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can’t keep us away


stepping in time


senior wins title


top 10 in nation


Nicholas Cockrell, a high school senior and Boy Scout living in Draper, performed his Eagle project by helping take care of trees at Draper City Hall. He was rewarded a $5,500 ‘Herb it Forward’ college scholarship. Photo courtesy of the Cockrell family

Draper High School Senior Thanked With Scholarship By Julie Slama


ourteen-year-old Draper resident Jacqueline Cockrell was just one-year-old the last time she had a severe reaction to peanuts, but this hasn’t stopped her older brother Nicholas from looking out for her and alerting others to her life-threatening allergy. “He always reads the food labels and tells me if I can eat it and will bring me something if it isn’t cross-contaminated,” Jacqueline said. “He knows I won’t go near the food — that I can’t take a chance.” Nicholas, a senior at Hillcrest High in Midvale, grew up knowing how to help his sister. He learned how to use an EpiPen and would tell others not to eat foods with nuts around Jacqueline. It is, in part, this devotion that led the Hope Paige company to honor Nicholas with a $5,500 “Herb it Forward” college scholarship. Hope Paige is a company that offers medical alert items, including the silicone allergy alert bracelets Jacqueline wears. Shelly Fisher, CEO of Hope Paige Medical ID, was inspired by her father, Herb Lotman, a self-made businessman whose lifetime was dedicated to helping others. “The ‘Herb it Forward’ Scholarship was created to educate

those future leaders who will continue to pay it forward,” says Fisher. “We want to help them in their educational pursuits since education is the one gift that can’t be taken away from you.” As for Nicholas, he would like to serve others in the public sector. “By getting into the world of politics, I believe I can devote my life to helping people and add positive change to the negative perception of government,” said Nicholas, who plans to study history and political science in college. “I believe that this scholarship will allow me to pursue an education that would put me on a path to a job where I could serve others. I believe that a job in the government would allow me to pay it forward to all members of society.” He began helping his sister at a young age. “When they were younger, he would always be double-checking the snacks, say at a church youth group outing, for her because Jacqueline was so shy,” their father Bruce Cockrell said. “He was really protective and wanted to make sure she was safe.”

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Bangerter Tribute


uesday morning, I received the shocking news that my dear friend Norm Bangerter had suffered a severe stroke.  My thoughts and prayers were with him and I was saddened but relieved when I heard that he had passed away Tuesday afternoon.  Norm had many great qualities, but he was not a patient man and frankly he would have made an awful invalid. There is much that has been written and said about the former governor this week, but I had a unique attachment and relationship with the guy.  I remember when I was deputy lt. governor and met with him for the first time.  Here was a guy from the west side who beat an entrenched Democrat in the Watergate year.  Upon meeting him, I understood why.  He was smart, bright, commonsensical. He knew how to get things done and how to bring people along with him. He and Jim Hansen, who later became the longest serving congressmen in the history of our state, made a phenomenal duo with Hansen as speaker and Norm as majority leader. What I respected about these two is that they worked closely with Scott Matheson, the Democratic governor, and did what was right for the state.  It was a golden era. After Jim Hansen’s election to Congress, the Republicans made Norm speaker. I dealt with many great speakers, a couple not so great, but without question, Norm was the best I personally ever dealt with. During this time, it was the tradition of the House that a speaker serve only one term and leave the body, but future speakers Garff, Karas, Brown, Bishop and others wanted Norm to be governor and elected him to an unprecedented second term.  Up until this time, this had only happened one other time in the history of the state. I became close to Norm and he asked me to run his campaign for governor in 1984.  At the time, it was not certain whether popular Governor Scott Matheson would run again or not.  Norm announced and Scott announced a week later that he was not running.  Norm used to tease that once Matheson heard that he was running he got out of the race.  This was not the case, but it was a fun jest.

The race for the Republican nomination was tough.  Bob Wright, who came close to beating Matheson in 1980 was running, Dan Marriott, a popular Republican Congressman from Utah decided to run as well as respected Utah State Senator Karl Snow.  And yes, there was a gadfly in the race, former Salt Lake County Republican Chair Laura Ferguson.  Norm and Colleen worked hard.  
  They spent an entire year on the road.  We arranged for Republican House members, who all but a couple of RINOs, were not only

By Doug Foxley death. There was then State Senator Paul Rogers who was a fundraising whiz, Dave Buhler, who took a leave from Senator Hatch’s Office, L.J. Godfrey, Rick Evans, Taz Biesinger and so many others. 
  After coming in first in the State Republican Convention, we decided to do the unconventional and put what few resources we had into media hoping that when the first Dan Jones Poll came out that we would be within striking distance of Dan Marriott if not ahead.  Dan was a good man, but we felt

Left to right: Governor Bangerter, Steve Foxley and Doug Foxley.

supporting Norm but they agreed to hold meetings in their homes for all of the friends and former delegates. What was amazing, is that even though Karl Snow was a most effective state senator, the majority of Utah state senators endorsed Norm and worked hard holding events for him in their homes. 
  It was a real grassroots effort aided by the late great Julie Orchard and Judy Schiffman, Norm and Colleen’s neighbor who later served as Colleen’s assistant and took care of Colleen when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and subsequently married Norm after Colleen’s

that there was not strong support for him. Our assumption was correct, and when Dan’s first KSL-Deseret News Poll came out we were ahead. The money was tight, but after that poll it started coming in and we went on to beat Dan Marriott and Karl Snow in the Republican primary and handily defeated former Congressman Wayne Owens in November to make Norm the first Republican governor in Utah in 20 years. 1984 was a unique time, for it was the first time that a governor and lt. governor ran in tandem.  Prior to that time, there was

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initially just a secretary of state who later became lt. governor secretary of state. It was an amazing process for finding a candidate.  In the end, it came down to two great guys, former Senator Doug Bischof who led the Reagan efforts in Utah, and an talented young state auditor from Orem named Val Oveson.  In the end, Val was chosen, and he was an awesome lt. governor. There are many stories I could tell, but I will spare you. You all know about Kennecott shutting down along with Geneva Steel just weeks before Norm was inaugurated. You know about the floods, the pumps, and his leadership to save education. The repudiation by the U.E.A., the race with Ted Wilson and Merrill Cook. In the end, after being 30 points behind, we won 41, 38 for Wilson, and 22 for Cook. But what you don’t know is that Norm was a good, decent human being who never did anything wrong. There is not an off color joke, story, or any inappropriate behavior with respect to anyone. He was a problem solver who never started life out thinking he would be governor. His natural talents and abilities continued to open doors and opportunities for him. One cannot talk about Norm and his legacy without thinking about all of the people that he brought into state government: Dave Adams, Dave Grant, Kirk Green, Dave Johnson, Julie Orchard, Judy Schiffman, Steve Mecham, Francine Giani, Dave Buhler, John T. Nielsen, Bud Scruggs, Carol Nixon, Bonnie Stevens, Ed Leary, Alice Shearer, Leigh Vonderesch and oh so many more. Their legacy, like his, is one of true public service and behaving in a manner that public servants should. Norm, I will miss you, but you taught me many things. You were a true friend and mentor and may your reunion with Colleen be a sweet one.  Thanks for being who you were, a humble carpenter from Granger, Utah, who served this state well.    Sincerely,   Doug Foxley m i ss i o n s tate m e n t

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for Future Business Leaders of America. Nicholas, who maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, is president of the school’s international baccalaureate program and the school’s Key Club; he has competed for Hillcrest in mock trial and debate teams, is a Salvation Army volunteer and will receive the Boy Scout’s Eagle rank this spring. He also is involved in his church youth group, having been its president in 2014 and has traveled on relief mission trips to Joplin, Mo., where he provided aid after a tornado; assisting an impoverished town in South Dakota and helped serve on a Native American reservation. Jacqueline, who performs in school musicals, also plays piano, is involved in her church youth group and hand bell choir, and has been a Girl Scout for 10 years. She also is involved in the community, teaching Girl Scouts, school children and community groups about allergies. She also helps with the Utah Food Allergy Network and in April, volunteered with an allergy-free Easter egg hunt. l

Scholarship continued from page 1 Nicholas learned about the scholarship when his mother, Tiffani Moser, found it on the Hope Paige website. After filing an application in December that asked for his academic record, activities, goals and essay questions about his sister and how he helped her, he was notified on Feb. 2 that he was one of the finalists nationwide. After a mid-February interview, he took a call right before his theater class Feb. 24, alerting him that he was one of five students to receive the top amount awarded. Fifteen students nationwide received the award. Five initially received $500; five received $1,000 and five, including Nicholas, received $5,000. Each winner later was notified that it would be bumped up an additional $500 from donations that were split evenly amongst the recipients. “I was extremely excited about it. It’s incredible that I’m one of the top recipients,” he said. Incredible is a word Hillcrest Principal Sue Malone uses to describe Nicholas. “He is an incredible young man,” Malone said. “He’s brilliant, he’s kind, he has a bubbly personality that is always positive. He’s involved in so many activities. He’s our Sterling Scholar in social studies. He’s very, very bright, but just so incredibly kind.” In addition to being named his school’s top social studies student, Nicholas is involved with the school’s theater department, including its production team, Shakespeare team, an actor in the school’s musicals and plays and participant in the state contests. He participates in History Day Fairs and last year, with his teammates, Nicholas took fifth in the national contest and received a special award.

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With the help of her older brother, Nicholas, Jacqueline Cockrell has stayed clear of having any additional peanut allergic reactions. Nicholas was rewarded with a scholarship for helping his sister. Photo courtesy of the Cockrell family Along with his teammates, Nicholas won the Tech Student Association state contest in 2014 and 2015, and this year they will compete at the national contest in Dallas in late June. Nicholas has participated in Close Up Foundation’s political science workshops in Washington, D.C. He also is a Canyons Film Festival multiple winner, and last year participated with his team at the national competition

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“You Can’t Keep Us Away”


he first bomb exploded at the 4:09:43 mark on the race clock, right behind the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Kelli Davey, from Draper, had just crossed that line. She called her husband, elated to have finished her first Boston run, when she heard what she thought was a cannon blast. Not knowing what had happened behind her, she hung up and went to find her belongings. As she collected her dropbag, she turned around to see smoke coming down the street and police running back toward the finish line. Phone service suddenly stalled and she had yet to find her husband and two sons who were waiting for her. She sat on the steps of an old church, sent them a text to tell them where she was, and

Kelli Davey at the finish line in 2013, minutes before the bomb explosion. Photo by Kelli Davey waited, watching the commotion ensue. Emergency vehicles lined the streets and athletes, spectators, police and medics rushed around her. In 2013, two bombs were detonated during the Boston Marathon in downtown Boston, Mass., in the middle of the crowd. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon; the first race was held in 1897, and athletes have been flocking there since. Participants train for years to earn a coveted spot in the race. It wasn’t until the family was in a van on their way to the airport later that day that they heard what happened around them. “That’s when we really found out what was going on. We were listening to the radio and it really sunk in. I’m like, ‘Wow, these people got hurt and I was right there.’” 264 people were injured in the double bombing that day, and three were killed, according to the Boston Globe’s webpage.

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Since the year of the bombing, Kelli has returned each year since. Why would someone return to a place filled with fear and confusion? To say, “Thank you,” she said. When an athlete runs through the streets of Boston, spectators shout encouragement from start to finish. “From mile one...they cheer your name constantly. ‘Go Kelli, you look awesome! You’ve got this, GO GO!!’ [For] three and a half hours, 26 miles, people cheering you ...You feel like a rockstar.” When the bombs exploded in 2013, it wasn’t athletes who were hurt, it was the fans. Kelli said, “You love the spectators when you’re in Boston. So the fact they targeted the spectators made us all feel really guilty.” An average of half a million people attend the Boston marathon each year to watch, making the race one of the most highly attended sports events in the world, according to www.BAA.org. Five days after she returned from Boston in 2013, the Salt Lake Marathon invited Kelli and the other Boston athletes from Utah to run together as a memorial. They paced the race so they would cross the finish line together at the exact time the first bomb exploded. “There were a dozen of us that ran that together, and it poured rain the whole entire time, but it was nice that it had poured. We cried the whole 26 miles in the pouring rain and we felt better. We all wanted to go back the next year to say thank you for being such a great city.” Since the bombing, the regulations on race day have intensified. In the past, athletes were allowed to take bags with them to the start line and their things would be transported to the end of the race. Now, they throw away everything they don’t carry with them on their run. Kelli said that in 2014, “They had National Guard and police every 20 feet for awhile and in the city it was every 5 feet.” However, the usual crowd was not deterred. In fact, in Kelli’s estimation, the crowd had doubled. She said, “Boston people, they’re pretty ‘If you do something to us, we’re going to come back full on you.’ They were going to show them, ‘You can’t keep us away.’” To qualify for the Boston Marathon, you must complete another approved marathon under a strict time limit, based on gender and age. Kelli began her Boston quest when she completed her first marathon almost 10 years ago, Top of Utah, when her youngest child was a year old. From then on she was hooked. When she missed the Boston qualifying time by 26 seconds a year later in St. George, Boston became a real possibility. After five more years of training and running other local races, she finally made the qualifying time, just two minutes under. When she found out she “burst into tears.” Kelli said, “It’s a big deal for everybody, everyone has their own

Runners from the Boston Marathon after the Salt Lake Marathon memorial run. Photo by Kelli Davey story of how they got to Boston. It means a lot. That’s why I love running that race because I look around at everybody and I always think, ‘I wonder what their story is, ‘cause everybody had to go through something to get there.’ Needless to say, when I ran that first time I was really on a high. It’s kind of like a spiritual thing for me. When running in Boston, I was saying a prayer: I’m so thankful to be here, thank you so much.” More than 20,000 athletes run each year. The international race attracts athletes from Angola to Vietnam. The 2013 champion, Lesila Desisa from Ethiopia, came back to win again this year in April with a winning time of 2:09:17, according to www.BAA.org. Kelli laces up her running shoes six days a week. She says that she would run a race every weekend if she could. “I don’t like to wake up [in the morning], if I go out and run, it just feels good. I feel better and I feel healthy.” Kelli, her husband Mike and their four kids participate in various athletic sports, from cheerleading to hiking. Physical fitness is important to them as a family; it keeps them happy and healthy. Her motivation began as an outlet, some personal freedom as a young mother, but over the years her reasons for running have shifted. “I just like to run for me. I appreciate nature more, I feel better, I have a better attitude; I stress out about stuff … it helps … [running] keeps stuff in perspective and everything’s going to be OK.” Kelli said, “I think I will always go back and run Boston. For now I have already qualified for next year so I am planning on it.” More information about the Boston Marathon can be found at: www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.aspx l

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Stepping In Time At Draper Historic Theatre


he Utah Mathcounts State competition was held in Salt Lake Community College on March 7th where 150 top Mathletes ranging from 6th to 8th grade from all over the state participated. After the written round, top 10 participants are selected for the Countdown Round where tough math problems are projected on a screen and mathletes have 45secs to buzz in to reveal answers. Based on this, top 4 Mathletes are selected to represent Utah at the National Mathcounts Competition in Boston, Massachusetts in May. The top 4 individuals in ranking are Tarun Kumar Martheswaran (6th grade), Alex Cheng (8th grade), Alan Zhao (8th grade) and Nathan Fang (8th grade). All these students are from Midvale Middle School. Tarun Kumar who is the youngest in the team took first place at the District level and then first place at the Regional level before winning the State championship. He mentioned that hard work and persistence are key in winning these competitions. He also mentioned that, "Seeing my sister, Tanisha compete in Mathcounts and representing Utah two years in a row was a huge motivational factor in wanting to compete. I also owe my success to the Kumon Math program that has given me a very strong foundation and speed " Tarun Kumar says that he needs to keep working hard to keep up with his Math skills and prepare for the National competition which is just around the corner. He added that, “Participating in these competitions

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eff Erickson lives in Kaysville and works for Zions Bank as a project manager. Andrea Byron lives in downtown Salt Lake and works for HP as a sales analyst. What do they have to do with Draper City? “Mary Poppins.” In April, the Draper Historic Theatre “stepped in time” to “Mary Poppins.” This beloved story came to a life in a big way on a small stage. The show ran 12 nights, two more nights than originally planned because shows began selling out. Erickson and Byron took the lead roles, Bert and Mary respectively. These two may lead ordinary lives during the day, but their nights

as an audience member. When I was really young I would go with my mom to shows all the time, and I’d always sit in the audience and pick someone that I would want to be. Ever since I started [acting] I picked out my top 10 roles that I wanted to do and Bert was on there, so I wanted to come and audition. It’s been a great experience.” The cast and crew totaled over 40 members: 36 people on stage and 10 crewmembers. They rehearsed for three months - up to 30 hours each week - prior to opening. For most people, like Erickson and Byron, that time was in addition to their full-time employment. Liz Haight, the stage manager

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A few of the many people dedicated to Mary Poppins: Liz Haight (stage manager), Jeff Erickson (playing the role of Bert) and Lorrinda Christensen (set builder). are frequently filled with singing and dancing on stage. Byron has been in productions since

for the show said, “[This] is a big show in such a small space. It’s been a lot of work, but they pulled it together wonderfully.” Some days, the behind-theAfter five-hour rehearsals the scenes crew worked for hours after rehearsals finished. “After five-hour production team would stay for rehearsals the production team would hours afterwards, up until three in stay for hours afterwards, up until three in the morning to get the show the morning to get the show ready. ready.” Their hard work was well rewarded by the community. One she was 16, though this is her first chance at the audience member was so excited to see the spotlight. During the break between Saturday’s show she dressed as Mary Poppins herself double performance, she said,“[Mary] is a to celebrate. pretty neat role to have as my first lead. I’ve “Mary Poppins” was directed by Jake loved it.” Anderson. Erickson has only been performing for Draper Historic Theatre is located the past two years, but his love for the stage on 12366 South 900 East. Their website is just as strong. He said, “I’ve always liked and information about future shows can be musical theatre, it’s been an enjoyable thing found at drapertheatre.org. l

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Can He Catch Them All? By Erin Dixon


hris Collins is on his way to becoming a Pokémon Master … a what, you say? Pokémon is the second biggest videogame franchise in the world, second only to Mario. Pokémon, or “Pocket Monsters”, was launched in Japan in 1996. In this mythical world, trainers capture and raise Pokémon creatures to battle with other Pokémon trainers in sport-like arenas. Pokémon debuted as a video game and has expanded into a 17-season television program, trading card game, 19 fulllength movies and merchandise. By March 2014, 260 million games and 21.5 billion trading cards have been sold around the world. [source: polygon.com] Chris lives in Draper, but he frequently travels around the country to compete in official Pokémon trading card game tournaments. He spends a lot of time, effort and money to build a game deck worth competing with, but his dedication has earned him a place at the World’s Championship this July in Boston, Mass. Thousands of participants compete in each tournament in cities around the world. Competitors are narrowed down by number of champion points earned and the best are able to progress to the higher level: from city to national and finally, World; points are earned by participation, and winning. Chris’ 557 points rank him #37 in the world. [source: pokemon.com] This year he placed first in the Idaho state championship, as well as top four in Utah and Arizona. His points have secured him a place at the national and the world tournament. Chris competes this summer in the national tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. and


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Chris with his state champion award, in front of Aurorus, one of the mythical Pokémon creatures. Photo by Jennifer Collins then on to the World’s tournament. Chris said, “I first got into playing games...in 2007. I bought my first Pokémon game: Pokémon Diamond. I had a blast with the game and just wanted to keep going with it.” He started competing in leagues with the video game and then was introduced to the card game. “I learned how to build my deck better and decided, hey, let’s try out a tournament.” He was in the top four in his first state competition in 2013; “That was my moment where I wanted to pursue this.” Tournaments can last well over 12 hours a day and go for several days. Winners are awarded official merchandise, expense-paid trips to the next level of competition, and even scholarship money for college. Competing isn’t just about winning for the Collins family. Chris has made friends from around the world through the tournaments, from Canada to Belgium. His mother Jennifer, who always travels with her son said, “Many of the competitors in his level are college-aged or above and have also been good mentors and examples for him. It has given him something to be passionate about and committed to and takes a lot of endurance.” Jennifer is excited about his success. “We go for the experiences, but winning or making top ranks has been really nice too!” she said. Can Chris, “catch ‘em all?” For more information on the official Pokémon Trading Card Game, visit: www.pokemon.com/us/playpokemon/pokemon-events/ l

Chris with his State Champion award. Photo by Jennifer Collins

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Channing Hall First-Graders Host Math Carnival By Julie Slama


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uring the months of March and April, Emree Roberts was painting her brother Channing Hall first graders learned how Ryker’s face. “Math is Everywhere” as they studied art, “I like face painting best because my dance, cooking and other activities, as well sister is doing it,” he said. as learned on a field trip how math is needed Emree, who helped organize the face at a grocery store. As an accumulation activity painting, said she learned how math was used of their math unit, the students hosted a math in art. carnival. However, it was more than setting up tables and activities, first grade teacher Jessica Short said. “They had to plan and organize activities and measure the space each booth needed,” she said. “They also needed to make sure there were enough tickets for the activities.” The eighth annual first grade math carnival was held on April 24 for 78 first graders and 50 kindergarteners. There were face painting booths, bowling, Emree Roberts paints her brother Ryker’s face during Channing Hall’s basketball shooting, car racing, math carnival. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama bubble-wrap popping, a magic show, fishing game, a jack-in-the-box and other “I know we look at it in parts and there activities as well as food and drink, such as has to be something in each part,” she said. popcorn and lemonade. Parents and teachers “I learned how much paint to put on each helped with the activities. part. I like face painting best because I want to be an artist.” First-grader Sienna Jenson reI think it’s great that the the membered incorporating math while learning how to dance the “Boot Scoostudents need to be responsible for tin’ Boogie.” creating and running their booths. “We had to count our steps so we could learn it right,” she said. “I like the carnival because it is fun to Jessica Edmunds was helping with a play games with our friends.” bowling activity while her son, Beau, helped Other units the first graders study with the basketball booth. during the year include world holidays “I think it’s great that the the students and celebrations, needs and wants, life cyneed to be responsible for creating and running cles and learning how to show pride in their booths,” she said. their community. l

Juan Diego Senior Wins Miss Africa-Utah Title


Juan Diego senior was recently crowned Miss Africa-Utah at the April 3 pageant. Eighteen-year-old Tabitha Amani was awarded the state title, as well as won the audience vote. “It’s more of a cultural pageant where young women are encouraged to pursue their platform and show the beauty and pride of Africa,” said Tabitha, who won a trophy and $1,000 scholarship she plans to use at Westminster College in the fall. Tabitha, competing as Miss Congo Brazzaville, wore the country’s traditional costume as well as a dress made from the country’s flag. Her talent was sharing a poem she wrote entitled, “Pipeline,” which fit with her platform of ending what she sees as a pattern for many refugee children: a lack of support in school that eventually leads them to prison. “There are limited resources for them so many are disadvantaged and end up in correctional facilities. I was lucky and had a faculty and private school that have enough resources to help each individual where many public schools don’t have that money,” she said. Tabitha, who is a member of the Salt Lake peer court, said she serves the community by helping youth learn to restore themselves versus putting them into the corrections system. “Once they’re in juvenile court, they are less likely to graduate and be on track for their future,” she said. Tabitha was born in Congo, but left with the outbreak of the second Congo war with her mother and six brothers. They lived in a refugee camp for nine months before moving to the United States. Her father followed two years later. “I don’t have many memories of my country because I was only three when we left, so I’ve learned more about pride in my country through doing this pageant. I see the beauty and power in Africa as a continent and love myself more. So many people just see the


Tabitha Amani won the Miss Africa-Utah Pageant on April 3 and will compete for Miss Africa-America. Photo courtesy of Tabitha Amani poverty and sadness with Africa, but there is so much more and so much culture,” she said. Tabitha plans to travel to Rwanda for two months this summer, where some of her family lives. While there, she plans to wear her pageant crown and help serve communities and bring older girls hygiene supplies. However, before she leaves, she hopes to educate others about her platform through community events, including the May 9 Mama Africa Fashion Show. “I want to make people aware of the situation so they can help increase resources to end this ‘school-to-prison pipeline.’ There is so much we can do, but first we need to have the conversations and increase awareness,” she said. Tabitha plans to compete for the Miss Africa-USA title in August 2016. l

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Juan Diego Debate Duo Rated Top 10 In Nation Local High Schools’ Graduation Ceremonies Set By Julie Slama

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uan Diego Catholic High policy debaters, sophomore Nicole Blaber and senior Gabe Lewis, finished ninth out of the 100 best teams in the country at a recent debate tournament. At the 2015 National Debate Coaches National Championships at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas April 11-14, 2015, the team debated to the topic, “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of Juan Diego policy debate team students and coaches smile with the the earth’s oceans.” results at the recent national tournament in Las Vegas. Pictured are  Both Juan Diego students were Coach Rachel Carlson, Nicole Blaber, Gabe Lewis, Marley Dominguez, on the list of top speakers at the tour- Clare McGraw, Coach Khalid Sharif and Emi Solorzano.  Photo nament, coach Tony Johnson said. courtesy of Tony Johnson “It was a great way to end Gabe’s career,” Johnson said. “He ended up “Getting to the tournament is a great beating his archrival from Rowland Hall to accomplishment in and of itself,” he said. advance to the round of 16. I could not be He also said that the sophomore pair of happier about his dedication, leadership and Clare McGraw and Marley Dominguez were competitive success.” one of the few sophomores to earn a winning Unlike some other tournaments, John- record at the entire tournament. son said this tournament required participants Juan Diego debate team next travels to submit their competitive record in order to the 2015 Tournament of Champions in to qualify. Lexington, Ky.  l


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ore than 600 high school seniors are expected to graduate from Juan Diego Catholic High School and Corner Canyon High School this spring. About 200 Juan Diego students will take part in the baccalaureate mass and commencement exercises. The mass is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 19 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Commencement is at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 23 at Juan Diego Catholic High School and Bishop John Wester and Principal Galey Colosimo will confer diplomas and speak. Awards will be given to outstanding students. For special accommodations, contact the school office. About 385 seniors will be the second graduating class from Corner Canyon High, up from 240 graduates from last year. The commencement exercises are at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 4 at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Center, 1825 S. Campus Dr., Salt Lake City. Principal Mary Bailey and

Canyons Board of Education member Chad Iverson will speak and member Steve Wrigley will join them on the podium.

This year’s theme is by American writer Terry Goodkind, “Your life is yours and yours alone. Rise up and live it.” The concert choir is scheduled to perform and student speakers have yet to be announced. For special accommodations, contact the school office. l

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SENIORS Draper Senior Center 1148 East Pioneer Road (385) 468-3330

Educating Youth About Civic Responsibility


The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Transportation is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for those who live in the area. The cost is free; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. May 19, 9:30 — Baking and Cooking May 19, 10 a.m. – AARP Safe Driving Course. $15 for AARP members; $20 for nonmembers. May 20, 10:30 a.m. — Healthy Fruit Smoothies. Learn how to make a delicious smoothie that’s good for you May 22, 10:30 a.m. — The Whistling Cowboy. Writing and recording histories and journals. May 26, 10 a.m.  — Coping with Pain presented by Salt Lake County Vital Aging Project May 27, 10 a.m.; $10 —  Podiatrist. 10:30 a.m. — Birds of a Feather. Exotic bird presentation

1 to 5 p.m. — National Senior Health and Fitness Day at Wheeler Farm. Keynote speaker, one-mile walk, giant Zumba class, health screenings, refreshments and fun. May 28, 10 a.m. — Advance Directive Clinic. An opportunity to attend a free clinic to help you get your affairs in order. June 12, 11 a.m. — Western Day. Pictures with John Wayne and entertainment by the Utah Old Time Fiddlers June 17 — Tie-Dye Shirt Day June 18, 11 a.m. — Father’s Day Entertainment June 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Health Fair. There will be over 40 community partners offering healthcare services for seniors. June 23, 10 a.m. —  “Building Healthy Relationships.” Class presented by Salt Lake County Vital Aging Project. l

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or six days this June, Weber State University will host hundreds of girls selected for The Girls State program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, to educate youth about civic responsibilities and the ins and outs of government processes. The selected students have participated in mock trials, elections, music, sports and seminars with public officials; each girl ran for offices on a city, county and state level, devoting their time to learning the government process. Girls State delegates selected two senators to represent them later this year at Girls State Nation, held in Washington, D.C. The 11 girls selected comprised a collective from Alta, American Fork, Hillcrest and Jordan High Schools; they were chosen by the Sandy American Legion Auxiliary, Post 77. The representatives for each school is as follows: Sara Senior, Mallory Christensen, Alta High Lyndee Ledesma, Paige Nelson,

Jessica Valletta, Baylie Draper, Katherine “Sophie” Will, Corner Cayons Wendy Packer, Sara Munzert, Hillcrest Kari Schott, Bertita Vilchez, Jordan High

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Just a Mom By Peri Kinder


or years I was just a mom. When people asked what I did for a living, I’d respond, “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.” Ironically, I was never home. I was shuttling kids to and from softball, swimming, dance, school and the mall. I spent approximately 20 years living in my van—and I wasn’t even homeless. Being a full-time mom is exhausting. People who’ve never spent 24 hours with small children Have No Idea how listening to the opening notes of “Sesame Street” for the billionth time can make your ear drums bleed. I’d wake up early to enjoy some alone time and hear the shuffling of pajama-footed feet as a toddler waddled into the kitchen and onto my lap, where she rested against my chest, smelling like baby shampoo, warm blankets and dreams. I’d put my nose in her hair, inhale that scent and think: remember this. I’d snuggle with my daughters on the couch with piles of library books. We’d read about hungry caterpillars, wicked witches, Sneetches, wild things and little blue engines. I’d share stories about being kind, wise and brave, and I’d pray those messages would stick. A favorite activity was making cinnamon rolls, letting the girls bake their own sugar-covered creations. They would be coated with flour, butter and cinnamon, and the same ingredients blanketed the floor, but it was okay. It was cleanable. Memories

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lasted longer than spilled milk. Depending on the day, my girls were princesses, gypsies, cheerleaders or demons. They’d walk down the sidewalk with pink, plastic high-heeled shoes slapping the soles of their feet, or wear queen costumes while racing on Big Wheels, catching the fabric under the wheels until all their dresses had shredded hems. There were thousands of homework assignments, reading logs and math quizzes, and hundreds of times hearing: “My teacher hates me” or “I don’t get it. Explain it again.” At night, there were bedtime stories, bedtime songs and bedtime prayers: all the rituals kids need to keep their moms around a few more moments, delaying sleep just a little bit longer. But sleep was never a reprieve. I’d often go from comalevel slumber to caffeine-addict wide awake in five seconds

or less, wakened by a cry, and sometimes the undeniably disgusting sound of vomit hitting the sheets or carpet. And the next day I’d do it all again. I was so jealous of my neighbor. She’d go to work each morning dressed in a classy skirt and blazer, looking important and doing important things. She was able to talk to grown-ups all day, and probably didn’t have to tell any co-worker to stop wiping their boogers on the couch. She didn’t go to bed scraping Play-Doh out of her hair. She didn’t watch Cinderella all day or have to be the Ken doll all the time. I schlepped around the house 24/7 in stained yoga paints and T-shirts, listening to poop jokes and kids telling on each other. Because the grass is always greener, maybe she wished she could be a slacker like me, eating cold fish sticks and playing Chutes and Ladders for hours at a time. We were far from rich, but we were also far from poor. It was a time when Band-Aids and kisses healed skinned knees, and chocolate chip cookies and hugs mended broken hearts. And even though it was an emotionally, mentally and physically exhausting time, I’m so grateful for my daughters’ childhoods. I’m so thankful I was able to play and laugh and love. Even though I was just a mom. l


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Cultural Showcase featuring Pacific Sound Productions and Quinn Reesor Drum Ensemble and Wofa Afrofusion Dancers June 17-20, 22-25 Peter Pan, Produced by Sandbox Theater with permission from MTI June 27 Murray Symphony Pops July 10-11 Ballet Under the Stars July 18 Murray Concert Band July 30-Aug 1, 3-5 Annie Get Your Gun, Produced by MAC with permission from Rodgers and Hammerstein Aug 8 Big Band Swing in the Park with guest artist, Bill Tole Aug 20-22, 24, 27-29 Camelot, Produced by Murray Cultural Arts with permission from Tams-Witmark Sept 7 Murray Acoustic Music Festival, Produced by IAMA Jim Fish (country blues), Ophir Creek (folk/bluegrass), Rusty Shovels (bluegrass).

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C H I L DR E N M AT I N E E S E R I E S Every Thursday at 2 PM in Murray Park Pavilion #5, FREE June 11 June 18 June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 Aug 6

Salt Lake Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts Top Brass Quintet Elves and the Shoemaker, Interactive Theater The Great American Idea with Brian Jackson Fetzer, Stories & Music Once Upon an Adventure... Storytelling with Janine and Rachel Duna International Folk Dance Jonathan Swift, Magician Music and Motion with Marsha, Folk The Brave Princess, Puppet Players

This program has received funding support from residents of Salt Lake County, SL County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) and Utah Division of Arts and Museums and National Endowment for the Arts.

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ny visitor stepping into Penny Ann’s Café for the first time will know immediately that it is the right place to come for a cozy, comfortable breakfast, and that’s just the way the owners like it. Penny Ann’s is a family affair. The restaurant’s namesake, Penny Ann, and her sister, Cindy, can often be found seating patrons, serving tables or chatting pleasantly with the restaurant’s regular customers. A peek into the kitchen will show Penny’s two brothers, Warren and Paul, manning the stoves. Wayne and Jane, the parents of the bunch, can often be seen around, as well as 2 of Penny’s nieces helping in the kitchen and on the floor. “Having a family atmosphere is very important to us,” said Paul Willey, one of Penny’s brothers, and chef at Penny Ann’s. “We want people to be comfortable, and we pride ourselves the home-y feel.” Not only is the atmosphere comfortable and inviting, the food is top notch. For the second year in a row, Penny Ann’s Café was the winner of the Best of State award for

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Penny Ann’s, you have probably heard about it. It really is that good. “The word of mouth is amazing. When people find us, they want to tell others about us,” explains Paul. “You can’t pay for marketing like that.” Penny Ann’s Café is located at 280 East 12300 South in Draper. They are open from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday, serving both breakfast and lunch, and from 7am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday, serving breakfast only. Come and find out what everyone in Draper is talking about!

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May Is Older Americans Month

week. Nutritional meals help their physical health; a friendly word and watchful eye supports their emotional well-being. The County offers other programs, including:

By Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor


his year is the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. In 1965, Congress passed the legislation in response to concern about a lack of community services for older persons. It authorized a wide array of service programs through a national network of state and county agencies on aging. This year marks a celebration of how, over the years, the focus has shifted towards helping older adults take charge of their health, stay engaged in their communities and make a positive impact on the lives of others. The good news is that as Utahns, we’re living longer than ever before. The baby-boomer generation has redefined what it is to be an older adult. Even though Utah is known as a state where there are lots of children in larger-than-average families, our 60 and older population will surpass our schoolage population by 2030—just 15 years from now. Of Utah’s 65 and older population, 35 percent will live in Salt Lake County by that year. Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services has been trusted by county residents for many years to help improve the quality of life for older Utahns. We take that responsibility seriously. These residents are someone’s mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother or grandfather. We try to serve them as we would want our own family members to be served. Many of you are familiar with some of the programs we offer, such as Meals on Wheels. In collaboration with volunteers and businesses throughout Salt Lake County, we deliver hot noontime meals to frail and isolated older adults six days a

• The Caregiver Support Program – a short-term program that provides assistance and support to individuals taking care of a loved one, often a spouse or parent. • The Community Care and Transitions Program – providing in-home services to individuals who wish to age in their own home. • The Rides To Wellness Program – providing rides for those 60 and older with no means of transportation to medical appointments and prescription pick-ups. • The Senior Employment Program – providing job search assistance to residents age 55 or older with paid on-the-job training programs. Many older county residents are frequent customers at one of our 19 Senior Centers. The county partners with multiple cities to offer this network, where active senior adults can take a class, participate in a workshop or clinic, and get together with friends for a nutritious lunch. You’re more likely to see these folks playing pickle ball or taking aerobics classes than sitting sedately in rocking chairs. We take our cues from the needs of this important population that we are here to serve. There is a great deal of information

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a Belle Vie is French for “beautiful life”, and La Belle Vie Medical Care and Aesthetics’ philosophy is just that: a beautiful life inside and out.  They provide compassionate and caring medical care along with a full array of aesthetic procedures.  At La Belle Vie, the belief is that you can look your best at any age. La Belle Vie opened a year ago, celebrating their first birthday on May 9, and is changing the face of medical care. In an era of ever-increasing specialization in medical care, which often translates into multiple providers and multiple appointments, La Belle Vie offers a one-stop clinic with a focus on the whole person. There is no need to go to multiple clinics in order to get an annual physical, hair removal or wrinkle treatment—La Belle Vie provides these services and many more. They are your primary care physician and medical spa all wrapped in one. “Our entire approach [to medical care] is different,” says Kelly Lance, founder of the medical care clinic and licensed family Nurse Practitioner. “La Belle Vie is neither a sole provider of medical care nor a sole provider of aesthetics care. We are unique because our focus is on the whole person,

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