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By Mimi Darley
s the old saying goes: you can’t just hope for the best, you must also prepare for the worst. That’s what several Draper entities came together to do the first week of November for the Vigilant Guard Drill, a statewide exercise. The Utah National Guard, Lone Peak Hospital, the Skaggs Catholic campus, the Unified Fire Authority and the Draper Police Department were among those who participated locally. The drill assumes that a 6.0 or higher magnitude earthquake has hit the Wasatch Front and that aftershocks shook the ground as well. The first portion of the drill involved Lone Peak Hospital in Draper and the National Guard. On Nov. 3, the hospital practiced receiving an influx of patients that had been injured as a result of an earthquake, and in an unusual twist, those patients came via helicopter so that the hospital could learn how to manage a large number of patients in a somewhat chaotic scenario. “It doesn’t happen very frequently that we have a
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Friends Find One Another Through Festival Of Trees By Mimi Darley
t was because of the Festival of Trees last year that they found one another and formed a friendship of understanding and encouragement. This year two families from Draper and Sandy will team up on a festival tree to raise awareness of the debilitating illness that they each face with courage. The Heidelbergers live in Sandy while the Bennetts live in Draper. Each is a family with three daughters. They live in different towns and attend different churches, but it’s what they share that has brought them both comfort and hope in finding one another. Emma Heidelberger was just a few weeks into sixth grade when she woke up last Oct. 1 and was unable to get out of bed. “It was a sudden onset. She woke up and the whole room was spinning. She was so dizzy she couldn’t stand up and she had chest pains,” her mother, Marcy Heidelberger said. They initially thought it was the flu, but when Emma was still unable to get out of bed a few days later, they took her to the pediatrician. “They really didn’t know what to diagnose her with,” Marcy said. The pediatrician advised them to see a cardiologist because of the chest pains, but it would take weeks for an appointment with that doctor. “She wasn’t getting better; she was getting worse,” Marcy said of Emma who spent that month in a wheelchair. After hearing of Emma’s symptoms, a friend of Marcy advised her to look up POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) on the internet. POTS is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, a cluster of symptoms frequently seen together that affect a person’s breathing and digestion and can cause chronic pain, migraines, dizziness and low or high blood pressure among other things. Marcy looked it up and watched a Mayo Clinic video with a description of POTS. “It explained Emma to a T,” Marcy said. Marcy then found out via Facebook that a doctor in Colorado was familiar with POTS.
Anxious for answers, Marcy and her husband flew with Emma to Colorado where she was diagnosed with POTS at the end of last October.
eanwhile, Bryn Bennett of Draper had struggled with a myriad of debilitating symptoms that kept her from going to school for her fifth, sixth and seventhgrade school years. She had been allowed to “pop in for socialization,” her mother, Brandy Bennett explained. But she had to be home-schooled, and it was 15 months before doctors diagnosed her as having POTS. That happened in February of 2013. “We missed the big picture that explained everything else,” Brandy said, “Had we known, it would have saved us a lot of testing and procedures. We could have improved her quality of life sooner.” Shortly before Emma’s diagnosis, but when they were growing more certain that was what was ailing Emma, Marcy saw a story on a young woman in Sandy with POTS named Aubrey Slack. Aubrey and her mother invited Marcy and Emma to decorate a tree for last year’s festival. Bryn Bennett’s grandmother saw a story about it in a local newspaper and told Bryn’s mom, Brandy, who then contacted Marcy. “We just started talking and comparing notes. We… connected,” Marcy said. Emma, now 13 and Bryn, now 14, have formed a strong bond. For the first time in three years, Bryn is back in school half days and Emma is able to go for math, science, English and history classes. The girls talk or text daily as do their mothers. “When they get really bad or really down, they always can talk to one another,” Marcy said.
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patients in an emergency. Two scenarios played out that day at the Skaggs campus. Scenario one was an earthquake drill where the entire campus of approximately 2,250 people including the childcare, elementary, middle and high schools began by practicing taking cover under their desks and then evacuating their buildings. Once outside, teachers had to account for the children
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drill this large in scale. Our main goal is to be prepared in terms of a disaster. I think it’s a good opportunity on how we would respond in a real scenario,” said Hani Makar, Lone Peak Hospital preparedness coordinator. Two days later, there was high drama at Juan Diego Catholic High School as its portion of the drill began, but all a rehearsal and all for the sake of preparedness as well. The school It’s one thing to have a big sits on the Skaggs Catholic campus. plan. It’s another thing to test That campus has memorandums of understanding with several local to see if that works. agencies including Lone Peak Hospital, the Red Cross and Draper City and it was selected as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Draper City in the event of a real emergency. Draper’s City Hall is also an EOC. Molly Dumas serves as public information officer for the Skaggs Catholic Center. She explained that it’s highly likely, in the event of an earthquake, that the Skaggs campus would serve as an EOC because the campus is located in a lower seismic activity area and the buildings are newer and built to code. “We’re not on a fault line, we’re not in a high shaking area, so in all likelihood, our building might be one of the few still standing,” Dumas said. She also pointed out that liquefactionpotential maps for the area indicate the campus is on more solid ground with regard to it not being too near bodies of Dr. Julie Fox and Karen Barnard of Lone Peak Hospital help an “injured” patient received via helicopter for an water that might cause quicksand-like earthquake drill. Photo courtesy of Travis Smith / Lone Peak Hospital conditions in other geographic areas of the valley. Dumas said the campus sits on 56 acres with 400,000 square feet of or students in their care. Each classroom Each “injured” student was given a tag buildings that could potentially hold tens on the campus is equipped with an emer- indicating the severity of their injury, of thousands of people. She said they could gency backpack containing directions with red meaning immediate care was land helicopters and have tent cities on for teachers and some basic equipment needed. Students with red tags were given needed in an emergency. priority for being loaded on a bus bound the property if needed. High school students with an interest for Lone Peak Hospital where they would “We could accommodate thousands be unloaded first for urgent care. with the help of our partners,” Other students were tagged as yellow Dumas said. She went on to say for “serious but not life threatening” and that their neighbor, Lone Peak green for “minor injury.” They also rode Hospital, also sits in a more solid on the bus bound for the hospital. The geographic location compared to triage tags used that day by Skaggs staff other hospitals in the valley, and included a black tag for “morgue,” though thus has the potential of being no black tags were issued that day. one of the only hospitals left “It helps to practice that and get to standing and able to care for know each other in a scenario where you can practice working together first before the real scenario happens,” Dumas said of A Utah National Guard helicopter landed the partnership with Lone Peak Hospital. at Lone Peak Hospital for the Vigilant Guard Drill. Photo courtesy of Travis Smith / Lone Peak Hospital Preparing continued on page 5
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in medical fields as well as some drama students had been previously selected to feign injuries, but teachers had not been told in advance which students would pretend injury. The hospital had assigned the students ailments such as hysteria and hallucination as well as broken bones, lacerations and chemical burns. Teachers had to identify which of the students in their care needed medical treatment of some sort. Those students, feigning their designated injuries, were carried or escorted to a triage area of campus where they were assessed by Skaggs Campus Health Services staff.
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Previously selected Juan Diego Catholic High School students feign injury and walk or help others to the designated triage area set up for an earthquake drill on the Skaggs Catholic campus.
Preparing continued from page 4 The second scenario assumed that the hospital had either experienced damage to its building, rendering some or all areas unsafe, or that the hospital had been overwhelmed by the number of patients and thus needed to set up a Medevac unit in Juan Diego Catholic High School’s auxiliary gym. Dumas said the
transporting the “injured” by ambulance while Draper Police assisted by controlling traffic. “Their function is to provide security. You need someone who can help with order and…traffic control. They’re a great partner with us as well,” Dumas said. The day ended with each entity de-briefing within its organization on to how things went and how they could be
“The hospital will have a debriefing period
to gauge what worked well and what can be improved upon so that we can continually be in a state of preparation for a real event.” idea for that part of the drill came from Lone Peak Hospital. Carolyn Kunz is an RN at Lone Peak Hospital, and she was among the 18 hospital staff who had helped set up and practice “emergency and operating room” areas in the gym and even an OB area designed for the delivery and care of a baby and its mother, a scenario she feels could be quite likely in an emergency. Continuing the drill, the 30 “injured” students returned to the high school from the hospital via ambulance with National Guard staff escorting them to the Medevac unit that had been established by Lone Peak in the school’s auxiliary gym. Unified Fire Authority helped with
improved. That would be followed by leaders from the school and the hospital comparing notes in the same way. “The hospital will have a debriefing period to gauge what worked well and what can be improved upon so that we can continually be in a state of preparation for a real event,” Makar said. The representatives from all participating entities indicated that the drill was very valuable to their teams. “It’s one thing to have a big plan. It’s another thing to test to see if that works, and that’s what we’re doing,” Dumas said. “We created this scenario to practice this, to find where our holes are,” she said. l
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City Creates Temporary Traverse Ridge Advisory Committee By Mimi Darley
referendum defeating the Traverse Ridge Special Services District’s budget and certified tax rate was overwhelmingly passed by voters Nov. 4, according to City Recorder Rachelle Conner. Prior to that, and expecting that the referendum would pass, the Draper City Council made a decision to establish a new TRSSD administrative control board. The council’s first step in that process was to select five people to act as a temporary advisory committee to the district. The city council has served as the TRSSD board since the special service district’s creation in 1999 when the district was established under state code as a condition of the development of the SunCrest area. “We felt like that’s what the community wants up there, a more direct involvement in the services they receive, more transparency, more control. The best way we feel to do that is to have those residents do that,” Councilmember Bill Rappleye said about the city’s efforts to create a new TRSSD control board.
City Manager David Dobbins said that in researching how to go about appointing a new board, the city found conflicting information in the state code. One portion of the code advised that a board could be appointed by the mayor, while the other information found required notifying the public over a fourweek period and accepting applications from those who met the requirements to serve. It also indicated that board appointments could not be made less than 60 days after the first notice went out. The requirements for the advisory committee and the board are that the applicants live in the special services district and are registered voters. “To avoid any conflict, we decided to go with the lengthier process,” Dobbins said of the decision to first establish a committee and then create a board. Dobbins said they advertised for the positions on the city’s website and contacted Traverse Ridge residents for whom they had email addresses. Then the city council and mayor conducted interviews
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helpful in the transition of the management of the district from the city to the control board to have this temporary committee,” Dobbins said. He noted that the committee had already held its first meeting in late October with 30 to 40 TRSSD residents in attendance. Dobbins said the committee will advise the city on how to transition services provided in the service district so that those services will eventually be managed by the new board and not by the city council. Dobbins said the city council has indicated their intent to formally appoint people to the new administrative control board in December. Meanwhile, he said, the council will continue to take applications for that new TRSSD administrative control board. “They may not be the final people appointed. We may not be done interviewing. Obviously, we want the best-qualified candidates and a good cross-range of people,” Rappleye said about the five who make up the temporary advisory committee. l
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Draper Teen Earns All Boy Scout Merit Badges By Kim Shemwell
raper resident and Corner Canyon High School senior Greg Memmott never thought it was possible to earn 138 Boy Scouts of America merit badges when he set the lofty goal at age 14, but he now knows what hard work and dedication can bring. The 17-year-old earned his final merit badge last month during a BSA Court of Honor ceremony. Greg said that one of his neighbors had achieved the same feat, and it inspired him to try it himself. During the threeyear undertaking, the dedicated Scout spent about six hours a week working on the requirements for each badge. Along the way, he earned his Eagle Scout (21 merit badges) and nine Eagle Palms (five additional merit badges each). “I didn’t realize the sheer magnitude of what I had sent out to accomplish,” Greg said. “I got to learn about and experience many different areas above those commonly known in scouting.” Some of those areas included mining in society, composite materials, fire
safety, search and rescue and automotive maintenance. Scouts can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades and future careers while earning merit badges. The requirements vary in difficulty and include research, oral presentations, written reports and hands-on experience. Greg said he completed hundreds of pages of worksheets, thousands of requirements and more hours of work than he can count.
agle Scout is the highest rank awarded to youth scouts in the BSA. Of those who achieve this rank, only a portion remain active and go on to earn additional merit badges and Eagle Palms for their service. Because the accomplishment is so rare, the BSA does not keep a formal record of the number of boys who have earned all possible merit badges and thus does not have an award. However, Greg’s parents made a plaque to give to him during the awards banquet. “He really decided to do this on his
own,” Greg’s father Lester Memmott said. “My wife made sure he had the materials and scout books he needed, and he’s had very supportive scout and church leaders who have helped him throughout. I got to accompany him on many of these experiences...great opportunities for us to spend more time together.” One of the most memorable activities the father-son team accomplished together was getting certified in scuba diving. “I was really excited about earning the scuba diving merit badge because it Draper teen Greg Memmott achieved the rare feat of was something I never thought I would earning all 138 Boy Scouts of America merit badges. Photo do,” Greg said. “Even though I found courtesy of Greg Memmott it challenging at times, in the end I sons are Eagle Scouts, and I think the had a great sense of accomplishment.” Draper Mayor Troy Walker recog- merit program, if run well, is a great nized Greg’s achievement with an award program for young men. It’s like a mini at an Oct. 7 Draper City Council meeting. aptitude course—it gives you a working “This rare accomplishment is really knowledge—just enough information a testament to Greg’s setting a goal and to know if it’s something you might l achieving it,” Walker said. “Both of my be interested in for the future.”
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Mayor Declares Nov. 17-21 Utah College Application Week By Kim Shemwell
raper Mayor Troy Walker and members of the Draper City Council signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 17-21 Utah College Application Week in Draper City. Working in partnership with the Canyons School District, city officials hope to ensure that all high school seniors in Draper complete at least one college or university application during the school day. “As a college graduate, I support this initiative wholeheartedly,” Walker said. “We are striving to ensure that students in Draper City are college and career-ready
through the college application process. By initiating Utah College Application Week, Draper City supports the American College Application Campaign, a national effort to increase the number of firstgeneration and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. “We are encouraging kids to apply who think they can’t afford college or who may be the first in their family to pursue a college degree,” said Scott Harper, a representative from the Canyons School District Education Foundation who presented the initiative at last month’s
financial assistance.” The Canyons School District Education Foundation has agreed to pay up to $25,000 to cover college application fees for students who qualify during College Application Week. Participating high schools will also provide undocumented students with application help,
during the week to help students navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they complete at least one viable college or university application. “Our goal is to have all 2,700 Canyons District high school seniors fill out an application,” said Canyons District Secondary Director of Evidence-based
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when they graduate high school.” The Canyons School District is one of 14 partner districts (49 high schools) participating in the local initiative, sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education, that aims to provide students with the information they need to get
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Learning Hollie Pettersson. “If a student fills out an application in the fall of their senior year, they are more likely to go to college and graduate.” The Utah System of Higher Education hopes to have 66 percent of Utah’s workforce with postsecondary degrees by the year 2020. “When I went to school, I had to find out about colleges on my own,” Walker said. “This is an exciting and innovative program that provides great information and support. Once they can sit down and get through one application, they’ll realize it’s within their reach.” l
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Draper Filled With Holiday Happenings UTAH HUMAN RACE The 9th annual Utah Human Race will be held on Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 27). The race route is certified by USA Track & Field, and begins and ends at the Draper Spectrum at 12101 South State Street. The 10K race begins at 7:30 a.m.; while the 5K race begins at 8 a.m. Registration fees are $20 for the 5K race and $25 for the 10K race. For groups of five or more, there is a $5 discount per person. Proceeds benefit the Utah Food Bank. Registration closes on Nov. 24 at noon. There is no same-day registration. To register, visit www.UtahHumanRace.org. TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Draper City will kick off the holiday season by lighting up Draper Park, 12500 South 1300 East on Monday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Children can visit with Father Christmas and other guests. There will be musical performances, haystack rides and refreshments. CANDY CANE HUNT Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to look for candy canes hidden in Draper City Park, 12500 South 1300 East on Monday evening, Dec. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. Several special candy canes can be redeemed for a new holiday toy. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for photos and Christmas wish lists. This free event is presented by Draper Recreation Department. SANTA CLAUS AT THE SORENSEN HOME MUSEUM Santa Claus will be visiting the Sorensen Home Museum, 12597 South 900 East, on Dec. 6 and again on Dec. 13. Santa will be available from noon to 3 p.m. both Saturdays to hear children’s Christmas wishes, to give them a treat, and to pose for photos. Visits with Santa are free. A photographer will be on hand to take a 5 x 7 photo, hard copies of which cost $10 per pose, or
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CROCK-POTS: THEY AREN’T JUST FOR DINNER ANYMORE By Joani Taylor
ne of the unspoken niceties about fall is the financial relief of turning off the A/C. Isn’t it lovely to have the reprieve where we neither have to heat nor cool our home? As we begin to turn off the grill outside and tuck ourselves in for the winter, I look forward to hunkering in with my favorite comfort foods. Have you broken out the slow-cooker yet? Rocky Mountain Power reports that small appliances like electric woks, electric griddles and slow-cookers, are a great way to save on the high cost of heating the oven or range top. Coming in at around $30, these small and handy appliances of the 1970’s that are making a comeback are not only frugal to use but to purchase too. Today’s chefs use them for roasting squash, baking pies and stewing up breakfast. You can find a plethora of Crock-Pot recipes on various websites devoted to honoring the magic of slow cooking. Check out CrockPotLadies.com, GetCrocked.com and 365DaysOfCrockpot.com for some inspiration. Here’s one of our family favorite go to recipes I learned years ago at a cooking demonstrations at a Tupperware party. It has some surprising ingredients that I bet most of you have in your kitchen right now. No bellbottoms or avocado green containers are required.
CROCK-POT RECIPE 2lbs Beef or Pork - You can use pretty much any cut of meat. Short ribs or pork loin are good choices. 1/2 c. flour 3/4 c. Ketchup 3/4 c. Cola 1/2 Onion (thinly sliced) 3-4 Baking Potatoes (I like to use 3 very large ones and then cut them in half when serving) Olive Oil Salt & Pepper DIRECTIONS: Dredge 2lbs of the meat of your choice in a mixture of salt and pepper seasoned flour. Preheat a skillet to a nice hot temperature and brown all sides of your meat in olive oil (about 2 tablespoons). It’s tempting to skip this step (and I do on occasion) but the added flavor this adds to the meat, coupled with the pan juices and thicker sauce the flour creates is worth the additional dirty pan. Place
the meat in your slow-cooker and top with the onions. Combine the Ketchup and Cola in the skillet you browned the meat in and scrape up all those bits of yumminess on the bottom. Pour the sauce mixture over the meat. The two ingredients paired together make a nice BBQ flavor plus, the cola actually acts as a tenderizer for the meat. Poke the potatoes with a fork, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wrap the potatoes in heavy duty foil or two layers of regular foil. Place the potatoes on top of the meat with the fold of the foil on top. Cover and cook on low for 7 or 8 hours until the meat is falling apart and the potatoes are fork tender. Serve with a salad or your favorite veggies and enjoy. l
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CCHS Computer Science Class Co-Taught By Industry Professionals By Julie Slama
orner Canyon High is offering a new computer science class this fall cotaught by experts in the field. As part of the Technology Education And Literacy in Schools program, Microsoft started and is funding these experts who share their real-job experience with Corner Canyon students as they teach them. At the same time, Corner Canyon teacher Joel Smith is getting trained in the field so he can better prepare students in the years to come. TEALS is a grassroots program that recruits, trains, mentors and places high-tech professionals from across the country who are passionate about computer science education into high school classes as volunteer teachers in a team-teaching model. TEALS eventually hands off the courses to the classroom teacher so the school will then be able to maintain and grow a sustainable computer science program on its own.
Corner Canyon is the second school in the state to offer this program, Principal Mary Bailey said. “Corner Canyon was selected because most of our parents are professionals, and many are in the computer science industry,” she said. The partnership began after Canyons School District Director of Career and Technical Education Janet Goble learned about the TEALS program in a technical education magazine. “There’s a huge shortage of students entering the computer science field, so we’re trying to build a computer science pathway in our schools,” she said. The program is a two-year commitment for industry professionals that allows Smith to be trained alongside the students. In addition, Smith is taking computer science classes to enhance the education that he brings to his students. “Most of our students don’t have much background in computer sci-
An industry professional teaches Corner Canyon students skills in computer science this fall. From left, Jeff Poole Jason Johnson, and Gareth Butler ence. So, two of the four professionals are team-teaching a project at a time,” he said. “After they work through one assignment, they trade with the other pair who teach another project. This is a great opportunity for our students to have hands-on experience to work on projects with professionals.” About 60 sophomores, juniors and
seniors filled two sections of the class this fall. Students are assigned a couple of projects to complete before creating their own personal projects at the end of the term. Many of the projects center around programming concepts such as creating characters who interact with
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Draper Students Honor Veterans By Julie Slama
tudents at several Draper schools thanked veterans Nov. 11 for their dedication to their country through programs this Veterans Day. At American Preparatory Academy, the annual program has attracted about 75 veterans at its Draper campus 1 in recent years, and with the addition of Draper campus 2’s program, more veterans were expected to be honored.
sang patriotic songs and then thanked him and other veterans. “I have never been thanked before,” Francis said. “This is better than all the medals and ribbons I ever got.” At Draper Park Middle School, veterans and active duty military and their families were invited to a Veterans Day pancake breakfast. Following the breakfast, music students performed patriotic
“I have never been thanked before,” Francis said. “This is better than all the medals and ribbons I ever got.”
uan Diego Catholic High School recently put one of three telescopes that were donated to use, allowing students and the community a chance to view the partial solar eclipse Oct. 23. About 100 participants looked through the 17-inch telescope that was donated by astronomy buff Ken Harris. Juan Diego offers an astronomy course, which now has equipment to view the sun and stars, and plans to hold more star parties for students and the public. —Julie Slama
American Preparatory Academy students performed in the past at their annual Veterans Day program. “We see it as our chance to thank the veterans who rendered service in our behalf and in behalf of our country (and) as a time to teach our children of the sacrifice of all the veterans in our country and of the respect they have earned,” APA Executive Director Carolyn Sharette said. The program, which is rehearsed for about one month before Veterans Day, is usually dotted with veterans’ stories, songs about American pride and thankful words from students performed before a packed gymnasium. Students write essays about veterans and the essay winners share their stories, often about relatives who serve or served. Former Navy river patrolman Karl Francis had tears in his eyes at a recent APA Veterans Day program when students
numbers and student council members read letters that the student body wrote to veterans, thanking them for their dedication and time in service to our country. Channing Hall invited veterans to a middle school assembly to listen to former Navy serviceman Steve Carlson speak, honor the flag presented by the Utah National Guard color guard and listen to music performed by the school choir. Afterward, veterans were invited to elementary classrooms so students could ask questions and show them an eightfoot American flag they were making for the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Letters the students wrote were given to the Utah National Guard to be sent to soldiers based in Afghanistan. l
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Juan Diego Soccer Among Top Teams At End By Catherine Garrett
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ince 2004, the Juan Diego Catholic High School girls soccer team has advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament, winning two titles during that span. This year proved to be no different for the Soaring Eagle squad which lost in the semifinals to Desert Hills in a 6-5 shootout after both teams ended double overtime tied at two-all Oct. 24. “This year went really well,” firstyear coach Myriah Fankhauser said. “I love these girls and am super proud of them. They legitimately had to work for everything, and that’s a great way to train and play.” Juan Diego, which was ranked among the top five teams in the state for much of the season, entered the state tournament with a 10-4-2 record. In the first round, the
her team reach the semifinal matchup against Desert Hills. “Obviously, I’m disappointed in the end result as I had every intention of being back in the state championship game,” Fankhauser said. “Everybody gears up and levels rise in the tournament, and on any given day, any team can win.” The team was led by Buck’s 10 goals while Berg and Alexa Fries each scored seven. Hall, a transfer student from Washington state, had four shutouts this season as the team’s main goalkeeper. Also on the 2014 Juan Diego squad were Presley Azarcon, Cortney Bench, Haley Bench, Catherine Billings, Elizabeth Blair, Alannah Clay, Avery Fries, Ashley Hall, Sophie Holbrook, Bella Holt, Heaven Kelly, Abby Kolff,
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Soaring Eagle squad found to work for everything, and that’s a themselves in their fourth double overtime game of the great way to train and play. year against Snow Canyon. This time, they defeated the Warriors 4-1 in a shootout after 100 Olivia Kuehn, Madison Lopez, Aleya minutes of play resulted in a 0-0 tie. Mason, Melissa McFarlane, Emma In the quarterfinals, Juan Diego beat Phinney, Baylie Reid, Hannah Shelkey, North Sanpete 7-0 behind two goals each Britny Sorenson, Alison Stroud, Eva from AnnaMaria Degeronimo and Gabbie Tavake and Mattea VanDeWiele. Berg while 2013 Honorable Mention All“This year was stressful and awesome State player Ashley Buck, Emily Pascua all in the same moment,” Fankhauser said. and Jordyn Jones also scored. Sophomore “I am extremely blessed to have worked Audrey Hall recorded the shutout to help with these girls.” l
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Draper Player Helps Aggies Advance To MWC Tournament By Ron Bevan
tah State senior forward and Draper resident Lauren Roundy wasn’t ready for her collegiate soccer career to end. With just two games left in the season, on Oct. 26, the Aggies needed to secure a win to move on to the Mountain West Conference tournament. Plus it was Senior Day, the last home game for Roundy and the other five Aggie seniors. So the former Alta athlete made sure her team would advance, scoring the first goal of the game and assisting on a second, giving Utah State a 4-0 win over Nevada and helping the Aggies advance to the MWC tournament in San Diego. “I scored in the first 12 minutes of the game,” Roundy said. “It was a way for me to say goodbye to my school.” Roundy started in all 19 games for the Aggies her senior year. The daughter of Glen and Sharon Roundy helped the team to a 10-7-2 overall record and a 6-4-1 conference standing. She has played forward her entire career at Utah State. “I am the only one that hasn’t been moved to other positions on the team,” Roundy said. “The coaches like my aggressive style. I like to make contact with the defender to know where she is and then make my move.” Ironically, it was a coach’s decision at Alta that may have driven Roundy to her success at Utah State. Roundy
came to Alta her junior season after two years playing at Alta’s rival, Brighton. She helped win Alta’s third state 5A championship in a row as a junior, but found herself outside looking in for her senior year. “I was cut from the team as a senior,” Roundy said. Alta would go on to win a fourth-straight state title without Roundy. But she wasn’t ready to give upon her soccer dreams. She had already committed to taking her soccer skills to Utah State prior to her high school senior season and trained harder than ever to increase her abilities. “I learned a lot about myself when I was cut from Alta’s team,” she said. “I used it as a motivation. I wanted to achieve more with soccer after that happened. I’m not the kind that just rolls over.” Honing her skills to a sharper level with Avalanche, her club soccer team, Roundy practiced hard that year and felt confident when she arrived at Utah State. The confidence carried her through to a four-year career. Roundy redshirted (a delay, usually for a year) her first year at Utah State and then saw action in 17 games in 2011 as a sophomore. She started in two of those outings. She earned a starting position on the Aggie squad eight games into her sophomore season and scored her first collegiate goal the same year. She wouldn’t give up the starting slot the rest of her collegiate career,
Draper’s Lauren Roundy capped off her senior season with a goal to help Utah State advance to the Mountain West Conference tournament. although an injury put her on the sidelines for seven matches as a junior. Roundy scored the winning goal in the opening game with Creighton her junior season. She added three more this year as a senior. Now, she is ready to take on far bigger goals in life. She is set to graduate from Utah State in December with a degree in psychology and exercise science. She is also getting married shortly afterward, to a former middle school classmate, Bridger Dallimore. “We knew each other when we were younger but never dated,” Roundy said. “Then, about a year ago, he was the umpire at my brother’s baseball game. My mom kept saying how cute he was. I guess mom always knows best.” l
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t took over a year to achieve, but Corner Canyon has its first Academic All-State athlete. Madison Lewis was named to the 2014 4A Academic All-State team for her efforts in volleyball as well as the classroom. She is currently carrying a 3.992 grade point average, with just one B+ hampering a perfect score. Lewis, daughter of LeGrand and Tara Lewis of Draper, began attending Corner Canyon as a junior when the school first opened in 2013. She had previously
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The Juan Diego Catholic High School girls cross-country team placed 14th at the 3A state championship at Sugarhouse Park Oct. 22. They were led by freshman Kelly Shearer who set a personal record in finishing 12th out of 118 runners. Shearer placed first in a home region meet in mid-September at the Cottonwood Complex and at Round Valley Golf Course in a meet at Morgan this season Sept. 30. Her other first-place finish at the inaugural Catholic School Cross Country Classic at Wheeler Historic Farm Sept. 26 led the six-member Soaring Eagle squad to the title. The girls’ fourth-place Region 10 finish, with Kelly placing second individually, qualified the team for the state meet. Also competing for Juan Diego this fall was senior captain Olivia Causse, who set a personal record by finishing 50th at state, along with senior Jean Glasser; junior Emily Crawford; and sophomores Gentry Christiansen and Anna Schlehuber. The boys were led by freshman Turner Crooms and junior Andrew Zinman—both who set personal records at the state meet—and senior captain Kevin Hemmersmeier. Also on the Soaring Eagle boys squad were seniors James Barbera, Devon Cook and Kyle McGlinn; junior Richard Owen; sophomore Braxden Hanzelka; and freshmen Colter Gansen, Troy Hemmersmeier and Thomas Moore.
CATHOLIC XC MEET Nine Juan Diego Catholic High School cross-country runners qualified for the 3A state cross-country meet held Oct. 22 at Sugarhouse Park – Kelley Shearer, Olivia Causse, Gentry Christiansen, Anna Schlehuber, Emily Crawford, Jean Glasser, Turner Crooms, Andrew Zinman and Kevin Hemmersmeier —Catherine Garrett
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Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to noon, and every Thursday until 8 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. with a suggested donation of $2.50 for patrons over 60 and a $5.25 fee for those under 60. No lunch reservations needed. Free transportation is available for Draper residents, except on Saturday. Call for pick-up times. Activities are subject to change. If you have any questions, sign up for everything. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.; $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. AARP Safe
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each other, avoid obstacles and other to have—finding a program, similar video game interactions. They diagnosing it and fixing it—and can also learn how computers and computer programs work and how to make the apply to many fields. program do what is wanted, Smith said. “There are good skills for in the spring, but the long range plans everyone to have — finding a program, diagnosing it and fixing it — and can apply are to offer Advanced Placement comto many fields. We need to know how to puter programming. In the meantime, problem solve and fix problems to improve students may enroll in additional computer programming courses at Canyons situations,” he said. l Goble said that the class will repeat Technical Center.
he Draper Historical Society would like to thank all those who have donated items this past year to our museum, and we invite everyone to visit us and see the new displays. HELP! We are in desperate need of volunteers. We are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you could spare two, three or four hours on one of these days, we would welcome your help. It is a wonderful way to serve the public and to brush up on your own knowledge of the history of Draper and the residents. Please call us during the above mentioned hours at 801495-3476. We are looking forward to hearing from you. l John William Draper was an American scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer.
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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE
By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
alt Lake County is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. We’re at a point in time where we can either shape the future that we choose, or sit back and let the future shape us. A perfect example of that is what is happening to our central Wasatch Mountains and the Wasatch Canyons. This iconic place—where the pioneers camped at the mouth of City Creek Canyon in 1847—is an essential water source, recreation destination and outdoor refuge to the more than one million people living in this valley and the fast-growing communities in Summit and Wasatch Counties. The same growth pressures that are forcing us to think about traffic congestion and air pollution and how we successfully educate our children, are
affecting that landscape and how residents and visitors continue to enjoy it. Last January, a broad group of stakeholders launched Mountain Accord. The goal of Mountain Accord is to preserve and improve the natural environment of this place by developing a plan of action that balances four broad system groups: environment, recreation, economy and transportation. Representatives from the state of Utah, Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch Counties, the cities of Park City, Heber, Salt Lake City, Sandy City, Cottonwood Heights and Alta sat down with representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Save Our Canyons, Ski Utah, the Outdoor Industry Association and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, among others. Numerous plans and studies relating to the management of the Wasatch Mountains have been undertaken in recent years. They contain important information. But this effort—Mountain Accord—stands out in one major way: the collaboration and planning will lead to action – a preferred scenario for the future that includes policy decisions that will lead to actual projects and preservation choices on the ground. Phase One of Mountain Accord has reached a crucial stage. Working groups comprised of both experts and other
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Fair Game By Peri Kinder
here’s a small, football-shaped gland in the center of the brain that makes people go temporarily insane. It kicks into high gear during fall and winter. Each weekend, this gland swells to the size of an actual football, blocking rational thought and flooding the body with the hormone fanaticsol. This hormone produces the ability to recall facts about any sports player, in any game, in any era, at any time. Plus it encourages a person to drink copious amounts of beer while watching millionaires put on funny clothes and throw things at each other. Too much fanaticsol can result in stupid bar fights, irrational lifelong feuds, the spousal silent treatment and, in extreme cases, the need to contact an attorney. It also stimulates the desire to wear a favorite player’s team jersey, even though it’s stained with guacamole— because those are “Lucky guacamole stains, and you can’t wash them off!” If this sounds familiar, you or a loved one could be suffering from Sports-induced Addictive Pastime Syndrome (SAPS). While there is no cure, there is hope that the afflicted person in your life will stop watching back-to-back NFL or NBA games, as well as hockey, baseball, NASCAR, golf, swim meets, college sports, and if nothing else is on, bowling championships.
An entirely fabricated study shows more than 80 percent of SAPS victims are male. Once fanaticsol hits their system, they can understand complicated playoff brackets in complete detail. They are able to change
any variable and know the outcome. It’s like a version of Mad Libs. Example: “If the (insert sports team) win, that means the (insert another sports team) will play (insert another sports team) in (insert location) on (insert date and time) where it’s supposed to (insert weather condition).” And that information is in their brains! They don’t even have to Google it! I watched my husband (a SAPS sufferer) strike up a conversation with a total stranger that went like this: “Where are you from? I see you’re wearing a (insert sports team) hat.” “I’m from (insert city’s name),” the fellow SAPS casualty says. “Are you a (insert sports team) fan!? I grew up watching so-and-so play in the Whatchamacallit Dome.” “Did you see the game in 1972 where (insert athlete’s name) threw a (insert sports terminology) and they won the game (insert final score)?” “Yeah, that was crazy! But not as wild as when
(insert athlete’s name) broke (insert another athlete’s name) record for (insert sport terminology.)” But if you ask those same men what grade their daughter is in, the answer will be, “Um. Algebra?” And the stats! Somewhere in the Midwest, there’s a sports bartype office where employees create irrelevant facts so sports announcers can demonstrate their unparalleled knowledge of the game. The broadcaster might say,“If Mr. Football completes this pass, he’ll be the first left-handed quarterback in the history of the universe to throw 100 yards in the snow while recovering from tonsillitis at this venue.” How do you respond to that? While the majority of men choose their favorite teams based on who they watched growing up, women base their favorite teams on who their first boyfriend followed, or the color of the uniforms. Most women will stick around for world championship games, galactic title bouts and half-time shows, but that’s about it. I just heard the TV turn on. My husband is watching some type of sporting event. That means I have a few hours to shop at (insert department store), and he won’t even know I’m gone. l
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