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DRAPER TEEN BECOMES ENTREPRENEUR with own dancewear clothing line By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


any teens are hanging out with friends or chatting with them on their phones this summer. Draper teenager Annabella Oliver may be as well, but she is also spending hours creating patterns and sewing ballet leotards and costumes for her own clothing line. “I really love ballet and realize it’s hard to afford beautiful dancewear that has personality,” she said, adding that some dancers wear up to 50 leotards. Knowing she also needed money to pay for extra ballet classes as well as pointe ballet shoes several times per year, Annabella turned that realization into an idea. “My mom is a seamstress and I love designing dancewear, so together we created a pattern, chose fabric and tried out my design,” she said. That was last August. Fast forward through several attempts with different fabrics for the right stretch, feel and look, several kinds paper to make lasting patterns, sewing lessons from her mother and an abundance of ideas. One year later, Annabella is sewing alongside her mother and has created several dancewear lines under her own label, Anna May Ballet. “I love working with my mom and spending more time with her and learning from her. I have become more independent and it’s fun to see my ideas turn into actual dancewear,” she said. Together, they’ve created leotards, rehearsal skirts, pointe shoe bags, shorts and other items in lines such as “pretty in pink,” “black tie” and “holiday collection,” but insisting on quality items that are affordable, Annabella said. “Most handmade leotards are $40 to $50 where other companies charge three or four times that. Ours are better quality so they should last longer and they fit a dancer’s body, where some from China aren’t the best fitting,” she said. Annabella has a business and marketing plan, relying on experience from classes she has taken as a sophomore at Hillcrest High School. She’s also used those classes to compete at the state and national Future Business Leaders of America competitions.

Draper teenager Annabella Oliver demonstrates to her models how to pose for a photo shoot of the dancewear line she created. (Ronda Oliver)

She also has a website, annamayballet.com, which she maintains — again from learning how to create a website at school. “She is very focused and knows what she’s doing and putting what she’s learned to practice,” said her mother, Ronda, who has been an accountant and has helped with their own family business. “This is a partnership and we speak business terms and work together. It’s also a way she will be able to support herself as

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Draper teenager Annabella Oliver has created her own dancewear clothing line. (Ronda Oliver)

she continues to dance. It’s been good to have a more grown-up relationship with her.” They sew three or four hours per week during the school year, but it comes after Annabella’s schoolwork and rehearsing six days per week at Ballet West. This summer, she also danced several weeks with Oregon Ballet. She also has studied with Ballet Austin. Her goal: to be a professional ballerina with the Royal Ballet in London.

While Annabella is busy perfecting her dance, her dancewear line is making progress as well. She’s been invited to take part in a fashion show and has had her dancewear professionally photographed. “I created it with the idea to feel beautiful and be able to have long-lasting dancewear that is affordable,” she said. “But by doing so, I’m hoping it will help create more opportunities for me in ballet.” l

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n a competition that attracted nearly 150 student business idea submissions from high school students throughout the state, Kearns High School student Emily Guertler came out on top. The high school sophomore won the $5,000 grand prize at the 2017 Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge in mid-April for her project, “StraightShot,” a line of adaptive apparel to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port or feeding tubes. “I was really surprised that my idea was selected as there were so many technical ideas,” Emily said. “I plan to put the money to use to get more supplies for my business.” Emily said she’s been working on her business after first getting it off the ground with Sandy Area Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy. “I got my idea when my family was out shopping at the mall right before Christmas. It was crowded, but my brother has diabetes and we had to wait to use the bathroom to give him his shot in his leg. I got to thinking, why not add a zipper or Velcro or something to his pants to have a spot to give him his injection?” she said. So, using her sewing skills she learned from her grandmother, Emily went to work and created a pair of pants for her brother. “The nurse at school and the diabetes team at the hospital thought it was a great idea,” she said. Knowing her grandmother and uncle also have diabetes, she realized this idea could become a line of apparel that is much needed for those who need medical assistance during the day. After placing third at Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s national competition, she turned her attention to the Utah challenge. After learning she was one of 24 finalists, she made more clothing items to present to judges at the April 15 contest. Then, Emily and others got the chance to pitch their ideas to judges, made up of many influential community leaders. Teams’ ideas and business presentations

Kearns High School sophomore Emily Guertler won the $5,000 grand prize at the 2017 Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge in mid-April for her project, “StraightShot.” (Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute)

ranged from a portable solar panel to air scare devices to frighten birds from nesting close to airports. “I’ve grown to be more social and be able to improve my public speaking. My first public speaking presentation I was shaking so bad. I dropped all my note cards on the floor. Now, I’m able to memorize what I need to say and am organized with my financial presentation,” she said. The goal of the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge is to help high school students explore innovation and early stage business. “It was an incredible experience to see up-and-coming entrepreneurs showcase their hard work and pitch their idea to the judges,” said Stephanie Gladwin, a University of Utah senior and chair of the

High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. In nearby West Jordan, Copper Hills’ Andrew Rich was a $1,000 Lassonde Studio Scholarship winner for his project, The Curb Climber. The project is a base that will be built into the bottom of motorized chairs that will use motors and wheels to lift the chair over the curb and onto the sidewalk. The scholarship is earmarked for the recipient to live in the University of Utah’s Lassonde accommodations if they chose to attend the U after high school graduation. The Institute provides students an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Another area winner, Herriman High’s Lauren Burlow, was a double winner, having received the Impact Hub In-Kind Award as

well as the Lassonde Studio Scholarship. Her project, “My Lunch,” allows parents and students to pre-order lunches from the My Lunch application to select a nutritious meal with fruits and vegetables. Finalists include a second Kearns High School team, “One Heart, One Home,” who presented to judges and was awarded a $100 finalist award. The project gives the homeless a place to call home, and a community to help maintain. The primary goal is to design and construct tiny homes for those who need housing. Finalist Riverton High students created “GovGush,” which is a unified technology platform via mobile and web engagement application for the public, political representatives and governments. This team also received a $100 award. l

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Channing Hall Community Project Day showcases students’ projects By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


hanning Hall student Spencer Lords decided to photograph cemetery headstones for the Billion Graves’ website as his international baccalaureate project to finish up his eighth-grade year. “In doing this project and focusing on IB concepts of communities and culture, I learned and became more interested in family history and how families are connected to each other,” he said. “Using this information, I can learn more about my family and how they came to live in America.” Channing Hall’s International Baccalaureate (IB) — or Middle Years’ program — is designed for sixth- through eight-graders and provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers and to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. The 38 cumulative projects engaged 45 eighth-grade students in inquiry specific to their interest through a service, awareness of a cause or area for personal improvement, said Jennifer Lueck-Wheeler, Channing Hall IB coordinator. The eighth-graders started last fall, brainstorming and researching community problems. Then they volunteered to make improvements. The projects ranged from cleaning up trails and picking up litter to recording family stories for genealogy and performing on Broadway. “We wanted the students to become goal oriented and self-motivated,” Lueck-Wheeler said. “We want them to see community problems and see that they can make an impact and become more global citizens.” Then, after working on the project all year — which included a 500-word paper citing six to 10 sources as well as a trifold, PowerPoint or video of their project — the students displayed their understanding of the IB global contexts as well as reflected on the learning and growth from the process, she added. “We wanted students to reflect on the process as well as what they learned from it,” Lueck-Wheeler said, adding that Draper Mayor Troy Walker, community and education leaders and families came to the students’ community project day. Eighth-grader Madison Crain decided to supply school kits for kids in Honduras. “In preparation for this IB project, I wanted to learn more about how other people live,” she said. “When we are here, in our own country and culture, we don’t really know how fortunate we are until we go somewhere else and learn about their hard times and what they don’t have compared to what we do have.” Madison tied in the IB principles of caring, risk taking and open-mindedness to the project. “I went there and decided that this is what I needed to do, so I spent money to do this donation,” she said about the caring principle. “I was a risk taker because I didn’t really know what a project of this size was going to entail. I learned that we are very fortunate and have it so much better than other people. With this knowledge, I learned that I shouldn’t judge people because of what they do or don’t have. I should also be more open-minded.” Classmate Ethan Honeycutt chose Foods for Athletes for his project. “I did my project on ways to fuel their bodies for sports,”

Eighth-graders Victor Hollenbach and Colby Hollenbach teach younger students about Operation Christmas Child as part of Channing Hall’s Community Project Day. (Jennifer Lueck-Wheeler/Channing Hall)

he said. “For example, if I was a team captain I could inform the members of the team who want to improve their performance on what foods are better for them. I learned more about how I can express myself.” Some of the projects are both personal and have an impact on the community, as in the case of Victor Hollenbach and Colby Hollenbach, who carried on the legacy of Victor’s brother, Tomas, who started the school’s involvement with Operation Christmas Child before dying of cancer. “Doing this IB project helped me learn how to be a project manager,” Victor said, adding that he also learned how to be a better communicator. “The project targeted global awareness and affected the community in a positive way by giving a Christmas gift to kids globally.” Colby said that through the project, he realized he told people how to do things even though he didn’t know how they were doing them. “For example, when our parents were in charge of Operation Christmas Child, I kept trying to give them advice on different ways of doing things even though from their standpoint, they knew all the fine print stuff that could be missed,” he said. “Overall it was a great learning experience in that I learned that I don’t always know best and to learn from the experience of others. Doing this project made me a better person. The project helped me make a difference.” l

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Summit Academy musicians score top awards at festival By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


n eight-piece band claimed the top award at Music in the Parks festival. That concert band consisted of musicians playing flute, clarinet, trumpet and trombone and performed two songs: “Clash of the Warriors,” by Rob Grice and “Nottingham Castle” by Larry Daehn under the direction of Alan Larson. Summit Academy not only brought home the best overall junior high/middle school concert band trophy, but also got all superior marks. The school also was honored with its Espirit de Corps trophy for good sportsmanship. “When they announced it, the kids were screaming,” Larson said. “It was like the entire table exploded and started dancing and yelling. We just went crazy. It’s a big honor as it meant other groups respected our musicians and said we were a pleasure to work with. All of our groups did well, taking first or second places.” The guitar 1 class, playing “Time is on My Side” by Jerry Ragovoy and the traditional Shaker song, “Simple Gifts,” also took first place with superior marks. Orchestra, playing Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” and Larry Clark’s “Contredanse” won first place with excellent ranks. Guitar 2 earned excellent marks and finished second. They performed “Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss and the folk song “Irish Washerwoman.”

Summit Academy’s concert choir sang “O Sifuni Mungu” arranged by Roger Emerson and “Homeward Bound” arranged by Jay Althouse and received second place with excellent marks. “Music classes are electives and we have about 60 seventh- and eighth-grade students who performed at Lagoon. We’re small, but growing and improving. Last year, we only had three groups and each won, earned first places and excellent marks,” he said, adding this is his third year directing the program. Larson said the groups began working on their music in January before performing for the community in March. He chose pieces that showed contrast to give students a challenge and at the same time demonstrate the students’ talents. Aside from the awards, he said students learn other factors performing at festivals. “The festival adds more educational value when students work hard on pieces and then show judges what they’re capable of. They get feedback from professional musicians to improve and we’ve talked about those things every day. They also see what their peers are doing in neighboring schools and states. And they’re taking an important role — they’re taking pride in their ensemble and school and helping build our program,” Larson said. Summit Academy competed in the 1A division, which is open to schools with an enrollment of 750 students or less. The festival was open to

Summit Academy musicians proudly show off the trophies they earned at the Music in the Parks festival. (Alan Larson/Summit Academy)

school music programs in Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming. “Our program is building and really blossoming,” said Principal Tyler Whittle. “The kids are excited going to competitions and have

done quite well — so well, in fact, we’ve built a trophy shelf for the program in the band room. They’re excited to work hard and be rewarded for their effort and it shows their pride in our school.” l

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Approved rezone to allow for smaller homes By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he Draper City Council approved a rezone to allow a higher density usage on a piece of property located on the corner of 300 East and 13800 South. Referred to as the Cove at Brown Farm, the change increases the residential density from low/medium to medium/ high. The vote took place during the June 20 city council meeting. Councilwoman Michele Weeks was the only opposed vote. Jennifer Jastremsky, a planner with Draper City, explained to the council the .75 acres is currently zoned for zero to two units per acre. The density increase would allow four to eight units per acre. “The agreement would limit the property to six single-family detached homes, which would equate to eight units per acre, which the zoning designation they’re requesting,” Jastremsky said. Jastremsky explained the history of the property, saying in 2014 the city council had denied a rezone of the property for commercial development by stating 300 East was the cut-off for commercial along 13800 South. “At this point, the city needs to consider that if it’s not going to be commercial, what uses are appropriate on the property,” Jastremsky said. “With the property being on two major collector streets and the amount of traffic, the city hasn’t really seen many people coming in wanting to create single-family homes.” Ed Grampp, the developer of the property, said in trying to figure out the best use for the property, he talked to many different stakeholders, including neighbors and city staff. “I tried to determine what would work. And almost uniformly, they said they really liked the Wheadon Preserve project,” Grampp said. “They’re very small homes very similar to what we’re talking about here.” The Wheadon Preserve is next to the property in question and contains smaller

A concept plan for how the property would be broken up to allow for smaller homes. (Draper City)

attached single-family homes. Grampp said the majority of people he talked to want the smaller single-family homes. “They didn’t favor condominiums. They didn’t favor townhomes. They did favor single family,” Grampp said. “What we have proposed here is even better because 70 percent of the Wheadon units are attached. All of ours are single-family detached homes. That I felt had the best chance of getting approval.” During the discussion, Weeks expressed

concerns over the number of homes and the smaller size of the homes. Grampp explained not only will the homes be the same size as the homes on the Wheadon property, but it’s also probably the only way to get people interested in buying homes on such a busy intersection. “I’ve been a developer for decades and my opinion is there’s not really a demand on that busy of a corner for third acres or quarter acres. It’s just not a risk I would take and not something I think would be successful,” Grampp said.

“The other thing, I think it meets a Draper City need for homes that are in-between townhomes and larger homes on quarter acres, third acres and half acres. There’s a need in this town for that and I think this would be an excellent way to help meet some of that need.” During the public comment portion of the discussion, resident Sharlene Miner said she agrees with the need to have residential property instead of commercial, but is concerned about how wide the roads will be in the development. “I’m an emergency physician and I deal with fires and I deal with kids who are hit in the road. With a 20-foot road and not that much frontage, my guess is that the people who buy these homes will have small children,” Miner said. “I’m concerned about the small children. I’m concerned about the fire trucks getting in and out.” Resident Curtis Cutler spoke in favor of the project, praising Grampp for doing an excellent job in analyzing the situation. He also spoke in favor of the smaller homes idea. “It’d be nice to put a one-acre house on that corner but I think it’s impractical. My kids would love to live in Draper but they can’t afford it, so to have a few more affordable homes in Draper would be great,” Cutler said. “I don’t think people who live there will necessarily have small families. There may be older professionals. I don’t think that’s a concern so I’d like to strongly recommend this be approved.” In a letter written to the council, John Ciet, who lives at Wheadon Preserve, spoke in favor of the smaller homes. “The proposed zoning would allow smaller lots upon which single family homes could be built, which bridges the gap in the Draper market between townhomes and larger single-family homes,” Ciet said. l

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Summit Academy 10th annual Jogapalooza introduces new course, activities By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


ummit Academy second-grader Phillip Mayer has been planning to run 20 laps around his school’s fun run course since last spring, when he ran nine times around. “I’m planning to run around the school as fast as I can to get 20 in,” he said before the school’s Jogapalooza. “I won’t stop. I’ve been running a lot this year in soccer and baseball.” His cousin, second-grader Grace Neeley, said they run at least two laps every day to help prepare for the big event. “Everyone gets to run; it’s fun running with friends,” she said. This year, while the elementary school students ran around their school in 20-minute periods as in years past, the junior high students took off on a 2.4-mile course on the nearby Porter Rockwell trail. Assistant Principal Erin McRae ran it with each grade. “I ran it three times, plus warming up, so I’ve gotten in 10 miles today,” she said. “It’s fun, but I’ll be sore tomorrow. It’s a much more exciting course for our junior high kids while the elementary students love the families cheering them on at the school.” Principal Tyler Whittle, who ran a total of six miles as he joined the elementary kids at every grade level, said there were other changes to the event this year, such as using the dunk tank — usually reserved for students to dunk the principal and assistant principal — as an incentive so kids could dunk each other or teachers.

“We said they could have a raffle ticket for every $20 they brought in, so we got a lot more participation,” he said. “We did that with free dress days and using the principal’s chair and other incentives without adding any additional costs.” Whittle estimated that the school netted $37,000, earmarked mostly for technology. “We have a new computer lab as well as Chromebooks. We’re introducing more classes that need technology, such as coding, Lego robotics, interior design, digital photography, creative writing and other classes. Our goal is to increase technology. We have a 1-to-1 ratio in junior high and a 1-to-2 or -3 in elementary, “ he said. Whittle said the school also offered a paint night this year to go along with the traditional silent auction and dinner preceding Jogapalooza. “Our art teacher gave participants step-by-step instructions on how to paint Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and we sold about 150 canvases, which helped generate $5,000. But more than just creating a painting, the kids were with their families, creating memories. They had so much fun,” Whittle said. Grace’s mother, Rachel, said the changes in this year’s Jogapalooza were good. “I like the fact the kids help earn the money by running and this year, it was fun to jazz it up,” she said. “The kids’


Summit Academy elementary students run as part of the school’s 10th annual Jogapalooza fundraiser. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

highlight is to dunk other kids and teachers and they still get excited to run in this and now with new prizes, they’re even more motivated. It’s all for a good cause — more computers in the school, which benefits them.” l

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War against hunger continues, with homegrown reinforcements By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


he sign says, “Veggies for the food bank, please no dog waste.” It’s posted in front of Lynda Brown’s house to keep her garden free of contamination. The food isn’t for her family, it’s for those one in five children or one in seven adults suffering from hunger the studies talk about. “It’s a great way to make a big difference in people’s lives,” Brown said. Brown is one of dozens of homeowners growing gardens where their fresh surplus produce is taken to collection sites and then transported to a nearby distribution site be it food banks, pantries or churches. It’s all part of Backyard GardenShare, Pat Thomas’ brainchild and evolving program to feed the hungry healthy food. “It changes your whole life, your potential, your possibility if you have not only sufficient food but nutritious food that we know fuels our minds and our bodies and gives us the minerals and the nutrients that we need,” Thomas said. Salt Lake City Councilwoman Lisa Adams, a huge proponent of the program, lives around the corner from Thomas having known her since 1977. She said the program’s a “wonderful way” to match someone’s abundance with another’s scarcity.

“There are so many people in our valley who rarely get fresh food, it is such a prized possession,” said Adams, who contributed multiple pounds of apricots last year. “If you’ve got extra, share it.” What started seven years ago in Thomas’s house has grown substantially. Last year marked the program’s startup across the valley when the program was under the Green Urban Lunch Box umbrella. By the end of the harvest season in 2016, BGS had collected just over 7,000 pounds of fresh produce from two dozen collection sites that range from Syracuse to Sugar House to Holladay to Tooele. There’s a person in Boise, Idaho who plans to start the program. BGS has now spun off into its own nonprofit. Its journey was chronicled in a documentary last fall. The 11-minute film not only won first place at the Peery Changemakers Film Festival at BYU, BGS won “Best Solution to a Social Problem.” Thomas has found partners with the Utah Food Bank, Catholic Community Services and Salt Lake School District that will supply the food pantries at East and Highland High Schools. All of this while also doing constant fundraising to cover costs for lawn signs (demarcates collection sites), coolers and fliers.

In 2016, Backyard GardenShare collected over 7,000 pounds of produce. (Pat Thomas/Backyard GardenShare)

“It’s pretty thrilling it does take every minute of my free time, but right now that’s what I want to give,” Thomas said. People have also started growing specific

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that you feel like has just been out there anyway…and see the community rise to it,” Thomas said. Thomas’ understanding of hunger has evolved since her time in Guatemala, where she lived for a time during the 80s. She said she didn’t have the life experience to comprehend the implications hunger has on a person. But she does now. “At this point in my life…I see that it changes a person to have healthy food, it brings them opportunities, it brings them health. It gives them education, it allows them to stay in their jobs, to not miss so much work or schooling,” Thomas said. She added she’s seen loved ones suffering from serious illness who improved significantly simply from eating more nutritiously. “That’s pretty powerful. When you see it firsthand you say, ‘Gosh, we’ve got this (food), it’s wasting, why aren’t we giving it to people?” Brown said she loves the program saying it just seems a natural thing to do. “(Pat’s) just done a great job of organizing and getting everything going so that it’s simple and easy for people,” she said. Growing and Developing There’s still plenty of room for BGS to grow, Thomas said. Having people like Brown, Adams or a Syracuse collector who amassed 800 pounds from their neighborhood take ownership with the program gives it more traction, Thomas said. Cliff Hurst, a professor at Westminster College, used BGS as a semester project to figure out how to sustain revenue and sustainability. Thomas is giving all her free time to the cause, but that individual ownership will cultivate the program. “It could go faster if I wasn’t the only battery,” she said. “I’m just a AAA battery, I need a bunch of nine volts out there.” Volunteers and participants don’t have to be gardeners to

participate. Thomas has had people offer their skills like designers helping create her website or lawn signs or a man who created spreadsheets for collection hosts to organize and record their inventory. “The impact is greater if more people bring something to the table and say I can do this,” Thomas said. She said it can be helping her fundraise or write grants. “As we kind of get to that point where people are adding their thread to the cloth then what’s to stop it from being picked up and being put into other communities like Boise,” Thomas said. Having people drop off the food at pantries could also deepen the roots of a person’s commitment. “That’s the hook for people, drop it off and seeing the faces light up,” Thomas said. Adams said people will “practically weep, they’re so happy to see fresh fruit, fresh vegetables” due to an inability to purchase or grow the produce themselves. Thomas hopes to expand collection sites to businesses or worksites, “not just for their community around them but for their employees.” At the University of Utah’s School of Nursing there’s a nurse who collects produce from her coworkers and then takes it home where there’s a distribution site five minutes from home. Jolley’s Pharmacy at 1300 E. and 1700 South serves as a collection spot. The pharmacy has a delivery driver who, while making drop-offs, stops by a distribution site. Thomas said it streamlines the process since “people are already going to work.” “That’s a new thing I want to tap into. We do that with nonperishables when the food bank does food drives. We could be doing that all harvest season long…that’s something I’d love to see.” Brown said the more people who hear about the program, the bigger the difference it will make.

Pat Thomas, founder of Backyard GardenShare, holds a tub of produce next to her garden. Thomas has a master’s degree from Westminster in arts and community leadership. (Allan Thomas/Backyard GardenShare)

“You’re growing food and you’re giving it to people who really need it. It’s just a win,” she said. “I think people wait for some big thing they can do to make a difference and this way is really so simple and so easy.” l

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Juan Diego men’s lacrosse takes another state title behind strong defense By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


or anyone who doesn’t believe in the phrase “Defense wins championships,” just ask the Juan Diego men’s lacrosse team. The team won another state lacrosse championship this season after beating Brighton in the final by just a goal, behind a stellar defense and a matured offense. In his eighth year with the team, and fourth as head coach, John Holmes had a lot of confidence in the defense before the season started. “The season started in February, and by that point, I knew we had a strong defense. It was just a matter of maturing the offense, which was a little inexperienced at the time,” Holmes stated. To mature the offense, coach Holmes stacked a lot of work in the preseason for the team, playing a lot of preseason games against Utah and non-Utah teams alike. “The kids worked really hard in December and January to get ready for the season,” Holmes added. By the time the season came around in February, the team was very ready. And it showed. The team had some crucial early season victories against Alta, Judge, and Brighton that helped grow the team’s confidence. However, with three games to go in the regular season, the team dropped a game to Ameri-

can Fork, a game they should have won. “That game against American Fork was a real test, because after we lost to them, we had to play them two weeks later in the first round of state. That was a real test,” Holmes said. But the team passed the test with flying colors, crushing American Fork 11-3. The next test in the playoffs was Corner Canyon at their home field, which the team narrowly squeaked by 11-10. In the semifinals they faced an undefeated Park City team in the finals, who they had lost to in the regular season. “[In the semis] we had a game plan to slow down their start player, and it worked as well as it could have, I mean he still got his points, but we slowed him down enough to win in overtime,” Holmes continued. In the finals, they were matched against Brighton, a team they had beat in the regular season by a modest three goals. “We expected a tough battle [against Brighton], but I expected a pretty sloppy game. We were down two at one point and the kids could have easily thrown in the towel at that point,” Holmes said. But no towels were thrown in, and the Juan Diego men’s team got their own two goal lead,

The Juan Diego Men’s lacrosse team won a tense championship after beating Brighton by one goal with 15 seconds left (Bob McLellan/Draper)

before Brighton tied it back up. After a mad scrum in front of the Brighton goal with about 15 seconds left, Juan Diego got their winning goal, only needing a faceoff win to clinch it (which they did). With a state championship, fresh in the mind, the team has a bright future ahead. “Next year will be similar to this year, with a solid defense, and an offence in need of some

fine tuning. We lost 8 seniors, two of which combined for about 80-90 goals this season, but we have a good group of returners, and the kids will be working the weights and the sticks all summer long,” Holmes concluded. After a fantastic finish to a long season, the Juan Diego men’s lacrosse team has a bright future under the direction of coach Holmes, and will be a team to keep a close eye on. l


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Corner Canyon softball look toward future after disappointing playoffs exit By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


hile the Corner Canyon softball team had a tough second round exit in this year’s state playoffs after a pretty successful regular season, head coach Garrett Hone knows how good his team is. “We were a really good team this year. We are starting to transition from the newbie school to a contender, and that’s a tough process,” said Hone. The team started out with a hard preseason to get them ready, but that didn’t faze the team. “Preseason was tough, but that was the expectation, and the girls took it in stride. All the of the girls took a weightlifting class ran by the wrestling coach here. The girls took it seriously, and it paid off for the season,” Hone added. After a hard start to the regular season schedule against some good teams, the team finished the regular season undefeated in region 11-0. After crushing Olympus 11-1 in the first round of state, they were on the opposite end of the crushing, against Uintah in the second round, losing 10-1. While their playoffs exit was a bitter end, coach Hone only saw the positives. “You could see some nerves during the game, but the girls really fought [against Uin-

tah], and they played well and hard against a good team. Uintah made the state finals this year, and this is the deepest we have ever gone in the tournament, so I’m very pleased,” Hone said. For the team, the season was a time to shine for everyone, not just stars or starters. “I have some good ball players, but overall, the team is really balanced with a good variety. It was interesting to see one player at a time step up and have their limelight,” Hone continued. Throughout the season, the team also participated in the “Fallen Soldier Program”. Each player is matched up with the family of an armed forces soldier who has perished, and their name is then put on the back of their jersey for their entire Corner Canyon career. “It makes me so proud to see all these girls so willing to do this program, and I hope to continue it as long as I am around,” Hone added. For the future, Hone is excited to see what the team will do. “We had a deep team, which is what allowed us to be competitive this year. This year was a good stepping stone to get that competitive, contending edge. We lost five seniors, three of which were starters. All of them were

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The Corner Canyon softball team won their region before an early exit in the second round of playoffs (Garret Hone/Draper)

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Ryan Baker (center, white) received a lacrosse scholarship to play at Bryant University his sophomore year, as well as winning the 3A football MVP this year. (Bob McLellan/ Draper)


hen most people get into a sport, they may or may not excel at it. Some are lucky enough to play, others are lucky enough to compete, and even fewer become top competitors in their sport. And then there is Ryan Baker. Baker has become a force as a top competitor in two different sports, at the same time. In his main sport of choice, lacrosse, he received a scholarship to attend Bryant University in Rhode Island and play lacrosse for their D1 program. However, Baker also plays football for Juan Diego, winning the 3A MVP for the whole state as a running back this year. “I play lacrosse yearround, and I joke that football is my break from lacrosse. It helps me not get burned out by

lacrosse,” Baker said. As a kid, Baker always played sports. “My parents had me try t-ball, soccer, baseball, etc. I started lacrosse in first grade and I loved it. For football, my dad played in high school, and we watched games together a lot, so it was easy to get interested in it,” Baker stated. As he started to play, Baker started to realize his sporting prowess. “For lacrosse, I started doing out of state tournaments with my club team, and I had hoped to take it to a higher level. For football, I just loved it, I never wanted to pursue it,” Baker received his lacrosse scholarship in his sophomore year for Bryant, while starting to be a star for the football team as well. He also had a pair of sup-

portive parents, allowing him to pursue whatever he wanted. “My parents were always accepting of what I wanted to do. There was a point where I wanted to stop playing football, and my parents simply asked me to reconsider my decision. They have been great,” Baker said. And for the better of the entire sporting community, Baker did continue. In the past two years, the recently graduated senior won back to back state titles for football, and made the lacrosse state finals both years as well, winning this year’s state championship. As a tip-top dual sport athlete, Baker has had his share of injuries. “Football is the harder sport on my body, I have gotten a few concussions, and I tore my labrum, which took

me out of a good portion of this year’s lacrosse season. Luckily, my future college coach was not too worried, as I was healthy by the end of the season,” For such an elite athlete, Baker has very studious and humble ambitions. “I’m going to be playing lacrosse full time, but I want to get an education as well. I’m tentatively planning on being an orthodontist, and attending orthodontist school after Bryant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited to play lacrosse there, but it is a means to an end,” Baker concluded. With such a ridiculously impressive athletic résumé, Baker’s humility has seemingly allowed his passions to step forward, and while the athletic world might lose a great star, the orthodontist world will gain a greater one. l

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Bank of American Fork The Uncommon Banker By Jeff Rose, Draper Branch Manager, Bank of American Fork I’ve been in the banking industry for 12 years, and during this time I’ve been able to develop valuable relationships with many individuals and businesses. From these experiences and relationships, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be successful (both in business and everyday life). Today, I’d like to share a story and some advice that I believe can help you succeed: be uncommon. In 2011, a basketball star who had committed to the University of Michigan was in his second plane crash. His name was Austin Hatch. The first plane crash happened when he was only eight years old, and it took the lives of his mother and two siblings. The second crash, which took place in 2011, took the lives of his father and step mother and put him in a coma. After his recovery, Austin was asked how he was able to deal with so much tragedy and hardship throughout his life. He gave a response that is one of the best I’ve ever heard, and it has stuck with me over the years. “My dad taught me at a young age the principles of an uncommon man. The uncommon man gets up at 5 a.m. to get stronger when no one else is. It takes an uncommon man to do something when no one else is looking.” I recently helped provide a loan for a new customer that was maybe the most complicated loan I have done in 12 years of

banking. The loan went through in part because I was an uncommon banker. More importantly, the customer was doing things to direct the company and point it in the right direction because they were also uncommon. Because we were both willing to put in the extra work when others were not, we were able to succeed. Whether you’re dealing with your personal finances, a business endeavor or an aspect of your everyday life, I encourage you to be uncommon. Put in the work when no one else is looking. When you tell someone you are going to do something, do it. Live your life with integrity and always do the best you can. l

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I hope you are enjoying your summer. There are so many local activities to enjoy with your family and friends; your “stay-cation” or entertaining people from out of town. Take advantage of what is in our own back yard. Please keep in mind the high fire danger we experience in our hot, dry summer. Watch for notifications and warnings. Also, be aware and protect yourself against mosquitoes. The Zika virus has been identified recently in Draper. You’ve probably noticed many of the road construction projects that are underway during this season. They are sometimes an annoyance, but the warm weather months are the best time for these projects.

In the last Legislative session, a $47m transportation funding bill for Salt Lake County was passed. Allocated to Sandy City is $5m and Draper City $5.8m for projects in their transportation plans. This will help with the increased traffic in our area. The Council recently approved a County funding contribution toward the purchase of 1350 acres of undeveloped land called Bonanza Flat to preserve it for open space and public use. It is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon at Guardsman Pass. We also approved funds to purchase a 10 acre open space area in Sandy City called Bell’s Canyon, located the intersection of Wasatch Blvd. and So. Little

Cottonwood Canyon Road. There is a lot of public support for these projects. The demand is high to preserve public outdoor spaces. We have heard and responded to the citizens regarding Dimple Dell Regional Park. Our Parks Department is working on organizing the advisory committee to consider ideas for improvements for the park. I am happy to support the preservation, improvement and public access to parks and open spaces. I encourage you to vote in the primary elections in your city for city mayor and city council seats on August 15th. Be part of this important process. “Government closest to the people” is the best place to have your voice heard. l

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Keep Our Community Safe Remember August is Back to School Traffic Nearly 70% of Car Accidents Occur Within 10 Miles of Home! Sooner or later it’s going to happens to most of us – getting into a car accident. The vehicle insurance industry estimates all motorists are likely to be involved in at least four auto accidents in his or her lifetime. Additionally, very young or novice drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident, as opposed to more experienced drivers. More revealing are interesting survey facts that of all collisions that occur, 52% occur within a 5-mile radius of home while an astounding 70% occur within 10 miles. Although the vast majority of accidents occur close to home, most of them tend to be relatively minor. Perhaps you’re leaving your neighborhood and a neighbor pulls out of their driveway and hits your car in the side. Or maybe you’re at the neighborhood grocery store and you have a small fender bender in the parking lot. But serious injuries can occur especially when we add to our neighborhood roads increased pedestrians, loose pets, playing children and recreational runners and bikers. Local traffic safety issues for our communities is always an ongoing concern. Data from surveys also show that the farther from home the accident occurs, the more severe it tends to be. This is especially true for accidents that occur on busy highways and interstates where vehicles are traveling at much faster speeds over longer distances. Why do so many accidents occur so close to home? The surveys shed some light on this important question. Broadly speaking, drivers tend to have a false sense of security when driving close to home. For example, drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelts when driving to the neighborhood convenience store. Another big factor is distractions. Whether it’s talking on a cell phone, texting, scanning the radio or eating while driving, any little thing that diverts your attention from the road can open the door for a collision. When on a busy highway, drivers are more likely to maintain their focus on the primary task at hand and save the cell phone call, texting or radio scanning for later. Most Law enforcement, safety experts and personal injury attorneys, are pretty vocal about distracted driving. Local personal injury attorney - Ned Siegfried of Siegfried & Jensen sees cases of this type everyday and reminds us: “Just because you’re close to home doesn’t mean the danger of a car accident is lowered. In fact, you should be even more cautious when driving in your neighborhood or down to the corner mini-mart. Driving

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the speed limit and simply being aware dramatically reduces the chance of you being in a car accident, regardless of whether you’re just cruising down the street or traveling in another state.” Stay safe - Avoid these dangers! These three major factors can also significantly increase the risk of being involved in a car accident: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI / DWI) Speeding - Nearly one-third of all car accidents are caused by someone driving over the speed limit or driving too fast for the current weather and/or road conditions Driving while distracted - which includes texting, eating, applying make-up or any other behavior that takes a driver’s attention away from the road While not all of these accidents result in a fatality, the overwhelming majority of them result in some type of injury, property damage or litigation. Also, important to note that data from the Annual U.S. Road Crash Statistics journal suggests more serious car accidents are more likely to occur during specific days of the week, as well as during specific times of each day. The following is a breakdown of the days of the week and times of day when a fatal car accident is most likely to occur: Monday — 7am to 9am and 3pm to 6:00 pm Tuesday —7am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm Wednesday — 7am to 9am and 3pm to 6 pm Thursday — 7am to 9am and 3pm to 9pm Friday — 9pm to midnight Saturday — midnight to 3am Take note that weekday mornings and late afternoons with its increase traffic dangers are also times school children are on the move. With schools back in session this month it’s a good reminder to watch out, slow down and avoid distracted driving. Protect your family – Before an accident! Mr. Siegfried advises: “The only thing you can do to protect your family before an accident is to have enough insurance. With uninsured drivers, more expensive vehicles on the road and the high cost of medical care for any injury - it’s vital to make sure your family is adequately covered. In many cases - you can increase your insurance limits up to ten times for just a few additional pennies a day. This greater coverage will adequately protect yourself and your family. Review with your insurance company the benefits of increasing your liability, uninsured motorist coverage (UM) and under-insured motorist coverage(UIM). It’s one of the best values out there. “- Ned Siegfried


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Slowpitch softball helping people one Friday at a time By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

A member of the Unmanageables up to bat in a game this season Billy Swartzfager/City Journals)


or 18 years the Clean and Sober Softball Association of Utah has been putting together teams of coed softball players for friendly competition while the players find comradery, support and some fun. The league is one of the largest in the state with 67 teams and seven divisions. Four fields in Sandy are home to many of the divisions. Games are played every Friday night from late March all the way in to November some years. The league is something powerful for many who are looking for a reason to stay away from drugs and alcohol. There is a rule that in order to play, one has to have been sober for at least 14 days. That may not seem like much, but to someone going through the struggles of addiction, two weeks can seem like a very long amount of time. Some players even attribute the league to their long term sobriety. According to Nick Daniels, league secretary and captain of the Unmanageables, he stayed sober in order to be on the diamond. “For the first sixty days or so, I stayed sober just so I could play ball,” Daniels said. He’s come a long ways from there, and has found others who have done the same. There are close to 15 people on his roster and most have stories similar to his and being together on the field every week gives them all something to look forward to as well as a sense of community . “We are more like a family out here,” Daniels said, “We know each other and are here to support each other.” The support and care for one another extends past game time as well. Many of the players are close due to the nature of their struggles and share time over the BBQ or at the bowling alley when not in uniform or during the off-season.

“This is a place where people can meet others with similar experiences, whether it’s someone in recovery for 20 years or someone who is just starting out,” Daniels said. Daniels’ story is similar to many of the people he faces every Friday night. He sought treatment for his struggles and heard about the league from others who had found it to be helpful. Many of the teams in the league are sponsored by treatment centers, made up of players who are participating in the center’s programs, or who have been through the center previously. Other teams, like the Unmanageables, are put together through various channels and pay their own way with help from sponsors. Daniels’ team gets a share of their league fees and money for jerseys from Lone Pine Cabinet. Most players discover the league through friends and support networks, or the league’s Facebook page. They generally reach out to a team captain, an old timer from meetings or one of the league’s numerous officials and board members hoping to get placed on a team. With 67 of them, it usually doesn’t take long to get someone a team to call their own, so they can begin the process of recovery, surrounded by a group of people who have been there and are willing to help. The league requires that participants be a part of a recovery program, though one could argue that being part of one of the many teams on a Friday night serves every bit as good as a meeting. Watching the teams play games shows just how close these folks are. They know each other’s first names, each other’s history. They share respect for the work they are doing off the field and it shows on it. The upper divisions in the league are competitive, but never at the expense of what really matters, which is the fact that the league helps people change their lives, and has been doing so for a long time. l

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Sixth-graders get standing ovation from EPA By Julie Slama | julies@mycityjournals.com


wo Canyons School District sixth-graders were amongst a student team who received a standing ovation from about 400 Environmental Protection Agency’s scientists and staff for developing a bird scare device that has been tested and proven effective at Salt Lake International Airport. These students, who will receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award, presented their findings and demonstrated their device, called a Bionic Scarecrow, at the EPA Region 8 all-hands meeting July 18 in Denver. “The President (of the United States) has joined EPA to recognize young people for protecting the nation’s air, water, land and ecology,” EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Darcy O’Connor said. “It’s one of the most important ways that EPA and the President demonstrate commitment for the environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.” The team has been invited to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. to receive the honor that has only been awarded to a handful of students each year since its inception in 1971. Currently, they are fundraising for the Aug. 28 awards ceremony through a GoFundMe site: https://www. gofundme.com/bionic-porcupines-award-ceremony. “The award is a huge honor, but we didn’t go about trying to earn it,” said team member Abigail Slama-Catron, who attends Midvale Middle School with teammate Eric Snaufer. “We’re concerned about making a positive difference in our environment. Individually, we’ve picked up litter on trails and parks, planted trees, marked storm drains and other projects, but together, we can make a larger impact.” Abigail said that their device may be a way to effectively help airport wildlife staff reduce bird strikes, which may prevent similar incidents as the one commonly known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” In January 2009, 155 people survived an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a flock of Canada geese struck a U.S. Airways flight minutes after leaving LaGuardia, New York airport. “We not only identified a need, but we created an answer — and it works,” said Allison Drennan, who attends Beehive Science and Technology Academy with teammate Timothy Holt.

“We’ve built several Bionic Scarecrows that the airport is using now and they want more.” Eric said that the sixth-graders got together under their team name, Bionic Porcupines 2.0, to compete in the FIRST Lego League competitions. One part of the contest is to create a project that could impact their community. “After sending emails and calling several people in our community, the airport officials invited us there,” Eric said. “They explained the problem that 218 birds hit airplanes last year. Our team thought that the project was pretty challenging. I hadn’t thought about it until I researched and became engrossed in it.” Eric said that a recent Cornell University study showed random motion scares away birds. So the group decided to create a miniaturized air dancer that was small, portable, waterproof and environmentally friendly. Using a toolbox, a car battery and a water-resistant fan, they put together the basics — along with sewing a nylon windsock that randomly scares away the birds. In addition to research and hands-on experience, the sixth-graders learned skills from designing the device to using power tools and learning about soldering and electronics. The team also sewed and surged the ripstop windsocks that are being tested. They’ve bonded as a team and have improved their oral speaking skills through presentations from local classrooms to the EPA presentation. The team spent several hours at Salt Lake International Airport with United States Department of Agriculture Airport Wildlife Biologist Bobby Boswell, who also was acknowledged at the Denver presentation from the USDA, EPA and Bionic Porcupines 2.0 for mentoring the team. “We discovered that the problem was larger than we realized at first because many airports are located on the birds’ migratory routes and habitats,” Abigail said. “We’re wanting to share our Bionic Scarecrows because they save lives — both the people’s and the birds.” Their devices will save airport officials money on current more expensive methods of scaring the birds as well as save airlines about $900 million per year in damaged planes, Timothy said. “We have a provisional patent so we’re able to produce more Bionic Scarecrows to help stop bird strikes at other airports and places around the world,” Timothy said.

Their innovative project hasn’t gone unnoticed. After winning the FIRST Lego League qualifier’s champions award, they won the most innovative project in Utah state competition and their Bionic Scarecrow was named one of 60 most innovative projects in the Four sixth-graders presented their bird scare device to 400 Environmental Protection Agenworld. cy’s scientists and staff and received a standing ovation. (Julie Slama/City Journals) In April, the team joined by Allison’s older sister, the world,” Abigail said. Katie, also participated in the Utah High School Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Entrepreneur Challenge at the University of Utah Briscoe complimented the team for their hard were awarded $1,000 for the best prototype. work outside the classroom. “It was an incredible experience to see up“I’m very proud of the innovative and pracand-coming entrepreneurs showcase their hard tical approach these students took to try to save work and pitch their idea to the judges,” said lives and have a positive impact on our commuStephanie Gladwin, entrepreneur challenge chair. nity,” he said. “I know I’ll feel much safer flying Katie, who worked mostly on the business out of Salt Lake City and I’ll be on the look out plan, presented the project to judges. for Bionic Scarecrows.” “They were pretty excited about it,” said the However, the team isn’t content to stop their Alta High freshman. “Through the presentation, I desire to improve the environmental. While in learned about the world of business, terminology Denver, they toured EPA’s lab, meeting with sevand other financial spreadsheets that I can use in eral scientists to see how they test surface water, my future. It was really amazing to be the young- as well as discussed water issues and problems est teams at the challenge and to win an honor for with a panel of 12 other scientists so they can purbest prototype.” sue an innovative water project. Abigail and Eric also represented the team The Bionic Porcupines 2.0 also received to present their innovative project at the regional compliments on their bird scare device and sugSalt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, gestions on how to expand it to other usages, such where they won the elementary division catego- as in mining operations and beaches where there ry of mechanical engineering as well as received are bird issues. special awards from the American Institute of EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Utah De- Suzanne Bohan said that the Bionic Porcupine partment of Transportation. They also were in- 2.0 team has set the bar high. vited to apply to the National Broadcom Science “These student winners are exemplary leadFair. ers, committed to strong environmental stewardAbigail also presented the Lego team’s proj- ship and problem solving,” she said. “Environect at the Canyons Film Festival, where the film mental education cultivates our next generation won best middle school documentary. of leaders by teaching them to apply creativity “It’s great to be recognized for our hard and innovation to the environmental challenges work, but what meant the most was when we we face as a nation. I have no doubt that students went to the airport to see our project actually like these will someday solve some of our most work and see that we are making a difference in complex and important issues.” l

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Welcome to Draper City! Great communities don’t just happen; they’re built around strong leaders with a broad vision and purpose for the present and future. The Chamber in Draper has grown dramatically and has gone from being just a local pro-business group, to an organization that helps new businesses with advertising, promotion, grand openings, business planning and no cost business consulting. The Draper Chamber has grown over 400% in membership in the last 14 years and is ranked 7th in the State. If you own or manage a local business and are not a member of the Draper Chamber we invite you to join and get involved. Draper Area Chamber of Commerce is at 1160 East Pioneer Road. Draper business owners are great people, always willing to give you a helping hand and are fiercely loyal holding “unending optimism” in their hearts. Draper boasts 39 plus parks, 90 plus miles of multiuse trails, award winning recreation programs; soccer, tennis, softball, kickball, mountain biking, hiking, running, strider bike races, 3 on 3 basketball, T-ball, fishing, football, wrestling, and junior basketball. Draper City has purchased thousands of acres of open space, and is working towards implementing preservation on these parcels. Good planning and balanced zoning, economic development is a strong priority for Draper City along with good paying jobs, quality housing options, and has been nationally recognized twice by Money Magazine as one the top 50 best places to live and work in the United States. Sincerely, William E. Rappleye President and CEO Draper Area Chamber of Commerce

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Magical Harry Potter camp brings Hogwarts to life By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com For the week of July 1015, the Viridian Events Center in West Jordan was transformed into the magical world of witches, wizards and all things Harry Potter. Called OWL Camp, the five day summer camp combined kids’ love of the Harry Potter books/movies with science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) based learning. Each day of the camp was based off a book in the Harry Potter series with the first day being “The Sorcerer’s Stone” and the second day being “Chamber of Secrets.” The final day was a combination of both “Order of the Phoenix” and “Half-Blood Prince.” The camp did not include “Deathly Hallows” because of the serious and tragic subject matter in the book. The campers attended classes throughout the day that corresponded to the book of the day. “So this is second year, which is based off of ‘Chamber of Secrets.’ We have a potions class today where they’re learning how to make slime,” said Nyssa Fleig, the library program manager for the Salt Lake County Library Services. “We also have a defense against the dark arts class where they are learning self-defense moves. We have herbology where they are learning how to make mandrakes.” Various classes were taught by volunteers in the community. These included Utah State University Extension 4-H teaching herbology, Hogle Zoo teaching care of magical creatures, University of Utah graduate poetry students teaching charms and Family Tae Kwon Do teaching defense against the dark arts. “There are two components to OWL Camp. One is the STEAM classes that goes from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. They have four classes each day,” Fleig said. “The other part is the immersive experience. We really want them to feel like they are going to Hogwarts.” In addition to the classes, the “Chamber of Secrets” day

Volunteers from across the valley helped teach Hogwarts classes at OWL Camp. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

also included a guest appearance by Gilderoy Lockhart and a basilisk on display. Kids could also download an interactive version of the Marauder’s Map. At the end of each day, family and friends of the campers could come and take a trip to Hogsmeade where local businesses set up shops full of fun treats and trinkets. The idea for OWL Camp stemmed from other successful Harry Potter programs put on by the library services. “We’ve done movie release launches and book release launches and midnight parties. We’ve done an annual Yule Ball for the past five years. It happens in January and it’s just for the teens,” Fleig said. “We’ve always had a lot of success with Harry Potter themed programs. It’s a great combination of literacy and fandom and we get to add a little STEAM education so it was a great fit. We wanted to build on the success of the programs.” Fleig said the library services wanted to try their hand at summer camp, explaining there are a lot of kids in the community who can’t attend traditional summer camp for a number of reasons.

“We wanted to meet that need in an environment that is free and accepting, that is flexible so they can feel welcome and they already have a connection with the fandom,” Fleig said. Leading up to the camp, several library locations held special Diagon Alley shops where anyone, not just campers, could come in and make Harry Potter themed crafts. These included Pottage’s Cauldron Shop in Herriman, Magical Menagerie at Bingham Creek, Ollivander’s Wand Making in Holladay, Weasly’s Wizard Wheezes in Hunter, Jokes and Pranks in Sandy, Sock Puppet Pets in Tyler and U-No-Poo Craft and Scramble in West Jordan. Fleig hoped the campers built confidence and learned a new skill they didn’t have before attending the camp. She also hoped it made an impact on the summer slide. “We already known that when they get out in the spring and when they go back in the fall, a lot of kids end up behind,” Fleig said. “We’re hoping this is just one more opportunity where they can learn and keep those skills strong.” l

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7 tips to saving money on Back to School items



Back to school supply shopping can be a big chore. Trying to plan where the money comes from can be like computing for an extra Christmas each year. With careful planning, not only can you take care of your child’s needs, it’s also a great way to get home office supplies for the home too. Here are 7 tips to make your shopping easier on the wallet. #1 – Take stock You might be surprised at how much you have on hand. Back to School sales typically last all the way through October. Using what you have on hand can allow you the time needed to take real advantage of sales as they progress. You might try tuning this into a fun game, where the kids search through their stuff from a scavenger hunt style list looking for last year’s scissors, pencil sharpener and protractor. #2 – Stick to a list Wait for the teacher to release the list of supplies needed then make your list of required supplies with your child. Your list will also help teach the kids responsible shopping. It’s easy to get distracted with that super cute light up My Little Pony backpack with matching lunchbox and water bottle, but is it really needed? #3 - Set Limits As your kids grow older, they will want more and more of the hottest and most “trendy” items. Even though your kids crave these items, these “character-focused” products will quickly destroy your back to school budget. In addition, these items often aren’t made with much quality. #4 - Buy in Bulk Buy in bulk to save money on back to school shopping. When pens, crayons, and glue go on sale in the late summer, buy enough to get you through the rest of the year. This is also a great time to stock-up on office supplies for yourself. And, don’t forget the tape for Christmas. It’s usually at it’s cheapest this time of year.


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#5 – Buy Used Good quality clothing doesn’t have to be purchased new. You might take a look at Kid-to-Kid stores that sell gently used kids clothing. There are several along the Wasatch Front. Pack up any kids clothing you have when you go, Kid-to-Kid will also accept kids clothing that meets their guidelines and give you credit to use in the store. Just Between Friends Consignment sale is another great way to buy used. This bi-annual sale is held at the United Soccer Center, 9100 S. 500 W. (9/22-9/23). Arrive early as the best things go quickly. www.jbfsale.com/home.jsp #6 – Shop the Loss Leaders Almost all stores advertise “loss leaders” in their weekly flyers. Loss leaders are the items that are marked down so much, that the store doesn’t make a profit on them, in hopes that you’ll purchase other items while shopping. They are usually on the front page of the ads. Eventually everything you need will be a loss leader. Staples, Target, Walgreens, Shopko and Smith’s Marketplace all have fabulous loss leaders each week. #7 - Use coupons Combining coupons with the sales is the best way to maximize your savings and often you’ll get your free items or pennies on the dollar. Find coupons on mobile apps like Ibotta.com (enter code Coupons4Utah when registering for additional perks), Target Cartwheel, and Smith’s mobile app. You can also find coupons for school and office supplies in your Sunday Newspaper inserts and on Coupons.com. This year how about turning the back to school thought process around and make back to school shopping a, fun and traditional savings spree. Joani Taylor is the founder of Coupons4Utah.com. A website devoted to helping Utah families save time and money on restaurants, things to do and everyday needs. l


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When I was 10 years old, my dream of living as an orphan was swiftly derailed when my parents refused to die. How else could I achieve the spunky, independent status that comes from living without parents who constantly insist on manners and bathing and church on Sundays? Being orphaned was the best option, but being motherless would work, too. My mom was aware of my wish for a motherless future and seemed to take it personally. She’d tell me to stop lying around the house like a depressed sloth because she had no intention of leaving me motherless. She assumed once I was permanently without maternal supervision I’d start drinking Coca-Cola and swear. I blame literature for my orphanic life goals. Most of the books I read featured young women who endured their motherless lives with flair. Jessie Alden, the 12-year-old heroine from “The Boxcar Children,” was one of my role models. After her parents’ death, Jessie lived with her siblings in an abandoned boxcar, keeping it tidy and preparing tasty meals by picking berries and gathering random kitchen scraps that she turned into

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