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August 2019 | Vol. 13 Iss. 08

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THESE BROTHERS ARE ROCKING AND ROCKETING TO FAME By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

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he dynamic Draper duo known as the BroBand, brothers Kellen and Blake Hullinger, are making more than music these days. They’re making a name for themselves across the nation, and their idea is headed into outer space next year. Just two years ago the brothers began with a backyard concert and then expanded to playing at restaurants and events locally and nationally, including opening for 1,000 people at the Deer Valley Amphitheater. Fast forward to today and Blake, age 12 and a student at Summit Academy, just returned from one year of performing with the Broadway tour of “School of Rock the Musical.” Blake got his first theatrical experience 18 months ago when he tried out for the Draper community production of Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” and won the lead role, an experience that left him looking for more opportunities to “break a leg.” He set his sights big and decided he wanted to do School of Rock on Broadway, so his parents made plans for him to audition. “It was really fun to City be in New York. It was my planning first trip Draper is proactively for the future growth and ever,” Blake said. He uses his first and middle names, Blake Ryan, for his stage name, “because of you our kind of want a simpler The city is growing rapidly and we development community. name,” he explained. Wednesday Brothers Kellen and Hullinger, also as BroBand, have both experienced success and national recognition in the past year. (Courtesy want to provide meaningful opportunities forBlake residents toknown have a It was a whirlwind of events that led to Blake’s Broadway Tamara Squires) debut. “In one day he had to go to three different callbacks. strong that future growth. We are in the process of Then he was excused andvoice within in twoshaping days we were boarding director. They wanted to make sure he was willing to commit New York to Andrew Lloyd Webber in London. One week 4:00pm–7:00pm the plane back to Utah when we got a call from the casting to the show because then they send a video of the audition in from the Continued on page 7 actual audition is when it be-

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Abandoned rabbits, guinea pigs find a safe haven run by 14 year old By Linnea Lundgren | linnea.lundgren@mycityjournals.com

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ucky the rabbit arrived at the MAR Animal Rescue fighting for her life. She had difficulty breathing and her infected eyes were sealed shut with yellow pus. Isabella Eskelson, the 14-year-old owner of the rescue, immediately put her extensive knowledge of small animal care into action. “She was the severest out of all the rabbits,” referring to the 30-plus rabbits she rescued from a hoarding bust in Vernal. “She had a long-term respiratory infection, her fur was gone and her skin was scabbed from mite bites.” As she does with every animal who arrives at her no-kill rabbit and rodent rescue, Isabella uses all measures available to her to ensure Lucky has every chance to survive, thrive and find a permanent home.

every 12 hours I administer their medicine. Others, I have to make critical care for because they can’t eat properly,” she said. She’s run MAR Animal Rescue since 2017, after finding neglected rabbits at a local petting zoo. But helping those in need started long before then. As a child, Isabella was influenced by her family’s focus on service to others, which has included gathering donations for Family Promise and donating Christmas trees to addiction recovery centers. Even before her rabbit rescue at age 9, she assisted animals, notably bettas — colorful, ray-finned freshwater fish housed in plastic cups at the pet store. The manager gave her the ailing bettas for free and she nursed them back to health. All found forever homes

“I feel for them,” she said. “They aren’t recognized a lot in rescue groups, especially in Utah, which is a farm state and people think they can just put them outside and they’ll be okay.” – Isabella Eskelson

The Sandy teenager, who will attend Corner Canyon High School as a freshman, does it all on her own — from the handling of daily care to vetting adoption applicants to fundraising. Every day, she’s up at 7 a.m. to attend to her charges — currently 13 rabbits and three guinea pigs (including one who is pregnant) with feeding and administering medications. After school, she dons gloves and a face mask (she is allergic to hay) to clean cages, apply fresh bedding and monitor the animals’ weight. Then, she gives them love and socialization time. “A lot of them are special needs, so

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thanks to Isabella’s knack for connecting fish lovers with fish on social media. “We saved a lot of fish,” she said. Rabbits have always fascinated Isabella, who did extensive research into their care before embarking on her endeavor. “I feel for them,” she said. “They aren’t recognized a lot in rescue groups, especially in Utah, which is a farm state and people think they can just put them outside and they’ll be okay.” That’s incorrect, she said. Domestic rabbits, like any indoor house pet, need love, attention and proper housing. As with cats, they can be litterbox trained. “With love, care and effort, a rabbit will

form a bond with you,” she said. MAR is one of only three rabbit rescues in Utah. Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas arrive after someone finds them, usually abandoned, always neglected. Springtime brings an influx of rabbits, most of which are cast off after Easter. Isabella’s advice to anyone wanting a bunny for their child’s Easter gift: “Get a stuffed (toy) animal instead.” Whatever money she gets from babysitting, birthdays or holidays goes toward the rescue. Medical care takes up the majority of donated funds, as well as her time, which sometimes requires Isabella to check out of school for urgent vet visits. Wasatch Exotic Pet Care in Cottonwood Heights has been “very flexible,” she says, in providing care for her animals and offering reduced sterilization fees for the rabbits and their offspring involved in the hoarding bust. “I feel that Isabella is doing an amazing job,” said Laurel Harris, doctor of veterinary medicine at Wasatch Exotic Pet Care. “She is mature beyond her years and her ambition and level of commitment to these animals are commendable. This is not just ‘playing with the bunnies’ to her. It is clear that she provides excellent care, which is a lot of work, every day. She’s a pretty amazing young woman with a bright future ahead of her.” That future includes obtaining 501c3 status for MAR Animal Rescue and finding a larger facility to care for more rabbits. Luckily for Lucky, her eyes and skin have healed since coming into Isabella’s care a year ago, although she still suffers from respiratory difficulties. Nonetheless, Isabella is hopeful Lucky will find foster care and, later, a permanent home. “We work hard to find rabbits a forever home, including for the special needs ones,” she said. “Some rabbits stay longer here, but it doesn’t matter how long they stay. They’ll

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A piece of Channing Hall’s history leaves as school embraces new chapter By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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hanning Hall is a teenager, having opened 13 years ago. The 8,500 students who have attended the Draper charter school since it opened have only known one head of school — Heather Shepherd — until now. Shepherd will be the principal and chief administrative officer of Salt Lake Arts Academy, a charter school for 400 middle year students in downtown Salt Lake City. Coming to Channing Hall as head of school after a national search was conducted will be Diane Wirth, who has 34 years of educational experience in both teaching and administration. Students at both schools have been part of the transition. Wirth came from northern Indiana to Channing Hall twice in May to meet the community and attend the school’s annual fun run, and Shepherd has visited her new school monthly since announcing last fall she was leaving. However, Shepherd said leaving Channing Hall hadn’t hit — even days before she carried the last box out on June 18. “It was very hard to say goodbye to the students (on the last day of school),” Shepherd said. “But it just seems like it’s for the summer, not that it was it.” Shepherd applied last year for the new position seeing it as a change and a new challenge, knowing that she’d still be happy to remain at Channing Hall. “Either way, it was a winning outcome. I love Channing Hall. It was hard when we started. I was working out of an office, the school wasn’t done, and I was hiring teachers I hadn’t seen teach before. We had to delay school for a week until we could allow students into the building to start school. But I loved the IB (international baccalaureate) philosophy, the inquiry-based learning for students. It’s a strong academic environment with the teachers inspiring the students who are motivated to learn and to problem solve,” she said, adding that some faculty she hired that first year still are teaching at the school. That welcoming, supportive environment is one thing that appealed to Heather Fehrenbach, who put her son in the school lottery a dozen years ago. “My oldest son got into kindergarten at Channing the second year they were open,” she said. “I have five kids and no family in the area so the Channing community quickly became ‘our people.’ I will always be grateful to Heather Shepherd for having the vision to not only build a great school, but she also understood the importance of making families feel like they are a part of the micro-community.” That isn’t the only forte parents appreciate about Shepherd. Parent Jennifer Barrett said while Shepherd is a great leader, she also is a strong supporter for the students. “She’s a tireless advocate for kids,” Barrett said. “At the annual fundraiser, she will

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ham it up, dressing like a robot, Dumbledore, however she needs to so she can support the kids. She’s great at providing what they need, like our think lab, and giving them new opportunities. And it’s not just her the kids will miss. The students love Truman; he’s just so much a part of the school.” Truman is Shepherd’s goldendoodle who calmly roams the school, allowing students to pet him as they read in the library, or to eat breakfast with him — and Shepherd — as a reward for raising more than $100 each as part of the fun run. Shepherd and Truman have inspired students by dressing up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 or as a lion and a lion tamer. “He’s been here four-and-one-half years and he’s one of them. Truman had his own yearbook for students to sign and at graduation, they had pictures of students when they were babies. This year, they included puppy pictures of him. The students even asked if I was leaving him when I go,” she said, adding that they have already lined up a visit. Barrett said she appreciated working alongside Shepherd as the school business manager. “Heather is great to work with,” she said. “She supports a team approach, but gives us freedom, flexibility and empowers us to do our job. It’s going to be hard without her; we will miss her.” Under Shepherd, Channing Hall began in 2006, opening shortly after the two other charter schools in Draper, American Preparatory Academy in fall 2003 and Summit Academy in 2004. According to the Utah State Board of Education, charter schools are open to any Utah student; they are tuition-free public schools that are funded by the public and accountable to the public. These schools allow students and parents an additional choice about where students attend school and the school’s curricular emphasis as well as give educators the freedom to try new strategies to inspire students in innovative ways. While Shepherd said charter schools were a “new shining thing” when Channing Hall started along with seven other charter schools that year, there are now about 140 in the state, she said, each having a different focus and demand. “Education has become more innovative and student-centered; we’re finding solutions and many more ways to teach than just one approach as we did when I began when I was 22,” she said. “We’ve learned to become more accepting, offer different philosophies, making sure what is best for the student is being done.” Ensuring that philosophy as well as leading a “financially solid school” are part of the accomplishments Shepherd is proud to leave as her Channing Hall legacy. “It’s a strong academic school where

we’ve created and sustained a culture where students are accepted and want to come and learn,” she said. That is something both Barrett and Fehrenbach want to continue as they welcome Wirth. “Change can be good and we’ll be able to see Channing Hall with a different perspective,” Barrett said. Shepherd, who did not sit on the search committee, supports the committee’s decision. “Diane Wirth is a really intelligent woman who got to know the school, curriculum, teachers and students when she came

will be a new furry friend in their hallways. “I also have several dogs. I rescued one of them. It started off as a foster dog, but I couldn’t let him go,” she said. Fehrenbach said she’s looking forward to some new possibilities with the change of directors. “I’m excited for the new insights that Mrs. Wirth will bring. My biggest hope is that she can make some innovative changes while keeping the integrity of the warm community feel,” she said. Under Shepherd, Channing Hall has

Channing Hall’s first and only head of school Heather Shepherd is stepping down after 13 years — and taking her dog, Truman, who regularly roamed the charter school’s halls the past four years. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

out to visit,” she said. “Her biggest challenge will be coming from out of state and learning about charter schools — and learning about the culture here.” In a letter, Wirth, who has 16 years of classroom instruction and 18 in administration, wrote to her new community, saying she believes a partnership with parents will help ensure students’ academic, social and emotional growth. “Building that partnership takes time, trust and communication,” she said. “I am a visible, transparent leader, who has an opendoor policy, and am confident that we will create the partnership that is needed to take our students to the highest level of learning.” Wirth, who has family in Utah and is familiar with its outdoor opportunities, including national parks, also wrote some relatable words — and students may be hoping there

offered some pioneering opportunities, such as the ThinkLab that recently opened (see “Channing Hall students excited to explore, create in ThinkLab”). It’s also one thing Shepherd would like to introduce at her new school. “The school is a strong academic school with an arts foundation — dance, art, music, drama. I played violin for six years and I’m an arts person, but not an accomplished arts person. I’d like to introduce more tech or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to the curriculum,” she said. She may have to wait as her new school is undergoing a renovation — but at least she won’t be working in a school without phones, without tile on the floors or having a fire marshal checking out the building on the first day of school as Shepherd did 13 years ago. l

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came official,” said Blake’s mom, Tamara Squires. “School of Rock the Musical” is the creation of Webber, famed composer, songwriter and theater director responsible for musicals such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats.” Webber wrote the musical based on the 2003 film about a struggling rock singer/guitarist who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and then forms a band of fifth graders to compete in a battle of the bands. “We got a contract on a Tuesday, we had to sign by Thursday and we got a flight Saturday. We were on tour by that Monday,” Blake said. His tour traveled to 33 cities from coast to coast and included one week at Salt Lake’s Eccles Theater. But his favorite city he visited was Memphis. He was on a historical tour there when the guide invited him to play a piano, and Blake happened to choose the song “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis, not knowing that Lewis himself had played that very piano, as had Elvis. “It was amazing, pretty life changing,” Squires said.

Blake was able to keep up on his schoolwork with help from the teachers and administrators at Summit Academy and tutors on the road. Although it was a lot to balance his schooling with rehearsals, traveling and performing, it didn’t really faze him. “Because I’m on a Broadway tour and it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, it puts you in a good mood,” he said. In 11 months of touring with the show, the actors only get one week of vacation, and that’s only after they’ve completed six months touring and are offered another contract to continue performing. But before Blake even began his professional debut, his family made the decision together — if he should do it and how the family would manage being apart. Because he’s a minor, Blake was required to have a guardian with him the entire time. “My husband and I would trade off (being with Blake) and we made it mandatory that every three or four weeks we would be together as a family,” Squires said. Blake’s next big role will be as Pugsley in “The Addams Family Musical” in San Diego this fall. This time he’ll have a solo

and lots of lines rather than being a “swing” as he was in “School of Rock.” The family once again thought through the opportunity before saying yes, but in the end they decided to go for it. “This may be his last year to do it since he’s a teenager and his voice may be changing. As kid actors, you have to take it when it’s in your age range,” Squires said. Meanwhile, brothers Blake and Kellen, age 15, collaborated with friend Cameron Trueblood of California (whom Blake met doing “School of Rock”) to enter a national contest put on by the American band OK Go, famous for their creative music videos that integrate math and science with music. Blake and Kellen’s dad, Brett Hullinger, had seen an ad for the contest on Facebook and presented the idea to Kellen, who then spent a couple weeks conceptualizing, writing an essay and drawing sketches for his submission. “My love of space and astrophysics made me think of aspects of space that aren’t just zero gravity. My mind eventually wandered to the idea of electromagnetic radiation and creating a device that would create music and art. I’m inspired by Stephen

Hawking and Neil DeGrasse Tyson,” Kellen said. Band members of OK Go notified the boys via a Skype call that they’d won the national contest. Blake and Kellen’s parents were notified a few days prior that their sons had won and were asked to keep it a secret, so they tricked the boys into making the Skype call happen by telling them it was someone else on the call. “You’re just so star struck when you’re meeting your idols. Everything explodes in your brain,” Kellen said of that call. While Kellen had the driving idea, the three of them are working together to make it happen with Blake contributing musical expertise and Cameron drawing up schematics. The three boys will work with engineers from Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, to create a device that will use cosmic radiation to trigger musical notes to be played and paint to be sprayed onto a canvas. Their device will launch into space on a Blue Origin rocket sometime in 2020. l

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lta High sophomore John Manouskian knows he wants to start a business, but “is still trying to put the pieces together.” That’s why he decided to attend Canyon School District’s annual “Risk It” entrepreneurial conference, which gave him tips as well as a network of people he could call upon. “It’s super important to get the assistance from people and to learn from them how to be successful, how to put my best self out there,” he said. The morning conference welcomed high school students to three breakout sessions in addition to listening to the keynote speaker Katie Holland, who founded Illuminate, a women’s networking group. Holland, who said when she took a job thinking she’d be welcomed for her ideas and knowledge, instead was humiliated when she was told, “‘We all want to see you bend over to pick up paper clips.’ What did I do? I picked up my purse and walked out.” However, through her career, she embraced the concept “each of us is golden by nature.” “Life takes us over bruises, scrapes and bumps and may cover up our greatness, but you’re still golden. I coasted a lot at your age,” she told the students. “If I didn’t, it would have saved me a boat load of time. Dare to put yourself out there and commit to be your best self.” Through those ups and downs, Holland appreciated those who supported her, and in turn developed her own business, which helps 2,000 women “lift each other up” as well as mentor students. Her speech inspired those in attendance,

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including Brighton senior Margaret Selfridge. “It would be great to network with Illuminate to see how they can help me get my own business going,” she said. “I want to provide a mental health app with tools, selfhelp, psychologists, ways for people to get the help they need.” In the first round of breakouts, Sam Ricks, Cotopaxi vice president of creative and founding member, welcomed future entrepreneurs and business leaders by telling them his story. After starting as a children’s book illustrator, he went to graduate school for graphic design and worked with Davis Smith. Together, as they were kicking around new ideas, they decided to open a business that not just sold products, but also gave back to the community. Smith, who grew up in Ecuador, named the company after the active volcano in the Andes Mountains and used the llama, which is found in the southern part of the country, as their mascot. Ricks’ job was to build a brand around the name and mascot for adventure travel as well as show how they embrace their core value of being a great citizen to the world. “We had to quit our jobs and were working full time out of a co-worker’s living room for months, believing in the product, but wanting to tie it back to our humanitarian mission and values,” he said. “We had no contracts, no relationships with companies. Nobody knew who we were. I’m not kidding you, it was hard, but we believed.” That belief translated into launching free musical festivals with an adventure scavenger hunt in several cities, giving participants

Illuminate founder and CEO Katie Holland speaks with students at the recent Risk It conference. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

a free backpack made of scrap fabric. The adventure scavenger hunt and the backpacks, which are their No. 1 seller, are popular annual events. “It’s going to be a lot harder than you think. For months, we survived on four hours of sleep. It was fun and exciting, but it’s not going to come super easy. Be sure to network with other people and be open to other peoples’ ideas,” Ricks In the room next door, Hillcrest High senior Emily Rupper, who was a member of the Jr. Women in Business, said she has learned to present herself with conviction and shared a story where it paid off. “I was in Park City and recognized a billionaire seated next to me,” she said. “I walked over and said, ‘Hi, my name is Emily Rupper and you want to know me. I’m 18. I value people, speak Chinese and have lived abroad.’ I knew I had less than 30 seconds

and that is when you have to show you have energy, confidence and power. It will connect you with people who will be important in your life.” And for Rupper, it resulted in an internship opportunity, which she turned down as she is attending Brigham Young University this summer. She also has her own marketing business. The elevator speech is a key part of success, said Sean Steinman, of Windermere Real Estate-Utah. “You need to be present, show them what makes you unique,” he said. “Put your passion in what you do. How you put yourself out there and your experience will tell how that moment is created. And learn from failure. Disney failed 100 times, yet he still got the bank funding and created something legendary from his vision. Show them who you are and why you get up in the morning.” During the last rotation, University of Utah Director of Investments Taylor Bench told students about his part of the electronic asthma tracker that helps patients with asthma symptoms in self-assessment and monitoring. “It could reduce ER visits by 98%, help these people and bring about a change in the culture, but what was the problem?” he asked students, who identified that doctors, hospitals and insurance companies may not get as much money if it wasn’t created. “We found we needed to ask a lot of questions, not to be afraid to keep trying. Starting a business is difficult, but if you’re able to address customers’ needs, and come up with a solution for people, it is worth it and that is what makes a great business.” l

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Draper Arts Council’s Broadway Kidz theater program celebrates 21st anniversary with tribute to Hollywood By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com

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he disco version of the “Star Wars� theme echoed through the Draper Amphitheater on a recent Saturday morning as the young actors in Draper Arts Council’s Broadway Kidz production moved and grooved to the 1977 classic. “Star Wars� is just one of the many movies celebrated in this year’s show, “Broadway Kidz and the Silver Screen.� Billed as “a musical revue starring tons and tons of kids,� the show was presented July 26, 27 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. at Draper Amphitheater. This summer marks the 21st anniversary of Broadway Kidz, an educational theatrical experience for young people ages 6 through 18. Broadway Kidz is an excellent learning opportunity, producer Tamara Stokes says. “The kids learn dancing, acting, puppetry, singing and acrobatics,� she said. “And they’re also learning about stage cues and what things in theater are called, the language of theater. They get the full stage experience.� Kevin McClellan has been at the helm of Broadway Kidz since the beginning as director, writer and choreographer. A drama teacher at East High School, McClellan compiles popular music and show tunes into a musical revue that also tells a story. The goal is to put together a show that is entertaining to adults while allowing each young performer to have their moment in the spotlight. This year’s “Silver Screen� show is about

a young boy who uses screens as an escape from the disappointments of everyday life. One day he meets and befriends the former proprietor of an old movie theater. As the two reminisce about their favorite movies, scenes from the films are portrayed on stage in a series of musical numbers. In the end, the boy learns to find a balance between real life and his fantasy life on screens. Each year approximately 120 kids participate in Broadway Kidz, and this summer is no exception. Many enjoy coming back to the program year after year. Liam Opheikens, age 12, is embarking on his third production, in which he plays a variety of roles — Harry Potter, a soldier from “Mulan� and a performer in “The Greatest Showman.� He has made many friends in Broadway Kidz. “It’s just fun!� he said. Christalle Zepeda, age 13, is enjoying her second summer in the show. This year she was part of the musical ensemble performing “Hopelessly Devoted to You� from “Grease� and songs from “The Greatest Showman.� She encourages other kids to audition for Broadway Kidz. “If you like to sing and dance and make friends, it’s a great opportunity,� she said. “It also boosts your confidence.� Confidence building is a key component of participating in Broadway Kidz. Laura Wald, mother of three children in the show

The young actors in “Broadway Kidz and the Silver Screen� rehearse a scene at Draper Amphitheater. (Photo courtesy Kalista Vordos/Draper Arts Council)

— Daria, Evan and Logan — said the theater program has helped her kids “just by building their confidence in getting up in front of people.� Logan, age 8, was inspired to get on stage after watching his brother and sister performing. This summer he is playing a circus performer from “The Greatest Showman� and a park guest in “Jurassic Park.� Wald feels that other benefits of performing in a show include learning how to

work with others and assuming responsibility. “They have to take responsibility for their own part to make it work,� she said. Over the years, Broadway Kidz participants have gone on to perform on Broadway and in both regional and community theaters around the country. “If you like movies, then this show is for you,� said Liam. l

       

   



               

           

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Draper residents missing summer swimming destination By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

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ith temperatures finally heating up after an unusually cool spring, swimmers hoping to lounge at the Draper pool are instead finding caution tape and construction equipment. The pool, operated by Salt Lake County, is closed for the summer season while a new recreation center is being built next door. “From the beginning of the Draper Recreation Center project we knew this (closure) would happen,” said Clayton Scrivner, community and public relations manager for Salt Lake County. “The outdoor pool will be integrated because it is being constructed as one campus.” Last summer people went through the turnstiles at the Draper pool 32,000 times. Nearby residents said they are missing what has become part of their family’s summer tradition. Eight-year-old Torri Rupp, who lives within biking distance of the pool, said she had big plans for swimming this summer. “I’m sad it’s closed because I always wanted to try jumping off of the diving board and this summer I was going to do it,” Torri said. Torri’s mom, Monett, said they’ve done a lot more sitting around this summer without the close and convenient access the Draper pool provided. “Last year we were there at least twice a week,” Rupp said. “What I loved was being able to come home after work and head to the pool together. It was so convenient.” Since 2006, the Larson Cup family triathlon has been held every other year at the Draper pool and surrounding neighborhood. Luckily, this year’s race was already scheduled to be held in Logan; otherwise, the family would have no venue for one-third of their race. “It is so convenient to have it at the Draper pool,” said Misty Larson. “We’ve had it set up so we swim, then loop around the neighborhood for the biking and running portions.” The 40 Larson Cup participants will be competing for a coveted award belt this year in Logan, but are hopeful that next summer they will be back to Draper pool. The Draper outdoor pool is one of 19 run by Salt Lake County. Ten of the pools are outdoor facilities. The next closest outdoor pool for Draper residents is Alta Canyon Sports Complex run by Sandy City, however Getta Velmentines, Office Coordinator at Alta Canyon said they have not seen an increase of swimming pool attendees with the Draper pool closing. “Our admissions and memberships so far this summer are down, but I feel like that has more to do with the weather,” said Velmentines. “I think it’s because we had such a cool and rainy spring.” The Draper pool is scheduled to re-open

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Construction at the Salt Lake County pool in Draper means swimmers have to find a different place to cool down. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

in Spring 2020. In the meantime, Scrivner said he hopes residents will recognize that the temporary inconvenience will be worth it. “The [recreation center] is really going to enhance and expand the aquatics prouct in Draper with both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.” said Scrivner. “Even though [the outdoor pool] is closed for the summer, the future is very bright for aquatics in Draper.” l

“No trespassing” signs warn swimmers away from the closed Salt Lake County pool in Draper. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

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Lime e-scooters launched on Draper’s west side By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

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t no cost to the city and with liability resting on the scooter company, the City Council decided in May to enter into an agreement with Lime scooters for a geographically restricted area of Draper, near the FrontRunner Station. The scooters are intended to service employees of area companies such as eBay, Jet.com, TruHearing, Dell EMC, 1-800-Contacts, Thumbtack, Progressive Leasing, Storagecraft and other businesses as well as the Homewood Suites and another hotel planned for the area. “I think it’s worth trying. Less cars means less pollution,” Mayor Troy Walker said. Lime and Draper City held a ribbon cutting to launch 75 scooters on July 9, making Draper the fourth city in Utah with shared e-scooters. Lime gave away helmets at the event and provided tips on riding safely. The scooters are capable of going up to 18 miles per hour. More scooters may be added in the future, based on demand. “Draper has undergone such a tremendous transformation in the past decade. It makes perfect sense to connect employment centers and other destinations to the UTA FrontRunner Station with Lime scooters, so people can get where they need with greater ease,” said Mackenzie Viau, operations manager of Lime in Utah. Lime, a San Francisco based company, is the largest shared scooter and bike provider in the United States, operating in more than 100 cities on five continents. “The arrival of Lime e-scooters is a great complement

City Manager David Dobbins and Councilmembers Alan Summerhays and Michele Weeks gave Lime scooters a trial run prior to a May City Council decision to bring the scooters to Draper near the FrontRunner Station. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

to our efforts to improve the transportation needs in Draper, ees a way to ride to work from the station. The first and last Walker said. “With hundreds of employees located near the mile solutions for public transit users will prove to be a winFrontRunner Station, the Lime scooters will provide employ- win situation in our community.” l

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Consider yourself part of the family at Draper Historic Theatre’s ‘Oliver!’ By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com

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he 1960 British musical “Oliver!” tells a pretty grim story — the young orphan Oliver Twist suffers in a Victorian-era workhouse, is sold into servitude, falls in with a group of thieving pickpockets and gets kidnapped. Still, the show became an international favorite for its unforgettable characters and winning songs. “There’s actually a lot of love, light and compassion in this show,” said director Casey Dean of the upcoming production at Draper Historic Theatre. “We are emphasizing the relationships between the characters.” Based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, “Oliver!” was an immensely popular musical on both sides of the Atlantic from the beginning and was made into an award-winning movie in 1968. Many of the songs, such as “Consider Yourself,” “Where Is Love?” and “As Long As He Needs Me” became pop standards. Still, “Oliver!” is not produced very often in Utah, perhaps because of its darker plot. For the director and cast at Draper Historic Theatre, this is one more reason for local audiences to see it. “Not many theaters do ‘Oliver!’ and it’s a great show,” said Roman Southwick, one of two actors who play the clever pickpocket, the Artful Dodger. As in many Draper Historic Theatre productions, “Oliver!” is double-cast. Both of the young actors who play Dodger, Roman Southwick and Jagger Weichers, as well as 10-yearold Nikos Mizantidis, who plays Oliver, are performing at DHT for the first time. All three bring years of experience in singing and performing to their respective roles. Mizantidis has taken private voice lessons for three years. “My music teacher really encouraged me to audition,” he said. “Oliver!” will be his very first show. Weichers, soon to be a ninth grader at Alta High School, has performed in several theater companies around the valley and has sung in choral groups such as One Voice Children’s Choir and Up with Kids. Southwick, who will be starting eighth grade at American Preparatory Academy, has appeared in local theater for eight years and performed at the Stadium of Fire show as part of the Rocky Mountain Dance Crew. Each actor has put a lot of thought into their characters and how they relate to each other. “I think of Dodger as

Owen Smith is one of the young actors playing Oliver Twist in the Draper Historic Theatre production of “Oliver!” (Photo courtesy The Wandering Photo Co/Bailey Loveless)

my teacher because he’s teaching me to pick pockets!” said Mizantidis. “Dodger is kind of like a teacher to Oliver. Oliver is an innocent boy and Dodger is this confident, arrogant person who tells him what to do and shows him the ropes,” said Southwick. “At first Dodger sees Oliver as a ‘mark,’” Weichers added. “He’s kind of his friend, but not.” Dean explained that while the plot of the show revolves around Oliver, “Nancy is the heart. She drives the story of bringing compassion and love to this orphan boy.” In the musical, Nancy is the long-suffering girlfriend of Bill Sykes, a violent criminal who is an associate of Fagin, the leader of the pickpockets who profits from the boys’ thievery. Kate Lyn Child, who plays Nancy, said of the character, “I think there is a lot of depth to her. She’s not just a victim of abuse but is a protector for Oliver. She is a three-dimensional character.” “I love the relationship between Nancy and Dodger,” said Child. “They tease each other but have each other’s backs. I love the song ‘I’d Do Anything.’ I love those tender moments.” Fagin, the leader of the pickpockets, is also revealed to be more than

just a one-dimensional “bad guy” in “Oliver!” Don Smith, who worked as a music pastor around the country for 17 years, is returning to the DHT stage in the role of Fagin. “He’s a bad guy, absolutely mercenary, but he cares about the kids. He gives them a family and a place to belong,” said Smith. His biggest challenge with the role of Fagin is playing his relationship with the evil Bill Sykes. “That’s when things get dark,” he said. Smith summed up the plot of “Oliver!” as being about “finding a place to belong.” In the end, Oliver finds his true home and Fagin is left looking for a new place to belong. “For Fagin, the show ends with a question mark. Can he change?” “It’s a beautiful show — tender, hopeful and beautiful but also dramatic. Audiences will experience a whole roller coaster of emotions,” said understudy and ensemble member Lydia Vance. “Oliver!”, will be presented at Draper Historic Theatre on August 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 and 26 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on the 17th. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East in Draper. For more information, call 801-572-4144 or visit www.drapertheatre.org. l

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Friendship is divine in Draper Arts Council’s ‘Sister Act’ By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com

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The nuns aren’t too sure what to make of singer Deloris Van Cartier in Draper Arts Council’s production of “Sister Act.” (Katherine Weinstein/ City Journals)

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hen actress Kortney King-Lives saw the musical “Sister Act” with her grandmother in Las Vegas, her grandma made a prediction. “My grandma told me, ‘You’re going to play this part one day,’” said King-Lives of the lead role, spunky nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier. The prediction came true. This August, she is playing Deloris in the Draper Arts Council production of “Sister Act” at Draper Amphitheater. King-Lives, who has been acting since 2009, is thrilled with the part. “I love how energetic the role is,” she said. “It’s a role that’s about self-discovery and about how other people can bring out the best in you.” Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” the musical was staged first in Pasadena, California in 2006 and then in London’s West End in 2009 before moving to Broadway and beyond. The book was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, who turned out scripts for the TV classic “Cheers.” The musical score is by Alan Menken, composer for Disney films such as “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.” “People think of the movie,” said Director Bruce Craven of “Sister Act.” “We want to be true to the original but it’s also different.” The musical is set in Philadelphia in the late 70s, an era that leaves its mark on the style of the show’s musical score. “It’s a little disco, a little rock-and-roll,” said Craven.

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In the musical, Deloris Van Cartier is a nightclub singer with aspirations of stardom. When she accidentally witnesses a murder, she becomes the target of a group of gangsters, led by shady club owner Curtis Jackson. Placed in a convent under the Witness Protection Program, Deloris initially chafes under the restrictions of religious life but is transformed when she takes over the convent choir. “Deloris brings in a gospel element to the choir,” said King-Lives. The revamped choir becomes tremendously successful and the friendship between Deloris and the “sisters” is cemented. The nuns come to Deloris’s aid when Jackson and the gangsters come after her. “It’s a classic musical,” said Craven. “There are a bunch of numbers that will leave you singing and a lot of fun characters.” In musical theater, of course, even the bad guys break into song. The gangsters play a larger part in the musical and sing harmonies reminiscent of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In fact, playing a villain in the show means walking a fine line as an actor. Devin Spann, who plays Curtis Jackson, explained that he is “trying to find a balance to keep things light but also convey that Deloris will be in trouble if I find her.” Spann, who has performed in over 15 shows at theaters in Orem and the Salt Lake Valley, is enjoying the re-

hearsal process for this production. “Being part of a show is like living a dream. It’s so fun!” he said. “I feel like we’re just getting started and everyone picked up the music so quickly.” “It is a very music-heavy show,” said Music Director Emily Hawkes. The cast has been working hard to master the songs. “I am super impressed with the talent,” Hawkes added. Jenni McKay, who plays the shy postulate Sister Mary Robert, wasn’t familiar with “Sister Act” initially. “I have been so surprised at how much I love the music,” said McKay. “It’s so funny too, really clever writing.” The musical pokes gentle fun at organized religion. “But it also respects it,” said McKay. “It’s inspiring. In the end, Deloris wants to be with her sisters.” Hawkes describes “Sister Act” as “unexpectedly funny but sweet and heart-warming. I think it’s a hidden gem, not many people know about it.” Craven, who has been involved with Draper Arts Council as an actor and director for over 20 years, added, “This is a great time to come out on a late summer night and be entertained.” Draper Arts Council will present “Sister Act” at Draper Amphitheater Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 2, 6 and 7. Draper Amphitheater is located at 944 Vestry Road in Draper. Tickets are available two weeks prior to the first performance a www.draperartscouncil.org/tickets. l

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Anna Petersen jumped right into her royal responsibilities, participating in area parades just days after winning the Miss Draper Scholarship Program. (Photo courtesy Julie Petersen)

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Corner Canyon students interview former criminal for award winning documentary By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

10th Annual Canyons District Film Festival Winners ​ igh School PSA Winner H “You Make Mistakes When You’re Distracted” - Tyler Bevan, Chantelle Bevan, Carson Bevan - Corner Canyon High Middle School PSA Winner “Be Smart, Don’t Start!” - Ryan White - Draper Park Middle

Elementary PSA Winners​ “Screen Time Tips” - Madi Prestwich, Kate Prestwich - Park Lane Elementary

Corner Canyon High School students worked on a documentary about the life a former criminal in their award-winning film, which was shown at Canyons District ‘s 10th Annual Film Festival. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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ith 10 years of memorable student his grades slipped, and he’d sneak out of his films, this year’s students didn’t disap- house. He wasn’t a violent criminal, but he point the reputation of those that proceeded did break into houses and did drugs and went them. to prison for his 30 years.” “We had some real fun films this year, While there wasn’t footage of the former ones that made us laugh or films we really criminal breaking into homes or smoking, the learned from,” said Katie Blunt, Canyons students staged many of the scenes, learning School District education technology spe- how different camera angles and more footcialist and project lead of the Canyons Dis- age helped to tell the story. They also talked trict Film Festival. with others and visited where he was incarAs the Canyons District Film Festival cerated to get footage and interviews. welcomed this year’s winners to the stage at “He shared with us about his recovery Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, all from crime, the person he is becoming, how student filmmakers walked the red carpet. he is turning his life around,” Hall said. This year, there were several teams that That film won the high school documenwere awarded top honors of the gold film tary award this year. canister award. The middle school documentary also Corner Canyon students Dylan Simons, was won by a team of Midvale Middle School Collin Hall, Julia Tolk, Connor Henrie and students. Eighth-graders and former film fesAbigail Williams teamed up to make a three- tival winners Amber Parker and Abigail Slapart film for Draper City, which is planned to ma-Catron teamed up with classmate Natalie be posted on the city’s Facebook page. It took McRoberts and produced their film, “Berlin months of planning and preparation and nar- 1936 Olympics: Defying the Nazi Regime.” rowing down pages of questions before they The group also submitted it for the Hisstarted shooting the film. tory Day Fair competition, which Blunt supThe students, some of them who have ports the cross-over learning with classroom taken video production and television broad- curriculum. cast courses at school, interviewed a former “Several students applied what they’re criminal, presenting his story as he fell into a studied in class to film projects, which reinworld of crime to tips he provides on how to forces their learning,” Blunt said. “Not only safeguard homes. are they learning the subject matter, but also Then, they entered one segment in the the art of filmmaking, editing, communicatfilm festival after spending more than two ing and teamwork.” hours interviewing and even more time to The annual poster contest winner is edit their footage taken with three angles, from Mt. Jordan Middle. Meryn Lee’s postinto a five-minute documentary entitled, er, “Cameras in the Canyons” will be post“V.O.C. Talk.” ed around the schools this coming academic “He told us he would draw away from year to announce the entries for the 11th anhis friends and family, into a world of drugs,” nual film festival are due by April 10, 2020. Simons said. “He would tell them to get lost, l

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High School Animation Winner “Sammy the Sloth Gets Ready for School” -Justie Martinez - Corner Canyon High Middle School Animation Winner “Derf - Saxophones” - Cameron Tillman - Butler Middle

Elementary Animation Winner “Everyday Hero” - Liam Morgan Brookwood Elementary High School Newscast Winner “Bengal News (Office Parody)” - Zoe Berg - Brighton High​

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or 10 years, young filmmakers have walked the red carpet as their films have made audiences laugh, cry, learn and become engaged. “Many of the films through the years have captured the audiences’ interest, learning how to tell a story in an appealing and meaningful way,” said Katie Blunt, Canyons School District education technology specialist and project lead of the Canyons District Film Festival. Leading up to this year’s film festival, several films through the years were put back in the spotlight, including the 2014 documentary “Burrito Project: SLC” by now Hillcrest High graduates and college students Nicholas Cockrell and David Skorut. “It’s a strong film, telling his story. It’s compelling, motivating, making us want to go do something, join the cause,” she said. Another fan favorite was 2013 feature film winner’s “Surviver Mans,” which featured two former Ridgecrest Elementary students Forrest Kunz and Matthew Turner. “It was a spoof on a TV story that immediately caught our interest, and it was so funny,” Blunt said, adding that through the years, there have been trends from spoofs in feature films to subject matters for public service announcements. “I’ve seen digital citizenship, bullying, anti-smoking, suicide prevention.

Students are learning about these matters and choosing to make films about them.” One student that pops out is Alta High’s Emily Erickson, who has been doing films since her days at Indian Hills Middle School. “She shows her passion for health — her determination, hard work and how much fun she has in ‘Listen,’” Blunt said about the 2017 PSA winner. Students have used a variety of animation techniques, from LEGOs to candy and vegetables, to tell a story. “They combine into some cool animation which stand out and people remember,” Blunt said. Some of those have been by Brookwood Elementary’s Liam Morgan, who burst on the scene in 2016 and has now become a staple winner in the film festival. Newscast entries have changed from imitating the formal evening newscasts found on television to those that are informal and fun. “They’ve shifted from straightforward telling the news, to more of skits that tell stories, but they’re having more fun, keeping people watching,” Blunt said. Bengal News and Quail Hollow’s newscasts have been repeat winners, often getting many students involved — and in Quail Hollow’s case, their principal Shad DeMill, Blunt said.

Blunt has seen students who have tied their films into the curriculum from planning a storyline to creating a historically researched document with citations for History Day Fair. Meanwhile, students are taking it a step further, learning good camera angles, how to edit and what makes a story compelling. “By making films, it supports the curriculum and instruction and students are learning to get more material, cite sources and tell great stories,” she said. Teachers, like Wade Harman of Canyons Youth Academy (formerly Entrada Draper), have inspired others not only by teaching the steps to make a good film, but also by creating examples annually. “(Harmon) saw the opportunity for kids to explore their difficult past and share their dreams in film,” Blunt said. Last year, seven students teamed up to create “From Lockup to Opportunity,” which not only became a standout film for Blunt, but also the American Graduate News Story winner. Throughout the years, Blunt has watched students grow up on the screen and behind the camera. In the 10th anniversary shout-outs, one filmmaker, Taylor Sampson, from Sprucewood Elementary’s newscast, who later ap-

Film festival 2016 winner Amber Parker, right, seen here with her sister, Elena, repeated as a winner in 2019 with two classmates. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

peared as part of Corner Canyon’s team, now has her own film production company and is a professional videographer. “Taylor found her passion in filmmaking and has kept learning all through the years,” Blunt said. “It’s become her life’s love.” l

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Channing Hall students excited to explore, create in ThinkLab By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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his year’s sixth-graders are eager to return to Channing Hall. They may be able to command a black panther growl, make a unicorn dance or have a dragon wink. Through the school’s ThinkLab, which opened this past year, students have been trying out Sphero robots to Raspberry Pis — not the kind that’s eaten, but rather a series of small computer boards used to teach basic computer science. This fall’s sixth-graders may follow in the footsteps of this past year’s sixth-graders when they created pets and programmed microbits to make them move on command. In the spring, Sheila Solaimanian, Hope Lowery and Ava Brinkerhoff were three students programming their animals, which were made of supplies such as toilet paper rolls, plastic cups, butcher paper, feathers and duct tape. “We learned how to make it work on microbit.org, then I had to figure out where it should go on my animal to make it do what I wanted,” Sheila said, as the puppy was able to swirl its face, bark and give a high-five. “It’s been really fun to learn how to program.” Hope created a cat, which she programmed to wag its tail. “It’s a little challenging, but I’m glad I’ve learned,” she said. “This way, I can have a cat my dad isn’t allergic to.” For Ava, learning in the ThinkLab is up her alley as she may pursue a career in chemistry or engineering. “I really like math and science, and in here, we’re able to build things using what we learn and be creative at the same time,” she said. Being creative with tools and supplies just may have turned from dream to reality for Ava and students like her at Channing Hall. The ThinkLab has one wall created just of Legos, a green screen on another, and on other walls, six desktop computers, a couple 3D printers and reference books. There are 15 iPads and 30 Chromebooks students can

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Channing Hall students use newly acquired skills in the school’s new ThinkLab. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

use throughout the room or bring next to their project, and of course, carts of supplies. Scattered throughout the room are completed projects as well as those in progress. “The sixth-graders are programming with microbits and microntrollers,” ThinkLab teacher John Meyers said. “We want our students to be familiar, not afraid, of programming and technology and this is a safe place where they can create and even fail, and learn from that failure.” They also learned about circuit boards, created apps and used a green screen when they made public service announcements. Students created 3D Tinkercad models, then printed them on one of the school’s 3D printers. “We had eighth-graders who designed a prosthetic prototype for their science fair project. They were able to test it, tweak it and reprint it three or four times, until they got it right. It’s been great for the students to identify a community problem and have the access to taking the steps to solve it. We’re using this makerspace to think creatively to solve problems and give our students the foundation and exposure to technology to dive in,” he said.

But using the ThinkLab just isn’t centered around sixth-graders. Students throughout the school are learning coding. Second-graders created a storyboard and by using a series of dashes and dots for programming, tried out Ozobots. Eighth-graders may be trying to program Lego Mindstorm EV3s. Librarian Missy Badberg ran the school’s Hour of Code before the ThinkLab opened. It was in the interest generated by students there that former Head of School Heather Shepherd identified a need for a permanent rotation instead of an event once per year. “She was able to get us funding and STEM grants to open this in a classroom and supply us with Spheros, 3D printers, electronics, Chromebooks and everything we need,” Badberg said. Students rotate in the ThinkLab with their classes. Sixth- and eighth-graders are required to take technology, but also may take an elective of robotics. Kindergartners through fifth-grade students attend technology class in their regular rotations with music, art, library and physical education. The ThinkLab isn’t just restricted to inschool sessions. Students have learned how

to remove computer viruses, install RAM, learn binary code and do basic repair and building of computers after school. “Installing RAM takes about 30 seconds and removing a virus is simple, and these skills will save these students money and make them more knowledgeable for the world they’re entering,” Meyers said. Badberg also has introduced Girls who Code, a supportive, 10-week club where girls can learn the concepts of computer programming such as loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form basic programming languages. “We want to nurture more students to explore more in coding and make it more of a focus through a project,” she said. The support of the ThinkLab has turned the annual school carnival into a Maker Event, where students are able to make bristle bots and rocket launchers to a cardboard city and tear apart electronics to figure out how they work. “This is awesome,” Meyers said. “The kids are getting together to learn. They’re exploring, creating and testing ideas. Every day, they’re so excited.”l

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The facts on vaccine-preventable diseases in the Salt Lake Valley By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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s of June 6, the CDC reported there were 1,022 confirmed cases of measles in the US. In 2016, there were only 86. This growing number puts the country at risk of losing its “eliminated” status for these infectious diseases. Salt Lake Valley experts weigh in on what this means and what we can do to prevent it. “It’s painful to hear that statistic,” said Dr. T.W. Jones, a fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah. “It’s frustrating because these diseases are preventable.” “We’ve come so far in eliminating dangerous and deadly diseases. A physician’s passion is to see children grow up to be strong and healthy, and instead you see misinformation leading to a possible public health crisis,” Jones said. In response to CDC reports, the Utah Department of Health released a statement on May 2 that they are worried about vaccine-preventable diseases in Utah. Dr. Allyn Nakashima of the UDOH wrote, “Although we haven’t seen any measles cases in Utah this year, we are seeing a dramatic increase in cases of mumps, one of the diseases preventable with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.” “These mumps cases are a warning that the introduction of measles in the state could result in a large outbreak if we are not vigilant,” Nakashima said. Dr. Tamara Sheffield, medical director of Community Health and Prevention for Intermountain Healthcare, added, “Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people who are not immune and are close to that person will also become infected.” Sheffield said in an April 11 article in the Deseret News that while measles has yet to hit Utahns, “we’re only one airline flight within a case coming here.” According to CDC data, measles cases have been reported in every state that borders Utah except for Wyoming. (See www.CDC.gov for map and statistics.) She urged people to consider the social responsibility. “If we’re not getting vaccinated, we’re putting other people at risk,” she said. Jones said this concept is called “herd immunity.” “If you get enough people vaccinated, even if there are a few people who can’t get vaccinated, there’s an overwhelming statistical power. It can’t create a chain of transmission,” said Jones. Those who “can’t get vaccinated” are not otherwise healthy children whose parents choose not to vaccinate them; they are children who are allergic to the vaccine or already have compromised immune systems. “Children getting treated for cancer have weakened immune systems. They can’t get

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Estefania Mondragon, clinic lab manager at Midvalley Health Clinic in Midvale, prepares a refrigerated Tdap vaccine. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

immunized. Measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world. Worse than small pox; worse than Ebola. If our community doesn’t band together to prevent a measles outbreak, it can be deadly for those individuals,” Jones said. As of May 24, the CDC reported that there were 1,002 reported cases of mumps in 42 states, including Utah. “Mumps is associated with inflammation, including inflammation of the testicles and sterility in males. It can cause meningitis,” Jones said. “Measles is dangerous. It causes tens of thousands of deaths worldwide every year. People today may think that because the previous generation dealt with it as a childhood illness, it’s not a big deal. But it can and does cause death and disability through pneumonia, encephalitis, coma and brain death. We created a vaccine because it was dangerous,” Jones said. Misty McKenna lives in the Midvale/ Sandy area and has three school-age children who attend Canyons District schools. “I feel like vaccinating my kids is imperative to their health and also to the health of our community. It makes me nervous for those kids who are too young or allergic and can’t be vaccinated,” McKenna said. “It’s sad that due to misinformation, we have to deal with these things that were pretty much eradicated,” McKenna said, referring to fears that persist about vaccines being dangerous or causing autism. “It’s been proven that the autism study was flawed and made to say what people wanted it to say. And now here we are dealing

with people getting sick and dying,” McKenna said. McKenna said she speaks from experience on studying the link between vaccines and autism because her son is on the autism spectrum. “My child was born with autism; he didn’t get it from being vaccinated.” “Concerns that vaccines cause autism date back to the Wakefield study in the late 1990s,” said Jones. “His report, which was scientifically inaccurate, was limited to a handful of children and was financially fraudulent. He was stripped of his medical license, and there’s no scientific evidence to back up his claim.” Jones said he understands the human need to blame something. “When a child has an illness or a serious disorder like autism, of course we want to look for a reason. We want to assign blame. Autism is really complex to define, but we’ve gotten better at screening for it, and that’s one of the reasons we’re seeing an increase in cases,” Jones said. Jones said he’s not recommending his patients do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. “I have two young daughters, and they have been fully vaccinated since day one. Every pediatrician I know would be willing to talk to parents who have concerns about vaccines,” Jones said. “Social media is often an echo chamber; it’s easy to go online and get information you agree with. I sit down and have a conversation with parents to make sure that we’re sharing the most correct information. I make sure families know I would never endanger their children,” Jones said.

Schools are major players in the fight to prevent the spread of disease. Canyons School District spokesperson Kirsten Stewart said, “Utah law requires that children from kindergarten to the 12th grade provide proof of immunization in order to attend public school, charter schools and private and parochial schools.” That doesn’t mean that all children at a school are immunized. “Per Utah law, parents can ask for exemptions for medical, religious or personal reasons. But in the event of an outbreak, we follow policies that may result in excluding unvaccinated children from school to prevent the spread of disease,” Stewart said. Teachers and other school staff also need to be immunized or risk missing work days. “In the event of a disease outbreak, schoolbased employees (in Canyons District) must produce proof of immunization or risk being excluded from work,” Stewart said. The district follows Utah Department of Health policy. An exposure of infectious diseases in a school has potential to cause harm to an entire community. “If you or your children aren’t vaccinated, it’s not a risk you’re taking just for yourself, it’s for everyone around you,” Jones said. For Jones and those who care for the well-being of children in the Salt Lake Valley, it comes down to the health and safety of children. “As these diseases work their way back into our communities, it weakens us. Part of our success as a civil society is that our children have the freedom to grow up healthy.” . l

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What Mount Olympus means to Holladay residents By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com Curved snuggly around the base and slowly ascending the majestic slopes, Holladay claims Mount Olympus as her own.

Mount Olympus completes the Holladay skyline. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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Holladayites go about their daily business sometimes not cognizant of this regal giant that stands at 9,030 feet. Still, one can barely look up without seeing the mountain. Several former and current Holladay residents reflect on what Mount Olympus means to them. City Councilman Brett Graham said, “Mount Olympus has meaning to me on several levels. First and foremost, it is a dominant landmark which I look for each time I fly into the Salt Lake Valley. When it comes into view, I feel home. From the valley, my city, neighborhood and home lay below and the mountains I love on either side.” Graham said that while Mount Olympus is a constant, it also changes. He loves seeing it capped with snow or watching the leaves change in the fall. “It is impressive in all seasons,” he said.   It also brings back memories, specifically when he was in high school. “A few buddies and I thought it would be fun to climb it with a generator and string a big ‘O’ in the trees to light up during the Olympus versus Skyline game. Needless to say, it didn’t happen…generators from the 1980s were heavy.” He added, “We are lucky to live below a beautiful creation.” Ninety-one-year-old David Taylor has been a hiker since he was 4 years old. A long-time Holladay resident, Taylor recalled his times on Mount Olympus fondly. “At night, you could hold the moonlight in your hands,” he said. There are parts of the Mount Olympus trail that are very steep. Taylor said, “When somebody says, ‘Oh yeah, we climbed Mount Olympus,’ I ask, ‘Did you go all the way up?’” Instead of answering, he said,

Shanna McGrath stands at the peak of Mount Olympus, McGrath’s first hike when she moved here a year ago. (Photo courtesy Shanna McGrath)

they change the subject. He said that through the years the Mount Olympus trail has been made a little bit easier. “You can look around and see the valley. It’s wonderful to be able to see that,” Taylor said. In his long life, his enthusiasm for the mountain has not dimmed. He said he believes that everyone in his family has gone up Mount Olympus. “For us, and I would say for most of my children and their children, we have interest in Mount Olympus.” Former Olympus High School student Andrea Wilkinson said, “From the time I can remember, Mount Olympus has always been there providing the eastern backdrop to my view. Her beauty and majesty are unsurpassed, no matter the season. However, she is especially beautiful in winter—after a snowstorm—when the sparkling white snow contrasts sharply against the blue sky. She is also beautiful in the spring and summer after a rainfall when her greenery is bright and looks full of promise. Mount Olympus is a protector who looks over the vast valley onto those of us lucky enough to live beneath her magnificent peak— basking in her shadow and glory.” Some Holladay residents climb the mountain and some wax poetic about its grandeur. In either case, Holladay and Mount Olympus are intimately bound.

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It’s electric! How to hit the trails with integrated propulsion By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Bike experts like Mike Buckley, shop manager at 2nd Tracks Sports/Level 9 (Millcreek) are excited to talk about electric options. For any rider, beginning or advanced, motor propelled mountain bikes are a great emerging option for commuters and outdoor adventure seekers. (Amy Green/City Journals)

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. (Amy Green/City Journals)

You can’t see it… (it’s electric!). You gotta feel it… (it’s electric!). Ooh, it’s shakin’... (it’s electric!). Actually, you can see it. It’s a bike. It’s an electric bike. Boogie woogie, woogie!

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. Utah and its mountains are abundant with off road recreation opportunities. Those uphill places are even more accessible to ride now, thanks to electric mountain bikes or eMTB. For those who love getting to the further outskirts, dusty dirt avenues, rocky trails and Utah’s infamous desert washboard roads, longer distance rides are now more doable. Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bikes: full-power or pedal-assist. The difference is in how they are powered by the motor. A full-power bike is meant for short distances with little to no pedaling over relatively short distances. Pedal-assist bikes are designed to be pedaled most of the time. But when you are tired and need a boost, these bikes can provide a bit of electric help. An eMTB falls into the category of pedal-assist. To read more about how they work check out www.explainthatstuff.com/electricbikes.

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Eddy Steele of SLC, is an avid rider. He has a Focus Jam Squared eMTB. “I love my particular bike. It affords me the ability to ride the trails that are by my house, or on my way home from work. I can ride quicker, whereas on a normal bike, I wouldn’t have the time to ride before it gets dark. A trail that would normally take two to three hours to ride, takes only about an hour on my eMTB with pedal assist,” Steele explained. Mountain bike hobbyists might wonder if one can get the same kind of challenging workout on an e-bike. “It’s not the same kind of workout, but you’re still getting a workout. I’m still breaking a sweat and I’ve still got an increased heart rate. But anytime you are working out two-three hours vs. one hour, you’re going to burn more calories,” Steele said. On an eMTB, one can ride longer. Steele explained the pedal assist advantage saying, “It helps out a lot on the hills and you can make it give you a little more assist on uphill’s. So if you’re using it aggressively, you can really cut down drastically on the amount of pedaling work. So it’s less of a workout to conquer hills than it would be if you had a normal bike. But it’s still a workout.” Steele recently met a guy in St George who has the same bike. After confirming

that the other guy didn’t steal his bike, the men got to talking. “The southern Utah guy was in his 50’s or 60’s, retired, a little overweight, and had bought his bike a few months ago. The guy hadn’t mountain biked before. He wanted something that would help him out a bit. In the short time that he had been mountain biking he lost around 30 pounds. I think without an electric mountain bike he probably wouldn’t have been out being so active,” Steele said. The fun thing about mountain biking is going outside and being on the varied terrain. An electric mountain bike can help one enjoy the sport more fully when one might not otherwise be physically capable. “The other nice thing I like about my bike is it’s a little heavier, so I feel a lot more stable. I feel like I can be a little bit more aggressive in my downhill mountain biking without getting so bounced around. I feel more secure. But it’s not too heavy. I still feel like I can control it really well,” Steele added. e-bikes are pretty amazing. One might wonder if anyone can just go out and take it anywhere? Mike Buckley, manager at 2nd Tracks/Level 9 Sports (Millcreek) where eMTB bikes are sold said, “Currently the people who maintain the trails make the decision (whether to allow e-bikes).” So check the rules before hitting the offroad trails. Where one is allowed to ride an eMTB can vary greatly on federal, state and local trails. As a general rule, any trail open to motorized and non-motorized use, is also available to eMTB riders. Because land rules can change frequently, don’t ride where rules aren’t clear.

For information regarding Utah e-bike laws, consider the following:

• LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency. • STATE: Utah State Parks do not have an eMTB policy. Contact the department for the most up to date information. • FEDERAL: On federal lands, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.

A great place for more information on where to ride an eMTB is:

• A map of great eMTB rides at peopleforbikes.org/emtb • eMTB “Adventures” at peopleforbikes.org/e-bikes

There is little doubt that electric bikes are better for the environment than traditional gasoline engines. But they aren’t perfect. The development and disposal of batteries causes pollution. The electricity to power an eMTB might be coming from a source of significant pollution. However, e-bikes are a good start at improving air quality. As some say, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s a neat time to be in the market for a bike, to start thinking about a first one, or upgrading that vintage Schwinn. It’s also a great option for folks who need their bike to do some of the pedaling. See if you can spot these e-bikes wheeling around the Salt Lake scenery.

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New Draper trail conditions app improves outdoor experience By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Cell phone with trail app and trail in background. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

Residents and visitors hoping to enjoy Draper’s 90+ miles of trails now have a way to check trail conditions before they head out the door. Draper City recently released a trail conditions app with the goal of keeping hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders informed as well as keeping trails in good condition.

beautiful outdoors,” said Draper City Councilwoman Tasha Lowery. “We have the most preserved and protected wild lands of any city in the state, over 5,000 acres. It really makes a difference to our residents and their ability to get outside and appreciate all Utah has to offer.” The app, which can be found online at Draper City’s map portal draper.maps.arc“Our hope is that the app will make gis.com/ shows all of the city’s trails with it easier for residents to engage with our each trail colored according to its current condition. Green for open, yellow for tread

lightly, red for closed and blue to indicate which trails are groomed during snowy weather. Clicking on the colored lines pulls up the name of the trail, its condition and the last date of inspection. Greg Hilbig, Draper’s Trails and Open Space Manager said either himself, his assistant or a park ranger are responsible for making sure the app conditions are accurate. “We are often out on the trails checking them,” Hilbig said. “Depending on the time of year and the recent weather it is pretty obvious to those of us familiar with the trails what their condition will be.” Hilbig said the app is an important tool for keeping trails healthy. “A lot of our soil is clay which holds the water longer. The problem with using [trails] when they get really wet and muddy is that it displaces soil off of the trail. On a muddy trail, hikers and horses cause potholes and bikers cause ruts. When the mud hardens it makes the trail lumpy and causes erosion.” Draper resident Chad Smith said his family uses the community trails for mountain biking, running and family hikes. He thinks the new app will make a real difference to trail users. “As Draper’s trail system becomes increasingly crowded and complex to ac-

commodate those on foot, bike and horse I see this app as a way to get in front of some problems that have been on the rise for awhile now,” Smith said. Smith said the number of mountain bikers can make it difficult for hikers, walkers and runners to use the trails, but recent improvements made by Draper City are helping. “They’ve added more foot traffic only trails, and they’ve minimized areas where foot traffic and bike trails intersect and overlap,” Smith said. “At this point, with so many recent changes and such a need for crowd management, I think education is the biggest issue remaining.” Hilbig said he hopes that word will spread about the trail conditions app. “The last time I checked we had 5,000 visits to [the app]. We are hoping to spread education because a lot of new users won’t understand why they shouldn’t be on muddy trails.” Overall, Hilbig said he hopes the app will improve everyone’s experience on trails in Draper. “People from all over use these trails,” Hilbig said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and be courteous to other users.”

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Keep your bike tuned for the trails with Salt Lake’s Bicycle Collective By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com

The Bicycle Collective restores, maintains and sells used bikes. (Jenniffer Wardell/City Journals)

You can’t conquer a mountain trail if your bike isn’t in good shape.

For those wanting an inexpensive way to keep their mountain bike in optimum condition, the Bicycle Collective is here to help. With locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo and St. George, the Collective offers open benches, tools and expert help for anyone looking to maintain and repair all kinds of bicycles. They also offer classes for both kids and adults. “We have pretty much everything required to fix most bikes, even old ones,” said Amy Nguyen Wiscombe, the volunteer and program coordinator for the Collective. Just inside the front door of the Salt Lake location is the bike repair room, with rows of tools and equipment and racks to hang bikes while they’re being worked on. Rows of rims hang overhead, and a stack of tires rests along one wall. A separate room has even more tires and tubes. “We only have six benches, and

they’re usually full from beginning to end,” Wiscombe said. “There are also usually three people on the wait list.” If you’re on the wait list, it’s best not to go anywhere. “You have to hang out,” she added. “You don’t know when a bench is going to be done.” The benches are mostly open during what the shop refers to as DIY (Do It Yourself) hours. During that time, volunteers and paid experts are also on hand to help answer the questions of anyone working on their bikes. “The nice thing about repair here is that you’re repairing your bike, but they have guides here who are pros,” said Joe Zia, who was working on the trail bike he’d recently purchased from the Collective. “If you’re in over your head, they can guide you.” Zia’s son, Jeff, was there learning how to take care of the bike he would be using frequently. “I’m actually a great bike rider, and my dad is, too,” Jeff said. “We go on trails three times a day.” When questioned if they really did that much riding, Zia smiled. “We go quite a bit.” The only two things the Collective

won’t do is bleed hydraulic brakes and repair mountain bike forks (the part that holds the front wheel). “(Our experts) might not have that type of knowledge,” Wiscombe said. “It’s pretty specialized.” The Collective also has a Youth Open Shop, where children and teens get exclusive use of the benches. They also have a weekly WTF night (Women, Trans and Femme), designed exclusively for those female, transgender, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine or femme. The nights, which are part of a national movement, are meant to give those individuals a safe space to work on bikes. “Cycling is typically pretty dominated by men, and a bike shop can typically be a pretty intimidating space,” Wiscombe said. “We try to be really welcoming and inclusive.” DIY time, Youth Open Shop, and WTF night are all $5 an hour for bench time. The complete schedule for all three sessions are available at the Collective’s web site, www.bicyclecollective.org “It’s a lot cheaper than getting it serviced at the bike shop, and you know the work that’s getting done on your bike,” Zia said. Lucas Ruiz was also in the shop,

working on his mountain bike. “I do at least 40 miles a day on my bike, so I have extra wear,” he said. Even if you don’t ride that far every day, you still have plenty of reason to tune up your bike. “All bikes require regular maintenance of some kind,” Wiscombe said. “Right before you ride, you should always check your air, brakes and chain. Once a month, you should give your bike a detailed cleaning, lube your chain and check to see if things are worn out.” The Collective’s next round of mountain bike classes for kids should be announced next April, with word going out on their social media accounts. Other classes will cover everything from flat repair to suspension systems to derailleurs. Just like the people who use the benches, the students come from all walks of life. “They range from college kids all the way to retired folks,” Wiscombe said. “All different socioeconomic levels.” It’s that variety, and the opportunity to help them, that help keep the Collective going. “There’s incredible diversity in Salt Lake,” she said. “We get to meet these people and experience their stories.”

Hiking opportunities abound in the area By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com The Salt Lake Valley and surround- like that sometimes,” Roberts said. “We ing mountains is considered a hiking have seen deer and all kinds of stuff in our own backyard hikes.” mecca. There are 171 registered hiking trails right here in this valley and surrounding foothills. According to alltrails.com they can all be accessed within a 20-minute drive from any point along the Wasatch Front. These hikes range in difficulty and skill levels. “I try to hike with my son once a week,” Herriman resident Travis Roberts said. “We like to get out and enjoy the time together. He loves the wildlife and all the things he can see while we are hiking. I want him to have a thorough fitness experience.” Hiking has great rewards, but care should be taken to ensure your simple day trip does not turn into a disaster. Be prepared for your adventure. According to alltrails.com here are some tips: Research the trail you are venturing on and notify someone of your plans; prepare yourself physically by stretching, having enough water and supplies; hike with a buddy; bring clothing for changing weather conditions, watch your step, and most importantly, know when to turn around. “Watch for wildlife, snakes and stuff

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Here are a few nearby hikes best suited for families.

Yellow Fork Canyon Trail, Herriman

A moderate hike consisting of a 6.8mile loop. It gains approximately 1,300 feet in elevation and ends on a ridgeline with great views of the valley. Many residents like its proximity. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and there are many spurs off the main trail to explore. Bentley Roberts and his father Travis have explored several hikes close to their home. They have learned to

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon

enjoy spending time together. (Photo courtesy of Travis Roberts)

A 7-mile out and back trail that fea- recreational users including bikes, runners tures a river and lots of shade. It gains and families. 1,350 feet in elevation to the top and ends Herriman Fire Memorial Flag, Herriman at an old mill. This hike contains history of A relatively short 1.7-mile steep and the Utah Pioneers and building of the Salt rocky hike. It ends with spectacular views Lake Temple. of the valley. It is considered a moderate to Mountain View Corridor difficult hike by alltrails.com users. This hike travels the entire length of Orson Smith Park to the Draper Suspension the corridor and can be accessed at severBridge Loop al points along its route. The trail is mostly A 2.3-mile loop rated as easy, alpaved and includes several benches along though there is a long uphill section. The the way. It is frequented by several types of trail is well maintained and has frequent

bicycles. A short hike past the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge and worth the extra effort.

Jungle Trail Hike, Corner Canyon

A new trail in the Corner Canyon trail system has been built for kids. In fact, the sign at the trailhead says it is for the young and adventurous. The hike begins at the Carolina Hills trailhead. The trail is shaded and has logs to climb over and forts to hide in; it is only .1 miles in length.

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New Draper school administrators kick off new school year By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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ara Little will be the first to say sometimes change can be “overwhelming.” “I’m not one who actively seeks out change, but I am excited to have a new experience at Corner Canyon, to meet students and to have student-athletes excel in so many areas and go to state in about everything. I’m also honest in saying, it’s nice to be in a new building with a classroom wing opening so there won’t be portables.” Little is one of about 25 administrative changes taking place throughout Canyons School District this summer. The new Corner Canyon High assistant principal recently came from four years at Hillcrest High as assistant principal where she said there definitely is a need for a new school. “I won’t miss my office shaking (during construction),” she said with a laugh. “I might miss the bats flying around the auditorium at the Halloween concert; they added to the performance of ‘Ghostbusters.’” Little’s new duties will include this fall’s freshman orientation, which is something she planned to learn from what was included

from previous orientation leaders. At Hillcrest, one of her favorite things was running the 22-day program she began for incoming freshmen called Husky Strong. “We help the incoming freshmen bridge with their transition to high school,” she said. “They receive a quarter credit and have the basis of academic and social skills and mentors to help them be successful.” Little also will be scheduling Corner Canyon’s master calendar and monitoring its usage for rentals. Joining her as a new Corner Canyon assistant principal will be Dave Barrett, who has been a Draper Park Middle assistant principal for years. Former Corner Canyon Assistant Principal Quentin Linde will become Hillcrest High’s assistant principal and intern administrator Kristana Price will become an assistant principal at Draper Park Middle. As of press deadline, there are no announced administrative changes to Draper elementary schools in Canyons School District. l

Sara Little, seen here at Hillcrest High’s senior awards night, will be an assistant principal at Corner Canyon this fall. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Goats and yoga? A fun-loving combination By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com

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oats and yoga? An unlikely pairing to be sure, but one that works better together than it would seem. During the goat yoga classes at the Gateway, students move carefully from one pose to the next while goats jump gleefully from person to person. Goat yoga classes are happy events. Students squeal with delight when the goats interact with them. Those who are goatless wait impatiently for the cute farm animals to notice them. Goat yoga has been a thing since 2017. Utah Goga offers a number of goat yoga classes in Utah. In fact, there’s usually one or two public classes a week. Derek and Randee Westover own Goga. The couple decided to start running goat yoga classes after they heard about Oregon resident Lainey Morse’s success with it. Randee said, “We wanted to have goats as pets, and this was a good way to have them and keep them busy and entertained.” She also said that the goats, “love to climb,” and, “if anyone is in their pasture, then they jump all over them.” At the beginning, Randee and Derek worked every class with the help of just one other person. They started with one class a week, which expanded into two and three or

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four a week — including private classes — due to demand. Last year, Utah Goga grew big enough to hire help. They now have several yoga instructors and wranglers. Along with their starring role in goat yoga classes, the Goga goats moonlight as therapy animals in assisted living facilities across the valley. Called Helpful Hooves, residents enjoy cuddling and petting the people-loving goats. Goga classes usually consist of 30 to 40 students and nine to 11 goats. Because Goga brings a large number of goats to each class, everyone has plenty of time to enjoy the animals, take pictures and experience the thrill of a baby goat gumming their hair or clothes. Students practice yoga for 40 minutes. Then, Goga gives the yoga students 20 minutes to pose with the goats. They can also use this time to pet and snuggle them. It’s tempting to think that the goats are being forced into spending time with the humans, but once the students start showing up for class, the goats become excited. They love the challenge of leaping onto a yoga student’s shoulders or balancing at the top of a people pyramid. Once the students start leaving, the goats are ready to call it a day as well.

Goat yoga classes are animal therapy. Those who attend have the chance to interact with and pet animals that they normally wouldn’t see. These sessions are also a great introduction to yoga. The practice of yoga has a reputation of being for those who are slender and flexible. It can be intimidating for a new student to walk into a professional studio, one filled with people who know the names of every pose and who are able to twist themselves into complex versions. Goat yoga eliminates that intimidation factor. The only expectation of a student in a goat yoga class is to spend time with the goats. In fact, if a goat is balancing on a student during class, the instructor will advise the student to focus on the goat and catch up with the class when the goat has moved over to someone else. Goga bought seven goats to start goat yoga classes, and they still have most of the originals. A few have found homes with people that Randee and Derek trust to take care of them. When at home, the Goga goats get to play on their own jungle gym, and their favorite treat is cinnamon graham crackers and chips. l

Goat yoga has been a thing since 2017. Utah Goga offers a number of goat yoga classes in Utah. (Photo courtesy Goga)

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he Utah High School Activities Association will determine seeds differently this year for its team sports. The impact of the change and its perception is still to be determined. “It will begin with team sports this fall,” UHSAA Assistant Director Jeff Cluff said. “The RPI will be revealed after the season begins and be open until one week prior to the postseason. As the tournament approaches, we will reveal the final RPI and tournament bracket together.” The RPI is a performance-based rating dependent upon the teams’ winning percentage, the opponents’ winning percentage and the opponents’-opponents’ winning percentage. A mathematical equation will be used to determine the teams’ seeds for its upcoming state tournament. The RPI will be used in team sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, softball and drill. It is a system successfully used in several neighboring states like Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. “Each sport will have its own reveal date and bracket release,” Cluff said. Every classification team will be part of the postseason tournament. Teams will be seeded into the bracket, with lower seeds playing higher seeds in the early rounds. Several teams that were left out of postseason tournaments will now have the opportunity to win a

state title. The official RPI rankings will be available on uhsaa.org. The MaxPreps power ranking and Deseret News rankings are different than the RPI used by the UHSAA. “Those are more of a power ranking rather than a rating percentage index,” Cluff said. “It is completely different; our RPI is based on this particular year only, whereas the max preps takes into account the history of the team.” In theory, a weak schedule could affect a team’s placement in the state tournament bracket. Also, region championships and standings will have no bearing on the state tournament pairings. “You will definitely need to look at the big picture,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “You will need to climb up the rankings throughout the year. I am interested to see how much respect our region gets and if wining region games will matter as far as rankings go.” “We have a lot of inquiries,” Cluff said. “I think people are anxious to see how it is going to work and how it will affect scheduling. I think they are most anxious because of the disruption from the norm. It is completely different than what we have done before. Teams knew that if they won their region, they would compete here in the first round. A Region 1 school could be matched up

with Region 4. It was all predetermined and now it is not the case anymore.” One example was the 6A football championship last season. The four and five seeds (Pleasant Grove and East) matched up in the first round. That should not have occurred in theory until later in the tournament. Region games will more geographical. “The new RPI system did give us reason to change a couple preseason games,” Riverton head basketball coach Skyler Wilson said. “We ended up changing four games against opponents that I think will be ranked higher. I’m excited for this change because our path to the tournament will depend on how we play our whole schedule.” Another aspect of the rating is the classification adjustment. A large school scheduling all small schools will be penalized slightly. A schedule overloaded with small school powerhouses is discouraged by the UHSAA, but teams are still encouraged to schedule rivals. “I think the classification adjustment is important,” Cluff said. “A lot of people do not understand that a bigger school playing a smaller school— it became necessary for us to throw in a classification adjustment. We do not think scheduling will be done any differently. There is a misconception that if you only play the good teams your rating will be higher.” l

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“I could talk your ear off about this place,” Sienna said during a recent visit to the store at 866 E. 12600 South. Dog’s Meow owner Alexis Butler threw Odin treats while Sienna explained her loyalty. “I just moved here a year ago, and I’m so glad I found this store. I drive here to get the healthiest food I can for my pets. And at least once a month we come here to use the DIY dog bath,” Sienna said. Some of the doggie bath highlights? “I can bathe Odin my way, which is important to me. They have pet salon products and a dryer here that I don’t have at home. And I love that when I’m done, they do all the cleanup,” Sienna said. Butler is proud of the fact that her local business pioneered healthy pet food in Utah. “I opened the Millcreek store on 2047 East 3300 South in 1996. It started out as a boutique store for dogs and cats. My customers said we were the only ones offering quality food, so I added more food products, and it just took off,” Butler said. Butler’s daughter Alyssa runs the Millcreek store. “Alyssa was 10 years old when she started helping me, and when she turned

19 she started working full time. Now she is my right hand person. I couldn’t do this without my amazing employees,” Butler said. Both Dog’s Meow locations have a loyal customer base with new customers coming in all the time. “We have so many people in the community who support us. They believe in the same things we do: service, care and quality,” Butler said. “I carry the products I carry because they’re the best. All of our employees have pets, so we speak from experience and can give our best to our customers. We’re knowledgeable and respectful. Our online reviews are all five-star reviews, and not one of them is solicited. I don’t believe in that. They are all genuine reviews. I’m so proud of that,” Butler said. The Dog’s Meow recently started an online ordering service. Butler said, “People can order online and usually pick up the same day at our stores. That’s going to be a great service for a lot of people.” For more information on all the brands Dog’s Meow carries, visit www.dogsmeow. com, call the staff at Dog’s Meow Draper at 801-501-0818, or visit the store Mon.-Fri.

“Family-run business The Dog’s Meow in Draper and Millcreek includes four-legged family members” from 10 a.m-7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Draper location is closed Sundays; the Millcreek location is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays and can be reached at 801-468-0700. In addition to great quality and service, customers at The Dog’s Meow can feel good knowing they are supporting a local business. “We have a local first mentality. We like that it keeps the money here. Thank you to all our loyal and new customers who also support local businesses like ours and buy local first,” Butler said.

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Local Girl Scouts brighten U.S. map for school community By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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his fall, Willow Springs school children will be able to play on a freshly painted United States map on their playground, thanks to one of their former classmates. When fifth-grader Annika Johnston saw that the U.S. map painted on her school playground had dulled, she turned to her Girl Scout troop. “I saw it was faded and we could brighten up the color,” she said. The eight members of the Girl Scout junior troop 530 voted to improve Willow Springs Elementary’s map as their project to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Bronze Award project is a girl-led project that is completed by a group of Junior Girl Scouts, in the upper years of elementary school. The project’s object is to benefit the community and requires at least 20 hours per Scout toward the project. It is the third highest award in Girl Scouting. This troop, which already had completed all the prerequisites for the Bronze, began early with their planning in January. They met with Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe, who supported their efforts and worked with maintenance coordinator Bob Ellis to acquire the needed Waterbourne traffic paint. “The girls planned what they needed —

gloves, brushes, rollers and how much time it would need to dry,” troop leader Terri Francis said. “I was impressed that they thought of everything.” They also met with Principal Marianne Yule, who also has supported Girl Scouts through their cookie sales. “I’m excited to see the Girl Scouts refreshing our map,” she said. “I’m really proud of these girls. They talked to the superintendent who granted their initiative to make it look good again. The map is a favorite place where siblings meet at the end of school; kids stand on the states they’ve visited.” However, even their best-made plans got side-tracked. With two weather delays this wet spring, the girls scheduled a third date — the day after school got out on June 7 — and set to work, painting. “It’s a good idea to paint it,” troop member Katelyn Bush said, who added she’s excited to earn her Bronze. Her friend Allyson Keife said the service they were providing is just one of many the troop has recently performed. She liked helping clean up the community. Troop member Chloe Francis said she liked helping at the Utah Food Bank. “I like being able to help people and being able to make things better,” she said,

Girl Scout troop 530 spent the day painting the United States map on Willow Springs playground so it would be brightened up for fall. Not pictured: Eliza Hanson, Ellie Schreiber and Ellie Turner. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

adding that she would like to continue to earn her Silver and Gold Awards in Girl Scouting. The top award in Girl Scouting is the Gold Award, which can be earned by girls who are in high school. After the prerequisites are met, the project has to be approved by the council must help the community and be sustainable. Girls individually spend at least 80 hours in planning and carrying out the project. The Silver Award is an honor this troop can begin working toward this fall. After pre-

requisites are met, the Silver project can be completed by middle school girls individually or in a small group, who individually contribute at least 50 hours to the girl-led project. Junior Quincee Hamilton said she appreciated working together to improve the map. “My favorite to paint has been Oregon because it was the hardest,” she said. “I like seeing all the dull colors brighten and making it prettier for the kids this fall. I really like working with my best friends to make things better.” l

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Draper Elementary embraces the arts — visual, music, dance By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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raper Elementary fourth-grader Drew Croshaw was looking at the artwork displayed by his classmates as well as himself before he stepped into the commons center stage, first to dance, then to play the cello. “The totem poles were a lot of work, but they were really fun to do,” he said, pointing out that his had a bird, tree and a design. “We had three distinct elements that we had to detail.” This was Draper Elementary’s celebration of arts night that featured both two- and three-dimensional artwork and dances with white sheets portraying different cloud patterns. The Dragon Strings Orchestra, under the direction of Vanessa Croshaw, also performed 10 pieces from “Spring” by Vivaldi to a student-requested song, “Pirates of the Caribbean.” “‘Pirates’ is my favorite because it’s fun, but it’s also challenging,” Drew said. While every year Draper Elementary students look forward to their annual art show, the venue was changed to Corner Canyon High to allow more ease in parking and more space for both the artwork and performances. “I love that Corner Canyon allows us to use this space to showcase our students,” Principal Christy Waddell said. “We were bursting at the seams and now, it is even more

special as we continue to collaborate with the high school students on murals.” For the past four years, Lone Peak Hospital has requested Draper Elementary students’ murals. The past two years, it has been a collaboration between Corner Canyon’s art club and Draper Elementary students. “We decided on the theme and wanted to allow every student the opportunity to be involved,” said Kylie Welling, Draper Elementary’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program specialist. “We want the high school students to be the ones to take the lead and mentor our young emerging artists. Our kids really look forward to contributing to a piece of artwork that will be hung in the community.” Another tradition is for second-graders to create quilt blocks and for parents to sew them together. Traditionally after a walking field trip to many historic sites in Draper, second-graders are given squares of fabric to draw with watercolor pencils one of the sites in Draper from its early days, including the Day Barn and Fitzgerald House and Cabin to more recent sites such as Draper Library, the swimming pool and amphitheater. Parents then volunteer to sew the blocks into classroom quilts. This year, the Utah State Office of Education requested to display them this summer.

“Every artwork on display is integrated into content the students are learning,” she said. “I work alongside teachers to have students be able to demonstrate what they’re learning and express it through art, but it also tied into core standards in science, social studies and language arts,” Welling said, adding that many mediums are used in the artwork as well. Also new is the dance choreography and movement that Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program dance specialist Raegen Ford introduced to the school children and to the show. “Our music teacher left and we knew Silver Mesa (Elementary) kids loved Ms. Ford, so we invited her to teach our students here as well. It’s been so good to have a movement class for our students,” Waddell said. The art show continued to showcase other traditions such as third-grade students making stained glass art that shows the relationship between Earth and the moon that they learned in science, and fifth-grade students creating pottery bells while learning about matter and how the clay may change its shape, but not its mass. Third-grader Kiera Henson took her mother, Jessica, to look at the art, including her splatter art and stain glass project. “The splatter art I put three different

Draper Elementary fourth-grader Drew Croshaw used three distinct elements in his totem pole art. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

colors on the paper by dipping the paintbrush into the paint and tapping my hand to get the paint spraying from the bristles,” Kiera said. “The stain glass was my favorite since I actually got to put it in the frame.” Families look forward to the show every year, Welling said. “This art show helps define who we are,” she said. “I’m a big believer in art and that no civilization can be without art. It defines our culture and our community.” l

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New coach for Corner Canyon girls soccer By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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he defending 5A state champion Corner Canyon High School team will have a new look this fall, replacing seven seniors as they move up to the 6A ranks this season. Their sideline will also be different with new head coach Bayleigh Steed, who assisted the Chargers program the past two years, taking over for Krissa Reinbold, who resigned in June. “Bayleigh was part of that great program at Alta, where she was coached by Lee Mitchell, and her other strengths include familiarity with the program, the girls and the community,” athletic director Patrick Thurman said. “The timeline was short to replace the previous coach and I think Bayleigh will help with a smooth transition.” Steed said she is thrilled to be back with Corner Canyon, particularly after helping lead the girls to the state title last season. “Having moments with these girls like winning state keeps bringing you back,” she said. “I’m excited to keep it going with these girls.” Steed, a Draper resident who played for two state championship Hawks teams in 2009 and 2011, said she will continue to draw on her own experiences in the sport to teach the game while also focusing on the sports psychology side — an area she is getting a

master’s degree in currently. “I want to build resilient players on and off the field,” Steed said. “I can help be that resource for them to address the mental side of the sport.” Since playing for Alta and the club team Avalanche, Steed attended Washington State where she helped start a recreational team and began her own journey into coaching. “I love coaching different skill levels and staying involved in the game after my playing days are now over,” she said. “It’s also a great chance for me to give back to all that soccer has given me.” Steed said she knows what it’s like to be a 16 yearb old who gets injured and has to fight back to get healthy and also reclaim her spot in the lineup. “I know personally what that feels like and the physical and mental strength you have to find within yourself to overcome that adversity,” she said. “My focus with my schooling is rehabbing through injury and coming out stronger physically and mentally.” The 24 year old said her experience in the successful Alta program helps bring her own understanding of the pressures and situations the players go through as well as what it takes to create and maintain a winning culture.

Draper’s Bayleigh Steed, who has been an assistant soccer coach for the Corner Canyon girls soccer team the past two seasons, will now head up the program this fall. (Photo courtesy Bayleigh Steed)

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Former Corner Canyon golfer enjoying success at the collegiate ranks By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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ormer Corner Canyon High School golfer Rhett Rasmussen has continued his successful golf journey since he won the 2016 individual 5A state title as well as three region championships during his playing days in the Chargers program. Following his sophomore season playing for Brigham Young University last year, he qualified locally — placing fifth out of 100 golfers — for a U.S. Open sectional in San Francisco, where he grabbed a third of the top five places with rounds of 66 and 71, to be invited to the 2018 major championship held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in New York. “It was an awesome experience and a childhood goal of mine to be there,” Rasmussen said. “It was pretty surreal to be warming up next to Tiger. It was amazing.” At the U.S. Open, Rasmussen shot an 80 and a 74 to finish tied for 112th overall, missing the cut by six strokes. “Just being there and competing absolutely makes you so hungry to get back there,” he said. The 6’1” senior-to-be at BYU recently wrapped up his third year of collegiate golf with a first-place finish at the NCAA Regionals in Pullman, Washington — with two rounds of 63 for a score of 15-under to win

by two strokes. Rasmussen birdied his final three holes to secure his top finish, which helped the Cougars to their second consecutive appearance at nationals. “That was really cool to win regionals,” Rasmussen said. “I had kind of been struggling individually and we were as a team as well, but I won and the team advanced.” “For Rhett to get on a roll and shoot the scores that he did, it was such a key for us to have success,” BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “Even when he’s not playing his best, he still finds a way and that tournament just shows that he can bounce back from adversity and really shoot some low scores.” Rasmussen has been playing golf since he was 3 years old and became the first Utahn since 1995 to claim a Junior World Golf title when he won the 13–14 age division in 2014. “I saw him sink a 10-foot putt at the Junior Worlds in San Diego over a kid that was two feet taller than him and I remember thinking that I wanted to do anything I could to get Rhett to BYU,” Brockbank said. “So, we worked very hard to get him here and we feel very fortunate to have such a talented kid in our program.” “I wanted to go to a school that would give me the best chance to get onto the (PGA)

Former Corner Canyon High golfer Rhett Rasmussen has finished in the top 20 in 22 tournaments through his first three years on the BYU golf team. (Photo courtesy BYU Photo)

tour,” Rasmussen said. At BYU, he won the Goodwin Tournament at Stanford as a freshman amidst tough windy conditions, according to Brockbank. “Shooting low scores just doesn’t happen in the wind, but Rhett did and won the tournament,” he said.

During Rasmussen’s first year with the Cougars, he also placed third in the USF Olympic Intercollegiate Tournament and tied for sixth at the William H. Tucker Invitational. As a sophomore, he tied for third at the WCC championships, tied for eighth at the Saint Mary’s Invitational and tied for ninth at the Geiberger Invitational. This past year, as a junior, he placed third at the Nick Watney Invitational, tied for fourth at the Olympic Club and tied for ninth at Saint Mary’s and has 22 top-20 finishes currently during his collegiate career. “From day one, Rhett has contributed to our program,” Brockbank said. “His short game is phenomenal. Not many guys have the touch and feel that he has around the green. And he really hasn’t played his best stuff yet. I think he’s ready to bust out and have a great year.” Rasmussen said his “super competitive” nature drives him to practice every day as he prepares for his final collegiate season and beyond — with his eyes set on finishing his degree and playing on the PGA tour. He said the game has taught him “way too many lessons to count,” including patience and perseverance — skills he also uses off the course.l

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New chapter begins for Utah lacrosse By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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t’s been a long time coming and it’s now finally here…boys and girls lacrosse is officially sanctioned beginning with the 20192020 school year with the competitive season for both programs to be held in the spring. An effort from the Utah Lacrosse Association, founded in 1994 by Westminster Coach Mason Goodhand and the lacrosse community, got a final push in 2015 when a four-member committee of Craig Morris, Renee Tribe, Brian Barnhill and Brae Burbidge led the charge to show the growth of the sport and the ability to develop and maintain high school programs statewide. “We walked out of a meeting with the UHSAA (Utah High School Activities Association in May 2017) where it was decided that lacrosse would be added as a sanctioned sport and we all looked at ourselves and asked, ‘Did that just happen?’” Morris said. “We were not expecting it to happen that day so we just stood there pretty shocked. It’s been pretty cool to see the quality rise in the game here that has far surpassed my expectations. We are producing a lot of talent in this state and colleges have taken notice and the sanctioning process will only get Utah more on the radar.” When the initial announcement was made two years ago, UHSAA Executive Director Rob Cuff acknowledged the efforts and patience of those within the lacrosse community. “I want to really reach out and thank the lacrosse community for how they’ve handled all the discussions,” Cuff said. “We knew it was going to come on, but it was just a matter of time.” The UHSAA’s Jon Oglesby said lacrosse was added because of the “interest and preparation of the member districts” throughout the process. “The process of adding lacrosse and getting it ready for competition in the spring of 2020 has been a collaborative process that has included the efforts of many school districts, administrators, coaches and lacrosse aficionados,” Oglesby said. “The UHSAA Board of Trustees is excited to see these student athletes get a chance to compete under the UHSAA umbrella.” Morris moved to Utah from New York more than 25 years ago after playing lacrosse in college and quickly became an integral part of the growth of the sport as he assisted Goodhand in the development of the ULA while he became the lacrosse coach and athletic director at Waterford School in Sandy. In 2003, approximately 300 players competed in programs with that number up to 1,800 athletes in just six years. Currently, close to 4,000 players are involved in lacrosse statewide. Herriman High girls lacrosse coach Wes Allen said it has been exciting to watch the sport take off over the last several years. “At times it has also been overwhelming because

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Lacrosse has grown into thousands of participants statewide over the past several years and the sport will now officially be sanctioned for the upcoming school year with the boys and girls programs competing in the spring of 2020. (Photo courtesy Craig Morris)

we haven’t had the availability of resources needed to support such an accelerated growth pattern,” he said. “Every year we’ve watched lacrosse grow more and more into a mainstream sport here in Utah and we’ve gone from playing high school games on the fields of elementary schools not even in our hometowns to now playing on our own high school fields and sometimes even in the stadiums.” Being a sanctioned sport—as opposed to a club at the high school level—means more to the programs than just a different status around campus. Funding is now available through the schools that will include transportation, equipment, coach salaries, referee payments and league fees which will ease the financial burden that had been solely the responsibility of parents and athletes. “It will be nice for the players to be recognized more for what they do now that it’s an official sport in the schools,” former East High boys lacrosse coach Peter Idstrom said. “It’s been in the works for a long time, and it is just huge now to get the access that was lacking before.” With these changes, lacrosse players will now be held to the same academic standards, school boundary restrictions and region competitive structures that the other 10 sanctioned sports adhere to.

This season, all sports will be using the Ratings Percentage Index system to include all teams in the state playoffs. Using that RPI, current plans are for lacrosse are the top seeds will compete in the “A” division at the state tournament while the bottom teams will be in the “B” division at the end of their 16game season, but that is still to be determined at the UHSAA meeting in August. The 28 lacrosse teams currently slated to compete statewide will comprise four regions throughout one single class. Region 1 includes Bear River, Box Elder, Green Canyon, Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View. Region 2 is made up of East, Highland, Judge Memorial, Olympus, Park City, Skyline and West. Bingham, Copper Hills, Herriman, Mountain Ridge, Riverton, Waterford and West Jordan comprise Region 3 while Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon, Jordan, Juan Diego, Timpview and Wasatch are the teams in Region 4 this season. Following this inaugural year, two classifications will be made based on the results of this season. More teams will be added in year two as some teams in the Alpine, Davis and Weber School districts will secure arrangements to be ready for the 2021 spring season.

“This was a full community effort from every program out there,” Morris said. “It has taken a lot of time from those of us who have cared about it deeply. It’s just icing on the cake and been so exciting to see it get to the finish line.” Allen said the trajectory of the sport will only continue upward in Utah as it begins its first season as a sanctioned sport. “We’ve become a hot spot for recruiting and this will only help to increase the visibility which will hopefully bring in new players from the youth through the high school programs,” he said. Dan Dugan, president of the Intermountain Lacrosse Association—a newer organization formed from the now absolved ULA—said there is reserve money that had been set aside for “strategic growth with the intent to help build new teams and new programs.” The Mountain West Lacrosse Foundation was created with charge over those funds and a grant process will begin this fall for teams that would like to apply for assistance for their programs. Information will be updated as details are available at www.imlawutah.org. l

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ven though Utah is well-known for having the greatest snow on Earth, we have some pretty great weather in the summertime, too. (Let’s forget about the few weeks where we hit 100 degrees.) Utah’s fabulous landscape makes getting outside easy, fun, and best of all, free. One of the most common activities for residents of the greater Salt Lake region, and beyond, is hiking. The numerous canyons and national parks surrounding the bustling cities make taking a breath of fresh air just a quick car ride away. Some of Utahns favorite hikes include: Buffalo Point, Bloods Lake, Ensign Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, Golden Spike, Cecret Lake and Albion Basin, Willow Lake, Dooley Knob, Hidden Falls, Adams Waterfall, Patsy’s Mine, Grotto Falls, Donut Falls, Timpanogos, Brighton Lakes, Bell Canyon, Stewart Falls, Broads Fork Trail, Silver Lake, Battle Creek Falls, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Mirror Lake, Fifth Water Hot Springs, Dripping Rock, Mount Olympus, Suicide Rock, Elephant Rock, White Pine Lake, Jordan River, and the Bonneville Shoreline, and Provo River Parkway. Before you leave for a hike, pack the 10 essentials of hiking with you (Google “10 essentials for hiking” for the list) and make sure to research the trail beforehand. Don’t try new trails out of your comfort range alone. Along the same note, tell someone where

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Goblin Valley State Park. While I usually opt for a beautiful hike, my father is definitely a fisherman. For locations to cast away, check out www.UtahFishingInfo.com or www.UtahFishFinder. com. Some of the favorite fishing holes around the state include: Flaming Gorge near the Utah/Wyoming border (particularly the Mustang Ridge campground), Tibble Fork Reservoir in the American Fork Canyon (try the Granite Flats campground), Fish Lake in the Wasatch mountains (it’s in the name), Duck Creek Pond in Dixie National Forest, Mirror Lake in the Uintas and Sunset Pond in Draper. When you’re exploring the great outdoors, make sure to bring a book with you! (Am I required to say that as a writer?) Forty percent of friends from an unofficial Facebook poll report that their favorite thing to do is read a book under a tree or on the beach. The other suggested hobby to do under a tree is woodworking. Whittling can be very cathartic. Lastly, if you don’t want to go too far away from home, many local municipalities offer movies in the park throughout the summer. Check out your local city or county’s website for dates and further information.

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