Digital to learn more about coding. “I applied because coding is fun to learn and I hope to learn more about software at the camp,” Savanna said. “I’ve learned to code a little at school, but at the camp, we’ll use Play-Doh to control a computer. That sounds really cool.” On May 17, 20 Canyons School District students from fifth grade through tenth grade were honored as RizePoint scholarship recipients after a committee reviewed their applications, which included a personal explanation of their own ambitions to learn at a STEM camp, their academic record and recommendations from a teacher and a peer. RizePoint gives STEM camp scholarships to 20 Canyons School District students. RizePoint, headquartered in Cottonwood (Julie Slama/City Journals) Heights, has mobile and cloud-based auditing software that helps organizations improve the quality, safety and sustainability of their products, services and facilities. Companies can gather better data, see results earlier and to find skilled workers in the 5,000 tech companies in the state. act faster on any red flags. RizePoint’s auditSome students write about their interests in the STEM ing software is used by five of the top eight hospitality brands, including Marriott and IHG, and five of the top eight food ser- field, but also address the need for the scholarship. “Some students might not be able to afford to attend a vice brands, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s. This is the second year the RizePoint scholarships have camp, so this is a way we can help them enroll in some pretty been awarded. Most of the recipients are students in fifth grade amazing opportunities,” he said about the first program of its kind in Utah. “We’ve had students say that they wouldn’t be and middle school. “This helps students attend a summer camp outside of able to attend otherwise, as it would be a financial burden.” Maylett said some students want to discover answers what they learn in the district,” Canyons Education Foundation to help animals, find cures for chronic diseases, or have just Development Officer Laura Barlow said. “It gives our students a great opportunity to learn new, fun things, and that is huge. It moved to Utah and want to have this opportunity that hasn’t enhances what they’re already learning and gives them a jump- been offered before. He also said RizePoint supports STEM education, with a start into STEM. It excites students about learning.” Students could select their camps and some of those cho- focus on providing that technical education for females. Savanna’s mother, Holly, said she hopes that is what her sen this year include GREAT Camp, Robotics Exploration, Tech Camp, HTML Coding, Lego Mindstorms and Scratch, daughter will be introduced to this summer. “I hope she gets more exposure to computer science as not Smart Camp, Code Changers, Youth Academy of Excellence a lot of girls are in the field,” she said, adding that she works in Inventions of Antiquity, Aviation Day Camp, Junior Naturalist, Play Well Master Engineering, Odyssey Camp, Code Chang- the field. “She made a robot in her school’s tech club and has ers, Bricks 4Kidz, Mars Exploration in Kansas and Hatfield had fun learning coding already.” In addition to Savanna, this year’s winners include AbMarine Science Investigations in Oregon. RizePoint CEO Frank Maylett said the organization looks dullah Husin, Hillcrest High; Abigail Slama-Catron, Midvale at students’ applications to see why the scholarship is important Middle; Alvin Tai, Albion Middle; Amelia Slama-Catron, Hillcrest High; Andrew Romanovsky, Midvale Middle; Bradley to them. “We award the STEM scholarships to young men and Williams, East Sandy Elementary; Charles Avila, Mt. Jordan women for some amazing opportunities because we want to Middle; Christian Soderberg, Lone Peak Elementary; Diinvest in their future as many of these smart, talented and mo- ana Alzerreca, Eastmont Middle; Drake Larsen, Draper Park tivated students will be working in technology and we can help Middle; Emily Erickson, Indian Hills Middle; Emily Waters, them in that path,” he said. “For some students, this is the first Union Middle; Eric Snaufer, Midvale Middle; Kiriana Jolley, time they’ve filled out a scholarship application. This is some- Eastmont Middle; Romeny Molia Salanoa, Alta View Elementhing they earn and impacts their lives and what they’re doing.” tary; Ryan Pomeroy, Indian Hills Middle; Shaylee Nielsen, Mt. Maylett said a new report found that the growing Utah Jordan Middle; Talia Larsen, Corner Canyon High; and Yuexi technology sector had 15,000 unfilled jobs and was struggling Chloe Chen, Granite Elementary. l

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Cottonwood Height Ice Rink offers cool summer activities. By Koster Kennard | koster.k@mycityjournals.com


lthough Cottonwood Heights Ice Arena is more popular during the winter months, the venue offers ice-skating programs throughout the year. During the summer, classes are smaller and the rink provides an avenue for kids to get out of the heat while staying active. “You’re in a smaller class, which gives you just a little bit more one-on-one time with each instructor, which is always helpful and there are less bodies on the ice,” said Skating Coordinator Kathy Valburg. Classes at the ice arena include lessons for beginners as well as figure skating and ice hockey classes. “Our beginning Learn to Skate program is geared toward all disciplines of skating, so we’ve taken out all the quote ‘freestyle skills,’ the jumps and spins so we are teaching basic skating skills that apply to figure skating, hockey (and) speedskating,” Valburg said. Valburg said their program teaches basic ice skating so kids don’t have to learn skills that don’t apply to sports they already play. “For our clientele, we were having a lot of dads coming in saying, ‘I don’t want my son or daughter learning how to do these tricks that they don’t need for hockey.’” When students have passed the five-skill test proving they have learned basic skating skills, then they are allowed to participate in the cutting-edge specialty skating classes for figure skaters. “We offer specialty classes where if you want to do (the) figure skating discipline, then you’ll start learning the jumps and spins that you’ll need to know to do figure skating events,” Valburg said. Cutting-edge classes meet on Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15

p.m. and include eight classes and participation in the Summer Learn to Skate Ice Show on August 18. “Our figure skating program is quite strong,” Valburg said. “We have one of the largest figure skating clubs in the state. This is their home rink and they’ve been here more than 35 years.” The facility started offering Stick ’n Puck ice hockey programs in June. “If you want to learn the hockey, we’ve now got the hockey where you learn to do stick handling and drills that you need to be able to do to play on a team for hockey,” Valburg said. Andy Davis, the recreation program coordinator at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, said their goal is to have a house team at the Cottonwood Heights Ice Arena. “Hopefully by this coming season,” Davis said. Davis talked about their first Stick ’n puck session. “A lot of these kids have never had gear on before so it’s a totally different skating style, but we teach them how to skate, how to actually be in proper form for hockey, how to hold a stick, passing, shooting,” Davis said. “You know, all the fun stuff so they’re enjoying it.” Valburg said many skaters who went through their ice skating programs come back to teach or have gone on to make ice skating a career. “We’ve got some staff members who have been part of Disney on Ice,” Valburg said. “They’ve done traveling shows, ice shows on cruise ships. You make it a career if you really want to do that.” The ice arena is located in the Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Center at 7500 South 2700 East.

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The arena opens at 6:30 and is open until 8:45. Open public skating hours run from 2–4 on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Valburg said ice skating teaches kids that it’s OK to fail. “(Ice skating) teaches perseverance,” said Valburg. “The first thing you learn in skating: you fall down you have to get back up. And you’re doing it a lot throughout your career whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate skater or a champion. Champions are falling every day repeatedly and getting back up.” Even though most don’t think of ice skating when they think of summer, it can be great time to skate, said Valburg. “The nice thing about doing it during the summer is that the classes are smaller so there aren’t as many bodies on the ice,” Valburg said. “You’re coming in from the heat. It’s a nice cool place to do an activity. That’s one of the nice things about summer.” l

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With funds being tight, Zach Lowry gains ground against Genesis in March with support from Carson Petty. Rocky Marks, left, Anthony Suarez, the girls had to wear the boys team’s old, oversized and Bubba Anfinson follow closely. (Duard Peterson/ Brighton Rugby) uniforms. The team was very inexperienced with only a came into the season young and inexperienced. couple of the girls having ever played rugby before, but they were dedicated to “This year, for the boys we were basically starting from scratch,” said team becoming better. manager Teresa Petty. “We had maybe 10 returning players that were young and “In our season this year everybody was so green and we were baptized by a lot of new players.” fire by Herriman in one of our first games, which is one of the best teams in the With so many inexperienced players, the team’s season was a struggle at state,” Yee said. “We got killed that game, but there was no point in that game the beginning. where our girls didn’t play hard or they gave up. They pretended like the score “We definitely didn’t start out successful this year, but we just kept our nose was 0-0 throughout the whole game and I’m so proud of them for that.” to the grindstone and really came together as a team and just pulled it out in the By the end of the season, the team had improved dramatically. end,” said team MVP Rocky Marks. “When we went to the state tournament, they came out and seemed like a The team finished the season strong and headed into the playoffs, where completely different team,” said Yee. “Watching them it was clear they finally they played in the championship game and lost by a point in the final 10 minutes understood the game and they were finally able to improvise and play from their of the game. gut and still do things technically sound, and they had a great win. The other team “We didn’t have as many wins this season as we did last season,” said boys was a bigger team. I think more people on that team had experience. Our girls head coach Peter Black. “This was a building season for us. They came together just really came together. They were closer than they had ever been before. They as a unit and jelled and did very well for the amount of time that we had together lifted each other up, you know, they supported each other until the very end.” as a group. The amount of skills that we acquired over the season, especially from The team was made up of a diverse group of girls who meshed together beginning to end, was very impressive that these kids could learn the game. Be well, including two foreign-exchange students from Europe. humble enough to listen to their volunteer coaches and make progress as a group “I would say every girl brought something unique to the team and I know to finish the season very strong.” a lot of people say that,” Yee said. “What I love about this team is that it is so Black said he appreciates Brighton High School and Cottonwood Heights diverse, not just experience wise but also from the different groups that hang out Recreation Center for letting the team use their facilities. at school.” Although they are two separate teams, Brighton rugby has a special bond The team even had two former cheerleaders on the team who surprised Yee throughout the program, including spending time together and having a special by becoming two of the best players on the team. dinner each Friday. The first of these girls was Brooke Burns, who had just finished winning a “It’s cliché, but it really did feel like a family,” Yee said. “It didn’t matter hockey state title with the boys hockey team she played for, helping her transition who was playing — it was that we were all part of Brighton rugby.” to the physicality of rugby. The other was Brooklynn Segura. Often the teams would play at the same location where they would cheer “I think that what is so great about (Brooklynn) is that she asks great ques- each other on, and when the boys didn’t have practice many of them would come tions and is always looking for feedback,” Yee said. “I think one of the reasons and help the girls better learn the sport of rugby. that we didn’t have a lot serious injuries is because our girls wanted to learn to do Since many schools in the state don’t have a rugby program, the team is things technically right.” allowed to recruit players who don’t go to Brighton High. There are players on A player that Yee singled out as being the most dedicated on the team was the team from Jordan, Murray, Alta and a couple of private schools. Bianca Arroyo. Arroyo would go back and run with other players after she had “I think when you hang out with a rugby player their passion is so contaalready finished her conditioning and would do extra conditioning at home so gious it’s hard not to love it, and so if anybody is curious about it I do invite them she would be ready to help her teammates. She also would text her teammates to come out. I invite kids to come to my room all the time and just learn about regularly to check in with them and make sure they were doing all right. rugby,” Yee said. “It does feel like family and it’s kind of an exciting thing to be After losing 17 seniors to graduation the previous season, the boys team a part of.” l

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commuters who don’t move fast enough when the light turns green. It used to be we had to wait YEARS between “Star Wars” movies. We had to wait an entire WEEK to catch up on our favorite TV show. And if we missed an episode? We were out of luck until summer reruns. Now people binge-watch entire seasons of shows in a weekend and download pirated movies before they’re even in theaters. Before cell phones, there were no middle of the night conversations unless you were lucky enough to have a pair of walkie talkies with a range of about 10 feet. But if you stuck your head out the window and leaned toward your friend’s house, and if she did the same, you could almost hear each other on the walkie talkie. By that point, you could just yell across the yard to each other. Now we’re stuck to our phones having never-ending conversations by text, instant messaging, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc. But we’re not saying anything. Meaningful discussions seem to have gone the way of the typewriter and handcart. We’re too busy to send handwritten thank-you notes. We don’t send postcards from trips. No one knows what a treat long-distance phone calls were to grandparents. We’ve forgotten the tolerance we needed as the telephone line connected to the internet, making that horrible data sound that rattled your back teeth. Patience is more than a virtue. It makes us empathetic, hopeful, optimistic and kind. It reminds us not everything has to be fast. It gives us the chance to look forward to something, like listening to the Disco Fever album from Columbia House Records, delivered by the mailman in only six weeks. l



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Cottonwood Heights July 2017  

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