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SOARING EAGLES RETURN TO SUMMIT with state championship By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


Juan Diego seniors hold the 3A state championship trophy. Four of the seniors have played with each other all their teenage years. (Juan Diego Basketball)

basketball instead of just one person trying to do everything,” Ewoniuk said. The team’s balance made winning the title much sweeter. Curran noted the quarterfinal win against Union in which eight different players scored, with no one reaching double digits. “A lot more people contributed this year,” said Curran, who was named the Deseret News 3A MVP. While defense was key holding opponents to under 40 points a game, it helped having a core group who had played together since the beginning of their teenage years. Curran, Ewoniuk, Drummond and Brie Veltri have been on the same team since seventh grade. It created an understanding on the court that proved vital. “It’s hard to explain — it’s just kind of that feeling that you know they’re going to be there,” said Veltri, who will play for Elmhurst College

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(Illinois) next year. She said the additions of Vawdrey and fellow senior Tepora Hanneman also helped round the team. Ewoniuk and Curran, referred to by Curran’s dad as “pit bulls,” have spent many hours together both on the court and the track and field team. Ewoniuk said winning a state championship with your best friend is a great feeling. “Just ending it on that high note was just amazing and I will never forget these people that I played with,” Ewoniuk said. Winning the state championship was made more impressive considering the adversity the team overcame throughout the year as the established team assimilated both Vawdrey and a new coaching staff. “They were struggling with buying in with what I was trying to do. As a coach you try to stick to what you do and also try to learn about


ith a senior class that saw three head coaches in their four years at Juan Diego, the Soaring Eagles won their second 3A state championship in three years. Senior Trista Vawdrey scored the gamewinning free throws with 2.7 seconds left to defeat Richfield in the championship game. “During the free throws, Brynn (Drummond) and I were just praying behind the 3-point line just watching … the first one went easy peasy and with that one I knew we were going to win,” said senior Anna Ewoniuk. While Vawdrey had dreams about being in that moment, she knew state would be theirs since their win over then-ranked No. 1 Morgan in January. “Once we won that game against Morgan to put us in first place, I just knew we were going to win it all, I just never really told anyone because I didn’t want to jinx us,” said Vawdrey, who transferred in this season from Alta. That victory on the road against Morgan proved a turning point in a season where the team started out 5-4 before Christmas, which included a four-game losing streak. “It was this huge thing (beating Morgan) because people were really doubting us throughout the season,” said senior Becca Curran. “So to go to their place and beat them there — they had this huge crowd — that was like ‘wow, we can do this.’” With Morgan being ranked higher all season, first-year head coach Tim Turpin remembered motivating the team by telling them how tired he was of hearing about how good Morgan was. “That was a big win for our kids and I think from that point forward they knew we really had something,” Turpin said. Though the senior-laden team won two years ago, it was living in the shadow of the Mills twins, who were the leading scorers that year. That provided plenty of motivation for the coaches and players to “win one for them.” “This year we knew we could do it and knew we had to work together and play team

them. It was a hard transition,” Turpin said. Turpin wasn’t hired until midway through September, less than two months before practice started. He started with two assistant coaches, losing one early on before incorporating three more coaches around Christmas, helping to make practices more efficient. Until that time, Turpin was coaching both varsity and junior varsity games. “I could see what we had, I could see our talent and I felt like if we could just put this together, they could buy into this and it would be OK,” he said. And for a team that went 13-1 after the new year, the coaching changes and the team conflicts resolved by the players all seem small in retrospect. “There were times where it was definitely a struggle, but the payoff in the end is what made it really sweet,” Veltri said. l

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manda Jones says she’s found her calling. After a yearlong process, Jones has begun a program of teaching yoga classes at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper. Jones’ classes began in January in the shark tank viewing room and then, on Feb. 18. expanded into the Journey to South America gallery. She focuses on an all levels of vinyasa flow. “We started with Yoga with the Sharks, and that was a big hit but I noticed this space and I always feel so good and my muscles feel so relaxed in this rainforest space. You can breathe in that fresh humid air right from the tropical plants and have the ambiance of live, free-flying birds,” said Jones. “I feel that Utahns will appreciate the nice reprieve from our dry, yucky air by coming in here to this atrium environment.” Jones, who has been practicing as a certified yoga teacher for three years as well as spent five years as a volunteer, specializes as a hatha yoga instructor and meditation coach, which focuses more on de-stressing and achieving a peaceful mind. Vinyasa yoga focuses on the flow between each pose, moving from Asana to Asana rather than calmly setting into a pose. Vinyasa coordinates movement with breathing, making it faster-paced than traditional hatha yoga. Jones is grateful to have finally found her “niche,” as she calls it. Her journey to it began a year and half before her first Yoga with the Sharks class, when she was suffering from postpartum depression. “I would bring my son here and the shark tunnel was so tranquil, it kind of erased all of my depression symptoms. I just had to show people how tranquil they can get when actually surrounded by nature.” “I saw it on Facebook and it appealed to me,” said Corinne Adair, an attendee. “The instructor seems really personable.” Attendees of the Rainforest Yoga class were asked to find a spot on the top floor platform

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of the South American exhibit while brightly colored tropical birds flew freely overhead. Dozens of mats were laid out while people of all ages and physical types listened to the sound of birds and flowing water while Jones walked them through meditative movements, asking them questions like, “Who am I?” Cassie Dalton, who started doing yoga six years ago, said, “I like yoga and this sounded cool. I like the humidity, especially compared to the Utah desert.” Jones has hopes that through her classes, her students decide to make changes for the better, both in their lives and the world around them. “I think we need a lot more environmental awareness, especially given Utah’s air, and I like to get people into yoga and meditation because it gives them more self-awareness

and more compassion,” said Jones. “And to get them doing yoga in an environment that’s so striking as the South American rainforest, maybe they’ll make that connection, hey, I can make a difference and do little things to ease the burden on our environment.” Shelby Dobson, public relations manager for the aquarium, said they are very pleased to be able to offer these classes and are happy with the response, as each have sold out quickly. “A little sweat from the humidity and a little sweat from the yoga and you’ll be detoxed in no time,” said Jones. “The aquarium really provides such an amazing environment for people to come and learn.” For more information about the yoga classes or to register, visit http://www. thelivingplanet.com/essential_grid/yoga/. l

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n a display of color and costume, the Draper Historic Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid” brought the Disney classic to life. Based on the movie, “The Little Mermaid” tells the story of the mermaid Ariel who makes a deal with a sea witch to become human in order to be with Eric, a prince she has fallen in love with. Director Marc Navez described “The Little Mermaid” as his favorite Disney movie of all time. “I wanted to direct it and I said, ‘Let’s get it on stage and show what little Draper Historic Theatre could do with the tiny stage and still be under the sea,’” Navez said. When he was casting the show, Navez said he looked for people who could pay tribute to the roles and could seem like they walked out of the movie. “They could be Ariel or they could be Eric,” Navez said. “They were people you already knew so you could already love the characters.” The hardest part of putting the production together was combining the theater’s old technology with recent technological additions made through donations. “We got three new LED light strips donated to us and a brand new sight screen in the back and having to deal with that and having this brand new technology paired with our 50-year-old technology and its clashing, and figuring out that meshing and having a performance ready was probably the biggest challenge,” Navez said. The show opened with the lights going down and a blue screen shinning on the back. Actors dressed as fish “swam” out onto the stage in silhouette and ended with Ariel grabbing a fork that was flung off a boat by Eric. This intricate opening was Navez’s favorite part of the show. The production was double cast with the main characters being played by different actors on different nights. The role of Ariel in cast B was Erica Glenn. “It’s funny, the girl who is double cast opposite of me was my understudy in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this last summer with the Lehi Arts Council,” Glenn said. “It’s kind of fun that we both found our way here and both ended up getting cast across from each other.” Glenn said she was drawn to the character of Ariel because she is such a fun character and so different than other Disney princesses. “A lot of ingénues and Disney princesses are a little bit blah,

“Let’s get it on stage and show what little Draper Historic Theatre could do with the tiny stage and still be under the sea.” especially the older ones, and she was start of the new wave of princesses where they’ve got a little bit of spunk. They’ve got a little bit of inner rebellion they’ve got to deal with,” Glenn said. “This is also a fun role because almost the entire second act is pantomimed. It requires a whole different set of skills. And she has a very distinct personality, which is fun.” Glenn said the hardest part of the production is the amount of work necessary to pull off the spectacle and other-worldliness of being set under the sea. “Figuring out those elements and figuring out how to work on the stage to make sure everything goes smoothly is probably the trickiest part,” Glenn said. In prepping for the role, Glenn said she resisted the urge to watch the Disney movie but instead tried to get into the head of a 16-year-old girl.

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“I did a lot of thinking about her character and how she kind of matures over the course of the show. I think of her in terms of her relationships; her relationship with her dad is really key and obviously her developing relationship with the prince and her relationship with Sebastian and her relationship with Flounder,” Glenn said. “To me, that’s what drives the show, those developing relationships.” Jared Campbell played the role of Eric in cast B. Campbell was previously in “Into the Woods” in October at the Draper Historic Theatre and was asked to come back and audition for Eric. Campbell described the character as being a big dreamer. “He wants to be something other than what he is. He’s a prince in line for the crown and he doesn’t want to,” Campbell said. “He wants to be a simple sailor. He wants to be out on the sea, which is kind of funny with him and Ariel and their paths crossing.” While preparing for the role, Campbell also avoided watching the movie because he didn’t want to copy that version of Eric. Instead, Campbell dove into the script. “I read through the script a few times and figured out how Eric works with me. How am I going to portray Eric? What do I really feel? I was trying to get inside of his character,” Campbell said. “I was really going through that. And then really being able to interact with the other actors on the stage was a big thing in developing my character.” For Campbell, the most tender part of the show is the song “If Only.” While not in the original movie, it was added to the Broadway production. The song is a quartet between Ariel, Eric, Sebastian and King Triton. “It’s a big developing moment for them. It’s a moment where everything is shifting where they’re realizing what is going to happen and what is about to change,” Campbell said. “It’s this really tender moment where they’re really expressing their longings.” For more information about the Draper Historic Theatre and future productions, visit http://drapertheatre.org. l

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Draper City helps businesses be ready for emergency hile residents may be prepared for an emergency when it comes to their homes, Draper City hopes to help business owners prepare as well. During a special presentation on Feb. 22, representatives from city, state and private entities taught business owners how to start thinking about emergency preparedness for their businesses. According to Scott Chatwin, the emergency services coordinator for Draper City, the goal of the Ready Your Business presentation was to make sure businesses get the tools they need so they can stay in business and come back after a disaster. “Forty percent of them never come back. If we can reach out and give them tools and help them prepare and get the plans written and test their stuff, more will come back,” Chatwin said. “That’s going to make more people go back to work, which is more money coming back into the city, schools start operating, it will get the community growing and going after a disaster.” One presenter for Ready Your Business was Logan Sisam, the Be Ready Utah business manager with the Utah Division of Emergency Management. He began his presentation by plugging the Great Utah ShakeOut on April 21. The annual event’s goal is to educate the

public about earthquake safety. “Everyone who participates gets a chance to drop, cover and hold on. Some businesses do a full-on evacuation from the building,” Sisam said. “Others try to exercise ways during that day they can telecommute. There’s a variety of ways you can participate in it.” Sisam also said business owners need to make sure their homes and families are prepared for an emergency before tackling emergency preparedness at work. “If you or your family aren’t prepared, how hard is it going to be to keep the business running or keep up with those responsibilities? It’s going to be really hard,” Sisam said. “My first message is to ensure that you as individuals are ready. We’re able to support that through Be Ready Utah.” Sisam had attendees think about what types of training their employees have gone through and if they believed they were ready for an emergency. “Have any of your businesses gone through an active shooter training? Is that something that is a concern? Is it something that is increasing across the country? But at the same time, we think it won’t happen to us,” Sisam said. “When you think about earthquakes, what’s something you can do to

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Logan Sisam from Be Ready Utah presents on earthquake preparedness during a special presentation provided by the city. The Great Utah ShakeOut will take place on April 21. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

get your employees ready? What are some of the things you want to start to exercise? Where’s a safe place?” Sisam also recommended business owners prepare an emergency plan for their businesses. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers a sample emergency plan at ready.gov. In the sample emergency plan are

areas to list various contacts of the business, which staff are in charge of which aspect of the business and what their action plan is in case of a disaster, evacuation plans and business continuity disaster plans. For more information about emergency preparedness in Draper, visit http://www. draper.ut.us/451/Emergency-Preparedness. l

The second component of the he Draper Police Department is certification process is for business revamping and restarting the Business employees to receive crime prevention Watch program. In a cooperation of the training, either by or approved by the police and the Draper Area Chamber of crime prevention team. The Draper Police Commerce, Business Watch is a program Department offers free crime prevention available to all Draper businesses to training that is pertinent to a specific help them protect themselves and their business. establishments from violence and criminal According to the Business Watch activity. The police have Business Watch manual, crime prevention training will help program manuals available at the police employees to effectively integrate crime department. prevention efforts into the work stream “We tried to break it all down for you. We know each business is different,” Business Watch’s aim is to help businesses while remaining productive, as well as said Crime Prevention Specialist Natalie train employees to prevent crime and be contribute to the safety of the workplace, the employees and the customers. Thorell. “It’s a way for us to reach out and safer. (Draper Police Department) The third component is a security let you get to know our officers and let us assessment that is offered free by the police department. During know you so we’re watching out for you and your businesses.” According to manual, the goal of the Business Watch the security assessment, a crime prevention specialist will come program is to provide Draper businesses with educational to the site of the business and will provide both written and information regarding shoplifting, internal theft, burglary, verbal recommendations on how to increase security. “The way it came about is in working with (Draper robbery, fraud and other aspects of crime prevention geared Emergency Services Coordinator) toward specific businesses in Draper. Scott (Chatwin) we went to one of the schools and they Business Watch offers a special certification to businesses who complete the four components of the program. The first wanted us to walk through and make sure that if there was some component is establishing policies and procedures that address kind of emergency, what did we as a police department notice that they need to change or do to be safer,” Thorell said. “As we crime and threats that pertain to the particular business. “We want each of your businesses to have policies and went through, I thought we should do this for our businesses. procedures in place, whether that comes down from a big That’s what we’re offering for you.” Thorell said some of the areas the crime prevention corporation or some of you are just small businesses,” Thorell said. “If corporate has policies and procedures, that’s great. If specialist will look at is the layout of the business, the training of employees on how to handle merchandise and how to prevent you need help, that’s what we’re here for to help you out.” In order to qualify for the certification, the company’s burglaries after the business is closed. The fourth component of the certification process is policies and procedures need to have 10 core business safety elements. These include policies addressing robbery, burglary, providing a contact or liaison to the police department. “We’d like you to have a liaison, a person who can retail theft/shoplifting, vendor theft, internal theft, consumer fraud, credit card fraud, workplace violence, emergency response communicate with me and if something does happen, our officers know who to call right away so we can get you help and underage tobacco and alcohol purchases. “The procedures and policies that we put in this manual we immediately,” Thorell said. According to the Business Watch manual, police officers think are important for businesses to have,” Thorell said. Within each of those elements, there are mandatory elements often encounter open or unlocked doors after business hours to include in the policy, as well as suggested elements. For or they encounter suspicious activity near a business. Having example, in dealing with robbery, mandatory elements include a direct contact filed with the police department ensures the having employees receive training in robbery prevention and quickest resolution to and prevention of problems. To learn more about Business Watch or to register for the having a policy about limited cash on hand. Suggested elements include never leaving a register open longer than needed to program, visit http://ut-drapercity.civicplus.com/1063/Businesscomplete the transaction and employees not turning their back Watch or contact Thorell at 801-576-6342. l on an open register. Winter Fun Snowmobile & Cabin Getaway

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he Jordan River Commission reported the river continues to grow and flourish thanks to concerted efforts from the commission and its volunteers. The Jordan River Commission gave its annual report to the Draper City Council on Feb. 21 during the council’s study meeting. The report was given by Laura Hanson, the executive director of the Jordan River Commission. “Once a year, we go around and touch base with all of our member governments and give an update on all the things we’ve been working on,” Hanson said. “Thank you for Draper City’s participation in the Jordan River Commission and especially this year, we’d like to thank Councilmember (Michele) Weeks who is serving as our vice chair.” The Jordan River Commission is an interlocal volunteer cooperation of cities and counties along the river corridor. The commission currently has 26 member governments. In 2016, six new members were added to the commission. “We added Midvale and Bluffdale and all four of the waste-water treatment facilities that discharge into the Jordan River. That brings us up to 14 out of the 17 municipalities,” Hanson said. “We would’ve been out of 16 but Millcreek incorporated, which added another city. We’re

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com missing Lehi, Murray and Millcreek. Millcreek has expressed interest in joining. I think we’ll get all three in the next year.” Aside from the waste-water treatment facilities, other state entities in the commission include the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and the Utah Transport Authority. The commission relies heavily upon volunteers to keep the river clean and safe. Since the commission’s inception in 2012, volunteers have logged over 16,000 volunteers hours. These volunteers have removed 110,354 pounds of weeds and planted 1,025 trees. In 2016 alone, volunteers helped restore 50 acres of land. “We have a very robust volunteer program that just keeps expanding year after year,” Hanson said. “We used to have to recruit people to come out and volunteer along the river corridor. Now they call us, which makes it really easy.” The commission provides several types of educational services, including a training series on best practices available to the commission member governments. Last year, 120 people were trained in these best practices

in two different workshops. The commission is planning on another workshop training about wetland mitigation design. Another educational service is educational outreach in schools. In 2016, 260 students were engaged in field trips and in-class exercises to teach them about the Jordan River. “We’ve had a lot of fun with that,” Hanson said. During the last year, the commission worked hard to raise funds to help with projects along the river corridor. They were able to secure a couple items on the Salt Lake County Parks Bond that was passed in November 2016. This included $2.12 million for the Jordan River Water Trail. “That would be a series of boat launches up and down the river corridor and new signage,” Hanson said. Another part of the bond was for $3 million for the restoration of Pioneer Crossing Park in West Valley City near 3300 South. “This is historically supposedly the place where the settlers of the west side of the valley first crossed the Jordan River to settle over there,” Hanson said. “The bridge crosses the river and there’s a whole restoration project continued on next page…


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GOVERNMENT law enforcement on the trails along the river. Hanson said it depends on the city. Both Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake have police who regularly patrol the river corridor, but Hanson was unsure if the Unified Police Department had regular patrols. “But I think that’s part of a conversation that needs to take place,” Hanson said. A new program that has helped improve safety started this year. Called the Urban Rangers Program, the volunteer force is made up of students from the University of Utah Division of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “They would go out in pairs and bicycle the river corridor. They had an official-looking uniform but they’re not law enforcement. They are trained not to engage in anything that could be dangerous but to just be a presence on the trail and they would call and report issues if they saw them,” Hanson said. “I’d like to see that program expand because I think it worked well.” Another major program last year was the work done to eliminate puncture vine, an evasive species of plant whose thorns puncture bicycle tires. The commission is using a kind of weevil not native to Utah that has been tested in controlled environments by the federal government. The weevil burrow into the seed heads of the puncture vine and lay their eggs. As the weevil grows, it eats the seed so it won’t grow into a plant. As a safeguard, the weevil cannot survive freezing temperatures. “So it becomes a seasonal treatment, which

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Jordan River 1: In its annual report, the Jordan River Commission addressed future development and conservation. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

unfortunately makes it an expensive treatment. But they seem to be doing a pretty good job,” Hanson said. “We have some researchers engaged to test the effectiveness of them to see if we’re actually making a difference and if it’s actually worth the cost.” Moving forward, Hanson said the goals of the commission this year include completing

the membership by bringing other cities into the commission, expanding education, outreach and marketing, focusing on restoration and evasive species management and improving the water quality. For more information about the Jordan River Commission, visit jordanrivercommission. com. l


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Council waives 2017 zoning application fees for aquarium By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he Draper City Council voted to waive all zoning application fees from the Living Planet Aquarium for the 2017 year. The unanimous vote happened during the council’s Feb. 21 meeting. Assistant City Manager David Dobbins explained the aquarium is looking to expand to the south of its existing building. However, a few things have to happen before it can happen. “They have to amend a zoning ordinance in order for them to accomplish what they want to. There’s a couple other applications they have to make,” Dobbins said. “They’ve requested that the fees associated with those applications be waived given that the city is a partner with the aquarium and a financing mechanism.” Councilman Alan Summerhays tried to speculate how much money this could mean but Dobbins said it really depends on what the aquarium ends up trying to do. Councilman William Rappleye spoke in support of waiving the fees, citing the city has done it in the past. “I do believe that we’re a strong partner with the aquarium. I believe it does bring a lot of recognition to Draper City. I think it’s hard to prove out how many dollars have come to the

The Living Planet Aquarium won’t have to pay application fees in 2017 after the Draper City Council approved waiving the fees. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

community after the fact. But they do have a great map to show where the visitors come from and it’s quite a wide range across the United States,” Rappleye said. “I think that does help recruit businesses into our city. They’ve proven they’re a good corporate neighbor.” Councilwoman Michele Weeks said she recently searched online for things to do in Utah and the aquarium was very high in the search results. “It’s put Draper on the map of things to do


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in Utah,” Weeks said. “I’m very proud it is in Draper.” Mayor Troy Walker said he remembered being on the council when they voted to partner with the aquarium. He said the city took a risk with their good credit when helping to finance the aquarium. “I think it’s been an outstanding partnership. It’s a fun place to go and everybody does a great job with it,” Walker said. “I anticipate your future expansion will make it even more exciting.” l


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chance to experience the East Coast ‘dance world’ and this was a great opportunity. Exposure to dance in the ‘real world’ is an important component of growing as a dancer.” Senior Aleece Smith was awarded the Outstanding Charelles scholarship, which was used for the continuing education trip to New York City. The scholarship is awarded to a dancer who shows exemplary dedication to her team and her art. “We look carefully at their attitudes toward their teammates and peers, their academic standings, their willingness to fulfill duties asked of them as a member throughout the year and more. Basically, a teammate who has been a shining star and deserves a little something extra for it,” Peterson said. Peterson planned the trip for the end of the year so they could recover from the season and get excited for the upcoming year. “At the end of the year, they are pretty burned out and it is nice to go and take class without the competition pressure. It helps reignite the fire they have for their art and the passion they have for the dancing, not just the competing,” Peterson said. Even though Corner Canyon’s competitive season began in December, the team practices throughout the year. The Charelles performed during football and basketball halftimes as well as at several community events, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit concert and the recognition gala, where they performed their hip-hop routine. The team also donated their time to the community, such as organizing a hygiene drive for refugees and a peanut butter drive for the Utah Food Bank, collecting items for Eliza’s library and helping organize and participate in the Light the Night Walk.

Early in the year, the Charelles set their team theme based on English Anglican cleric George Whitefield’s quote, “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” “We have a theme each year that we keep in mind as we progress. It does not necessarily reflect in our routines, but in our conduct, our attitude and our work. Our theme this year was ‘Press Forward.’ We focused on the action of pressing and utilized that mentality to continue to press forward through the hard practices, through the defeats, through the critiques,” Peterson said. At their first competition in early December, the team competed at the Excalibur Classic at Copper Hills High School where they took third place in both the officer and dance categories and fifth in kick. At the competition at Juan Diego Catholic High School the next week, the Charelles placed third in military, dance and kick routines. The team steadily improved, taking second overall with second-place finishes on Jan. 7 in dance, kick and military categories at the Utah Valley Premiere Dance Classic. “That was an important competition since they were hosting state and we could get used to the floor there,” Peterson said. On Jan. 14, the Charelles hosted the Rocky Mountain Drill Classic, which they coordinated and ran as a fundraiser for their New York trip. Although the team didn’t compete, individual dancers placed: junior Kylee Wilson, first place in contemporary; sophomore Abby Theler, first place in jazz; senior Malory Ogden, third place in jazz; junior Gracie Snow, second place in lyrical; and junior Hope Broman, third place in lyrical. It also gave them a week to prepare for the regional competition. It showed as Corner Canyon swept each category — military, dance and kick — and won the region 7 4A title for the third straight year. “We had a big turnout and lots of support for our team since region was hosted on our home floor. We were comfortable there and excited to perform before our fans and family,” Peterson said. Sixteen members were recognized for having a 3.75 gradepoint average or higher and three members — seniors Janie Boman, Paige Coker and Summer Miller — were named all-region outstanding members. In addition, three members placed in the drill-down: junior Becca Hammond claimed second; sophomore Erika Wells took third and junior Lexi Kilgore finished fourth. “It gave us reaffirmation that we were working hard and improving. It’s been a transition year, gaining freshmen, seniors graduating and our assistant coach Jacie Epperson will be leaving. But we’ve become a cohesive group and our upperclassmen have been great mentors for our big group of freshmen,” Peterson said. At the state competition, Corner Canyon won its preliminary grouping on Feb. 2 to move into finals two days later. “We’ve been pretty consistent all year so we wanted to execute well and show our talent, showcasing three very different styles of dance,” she said. The Charelles placed fifth in military and kick and sixth in dance, giving the team a fifth overall finish. “This coming year will be a challenge because of the shakeup in regions and we’ll be moving into 5A. But these challenges will give our team a chance to improve, to find harder routines to master, to be precise,” Peterson said. Auditions for the 2017-18 team were slated for mid-March. But before the 2016-17 team finished, they performed a showcase, featuring solos and all-team routines, including football or auxiliary pieces and competition routines. l

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Corner Canyon cheer win first regional title, place in top 20 at nationals By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


orner Canyon High School cheerleaders have something to cheer about — winning their first ever regional title.

Both the Corner Canyon the junior varsity and varsity team won the competition, bringing home first-place championship trophies. “I’m really pleased,” Corner Canyon coach Whitney Lunt said about the Jan. 21 competition. “The girls did well executing their routine and the judges appreciated and rewarded their hard work. It was a lot of fun and gave them a quick boost they needed for state and nationals.” The state competition was the next week and even though the wrong music was cued up and played for the junior varsity squad, they put their best effort on the floor, Lunt said. “It was the wrong music that they played and if we would have started over with the correct music, our team would have received a penalty so they kept their cool under the circumstances and did an amazing job,” she said. That performance earned the team a second-place trophy to bring back to the school. Varsity placed fourth. “It was our best performance of the year and the team came off the floor feeling super, super good. We had the least amount of deductions for mistakes taken off and everyone felt energized and great. It really gave us a lot of confidence going into nationals,” Lunt said. The varsity and JV teams qualified for nationals when they took first at a qualifier Dec. 10, earning two trophies and a banner to place at their school. At the National High School Cheerleading Championship, held Feb. 11 and Feb. 12 in Orlando, the JV team first advanced to the final round in the large JV division. “No Utah team had ever made it to the finals so they were

Corner Canyon High’s cheer team competed this year to win the region title and placed in the top five at state and 20th in the nation. (Whitney Lunt/ Corner Canyon High)

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eaching out to refugees to help them rebuild their lives; preserving clean air to benefit humans and animals; addressing the challenges for the homeless to access healthy food; feeding declining bee population that affects the environment and plant growth — these are some of the issues Channing Hall fifth-graders identified and came together to decide how to improve. “This is our culminating PYP (Primary Years Program) experience where they put all the skills they’ve learned together,” said fifth-grade teacher Lisa Moon. “They choose one project they’re passionate about and together in small groups, they come up with their thesis, how they’re going to approach their topic, and they take action. It replicates a real-world application.” PYP, part of Channing Hall’s international baccalaureate program, stresses students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills and to learn how to learn. Students also reach out to help their community and beyond, finding ways to bring service. The school also encourages students to lead their own education. Students are being guided by teachers, but students work hard as they are motivated to show what they know. “We find if it’s something they care about themselves, they want to do it more and have a deeper passion for it than if it’s assigned,” Moon said. The two-month project began in January when they narrowed down ideas the group could research both in person as well as online and in books. Then, after identifying an issue, groups wrote research papers, prepared trifolds and put together a creative piece to go along with their presentation. Students also showed how they were taking action to make a difference in their community. “We wanted the students to reach outside and see what they could do beyond looking at a computer screen. We wanted to see a lot of great skills come into play for these kids,” she said. Their final accumulation was the exhibition day on March 10, where other students and the community could look at their in-depth comprehensive inquiries and the impacts they made. A team of fifth-grade girls — Anya Hatch, Abby Holland, Sage Jenson and Claire Pesci — realized that many people didn’t know what was involved in adopting a pet. “They think the pet is cute, but they aren’t very prepared,” Abby said. After touring the Humane Society of Utah and conducting interviews, the group decided on making a video to help prepare future owners by addressing issues such as making sure they knew the pets need food, water, exercise, veterinary care, love and other things like toys or a litter box. They also cautioned future owners about how some household plants can be harmful to pets. “The video can teach people about ownership and reach more audiences easier,” Claire said. Sage said that their goal is to educate the future owners. “I didn’t know lots of pets are returned to shelters,” she said. “People have forever homes so pets should too.” Anya said educating those who want to adopt a pet should help them prepare for ownership. “People don’t realize that a shelter is not much of a home for a dog or for any pet,” she said. Nearby, another group of four girls — Katie Brown, Bryn Frohman, Olivia Lingwall and Emily Moss — learned through research and talking to a horticulturist at Red Butte Garden that invasive plants not only take over native plants, but can be harmful to the environment and life.

Members of Corner Canyon High’s Peer Leadership Team (PLT) traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend a national conference on how to create an action plan to reduce substance abuse in their community. Here, PLT members take part in Draper’s Communities that Care sponsored night where they shared peer refusal skills. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

S Channing Hall students Bryn Frohman, Emily Moss, Katie Brown and Olivia Lingwall presented their research that invasive plants not only took over native plants, but can also be harmful to the environment and life at their fifth-grade exhibition. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Their solution: creating 130 educational brochures about invasive plants in the area and distributing them amongst different communities and at a local IFA store. “When we started, all I knew about was weeds, but I didn’t realize how many invasive plants there are,” Olivia said. Emily, who knew about invasive plants, didn’t realize the disruption they caused. Katie said the group decided to make a difference by educating people. At first, they decided on a weed pull, but during January and February, adverse weather conditions made that impossible. So they decided to make a brochure, Bryn said. “It was fun to do and it’s effective,” she said. “We’re able to provide a lot of information on which plants are invasive and how big the problem is and what can be done to stop it.” Four boys — Jayden Brinson, Tanner Kener, Lucas Reynolds and John Robison — were studying earthquake survival when they realized technology may have a way to save people during the natural disaster. “We made an app for safety where we put information from calling the Red Cross to having a live chat telling people to stay calm and what to do,” Tanner said. The app also has a safety message and other emergency contacts. “We talked to a counselor about surviving an earthquake and wanted to include that crisis information,” John said. “This way, in case of a natural disaster, most people will have what they need and who to contact with them.” Parent Alicia Riddle said she applauded students working together on the projects. “They were doing it on their own, without parent involvement, and because of that, they took ownership of their project and I watched my daughter grow,” she said. “They learned how to express themselves, they did research, they were able to present their work and they learned a lot of compromise.” These skills are ones that Moon said will follow them through their academic and professional careers. “They’re really excited and proud of their finished projects and they are amazing. But the experience that is the most important for the kids is not the project, but the process they went through and the feeling of accomplishment. The saying, ‘it’s the journey, not the destination,’ in this case is certainly true,” she said. l

ix Peer Leadership Team (PLT) members from Corner Canyon High learned ways they could help their community after attending the national Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America Conference. The conference, held Feb. 6 through Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C., combined learning leadership skills and ways to approach substance abuse and bullying situations. “We learned how to analyze our community to addresses issues that need to be improved,” junior Nic D’Amico said. “We want to provide more service and take the initiative as PLT members to help our community.” Junior Nic Fink said they learned how to use information they knew to put in an action plan. “We created a problem statement: youth vaping Draper,” he said. “Then, identified how to deal with it, such as risk factors, social access — easy to get to vaping and who to talk to about making it illegal or harder to obtain. We saw the problem, that is easy enough, and realize that we need to take action, which is harder.” Through a break-out session, the students were able to identify places they knew where people get and use abusive substances, said junior Gianna Gist. “We want to speak to our representatives and senators as well as our local leaders on how to change regulations so it isn’t as easy to get these things, like e-cigs,” she said. Many of the students realize there are problems with e-cigarettes at their school and know students who vape. Corner Canyon senior Cole Barkey said that while on the football team, he realized he was headed on a path downward with substance abuse. “It’s not who I am or what I wanted to be like so I got involved in PLT,” he said. “I know from past experience, who is involved and where they are getting it. Some don’t even hide it. We all know a couple friends who are doing it and when it’s happening and where.” Senior Kaitlyn Wamper said part of what they learned is how to better inform students and spread the word on the issues involved in using e-cigs. “We want to help spread the word through our school health and wellness week and at

Draper Days,” she said. “We’re working with the Draper Communities that Care coalition, the police, Salt Lake County Health Department and others to reduce vaping and substance abuses and know the health issues concerning them.” Fink said his own family went through the effects of substance abuse after his mother got involved in it. “My parents ended up divorcing, but it affects everyone and often people don’t realize that. High schoolers don’t realize the adverse effects it has. I’ve personally seen how bad decisions affect others and would like to see that stopped,” he said. Other common substance abuse issues, such as alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, recently were addressed in a multi-school community presentation coordinated by Draper’s Communities that Care coalition, in which Corner Canyon PLT took part. Junior Abby Smith said that attending the national conference helped them build a base for implementation this year to impact their school and community. “We have an opportunity to take the initiative with these issues this year and to continue serving our community next year,” she said. In addition to attending the conference, the students with their adviser Russ Boyer visited many Washington, D.C. sights, including several monuments and memorials, Museum of Natural History, Gallery of Art, U.S. Holocaust Museum and Arlington Cemetery, where they saw Draper Police Officer Derek Johnson’s name on a memorial for fallen officers. The six students who attended the conference were selected for their involvement and leadership with PLT at their school and community through planning, organizing and holding eight in-class assemblies at Corner Canyon as well as involving middle schools in pledging to stay tobacco-free, said Lauren Bartsch, Salt Lake County health educator in the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. The students received a grant in January to attend the conference through the Utah Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success Project in Salt Lake County, which uses prevention services for underage drinking and substance abuse prevention. l

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nce the winter snows had finally cleared, the Corner Canyon girls golf team was back where they belong, on the links. After winning the first Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA)–sanctioned state championship in school history a year ago by 33 points, the defending champs came into the season with a new addition — a target on their backs. “I know we do have some competition, but we have a really solid group of girls and I hope to take state again. That would be freaking awesome,” said sophomore Jamie Connell, who finished fifth at the 2016 4A state tournament. Though expectations have raised, head coach Ryan Kartchner said it’s great to be a part of every other team’s goals. “Everybody wants to beat Corner Canyon or compete with us,” Kartchner said. “Other teams got better so we’re gonna have to stay on top of our games and focus and not just expect to win all the tournaments. … We’re going to have to earn it again.” The Chargers return the core of their group from a year ago, having graduated only one senior. Their top four scorers (three juniors, one sophomore) are all back, with three of them having placed in the top eight of the state tournament. “It gives us motivation to beat our scores last year and do it again because it wouldn’t be the first time, it would be the second time so you gotta go for a two-peat,” said junior Cristiana Ciasca. Ciasca had one of the more memorable moments from a year ago when she dropped a hole in one during the first round of the state tournament. “That was great,” Ciasca recalled, smiling. “It was awesome to be there and get that experience of getting a hole in one (at state).” It was appropriate considering Ciasca’s penchant for longer hitting that her wedge shots reached the greens.

For Corner Canyon to mount another successful title challenge, team camaraderie will continue to be crucial, Kartchner said. Connell said even though the sport is individual, they need each other to win, whether that’s through competition or cheering each other on. “We do get super competitive, but I think it’s a good thing because we’re trying to beat each other, which only makes us better as a team,” she said. Team bonding has become natural off the golf course with team dinners and their notorious bus rides. “They’re way fun,” Ciasca said of the bus rides that include speakers, dancing and bagels. “We just sing and laugh and it gets pretty loud.” Connell said they rap along to old-school hip hop and dance in aisles, a skill she is known for. “The bus driver probably gets really annoyed with us, like really annoyed with us,” she said. That unity off the course has helped elevate the team, Kartchner said. “There’s so much camaraderie and so much cheering for each other … they want to see each other do really well. That’s a winning formula for sure,” he said. With girls golf growing every year in Utah, Kartchner — head pro at Hidden Valley Country Club — hopes that continues at Corner Canyon too. A year ago the team started the season with six golfers in the program; 15 showed up to tryouts this year. “This is what it looks like when you win state,” Kartchner said. He hopes to see a dynasty form at the Draper school. “There’s no reason to think that for two more years we’re not going to be at least a competitor in the state championship,” Kartchner said. “Because we have the same team with us winning like we did last year, I expect us to be good for a little while.” l


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Defensive-led Chargers reach final four in Lunt’s first year By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


t a school that opened in 2013, every year brings history. In 2017, that history belongs to the Corner Canyon boys basketball team. The Chargers reached the final four of the 4A state tournament in March for the first time in the program’s short tenure. “There has to be a first sometime,” said firstyear head coach Dan Lunt. “What they did this year through our senior leadership and our youth will lay the groundwork to hopefully get back and compete for state championships year after year.” Much of the groundwork laid came in the form of its defense with the Chargers only surrendering 58 points per game. Which is even more impressive when you consider Lunt implemented a different defensive scheme from how his roster had been playing. Lunt described his defensive style as a “packline defense,” which keeps teams from attacking the paint. In years past it was focused on denying passing lanes. “For those kids to adjust to kinda stepping back and taking away penetration, it was a tough adjustment but they came a long ways and did a great job,” Lunt said. It became a key to the season’s success. When the Chargers held their opponents to under 60 points, they were 13-0, and 4-8 when allowing 60 or more. “We were very aware of that and we make the kids aware of that. When we were able to control tempo and defend, we were a pretty good basketball

Corner Canyon players celebrate knocking off No. 1 seed Maple Mountain in the 4A quarterfinals 69-67. It earned the Chargers its first trip to the 4A semifinals in school history. (Corner Canyon Basketball)

team,” Lunt said. Lunt finished his first year in charge at Corner Canyon after 23 years at the helm of the Payson boys basketball program, where his teams had to two state championship appearances. It’s a standard he now expects at the Draper school. “I told the kids from day one that our goal and what we want to accomplish — and they were onboard — was to win a state championship … disappointing in the way (season) ended cause our goal was to win a state championship, but they laid the groundwork for the future and I’m excited

about that,” Lunt said. Corner Canyon was a game away from the championship after it defeated Bountiful and rallied past Maple Mountain in the playoffs before eventually succumbing to 2016 4A champion Olympus in the semifinals. But it is about the journey for Lunt, who will see three seniors graduate and four starters from the semifinal game return. “To see the growth from day one to where they ended up is exciting,” Lunt said. “Our seniors did a great job of bringing them along and our young kids did a great job of taking the opportunities that were

presented to them.” Lunt was highly complimentary of his seniors: Michael Scheffner, Hayden Borg and Ammon Savage. “Just huge team players, they put everybody else before them and they’ll do whatever’s asked of them to be successful,” he said. Scheffner led the Chargers with almost 17 points per game and holds the school record for points scored in a season with 423. Possibly more important was the crucial steal he made against Maple Mountain in the quarterfinals to seal the win. “Michael was just a natural leader. Michael is a young man that will do anything you ask of him, if it’s putting him on the other team’s best guy, it doesn’t matter what it is,” Lunt said. Though it was only his first year, Lunt will fondly remember the team’s journey. “The joy is the journey of the time spent, the ups and downs, the wins and the losses. That is what is fun to remember,” he said. Lunt came to Corner Canyon with the unique opportunity to teach at the same school as his daughter, and after one season has come to appreciate the parents and school administration. “I’d like to mention what a fantastic administration we have — Mr. (Darrell) Jensen and the assistants are unbelievable,” Lunt said. “I’d like to personally thank them and also the parents; they’ve been supportive and they’re the ones that make it click.” l


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Miyazaki leads defending champs into new year By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


rthur Miyazaki has been coaching tennis at Juan Diego Catholic High School since 2000, a year after the school opened. He has experienced the ups and downs of the boys tennis program and he now leads them into their 2017 season. “In the early years it was hard, we were just starting a program brand new and we struggled…It took four years to place at state” when the boys took second in 2004, Miyazaki said. Entering their new season in March, the Soaring Eagles have now won two of the last three state titles. Senior Connor Kempin has played a major role in that. After losing the semifinal in doubles as a freshman, Kempin was runner-up in No. 2 singles his sophomore year. He lost in the final, a match that started 30 minutes after his semifinal ran three hours. Kempin then returned in 2016 to claim the No. 2 singles crown. “Yeah (winning) definitely gives me more experience, but playing at [No. 1 singles] this year I’m going to have a lot tougher competition so it’s going to be a lot harder,” Kempin said. Miyazaki said Kempin is a college caliber player. “You hope that he keeps it up and is state champion again this year,” Miyazaki said. Kempin plays No. 1 singles this year replacing his brother Ryan, who now plays at Notre Dame with their oldest brother Brennan. It’s part of a family legacy that includes their father, who played at Utah State and is now a CEO at HEAD, a major

The Juan Diego boys tennis team next home match will be April 6 against Morgan. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

tennis company. “It’s hard,” Kempin said of following his brother’s legacy. “Because Ryan and Brennan are both very good and they’re probably more passionate about the sport than I am so I have high expectations.” Kempin is a quality player in his own right with his will power, ability to grind down his opponents and speed. He said

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who step up in this fight and to encourage others to do so.” Interested runners and walkers can register at www. CSSUtah.org. Early bird registration is open through April 10 and general registration through April 27. Each racer is provided a tech race shirt*, as well as a swag bag, snacks and water. Family and group rates are available and prizes and race medals will be awarded. Super Hero costumes are encouraged but must be safe and suitable for race participation. * Race shirts are not guaranteed after April 10. All proceeds from the race will go to support the services that CSS provides to children and their families. Children’s Service Society has been in existence since 1884 and is the oldest non-denominational organization in Utah that focuses on children. It was established to help destitute, neglected and orphaned children and continues with that mission today although the services have evolved throughout the years to meet society’s needs. Today CSS offers four areas of assistance:

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