March 2015 | Vol. 9 Iss. 3
Charger Wrestler Wins State Title
Corner Canyon’s Greg Lamb, shown in earlier action, won the 138 lb. 4A State wrestling title.
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reg Lamb had a decision to make two years ago. Does he stay in familiar territory or move to unproven ground? His choice could lead to second guessing later on. Eventually Lamb chose to help open the new school in his hometown. The decision made him the first individual male athlete to win a state championship for Corner Canyon, and the second overall individual champion. Lamb won the 4A state title in wrestling when he took the championship match Feb. 12 at Utah Valley University. “It’s kind of a humbling feeling to think that I am contributing to the legacy at Corner Canyon,” Lamb said.
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Juan Diego Girls Basketball Finishes Perfect Season With State Title
debaters seek 5th title
By Catherine Garrett
he 2014-15 basketball season for Juan Diego Catholic High School’s girls basketball team didn’t exactly go as first-year coach Josh Archuleta thought it would. In fact, it went way better than expected. The Soaring Eagle program that had never won a state playoff game dominated its four games in the 3A tournament this year to win the state championship 67-47 over Morgan Feb. 28 at the Maverik Center to finish the season with a perfect 25-0 record. “I knew there was a good team when I got here and I knew these girls could do it,” Archuleta said. “But, the fact that they actually pulled it off and to go undefeated was simply amazing.”
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Corner Canyon Duo Earn Academic All-State Honors
pair of Corner Canyon High School athletes became the latest Chargers to be recognized for their efforts in sports and the classroom. Riley Ogden and Zane Rasmussen were named to their respective sport’s Academic All-State teams. Ogden received his as a member of the basketball team and Rasmussen was honored for wrestling. Academic All-State awards are given to athletes with the highest grade point averages in each high school sport. Both Ogden and Rasmussen have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Ogden, son of Gary and Tara Ogden of Draper, has been on the varsity basketball team for the two seasons Corner Canyon has been open. He previously played on Alta’s sophomore team. He also ran track last year for the Chargers. But his main sport has always been football, where he was the workhorse of the offense. Playing in the running back position, Ogden amassed 1,810 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior season alone. He was named to the first team All-State football team for 4A. Although he was a shoe in to receive
Academic All State honors for football as well as basketball, a glitch kept him from getting the award. “There was a problem with the application we sent in, so I missed out on the award,” Ogden said. Playing at the varsity level in three different sports can be taxing on a student’s time. How was Ogden able to do it and still maintain a 4.0 GPA? “Sleep is expendable,” Ogden said. “It is not a priority to me. If I ever had to give up something, it was always sleep. I put in a lot of long nights because my studies are important to me.” Rasmussen has wrestled at Corner Canyon for two years, and was on the Alta wrestling team as a freshman and sophomore. He finished second in region in 2014 and made it to the state playoffs in the 138 lb. weight class. He moved
to 145 lb. class this year, placing fourth in divisionals and sixth in state. The following week he finished fourth in the super state meet, which pits wrestlers of all school classes against each other. The son of James and Melody Rasmussen of Draper credits his work ethic for his perfect grades. “It is difficult at times to stay on top of everything,” Rasmussen said. “You have to mange your time. School came easy for me so that made it easier to manage school and wrestling.” Both athletes are planning on serving an LDS mission following graduation. Rasmussen is planning on attending BYU after his mission, and has his studies set on either accounting or business. Ogden is deciding between BYU and Utah State, leaning towards an engineering degree. “But that’s not set in stone,” Ogden said. l
OVER 6,000 PAIRS OF JEANS COLLECTED FOR ‘TEENS FOR JEANS’ CONTEST Haylee Richards, Corner Canyon High School senior and cheerleading captain, sits atop boxes of used jeans she collected mid-December through Feb. 13 as part of a leadership opportunity through the National Charity League of SLC and national Teens for Jeans contest. Richards rallied her fellow cheerleaders to the cause and collected over 6,000 pairs of jeans from schools, scouting programs and businesses in the area to deliver to charities throughout Salt Lake on Valentine’s Day. “It’s been so amazing,” Haylee said about the experience. “People have been so great. We collected from neighbors, parents’ workplaces, schools—I’ve loved being able to do this.” Haylee hopes her team wins the Teens for Jeans contest for the best jeans drive, not only for the chance to receive an individual college scholarship, but also for CCHS to receive a $5,000 grant and special performance by the popular boy band, “The Vamps.” Photo courtesy of Haylee Richards —Kim Shemwell
Lone Peak Hospital board member Stan Lockhart and CEO Mark Meadows present first aid kits to Corner Canyon High School Assistant Principal Christian Cowart (center) before presenting them to the student body at an assembly on Jan. 29. “We wanted to give back to the community by providing these kits,” Meadows said. CCHS and Lone Peak have had a long-standing professional relationship since the hospital opened. “We can’t thank Lone Peak Hospital enough for the generous donation,” CCHS Principal Mary Bailey said. “We appreciate the guest speakers, internships, and overall support the hospital has provided us. This donation will be used by our students and teachers in the coming year as part of our school safety initiative.” —Kim Shemwell
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Wrestler Wins Title continued from page 1 The senior wrestler made it to the state tournament both years at Corner Canyon, wrestling at 138 lbs. both years. Lamb had previously taken third overall as a sophomore in the state 5A wrestling match in 2013. But it was his fifth place finish at state as a junior that he credits to propelling him to the title. “It was a maturity thing between the two years,” Lamb said. “I wanted it very badly, so I worked very hard all year.” His work ethic paid off as he cruised through the wrestling season with a 41-5 record. He lived up to his favored ranking at divisionals, held the week prior at Roy High School. Lamb not only won his weight bracket, but was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler for the lower weights. But despite all the preparation and the accolades, a few butterflies entered Lambs gut prior to the state match. “I couldn’t sleep for a couple nights before State,” Lamb said. “It wasn’t until I stepped onto the mat that it all went away. I was home and was comfortable on the mat.” Lamb took the first match with a pin of Jeff Eidem of Timpanogos, which put him up against what he considered
Girls Basketball continued from page 1 Juan Diego defeated Grantsville 61-26 in the first round of the state tournament Feb. 20 behind 15 points each from All-State player Monique Mills and sophomore Becca Curran while junior Ann Marie Nelson scored 11. In the quarterfinals, Mills and her twin sister Dominique Mills – who is also an All-State player – combined for 51 points, 20 rebounds and eight steals to lead their team past Desert Hills 73-58 Feb. 26. Against Bear River in the semifinals Feb. 27, Juan Diego led by 20 points at halftime and held on to win 66-55 with Dominique putting in 19 points while Monique added 18. Seven other Juan Diego players – Nelson, Curran, Brynn
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Greg Lamb stands on top of the podium as the state 4A champion in the 138 lb. weight class. Lamb is the first Corner Canyon male athlete to win a state title.
would be his toughest match, a quarterfinal matchup with Box Elder’s Kyle Smith. Lamb took a decision win, 6-4. “My divisionals had the best wrestlers in 4A,” Lamb said. “So I knew Smith was going to be tough. I was nervous for that
match, but I knew I had the confidence in myself to do well. After that match I thought I could go all the way.” Lamb pinned his final two competitors to take the title. Corner Canyon won the region championship for wrestling as a team and sent several other wrestlers on to the state tournament. Sophomore Shaun Stockwell finished third overall at State, making it to the semi finals at 220 lbs. before losing out and dropping into the consolation bracket. There Stockwell picked up two more victories to place third. Senior Zack Rasmussen won his first match at State in the 145 lb. bracket before suffering a loss. He picked up two straight wins in the consolation rounds, but lost again in the fifth place match and finished sixth overall. Drew Barnes also finished sixth overall. After losing the opening match in the 182 lb. bracket, the senior wrestler won three straight matches before losing again to place sixth. l
Drummond, Mia Berengar, Abby Shemwell, Anna Ewoniuk and Sarah Christiansen – also The Juan Diego Catholic High School girls basketball team surround the 3A state scored to help the Soaring Eagle team advance championship trophy after defeating Morgan 67-47 Feb. 28 to win the title. to the title game. Archuleta noted a key point in the season when his team was 16-0. He lost his mother, Juanita, to breast cancer Jan. 25, which is the same cancer that took Christiansen’s mother a year before. The team showed up decked out in their uniforms to the funeral viewing and services to rally around their coach. “These girls showed up with food and support for my family throughout that time,” Archuleta said. “My family couldn’t believe that the girls would respond to me that way after just a few months of being their coach. team even more,” he said. “That week really inspired our girls “They adopted #JuanitaStrong throughout the to pull together and just go out and do what they were asked rest of the year in her honor and wore pink to do without complaining. It was amazing.” shirts as a tribute to her.” Also on the squad this season were seniors Erin Stella A region game at Uintah Jan. 27 – just and Tara Dooley; juniors Hayle Falvo and Maddie Colosimo; following Juanita’s funeral – in which Monique sophomores Gina Colosimo, Brie Veltri, Svaya George, Mills was ejected simply served to help Aurora Robles, Bella Sedillo, Madi O’Bryan, Mattea Van strengthen team chemistry. “The girls really De Wiele and Grace Lebrecht; and freshmen Kallie Craig, went to bat for Monique and that ejection Katrina Price, Eva Tavake, Bella Holt, Jenna Granja, Cynthia actually started to bring them together as a Gardner and Taitlyn Colosimo. l
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Prison Relocation Commission Adds Two Locations To Potential Sites List By Blakely Gull —Capital West News
legislative committee tasked with finding a new location for the Utah State Prison has now expanded the list of potential sites from three to five. The final list of possible prison sites being considered by the Prison Relocation Commission includes: •An expanded site near I-80 and 7200 West in Salt Lake County •An industrial park near I-80 in Tooele County •A site near Fairfield in Utah County •A site near Eagle Mountain in Utah County •A site near Grantsville in Tooele County “We had resounding support to move the prison a year ago,” said Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, who is confident that the support still exists. In a Feb. 26 meeting the commission approved a report to legislative leaders and the governor proposing that the commission be given final authority over site selection, rather than going before the entire legislature. The prison move is being used as leverage in the political battle between Governor Gary Herbert and House Speaker, Greg Hughes, R-Draper. Hughes’ has refused to hear the governor’s Healthy Utah bill- his alternative to Medicaid expansion-while Herbert has threatened to veto any legislation limiting his authority and to reconsider a prison relocation, despite his past support for the move. “The governor is making decisions for the governor’s
office and we are making decisions for the legislature and the Prison Relocation Committee,” said Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton. “We will let this play out and see where it goes.” Hughes, a long-time supporter of the move, works in real estate development, and could benefit from the move. Hughes led the creation of the Prison Relocation Commission back in 2011, which would move the prison out of his Draper district. “People ask if I regret running the bill that started the public process and I don’t regret it,” Hughes said. “There are some important considerations policy makers need to make when relocating a prison. We are now in year four of the open-hearing process to move the prison and that’s a good thing.” Lawmakers have yet to seek public input on any of the potential site locations, and during the meeting on Friday public comment was not allowed due to time shortage. Although they haven’t yet sought community input, now that there is a final list legislators are hoping to have more public engagement. “Reconstructing the prison will help rehabilitate offenders, reduce recidivism, and save taxpayers in the state of Utah money,” said Wilson. “It will increase community safety, transform offenders, and generate 30,000 jobs for Utahns.”
In order to change the current trend of two out of three of prison admission being parole and probation offenders, the commission plans on including rehabilitation facilities in the new prison’s design. The commission advocates that remaining in Draper would cost the state $230 million in upgrades and “even more if they do not reinvent justice reform rather than the $500 million projected in relocating the prison. “We have shown that without adequate facilities, the Department of Corrections is not going to be able to fully execute its objective to help offenders rejoin society as productive contributors,” said Wilson. “The new facilities are going to make a significant difference in our ability to help these inmates re-enter society.” l
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KUED Explores The State Of Utah’s Children
ew public issues command as much attention as the fate and future of our children. From education to health care, kids are at the heart of many public policy and spending decisions. Each election cycle promises voters their ballots will shape the lives and opportunities of the next generation. But, for all of the promises, where do Utah children stand? What programs make a difference in young lives? How do we measure success in the early years? KUED explores this challenging subject in The State of Our Kids: The Early Years, premiering Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. on KUED Channel 7 as part of its ongoing UtahNOW commitment to examine issues that shape our state. “When I met with Voices of Utah Children, a leading child advocacy organization, about what issues were facing Utah children from birth to age five, without missing a beat they said ‘poverty,’” says producer Sally Shaum. “When they told me the numbers, I knew this had to be a focus of my documentary.” Fifteen percent of Utah children, or an estimated 132,000, live in poverty. “When this many children live in poverty, it has a profound impact on virtually every corner of society,” Shaum says. The State of Our Kids explores the compelling human side of those statistics, through three Utah lives: a divorced LDS woman who faced the difficulties of being a single mother of four boys; a 14-year-old girl with a three-month-old baby, who is involved in a home visitation program aimed at helping vulnerable, first-time mothers; and a Utah family that is part of an early childhood program where the parent becomes the child’s most influential teacher.
The documentary profiles a handful of programs aimed at providing our youngest children living in poverty with productive learning and development opportunities. The film covers a spectrum of programs — from health-based initiatives to school-based outreach programs to innovative social investment programs sponsored by the private sector. Among those convinced of the importance of ensuring early childhood opportunities is the newly-elected Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives, Greg Hughes, who sponsored the bi-partisan HB96 in the 2014 legislative session. The bill provided funding for preschools and daycare for children most at risk. Hughes believes small investments early in a child’s life can produce greater opportunity in the long run, as well as a substantial savings for the state by making remedial or correctional programs less likely. Advocates of early childhood intervention caution against the staggering costs that build up over time, when childhood developmental problems associated with poverty are not addressed. “We help them when they’re young and get them ready for kindergarten or we pay later in special education and remedial services,” says Shaum. Also critical to the development of young children is the opportunity for families to gather in a safe learning environment.
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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE Decision Time For Wasatch Mountains And Canyons By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
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ing data about what is currently happening with each of the four systems. The proposed blueprint identifies key actions for each system—such as protecting water resources and restoring the environment—in a way that balances all four. Some development in the canyons has produced a thriving ski resort economy, which helps attract tourism dollars to our state. Undeveloped back country terrain has likewise helped grow outdoor recreation businesses that provide jobs. Trails offer a chance to be in the mountains with friends and family, to have fun and perhaps see wildlife. Modern forms of transportation offer the chance to connect Wasatch Mountain communities in a way that is less polluting and more efficient. We’re nearing the end of the first phase of the Mountain Accord project. Following an opportunity for the public to attend several
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open house meetings to ask questions and to leave comments about the proposal on the website, the Mountain Accord Executive Board members will take a final vote during an April 6 meeting. The results will then move forward in a federal Environmental Impact Statement phase, which will involve public agencies, private landowners, transportation groups and members of the public, among others. That process will determine what happens on the ground, from the designation of special land protection to the construction of transportation systems. No matter what happens next, I believe this is an historic accomplishment. United by the realization of how much the Central Wasatch matters to all of us, we’ve come together in a way that I think offers a path forward for keeping what we love and value about our Rocky Mountain home. l
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Draper Chamber Launches Play Unplugged Program
By Bill (William) E. Rappleye President and CEO Draper Area Chamber of Commerce
he Draper Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to launch the Play Unplugged program. Play Unplugged is all about encouraging kids to put down their electronics and get out and play. This is done by creating a symbiotic relationship between kids, parents and the local community. This relationship creates an incentive for all to participate as one motivates the other. It all begins with motivation that works. The kind that get’s kids playing and active without them even knowing it. This motivation is based on a reward mechanism that excites kids. We call it a Brag Badge. Kids earn a Brag Badge for every activity they complete. The badges are specifically designed to be fun, colorful and highly collectable. Some examples of Brag Badge activities include: Go Fishing, Stargazing Go Hiking, Hunt for Bugs, Make Sidewalk Art with Chalk plus many more… Who Hands Out the Badges? This is where the local community comes in. In order to engage the entire community, we encourage local businesses and/or organizations to sponsor an activity or Brag Badge. That way when a child is ready to collect a badge, they go to the sponsoring entity to pick it
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up. This leads to a substantial increase in visibility and foot traffic for participating sponsors. The Incentive Cycle Changing behavior can be easy… it all starts with the right incentive. As kids engage in the Play Unplugged program, it helps solve the “I’m bored” epidemic that plagues almost every parent throughout the summer. As a result, this provides incentive for parents to encourage their kids to collect as many Brag Badges as possible. Local businesses are incentivized by the opportunity of meeting potential new clients therefore giving them the desire to participate in the program. This incentive cycle is repeated over and over all summer long. Kids are happy, parents are happy, the local community is happy. Best of all, the program sustains itself. Everyone wins! Watch for further information and a custom website for program details and activities. This will be the best summer ever in Draper brought to you by the Draper Chamber, Play Unplugged and your local participating businesses. l
ou may remember when our playful River otter brothers arrived at the Living Planet Aquarium in 2013. Since then they have gained enormous popularity and continue to bring smiles to our guests each day with their outgoing personalities. On March 5, these otters celebrated their 5th birthday! Festivities held to celebrate the day included delivering a special ice cake stacked with tasty treats for the otters to enjoy. Guests signed the over-sized birthday card and enjoyed Otter Pops during the celebration as well.
The three male river otters came to us from the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, NY where they were born. The North American River Otter Exhibit has been made possible by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
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April 7, 10:30 a.m. – Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs. Join Donald Hafen as he teaches a fun craft on coloring eggs with silk. Please bring one silk tie or scarf. April 8, 10 a.m. – Taking Back Your Health Part Six April 8, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch Buddies. Enjoy the culinary cuisine of local restaurants with friends. April 8, 3 p.m. – Tea Tasting April 9, 10:30 a.m. – Cognasium 11 a.m. – Medicare 101 11:30 a.m. – Alta High Peer Leadership Team Auction. Come to the annual auction
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Juan Diego Catholic High Debaters Seek 5th Straight State Title By Julie Slama
uan Diego Catholic High School speech and debate team has a target on their back heading into the state competition, according to Juan Diego Co-director of Forensics Tony Johnson. “Cedar High School (Cedar City) is our main competition and they’re making T-shirts to rally their team to beat us,” Johnson said. “Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s (Salt Lake City) is bringing their whole squad so the competition is heating up.” About 25 students representing Juan Diego will compete in the state tournament March 13-14 in Park City, seeking their 5th straight title. The team is ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to a coaches’ poll.
She teamed up with senior Gabe Lewis to finish in 17th place out of 5,000 competitors representing 41 states. Each of these four debaters also earned individual speaking awards. “This is unprecedented. It is the best Juan Diego has ever done at this tournament and we’ll have seven of our policy debaters return next year, so we’re looking at a strong team next year,” he said. In January, at the seven-state Southwestern Championships, 45 Juan Diego students, four policy debate teams placed in the top 20 out of 135 teams. Gabe finished third as a speaker, Alex was seventh and Lauren was eighth. In Lincoln-Douglas debate, junior Claire Smith finished in the
Juan Diego Catholic High speech and debate team is all smiles Feb. 24 after winning its 7th regional title. Photo courtesy of Tony Johnson
“This is unprecedented. It is the best Juan Diego has
ever done at this tournament and we’ll have seven of our policy debaters return next year.” Juan Diego already has qualified students for three national tournaments after placing well in prestigious invitational tournaments. Junior Lauren Andrews and senior Alex Zmyslo placed ninth out of 225 debate policy teams at the 2015 California Invitational Feb. 13-17 to qualify for the Tournament of Champions championship, held April 25-27 at the University of Kentucky. “We had a breakout performance by sophomore Nicole Blaber; it was her best performance so far this year,” Johnson said.
top 25. More than 2,500 students competed at the tournament. Qualifying for the National Debate Coaches Association tournament, April 1113 in Las Vegas are the teams of sophomore Emi Solorzano and Alex Zmyslo, Gabe Lewis and Nicole Blaber, and sophomores Marley Dominguez and Clare McGraw. To compete in the Catholic Championships, held Memorial Day weekend in Florida, is the policy team of Lauren Andrews and Emi Solorzano. l
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Reading Celebrations In Draper Schools By Julie Slama
chance to play ball with Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke or listen to him read a story was the reward for reading for St. John the Baptist elementary students. St. John the Baptist, Draper Elementary and American Preparatory Academy all are placing an emphasis on reading and literacy, which administrators say will help them with their studies and their future. St. John participated in a three-week Jazz Reading Initiative “Be a Team Player, Read!” where students recorded the number of minutes read outside of the school day. Administrators encouraged students to read by treating one class from each grade who read the greatest number of minutes to lunch with their administrators at Juan Diego Catholic High School. “Our students read a lot,” St. John Director of Advancement Nevah Stevenson said. “We were just shy of 600,000 minutes. They’re really motivated to read when they know a Jazz player could come to the school and our parents are great supporters of reading
student at University of Michigan. This is the fifth year St. John has hosted a Jazz player appearance with the reading program. Draper Elementary held its annual literacy week March 2-6 and invited in guest readers to read to each class one of their favorite children’s stories. Principal Piper Riddle said the goal of 75,000 minutes read outside of class time was set for the week after students surpassed last year’s goal of 50,000 minutes. “It’s a fun week and we include it during Dr. Seuss’s birthday so we can recognize his great literature,” Riddle said. “Many of our classes highlight literacy and the importance it has in our daily lives. We really want to encourage recreational reading so students read for the joy of reading.” To celebrate at the end of the week, an assembly was held where faculty and staff lip-synced to songs, which students could read along with or even help sing. Books were given to several top readers in each grade as well.
Jazz player Trey Burke read to students at St. John the Baptist Elementary School as part of the “Be a Team Player, Read!” reading initiative. Photo courtesy of Nevah Stevenson out, students keep a log of those they’ve read. Each elementary grade level has a certain number of books to read per term, such as eight for first grade or five for third grade, and as a reward for accomplishing that reading time, students may select small prizes such as bookmarks, erasers and even, ice cream.
“They’re really motivated to read when
and of the program.” On Feb. 24, Burke played lightning with some students and read “If Kids Ran the World” by Leo and Diane Dillon and “Clark the Shark” by Bruce Hale to the entire school. He autographed the books which will be placed in the library. Burke also answered student’s questions ranging from his favorite sports team outside of the Jazz (San Francisco 49ers) to his favorite subjects (math and literature) when he was a
they know a Jazz player could come to the school and our parents are great supporters of reading and of the program.” American Preparatory Academy has its Reading University all year. With a list for each grade in elementary and a secondary school and more than 250 books in each classroom available for check-
However, APA District Librarian Lori Stephenson said those who may be honored for reading are elementary readers who exceed the expectations in some way. Each month, one student per class in each grade
from each campus will receive a certificate at an assembly.
eading isn’t limited to awards at APA. Bulletin boards may show teacher recommendations for books or may have students trying to match a favorite book to a teacher. An after-school book club at the Draper 2 campus, author visits and a chance to read books to vote in new books to the Reading University list add to the encouragement of reading. Students also are encouraged to read non-fiction books that tie into science and history, she said. “Literature is a great way to teach things,” Stephenson said. “For example, you can’t be a good writer if you’re not exposed to great writing. The best way to teach vocabulary is through contextual reading. We ask the students to please read from the Reading University list first, then they can read other books they may want.” l
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Juan Diego Wrestler Best In State By Catherine Garrett
uan Diego Catholic High School wrestler John Manning headed into the 2015 postseason tournaments ranked No. 1 and that’s right where the freshman ended up at the end. He won the Divisional Tournament Jan. 29, the 3A state title Feb. 13-14 and the Super State championship Feb. 21. “I was expecting to win but I knew it was going to be tough,” Manning said. “It felt really good to achieve my goals. It’s also a relief to win when that pressure is on you.” “John’s probably one of the most talented wrestlers I’ve ever coached,” Juan Diego coach Andrew Sedillo said. “He’s really good in scramble positions, and when it comes time to compete, he’s pretty tough to beat.” Manning defeated Canyon View’s Joey Mackelprang, Cedar City’s Dallin Grover, Tooele’s Austin Strehle and Stansbury’s Jalen Herrera at the state tournament. “I had wrestled and beaten most of those
wrestlers earlier this year but I was able to improve and dominate a little more,” he said. In the Super State tournament, which highlights the top six wrestlers from each of the five classifications, Manning beat Layton’s Landon Memmott, Olympus’ Lukas Erickson and Maple Mountain’s Ryan Hansen to come out on top of the 138-lb. weight class. “My performance at Super State blew me away because I was up against seniors and that’s the best I’ve wrestled in a while where I didn’t even give up a takedown,” he said. Manning, who is ranked in the top-25 nationally in his weight class, has come a long way since he began learning the sport at the age of 5 through the encouragement of his father, Bill, who was a high school wrestler. “I was completely terrible at first,” Manning said. “My first match ever, I lost to a girl and finished the season with a record of 1-4.”
“That determination of never giving up and
fighting hard is something wrestling has taught me that I can definitely use in life as well.” During the season, he only lost four matches and was one of two freshmen chosen statewide out of the 86 participants in the 2015 All-Star Dual held Jan. 7 at Utah Valley University. He defeated Delta’s Bracken Lovell, a defending 2A state champion, 4-3 in his only match of the meet at 138 lbs. “It was a great feeling to win in front a big crowd that is actually focused on your match,” Manning said. “I was actually predicted to lose the match which made it even better.”
M Juan Diego wrestler John Manning is ranked in the top 25 nationally in the 138-lb. weight division.
anning placed second at the Journeyman Classic and preseason Nationals this fall, further solidifying his ranking among the nation’s best. He said he wants to be the best wrestler in the country by his senior year. “I believe I can achieve this, but it will
be very hard and require tons of hard work,” Manning said. “John will have to work hard over the next three years if he wants to repeat as a state champion, but I have all the confidence that he will be just fine,” Sedillo said. “We have high expectations for him.” Manning credits his workout partner, Brandon Warner – who was a four-time place winner in Oklahoma – for helping him improve. “I hate losing and Brandon would destroy me on the mat so I started using that as motivation,” he said. “That determination of never giving up and fighting hard is something wrestling has taught me that I can definitely use in life as well.” Manning plans to compete at Freshman Nationals and Flonationals later this month. l
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Juan Diego Drill Team Brings Home National Title
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he Juan Diego Catholic High School SilverLine drill team members began using the theme “Conquer” 10 months ago in preparing for this year’s season. That word proved to be all the motivation the 13 member team would need under new coach Matt Delly to finish a successful season that ended with a national championship at the National Contest of Champions High School Dance and Drill Team event March 4-6 in Orlando, Fla. “These girls represented Juan Diego with dignity and strength and exude class, confidence and love for the sport,” Delly said. “I couldn’t be more proud to call them mine and for them to call me coach.” The SilverLine squad placed first in the Military and Open categories while taking second in Kick to be named Small Group National Champions out of 36 teams. Among the over 100 teams competing in all categories, the SilverLine also won Highest Scoring Dance Routine, Best Choreography for Military and took fourth overall in Military. Juan Diego’s first national championship also comes in a season where the team participated in the state competition for the first time in school history, placing sixth overall. Co-captain Madison McPhail was named 3A Overall Soloist while Brenna Connely was named to the 3A All-State dance team. During the season, Juan Diego placed first in all three routines at the Davis Invitational Dec. 6 and were named sweepstakes
champions and first place overall among 3A teams. At the Great Basin Invitational Dec. 20, the SilverLine squad finished as the highest scoring school in all classifications and were again named sweepstakes champions. The team then placed first out of 12 other 3A schools at the Rocky Mountain Classic Jan. 10. A second place finish at regionals earned
the girls a spot at the state championships. Madeline Smith was the captain of the squad that also included Gentry Stevenson, Cassidy Carlson, Madeline Kessler, Teresa Culley, Rylie Leeson, Katie Ward, Hailey Smith, Ashley Jo Page, Hannah Grace Atkins and Jaydee Lester. “Using the word ‘conquer’ motivated us to do more than the normal,” Delly said. “After ten months of 6 a.m. practices, rigorous stretch and conditioning classes and aggressive practice sessions, we surpassed all expectations and truly did conquer. It’s been a remarkable year.” l
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Freshman Transfer Student Leads Corner Canyon Swimmers By Ron Bevan
he swimming program at Corner Canyon High School is in its infancy and already suffered a setback when its top swimmer from last season moved. But as Hayley Hill was moving out of the area, Ashley Pickford was moving in and took over the Charger reins. She led Corner Canyon with two sixth-place finishes at the State 4A meet, held Feb. 13-14 at BYU. She placed sixth in the endurance testing 500-yard freestyle (5:29.51) and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.47). “Pickford is a very driven and competitive athlete,” Corner Canyon coach Pat Thurman said. “She has a very strong swimming background growing up. We are excited to see what she can do in the future.” Coming from a family of swimmers that includes her older brother, Chase – who is in the boys team at Corner Canyon – Pickford moved from Indiana to the Draper area with her family last year. This was her first season on the team, but her contributions are already being felt. “Pickford has brought a competitiveness and toughness to our team that we need,” Thurman said. “We are still a very young team and still in the process of creating our identity. We only had three seniors on the team this year, and none on the boys side.” Corner Canyon was able to finish second behind Skyline in its region this season and placed seventh as a team at state. Three girls, Ellie Maires, Savannah Hansen and Kate Miller,
all were crowned region champs. “It is an accomplishment for any of our girls to beat Skyline because they are a swimming school,” Thurman said. “They are the cream of the crop when it comes to swimming.” Ironically, Pickford was not among Corner Canyon’s region champs even though she placed higher at State. “I think finishing second to Miller at regions pushed Pickford to compete stronger at State,” Thurman said. Thurman became aware of what Pickford could become during an early season practice. He was having the swimmers compete in and out of the pool in a strength and endurance contest. “One of the first weeks of practice I was having them do the plank, where you keep your body straight and rigid as long as possible,” Thurman said. “As the contest progressed her body was shaking. But she was not going to let herself drop and willed herself to plank the longest. She told me she was not going to lose and that’s when I knew her true competitive nature.” l
The Juan Diego Catholic High School cheer team placed third in the Utah State Cheer Club Sport Competition held recently at Salt Lake Community High School. The squad revamped its routines throughout the year to accommodate injuries and athletes leaving the team at various stages of the season. “I really feel the team came together and worked hard in order to qualify at regionals and take third at state,” head coach Anne Degreef said. Junior Tristyn Hamel defended her 3A state jump off title from a year ago, while seniors Rylee Snarr and Emma Mendez captained the 20-member squad made up of selected athletes from Juan Diego’s varsity, junior varsity and sophomore teams. At the region meet, the team placed second in Varsity Co-Ed and third in Sideline/Timeout Dance. Also on the team are seniors Isabelle Tatum, Ashton Gately, Kennedy Pullan, Sarah Liebrecht, Morgan VanDerSluys and Domonic Lopez; juniors Maddie Goldberg, Ashley Nagel, Amanda Kruse, Christian Snarr, Alex Lopez, Devin Johnson, Christian Hernandez and Hallston VanDerSluys; sophomores Makayla Lund and Mady Gough; and freshman Leandra Lemon. Degreef was assisted on the coaching staff by Danielle Degreef, Brent Degreef and Alissa Degreef. —Catherine Garrett
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Strong Men And Women Carry Thousands of Pounds By Greg James
f you have a large and heavy piano that you need moved out of the house and down the block, you might want to have the competitors of Utah’s Strongest Man on speed dial. On Jan. 16-17, 24 competitors including an eight-man team from Texas assembled at CrossFit The Point, 14587 South 790 West, in Bluffdale. The athletes competed in a Texas vs. Utah showdown, a qualifier event for
yoke (a large, weighted frame, 700-1,000 lbs., carried on the shoulders); dead lift (weighted bars lifted from the ground to above the knees, counting the number of reps in a minute); and atlas stones (large stones lifted over a bar as many times as possible). “I did power lifting in high school and college, for football. After that, I started looking for something else to compete in. I ran across
Strong Man competitor Russ Anderson is lifting 550 lbs. and will carry it 40 feet in less than 15 seconds. The frame carry was an event in the Utah vs. Texas strongman competition. the United States Strongman Inc. National Championships. “We are certainly trying to grow this sport. We have four or five competitions a year. We include a novice division, women’s division and open weight classes. The crux of this whole sport is that some pretty average people can have super human strength,” Utah Strongman State Representative Russ Anderson said. The athletes were separated into eight weight classifications with the Utah team and Texas team competing head-to-head in seven different events. Utah lost 35-20 with one tie. The Strong Man competition includes seven events: farmer’s carry (lifting barbells and carrying them 40 feet as fast as possible); dumb bell press (overhead lifts, counting the number of repetitions); giant tire flip (lifting a giant truck tire and flipping it over and over for 40 feet); frame carry (a large steel box weighing over 500 lbs. carried 40 feet); super
this sport by luck at Max Muscle in Draper and have been hooked ever since. It is a big brotherhood. I love throwing heavy weight around and putting everyone in awe,” Shane Day, a competitor from Herriman, said. Kyle Dudley, the owner of Max Muscle in Draper, lost in the master’s division for 40 and older competitors, 6-1. Dudley won the tire flip event. Day won in the 220 lb. weight class 4-3. Sean Loy, from Pleasant Grove, won the 198 lb. weight class, 6-1, while Anderson, from Mapleton, lost in the 242 lb. weight class 4-3. “The strongman community is tight. In May, we are going to Texas to try to capture the showdown cup back. I am 56 years old and out here competing against some of these young kids. I have been doing this since 2013, and I love it,” Dudley said. The United States Strongman National Championships are scheduled for June 27 in Indianapolis, Ind.
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Local Program Succeeds In Fighting Teen Obesity And Screen Addictions
recent study showed that children gain weight 2-3 times faster during summer months with Hispanic and African American children being at highest risk. Play Unplugged is a Utah-based company partnering with local chambers of commerce and is finding tremendous success in helping reduce the sedentary nature of a child’s summer months, while simultaneously helping local businesses experience a surge in foot traffic during that same timeframe. The program is free to join and offers kids tremendous opportunities of discovery and health. It’s no secret that obesity in children and especially with teenagers is at historic record levels. Award-winning NBC affiliate KSL News recently explained that the risk of gaining weight during the summer months is simply because it’s a time for kids that lacks structure and can be unhealthy for children as a result. Concerned with rising levels of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease among teens, two fathers joined forces three years ago to help their own community solve this issue. They soon discovered they were not alone since many single moms, parents, healthcare professionals and others were also very concerned with the issue of childhood obesity and the factors leading to this potentially deadly trend. After two short years of implementation of their idea named ‘Play Unplugged’, parents, schools and city leaders are partnering with local chambers of commerce who not only want to help these kids, but want to grow local business revenue as well. The results are impressive and have offered kids summer opportunities to get exercise. “We quickly learned that the Play Unplugged program
was very well received by parents in our community here in Heber City, Utah and interest has spread even more than we anticipated since our first year,” said Play Unplugged CoFounder/President Erik Rowland. “It has been fully embraced by the kids, and the local businesses who joined the Play Unplugged concept are telling us they have seen a significant rise in foot traffic by families into their stores in order to collect their badge.” Play Unplugged is a successful program which provides kids with fun and interesting physical activities in their local communities while school is out of session. To create structure and motivation during the slow summer months, children can earn plastic dog tags called ‘Brag Badges’ for doing official Play Unplugged activities in their cities. These activities and badges are sponsored by local businesses, civic groups and even law enforcement. This year the Play Unplugged program will be operating in all Draper Elementary schools, as well as Murray, Draper, Brigham City, Cache Valley, Provo, Spanish Fork, Cedar City, and the Granite School District. “Play Unplugged also addresses the issues of digital addiction, because what Play Unplugged offers kids is the real self-motivation needed for them to put their screens down, go outside and discover the many forms of recreation which have sadly fallen by the wayside,” said Play Unplugged Co-
Founder and CEO Corbin Gordon. “When Play Unplugged sponsors realize the program’s great marketing potential to the public, and the good they do in their local communities for these kids, it’s a win-win scenario.” Play Unplugged representatives first meet with local leaders and school representatives to determine the best ways to invite local businesses and organizations to sponsor the badges. Participation is entirely free for kids and their parents, and they can collect badges at various local businesses where they either perform the activity, or provide the necessary proof. Activities such as bike riding, bowling and night games (kick-the-can, sardines and hide-n-go-seek), or even walking/ running a mile are represented by the following Brag Badges entitled; ‘Bike Rider, ‘King Pin’, ‘Night Gamer’ and ‘Mile Master’. These are just a few of the 101 unplugged activities available for kids and families to perform in their local areas during the summer. There are also non-athletic Brag Badges inspiring learning and exploration. Over the course of one summer, participating organizations have found a greater connection with the community and increased foot traffic through their doors. The Play Unplugged program, entry into local summer drawings, Brag Badge Lanyard and other Play Unplugged activities (as well as access to articles and proven tips on how your family can unplug itself) are completely free for families and kids who want to participate this summer. If you are a chamber of commerce, school, PTA or group of concerned parents who wish to look more into the Play Unplugged program; visit www.weplayunplugged.com. l
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PREPARING FOR LOSS – MUST-HAVE CONVERSATIONS By Joani Taylor
ne of the most tumultuous things we deal with in life is the death of a spouse. It can also have some devastating financial repercussions. New York Life (newyorklife.com) reports in a recent survey that 55 percent of widows and 38 percent of widowers have to adjust to a change in income. Recently my mother experienced complications from a common surgery that resulted in nearly $400,000 in hospital and doctor expenses and ultimately ended up costing her life. While insurance did pay a portion of the bill, the unexpected costs and hardship left me realizing how much of a difference some pre-planning could have helped my dad in dealing with the untimely loss. Here are four conversations you should have with your spouse or partner to help ease the financial and emotional hardships after your passing.
Will you have enough income?
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A 2010 survey by the National Funeral Directors Association (nfda.org) said that 66 percent of adults would like to choose to arrange their own funeral service, but only 25 percent have already made plans for them. Immediately after the death of your loved one is not the time to be price comparing mortuaries and attempting to determine what your wishes are in regards to their remains.
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Bring It On By Peri Kinder
uring a fierce game of Connect Four, my grandson dropped his last red checker in the slot and yelled, “Yes! I won! I beat you two times in a row!” I quietly disassembled the game and carefully put the pieces back in the box. “I think it’s time for you to go home,” I said. “Get your coat.” Did I mention he was 8? I’ve had a bit of a competitive streak since childhood. In third grade, I challenged the fastest boy in class to a race because he said girls couldn’t run. We lined up at the starting line, taking off like rockets when our friend said “Go!” Halfway across the playground I realized I was not going to win. But instead of losing gracefully, I flung myself to the asphalt, shredding my jeans and kneecaps, and then accused him of tripping me. Seemed like a good idea at the time. No one is immune from my aggressive approach to activities. At the gym, I’ll casually glance at the screen on the stairclimber next to mine to see how hard that person is working. Yesterday, the lady on the adjacent machine was working at a
level three, so I punched my stairclimber to level 11. She stayed at three, meandering through her routine while I increased my resistance to 13, 14 and 15. Take that, total stranger! Did I mention she was about 85? And carrying an oxygen tank? And she didn’t know we were competing? I’m also a terrible winner. I’m all “Yo! Take that loser! In your face!” (Or something like that. It’s kind of an out-of-body/mind experience.) And on the (rare) occasion my husband beats me at tennis/Words With Friends/Rack-O, the glacial chill I radiate could refreeze the polar ice caps. He says something stupid like, “You know it’s not the Olympics, right?” To which I respond, “Is that how you apologize?” “For winning?” Ignore. I blame my mom. She’s not around to defend herself, so it’s all good. Playing SkipBo with her was like a card game of Spy vs. Spy as she tried to sneak extra cards under our
piles when we weren’t looking. We always thought she was a brilliant strategist. Nope. She cheated. When a friendly game of Charades with the family turns into a reenactment of the “Hunger Games,” it might be time to back down. When I try to outrun, outjump, outwit and outlift the unsuspecting people around me I usually only end up proving how easily I get hurt. Did I mention I get injured a lot? You’d think that after teaching yoga for almost a decade I would have learned to let go of my competitive cravings. After all, I tell my classes all the time that life, like yoga, is not a competition. Yet. After much practice, I’m learning how to lose with grace. Ish. A wise person once said the only competition you have is with yourself. This person was obviously a cave dweller with no friends, siblings or children to compete with. So, if you’re on the stationary bike next to me; yes, we’re racing. And when I have a Connect Four rematch with my grandkids, I will display no mercy. They’d better show up and be serious because I will not go easy on them just because they’re in elementary school. l
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