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Corner Canyon High Hosts Rocky Mountain Drill Team Invitational By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

page 12 Corner Canyon’s Charelles hosted the Rocky Mountain Drill Team Invitational Jan. 8-9 for 30 teams across Utah. The Charelles did not compete, but helped to run the competition. – Jordan Peterson

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Local Girl Hopes to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking By Kelly Cannon | Kelly@mycityjournals.com


t only 17-years-old, Madelyn O’Farrell has committed herself to changing the world one person at a time. O’Farrell is an advocate for Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit that is dedicated to actively rescuing children and adults from sex trafficking all over the world. Founded two years ago in Utah, Operation Underground Railroad works with foreign governments to not only rescue victims, mostly children, from sex slavery but also to prosecute the traffickers. O’Farrell got involved with OUR after hearing about it from her father, Adam, who helps raise money for OUR. “When I was told what they do, I was really moved and wanted to find a way to help, and thought it was a cause the community could really get behind,” O’Farrell said. “This is an issue that is so behind the scenes, there are millions of children worldwide who are living in these awful conditions, and yet no one talks about it. I think it’s important to find causes like this and be a voice for those who don’t have one.” O’Farrell said she has seen the effects of sexual violence and thinks it’s almost impossible to imagine the horrible living conditions these children live in and the subsequent trauma they experience.

Madelyn O’Farrell, 17, is raising money for Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit that rescues victims of sex trafficking all over the world.

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group of young girls from Draper are learning about themselves, the value of teamwork and the importance of community all while training for a 5K. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit begun in 1996 based on 24 life lessons taught to pre-adolescent girls based around the framework of training for a 5K race. There are currently four locations around Draper where GOTR groups meet and train. Melissa Gonzales is the coach of the girls from third to fifth grade at the American Preparatory Academy. “My daughters got involved three years ago. At first I was just dropping them off, but then I wanted to know more about the program and about the girls,” Gonzales said. “I love running, so I wanted to be involved and be a part of it.” The groups meet every Thursday at the charter school. After the girls change into running clothes and have a snack, the meeting starts with a life lesson. Ashleigh Macomber, the coach at American Preparatory Academy who works with the older girls, explained the first few weeks are dedicated to teaching the girls about the value of self. “It’s about breaking out of the ‘girl’ box,” Macomber said. “That there’s not a certain way to be.” The next few weeks are about teamwork, how to work together as a team and how they can learn from each other. The last few weeks are dedicated to the idea of community and

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Last year, girls from American Preparatory Academy participate in Girls on the Run 5K. – Melissa Gonzales.

what the girls can do to affect their community. The girls do a service project both for their school and for a larger community. Last year, the group cleaned up the garbage in the playground of their school. “I don’t think they realized how much garbage was there,” Macomber said. “But they

realized if they worked together, it wouldn’t take too long.” The group also raised money for the school’s sister school in Africa so the students could purchase school uniforms. After the lessons, the girls go out and train for the 5K, increasing the distance they

run each time. The GOTR 5K happens on May 21 in Sugar House. Teams from all over the state come to run. Over 1,000 girls and their personal running buddies participate. “We make a big deal of it,” Gonzales said. “We give out medals. It’s a pretty fun thing.”

D raperJournal.com For Gonzales, the goal is for the girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. “I want them to be confident in themselves and in their body image and to teach them how to solve problems and to make healthy decisions,” she said. Macomber loves seeing the girls accomplish their goals. “Running is a big accomplishment and it’s a fun thing to do,” she said. “A lot of them don’t know each other when they start but when they run together, they see they’re not alone in this experience.” This is the first year that Draper Elementary is participating in GOTR. Principal Piper Riddle discovered the program through other schools. “I loved hearing the impact it had on girls socially, physically and emotionally,” Riddle said. School Psychologist Diana Thompson-Sorrie was enlisted to be the coach of the team. As the school psychologist, Thompson-Sorrie felt the program fell in line with her objectives of the school of social and emotional well-being. The school is currently in the middle of recruitment with the actual program starting in February. Thompson-Sorrie spoke to the school’s PTA and emailed teachers a flyer to email out to parents. Thompson-Sorrie, who also teaches a class called “Girl Power” to adolescent girls, finds the goals of GOTR to be vital for the mental and emotional health of young girls during this transitional time in their lives.

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“By the third grade, the ‘girl drama’ begins to emerge,” Thompson-Sorrie said. “By fifth grade, they need input and help on conflict resolution and other issues.” She also teaches classes to middle school girls using the same concepts. When she hears the problems of girls who have not had the preparation that GOTR provides, it’s distressing to her. “The sooner they can get these concepts, the better,” she said. l

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Soaring Eagles Use Tough Preseason to Prepare for Region Play By Ron Bevan | ron@mycityjournals.com


t hasn’t been the best starts for the Juan Diego boys basketball team, but the wins and losses suffered in early matches may be the catalyst to a good region showing. “We have taken some lumps, but we grew a lot,” coach Drew Trost said. “We took a pretty aggressive preseason schedule that included a lot of 4A and 5A schools.” Juan Diego finished 7-7 during the preseason run. The 3A school counted losses to 5A Herriman and 4A Orem as a learning process. The Eagles picked up a few key wins along the way, including a 58-52 victory over East High School. “We also had big wins in a national tournament in Las Vegas,” Trost said. Trost wanted a tough preseason because he knew the team lost one of the school’s all-time best players to graduation. Gabe Colosimo graduated in 2015, but not before setting numerous records

at Juan Diego. “He was our all time leading scorer and rebounder, not to mention setting assists and steals records,” Trost said. “I knew he would be a lot to replace. But the boys have responded and I am proud of how they are executing our game plans.” The Eagles have three seniors taking charge of leadership Juan Diego’s Avery Ames is helping the Soaring Eagle be a threat in duties on the team. this year’s 3A boys basketball. Ames is the second leading scorer on the Avery Ames, Malik team. Fagan-Foster and Fagan-Foster and Ames are leading the Alex Hoffman are all returning starters team in scoring. Fagan-Foster has poured off last year’s squad that made it to the in 230 points while Ames has added 216. quarterfinals of the state 3A tournament. But Hoffman has been contributing mostly as a helper to the coaching staff so far this season. Hoffman was the starting quarterback on the state championship football team this season. A football injury has kept him on the sidelines for basketball. “We are hoping to get him back for the final few games of the year and maybe for our state playoff run,” Trost said. Juan Diego began its Region 11 title run with back to back victories. The Soaring Eagles beat Bear River (75-49) Jan. 13, then took down Stansbury (83-42) two days later. Behind the senior scoring duo is a trio of long ball threats helping secure wins. Esliey Tan, Matt Kitzman and JD Alstrom have all proved they can hit the three-point shot. Tan has 34 treys this season, with Kitzman adding 29 and Ahlstrom another 28. “We have a good balance with our younger players who have moved up this year,” Trost said. “People key in on Ames and Fagan-Foster and it creates open shots for the others.” l

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F sports Final Year for First Charger Girls Basketball Players

oach Jeramy Acker has been with the girls basketball program from the beginning two years ago, when this year’s senior class was adjusting to a new school and some even a new sport. Now the first girls to wear the blue uniforms of Corner Canyon are in their final season, and Acker, who was an assistant for two seasons is now the head coach. “It’s going to be tough to see these seniors go,” Acker said. “We grew this program together. It has been tough at times, but that is expected at a new school.” When Corner Canyon opened its doors in 2013, it opened with a larger studentbody than previously expected. Although the school enrollment was big, some of the athletic programs suffered due to athletes choosing to stay at the schools they had already represented. Corner Canyon’s first basketball team was one affected in the 2013-2014 season. Some players on that squad had never played competitive basketball. Others were athletes in different sports that wanted to try a new thing. And the first year ended with no victories. “We have been progressing a lot since that first season,” Acker said. “Back then the focus was to teach the girls how to play basketball together and how to mix the beginning players with those who had experience.” Acker said the main focus the last two years was to run sets and hope they worked. “We would call play after play,” he said.

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“If it didn’t work, the girls would reset and look to the bench for another play to be called.” But now the team has matured and Acker is seeing a change in the game. “Now the focus is on playing basketball,”

Sophomore point guard Annie Bowen not only leads the offensive attack but is the leading scorer for the Corner Canyon girls basketball team. Bowen has scored 108 points in the first half of the season.

he said. “We have been teaching them how to read the game and react. They are picking it up and getting better everyday.” Of the four seniors on the team this season, two have been with the program from day one. Brittany Tanner and Madison Alder has helped grow the program. “I am proud of those two because they have never complained, even when things were tough,” Acker said. “They have bought into our program from the beginning. They have accepted the team collectively growing so we can reach our goals.” Eden Withers is another senior with experience, but didn’t began with the first season. Now on her second year with the team, Withers also represented Corner Canyon as the starting goalkeeper on the girls soccer team. Withers talked soccer teammate Becca Turner-Drown into coming out for the team this season. But Corner Canyon still relies on a mixture of experience and youth to fuel this year’s squad. The Chargers start three sophomores and two juniors most games, with 5’6” sophomore guard Annie Bowen leading the way. Bowen is the leading Charger scorer with 108 points. Her next closest teammates are sophomore Nicole Critchfield with 61 points, and junior Grace Sunderland with 59. “Bowen is a superstar in the making,” Acker said. “She is instrumental in our game plan, but also to get other players more confident. People feed off her energy.” l

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Resolutions Passed, Assignments Made at City Council Meeting By Jewels Baugh | jewels@mycityjournals.com


raper City council members’ assignments were reviewed for 2016 and a few changes were made during the Jan. 12 city council meeting. Councilmember Michelle Weeks volunteered for the Tree Commission and the Air Quality Works. Councilmember Alan Summerhays volunteered for the Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce and Equestrian Center. The Arts Council and Historic Preservation will be covered by Councilmember Marsha Vawdrey. Councilmember Bill Rappleye will continue to make progress with the Planning Commission and Emergency Preparedness. The Parks, Recreation and Trails Board and Youth Council will be covered by Councilmember Jeff Stenquist, who was also appointed as Mayor Pro Tempore. Also discussed during the council session were the following issues: Reports of high levels of E.coli in the area of Corner Canyon are raising concerns about whether dog owners are scooping and removing waste when they walk their dogs and if dogs are on leashes. Horses are another concern in the area. A deliberation of issuing fines or posting signs to remind dog owners of their responsibility to keep dogs on

leashes and scoop waste was discussed. “Dogs are only allowed below the Bonneville Shoreline trail,” Summerhays said. One resident addressed the council to request that tickets be issued to people who park a car in front of a neighbor’s mailbox. The problem being that the mail carrier doesn’t have to deliver mail if a mailbox is blocked. Several Draper residents attended the meeting to express concern over a request for approval of a zone change from RA1 to RA2 on 1.34 acres located on 13400 South. Opposition to the rezoning was in part due to the fact that current residents purchased homes in the area with the idea that large lots would be maintained, and they would like the “unique pocket in Draper” to be kept “that way.” Approval for the rezoning could potentially allow for the property in question to be divided into two or three lots. “We bought our homes here in Draper because of the trees and the wide open spaces and country ambience it has. If lots keep being rezoned, we will lose that and have much more mass population per area,” one resident said.

After the residents with objections to changing the zoning were heard, the man who owns the property spoke to the council. During his remarks, he said that he was born on the property and desires to build a house on it, but to also sell part of it. He intends to live among the individuals who showed up to voice their opposition, but said that he felt “they don’t want me here.” “There seems to have been a church meeting and it was decided this was not going to happen, and they all showed up to voice their objections,” he said. After hearing both sides, there was no motion so the decision was tabled. A Dining Club Beer License was approved by the council for Hidden Valley Country Club after amending ordinance #1183 regarding alcohol beverage manufacturing licenses and club licenses. A new clubhouse will be built on the Draper side of the golf course, which will bring revenue to the city. The number of this type of license is limited to one in the city for a dining club. Beekeepers will be happy to know an ordinance was approved for all single family residence owners that allows them to keep bees. The ordinance gives helpful and important guidelines so that the bees will be kept safely and will not interfere with neighbors. This is in conjunction with the state wanting to help preserve a healthy bee population and encourage their survival. A copy of the ordinance will be available to anyone interested so that beekeeping can be done in the proper manner. “Beekeeping is very safe, important and vital to our state,” Summerhays, who has long been a beekeeper himself, said. Resolution #16-03 was passed unanimously to name a field in Draper Park in honor of resident Lynn Ballard. Also passed unanimously was Resolution #16-04 which updates the Draper City Consolidated Fee Schedule. The updates were long overdue according to Rhett Ogden who presented the resolution. For more information on city council, to review agendas or to listen to archived and live council meetings, visit www. draper.ut.us l


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American Preparatory Students Rock the Socks By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


or three consecutive years, American Preparatory Academy has supported the Road Home radio-a-thon weekend with a schoolwide sock drive to benefit homeless and less fortunate families in Salt Lake County. Each of the school’s five area campuses participated, bringing in 16,405 pairs of socks, for a two-week period. The two Draper campuses lead the donation drive with more than 7,100 pairs of socks — more than the goal set at 6,000 for all the campuses. “It got started with finding a need and filling that need,” Catherine Findlay, American Preparatory School executive director of character development, said. “We teach our students to fill a need to make a difference in the community to make the world better.” The Road Home assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. The Road Home also provides emergency services such as basic personal items, including hygiene kits, and clothing as well as emergency shelter. The Road Home’s mission also extends to help people step out of homelessness and back into the community so they provide transition from the shelter back into housing, as well as connects people with community programs and resources they may need.

Each campus set goals in numbers of pairs of socks they hoped to contribute to The Road Home. The Draper 1 campus exceed its goal by 1,800 with 3,050 pairs while Draper 2 donated 4,061 pairs, more than their goal of 1,500 pairs. Character development director Lindsey LaJeunessee said that the generosity of the students and their families was amazing. “Walking through the halls of cute kids bringing in one more pair of socks to help out others was amazing,” she said. “The Road Home let us know that they needed diapers on the last Friday of the drive and by Monday, we had three big boxes full of diapers. We also had a huge box full of warm winter hats we donated that we didn’t even ask families to bring in.” As the students donated socks, towers were created with the contributions and then they were combined with other campus donations, Findlay said. “They could then see that when everyone does a little, it combines to create a lot of good for our community,” she said. After students brought in donations, student council members and 10th graders, who were learning how a donation drive works, sorted them. Students then delivered the socks, diapers, hats and about 140 donated blankets in late December.

American Preparatory Academy students held a two-week sock drive to aid The Road Home, bringing in more than 16,400 pairs of socks, which surpassed their goal. –American Preparatory Academy

School ambassador council director Kiri Reeves said after delivering the donations, many student ambassadors also volunteered

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with the radio-a-thon. “The students did a great job of representing our school and sharing our desire to give back to the communities we call home,” Reeves said. “It was a wonderful experience and we are so grateful for the amazing response of our American Preparatory students and families. The socks they donated will help many of those in need in our community.” Findlay said that in the past, many students have helped deliver items, but since they had so many students participate, they instead videotaped the students who delivered the donations to the Road Home and then, showed it at an assembly. “This way, we brought The Road Home to our kids so we could show them who they helped, what their service project did for these people and they could feel part of it. Each year, we’ve increased our collection to help more and more people,” Findlay said. As part of another outreach, neighbors in the Suncrest community in Draper approached American Preparatory in December with donations for 28 students and their refugee families who attend the West Valley campus. The Suncrest community neighborhood donations, coordinated by Roger Kraft and Shawna O’Grady, ranged from washers and driers and vacuums to toys and clothing as well as food. Findlay said their donations began with one Draper American Preparatory family who lives in the area and wanted to help others better understand refugees’ lives and got the neighbors involved. The neighborhood also has donated beds for families in the past and held a shoe drive to benefit more than 100 children. l


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Corner Canyon to Present “Comedy of Errors” By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


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wo sets of identical twins will cause chaos on Corner Canyon High School’s Little Theatre stage. William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb. 6 and again on Monday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $7 paid in cash or by check and can be reserved in advanced by emailing the director, Mark Oram, at Mark. Oram@canyonsdistrict.org. “This is a really silly and funny play that is great for this age group and for the audience,” Oram said. “It’s also Shakespeare’s shortest play which is an easy length for high school.” The 90-minute no-intermission play is about two sets of identical twins, who are separated at birth by a terrible shipwreck. Years later, when the twins end up in the very same town, chaos ensues as each twin is taken for the other, resulting in mistaken identities, humor and unexpected love triangles. On stage, students will foster a fun atmosphere with slapstick comedy and creating sound effects on stage. The stage design concept sets a light mood as it was inspired by Sponge Bob Square Pants and Hawaiian images and is done entirely by students in stage technology as well as theatre design and construction classes. Junior Hannah Andersen is the student manager and production designer. “It’s ridiculous amounts of fun this farce brings,” Oram said. “We also have a few students who stand out and do well in roles with strong, talented male parts.” The student cast includes leads sophomore Sam Schino, who plays Antipholus of Ephesus; senior Dylan Manzaneras, who is Antopholus of Syracuse; senior Wyatt Hendricks, who plays Dromio of Ephesus; junior Adam Packard, who is Dromio of Syracuse; and senior Abby Maxwell, who is Adriana,

Corner Canyon High will perform “A Comedy of Errors” on stage Feb. 4-6 and again Feb. 8. Pictured is Maddie Sueltz as Luciana and Abby Maxwell as Adriana. – Mark Oram

and the recipient of the first place title in monologues at the 2015 high school Shakespeare competition. Supporting cast members include Brandon Bills, Chandler Blount, Zach Davis, Makenzie Gomez, Stoney Grayer, Garrick Jones, Josh Peterson, Spencer Roush, Maddie Sueltz, Justin Vass and Alyssa Wilson. Students auditioned and were cast in early December and began rehearsals the two weeks before the holidays. Over the holiday break, they memorized their script and resumed rehearsals the week of Jan. 4. “The play was edited for clarity and length, but not content, for a novice Shakespeare audience,” Oram said. l

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Draper Park Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Association presented a check to help patients to Jill Reese, a foundation specialist at Primary Children’s Medical Center. The money raised was through a penny war where students could indicate their favorite team between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah by donating money in jars that were placed outside the cafeteria. The votes for the U edged out the Y by $30. “The students decided to help Primary Children’s and get everyone they could involved,” PTSA president Daniela Dulger said. Assistant Principal Clint Poole said that many DPMS students know others who have been helped at the hospital so helping them provided a good fit. More than 185,000 pennies were donated, for a total of $1,855.94 donated, PTSA Treasurer Ashley Boyle said.

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ore than 30 Utah high school drill teams showed their precision and talent at the Rocky Mountain Drill Invitational. Local team winners include Hillcrest High in Midvale as both the 4A and sweepstakes winner and Bingham High in South Jordan as the 5A champion. The Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 competition was hosted by the Corner Canyon High drill team, who as hosts, did not participate in the competition. The competition included hip hop; lyrical; dance; character, which allows the team to dress and use props and music to create a story; military, where the drill team has precise, crisp movements; pom, similar to military with angles and lines, but is more light-hearted, fun and energetic and usually is performed at football halftimes; and officer, where team captains perform any genre of dance. “There are several dances the teams can compete in during invitational meets, and it’s up to them how many and which ones they want to perform,” Corner Canyon High drill team coach Jordan Peterson said. “At region, every team performs three required dances, but here we had teams compete in several.” Peterson said that Corner Canyon hosting the event brings in community support. “We do this so our community can appreciate drill, be a part of what’s going on and it gives teams an audience to perform for,” she

5A drill team members compete in the “drill down” contest of the Rocky Mountain Drill Team Invitational hosted at Corner Canyon High School. –Julie Slama

said, adding that drill teams usually participate in three competitions during the winter months leading up to the regional competition. Corner Canyon’s Charelles won first place in the 4A military competition at the Wasatch

Invitational Dec. 5 in Heber City. They also placed second in dance and third in hip-hop. At the Utah Valley University invitational on Dec. 12, they received second places in both hip-hop and military and third in dance.

They planned to compete Jan. 16 at the Richfield Drill competition before hosting the 4A regionals on Jan. 30. Last year, although they won the regional competition, Peterson said they will face more


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on the cover In addition to practicing, Peterson encourages the team to participate in community service and they volunteer about six times per year as a team. Recently, they have helped with Festival of Trees benefitting Primary Children’s Medical Center; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk; Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer; and Dance for Life benefit concert to aid The Road Home homeless shelter. “Being part of the team helps with their dance skills and talent and learning teamwork, but high school is also about building character and service helps build a well-rounded experience,” she said. Area schools with top finishes in hip hop include Hillcrest, first in 4A; Alta, third in 4A; Bingham first in 5A; Brighton, second in 5A; Granger, third in 5A and Riverton, fifth in 5A. In the officer competition, Hillcrest won the 4A division and Brighton won the 5A. Riverton placed second in 5A, Taylorsville was third and West Jordan High was fourth. In the lyrical contest, Hillcrest won first place in 4A and Alta was second. In 5A, Brighton was second and Taylorsville was third. In the 4A military contest, Hillcrest won; Alta was fourth and Kearns placed fifth. In 5A military, Bingham won; Brighton was second and Hunter was fifth. The 4A dance champion is Hillcrest, with Kearns placing fourth and Alta, fifth. The 5A dance winner is Bingham, with Brighton, third; Taylorsville, fourth; and Hunter, fifth. In character competition, Hillcrest won the 4A title, with Kearns finishing fourth and Alta, fifth. Bingham won the 5A contest, with Brighton, third, and Hunter, fourth. The top 10 routines included Hillcrest for officer, character, military, lyrical and dance as well as to Bingham in hip hop and character. First-place individual winners from Hillcrest include Caroline Tarbet, Alyssa Gustafson and Myranda Scherschligt. l

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What is the Role of a Funeral Home? By Spencer Larkin

Very few people know what to expect from their funeral home until the day they have to make some difficult decisions and deal with seemingly mundane details during a time of duress. These distraction postpone a healthy grieving process, one that begins the moment arrangements for the service begin. Choosing the right funeral home can make all the difference. First: the logistics. Behind the scenes, the funeral home arranges for the removal of the body, obtains all the required legal documents, prepares the loved one for viewing, helps plan the service, arranges for the final disposition, provides facilities for the visitation and funeral service and the transportation to the final resting place. An experienced funeral home is essential in getting all these details right---in the sense that they make the funeral appropriate to the family’s wishes and not just offer cookie-cutter solutions. Experience goes a long way. An idea that sounds good at the time, may not turn out the

way you plan. Having a funeral director with a lot of experience you can trust to guide you is essential. Especially if you are doing a cremation with a service, mixed religion services, coordinating mixed families, or having the service outside the funeral home at say a farm, or ski resort, in the National Forest, at a private estate or repatriated in a different country. A savvy funeral home will be sensitive to the story you are trying to create and make sure all the necessary laws are met and all feelings are respected. There are other considerations, too; like special services for children, vets, public servants and religious leaders. A good funeral home will have experience in all these areas and have helpful suggestions. Lastly, you have to like and trust them. Emotions will be a little raw during this time. Hugs will come often and honest feelings shared easily. It’s important to have a friend and confidant in the funeral director; one you should feel confident hugging when the day is

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bout 40 Summit Academy seventh- and eighth-grade students will perform the musical “Totally Awesome ‘80s” and groove to top chart hits like Madonna’s “Material Girl” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in the tribute to the 1980s decade. The show will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19 and again, Monday, Feb. 22 at Summit Academy’s stage, 1225 East 13200 South in Draper. General admission ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for students or $15 for a family and are available in advance in the school office or at the door. “I always look for something they like and can have fun with and this has been a good way to bring parents and students together with wearing their clothes or learning about their hairstyles,” director Aimee Rohling said. Leg warmers, big hair, preppy looks, and other iconic and MTV influences will be revealed in the storyline that reminds audiences of the ‘80s teen “brat pack” movies, she said. In the two-hour musical, Allie is a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks who falls for the new guy, Andrew, who’s rich. Allie’s childhood friend, Dempsey, is afraid to reveal his true feelings for Allie and tries to get her attention by hiring cool girl Madison to pretend to be his girlfriend. But Madison falls for Dempsey, creating new problems. Meanwhile,

Summit Academy students will put on the musical “Totally Awesome ‘80s” Feb. 18-19 and Feb. 22 as a tribute to the 1980s decade. –Jackson Grange the geeky Geo is desperately trying not to be pummeled by tough guy Tyson, and Brenda is just hoping that someone, anyone, will remember her 16th birthday. On top of everything, Allie and all of her friends are trying to keep Mrs. Keating, their cool teacher with unconventional teaching methods, from being fired. Songs from Foreigner, Twisted Sister,

Queen, Kiss as well as songs from the musical, “Footloose” are featured in the musical. The original music and lyrics in the musical are by Bill Francouer. Summit Academy’s music director is Alan Larsen and along with Rohling, who choreographed the show, Shannon Sanchez is a guest choreographer.



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here is no doubt that we are in the middle of a healthcare crisis. Some call it a “healthcare demise”. Obamacare, so far, is here to stay. As long as it is here, people are forced to buy health insurance whose premiums are uncontrollable and whose policies make the insured pay more out-of-pocket expenses. Some families have filed for bankruptcy due to medical bills, others have loved ones who have passed on because they denied medical care and medications due to the higher healthcare costs. It can seem alarming, and cause many people wonder what they can do about it. The key to navigating through healthcare safely is to become as healthy as possible , minimizing any chances of accessing expensive medical care. The best, and most

affordable, approach to accomplish this is to pre-pay a family doctor for routine care, while having a health insurance policy for catastrophic events. This model allows health insurance to be set aside and be used as “true insurance”--to cover unexpected major medical needs--while allowing a person to visit the doctor as often as needed without concern for cost. This increases the person’s well-being and overall healthiness. While this scenario is ideal, it can be difficult to find quality medical professionals who allow you to pre-pay for expenses. That is where Medallus Medical is here to help. Medallus Medical has 9 clinics across the Wasatch Front that provide urgent care, primary care, and work medicine, with three ways to be seen in any of them. First, you can

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New housing development breaks ground in Draper The exciting new Deer Run Preserve located at approximately 950 East Highland Drive, Draper, is being developed by David Weekley Homes, and will include a total of 79 beautiful, new single-family one-, two- and three-story homes on Bungalow, Cottage and Estate home sites. The home’s front elevations will include masonry, stone or brick with the balance being an aesthetic mix of concrete board or stucco. Amenities will include a public park with beautiful landscaping and play equipment, as well as multiple trail connections for residents to use. Sales are expected to begin in late summer or early fall 2016.

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y husband and I dated for a year before we married. We thought we had it figured out, had discussed it all, from the number of kids we wanted, right down to the color of carpet in our home. After the arrival of our firstborn things started getting rocky. My sweet and lovable hubby suddenly turned into a matted green, irritable grouch. Instead of helping him and trying to understand, all I could do was nag. Life became a chore. Money was tight. We barely talked to each other. We were sliding down a slippery slope. It was during this time that a turning point happened. We found ourselves on a real date. I can’t recall how it happened, but nonetheless, the hubs and I had dropped off the little one at Mom’s, packed a picnic lunch and headed to the park for what turned out to be the one of best dates of our relationship. Having the alone time allowed me to open up to listening without distraction to what was really bugging him, his stresses at work and financial concerns. We problem solved, had open conversation and worked together to fix it. In the time it took to prepare a $10 picnic lunch for two, throw down

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