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hat if, rather than paying for your recycling to be processed and your garbage to be hauled away to a Utah landfill, you could have your garbage and recycling processed for free, turned into an alternative fuel source and bypass the problem of a landfill altogether? That was the offer made to the Draper City Council at the Feb. 19 meeting by B&D Development. The company is seeking an agreement with Draper City to handle both Draper’s waste and recycling. B&D representatives explained that it would have to be both. Their plan involves selling what recyclable materials they can and then processing the remaining waste into pellets that can be burned in old coal-burning plants. Steve Price, CEO of B&D, participated in the meeting via telephone. He said depending on which cities participate, B&D would potentially build a location in Herriman. Price said he has the authority to develop this technology in the U.S., that Utah State Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo) has recently joined B&D, and that this technology has existed in Germany for over 20 years. Draper City would only need to pay for the materials to be transported to the B&D site for processing. Twenty-two Utahns traveled to Germany last September to see the process themselves, including Draper City Council members Mike Green and Alan Summerhays. “It’s impressive,” Green said. Draper City paid for both to make that trip. Recyclable materials end up in landfill At the Feb. 19 city council meeting, it was disclosed that much of what Draper residents think is being recycled is ac-

As much as 50 percent of what Draper residents thought they were recycling is instead going to the Trans-Jordan Landfill.(Photo courtesy of Trans Jordan Landfill)

tually ending up in the landfill. That is because the world of recycling — and which plastics, papers and metals there is a market for reselling worldwide — has changed. The problem is compounded when one person does a thorough job of

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The stark truth told to the Draper City Council was that as much as 50 percent of what Draper residents think is being recycled actually ends up in the dump. “We need to be clear with our residents what is being recycled and what isn’t,” said David Dobbins, Draper City manager. Rocky Mountain Recycling (RMR) currently handles Draper’s recycling. RMR notified Dobbins that on rain or snow days, if there is any wet material (whether paper, plastic or metal), the entire load is considered contaminated and must be taken straight to the landfill. RMR used to pay the city back for a portion of the recycling they were able to sell. According to Dobbins, the average annual revenue paid to Draper City by RMR was $45,000. The city no longer gets money back because of the market change, yet the city does have to continue to pay RMR to accept Draper’s recycling, fees that are higher than garbage fees. Hastening action on the issue is the fact that Draper’s recycling contract with Rocky Mountain Recycling ended March 15. Expressing skepticism, exploring options But what about the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is? That was the alternative perspective offered by Mark Hooyer, executive director of the Trans-Jordan Landfill (TJL). Hooyer’s background includes more than 20 years as an engineering consultant on issues including air quality and solid waste. “The recycling woes that our communities are experiencing need to be addressed and the council is right about that,” Hooyer said. “I’m here to balance out this discussion.” Hooyer explained Utah is one of the cheapest places in the U.S. to put waste in the ground, a fact he said he’s not proud of, but one that needs to be taken into consideration. He expressed skepticism over why B&D is trying to sell this in Utah where rates are low and land is plenty rather than in large cities where space is less and costs for waste are much higher. He warned that permitting a project like this could take years because of the emissions involved in the process. Draper is one of seven member cities of TJL. The others are Sandy, West Jordan, Midvale, Murray, Riverton and South Jordan. Each city has a city employee who sits on the TJL board. According to Hooyer, Draper is one of the only cities that hauls its own waste and recycling. Most cities hire a company to do that. After being picked up curbside, Draper’s waste goes to the landfill and the recycling goes to an MRF (materials recovery facility). The MRF removes what is truly recyclable and takes what isn’t to the Trans-Jordan Landfill. “The MRF is dumping a lot of what residents thought was being recycled. It’s not the MRF’s fault, but they can’t find anyone to buy that material. It used to be China, but

Though residents separate garbage and recycling, Draper city officials have realized that much of what was intended to be recycled is ending up at the landfill. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

China is no longer accepting a majority of what the U.S. recycles, which is a reversal of their last 25 years’ practice,” Hooyer said. Draper currently pays $16 per ton to Trans-Jordan Landfill for waste. According to Hooyer, Draper sends 20,000 tons of garbage to TJL per year and Draper has about 2,000 tons of recycling annually. Dobbins explained that Draper pays $50 per ton for recycling and he anticipates the city will pay more in the future. “Should we be paying $50 a ton for a good portion to end up at the landfill?” Dobbins asked the council. Dobbins said Rocky Mountain Recycling is a market-based program and that sometimes the only option is to take what were intended to be recyclables to the landfill. Dobbins told the council that B&D is a greener and more environmentally friendly option that he felt was at least worth exploring. No room at the landfill Meanwhile, Trans-Jordan Landfill has partnered with five other waste entities to form Northern Utah Environmental Resource Agency (NUERA). “Because we’re running out of space (for landfills), four of the entities went together and bought the Bayview Landfill in Utah County. That happened four to five years ago. We’re busy master planning for the future. We may have no room for you,” Hooyer warned the council if they choose to pursue an agreement with B&D and it fails. “We’re all partners in this. You should say let’s look for solutions together,” Draper City council member Tasha Lowery told Hooyer. Draper’s recycling dilemma was continued as an agenda item at the city council’s March 5 meeting. Again, because of the complexity of the issue, the council unanimously voted to continue this item for further discussion while the city discerns their options. Mary Squire, a volunteer on Draper’s plan-

ning commission, is trying to help the city investigate options. “I feel very strongly about this so I want to help the city figure this out,” Squire said. According to Dobbins, RMR has agreed to continue to work with the city for a period of time under the old contractual agreement while the city figures out its options. Mayor Troy Walker expressed frustration that RMR is getting paid to take much of Draper’s intended recycling to the dump and that, in those scenarios, residents are paying a higher fee for recycling per ton and then fees on top of that for what isn’t recycled to go on to the landfill. “It can’t be just a feel-good program, it has to be a real program,” Walker said.

Draper residents typically make a strong effort to recycle. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

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The Moxy Movement: Building self-confidence one body at a time By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com


he word “moxie” means “a force of character, determination or nerve,” “the ability to be active.” At the Moxy Movement, a dance and yoga studio in Draper, co-founders Angela Nelson and Sarah Child set out to create a community for adults to explore their physical potential and build self-confidence through creative movement — in unconventional ways. The Moxy Movement offers classes in pole dancing and aerial acrobatics using a suspended steel ring called a “lyra,” as well as yoga and several different styles of dance. “It’s fitness — you’re getting stronger but it’s essentially an art form,” Nelson said. “People can find a unique voice through creative movement.” It is no secret that many people struggle with poor self-image. “Some women are detached from themselves,” said Nelson. Rather than focusing on appearance or weight loss, she explained that the Moxy Movement seeks to be an empowering place. “We change the conversation to ask, ‘What can my body do?’ We want to change feelings about shame or guilt about bodies.” On March 8, International Women’s Day, the studio held a discussion on body image with a guest speaker, followed by exercises demonstrating how to build

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strength and flexibility. Child explained that all of the classes at the Moxy Movement are for both women and men and “accessible to everybody.” When people complain that they are too old, out of shape or not strong enough to do a class, “I remind them that I was barely walking when I started.” Child, who has a background in theater and dance, started learning aerial acrobatics on the lyra after a paragliding accident left her barely able to walk, let alone dance. The aerial hoop provided her with a way to dance using her upper body. For Child, the lyra represents “freedom, a new way to move. When you take your body off the ground there is more possibility, it allows for more creativity. It’s the most magical thing — dancing — but it’s in the air.” The Moxy Movement offers classes in lyra for beginners in which the hoops are lowered to the ground. “We love being a place for beginners,” said Nelson. “It’s never too late.” Nelson’s background is in gymnastics. She took a class in pole dancing 10 years ago and loved it from the start. Pole dancing is often associated with striptease and exotic dance, which is where it first became popular in the U.S. back in the 1980s. Over the years pole dancing has evolved into

Sarah Child teaches aerial hoop, or lyra technique, to Matthew Johnson and Jessica Hartle. (Photo courtesy Angela Nelson/The Moxy Movement)

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Twice a year, the Moxy Movement rents a theater space and puts on a themed showcase presentation in which students and teachers as well as anyone from the community can demonstrate their talents in creative movement. The next showcase will be in June with the theme of mythology. The Moxy Movement studio is located at in the historic Draper Park School building at 12441 South 900 East in Draper. For more information visit their website at www.moxymovement.com.

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Mikelle Atkinson, Jenny Jones and Amanda Rogers play doo-wop singers who provide the narration in “Little Shop of Horrors” (Photo courtesy Bailey Loveless/Draper Historic Theatre)


ith all the troubles in our world, at least we can say that humanity is (so far) not under threat by giant alien plants with a taste for human flesh. “In this political climate when things feel scary, this show will show you that things aren’t so bad,” said “Little Shop of Horrors” director Jared Daley with a laugh. The wellknown musical comedy infused with black humor will be presented at Draper Historic Theatre throughout the month of April. The Draper Historic Theatre production harkens back to the original which premiered Off-Broadway in 1982 under the direction of lyricist and writer Howard Ashman. Ashman, who later wrote lyrics for such beloved Disney films as “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” with composer Alan Menken, gave “Little Shop of Horrors” a very dark ending. That ending was changed when the show became a hit movie in 1986 starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. “Howard Ashman made sure that his director’s notes about the ending made it into all subsequent printings of the script,” said Daley. The Draper Historic Theatre production will follow his original vision. Choreographer Ashley Ramsay explained that the production is not “a caricature of the movie. We’re playing it as real people under extraordinary circumstances.” She continued, “It’s a familiar show told in a new way. We’re heightening the story to give people a new experience with it.” Based on a 1960 B movie directed by Roger Corman, the story is about a lowly florist shop employee named Seymour who comes across a very unusual plant that initially promises to bring him fame and fortune. Basking in the glow of his discovery, he finds

the courage to save his co-worker Audrey from her abusive boyfriend, a sadistic dentist. The plant, however, needs a lot more than water and sunlight to grow, and the cost of keeping it alive proves to be Seymour’s undoing. David Peterson, who plays Seymour, is making his debut at Draper Historic Theatre in “Little Shop of Horrors.” “It’s wacky and such a departure from reality,” said Peterson. “The music is incredible. There are very passionate people working very hard on this production.” An all-girl doo-wop trio played by Mikelle Atkinson, Jenny Jones and Amanda Rogers sings the narration for the show in the style of groups like the Ronettes and Chiffons. The music in “Little Shop of Horrors”

captures the sound of rock and roll in the early 1960s as well as Motown. Westminster College student Savanna Forester plays Audrey and has a personal connection to the 2003 Broadway production of the musical. “My uncle played Seymour on Broadway and I grew up watching the show,” she said. “I’ve always loved it.” She describes playing Audrey as a dream role. “I have to play her how I would feel if I was her,” explained Forester. Paul Miller, in the role of the unhinged dentist, is also putting himself into his character’s shoes. “I had to ask myself, do I play it like Steve Martin or put my own spin on it?” he said. Miller enjoys villain roles in musical theater. He has played Bill Sykes in “Oliver!” and most recently played Pharaoh in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” in American Fork. “The bad guy has the best songs!” said Miller with a smile. His wife, Vicki, is working on costumes for “Little Shop of Horrors” and has spent the past several weeks shopping for vintage looks. One of the cast’s youngest actors is playing the oldest character. Grumpy florist shop owner Mr. Mushnik is played by Xavier Turner who is 17. He moved to Utah from Kansas because of the vibrant theater community in the valley and hopes to attend the musical theater program at the University of Utah. Turner encourages audiences to see the Draper Historic Theater production. “It’s a dark comedy that makes you laugh and feel things. It is truly one of my favorite shows.” “Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented at Draper Historic Theatre April 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 and 29. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East in Draper. The ticket hotline is 801-572-4144 during performance weeks. Tickets may also be purchased via the theater website at drapertheatre.org

David Peterson as Seymour holds the mysterious plant, Audrey II in Draper Historic Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors” (Photo courtesy Bailey Loveless/Draper Historic Theatre)

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Easter bunny, gardens, and the upcoming art fair By Michellin McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com


n Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m., the Easter Bunny will be hopping into Draper City. This event is free and will be held in Galena Park. There will be prizes, face paintings, eggs filled with candy and even a chance to have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Parents are encouraged to arrive a little early so they can locate the children’s age groups, since children ages 1 to 12 will be paired into their appropriate age groups. There will be accommodations for special needs as well. Draper City’s website offers the following additional tips: • The hunt starts at 10 a.m. • Arrive early — give yourself time to park and find your group • Adults cannot pickup eggs or enter circles • Bring your own baskets • Limit of 10 eggs per child • Visit the info booth for assistance and information • To request an accommodation due to a disability, contact the special events coordinator at (801) 576-6584. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least five days prior to the event date. On another note, as Thomas Tusser, an English poet, said: “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” Get your green thumbs ready — Draper City has a community garden, and this garden allows the community members to grow their own food. Salt Lake County Parks and Wasatch Community have partnered with Garden of Wheadon and set aside part of their land for

Wheadon Park for the community garden located in Draper. The program is run by volunteers and other staff support. This information and the following can all be found on Draper City’s website, and further information on other gardens can be located at the following website: wasatchgardens.org. For gardeners in the Draper area looking to participate, plots have a fee that range from $20 to $40. The Draper Community Garden has 39 plots, which also includes four handicap-accessible plots. There is, however, a wait list when you sign up. Once you’re on the list it usually opens up within a year; sign-up is in the fall. Even though there is a wait list, you can still take advantage of volunteer opportunities. During volunteering people are presented opportunities to learn from staff. And then, mark those calendars because there is another event coming up in May: the seventh annual Draper City Arts and Craft Festival. Artists’ applications are accepted this month. This event is open to the public and free! It will take place May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Draper Park. Festival goers will be able to browse about and shop for gifts featured from over 100 different artists and other skilled craftspeople. The event will have live entertainment and a variety of food selections. So if art is your forte, here’s a chance to show off your beautiful work! If interested in becoming a merchant for this event, the application deadline is 5 p.m. on April 26. Check out the Draper city website for the application.

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13800 South construction to continue through summer By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com


rivers who use 13800 South have encountered altered lanes, construction cones and workers, large equipment and even intermittent lane closures. The street is undergoing a major widening project that started in late December and will continue into the summer months. Draper City held an open house in December 2018 to notify area residents and property owners of the scheduled widening of 13800 South from 300 East to 980 East. The project was originally slated to take about one year with the end result being a median turn lane in addition to lanes going each direction with designated bike lanes, continuous sidewalks and new curb and gutter for drainage on both sides. The road will grow from 40 feet wide to 66 feet wide when the project is complete. Draper City coordinated efforts for utility improvements where needed with Rocky Mountain Power, South Valley Sewer and Water Pro so that once the new asphalt is laid, it shouldn’t have to be torn up again for quite some time. Bill Knowles was hired by the city as community ombudsman for the project. “I am a liaison between the city’s project and the community, making sure everybody knows ahead of time what’s coming and getting information (including concerns and

questions) from individuals in the community,” Knowles said. The city also reached out to affected property owners for right-of-way negotiations, property purchases and agreements, according to Knowles. The first phase of the project was the widening of the East Jordan Canal bridge at approximately 450 East beginning in December. Cody Ekker Construction was hired for that job. “They have to widen the bridge in concert with what the rest of the street will be, so that was the first part of business to be done when the canal is usually dry. Beginning March 15 that canal becomes active again with irrigation water,” Knowles said. That portion was planned for completion in late February, weather permitting, but the crew experienced off-season presence of water in the canal, overflowing a dam put in place to allow concrete footings to be poured. Two large pumps were brought in to pull the unusual volume of water out in order to continue the work necessary, according to Knowles. But Knowles said that only slightly delayed that portion of the project. Rich and Vanessa Page live on the northwest corner of Arrow Creek Drive, right where it intersects with 13800 South and the Jordan Canal. “Unfortunately, it has been a negative

experience since it all started for us,” Vanessa said. “Sadly, we are the house that has turned into the equipment storage, parking lot, etc. This construction has literally been in our backyard, but also our side yard and front yard.” She said the crew first brought in a loud generator that ran continually and caused their kitchen floor to vibrate. When the Pages called to complain, the city offered that they could go to a hotel and send the city the bill, but Vanessa explained that wasn’t feasible with a dog at home, three kids who go to school and working parents. Vanessa noted that the crew did bring in a quieter generator after her husband complained, but there has also been damage to their lawn and their fence, neither of which the construction crew has communicated about with them. “We understand the benefits ahead for the road being larger, but with how poorly things have been handled we are not thrilled we have months ahead of this,” she said. At a city council meeting just before the end of 2018, the council decided the project would be half of what was originally planned

due to budget constraints. The new plan is to widen 13800 South from its intersection with 300 East up to and just past its intersection with Fort Street. “The project got cut in half relative to budget issues and costs that came in,” Knowles said. “Everything they showed extending to Fort Street will be what it was, but the rest of the work will be on hold. It might happen next year and it might not.” Construction from 300 East up to the Fort Street intersection will start mid to late March and extend through the summer, according to Knowles. “They will be allowing local traffic in and out of residences and access for residents will be guaranteed. We encourage people who don’t live off of 13800 South to use other routes. It’s going to be a point of aggravation for awhile, and if you don’t have to use it, you’re better off going another way,” he said. Bill Knowles can be reached at the project hotline (801) 580-2626 or Knowles.bill@ att.net. Interested persons can ask to be added to the construction updates email distribution list by contacting Knowles.

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Construction on 13800 South has started with extensive widening of the East Jordan Canal bridge. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

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Bicyclists beware! Muddy trails are off limits

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randon Cutler, an avid biker and sophomore at Corner Canyon High School, wants to get the message out to the community about how residents can preserve the city’s trails, particularly how not to damage those trails after snow and rainstorms. Cutler was a member of the CCHS mountain biking team as a freshman, and though he’s pursued other sports as a sophomore, he still enjoys Draper’s many mountain biking trails. And the lessons he learned from Corner Canyon’s mountain biking coach, Whitney Pogue, still resonate with him. “I think a lot of people are unaware, both adults and high school riders, about the damage they do to trails when they ride on them when they’re muddy. They don’t realize they’re putting huge ruts into the trails. Later, when the trails dry up, it leaves huge ruts and it can affect the way future riders or runners run or ride on the trails because they’ve been rutted out. A huge thing to mountain biking is the flow and smoothness of the trail, so it can be especially dangerous when you’re going downhill and you’re riding through unstable terrain. It can throw off your balance or mess up your style of riding,” Cutler said. Coach Pogue’s husband, Jamie Pogue, serves as the volunteer chairman of the Draper City Parks, Trails and Recreation committee. The committee is made up of volunteers and city employees who meet monthly to work on issues relating to Draper’s open space. “We’ve had a lot of moisture this winter with lots of snowpack, and we got pretty saturated underneath that snowpack,” Jamie said. “When it melts, the tendency is for everyone to get out on the trails. We just ask that they be careful and use good judgment. We say if it’s sticking to their wheels or their


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heels, turn around. We’ve tried in the past to close trails and gates, but it would take several hours to open and close because we have so many gates. Unfortunately, people go up and see no signs and gates so they think it’s open. The responsibility is on the user to use good judgment.” Greg Hilbig is Draper City’s trails and open space division manager. Hilbig said that because of this year’s plentiful snow and rain, the trails are saturated and will take a lot longer to dry out, especially at higher elevations and in shaded areas. He echoed the sentiment that if it’s sticking to your wheels or your heels, you need to turn around. Hilbig advised that riding frozen trails is okay, but you must start early enough to be finished before they become soft. “You can and will be ticketed for using a muddy trail even if there is no gate or chain closing it,” he said. Jamie said a lot of time and money goes into maintaining Draper’s trails and developing a better trail system. “But every year, we have to take some of those resources to fix the trails. So instead of using resources to build more trails, we have to go back and fix trails. Just a tire mark or a footprint causes a pool the next time it rains, then we have to go up and fix those,” he said. Trails out toward the suspension bridge, such as Rattler, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Gasoline, North Ghost Falls and Aquaduct and some of the northern trails that are south-facing and more sandy usually dry out first. Bikers are able to ride those quicker than the other trails. “We just try to get people to be on board Muddy trails after rain and snow are susceptible to and help to watch out for our trails,” Jamie damage such as ruts like these. (Photo courtesy of said. “We need to be stewards of this, have Greg Hilbig/Draper City) responsibility and ownership of it.”

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Middle school popularity of History Day Fair expands, Canyons holds own competition By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Draper Park eighth-grader Ethan White created a website in his first District National History Day Fair competition. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ith the increasing interest in National History Day Fair, Canyons School District held its own middle school competition last year. This year, the numbers participating increased by 50 percent. “It used to be that our (middle) schools would just send students directly to regional competition, but now with more than individual teachers offering it to students, we’re seeing our biggest numbers,” said Scott Lambert, who coordinated the District’s History Day Fair Feb. 20. Last year, at the first district competition, 95 students took part with 60 individual or small group projects, and most attended Indian Hills and Union middle schools. This year, 140 students presented individually or with groups a total of 88 projects with five of the eight Canyons middle schools represented. Of those five schools, Albion had five students; Draper Park, three students; Indian Hills, 10 students; Midvale Middle, 18 students; and Union, 20 students who advanced to the regional round. Region was slated for March 21 at Salt Lake Community College’s Redwood Campus. “Teachers are learning the benefits — improved critical thinking, more extensive research, speaking and listening, writing, reading several sources. It’s broadening students’ skills and they’re becoming historians,” Lambert said. While each school participates differently, whether it’s part of a social studies assignment for seventh or eighth grade or maybe just a certain class, or if offered yearly or every other year, Lambert said his goal is to get all middle schools to participate — Mt. Jordan Middle plans to participate next year — as well as increase interest at the high school level. Currently, high school students automatically advance to the regional level since participation numbers are low locally. This year, he had judges from non-par-

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ticipating middle schools so those who aren’t familiar with the program could see it firsthand. Judges also were represented from Hillcrest, Brighton and Alta high schools. Through the National History Day (NHD) competition, students choose a historical topic, then conduct research in libraries, archives and museums and on the internet, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. Students analyze and interpret their materials, draw a conclusion about the significance of their topic and present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website. According to the NHD website, more than a half million sixth-grade through 12thgrade students nationwide participate in the contest, which every year introduces a theme for the competition. This year it “triumph and tragedy in history.” “It’s a broad theme, but students can address it many ways to show us about both sides,” Lambert said. “I’ve been impressed with some great ideas and research these kids have done.” Indian Hills At Indian Hills, all 400 seventh-graders participated, competing at their own school before advancing to district, said social studies teacher Kamil Harrison. “We had 230 projects at our school alone, and after being judged, 25 projects advanced to district,” she said. “Since we had seventh-graders in Utah Studies participate, we had all our projects focus on Utah topics. These ranged from the Candy Bomber to John Browning from internment camp at Topaz to the miracle of the seagull. We had projects on the transcontinental railroad, the invention of the television, the implant of the first artificial heart and the tragic death of Larry H. Miller.” Through the project, Harrison said students learn to understand primary sources

and often searched through the Library of Congress or Gale Research, sources they hadn’t used before. “They picked topics that didn’t know much about or hadn’t heard of before. Some of them are the coolest ideas, but they’re tough so they really put a lot of work into their projects,” she said, adding they also learned teamwork and time management skills. “It’s something we’ve embraced. It’s amazing to hear 13- and 14-year-olds talking about history.” Three students in Morgan Taylor’s social studies class were questioned by Supt. Jim Briscoe about their research on women’s suffrage leaders in their exhibit. Seventh-grader Lauren Simons, who teamed up with classmates Sydney Roberts and Ella Marston, said she learned Utah was the second territory to allow women to vote. “However, it was a tragedy that Utah didn’t succeed in becoming one of the first states to allow women to vote,” Sydney said. Albion Middle Nearby were Albion’s Zack Parker and Drew Stevens, who created their exhibit on Wild Bill Hickok. “We already were interested in him and knew a lot about him, but I didn’t know he didn’t like Calamity Jane,” Drew said about the 1860s gunslinger during the western expansion. His classmate said he learned about the gun Wild Bill used. “It was a specific 1851 Navy gun,” Zack said he learned about through research, which he said was included in the “bibliography that took a long time to do in MLA (Modern Language Association) format.” Union Middle Eighth-grader Laura Curtis entered the competition with her documentary on Amelia Earhart. She was one student from the largest delegations to the district contest, Lambert said. “I learned she was interested in medicine before becoming a pilot,” Laura said about the first woman to fly the Atlantic and set numerous flying records before disappearing while trying to fly around the earth at the equator. “I learned you can always start new things.” She also learned how to write an annotated bibliography as well as how to include pictures, tapes and other material into her first-ever website. “It’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” she said. Draper Park Middle Eighth-grader Ethan White also created a website in his first district competition. “This is a huge opportunity for kids, not just to learn history, but to be involved in discovering it,” he said. “I’ve been intrigued

about the stock market, but I learned about the tragedy when people lost their life savings. It was a devasting event.” Social studies teacher Jared Collette said he had all his students complete the project, but he didn’t require them to participate at district. “They learned to be creative in the project choice and how they presented what they learned,” he said. “But they also learned the importance of research and citing sources.” Midvale Middle Midvale Middle eighth-graders choose topics that ranged from learning about Freddy Mercury being a champion in rock ’n’ roll to Walt Disney’s propaganda films during World War II, from the Iranian Revolution to a better education for Honduras, said English teacher Bethanne Lenhart, who along with history teacher Sheradee Bradfield supported students in participating in NHD Fair. Eighth-grader Cameron Jessop already was familiar with the contest as his four older siblings previously competed, and having placed at region, state and even nationals. However, it was Cameron’s first time competing. “I put a documentary together and know they did as well, but I didn’t pay attention to how they did it,” he said. “I just thought it would be easier and a better format for the interviews I taped.” Cameron’s project was on post–World War II European Jews trying to resettle in Palestine with the help of American sailors. “I didn’t know what happened between the Holocaust and Palestine. As I learned that the (British Minister for Health Aneurin) Bevan wasn’t allowing them in, even though (President Harry) Truman asked that 100,000 Jews be able to go there, I knew it was a story to tell. There’s not many who know that story of Americans willing to help and could die if they were caught.” Cameron’s documentary included three interviews with American sailors as well as period photographs and research. His mother, Tiffany, said she appreciates all her children learning “research skills they use for the rest of their academic life” as well as the relationships with the interviewees. She said her other children are still in touch with people they interviewed for their NHD projects — from relatives of those killed in Birmingham’s 16th Street church bombing to a now adult who was one of 50 Jewish children rescued during World War II by an American couple. “It’s the relationships they’ve made with history that has become so meaningful to them,” Jessop said. “It doesn’t matter where they finish, but what they’ve learned and how it has impacted them today.”

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Tang poetry, Chinese fans, Cup tapping, lion dance bring in Year of the Pig at Draper Elementary By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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tradition at Draper Elementary that many students look forward to is being a fourth-grader and taking part in the dragon and lion dance as part of the school’s Chinese New Year celebration. That celebration, which included fifth-graders demonstrating four famous tang poetries as well as third-graders tapping cups, first-graders singing “Jasmine Flower” while performing the Chinese fan dance and second-graders demonstrating Kung Fu, was to bring in the Year of the Pig. “Pigs are fun, happy and kind,” Principal Christy Waddell said. “In Chinese culture, we believe pigs can bring in affluence to us. What a good sign that everyone would love to have.” Third-grade teacher Jordanne Nygren appreciated the Chinese New Year program. “It’s a great cultural experience that exposes their classmates to what they are learning and working on,” she said. “It also

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No matter the language — happy birthday to what parents, educators say is a successful program

日快 — bon anniversaire, feliz cumpleaños — happy 10th birthday to the dual-immersion program at many Utah elementary schools. Eleven years ago this legislative session, former Gov. John Huntsman signed Utah’s International Education Initiative into law, funding dual-immersion programs in Chinese (Mandarin), French and Spanish beginning in the 2008–09 academic year at 15 elementary schools, including some within the Salt Lake Valley communities. Since then, German, Portuguese and Russian have been added as the number of Dual Language Immersion (DLI) schools soared to 224 programs from St. George to Logan, reaching 43,000 students, said Jordan School District Elementary Dual Language Immersion Content Administrator Michele Daly, who oversees her district’s nine elementary programs. Principal Scott Jameson, who recently was moved to a DLI Spanish elementary in Sandy — Alta View — said he immediately could see a benefit for students. “It gives kids a chance to be challenged,” said the principal in Canyons School District, which houses eight elementary DLI and 11 secondary programs. “They put in a great effort in school, especially with the opportunity to learn Spanish while studying math and science. They are learning to persevere, even if it’s difficult, and develop that skill and a language they can use their entire lives.” The start Elementary DLI programs in the area are 50/50 immersion programs where students spend half their school day learning in the English language and half the day learning math, science or social studies in the target language. There are two teachers, one who teaches in English, and one who only speaks the language to students after the initial months when first-graders are enrolled in the program. First-grade English teacher Michael Vierra at South Jordan’s Monte Vista Elementary said the popularity of the DLI program has grown and he is teaching 25 to 28 students per class. “I reinforce what students may not understand initially in Mandarin, but they quickly learn and have an awesome experience learning a language, usually from a native speaker and teacher,” he said. “They become independent very quickly and realize if they don’t know how to do something, they have to be able to learn and express it in the language.” Many of the DLI language teachers are on a visa to teach in Utah, meaning that there is a turnover; so English teachers help them learn the ins-and-outs of the program, Vierra said. “There always is some adjustment from how they teach in China or Taiwan, and they have to learn to American style of living, but the benefits of having a native teacher outweigh any challenges,” he said.

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At Draper Elementary in 2017, second-graders performed the traditional fan dance as part of school’s annual Chinese New Year celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Eastlake Elementary, in South Jordan, like many schools, have host families help DLI teachers from China and Hong Kong set up their housing, transportation, banking, and get their social security cards and driver’s licenses when they arrive a couple weeks before school begins to attend state dual-immersion training. “They’re usually on a three-year contract so there is a constant learning curve,” second-grade teacher Teresa Wang said. “They learn to teach more interactive, bring in their culture, not just give lectures.” In her own classroom of second-graders, Wang focuses on childhood activities. “Kids are getting a broad vocabulary of daily words that help with conversation. They’re able to put those together in simple sentence structure so it’s easier for them to speak. By the time these students are in third and fourth grades, most surpass their peers academically in both languages and are able to converse in Chinese,” she said. Colleague Christina Ma said she’s been impressed at the level of her fifth-grade students. “They’re at the intermediate level where they can talk about places they want to travel or food they want to eat and even debate and express their opinions,” she said. While she may use easier vocabulary for students to understand science concepts — “science has harder vocabulary” — Ma said they are able to pick up math easily and understand their equations of multiplication, division and fractions. “Research has shown that these kids aren’t losing their math or English skills, but just learning another language alongside them,” she said. The State DLI website supports that claim, stating that “immersion students perform as well or better than non-immersion students on

standardized tests of English and math administered in English.” It continues to say DLI students develop greater cognitive flexibility, are more attentive, and have better memory and problem-solving skills. Ma said her students are proactive learners. “The students practice talking, even if it is to a parent who doesn’t understand or a stuffed animal. If they have siblings who speak the language, they’re even going further,” she said. Mike Ward has his children in Chinese dual immersion at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights. “Dual immersion is remarkable,” he said. “By the time they’re in third, fourth and fifth grade, they understand and are speaking quite fluently. I can’t understand Chinese, but my third-grade daughter is understanding what her older brother is saying.” Monte Vista parent Carrie Newbold agrees to the benefits of siblings conversing in the language. “I love the opportunity my kids have to share with each other and talk outside of class,” she said. “It’s made the school schedule easier to have everyone on the same track and same schedule.” Newbold also said students have created a bond with their classmates. “These kids are together from first grade all the way through. They form a family because they’re in it together. We have friendships with parents, who band together to help welcome the Chinese teachers. Many parents can only help in the English classrooms since they don’t know the language, but we do what we can to help them settle in. It’s just a powerful experience for these kids to learn and have a better understanding of the culture,” she said. To every advantage, there can be a disad-

vantage. At Lone Peak Elementary, Kristy Bastian has her younger children in the program, but her seventh-grader was not admitted because of not enough space, she said. “They take siblings first and since there is limited room, he didn’t get in,” she said. “He wanted to learn and needed the challenge. It’s an incredible program, but frustrating when there isn’t a benchmark test or anything to help students get in.” With many elementaries, parents need to apply in February before first grade for the program. Applying doesn’t mean guaranteed entrance as many schools have a wait list. While there is no test to enter, preference is given to siblings who have someone already enrolled in the language program. Entrance generally is limited to first grade, although if a student transfers from another DLI school or shows proficiency, Daly said there have been exceptions in Jordan District. Eastlake’s Wang agrees the fast-paced program isn’t for all students. “Some kids can’t pick it up and struggle tremendously. They need a strong base in their first language. It can be common for those with learning disabilities to not do as well, but it’s up to the parents to decide to apply to enroll them,” she said. Megan Morrison, who has a son at Lone Peak and feels lucky her third-grader has “an amazing opportunity,” said she may not enroll a younger sibling because she doesn’t see it as a good match for him. “He isn’t at the level of other kids and I can see with speech problems, he could be frustrated learning Chinese. I don’t want to take an opportunity away from another student,” she said. Secondary DLI As the first DLI students progress through school, dual immersion is added to that grade, meaning many of those first-graders in 2008– 09 are now juniors in high school and have fasttracked to take the AP Spanish exam to earn college credit. Murray School District Assistant Superintendent Scott Bushnell said that upon successful competition of the AP Spanish exam, students can begin the Bridge Program, a partnership with public and higher education, which was supported by SB152, that awarded $300,000 to the University of Utah to launch the program. At Murray High, sophomores, juniors and seniors enroll in a team-taught course, with both a University of Utah professor and a Murray High teacher instructing the coursework. “Students are able to complete upper-division language coursework and can finish their senior year of high school two courses shy of a minor in the language,” he said. Jordan’s Daly said their comprehensive abilities are “amazing.”

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“Their proficiency levels are so high, they are truly immersed and have that high level, they’re so lucky and don’t realize the gift we’re providing,” she said. Morrison has a student who has been in the program since first grade and currently is a sophomore at Alta High in Sandy. “It’s a unique opportunity for him to be learning from a University of Utah professor in his high school class. He’s had incredible experiences as the program has developed and I’m just amazed at what he’s accomplished in the 10 years,” she said. However, Midvale Middle School Chinese teacher Karma Lambert said students can still learn languages if they don’t enroll in DLI. “You don’t have to start in first grade,” she said. “Students who begin learning in sixth, seventh and eighth grades are still quick enough to learn languages and be able to carry on basic conversations in the language by the time they finish middle school. In general, they won’t be as far as long as their dual-immersion peers, but they can still learn the language and have those positive cultural benefits.” DLI benefits When Sarah Erwin’s family was looking to move into the Sandy area from St. George, she looked for a DLI Chinese school. They selected the Lone Peak neighborhood so her kids could learn Mandarin. “I speak Mandarin and at the time, St. George didn’t have dual immersion,” she said. “My kids needed more challenge and there are tremendous benefits of learning a second language.” Ridgecrest Elementary parent Brooke Moench said she has seen great progress academically for her children. “They tend to learn at a higher pace, and so, they have kept on task,” she said. “The teachers are ensuring students are learning by reteaching and reinforcing in English what they learn in Chinese so the languages are supporting one another.” Many parents, teachers and principals point to cultural benefits as school programs may include celebrating Chinese New Year or Cinco de Mayo or even having a word of

the day for the entire student body to learn, or rooms, such as the library or cafeteria, labeled in the target language. Canyons District’s Butler Elementary students who are studying French immersion not only sample macaroons and learn about impressionism and Claude Monet and other parts of French culture, but they also get a taste of other countries’ culture, art and music during its annual World Night. Last year, for example, students wrote their names in Arabic, made Native American replica pots, learned about typical life in the Fiji Islands and more. “It’s important that the community opens our eyes and celebrates our diversity,” Principal Jeff Nalwalker said. At nearby Midvale Elementary, students celbrate Mexican Independence Day, Dia de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day with cultural activities, food, dances and song for the entire student body. “As a whole school, it’s important that we are learning other cultures, and are inclusive,” Principal Chip Watts said. Murray District spokeswoman D Wright said she also has seen culture be introduced in the district’s Spanish DLI classrooms. “I have visited in the Horizon DLI classes many times and see ongoing examples of music, dance and art integration through fun and captivating activities,” she said. “I also see exposure to a variety of related ethnic foods and culturally related holidays incorporated into the awareness and curriculum in the grades.” Several Chinese schools celebrated the Year of the Pig during Chinese New Year festivities that included programs, activities, food, singing, dancing, acting and learning the history of the celebration. Some schools also celebrate the Moon Festival in the fall. Erwin said that through her school’s Chinese New Year program, it offers all students an opportunity to learn about culture. “It’s a fun time to explore another culture and for the whole school to come together,” she said. Monte Vista parent Corby Robins said the opportunities her second- and third-grader have had in DLI have been impressive.

“The teachers are top notch,” she said. “They teach about the culture and pique students’ interest in China through food, games, stories and telling how they celebrate holiday with the family.” At Midvale Middle School, eighth-grader Eric Snauffer said, “it’s the best day of the year” as he learned to make Chinese dumplings with classmates afterschool. K-12 Chinese outreach coordinator Shin Chi Fame Kao, of the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah, said they support many cultural Chinese events at schools, and have even given grants to the first schools who had Chinese programs, including Canyons’ Lone Peak and Draper elementaries. “It’s important that children learn these customs of China as they learn the language,” she said. “It’s a time to understand families and communities celebrating together.” Lone Peak Principal Tracy Stacy said there is value in understanding other countries’ culture. “When children understand and value each other’s differences, it allows them to not only see differences and accept them, but also appreciate the way we are all similar,” she said. Eastlake Principal Suzie Williams agrees. “I love the culture piece dual immersion brings to our school,” she said. “It draws families together who are interested in their children becoming bilingual. Even if the parents aren’t versed in the language, they’re learning words and customs from their children. It isn’t a classroom where they sit and listen to the language. They’re learning the vocabulary and language while involved in enriching, engaging cultural activities.” The future of DLI Many programs continue to add a grade as DLI students progress, like in Murray District. However, there are no plans to expand to another language at another school at this time, Bushnell said. “In a district our size, a cohort of 60 students allows us to run two elementary classrooms of 30 DLI students in each class,” he said. However, at nearby Midvale Elementary,

there are plans to expand the classes, Watts said. Currently, about one-third of the school is enrolled in the Spanish DLI program and he said there are plans to increase that to twothirds. “Our data shows that students are achieving better in reading and math, and at the same time learning Spanish for those who are not already Spanish-speakers,” he said. “The language development as they learn a second language is helpful as they practice their native language. It’s a very engaging program for our students.” Alta View’s Jameson appreciates the DLI program in its entirety. “The DLI was created as a comprehensive pathway so students in elementary can continue in middle school and high school. It doesn’t just stop, but it prepares students for their future, for global careers,” he said. Jordan District’s Daly agrees. “We’re preparing them for the global market and job opportunities in the 20th century,” she said. “They’re learning language skills, as well as an awareness and appreciation of different cultures.”

Award winning program Canyons School District recently received the Melba D Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The district was chosen to receive the national award to honor the program that aligns with the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning curriculum, has proficiency targets set for each grade level, and has teachers that are highly qualified, lifelong learners.

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Soaring Eagle tennis squad back on court

CCHS guard named Utah Gatorade Player of the Year

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uan Diego Catholic High School junior Sam Nelson, who placed second at No. 1 singles in the Region 11 tournament a year ago, is back to lead the boys tennis squad this season. “He has been working with a coach and playing tournaments and his game has improved from last year,” said second-year head coach Marisa Smith. “I expect to see great things from this year. He is a powerhouse, especially his serve. When it’s on, most players will not be able to return it.” The junior won his first tournament at the 2018 Thanksgiving Challenger at the Sports Mall and is excited to help the Soaring Eagle team continue to improve this year. “We have a lot of returning players who are back to build on the fundamentals they learned last season,” he said. Senior Conner Turner, who just picked up the sport last year, is back as the varsity No. 2 singles player. “He continues to rapidly improve his skills,” Smith said. “He’s a natural athlete and picks things up quickly when given instructions. His biggest strength is his patience and consistency.” Brennan Savage and Tristan Tonozzi, who played doubles with different partners last season, teamed up on their own and will be the No. 1 doubles team for Juan Diego this season. “Their skills complement each other well,” Smith said. “I expect them to be tough to beat.” Other players Smith expects to see varsity time this season are Aymeric Blaizot, Jackson Butler, Ethan Drage, Mikey Gatti, Cade Novara, Daniel Welch and Trent Zaffino. “I think that our rag-tag group of boys have a serious shot at going far this year,” Nelson said. “In order for us to be successful, we are all going to have to find ways to move on to the next point and not let mistakes bother us.” Also on the 2019 team are Nate Bean, (Hawk) Chen-Hua Chang, Matt Kaiser, (George) Kunyu Li, Jaiden Malloy, Jack Marshall, Ethan McKenzie, (Key) Ky Ong, Ben Poyner, Alex Wagner, Caleb Welker, (CJ) Xiang Wu and Jared Zhu. “Almost all of these boys are new to tennis and I am also new to coaching and we are all learning together,” Smith said. “Because these boys are great athletes and they all are so driven to excel in any sport they take on, I think they have even surprised themselves with their constant improvement. For me, it’s been a joy to see them become a team.” So far this season, Juan Diego faced Park City March 5 and won just 15 games among nine matches at the varsity level against two nationally ranked players among the Miners’ powerhouse squad. The JV’s No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Welch/Mikey Gatti won 8-4 to take the only match of the day for the Soaring

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Juan Diego Catholic High School junior Sam Nelson, who was a state qualifier last season, will again by the No. 1 singles player for the Soaring Eagle squad this season. (Photo courtesy Marisa Smith)

Eagle. “I’m so proud of these boys who played their first match against the best team in the region,” Smith said. Against Murray March 7, Juan Diego lost 4-2 with its two wins coming at No. 1 singles — by Nelson 7-6, 6-1 — and No. 2 singles with Turner also winning 7-6, 6-1. `The Soaring Eagle squad got its first win of the season against West Jordan 5-1 on March 18 behind wins from Nelson 6-0, 6-1 (No. 1 singles), Butler 6-1,6-1 (No. 3 singles) and at all three doubles spots by Novara/9-7, 60) 6-3, 7-5, Tonozzi/Kaiser 6-1, 6-1 and Drage/Savage 6-1,6-0. The JV team also won 5-1 with a sweep in the singles – Hawk 8-1, Wagner 8-7 and CJ 8-0 – and securing the top two doubles spots with Blaziot/Znu winning 8-2 and Welch/Gatti 8-0. “We did really good,” Smith said. Against Granger March 19 , Juan Diego won 4-2 with Nelson (6-0, 6-0), Turner (6-1, 6-3), Butler (9-7, 6-0) and Hawk/Kaiser (6-3, 6-1) coming out on top in their matches. The team is also scheduled to compete against Skyridge March 22, Ogden March 26, Stansbury April 16, Tooele April 17, Bonneville April 23 and Ben Lomond April 25 before the Region 11 and 4A state tournaments.

Corner Canyon’s Kemery Martin joins a prestigious list of Gatorade Players of the Year in being named the 2018-19 recipient for Utah. (Photo courtesy John Nicholes)


orner Canyon High senior Kemery Martin was recently honored as the 2018–19 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year. The University of Utah-bound guard, who was second in the state in scoring among all classifications with nearly 22 points a game, led the Chargers to a second-place finish at the 5A state tournament. The Gatorade Player of the Year program has been recognizing top athletes nationwide over the past 30 years for their overall excellence on and off their field of play. “It’s an exciting moment as a coach to celebrate the accomplishments of one of the best student-athletes I’ve ever been around,” said Corner Canyon head coach Jeramy Acker. “She is certainly deserving of this honor.” Martin said she woke up to her phone “buzzing like crazy,” congratulating her on the award that Coach Acker was the first to text her about. “It was cool to receive it that way because it really showed all the support that I am blessed to have,” Martin said. “It’s a cool way to end my high school career. It’s definitely a big award so I’m super humbled to be able to receive it.” Martin, the daughter of Jeramie Martin of Draper and Toni Martin of Sandy, was also among the state’s leaders in three-pointers

made (62), rebounds (seven a game), assists (five a game) and steals (three a game) this past season. The senior credits her parents for their constant influence on her. “They have sacrificed so much and have been there every step of the way,” Martin said. “They continued to push and encourage me through everything.” The First Team All-State player who passed the 1,500 career points mark this past season also noted Acker’s role in her development on the court. “He helped me achieve goals and pushed me throughout my time at Corner Canyon,” Martin said. The Gatorade award will also send $1,000 to a sports organization of Martin’s choice through the Gatorade Play It Forward initiative. “This award is big time, but there were a lot of people behind the scenes that have helped me get to this point,” Martin said. “So, I would just thank all the love and support that has been around and the amazing people that were a part of the journey.” “I know Kemery will continue to accomplish amazing things throughout the remainder of her basketball career at the University of Utah,” Acker said. “I couldn’t be more proud as a coach.”

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Senior prom takes on whole new meaning By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ouples, dressed in their finery, were dancing under the lights and disco balls to the deejay as he played a little this and that — from today’s pop songs like Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” to the 1970s and 1980s hits of Wham’s “Wake Me Up” and Village People’s “YMCA,” from Elvis’ 1950s hit “Jailhouse Rock,” to even back earlier with the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Even though this senior prom had a king and queen who swayed to the last dance together, it took on a twist. It included both senior high school students and senior citizens dancing together. “We are having a ball,” said 101-yearold Mary Ida Hunt. “What’s not to like? We have music, we have dancing and we have high school guys.” The Cedarwood at Sandy senior living community hosted local high school students from Corner Canyon and Alta high schools to their prom night of the “Roaring ’20s” on Feb. 28, where Hunt, a 1938 high school graduate, danced the Charleston, the rock, the two-step — and even “YMCA.” Cedarwood Executive Director Jesse Buntjer had hoped for this outcome. “We wanted seniors in high school to connect with seniors in our community,” he said. “The two generations can laugh, dance and have fun together and make this milestone memorable.” The two generations also took part in the preparations as Cedarwood’s senior resident council and members of Corner Canyon High’s 35-member Peer Leadership Team (PLT) met beforehand. “PLT is a service-learning class where they are out in the community, gaining experience serving others so they can build the skills they need to take up leadership roles and gain a better sense of community,” Corner Canyon teacher Russ Boyer said. “They learn cooperation, collaboration, critical thinking — skills they can use in college and throughout their lives — and they can find something they’re passionate about, which they can contribute to at the same time.” Senior Corrine Tousley was one of four students who helped plan the event, which not only featured dancing, but talent of the prom guests, as well as a photo booth with pearls, feathered headbands and boas and other props. “We typically help with Head Start and Meals on Wheels, but when they came to us, I was super excited,” she said. “Our teacher thought it was a fun idea and I love the elderly, and often go visit on my own time, so I wanted to be involved. I think it’s a great opportunity to interact with the elderly. I love hearing stories; there is so much value uniting our generations.” Joining Tousley with the planning were

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classmates Sophie Chernosky, Kiara D’Amico and Madison Gastelo. In addition, some Alta High students attended, guests of the Corner Canyon students, including Alta High’s student body president Traven England, who was named prom king. “I wasn’t expecting it,” the Alta senior said. “A friend invited me to come and I was just expecting to dance since I used to be on the ballroom team. It’s just awesome to have fun with these residents in our community.” Cedarwood’s Kristi Nielsen was honored with a crown and sash as the prom queen. Her sisters, Karla Ney and Karen Neilsen, were among those who clapped for her. “Everybody loves her,” said Ney, who also is Cedarwood’s resident council president. “She’s mentally challenged, but her smile draws people near her. She wasn’t able to go to high school back then and our family didn’t have money, so this is our first prom. It’s been incredible whether we’re 82 or 18. It’s such a happy time with the residents all dressed up dancing with these darling young people who came here to join us. It’s just been amazing.” Before their dance together as king and queen, several others were getting in their kicks, including Mary Lou Banks, who will be 87 in April. “We had sock hops and Sadie Hopkins at the end of the school year, prom — but noth-

ing like this. It’s a lot of fun,” she said. Corner Canyon’s Tousley said it was planned as “a fun and lighthearted way to bridge the age groups together.” With smiles all around and several students dancing the night away with the seniors, resident Florence Roberts was just

beaming as she was one of the last on the dance floor. “It’s a ball of fun,” she said. “It’s just uplifting at a time in our lives, when we don’t think it’s ours anymore — this is just wonderful. It brings back memories of dances. I never went to prom, but now I have.”

Senior high school students and senior citizens dance together at the recent Cedarwood of Sandy senior prom, which invited Corner Canyon High School students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Corner Canyon senior Kiara D’Amico dances with Cedarwood senior Darilyn Merill at a recent senior high-senior citizen prom. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Seniors in high school as well as Cedarwood in Sandy get into the groove at the recent senior high-senior citizen prom. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Chargers claim 5A state boys basketball title; girls finish second By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon High boys basketball team’s season may have started with a loss — a 10-point setback to Copper Hills — but the Chargers finished things in a historic way, bringing home the school’s first 5A state championship after a 62-45 victory over Jordan March 2 at Weber State University. The girls team also made school history by reaching the 5A state championship game where Corner Canyon lost to East 72-65 Feb. 23. Boys The state final was the third meeting between Corner Canyon and Jordan this season with the Beetdiggers prevailing in the previous matchups by three and two points respectively. But the final game of the year was a different story. The Chargers used a huge third quarter to pull away in a close game to lead by 14 points going into the final quarter and continued to pour on the offense — scoring 22 more of the team’s 43 second-half points — in the 17-point win. “It felt great to win state,” head coach Dan Lunt said. “I was very excited for the kids. They have put a lot of work in and it’s nice to see it all pay off.” Hayden Welling dominated inside in the title game with 29 points and 15 rebounds while Gabe Toombs also recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. In the first round of the state tournament, Corner Canyon defeated Wasatch 75-64 with Welling (25 points), Toombs (20), John Mitchell (15) and Andrew Heath (15) all scoring in double figures. The Chargers and Wasps were tied heading into the final quarter before Corner Canyon shot lights out — 83 percent — in the nine-point win. The Chargers came out strong against Highland, leading by 10 points after the first quarter and held on for a 64-50 win. Toombs led with 20 points and 13 rebounds while Welling added 18 points and Mitchell 16. In the semifinals, Corner Canyon avenged last year’s title game loss to Olympus with a 77-69 win over the Titans. The teams battled back and forth through three quarters before the Chargers outscored Olympus 27 to 13 to end the game. Toombs scored 29 points to lead Corner Canyon with Welling having a 25-point, 14-rebound performance, propelling the Chargers to the championship game. “The keys to the state championship were great team defense and rebounding,” Lunt said. Also on the 2018–19 squad were Arturo Aguero, Peyton Call, Josh Chandler, Cole Hagen, Phil Harris, Sam Jex, Jaxon Nielsen, Trace Ross, Tyler Thompson, Luke Warnock, Carter Welling and Brayden Witt. “I will miss this group of seniors. We have put a lot of time in together,” Lunt said. “These young men have had the opportunity to make the Final Four in 2017, play in the finals last year and win a state championship

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The Corner Canyon boys basketball team celebrates its first state title following a 62-45 win over Jordan March 2 at Weber State University. (Photo credit Jon Clifford/ All-Star Photography)

this season.” Girls The girls team battled from behind the entire game during the championship matchup against East and, despite a combined effort of 55 points from All-State players Jaeden Vaifanua and Kemery Martin, Corner Canyon lost by seven. “I couldn’t be prouder of the effort, heart and determination demonstrated throughout the entire game,” head coach Jeramy Acker said. “We didn’t play our best or most complete game in the championship which was difficult, although Jaeden and Kemery both came to play, combining for 55 of our 65 points, and we fought our way back to a 5050 tie late in the game after being down by 17 points at one point.” Some tough calls down the stretch forced Vaifanua to the bench while East drained free throw after free throw in the fourth quarter in particular. “State champs was the goal for us, of course, but I honestly can’t be too disappointed with our outcome,” Vaifanua said. “Out of all the teams, we made it to the state championship game and we made history for girls basketball at our school. What we did as a team and with our coaches this year was really special and it was an unforgettable year for us.” In the first round, the Chargers defeated Springville 62-48, turning a five-point deficit into an eight-point halftime advantage. Martin scored 25 points and Vaifanua added 18

in the win. Vaifanua said it was a “huge relief” to finally get past the first round in the state tournament, a feat they couldn’t achieve the past two seasons. “Last year, we definitely never planned to lose in that first game and this year we also had that same goal except we wanted it even more because we didn’t want to relive that upset for the third time,” she said. “That was a huge step for us in general. It was really awesome to get past that trial with my team.” Against Farmington in the quarterfinals, Corner Canyon used a 20-point second quarter to break open the game in a 60-43 win. Vaifanua led the way with 23 points while Martin had 17. The pair also combined for 19 rebounds. In the semifinals, Corner Canyon outscored Skyridge by three points in the opening and final quarters of a close game to win 58-53. Martin scored 29 points with Vaifanua adding 14. “Leading up to the championship game, we were extremely focused and playing quality team basketball,” Acker said. “Springville, Farmington and Skyridge all presented unique challenges and we were able to execute at an extremely high level throughout all three games.” Martin said the team focused on one game at a time. “We looked at each game as a championship game,” she said. “We had our moments where frustration or fatigue kind of kicked in a little, but as a team we did a good

job at helping each other shake that stuff off. Acker credited his players, particularly senior center Marissa Wicherski for her “amazing job” down low against Springville and Farmington. “It was critical for us to utilize her skill and 6’2” frame on the defensive end,” Acker said. “Ultimately, Kemery and Jaeden certainly shined on the biggest stage to finish their high school careers off right.” Also on the Chargers team this year were Academic All-State recipient Megan Astle along with Baylee Bodily, Marinn Duncan, Abby Kleinman, Natalie Newton, Zoe Nielsen, Alexa Orton, Maggie Ramos, Kira Rhay, Tricia Tanner and Alex Wright. Martin said, “Everyone on the team played a part in our success and everyone bought into the things we were doing. That was personally my favorite thing. Everyone that was there was engaged and positive about the things we were doing and it made it so fun. I am just proud of all the girls and super thankful for the coaches and all their efforts.” “I couldn’t be happier about the journey we have all gone through this season,” Acker said, noting their experience at the National Showcase La Jolla Country Day Sweet 16 Invitational to begin the year. “That brought us confidence and team cohesion in a critical way which took us through an extremely challenging preseason before winning our second-straight Region 7 championship and a very memorable state playoff run.”

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Fifth consecutive region title for 22-2 Soaring Eagle boys By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

The Juan Diego Catholic High School boys basketball team recorded its best season in school history with a 22-2 record and a fifth consecutive region championship. The Soaring Eagle squad had its 41-game home winning streak snapped in the first round of the 4A state championships with a 50-41 loss to Sky View Feb. 22, ending its historic season. Juan Diego’s team consisted of seniors Kalthom Kur, Lawson Roe and Raimoana Tinirauarii; juniors Kemari Bailey, Laurbong Gai, Wesley Rasmussen, Ramatoa Rezzouq, Nae Roy, Gabe Soto and Lorenzo Soto; and sophomores Jag Gill-Martin, Matt Rohden, Maui Roopinia and Talon Valdes. “I’m proud of these guys and all their hard work,” head coach Drew Trost said. (Photo courtesy Drew Trost)

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Two All-State golfers back to lead defending state champs By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he three-time defending state champion Corner Canyon High School girls golf team return two All-State players in senior Jamie Connell and sophomore Savannah Romney this season. Coach Lexi Gagon, who had been assisting the team the past two years, will now head up the program that will also feature four other seniors – Anica Coesens, Emma Catmull, Megan Muir and Suzie Taylor — and a newcomer senior, Kiersten Smith, who recently moved from Chicago. “I’m super excited about taking over as head coach,” Gagon said. “We have an incredible group of girls and I’m very excited to see what these girls can accomplish over the course of this season.” Gagon brings her own high school golf experience to Corner Canyon as she was an All-State player for Carbon High in Price. Connell, who will play at Idaho State next season on a full-ride scholarship, said she is excited for the season after putting in a lot of work over the summer and this winter in preparing for the year. “We are going into this with a very new and young team which is always exciting,” Connell said. “I hope that our three-time state champion team will get the support of our community again this year.” Her fellow All-State teammate, Romney,

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The Corner Canyon High School girls golf team won its first tournament this season March 6 at Riverbend. All-State golfer Savannah Romney shot a 78 to win medalist honors while All-State senior Jamie Connell tied for second with an 80. (Photo courtesy Alexis Gagon)

could also be found working on her game in the off-season and is back with a focus of improving her mental and physical strength as she also pursues collegiate golf. “I feel very good about the upcoming season,” she said. “I have been working hard and dedicating my time to be my very best. I know that with persistence and focus, state is within reach for our team as well as individually.” In Corner Canyon’s first tournament this

season at Riverbend March 6, the Chargers won by eight strokes with Timpview finishing second. Romney shot a 78 for medalist honors with Connell two strokes back, tying for second place, on a “very cold, windy, rainy day,” according to Gagon. At Mountain View March 20, Corner Canyon shot a 331 and won by four strokes with Connell and Romney tying for second place, six shots back of Timpview’s Sunbin Seo. Taylor shot an 81 while freshman Bella

Boman scored a 94. “We are currently in the lead in our region – with a lot more golf to play,” Gagon said. Also on the 2019 squad are junior Olivia Didier; sophomores Abbey Aamodt, Emily Eckersley, Alexis Erickson, Brinlee Horsley, Ambrey Judd, Afton Walker and Ellie Whitehead; and freshmen Abby Brady, Bella Boman and Malin Jorgenson. “We want to grow as a team and family,” Gagon said. “I want to incorporate the team aspect into an individual sport. I want this team to feel like a family, and I want to continue our legacy.” Corner Canyon was slated for tournaments at, Pebblebrook March 27, Fox Hollow April 10, Murray Parkway April 17, Meadowbrook April 24 and Wasatch April 30 before the 5A state tournament at the Ridge May 7–8. “We’re just going to take this one step at a time and focus on getting better each and every day,” Gagon said. “We have a lot of younger girls this year. We’re trying to build up the program and it is exciting to see these younger girls coming out.” Gagon is being assisted on the coaching staff by Nance Ciasca with sophomore Daisy Griffiths as team manager.

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Corner Canyon’s boys volleyball team return a more experienced team this season after a fifth-place finish at the state championships last spring. (Photo courtesy Angela Vranes)


nder fourth-year coaches Mike Rogers and Dan Penrod, the Corner Canyon High boys volleyball team has taken three top-five finishes at the state tournament the past three years, including the 2016 title. Junior libero Zane Minnick and junior outside hitter Tytan Pace, All-Tournament players from the 2018 state tournament, return for the Chargers this season along with some key juniors — outside hitter/setter Gavin Penrod, opposite hitter Jack Nielsen, middle blocker Blake Rupp and middle blocker Will Yeomans — back with significant experience from a year ago. “Our team was young but very talented last year,” Penrod said. “This year, we plan to capitalize on the added physicality and athleticism that they have developed since being sophomores.” Minnick, a 6’1” libero who has been with the Chargers program since he was in seventh grade, said the team learned a lot of lessons last season and are back with more experience this time around, with most players having played club volleyball and in some outdoor tournaments this summer. “We’re definitely a lot more developed this year,” he said. “And we definitely have more talent than last year with some great impact players. We have some great leaders in this group and we’re excited to compete.” Three Brighton High players — senior setter Sam Barlow, junior outside hitter TJ Burns and sophomore middle blocker Anthony Vranes — have joined Corner Canyon this season since their school doesn’t have a team. “Sam will bring experience and leadership, TJ has volleyball in his blood, is very versatile and has excellent all-around skills, and even though Anthony is young, he will be a strong addition to the team,” Coach Penrod said. Coach Penrod also noted Nielsen’s improvement from a year ago when he was new

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to the sport. “Jack has improved immensely,” he said. “His size and athleticism will prove a challenge for opposing team’s outside hitters.” Corner Canyon began its season with a win against Herriman Gold 25-18, 25-15 March 5 behind Pace’s five kills and four aces and Barlow’s 17 assists. Defensively, Minnick recorded nine digs and Vranes and Yeomans had two blocks each. The Chargers also faced Taylorsville that evening and won 25-12, 25-9, led by Gavin Penrod’s 11 kills and 16 assists from Barlow. From the serving line, Barlow and Vranes topped Corner Canyon with four aces apiece. Against Olympus Chaos March 12, the team won 25-21, 25-19 behind Gavin Penrod’s 12 kills with 25 assists from Barlow and three aces and seven digs from Minnick. The Chargers then went on to defeat Jordan later that night 25-12, 25-17 with five kills each from Gavin Penrod and Pace. Gavin Penrod also served four aces while Minnick (six digs), Nielsen (three blocks), Yeomans (three blocks) and Barlow (16 assists) were also key contributors in the straight-set win. The Chargers will also play Herriman and East March 21, Bingham Blast and Bingham Fire March 28, Park City and West Jordan April 11, Olympus Titans and Bingham Jetz April 25 and Skyline and Copper Hills – Varner April 30. “We know that we can play with any team in the state, but our goal is to work hard throughout the season and never rest on our laurels,” Coach Penrod said. Gavin Penrod feels that Rogers, who also coaches the Utah Valley University boys squad, is a “really, really good coach.” “With Coach Rogers and the team we have, I’m really excited to see what we can do,” he said. “We’re gonna do some great things.”

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hat if, rather than paying for your recycling to be processed and your garbage to be hauled away to a Utah landfill, you could have your garbage and recycling processed for free, turned into an alternative fuel source and bypass the problem of a landfill altogether? That was the offer made to the Draper City Council at the Feb. 19 meeting by B&D Development. The company is seeking an agreement with Draper City to handle both Draper’s waste and recycling. B&D representatives explained that it would have to be both. Their plan involves selling what recyclable materials they can and then processing the remaining waste into pellets that can be burned in old coal-burning plants. Steve Price, CEO of B&D, participated in the meeting via telephone. He said depending on which cities participate, B&D would potentially build a location in Herriman. Price said he has the authority to develop this technology in the U.S., that Utah State Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo) has recently joined B&D, and that this technology has existed in Germany for over 20 years. Draper City would only need to pay for the materials to be transported to the B&D site for processing. Twenty-two Utahns traveled to Germany last September to see the process themselves, including Draper City Council members Mike Green and Alan Summerhays. “It’s impressive,” Green said. Draper City paid for both to make that trip. Recyclable materials end up in landfill At the Feb. 19 city council meeting, it was disclosed that much of what Draper residents think is being recycled is ac-

As much as 50 percent of what Draper residents thought they were recycling is instead going to the Trans-Jordan Landfill.(Photo courtesy of Trans Jordan Landfill)

tually ending up in the landfill. That is because the world of recycling — and which plastics, papers and metals there is a market for reselling worldwide — has changed. The problem is compounded when one person does a thorough job of

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