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VOCATIONAL TRAINING BECOMES HIGH-TECH ordan High students Rhiannon Adderley and Jordan Barrus tried out Utah Valley University’s airplane that was on display. Adderley, who is a junior, said they had learned about topics from engineering to aviation services. Barrus, who is a sophomore, said, “I’m looking around, getting an idea of what I want to do.” Learning about career opportunities is one reason Career and Technical Education (CTE) leaders in Murray, Granite, Jordan, Canyons, Salt Lake and Tooele school districts as well as area charter schools wanted to hold a showcase where high school students could explore and ask questions to college and industry leaders. “We want to open the students’ eyes,” said Janet Goble, Canyons CTE director. “They may not know what exists or how the ones they’re familiar with have changed. This gives them a chance to interact and be exposed to these careers and talk to those in the fields. Many industries are offering parttime jobs, internships, education reimbursement and one-on-one conversations about opportunities.” Goble said it’s an effort to support “One, two, four or more,” meaning post–high school education and training such as earning a certificate to a doctorate program. “It used to be pushed that job opportunities came with a four-year degree and that’s not true anymore. There’s a severe shortage in all the skilled, technical areas as the current workforce is retiring. Some starting careers can reach six figures and tuition reimbursement,” she said. Such is the case with Komatsu Equipment, said Matthew Pruss, Komatsu Equipment director of human resources. Komatsu, which supports the Utah Diesel Technician Pathways through educational opportunities at Jordan and Canyon technical education centers, was just one of more than 100 businesses and college and university departments at the Oct. 16–17 Pathways to Professions’ Career & Technical Education Showcase.

Pruss said workers earning “six figures” rings true in the diesel tech careers, where they also offer apprenticeships and help pay for education. “Careers are becoming much more high-tech,” he said. “These careers aren’t the grease monkey positions that we used to know. Now, our technicians are on the laptop, understanding electronics, coding and programming.” For example, a drone’s photography may be used to measure elevation, which then can be used in developing models of roads or where to place piles of dirt when building a future school site. From there, technicians build and create models with 3D printers, which may be used when excavating with computer-programmed autonomous hauling machinery and trucks. “There are prototypes where there are no drivers in the cab; they’re already be tested,” Pruss said. “We’re needing technicians right now and students can work right into the program where we’re experiencing shortages.” Stephen Hemmersmeier, marketing department data coordinator at Jerry Seiner Dealerships, said they too are experiencing a technician shortage in the automobile industry, and incentives such as tuition reimbursement for two-year technician certification programs are possible with Jerry Seiner Dealerships. “Many students think it’s working with your hands and tinkering with engines, but now it’s being able to upload and run diagnostic equipment on the computer,” he said. Hemmersmeier, and other company representatives, interested students through hands-on activities at the Pathways expo. At Jerry Seiner, students participated in a “Minute to Win It” scavenger hunt to identify 25 parts of a Kia Stinger. “It’s a fun, interactive way to get students involved, and then they feel more at ease to ask questions,” he said. Drayke Gray, a cadet with Salt Lake City Fire, answered students about what he does and why he chose to enter a program for students from age 14 to 18 Continued on page 4...

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“These aren’t the grease monkey positions we used to know.” to learn about the fire service. “Even if they end up not wanting this career, it helps them learn leadership, accountability, knowledge, working with people and opportunities that will help them in their careers or with scholarships with colleges,” he said. Hillcrest High’s Work-Based Learning Facilitator Cher Burbank said not only is it a great opportunity for students to talk to industry leaders, but it also gives industry a chance to share with students so “kids will stay in Utah” with their careers. Priscilla Banbury, an adult volunteer with Americon, agreed. “We’re looking to find adults and kids who are wanting to pursue a job as we have openings and great benefits,” she said. “We want to integrate into the community and support our local students.” Jordan School District CTE Director Jason Skidmore said booths featured agriculture, business and marketing, family consumer science, skilled and technical areas, technology and engineering, information technology and health sciences. “We invited education and industry from all those sectors with a goal to provide students variety and have them look and learn what options are there,” he said about the 8,000 students in attendance. “Harmons has been here all three years we’ve held the Path-

Herriman High senior Braxton Fabert created a toolbox at the Utah Sheet Metal Education and Training booth at the Pathways to Professions showcase. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

ways Showcase. They tie into agriculture, culinary, business and marketing — so many more opportunities than students realize.” Skidmore said he also hopes students are intrigued to pursue their own passion to make it their career. As part of the expo, Salt Lake Community College hosted Jamie Hyneman, co-host of the television show “MythBusters,” who shared how he did that. Jordan High’s Work-Based Learning Facilitator Lisa Willis said it started with “solid advice about following through with what you start” in terms of jobs and education. “He learned through survival, starting to make his own way when he was 14 and did a variety of jobs to survive,” she said,

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harles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” was published Dec. 19, 1843. Within six weeks of its publication, it was turned into a stage play in London and opened in New York City shortly thereafter. Countless stage versions of the story, including musical adaptations, have been performed in theaters all over the world ever since. This month, Draper Historic Theatre will once again present its own original musical take on the tale. Cliff Harris, who reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge, explained, “The story is all about redemption.” The plot of “A Christmas Carol” is well known. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge not only hates the Christmas holiday, but also fails to see the humanity in anyone else around him. One Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner as well as spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The spirits reveal to Scrooge his own past sorrows, the happiness and struggles of people near to him and finally the dark and lonely hopelessness of his future. Scrooge learns from the experience and opens himself up to feeling empathy, joy and generosity. Harris relishes the role of Scrooge, noting that the meaner Scrooge is in the first part of the play, the more miraculous his transformation is. He believes the play’s message to audience members might be, “If Scrooge can be saved, then maybe so can I.” Director Craig Haycock emphasized that the Draper Historic Theatre production adheres closely to Dickens’ original text and takes audiences “through a roller coaster of emotions, which makes Scrooge’s redemption more powerful.” In addition to staying faithful to the original story, the music and dances in the show are in keeping with the styles of the Victorian time period. “The choreography has to be entertaining, but period authentic as well,” said choreographer and actor Heather Haycock. The music includes carols from the Victorian era as well as original songs written in the style of the period. Draper Historic Theatre first produced “A Christmas Carol” several years ago. New things are added every year. This year’s production includes a scene in which the Ghost of Christmas Present reveals two ghostly urchins — Want and Ignorance — to Scrooge. “The point is to show Scrooge the reality of poverty,” said Heather Haycock. Members of the Haycock family have worked on “A Christmas Carol” from the beginning and the show has become part of their family holiday traditions. “We talk about it all year,” said Craig Haycock. In addition to directing, Craig has played many roles in the production over the years. His daughter Heather has been involved with the show since 2009 and Jennifer Haycock contributed an original song. The Haycocks are not the only ones for whom performing in “A Christmas Carol” is a family activity. Dave Ellis attended rehearsals

Ebenezer Scrooge (Cliff Harris) scowls in the Draper Historic Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol.” (Linda Iverson/Draper Historic Theatre)

when his daughters were in the show last year. “I was in the audience and they needed help so I decided to jump in. Last year I was ‘Gentleman #2.’ This year I am the Ghost of Christmas Present!” Ellis’ daughter Bonnie plays Scrooge’s sister, Fan, this year, and her sister Tessa will be in the orchestra playing violin. Ellis is enjoying being in the show with his daughters and hopes to get his wife involved next year. Stage manager Will Greer played Jacob Marley last year and has worked on the production both on- and off-stage for years. His little brother, Alex, is playing the role of Tiny Tim this year. Alex, age 7, caught the theater bug early and asked his parents, “When do I get to be on stage?” after seeing his first production. He is hard at work learning how to use Tiny Tim’s crutches. Greer feels that “A Christmas Carol” has a universal appeal. “It’s about people evolving to love mankind as they should,” he said. Brecia Hansen, who plays a townsperson, echoed the sentiment. “What I like about the show is that it brings out a good feeling in people. It shows that you can change.” Draper Historic Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” opens on Nov. 30 and will be performed on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in December at 7:00 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The final performance will be Dec. 22. For tickets and more information, visit the Draper Historic Theatre website at www.drapertheatre.org or call 801-572-4144 during the run. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East in Draper. l

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Calling all angels: accepting donations for youth in need By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com


alt Lake County Youth Services and ShelterKids are holding an annual giving opportunity called the Angel Tree campaign. They accept donated items for kids and young adults who have experienced neglect and abuse, are at-risk or homeless. Donations will be accepted at all the county library branches, except for Holladay and Riverton. The holidays are the season to be jolly, which is the message of hope this campaign hopes to bring with these contributions. The holidays especially can touch our hearts and inspire all to remember those in need of a helping hand. The Angel Tree campaign is a local nonprofit. They have teamed up with the Salt Lake County Library branches and will accept donations Dec. 1–15. According to Carolyn Hansen, the Salt Lake County Youth Services director, “The donations we receive go directly to clients we serve that are struggling during this holiday season. The generosity and support our county employees and community have shown over the past 13 years is appreciated,” said Hansen. Donations can also be brought directly to Salt Lake County Youth Services, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. up until Dec. 17. This is the third year Salt Lake County Library has participated in the donation drive, and according to Liz Sollis, the marketing and communications manager for Salt Lake County Library, “It is something that our patrons and community fully support.” In the past they’ve collected clothing, games, shoes and books. “Last year, the donations we collected helped thousands of Salt Lake youth who are recipients of support and resources from Salt Lake County Youth Services. The drive continues to uplift the community, our staff, and most importantly, Salt Lake County

youths,” said Sollis. Salt Lake County Youth Services has been doing this for 13 years, and the recent teaming up with Salt Lake County Library over the past three years will hopefully bring more awareness. Noelle Reymond, a volunteer and outreach coordinator with Salt Lake County Youth Services, explained what the Angel Tree is. “The ornaments list items of need for the youth in our program. The community is encouraged to choose an ornament and purchase the item listed to donate to Youth Services. We then disseminate the donated items during the holidays and over the next year as needed within our programs,” said Reymond. There will be an Angel Tree decorated with ornaments at each participating library and there will be places to leave the donated items, as well. Maria Drummond, Salt Lake County Youth Services recreational therapist, shared a story shining light on how important these donation drives are. “We had a youth arrive to therapy wearing canvas shoes soaked by a walk through the deep snow outside. It was such a pleasure to be able to gift them a pair of good snow boots that would keep their feet warm and dry on their walk home that day and throughout the season,” said Drummond. And the giving continues past the holidays. “It’s because of the generous donations of the community each year that when a youth has a need, whether it be in December, March or November, we can meet that need,” said Drummond. ShelterKids supports Salt Lake County Youth Services throughout the year. They are always looking for volunteers to help with their programs. For more information, contact Noelle Reymond at nreymond@slco.org or (385) 486-4506.

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(On right) Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Youth Services staff including Carolyn Hansen, director (left) and ShelterKids board members. (Noelle Reymond/Salt Lake County Youth Services)

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ver the past 24 months, Michael Le and David Le (aka the “Le Brothers”) have purchased 5 independent dry cleaning stores and branded them under a new name called Mr. Le’s Cleaners. With the acquisitions of these dry cleaners, and potentially more, the Le Brothers are focused on providing the highest quality of dry cleaning and laundry services to their local communities. According to the Le Brothers, as they researched what to name their new business, they wanted a name that represented the values that their parents taught them when they came to America in 1975. That is to always; WORK HARD, HAVE FAITH and BE GRATEFUL. So the Le Brothers decided to name the business after their patriarch, whom they refer to as the original “Mr. Le”. The Le Brothers quickly realized that the dry cleaning business is a people business, where trust and loyalty must be earned. The previous owners spent their lives building a successful business with loyal customers. This process cannot be replicated through discounts and fancy advertising. So at whatever cost, the Le Brothers retained the previous owners and their staff to insure the same

quality and service the customers were used to. One of the unique concept of Mr. Le’s Cleaners is how they are focused on their local communities. With special discounts and services, they support schools, active military personnel, veterans, policeman, fireman and even missionaries preparing to serve fulltime missions. Michael Le said, “Our support to the community and its people, is us paying back to the community that took us in with open arms when we lost everything after the Vietnam War. We had nothing when we arrived to this great country and now everything we have is because of those who sacrificed before us”. He went on and said, “We will always remember those people and continue to pay it forward whenever we can”. As Mr. Le’s Cleaners is establishing their footprint in the Salt Lake Valley, they’ve been busy adding new equipment, remodeling storefronts and implementing new technology. All of this to help improve the cleaning process, communicating with clients and ultimately earning their customer’s trust. The Le Brothers have been working with companies like Comcast, Skipio, Google, Yelp and Cleancloud to help build a new communication platform for current and future

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he long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts Twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper

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fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, battery or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective

drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least halfway full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. l

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esert Star’s latest parody takes on the Christmas villain that everybody loves to hate! No, not the Grinch... The Grouch! This zany parody opens November 8th and it’s a hilarious musical melodrama for the whole family you don’t want to miss! This show, written by Ben Millet, with an update for 2018 and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of the Whoville Orphan Sisters as they attempt to save their Christmas future, and presents, from the notorious Grouch. Also hot on the Grouch’s trail is the handsome huntsman, Hunter Hyrum Y, who blames the green goon for the loss of his arm. The team pursues the Grouch into the snowy mountains surrounding their town, only to encounter an even greater threat... one so dangerous, they just might need to join forces with the Grouch himself in order survive! Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the classic children’s story, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “How The Grouch Stole Christmas” runs November 8th through January 5th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s

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Tests? Fitting in? It’s more than that as student anxiety increases By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


t may be that an elementary student is fearful to come to school and once there, he is afraid to enter the school. If that student makes it to the classroom, often he is unable to cope or focus. In secondary schools, feelings can be internalized, leading to disengagement and depression. “There is likely an equal distribution of anxiety and stress K (kindergarten) through 12 (12th grade); however, associated behaviors will manifest is different ways,” said Judy Petersen, Granite School District’s college and career readiness director. “Younger students are more likely to act out and struggle to regulate their behavior. Older students tend to internalize their struggles until they manifest as self-harm and/or suicide ideation.” Veteran teacher Karen Larson, who instructs English at Canyons District’s Brighton High, learned that first hand. “The anxiety level is off the charts,” she said. “Students worry about paying for college, competing in the global marketplace for a job to support themselves, failing, being on their own and having that responsibility, what’s going on in the world.” Larson, who has students keep a journal that she tells them she reviews, has read those entries and more, including one about a student trying to harm himself. “I immediately let people know. By looking through his phone, they learned there were more pressures coming at him. What is happening in the world — shootings, climate change, cyberbullying — just adds to anxiety,” she said, adding that before reading the journal entry, she had no idea the student had attempted suicide. Sometimes, teachers and counselors recognize anxiety, such as being nervous before a test, but other times, it can be disguised as anger, illness, apathy or other behaviors that look entirely different, said Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District school counseling program specialist. “Everyone will feel a level of stress in their lives,” she said. “Anxiety is when that stress becomes a point at which the person can no longer accomplish their everyday tasks. Therefore, it is often that a student may not be able to concentrate and participate in academic learning nor complete assignments.” Anxiety in the classroom isn’t just hitting students locally, said Jordan School District Health and Wellness Specialist McKinley Withers. “Nationwide, the suicide rates have increased,” he said. “Hopelessness, depression, anxiety all contribute. This is a generation needing different support than we’ve seen in the past. Much of their social world is fragile, contained to a device. There is a definite biological need to be face to face, to have that human interaction and touch, that is being reduced by technology. Now some peers are lacking self-confidence and anxiety grows as they text their peers next to them and sit isolated with their earbuds.” The Child Mind Institute reported in 2015

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that more than 17 million U.S. children and adolescents have or have had a diagnosable mental illness — and 80 percent of the kids with anxiety don’t get treatment. According to the National Education Association, nearly two-thirds of college students reported in 2016 “overwhelming anxiety,” up from 50 percent just five years earlier. For seven straight years, anxiety has been the top complaint among college students seeking mental health services, with nearly one quarter saying it affects their academic performance. Petersen said that social workers report a higher number of students with behavior issues related to anxiety. “Students seem to be more anxious about safety at school, away from their parents, especially in K through 6, by negative influence of social media, and issues related to their status — and their family’s status — related to immigration,” she said. Gillett said anxiety at a young age often centers around separation, being worried about their parents when they’re at school, or being anxious in school, speaking to teachers or in front of a classroom. Sometimes, children worry about a variety of everyday things and are filled with stressful thoughts, Gillett said. “Some worry is excessive and not normally warranted,” she said. Testing and academics also may play a factor, said Granite School District parent Robyn Ivins, who has taught in a classroom. “Teens today are really pressured from a young age to succeed so by the time they’re in high school, there’s real pressure to get a 36 on the ACT and have a 4.0,” she said. “It’s really taken a toll. Students are struggling to get the best classes, the best teachers, the best of everything. Sometimes they feel the pressure from parents or their peers. Sometimes it’s pressure they put on themselves.” The National Education Association (NEA) said these teens grew up in classrooms governed by No Child Left Behind, the federal law that introduced high-stakes standardized testing to every public school in America. Starting in elementary school, instead of making art and new friends, the NEA said students learned to write full-on sentences in timed tests. These are the same students who instead of having hours of art and recess attend pep rallies to pump them up for state testing. Even the stress of teachers needing to meet certain standards may be adding to the picture, wrote University of Michigan professor Daniel P. Keating in “Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety.” Ivins said certain anxiety issues, such as families struggling, may impact a number of Cottonwood High students, with some of the 1,700 students coming from refugee families. She and others try to take away that anxiety by providing food and needed items through the school pantry, which is open to all students. “In high school, there are all sorts of pres-

The Zitting family attends Park Lane Elementary’s STEM Night. Counselors recommend families spend time together to help build bonds to make students feel safe and valued. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

sures from sleeping with a boyfriend or getting asked to a dance and wearing the cutest clothes to where their next meal will come from and how their family will cope with pressures,” she said. Ivins, who said she’s not an expert, has seen the effects of social anxiety maximized through technology, such as social media. “There is a false look of the world when something is posted on Snapchat,” she said. “Whether its students posting or the parents, what’s there is not the whole story. They’re only posting the best. They see that their friends are succeeding, but what isn’t posted is a child having a tantrum or getting a C on a test. It becomes a struggle to lead the perfect life they see their peers have.” Gillett said sometimes, youth can’t fully understand messages and posts on social media. “A friend may say something, and your child takes it as a harsh rejection, when it’s not meant that way at all. Or they see all the great things that people do, but that’s only 1 percent of their life that is posted. We tend not to post our whole stories, just great accomplishments, not our normal days. Often that results in feelings of not measuring up when they compare themselves on what they see posted,” she said. Withers agrees. “Social media sucks kids in and creates anxiety in who sees what or how they measure up. Kids bullied at school feel less anxious nowadays than those who have been cyberbullied. Online, you don’t know who has seen what and you feel your whole life has been broadcast. You have no idea how far it went or who talked about it,” he said. The accessibility of having a smartphone also has led to more concerns beyond social media. “The increased screen time affects stu-

dents,” Gillett said. “Constant access to the world can be a good thing, but it also means that the young are no longer sheltered from troubles, the next school shooting, bombing or even bullying, as we were when we young. Sometimes, they can’t process it at a young age. We need to build in escape time daily.” She said that even adding meditation, relaxation, deep breathing or taking a few minutes each day for a mindfulness app will help take away panic and anxiety feelings. “Even a walk without technology gives good exercise for both the body and the brain,” Gillett said. She also recommends that having family time as well as putting away devices at dinner will help build bonds to make students feel safe and valued. Sleep, about eight or nine hours nightly, is one the best things for students as well, Gillett said. “Just as your phone needs to be plugged in to recharge, your brain is the same way. It needs to recuperate,” she said. Gillett isn’t anti-technology. “It’s a factor of the world we live in and we need to find a healthy way to navigate through it. Technology developed super quickly and now we’re seeing the adverse effects and are understanding them. We need to help students make healthy choices that will support and protect them in the world they live in,” she said. Teachers are becoming more aware of how students cope with anxiety and how their relationships are critical, Gillett said. “Some anxiety, such as their ACT scores or fitting in the crowd, is normal, but it’s when there is hysterical crying or depression, those are warning signs and having a positive, strong relationship where a student can talk to and trust an

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adult is important,” she said, adding that secondary schools have become more proactive in sharing the SafeUT app or suicide hotlines with students. “We’re taking away the barriers in talking about mental illness. Any mental illness is a risk factor for suicide.” Suicide prevention education begins in seventh and eighth grades in Canyons District from warning signs to recognizing where to get help to good coping skills. Hope squads, students who are the “eyes and ears” of secondary schools who help identify warning signs and seek help from adults, are in place in a number of secondary schools across the state. In September, Canyons showed “Angst,” a movie about students dealing with anxiety and had a panel discussion afterward. More than 500 families attended, Gillett said. “Anxiety has become a hot topic for parents and we have seen an increase in discussion and in seeing students who previously didn’t know where to get help,” she said. Olympus High in Granite School District also showed the movie in October and Skyline High held a suicide night Oct. 16. Several parent outreach meetings on mental health and suicide prevention are held throughout Granite School District. In Jordan District, where the Herriman High community experienced seven student suicide

deaths last year, 36 psychologists were added this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. Petersen said there also has been an increase in the number of students — and their parents — reporting that they feel anxious and stressed. “We do not track this specifically, but we have seen an increase in ‘anxiety and stress’ used as reasons for not attending school and an increase in the number of students — and their parents — requesting a home instruction placement for the same rather than a traditional school schedule,” she said, adding that all Granite District staff are trained on what to look for and how to talk with struggling students. Murray School District Director of Personnel and Student Services Darren Dean said school personnel do not diagnose anxiety, but help with resources. “We train administrators and teachers to work with the parent on accommodations in the school setting that will help the student to be successful,” he said, adding that services include meeting with school counselors or extending referrals to an outside agency for counseling services. Withers said while school districts aren’t designed to treat mental health, Jordan District supports students and provides families with resources, including Jordan’s Family Education

High school students’ anxiety may increase as they fill out college applications. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Center where students can receive eight weeks of free counseling services. Withers said there is even an anxiety group that meets regularly. Gillett said some immediate changes such as healthy eating and sleeping can help. “By setting goals and exercising daily hab-

its of living a healthy life, students are building protective factors against anxiety,” she said. “If those are already in place, then that routine will help when anxiety or depression comes. Balance is something we need to learn for ourselves and for our children.” l

Draper City Messiah celebrates 40 years of performing Handel’s masterwork By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com


olks tend to get emotional when they talk about their involvement in Draper City Messiah. “It was the start of the season for me,” said singer Robyn Price. “It puts Christ at the center of Christmas.” Choir president Steve Peterson said, “There’s nothing that stirs my soul like that music.” For 40 years now, singers and musicians from the community have come together to perform George Frideric Handel’s iconic oratorio at the Corner Canyon Stake Center (1300 East 13400 South). Handel’s “Messiah” is arguably one of the most beloved classical pieces of the Christmas season in the United States. It premiered at the Musick Hall in Dublin, Ireland in time for Easter in April of 1742. Since then, Handel’s “Messiah,” with its soaring melodies and uplifting message, has been performed and celebrated the world over. It has a special place in the hearts of many Utahns. Draper City Messiah founder Layne Wright first invited members of the community to perform the Messiah with his musical family back in 1978, one year after moving to Draper. His son, Sam Wright, said his father had dreamed of starting a community choir since boyhood. Layne Wright and his wife Marian have 12 children and all learned to sing and play various musical instruments. Over the years, all have participated in the annual Messiah performance in one capacity or another. “It is something that brings us all together,” said Sam. When Layne

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accepted the position of mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil in 2012, his son John took over as director. Currently, Layne and Marian are serving a mission in New Zealand and will have to miss the 40th anniversary performance. They will return to Draper in 2019. Sam noted that the Draper City Messiah has attracted singers and musicians of all different faiths over the years, including folks who do not follow a particular religion. “Whether you believe in God or not, people are moved by the power of the music,” he said. Since its humble beginning 40 years ago, the choir and orchestra for Draper City Messiah has grown significantly. In 2017 there were 140 singers and 35 members of the orchestra. “We have community participants who have been there since the beginning,” said Sam. Generations of families have sung in the choir. “My mom sang in it when I was a kid,” said Price. “It was a family tradition for years.” Choir president Steve Peterson has been a part of Draper City Messiah since 1996. He organizes rehearsals and gives audiences a brief introduction to Handel. “None of us are professionals,” he said. “But the quality of the performance is absolutely amazing. It is a labor of love for everybody involved and something that we greatly look forward to every year.” There will be a Draper Messiah Sing-in on November 25 at 7:00 p.m. All members of the

Layne Wright conducts the Draper City Messiah. (Photo courtesy Sam Wright/Draper City Messiah)

community are invited to come as they are and sing along. In celebration of the 40th anniversary, some longtime members of the choir who have been absent in recent years will be coming back to perform the solos. Audience participants should bring their own music to this event. The 40th annual Draper City Messiah per-

formance will be held on Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. There will be no audience participation at this performance. Both the sing-in and 40th anniversary performance will be held at the Corner Canyon Stake Center at 1300 East 13400 South in Draper. Admission is free. l

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Are letter grades failing students? Parents give the grade to report cards By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


t may be a positive experience when little Gabriella or Alex brings home a report card from elementary school informing parents they’ve mastered or are progressing to meet a standard in the core curriculum — all without the traditional letter grade. But parents say that may not be the answer for high school students. “So far, my kids have been spared the drama of the standard-based report cards,” Bingham High PTA vice president Jodee Packer said. “With my kids applying to colleges, random proficiencies compared to letter grades don’t make sense. Everyone knows that a 4.0 GPA means all As.” Packer, who lives in Jordan School District, also points out to compete in high school athletics, GPAs are checked to allow students to compete, and to change it “complicates the system unnecessarily.” “It’s a system we all know. How do we check grades if we’re all doing proficiency-based report cards?” she said. Nationally, the trend is exploring standard-based report cards as educators say letter grade report cards diminish students’ interest in learning and result in them thinking about how well they’re doing rather than be engaged in what they’re doing, said education expert Alfie Kohn, author of “Punished by Rewards” and “Schooling Beyond Measure.” “The research quite clearly shows that kids who are graded — and have been encouraged to try to improve their grades — tend to lose interest in the learning itself, avoid challenging tasks whenever possible (in order to maximize the chance of getting an A), and think less deeply than kids who aren’t graded,” Kohn told the National Education Association in 2015. “The problem isn’t with how we grade, nor is it limited to students who do especially well or poorly in school; it’s inherent to grading. That’s why the best teachers and schools replace grades (and grade-like reports) with narrative reports — qualitative accounts of student performance — or, better yet, conferences with students and parents.” Locally, school districts are taking a closer look at transitioning to or have already made the change to standard-based report cards to complement their parent-teacher conferences. Granite School District, Salt Lake City area’s largest district, began reviewing the standard-based grading more than eight years ago and has been making the transition, tweaking it along the way, said Assistant Superintendent Linda Mariotti. Four years ago, 18 teachers tested the new system. Last spring, 400 Granite District teachers used proficiency-based grading. This fall, 1,200 of the 4,000 teachers in the district were on board, mostly in the elementaries, she said. “Anytime something is new, it can be overwhelming because change is hard,” Mariotti said. “But proficiency-based grading empowers our students. It supports student learning and we

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want to do what’s right for our students.” She, along with other educators, inform parents in town meetings about what the district calls proficiency-based grading (PBG), which she said is a synonym for standard-based grading. “I may be one of the oldest in the room and grading hasn’t changed since I was in grade school, but we need to let you know how well your student is learning at that moment in time and we can do that with proficiency-based grading where a letter grade can’t do that,” Mariotti told parents recently at town meeting held at Cottonwood High. “The PBG report card will show where students are struggling and how you can help them and with what. It allows teachers to evaluate the assessments and know where to reteach. It eliminates grade inflation and extra credit not based on course work. Our report cards now will have value where the traditional letter grade report cards haven’t been making the grade when it comes to measuring student progress and achievement.” In traditional grading, Mariotti said letter grades report the number of points earned on assignments in a subject but it doesn’t reveal what the student has learned. Proficiency-based grading, she said, offers better feedback by evaluating how well the student has met measurable standards. Through the PBG or standards-based grading, students will receive a score based on assessments put into an algorithm. The latest assessment will carry the most weight as students are expected to know the subject better, she said. “This will ensure that we are being consistent and that the students will be learning the standards,” Mariotti said about the assessments that can be retaken during that school year. “With PBG, students are given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in multiple ways — they can write it, build it, dance it, say it, paint it, say it in another language — any way they can articulate they know it.” That 1 to 4 score will be what is shown on report cards for elementary-grade children, but Granite secondary students will have that converted into letter grades as well. “Nationwide, colleges are placing less emphasis on GPAs and more on ACT and the courses students are enrolled in, but we realize it is a bigger system out there so right now, we’re continuing to provide both the score and letter grade. USHAA (Utah High School Activities Association) also has student-athletes eligibility on GPA so that’s another reason to provide both. But we know letter grades can be subjective and may not really be reflective of what students are learning and PBG eliminates that,” she said. However, the transition frustrates some parents. Sheri Wade’s children have some classes that are graded on a PBG system and some that are not — she thinks. “My daughter’s math class is straightforward,” she said about the eighth-grade honors

Granite School District Assistant Superintendent Linda Mariotti discusses the transition to proficiency-based report cards at Cottonwood High School. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

class at Bennion Junior High. “If the student gets a 1, then we know the student needs improvement and in what area. If there’s a 4, then we know the student has exceeded the expectations.” What confuses Wade is a science class. “I’ve been told that if a student receives 40 percent on a quiz, that it can’t be retaken and that assignments and labs are part of the grade where I’ve been told that with PBG it’s not graded so it’s hard to understand what is going on,” she said after the parent meeting at Cottonwood High. Earlier, Mariotti said homework is not scored. “Homework is independent practice. Teachers demonstrate and talk about a skill, then they do it together with students and then ask students to do it on their own either in class or at home. Teachers provide students feedback, but not in terms of grades or scores, but rather to see them do well and improve,” she said. “There also is no extra credit. The scores are based on proficiency assessments. It’s a new mindset that we’re needing to shift.” Cottonwood School Community council member and parent Robyn Ivins then questions the motivation for homework. “I really like the proficiency-based grading and I’m grateful for them trying to make a difference, but it’s confusing to students and parents with how assessments really work and if homework and extra credit are really not part of the grade,” she said. “I feel like all the teachers who have switched to PBG are on the same program, but they aren’t.” For example, Ivins said her daughter, who she thought was in a PBG math class, just had her homework graded and was told that the teacher informed her that homework needed to be completed if any student wanted to retake

tests that term. Even the change of mindset may prove difficult, Ivins said. “If teachers tell them they’re not grading homework, the majority of high school students won’t do it. It’s hard for them to be motivated to do it just for the sake of learning. It’s hard for students to suddenly be told they don’t have to get a certain grade. It goes against everything they’ve been told from first grade that they need to have certain grades so they can be ready for college and receive scholarships,” she said. Ivins also expressed concerns with the new grading system for refugee students and those with disabilities. Mariotti gave this example: if a parent has a sixth-grader and she is reading on a third-grade level, the teacher is still to teach the sixth-grade standards. “The IEP (the student’s individualized learning plan) will be able to show and help her with different ways she may be able to demonstrate her learning and trying to meet the proficiencies, which she may or may not get to, but she may get to a concept or objective level,” she said. “The same is true with an English learner, where a state test helps identify her understanding level and from there, she can demonstrate the learning.” Many parents wanted a concrete date the district will completely transition to PBG. Mariotti said there isn’t “a drop-dead date,” but encourages teachers to shift when they’re comfortable. “Already this is rolling over on its own, just snowballing. I know it’s frustrating to parents we don’t have a specific date, but we want teachers to embrace it, not resist it,” she said. In two years, she expects most teachers and schools to be on board with PBG for Granite’s 67,900 students.

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The transition also is occurring in nearby Jordan School District, which educates students in the southwest part of the Salt Lake Valley. Jordan School District Administrator of Middle Schools Michael Anderson said he’s “excited to give more meaning to our grading system. It’s part of the trend to get to the heart of school and learning and education.” While he said middle school and high school levels haven’t changed their letter grades, with PBG, they are able to provide an “accurate reflection of what students know and are able to do.” “With standard-based grading, extra credit, effort or not getting work down isn’t the focus; it’s assessments,” he said. “We’re changing report cards from a grading game to a learning game.” He said the assessments will reveal what standards students miss and will help teachers determine if the question was poor or if it’s an area that needs to be retaught. He said homework is used for students to practice what is taught to be ready to take the assessments.


ur report cards now will have value where the traditional letter grade report cards haven’t been making the grade when it comes to measuring student progress and achievement.” — Granite School District Assistant Superintendent Linda Mariotti

“Kids can retake assessments, but only after homework is done, so they have a chance to learn the material,” he said. “The 4-3-2-1 score with proficiencies will show if students know or can show proficiency and can demonstrate and apply it. This will give more meaning to the A to F letter grade on current report cards and allow the student to know why they may have a B in a class and know he or she needs to show proficiencies in certain standards to improve. Standard-based grading empowers the students to know where they are learning and what gaps they have.” Anderson said that since letter grades are “universal” with colleges worldwide, Jordan has remained with letters, but “has put more meaning into those letters” at the high school level. Elementary students are on the numeral system. “Our teachers and administrators have worked their guts out for better education and standards of learning for our kids,” he said. “Standard-based grading takes the guesswork out of report cards.” Oquirrh Elementary PTA President Beth LeFevre appreciates that.

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“The report cards are trying to explain it more and there’s no guessing that one assignment can bring down a grade,” she said. “It gives parents a better idea of what a child needs to work on, but I’d still like to see more explanation with the scores and see the percentage of where they’re at. If I don’t understand something, or want more detail, I don’t wait for the school to contact me. I just go to the teacher.” Both Granite and Jordan districts have online report cards so students and parents can review students’ learning — as does Murray School District. Murray School District students receive the common letter grades. “All Murray City School District schools use a traditional letter grade report card that measures completion,” said Scott Bushnell, Murray District assistant superintendent. “The MCSD report card is issued quarterly and gives a snapshot of a student’s academic, citizenship and attendance status at that time.” However, Murray District educators have looked into the pros and cons of standard-based grading. “We are focusing by grade levels and subject areas, across schools, working on agreement of standards and levels of proficiency. We are currently working within the traditional grading format and communicating with students and parents on how a student is performing. In English/language arts, math and science, we have begun to monitor the progress of students with respect to grade-level standards. This progress monitoring has been beneficial in helping students and parents understand standards mastery. This process began in elementary schools and is now being used in secondary schools as well,” he said. Canyons School District made the transition to PBG with elementary schools in 2013–14 and tweaked it with parent and teacher input for the following school year. “We feel parents have a better understanding of their child’s progress with our report card reflecting ‘mastered’ or ‘not yet mastered’ a standard rather than passing or failing,” Canyons Spokeswoman Kirsten Stewart said. “The idea is not to penalize the student, but to learn the material and retake the tests to demonstrate the mastery of the standard. One of the benefits of standards-based grading is it helps to convey that mistakes can be made and not getting 100 percent is part of the learning process.” While the standard-based grading system is in place in elementary schools, Stewart said there is discussion about placing it in the secondary schools although “there is no established deadline.” “It doesn’t have to be a score, but the letter grade can be based on those standards,” she said, adding teachers have more than 90 hours annually of instructional training to help assess student learning and achievement. “We feel standard-based grading is a nice balance to communicate to parents that their child is learning and learning skills that they will use through their lives.” l

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CCHS mountain bikers tops in state By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon High mountain biking team won the Utah High School Cycling League state championship over Lone Peak Oct. 19–20 in St. George, its third title in program history. “This one was perhaps the sweetest one because it was closer and we truly didn’t know who was going to win,” said head coach Whitney Pogue, who was named Coach of the Year. “We had tough competition that we hadn’t come up against all season. Kids who had been on the podium all season long found themselves in large fields of very talented riders and it was anyone’s race. At the end of the day, it was us against Lone Peak and it was just a great race by both teams.” Payton Anderson, who gave the Chargers a key top finish with a 10th place showing in the varsity boys race, said, “It’s a good feeling when all the hard work pays off, but since it’s a big team there is even more work to be put in. It’s almost harder to win as a team than just an individual because it’s not only one person who has to put in the time and training perform on race days, it’s a whole group that needs to do that. But, when you win as a team, you celebrate as a team, and that’s a lot more fun than celebrating alone.” The Chargers had some issues in the girls varsity race with two riders not finishing, but Pogue said “solid races” from Max Miller, who placed sixth, along with Anderson and Josh Griffin in the varsity boys division secured the victory for Corner Canyon. “It feels good to be competitive with the very fast kids that were racing this year,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t winning any races, but a top five and top 10s the rest of the season were good results for me as well as helping the team to achieve our goals.” Pogue said everyone’s best effort was needed to pull off the title. “It was truly a team effort,” she said. “We didn’t have a single individual category win, but strong races from lots of riders made it happen.” Pogue’s son Parker, who placed third in the sophomore boys class, said the team has “worked so insanely hard” all year for this result. “It felt a lot different than I thought,” he said. “I knew we had what it would take to win state, but was still nervous and as they announced it, I think we were all just relieved we did it.” Brooke Meyers, who finished third in the junior varsity girls race, expressed gratitude to be a part of a team with “amazing athleticism and amazing character.” “This is such an outstanding group of individuals,” she said. “Every race day has a very special energy surrounding it which I think makes everyone able to reach their peak performance. It felt amazing that all of our hard work and dedication finally paid off.” A highlight of the event was in the junior varsity boys race with Ethan Lassiter taking second by .01 seconds. “There was a rider in between the two boys who was being lapped so the photos from the finish line didn’t reveal the winner,” Coach Pogue said. “In the pictures I have,

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it’s nearly impossible to tell who won. They deferred to the timing mat because that was all they had to go on.” Lassiter said he was slightly disappointed with losing such a close race. “But, what really matters is that I learned from my mistakes and that my teammates came together for the win,” he said. Jona Serrell placed seventh and Cail Alles ninth in the JV event. Along with Parker Pogue’s third place finish in the sophomore boys division, Braxton Zarbock took fifth and Ben Owen eighth. “I was super stoked to have taken home bronze and to have contributed some points for the team,” Parker Pogue said. Mya Graham and Amber Griffin came in second and fifth, respectively, in the freshman girls race while James Sybrowsky (fifth) and Kenton Jeppson (eighth) placed in the freshman boys event. “We have been working hard since last May and these riders practiced all summer and then in the evenings after school started,” Coach Pogue said. “All of their hard work paid off at state.” Coach Pogue also noted the academic excellence of her team, which has an average GPA of 3.6 with 47 of her riders pulling a 4.0 this term. Sam Steele was also awarded a scholarship through the mountain biking league. “These are some amazing kids,” Coach Pogue said. “This season was an incredible one for the Chargers. We had so much success for so many riders. Watching the kids have an absolute blast together all the time and then to have the success in the races that we did — that’s why we do what we do.” Meyers said the team could not have won without their “amazing” coaches. “Not only are they great mountain bikers, but they are the best role models I could have asked for,” she said.

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Corner Canyon swimming growing with all levels By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon swimming teams have a different look this season from last year when the girls squad finished fourth and the boys took 11th in the 5A state championships. According to head coach Patrick Thurman, nearly half of his swimmers are new to the program and many haven’t swum competitively before. “The early season challenge has been teaching basics and helping everyone to feel a part of something,” said Thurman, who is in his sixth year at CCHS. All-State juniors River Johnson (100 backstroke) and Eliza Balfe (50 freestyle) return to lead the girls squad. Juniors Aliza Smith, Kristin Miller and Grace Poulson along with sophomore Britta Catmull will also add leadership to the team in and out of the pool. “They all have a strong desire to help out the team again,” Thurman said. Balfe said she is excited for the season with a “fun and unified” team. “We are definitely strengthening our team aspect through practices and spending time together,” she said. “It was fun to see all of the hard work start to pay off in the meets.” On the boys side, McKay Larsen, who had top-10 finishes in the 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke and the boys 200 medley relay, will be back for his sophomore season to lead the boys team. “Graduations and boys wanting to pursue other interests have taken a bit out of the highend talent, but we have a solid group of younger boys who would love to fill in the gaps,” Thurman said. “It is still too early to know who or where they will contribute, but they are dedicated and working hard.” Thurman hopes to be able to help each individual swimmer improve as he coaches this team that has a wide range of talent from beginners to athletes progressing toward collegiate swimming. “We are focused on having positive vibes at practice, being respectful of everyone, giving 100 percent every day, showing good sportsmanship and helping everyone to feel included,” Thurman said. “We understand that we can’t control much, so we are trying to make the most of the things that we can directly impact.” “We are continuing to grow in size and it’s great; the more, the merrier,” Larsen said. “It’s seems like a lot of people have brought their friends to the team and that’s great because we all have a good time. And, as we’ve been swimming a lot already in preparing for the season, there is already a lot of improvement.” Larsen, whose father swam for BYU, also has his sights on swimming at the next level. He currently practices each morning with the high school team and after school with his club team and is focusing on the “little things” to continually achieve his personal goals and help the team at the same time. He said he has learned the value of dedication and commitment through his competitive efforts in the pool since he was 5 years

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old. “Hard work can get you to where you want to go regardless of other factors around you,” he said. Balfe also puts additional time in the pool and dryland training through the CCHS program and her own club team each day. She is grateful to have been competing the past six years in a sport that she now can’t imagine her life without. “I just love the feeling of swimming faster,” she said. “Plus, swimming builds me physically and certainly helps me that way. But’s it’s also about trying to be a better person.” Corner Canyon began the season defeating Park City 279 to 257 on Nov. 7. Larsen had two first-place finishes in the 100 fly and 500 free as well as Jaxon Barlow in the 50 free and 100 breast while sophomore Steel Smith won the 100 free and took second in the 200 free for the boys team. On the girls side, Balfe came in first in the 100 free and third in the 200 free, Smith placed first in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 IM and Johnson had two second-place showings in the 200 IM and 100 fly. “We had lots of swimmers who competed in a meet for the first time and there were lots of nerves and missteps,” Thurman said. “But, I was pleased with the effort, the competitiveness and sportsmanship that was shown by the Chargers. Many have been working hard and it was great to see that effort be rewarded with fast swims and an early season victory. We have lots of work to do, but this is a nice spot to be starting from.” The Chargers also competed at the Thanksgiving Invite at South Davis Nov. 16–17 and have meets scheduled this season with Skyline Nov. 27, West Nov. 28, Timpview Dec. 6, Jordan Dec. 13, Cottonwood Jan. 3, Brighton Jan. 10 and Alta Jan. 17. The Region 7 championships are scheduled for Jan. 25 at South Davis with the 5A state championships slated for Feb. 8–9 at Brigham Young University. Thurman looks forward to a successful year as he helps his athletes to “overcome their mental roadblocks and doubts.” “There are a lot of great students who are just scratching the surface of their abilities and I am hoping to help them realize what they can accomplish,” Thurman said. “It will be a new experience for so many, but I feel that the trust is developing and the skills are coming along.” Also on the 111-member squad are seniors Marina Allen, Samantha Allen, Jasmie Arreguin, Cameron Arthur, Gabby Bingham, Auston Bowler, Alex Brunt, Zachary Call, Kolbie Camp, Ashley Castro, Wesley Clegg, Mia Hadden, Olivia Hendricks, Mike Henry, Daylen Jackson, Brittany Mackey, Gabe Maires, Cierra McKinley, Zachary Moffat, and Samantha Winward; juniors Katia Albayeros, Jacob Ashton, Addey Blaser, Lauren Crayk, Landon Dance, Matt Daynes, Suzy Glasscock, Lauren Hawker, Katrine Hotvedt, Shaye Jackson, Jacob Kessler, Frank Long, Annika Manwaring, Derby Marshall, Patrick Mayer, Xochitl Medina, Alexander Miller, Lilian Nguyen, Carson Pollock, Mia Raddatz, Julianna Smith and Camryn Young;

Corner Canyon High’s McKay Larsen returns to lead the boys swimming team this season. The sophomore had top10 finishes in three events at the 5A state championships last year. (Photo courtesy Keith Bangerter)

Corner Canyon High’s Rivers Johnson, who was All-State in the 100 backstroke last year, is back from a team that placed fourth at state a year ago. The junior had two second-place finishes in the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley in the Chargers’ first meet of the year against Park City Nov. 7. (Photo courtesy Keith Bangerter)

sophomores Nicole Aponte, Pega Arani, Julian Armstrong, Zach Bautista, Nathan Call, Brsyn Camp, Ella Cheminant, Tomas Coker, Madeleine Colton, Jane Donaldson, Richard Engar, Grace Ericksen, Amara Featherston, Austin Fultz, Rylie Greenwood, Tatiana Herrera, Victor Hollenbach, Aubrey Hoopes, Jake Kartchner, Sydney Kirkham, Caeli Kreilin, Keaton Larabee, Money Lefavor, Tyler Lybbert, Maggie Macpherson, Jordan Moore, Alexa Oldroyd, Gracie Pollick, Chloe Seeborg, Mia Sheneman, Steele Smith, Jessica Sorenson, Dylan Squire, Jazmine Summers, Madison Thomas, Mason Towns and Lauren Washenko; and freshmen Jaxon Barlow, Katie Bingham, Ashton Brunt, Sofia Carlson,

Daniel Castro, Nadia Chanthaphuang, Connor Colton, Hunter Cox, Reagan Crayk, Andrew De La Cruz, Maddie Delis, Lauren Dunn, Tristan Flanigan, Sachi Hirsche, Brad Jackson, Lily Johnson, Calypso Levitre, Daniel Mark, Tanner Partridge, Krishna Patel, Ashlin Richardson, Ethan Robichaux, Megan Schmidt, Kali Smith and Anna Sorensen. Thurman said he is excited for the potential of his team in and out of the pool. “This is going to be an incredibly rewarding journey for them and myself,” he said. “This is a good group who is working hard and having fun,” Larsen said. “I’m excited to have a great season with them.” l

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Juan Diego’s football season ends in state semis By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


fter a 2-3 start to the season, the three-time defending state champion Juan Diego Catholic High School football team won three of its last four games heading into the 3A state playoffs. Its loss during that stretch was a 28-19 game against Summit Academy Oct. 12. The Soaring Eagle squad got a rematch in the semifinals — after two playoff games where Juan Diego outscored Judge Memorial and Grantsville 96 to 14 — to reach the final four. Against Summit Academy, Nov. 3, Juan Diego’s season came to an end with a 40-6 loss to the Bears. “I’m very proud of these kids and I feel really good about the year,” head coach John Colosimo said. “We’re a little spoiled here having won three titles in a row, but making the state semis is not a letdown; it is a great accomplishment.” Linebacker and center David Hulvorsen said the year was a successful one for Juan Diego. “Making it to the semis is pretty huge so altogether, we did pretty good,” he said. In the first game of the 3A state playoffs, Juan Diego’s Jackson Butler had seven carries for 128 yards and a touchdown while Raimoana Tinirauarii had three receptions for 77 yards and a TD to lead the Soaring Eagle squad offensively in a 55-0 shutout of Judge Memorial Oct. 17. Maikoa Taukafa anchored the defense with nine tackles and three sacks while Grant Dhont had four tackles and an interception. Against Grantsville Oct. 26, Hunter Easterly carried the ball 22 times for 161 yards with four TDs with Cartur Gray and Cooper Rust recording 10 tackles each in the 41-14 win. “We hung in there with Judge pretty well and beat a really good one-loss Grantsville team,” Colosimo said. “I really liked the way we played those first two games of the state playoffs.” The Soaring Eagle squad found itself on the opposite side of a blowout by the end of the third quarter Nov. 3 against Summit Academy in the state semis. The Soaring Eagle squad was down 40-0 before finding the end zone halfway through the fourth quarter with Colby Smith’s nine-yard TD run. “We seemed to run out of gas, but I’m really proud of this team,” Colosimo said. Hulvorsen was credited by Colosimo as “one of very few players that had to play just about every snap” for his play on both sides of the ball. Three-year starter DJ Larsen was a “linchpin” on the offensive line, according to Colosimo, and was noted for his

vocal leadership and example of hard work. The running backfield of Easterly and Tristan Tonozzi also had a significant impact on the team’s offense this season that scored 332 points in its 12 games. But, the “unbelievable story” of linebacker/offensive lineman Sam Knudson summed up much of the adversity Juan Diego faced with injuries this season. The senior began experiencing headaches and dizziness and eventually double vision as doctors eliminated a concussion and other possibilities. Finally came the diagnosis: a brain tumor. Knudson had a successful operation with the tumor turning out to be benign. “He wanted so badly to keep playing and he’s trying to heal and battle back from that,” Colosimo said. “That’s a unique and unfortunate situation and kind of shows the kind of year we had. We had a lot of injuries to key players and each week was a real challenge. I loved how they stayed together. They’re a good group of kids.” Larsen said the injuries didn’t stop his team from having a good year. “Having all those injuries actually helped us grow as a team and then even more as individuals and ultimately that’s the end goal,” he said. Hulvorsen said despite the role adversity played throughout the season, the senior class stepped up even more as leaders. “We just came together and tried to use our experience to help the younger players that had to fill spots on the field,” he said. Colosimo said all 24 seniors contributed to this team and the legacy of the JDCHS football program. Those seniors also included Jaron Adams, Brendan Bass, Matthew Bathurst, Cruz Berenguer, Mikey Curran, Mikey Gatti, Matthew Kaiser, Gage Killion, Francisco Kuhrke, Josue Magana, Kaiser Mataele, Monroe May, Brennan Savage, Conner Turner, Caleb Welker, Sean Wolff and Trent Zaffino. Senior Nathan Rakowski was the team manager this season while seniors Jessica Burns and Sara Burns helped with film. “These were all outstanding young people who won three state titles and went to the state semis in their last year,” Colosimo said. “Who wouldn’t take that for their high school career?” Larsen noted that his overall experience the past four years went well beyond the football field. “All of the teammates and coaches helped me to become who I am today,” he said. l

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n Oct. 16, Draper City Council held a preliminary session before public meetings were to take place. The table was covered with tentative development maps, each colored differently by zoning district, and the eyes of Draper City Council poured over each zone; words like “high density” and “low density” filled the room. “What do we want our city to look like? Do we want to be a trails-oriented place, do we want a city with easy transportation, or do we want to be more rec-based?” one council member asked. Draper is planning for its future, and the introduction of big tech companies like eBay and Adobe to Draper’s economy and the surrounding area has provided new job opportunities. A strong job market and affordable housing has made Draper a desired destination for many young professionals and growing families. In fact, Draper is predicted to increase its population to 55,000 by 2020. Although Draper cannot control how many people decide to move into their city, they do have control over the density of how many houses are built. Perhaps no one could have anticipated a trend of big tech companies moving in like this 40 years ago. What was once a sleepy farming town in 1978, on two square miles boasting 4,500 people, now has grown to a city of nearly 46,000 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. People are now referring to pocket areas of exponential growth like this as “silicon slopes,” a play on California’s so-called “Silicon Valley.” Being able to clock into a tech company in the morning

and traverse a mountain face on a bike later in the day is attracting people in droves. What’s interesting about this push is that it is catching the eyes of entrepreneurs and encouraging new hip spots to open. In an open meeting Oct. 16, people gathered in Draper’s City Council Hall to make petitions. One such place that is hoping to hit the Draper scene is a specialty cocktail bar with a focus on vinyl music. While some folks are open to this new development, the clash of culture invites uncertainty for others in the community, especially since the legal drinking limit is changing from .08 percent to .05 percent in January. To ease community concern, business owners are finding creative ways to respect concerned parties. The prospective cocktail bar’s owner appeared in front of the council to apply for one of the seven liquor licenses in Draper. “The new bar is willing to add 50 percent of their bills as food, which is a huge move for having such a license since food isn’t required to be sold by law, and is willing to close an hour early, which means that they stop selling alcohol a full two hours before everyone else does, which I think is a good-faith concession,” Draper Mayor Troy Walker said. No one can predict exactly how Draper is going to move forward, but Utah has always been known for putting its values in the outdoors, and it is imagined that even with possible change on the way, those qualities will attract like-minded people who will stand by those values. l

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Corner Canyon building prestigious volleyball pedigree By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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Corner Canyon’s volleyball team continues to be one of the top teams in the state in the 5A ranks. This year’s squad finished fourth for the second consecutive year. (Photo courtesy Mindy Wilder)


or the third year in a row, the Corner Canyon High School volleyball program was among the last four teams standing at the 5A state championships. On Nov. 3, the Chargers placed fourth for the second consecutive season. Corner Canyon had two straight-set wins to begin the state tournament — against East 25-7, 25-10, 25-8, and Timpanogos 25-15, 25-8, 25-20. “We had a great first day at state,” head coach Mindy Wilder said. “Our team played really well. We started strong and finished strong throughout each match.” In the final four, the Chargers lost to Springville 26-24, 25-13, 20-25, 25-22. “We struggled,” Wilder said. “We started slow and couldn’t get into a rhythm as a team and couldn’t fight our way back.” Against Box Elder, Corner Canyon lost 25-18, 19-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-10 to place fourth in the state. “We would have liked to win it all, but success isn’t defined as winning a trophy,” senior libero Mikayla Kimball said.

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“Our team came together as a family and we learned we needed to play not for ourselves, but for each other. It was cool to see everyone playing their hearts out, even when we were exhausted.” The Region 7 champions for the third year in a row finished with an overall record of 23-5 and a 9-0 region mark. “We are making a name for Corner Canyon volleyball,” Wilder said. “We had a couple really tough preseason matches that helped us prepare for region. The highlight of region play was during our second round, playing at Alta. I was so proud of the passion and drive my girls demonstrated as they battled to get the win and clinch the region title.” The Chargers were led by three seniors. Kimball, who was named Academic All-State for her excellence on and off the court, was credited by Wilder for her leadership on the team. “All the girls, young to experienced, turned to Mikayla for support,” Wilder said. “We wouldn’t be the same team without her.”

Senior Meghann Brannely was noted for her “positive and upbeat” attitude. “She is always smiling and helping a teammate,” Wilder said. Senior outside hitter Madison Brunatti, who will play for Utah State next season, was the offensive leader in 5A with the most overall kills. “She is hard to stop,” Wilder said. Also on the varsity squad this season were juniors Grace Anderson and Emma Bagley, and sophomores Baylee Bodily, Karen Crapo, Brooklyn Leggett, Gracie Moore and Halle Richards. “The season was a success,” Kimball said. “We were able to achieve many of our goals, work hard and come together. I’m so grateful I got to be a part of such an amazing team.” Wilder said her volleyball team this season was “truly a family.” “We fought, we cried, we laughed and we worked together,” Wilder said. “We were young this year so the experience we gained at state will be valuable next season.” l

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never remember having visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, mostly because I didn’t know what a sugarplum was (but it sounds like something I’d eat). What I do remember is having visions of Christmas cookies piled on every possible surface in our kitchen as mom baked herself into a holiday frenzy. Around the middle of December, mom would cart home bags and bags of ingredients for her annual Christmas cookie bake-a-rama, preparing to make the treats she only made once a year. My siblings and I would “help” her unload bags of chocolate, sugar, cream and spices until she yelled at us to go watch TV. When mom donned her apron, adopted a determined expression and started grabbing bowls, that’s when I knew Christmas was really coming. We also knew to stay out of her way, which meant we had to be creative when it came to sneaking bits of cookie dough, scoops of frosting and pieces of pecans. During the ‘70s, sugar consumption wasn’t regulated, it was even encouraged! We ate so much sugar on a daily basis, our teeth were in a constant state of vibration. But at Christmas?! Our sugar levels reached critical mass to the point we peed sugar cubes. I’d eat cookies for

dinner, have a stomachache all night, and only be able to eat four bowls of Cap’n Crunch for breakfast. Each of us had our sugary Christmas cookie favorites, and mom made every single one. Mine were the cherry cookies; buttery sugar cookie dough baked around a maraschino cherry. My sisters loved the pineapple tarts cooked to a golden brown, and gingerbread men, decorated with frosting and Red Hot candies. We all loved the delicate spritz cookies, made with mom’s electric press, and the chocolate mousse balls (which we never got tired of saying). Once the baking was done, and the powdered sugar settled underfoot, mom would pile the cookies on sturdy paper plates and send us out in the snow to deliver the goodies to our neighbors. We roamed the neighborhood, passing other children delivering treats to nearby homes, and wave to each other because this was one chore we didn’t mind. More holiday treats came in the form of grandma’s raisin pudding with rum sauce that she’d warm up in an aluminum can on the stove, and pies she kept hidden in the back bedroom under dishtowels because she couldn’t trust us not to stick our finger in them. We’d decorate sugar cookies at







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“Pain meds? Shots? Physical Therapy? ... even Surgery, but STill Have Pain?” The Controversial Truth and How This May be the Only Way Out of Pain for Some Dear friendFor the 15 years that I’ve been in practice, I’ve been somewhat known as “the guy that sends out those flyers with his kids on them”. However, that’s only a part of the story. You see, new information and technology has come forward that has helped so many people eliminate spinal pain without taking pills, shots, and surgery. Let Me First Point Out that in many cases, medicine, shots, and operations are necessary for proper health and recovery. I’m grateful that this stuff exists. However, in my 15 years of practice, I’ve seen thousands of patients who are regularly getting meds, injections, and even operations that they didn’t need, and who are still in ridiculous pain...it’s tragic...NO WONDER that person is frustrated and skeptical that anything will help. I WOULD BE TOO!!! The problem is that with many doctors, if health insurance doesn’t cover a procedure, it’s almost as if it doesn’t exist! The reality is that the “accepted” treatment for spinal conditions is as follows: medication, physical therapy, steroid injections (pain management) and then surgery. Period. No matter how effective anything else may be. BUT... The Real Truth is that other effective scientifically based solutions do exist. In fact, over the past couple years we have used an innovative approach of combining Deep Tissue Laser (a Class IV device) and spinal decompression. The Laser beam penetrates

about 3-5 inches into the human body. Injured cells respond with an increase in energy and blood supply to injured areas (like Spinal Stenosis and discs) And it stimulates healing in stagnant decaying areas (like arthritic joints). Also, the Deep Tissue Laser stimulates the production of new healthy cells. Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy is performed on a computerized table that allows separation of vertebral segments. The “pull” is very gentle and specifically directed to the compromised regions. Vertebral segments are separated approximately 3-5 millimeters creating a negative pressure between the vertebrae. Disc bulges or herniations can resorb back and dehydrated (narrowed) discs can be rehydrated or thickened. Typical treatment protocol is 20 to 25 office visits, but most patients start feeling better by visit 4. A study performed by Thomas A. Gionis, MD and Eric Groteke, DC. showed an amazing success rate of 86 to 94%! Most of the cases used in the study were disc herniations with or without spinal degeneration. These success rates are consistent with my personal treatment of thousands of similar cases.

juries, along with gentle Chiropractic care for cases that may need it. And finally, the treatment is pain-free.

YOU NEED TO KNOW: I only take cases that I know I can help. (I won’t waste your time & money). We are on most insurance including Aetna, Altius, Blue Cross, Cigna, Deseret Mutual, Educators Mutual, IHC Select Med, PEHP, UHC, and others. And Regardless of fault, Auto Injuries are 100% Covered by Auto Insurance. When you call, you will receive a Complete Spinal Assessment which includes an exam, X-rays (if needed) and 2 office visits along with 2 Pain Relieving Treatments (for a limited time) for only $27 ($293 Value). We are Elite Performance Health Center. We are located at Deep Tissue Laser combined with Disc Decompression Therapy is 86-94% successful I-15 and Bangerter Hwy (13552 S. 110 W.). Our number is 888-YOUR-CARE. in the treatment of Failed Back-Surgery Syndromes. Herniated, Bulging or “Slipped” –Matthew D. Smith, D.C. CSCS Discs, Disc Degeneration and Spinal Stenosis, Neuropathy, Weakness, Pain,Tingling, Chiropractic Physician Numbing in Arms or Legs, Acute or Chronic Joint Pains. We also offer laser treatment for Carpal Tunnel Pain, Headaches, Shoulder, Elbow, Hip or Knee Pains, and Auto In- P.S. I am also extending this offer to one family member for only $7.

Complete Spinal Exam (X-rays if needed)

& 2 pain relieving Treatments

for only $27($293 Value)

Auto Injuries are 100%

covered by Auto Insurance.

888-yoUr-CArE (888-968-7227)


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