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February 2020 | Vol. 14 Iss. 02


RESIDENT SHOWCASES HOW #DRAPERISKIND ON SOCIAL MEDIA By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


hen a thread complaining about Draper popped up on her newsfeed, it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mary Squire. “It really bothered me,” said Squire, who works as a volunteer for the planning commission in Draper and has helped out in her community in other capacities. “I think a lot of times the people that are the loudest get the most attention and I want to focus more on the positive things.” Squire decided the best way to offset the negative tone that often pervades social media was with a positive spin all her own — and the social media account Draper Is Kind was born. Found on both Facebook and Instagram, Squire said she plans to highlight the good deeds both small and big that happen on a daily basis in Draper. “I want [Draper Is Kind] to be a venue for those good deeds and positive things that are happening in our community,” said Squire. “The more we focus on positive things the less complaining and fault-finding happens” From a post about a single mom collecting and donating 2,000 diapers to one highlighting Draper’s idle-free week, Squire said she hopes more people will message her the good things they see in the community. “What drives [the account] is people sending in stories of either kindness they’ve experienced or something they did,” Squire said. “A lot has been sent to me about grander gestures like groups making kits to send to Africa or people volunteer- Mary Squire and her husband Lance enjoying the Maple Hollow Trail in ing at homeless shelters. I love to see those but I also want to Draper. (Photo courtesy of Mary Squire) post about the small things that people experience.”

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Squire said she has received a lot of support from her friends and hopes to widen the circle of exposure for Draper Is Kind. “Follows are not the most important thing to me, but I do need more people to see [my posts],” Squire said. “The more people that know about Draper Is Kind means there are more people in the community that can send things to me to share on my page.” Draper City Councilmember Mike Green follows the accounts and said he thinks it is a great idea. “It is nice to show people outside of the community that people in Draper are doing good things and kind things,” Green said. “We need to see each other as people. If we all have kindness that generates respect, resulting in cooperation. And cooperation is the key to success in any endeavor.” Draper resident Vanessa Croshaw has been following the account and said she loves how it helps her look for the good. “Focusing on the positive changes everyone’s perspective,” Croshaw said. “It causes us to look around and both notice the kindness or create it ourselves.” Squire hopes Draper Is Kind will have a positive impact on people in the community. “The people who are more engaged in the community are not the ones out there complaining,” Squire said. “They are making changes of their own. I appreciate the efforts of others that want to help those things happen.” Stories of kind things seen in Draper can be submitted to @DraperIsKind through messaging on Facebook or Instagram. l

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Harmons Cooking School tempts the taste buds with Valentine and Mardi Gras treats By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com


ebruary brings many opportunities to celebrate food. The snack fest that is Super Bowl Sunday kicks off the month followed by Valentine’s Day with its chocolates and delectable desserts. Then comes the spicy fun of New Orleans cuisine for Mardi Gras. Harmons Cooking School at Bangerter Crossing is helping folks to celebrate these holidays to the fullest with themed menus all month long. A special Valentine’s Dinner on the store’s mezzanine complete with musical entertainment is in the works as well. Cindy Toronto, cooking school coordinator, noted that Harmons Cooking School features seasonal holiday-themed menus all year round. Many classes are designed to help people with their holiday cooking. For example, cookie-baking classes are held before Christmas while “Turkey 101” and pie-baking classes are offered in time for Thanksgiving. The first Valentine’s Day themed class will be “Gal-entines with Friends” on February 7. Sous-Chef Brenda White explained, “It’s a ladies night or girls night out but open to everyone. We’ll have a heart-shaped theme and mocktails.” The class will begin with a cheese and chocolate charcuterie board followed by a light meal and a milkshake mocktail shooter topped with frosting and a doughnut. The chocolate theme will continue the following evening with a “Death by Chocolate” class. Participants will learn how to make treats such as gourmet chocolate-covered popcorn and chocolate-dipped “tuxedo” strawberries. Chef Shane Symes will reveal the secrets to making a chocolate snowball using a recipe he mastered during his years as a chef at Deer Valley. The meal will be capped off with cardamom hot chocolate. Symes, who brings 45 years of professional experience to Harmons Cooking School, said he truly enjoys teaching there. “I


like how people want to learn,” he said with a smile. “You can see the joy that it brings them.” White echoed the sentiment. “It’s just so rewarding,” White said of her experiences with class participants. “It’s fun to stand back and see their faces.” She recalled a class in which a woman gave her a big hug after White taught her how to bake a cake. Symes and White spoke at length about how cooking and sharing a meal can bring people together. Class participants arrive as strangers and leave as friends. “It’s proof that when you sit down at a table with food, it brings people together,” White said. Kids can get in on the fun with classes inspired by the Netflix series “Nailed It!” For this month’s class on Feb. 12, the Harmons chefs will choose a mystery Valentine-themed dish for the kids to make. Like the show, the class is about fun and friendly competition and prizes are offered. The “Nailed It!” class is recommended for kids age 10 and up who can safely handle hot stoves and knives. On Feb. 14, the mezzanine at Harmons Bangerter Crossing will be transformed into an elegant restaurant complete with live mu-

Chef Shane Symes looks on as Sous-Chef Brenda White prepares a dish at Harmons Cooking School at Bangerter Crossing. (Photo courtesy Cindy Toronto/Harmons Cooking School)

sic by pianist Bryan Pullman. Guests will leave the cooking to Symes and the cooking school team and enjoy a five-course meal for two. Menu highlights include champagne strawberry soup, spinach salad with blood oranges and pistachios, and steak and lobster with gourmet crab macaroni and cheese. A selection of champagnes and wines will be available. Guests will have the option to stay at the newly built TownePlace Suites by Marriott located near the store at a special rate with a special romantic gift from Harmons Cooking School. The cost of the Valentine Dinner for two is $195, the cost of the dinner plus the hotel suite is $300. Harmons Cooking School at Bangerter Crossing was the first of its kind and has been Festive cupcakes are an example of the tasty treats operating for 12 years. “We need to set the prepared by kids at the “Nailed It!” themed classes bar,” White said. “We want to be the best and at Harmons Cooking School. (Photo courtesy Cindy most innovative.” Toronto/Harmons Cooking School) Symes and White are constantly coming




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up with new ideas and finding ways to add personal touches that will make their classes and dinners special. “It’s the little things we add to make it better,” Symes said. On Feb. 22, the team will offer their “Mardi Gras Celebration” class with a Cajun menu of crawfish étoufée, blackened catfish with Cajun remoulade, and cheddar grits with shrimp and andouille sausage. Cajun dishes are a favorite with Symes, who learned the cuisine while living in Memphis. Exotic cocktails in Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green will be offered as well. Guests are encouraged to dress up and bring their beads. Classes at Harmons Cooking School fill up quickly. To learn more information and sign up, visit www.harmonsgrocery.com/ cooking-school and select the Bangerter Crossing location. Classes generally begin at 6 p.m. See class listings online for information about age restrictions and special dietary needs. l


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Students learn curiosity, problem-solving are keys to engineering careers By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


orner Canyon senior Jenna Mills spent the better part of a day listening to engineers, asking them questions, seeking information to better understand career paths ahead of her. “This is really cool,” she said. “I want to solve problems that help people, and that’s why I’m learning what these people are doing.” At the engineering career day, which attracted 444 high school students across the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, scientists from Reaveley Engineers, WesTech Engineering, CCI Mechanical, Stryker, Ivanti, Rocky Mountain Power and more shared with students what they do, why they do it and requirements needed for their careers as well, as answered participants’ questions. In one rotation, Mills attended Wadsworth Construction’s session, where she learned about bridge infrastructure, even learning about the underwater construction of a nearby Snake River bridge. In another, she learned about Stadler Rail, which constructs both electric and diesel trains in Europe as well as in the states. According to Stadler Vehicle Engineer Amber Lyerly, the company could be ex-

panding from 300 employees to 1,000 employees — from production to engineers — in the next five to 10 years. “We have a pathway from high school which will help you get a degree and get hands-on experience,” Lyerly told students. “Basically, engineering jobs are similar. We learn how things work, we engineer or design more, we fix things. One of the most rewarding things for me is to see a project through from start to finish and see it working.” Mills doesn’t have her mind set on transportation engineering, but rather environmental as she would like to help with water filtration for agriculture in third-world countries. “It’s the same concept: identify the problem, come up with possible methods or designs to find a solution that helps people,” she said. In another session, Otto Block’s Emilie Simpson demonstrated prosthetics made with a 3D printer. “I graduated in mechanical engineering and have had the passion to learn how things work,” she said. “It’s pretty cool and exciting. I like to help people, but I like to be in the background. It’s rewarding knowing

we’re on the edge of the future of medical devices.” Olympus High sophomore Wyatt Comer sat in on their talk as one of his sessions. “I came to look at careers and get information to learn about my options,” he said. “It’s been kind of cool to learn how they make the prosthetics and how engineering is incorporated into so many parts of our lives.” That was the goal of the day, said Canyons School District Career and Technical Education Coordinator Patti Larkin. “We want them to learn about these people’s paths so our students can see what is needed, so they have the opportunity to start sooner, gain an internship, have a job shadow, explore their options as they learn the different types of engineering,” she said. In the sessions, speakers shared how engineers have developed and changed everyday living. At Hunt Electric, Engineering Division Manager Darrin Sanders told students how architectural plans that used to be drawn by hand now are created as a 3D model and “everything is built from that model.” Austin Loveless, of Boeing, discussed with students why aluminum has been re-

placed with carbon-fiber composites for their fleet, as it has “almost infinite fatigue life,” less weight, less carbon in the air and larger windows. He said it was through engineering that the composite was made and determined to be best. VPI Technology’s Gary Olsen said that in their work, there are numerous engineers — research and development, electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, software, application, test, quality control and others. For example, he said engineers are needed each step of the way to design a cellphone, from designing its look and shape so it’s easy to hold to ensuring dust stays out or how to access batteries. They also make sure it’s functionable and test it to see if it consistently performs. “Math, especially calculus, our engineers use on a daily basis, but they also use their curiosity,” he said. “You can start learning now. Pop the hood and learn how the car works. If you start now to learn how things around you work, then you’re understanding the culture of engineering.” l

Otto Block’s Emilie Simpson and Cody Hamilton talk to area high school students about prosthetics that were made with a 3D printer during engineering career day. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice at Draper Historic Theatre By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com

Bonnie Ellis is enjoying her role as Alice in the Draper Historic Theatre production of “Alice in Wonderland.” (Photo courtesy Alayna Bria/Draper Historic Theatre)

We’re all mad here,” the Cheshire Cat explains to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The musical version of the tale at Draper Historic Theatre invites audiences into its “mad” world of talking white rabbits, grinning cats, tea parties and croquet games played with flamingo mallets. “Alice in Wonderland” will be presented Feb. 7–27. Those who are familiar with the animated Disney version of “Alice in Wonderland” will experience a slightly different take on the story which includes characters that appear in Carroll’s original book. “This version follows the book very closely,” said director Alayna Bria. “There’s a bit of darkness bal-

anced by lots of fun.” The script originated with the Prince Street Players Ltd., a children’s theater group founded in New York City in 1965 by the actor, composer and director Jim Eiler. Eiler’s musical versions of classic stories like “Aladdin,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Pinocchio” were produced for television in the ’60s. They are often performed to this day for their humor and appeal to both kids and grown-ups alike. Many of the young cast members in this production are actually “old hands” when it comes to creating theater. Thirteen-year-old Bonnie Ellis, who plays the title role of Alice, is enjoying her third year at Draper Historic Theatre. She has performed in “A Christmas Carol” at DHT with her family and appeared in “Annie” at Eastmont Middle School among other productions. Ellis dreams of performing on Broadway one day. “I just want to act, to give people joy,” she said. Braeden Lorensen, who attends seventh grade at Beehive Science and Technology Academy, has also acted in “A Christmas Carol” for the past few years and once played Tiny Tim. He explained that he has been “doing theater for a long time” and enjoys it immensely. As the Dormouse at the mad tea party he alternates between falling asleep and being very active. “I get to release my wild side,” he laughed. “I get to be extremely loud and rambunctious!” Lorensen has invented a name for his character, “Sam Leap,” which can be abbreviated to “S. Leap,” sleep being the dormouse’s favorite pastime. Several of the actors talked about the ways in which they can bring something original to their characters.

“Our director gives everyone a lot of room to create,” said Jenny Jones, who plays the Mad Hatter as well as a butterfly and a flower. “It’s like having a blank canvas I get to paint.” She grew up in Iowa and performed in theatrical productions throughout high school and also professionally in Los Angeles. “Alice in Wonderland” will be her third show at Draper Historic Theatre. Stacee Hunsaker, in the role of the White Rabbit, remarked that “it is a joy to play someone who is excited all of the time!”

Hunsaker was one of the doo-wop singing chorus girls in last season’s “Little Shop of Horrors.” This production of “Alice in Wonderland” presents a challenge to the actors in the way that it tells the story, Hunsaker said. “Because it’s a dream, the flow is different. Scenes flow into each other and there are a lot of quick changes for actors playing multiple roles.” “It’s such a different version of the ‘Alice’ story,” Jones said. “I’d encourage everyone to see it. You get more back story, another layer of the cake. It shows different points of view which is always good.” “There are more characters from the original book,” said 13-year-old Audrey Lord who plays a duck. Her character is friends with a group of birds — a dodo, an eaglet and a lory. In order to get dry after a swim, Alice and the birds run a “caucus race” where the participants run around however and whenever they like so that everyone wins. “This is my first time playing such a funny role,” Lord said. “It’s a really, really fun show,” Ellis said. “There’s so much happiness, music, dancing and singing. People should take the time to see the show and support the theater.” “Alice in Wonderland,” adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll, with script and lyrics by Jim Eiler and music by Eiler and Jeanne Bargy, will be presented at Draper Historic Theatre Feb. 7–27 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 15. Draper Historic Alice (Bonnie Ellis) meets the White Rabbit (Stacee Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East. Hunsaker) in the Draper Historic Theatre production For more information and to purchase tickof “Alice in Wonderland.” (Photo courtesy Alayna ets, visit drapertheatre.org or leave a message Bria/Draper Historic Theatre) at 801-572-4144. l

Draper Park Middle School to present ‘Xanadu, Jr.’ By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hat does ancient Greece have to do with the 1980s? The answer will be revealed March 11–14 during Draper Park Middle School’s production of “Xanadu, Jr.” The show, which begins at 6:30 p.m., involves 113 students. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 years and younger. The musical is based in part on the movie with the same name, which flopped according to critics, but the music was a hit and propelled the musical to a run of 500 nights on Broadway and a U.S. tour. “I enjoy the show,” Draper Park director Erica Heiner. “It’s fun, quirky, and it’s not afraid to make fun of itself. There are vivid characters, passion and nostalgia.” Heiner said adults will reminisce with the music, with hits such as “Magic,” “Suddenly,” “All over the World “ and “I’m Alive,” and students are having fun as many have become familiar with that era.

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“It’s a charming family show that will connect with parents,” Heiner said. The show offers DPMS students a chance to also make connections. “It ties into ancient Greece, which they learn about in school, and has the origins of Greek theater, which is cool to take that and put into a musical,” she said. “They also learn to go outside their comfort zone to connect with their characters and the audience.” “Xanadu, Jr.” also promises to provide fun with 1980s hairstyles, clothing and even roller skates. While every show will have the 113 cast members, the leads are double-cast. The show is expected to run for one hour 15 minutes, without intermission. Students are involved in the make-up, hair, lighting and design, choreography and production of the musical. “My college education was hands-on, and my approach is the same way,” Heiner

said. “I want to give them the experience.” Two other DPMS teachers — Sam Browley and Kaylie Sullivan — are helping with musical numbers, and two Corner Canyon directors — Phaidra Atkinson and Case Spalding — reached out to help with the finale. “It’s a good opportunity for our students to get familiar with them, as teachers and directors at the high school many of them will attend,” Heiner said, adding that some set pieces and costumes also were borrowed from Corner Canyon. The cast began auditions last fall and had 90-minute rehearsals three times per week leading up to winter break. In January, rehearsals moved to daily in preparation for the performances. “It’s a fun show, one which everyone can connect with,” Heiner said. l Draper Park Middle School will put on “Xanadu, Jr.,” which promises to provide fun with 1980s hairstyles, clothing and even roller skates.

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Celebratory ceremony for installation of council members By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

Draper’s City Council L-R Cal Roberts, Tasha Lowery, Marsha Vawdrey, Mayor Troy Walker, Fred Lowry and Mike Green. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)


n the first Monday of the new decade, with sunshine streaming in the windows of City Hall, the three winning candidates of Draper’s election for city council took the oath of office. They promised to uphold both the Constitution of the United States as well and that of the state of Utah as they begin their four-year terms. City Recorder Laura Oscarson administered the oath to each person individually. Incumbent Marsha Vawdrey took the oath first. She spoke about 2020 marking

100 years of women having the right to vote in America and noted that Utah granted that privilege to women 50 years ahead of the nation. She recounted an entry in her mother’s journal dated February 7, 1978 when her mother wrote that she’d voted that day for Draper to become a city. Vawdrey indicated her gratitude for that decision, saying, “Draper had lived in the shadows of Sandy City in the past.” Finally, she shared a warning with her newly elected, fellow officials. “Today

Fred Lowry and his wife, Jill, had their infant grandson in the audience as Lowry took his city council oath of office. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

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you’re in a room full of people who love you, support you, and who worked hard to get you here. I just want to give you a warning, the people in the room may change in the near future. As people told me, today is the swearing-in, tomorrow begins the swearing at,” Vawdrey said. Fred Lowry repeated his oath of office quietly. “You don’t have to run for office very long to find out how vulnerable you are,” Lowry said. He saluted the others who ran and he recognized the spouse, special companions or family members of the elected individuals. “We’ve become acquainted with the sacrifice it takes to serve,” Lowry said. Lowry noted the painting in the lobby of City Hall and said it makes him look back two generations in his family as well as two generations forward. His infant grandson was in the audience. “That’s not lost on me. To be able to serve is an honor,” he said, indicating he’s “committed to preserving this amazing community.” Cal Roberts, the youngest member of the council, was last to take the oath. “I feel like an imposter up here,” he said. Unlike Lowry and Vawdrey, Roberts doesn’t have planning commission experience. But he did serve on a taxpayer advocate board for SunCrest, which led to him pursuing election to city council. Roberts reiterated his hope to foster a sense of community and to think “smaller,” at a more neighborhood level, in his first term. Mayor Troy Walker quoted Winston Churchill in saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” In a celebratory event that included sing-

ing by a quartet from Corner Canyon High School and an acapella solo performance of “Proud to Be an American” by Juan Diego student Audrey Tita-Munoz, friends and family of the newly installed city council members offered hugs, pats on the back, handshakes and words of encouragement for the three newly installed council members. Among those in the audience were former Draper councilman and current House District 51 representative Jeff Stenquist, former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, former Draper mayor Darrell Smith and former councilman Bill Rappleye. Rappleye had some words of wisdom to offer from his time on the council. “Always remember it’s not about you, it’s about Draper City, the citizens of Draper and the future. That’s the key to being a good public servant. Everybody is not going to like you, but you have to serve with integrity always,” he said. l

Cal Roberts, pictured with his wife, Lizzie, and son Solomon, will be the youngest member of the new city council. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

Marsha Vawdrey, pictured with her husband, Doug, warned the newly installed council members the audience will likely not be as friendly at council meetings as it was at their installation ceremony. (Mimi Darley Dutton/ City Journals)

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Nation takes notice: Utah girls football show their skills at NFL’s Pro Bowl By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


The Utah girls football all-star teams pose at the Pro Bowl Jan. 26. (Photos courtesy Brent Gordon)


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he nation’s first all-girls football league is in its sixth year here in Utah and the National Football League has not only taken notice, but they invited an all-star contingent to their Pro Bowl, Sunday, Jan. 26 in Orlando, Florida. The Utah Girls Tackle Football League (UGTFL) took 22 players and six coaches to showcase the state’s talent and trailblazing efforts in an 11 vs. 11 scrimmage during halftime of the NFL’s own allstar matchup. “It was so amazing!” said Mountain Ridge High junior Sam Gordon, who made a name for herself eight years ago as a viral sensation for her little league football highlights. “Getting to go out in front of the crowd and prove girls can play football was an awesome experience. The crowd was super into it and this is a day I’ll never forget.” Early on in the second half of the Pro Bowl, NBC’s sports broadcasters Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland commented about the girls halftime scrimmage, particularly noting the “execution on offense and tackling on defense,” saying that it “was a treat to watch.” Bingham High’s Ambrea Kunkel, who plays right tackle and defensive end, said she had a mixture of nerves and excitement at the opportunity. “I still can’t believe that I got to play at the Pro Bowl. I didn’t realize how loud a stadium could get when you are on the field and how exciting it is to hear people cheer you on,” she said. “I am so happy with support of the NFL and how welcoming the fans were. I feel like we are getting one step

closer to showing the world that girls have a place in football.” The opportunity came up in mid-January when the NFL called Sam’s father, Brent Gordon, co-founder of the UGTFL in 2014 along with Crystal Sacco. So, Brent, UGTFL president Shawn Goetz and coach Jason Dixon hurriedly selected 22 players from 17 high schools to represent the league and the state. “We were looking for fantastic players who have demonstrated commitment to the league as it was our opportunity to show the world some of our best,” Brent said. “On every single team, any girl from our league can explain what playing football means to them and they express themselves in such a compelling way that they are really our best ambassadors.” Also on the 22-member all-star team that competed at the Pro Bowl were AAI’s Grace Lamoreaux, Bingham’s Syd Sessions, Copper Hills’ McKell Collotzi, Corner Canyon’s Rylee Taylor, Herriman’s Ellie Bisquera, Hunter’s Anapesi Tofavaha, Jordan’s Kammi Bilanzich, Juan Diego’s Jonna Tucker, Lone Peak’s Aysha Burke, Mountain View’s Cassidy Lindberg, Mountain Ridge’s Kloe Garcia, Murray’s Olivia Green and Naliyah Rueckert, Pleasant Grove’s Erica Afualo, Riverton’s Ella Morgan and Megan Perri, Summit Academy’s Lauren Dixon, West Jordan’s Laura Goetz and Westlake’s Hope Brennan and Tila Malungahu. Brent Gordon, Dixon, Goetz and Sacco along with Christian Lambert and Eddie Ruiz coached the squads.

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In its first year, the UGTFL had 50 fifthand sixth-grade players sign up and the program has continually risen in interest and players with 460 girls competing last season in grades four through 12. “We’re trying really hard to expand opportunities for girls and pushing to allow girls to play traditional sports,” Brent said. He has filed a lawsuit against the Utah High School Activities Association to require Utah high schools to offer girls-only football teams. “These girls are good and the response to our league has been fantastic with a complete upward trajectory.” Sam Gordon, recipient of the NFL’s inaugural Game Changer award who also appeared in a 2019 Super Bowl commercial, said she is grateful to the NFL for their support of girls football. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to look back and see the greater effect that this has had and it’s incredible

that the NFL uses their giant platform to be so supportive of us,” she said. Kunkel said she has been taught so many life skills through playing football, including teamwork and dedication. “It’s important for us to show that girls can play football and we appreciate those that support our desire to play,” she said. Registration is open for the volunteer-run Utah Girls Tackle Football League, for those in grades four through 12, which will begin with practices in March. Teams are formed based largely on location in Salt Lake and Utah counties and will play six Saturday games before two weeks of playoffs are held. A flag football division for grades first through eighth will also be available. Online registrations can be filled out at football.eventbrite.com while more information can be found at www.utahgirlstacklefootball.com. l

The Utah girls football all-star teams practice at the RSL Academy in Herriman prior to their halftime scrimmage during the Pro Bowl Jan. 26. (Photos courtesy Larry Gordon)

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Share the love, not the cold By Priscilla Schnarr


More and more people are saying they just don’t get colds anymore. They are using a new device made of pure copper, which scientists say kills cold and flu viruses. Doug Cornell invented the device in 2012. “I haven’t had a single cold since then,” he says. People were skeptical but New research: Copper stops colds if used early. EPA and university studies demonstrate repeatedly that viruses Businesswoman Rosaleen says when and bacteria die almost instantly when people are sick around her she uses Coptouched by copper. perZap morning and night. “It saved me That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- last holidays,” she said. “The kids had tians used copper to purify water and colds going around, but not me.” heal wounds. They didn’t know about Some users say it also helps with viruses and bacteria, but now we do. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a Scientists say the high conductance 2-day sinus headache. When her Copperof copper disrupts the electrical balance Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in she said. “My head cleared, no more seconds. headache, no more congestion.” So some hospitals tried copper touch Some users say copper stops nightsurfaces like faucets and doorknobs. time stuffiness if used before bed. One This cut the spread of MRSA and other man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” illnesses by over half, and saved lives. Copper can also stop flu if used earColds start after cold viruses get in ly and for several days. Lab technicians your nose, so the vast body of research placed 25 million live flu viruses on a gave Cornell an idea. When he next CopperZap. No viruses were found alive felt a cold about to start, he fashioned a soon after. smooth copper probe and rubbed it genDr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams tly in his nose for 60 seconds. confirming the discovery. He placed mil“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold lions of disease germs on copper. “They never got going.” It worked again every started to die literally as soon as they time. touched the surface,” he said. He asked relatives and friends to try The handle is curved and finely texit. They said it worked for them, too, so tured to improve contact. It kills germs he patented CopperZap™ and put it on picked up on fingers and hands to protect the market. you and your family. Now tens of thousands of people Copper even kills deadly germs that have tried it. Nearly 100% of feedback have become resistant to antibiotics. If said the copper stops colds if used within you are near sick people, a moment of 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 handling it may keep serious infection days, if they still get the cold it is milder away. than usual and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Pat McAllister, age 70, received one when tarnished. It kills hundreds of diffor Christmas and called it “one of the ferent disease germs so it can prevent sebest presents ever. This little jewel real- rious or even fatal illness. ly works.” Now thousands of users have CopperZap is made in America of simply stopped getting colds. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money People often use CopperZap preven- back guarantee. It is $69.95. tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to Get $10 off each CopperZap with get colds after crowded flights. Though code UTCJ10. skeptical, she tried it several times a day Go to www.CopperZap.com or call on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen toll-free 1-888-411-6114. flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. Buy once, use forever. advertorial

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You were just in a car acident, now what? Unless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1.Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2.Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3.Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call

911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4.Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5.Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6.Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. l




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Draper Police change to blue lights for better visibility By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

CENSUS 2020 BEGINS ONLINE MARCH 12, 2020 The U.S. Census helps fund our schools, health care, roads, and other important parts of our community. Through research, Draper Police Chief John Eining found that blue lights are more visible, so he led his agency to be the first in the state to make the switch. (Photo courtesy Draper Police Department)


one are the days of K-Mart’s “Blue Light Special,” but there’s a new blue light special in town as the Draper Police Department transitions to all-blue flashing lights on their vehicles. Instead of a special sale, these blue lights will mean you’re being pulled over. The Draper Police Department is the first agency in the state to change to all blue lights on their patrol cars, a trend that has taken effect in other cities in the nation. “We’ve been thinking about it for a year and a half. Chief (John) Eining travels all around the country and he goes to places that have all blue lights such as Washington, D.C. We wondered why they do it. Then Chief Eining researched to find that studies show it’s safer. The biggest reason is when you’re in traffic, the blue lights stand out better than red lights which conflict with brake lights and tail lights on vehicles,” said Lieutenant Pat Evans. “We believe anything that enhances officer safety is of value,” Eining stated in a press release. According to an Illinois newspaper article by the “Answer Man” Roger Schlueter in the “Belleville News-Democrat,” the Florida Highway Patrol did a 2004 study that looked into how the eye perceives colors. The study found that at night, a person’s mind perceives that a lamp emitting a higher frequency and shorter wavelength of light (blue or violet)

will appear to be moving closer while a light with a lower frequency and longer wavelength (red) will appear to be moving away. A 2008 University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study found that blue was more effective than white, yellow or red in sunlight conditions, according to Schlueter’s article. The change to blue lights won’t happen all at once. Draper drivers will still see the traditional blue and red lights in town for some time to come. “Right now, we only have five marked cars that are all blue and one unmarked car. It’s going to be a slow transition,” Evans said, adding that it’s a matter of attrition. “It was a really simple fix to make people safer. We’re not retrofitting cars. As we’re phasing old cars out and new cars in, the new cars will come with the blue lights at no additional cost. We want to be sure people know it was at no additional cost, it’s just the normal cost of equipping a new police vehicle,” Evans said. Sergeant Scott Adams serves as the public information officer for the department. “We anticipate there will be a learning curve for motorists as they become accustomed to all blue lights. Whether an emergency vehicle has all blue lights or red and blue lights, the legal obligation to pull over is the same,” Adams said in a press release. l

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Don’t throw your paper out! Recycle it for free at a local school and they’ll benefit too By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

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ith Draper City’s launch of the Big 3 recycling campaign last fall, many residents thought their only option for paper products other than corrugated cardboard was the garbage bin. That is not the case. Free collection points for recycling paper exist at schools throughout the city and those schools can get a monetary “kickback” for participating. Green Fiber is a for-profit, national company with an office in West Valley. They started approximately 30 years ago in Utah as RediTherm, then became Green Fiber about a decade ago. The company turns the recycled paper into “cellulose insulation” for homes and businesses, according to Sandi McKamey, Green Fiber’s recycling coordinator. “It actually packs tighter and makes things more soundproof than fiberglass. It’s 85% recycled and 15% chemicals that make it fire retardant but are natural chemicals. It’s a more natural alternative to standard fiberglass,” McKamey said. Green Fiber’s green collection bins for paper products reside in the parking lots of the following schools: Draper Park Middle, Corner Canyon High,

Willow Springs Elementary, Summit Academy, Channing Hall and American Preparatory’s Lone Peak location. “Everything that is recycled here in Utah gets processed, turned into insulation and gets sold here in the United States. We never have sold to China,” said McKamey. The paper collected in Utah provides insulation for the northwest quadrant of the United States including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Wyoming and Utah. Green Fiber accepts all forms of paper including cereal, granola bar and cracker boxes (known as paperboard), magazines and catalogs (remove any plastic if they’re wrapped in it), office, school, construction and notebook paper (staples are okay, but not paperclips, binder clips or three ring binders). They also take junk mail, and there’s no need to remove the little plastic window found on some envelopes. Brown paper bags, egg cartons (not the Styrofoam or plastic ones), paper towel and toilet paper tubes are all accepted as are newspapers and all the advertisements stuffed within them. “If you can tear it, we can take it,” McKamey said. There are only three

items Green Fiber can’t accept. They are wrapping paper, anything with a waxy coating such as milk and juice containers, and stickers and their backing. “We take cardboard too, but there is a market for cardboard, so that’s why single-stream recycling has cardboard on their list for the Big 3. Our favorite is newspaper. And we have our own bins floating around (the city) so it doesn’t get dirty when it’s co-mingled with other things in the recycling bin,” McKamey said. Participation is free, and schools who collect more than 2,000 pounds in a month get money in return. “It’s not a huge kickback, but it sometimes enough for a pizza party or for the kids to buy sweatshirts for their club — it just depends what the kids want to do with it,” McKamey said. Tyler Whittle is the executive director of Summit Academy Schools. “The monies collected have been credited to the student council to help fund school dances and school activities,” Whittle said. Draper City plans to offer a Green Fiber collection bin behind City Hall in the near future as well. l

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Lacrosse team wins Legends National Cup By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he 212 Lacrosse team, led by seven local players, won the Legends National Cup recently in Del Mar, California in the Ravens Elite Division against older teams made up of several future Division I players. Corner Canyon’s Blaze DeGrazie, Mason Esplin, John King, Mason Quick, Ayden Santi and Trace White along with Juan Diego’s Jacob Anderson help make up the squad that has been playing with extra motivation this season in honor of 212 Lacrosse founder Mike Acee’s college teammate Graham Harden, who is battling ALS. “I’m very proud of all the 2022 boys for their gritty performance in Del Mar,” founder and head coach Mike Acee said. “Our team of all sophomores and two freshmen won in an elite division against teams of juniors with DI college-committed players.” During pool play, 212 Lacrosse defeated True MN 2021 8-5 with key play from faceoff specialist Coleman Kraske, attackman Luke Lemus — who scored three goals — and midfielder Quick, who helped offensively and defensively. Against the Flying Pigs Elite and Evolve Elite Orange, 212 won by a combined score of 25 to 9 with strong defense, particularly from Chris Caldwell, who caused multiple turnovers. Moving on to tournament play as the

first seed, they face the eighth-seeded Vegas Starz Open and dominated 11-2 with Acee noting the play of his defensemen Mason Esplin, Trace White, Justin Egan and Jacob Anderson and goalies Ayden Santi and Drew Tyson. In the semifinals, 212 Lacrosse played the Flying Pigs Elite and again won handily, this time 13 to 4 with strong showings from DeGracie, King, Thomas Vandenburg, Makai Todd, Briggs Ballard, David Wright, Dillon Bush, Jackson Archibald, Ethan Hartsfield and Ace Nichols. The championship game pitted the 212 against the “team to beat” SoCal Bulls 2021, according to Acee, and they proved to be a tough competitor. 212 found themselves down 2-0 early and then 5-4 at halftime before getting their first lead at 6-5 with 12 minutes left in the game. The 212 Lacrosse squad won the championship 9-7. “In true David versus Goliath fashion, the smaller, younger team prevailed and hoisted the trophy as champions of Legends National Cup 2019,” Acee said. “I’ve been coaching the 2022 team for one year now and they have put on a tremendous performance considering a short time training together.” Acee credits the 212 parents for their “tremendous support” and his assistant coach Christian Pompco for his “tireless work” in

The 212 Lacrosse team won the Legends National Cup in Del Mar, Calif. in December. Corner Canyon’s Blaze DeGrazie, Mason Esplin, John King, Mason Quick, Ayden Santi and Trace White and Juan Diego’s Jacob Anderson are part of the 20-member squad that won the prestigious California tournament. (Photo courtesy 212 Lacrosse)

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City collaborates with Canyons District, cops and civic leaders for clean-air campaign By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

Representative Jeff Stenquist indicated that homes and their appliances will be a bigger source of pollution than cars in the future. (Photo courtesy Draper City)


tudies show that, in Utah, 53% of harmful particulates in the air are generated by mobile sources and that idling your car for two minutes produces the same emissions as driving one mile. Studies also show that schools at drop-off and pick-up times are one of several “hot spots” where pollution is concentrated because of the number of cars and buses running their engines in a small space. The Salt Lake County Health Department indicated that children are especially at risk because their immune systems are still developing. The Environmental Protection Agency states that pollution can result in air toxins that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. After adopting the Draper City Clean Air Initiative, Idle Free Restriction in June, the city collaborated with community partners at recent events in an effort to educate

the public on the negative air quality impacts of idling and to encourage people to be idlefree. With a theme of “Dough-Not Idle,” school district representatives, Draper police officers, city representatives and city council members passed out doughnuts at pick-up time at three area schools on Dec. 12. “Besides educating students, we feel we have a responsibility for their health,” said Kirsten Stewart, associate director of communications for Canyons School District. Stewart passed out doughnuts and chatted with parents who were waiting to pick up their children. Parents were pleasantly surprised with the delivery of free doughnuts as they waited in their cars. “It’s surprising but very nice and very proactive,” said St. John the Baptist parent Nancy Velazquez. “I think it’s great. I think you’re seeing fewer people idling as we wait,” Tamara Dolan said. A week long campaign to raise awareness of the small things that each of us can do to lessen air pollution launched on Jan. 13. This time, all Draper public, charter and private schools participated in some way with the launch hosted by Willow Springs Elementary. The January week was chosen specifically because air quality is often especially bad with inversions in the depth of winter. But it can also be a problem in warm weather. “Pollution is a year-long problem, in the winter with smog in the valley and in the summer with high ozone,” Stewart said. Canyons Superintendent Dr. James Briscoe called the initiative “critical.” Representative Dr. Suzanne Harrison, a mother of three, spoke of a low-sulfur, clean-air fuel and said she’s working on a sales-tax exemption for electric cars and hybrids. “Driving

a cleaner vehicle is a huge step in the right direction,” she said. Representative Jeff Stenquist indicated that homes will be a bigger pollutant than cars in the future, so in addition to encouraging people to replace older vehicles with cleaner cars, he’s also encouraging newer appliances in homes. Mayor Troy Walker thanked all involved and gave special accolades to Erika Doty, parent advocate and mother of two who suffer from asthma. Doty started the first idlefree week several years ago at her children’s school, St. John the Baptist, and reached out to then-candidate Tasha Lowery, the city council and mayor to encourage healthier behaviors. Doty has continued to collaborate with city leaders on finding solutions to help alleviate air pollution. The University of Utah’s “Nerdmobile,” a small van equipped with laboratory equip- Representative Dr. Suzanne Harrison is co-chair of a ment to collect air quality data, was renamed bipartisan clean-air effort for Utah. (Photo courtesy “Claire” at the Idle Free Week launch. Claire Draper City) will assess the air quality at Willow Springs and other locations before, during and after the anti-idling campaign to determine if a change in idling behavior is observed. l

Coraline Doty, daughter of clean-air advocate Erika Doty, sat next to Willow Springs Elementary Principal Marianne Yule for the snowy launch of Idle-Free Week in Draper. (Photo courtesy Draper City)

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School superintendent to retire after 38 years in education By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

After six years as Canyons School District superintendent, Jim Briscoe, seen here speaking at Hillcrest High’s 2019 graduation, recently announced he will retire June 30. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


hen talking about Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Brighton High Principal Tom Sherwood almost instantaneously said Briscoe is “happy, loves his job and loves life — and he’s quick to shift the spotlight to others around him.” “He’s always generous with praise to recognize a department or people who do exceptional or positive things,” Sherwood said. “People have appreciated his positivity; the fact they are appreciated and valued. He’s always quick with a joke or a funny story at the start of a meeting.” However, those stories may be numbered, on Jan. 23, Briscoe sent an email to district personnel informing them of his intent to retire June 30 after serving the district for six years. “While I write this notice, there are many emotions running through me,” he wrote. “Serving as superintendent for Canyons School District has proven to be one of the most positive experiences I have had during the past 38 years working in public education.” And true to Sherwood’s observations, Briscoe praised Canyons Board of Education as well as Canyons’ administrators, principals, teachers and staff in his retirement letter. “Canyons School District is moving in the right direction as a result of your leadership. I have been humbled and honored to work alongside each of you,” he said. While he said he plans to spend time with family and friends, he said he doesn’t have a clear path for what he will do. “For the first time in my life, I have butterflies in my stomach for what the future holds,” he said. “Please be assured, I plan to fulfill my role and responsibilities 110% through the

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CCHS basketball player representing U.S. at United World Games By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he United World Games is the largest youth sports tournament with more than 12,000 athletes from over 40 countries competing in 16 sports, and Corner Canyon High junior Alexa Orten was named to the eight-member girls basketball squad for the United States. The team will spend 10 days in Italy, Austria and Germany from June 22 to July 1. “This is a really cool opportunity and I’m way excited,” said Orten, who speaks four languages, including English, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish. Jody Burrow, with Student Athlete World Tours (SaWUSA), said Alexa’s “contagious energy” was hard to miss as she assembled the team from tryouts in 10 cities nationwide. “Alexa has traveled more than most people will in their entire life and that experience with traveling and studying were just the tip of the iceberg that makes her super intriguing,” Burrow said. “On a trip like this, where you are quickly immersed into other cultures and even strangers who you will be competing side by side with, those athletes are positively contagious, help make their teams successful and also the trip really fun. Alexa’s attitude, experience and perspective will be such a positive addition to the 2020 UWG tour and we are really excited she is part of the women’s basketball team who will

compete to bring home a gold medal.” Former CCHS girls basketball coach Jeramy Acker wasn’t surprised at Orten’s inclusion on the U.S. team. “Alexa is an exceptional student-athlete who has demonstrated individual motivation to excel in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Acker said. “She is an exceptional ball handler with potential to score in any situation when given the opportunity to attack the rim while also creating offense off the dribble for her teammates. I know she is a hard-working, goal-oriented player because she is continually improving herself in multiple facets of life, including basketball and academics.” The daughter of John and Jennifer Orten of Draper felt it was a “long shot” to try and make the team, but submitted a highlight video, some letters of recommendation and a personal statement to SaWUSA and it was during Alexa’s interview that Burrow offered her a place on the squad, something Burrow had never done on the spot before. Alexa even received a job offer beyond the tour experience. Alexa was in competitive gymnastics when she was younger and “got out before I got hurt,” turning to basketball in the seventh grade. “As soon as I started playing, I knew Corner Canyon’s Alexa Orten drives to the hoop against Cottonwood. The junior, who is the Chargers leading it was my sport,” she said. “The gymnastics scorer, will compete for the U.S. this summer in the United World Games. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Orten) part of me keeps me reaching for that ‘perfect



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Turn and face the strange By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


e are creatures of habit. For most of us, we wake up around the same time every day, work during the same hours during the same five days per week, and do similar activities during our off time. We find contentedness in our habituated lifestyles, knowing what’s coming next. We’ve even developed language and community around some of the common reoccurrences in our ritualized lifestyles; Taco Tuesday, Hump Day, TGIF, and Food-prep Sunday, just to name a few. Habituation isn’t something we all decided is the norm to strive for, randomly: it’s engrained in our beings. Psychology professors commonly teach habituation, a short-term learning process where a response to a stimulus following repeated exposure to a stimulus decreases with no adverse effect, with the example of the Aplysia punctata. These little siphon sea slugs have gills that they use to navigate the world. When the gill is touched it retracts into the slug’s mantle, kind of like a snail. However, researchers have found that if the gill is touched a handful of times in succession, the response weakens and the sea slugs will not retract the gill. This response is useful for the sea slugs out in the wild, as they generally live on shores, close to the ocean waves. At first, when every wave moves over the sea slugs, they retract their gills, and release when the wave moves away. As you might imagine,


by the time the next wave comes around, the sea slugs have not moved very far. If habituation didn’t occur, the sea slugs would be almost paralyzed, never able to move forward because of the constant reaction to the natural world around them. Through habituation, the sea slug becomes accustomed to the environment and is able to move forward. It’s easy to draw the similarity here in humans, right? After we become accustomed and comfortable with our environments, we begin to move forward. A common example used by psychologists is when we add new stimuli to our sleeping environments. When couples move in together, it’s usually that first night when one partner realizes that the other is a bed hog or snores like a bear. For the first week or so, the partner wakes up every time the other begins to snore. It’s frustrating, as the partner’s sleep is compromised, and they become increasingly tired throughout the week. However, after some time, the partner becomes used to the snoring being a part of their sleeping environment and begins not to be roused when the partner snores: habituation. Humans thrive when habituated. For example, many of those who report frequent migraines say that sleep inconsistencies influence their symptoms. If they sleep during the same hours every night, their migraines aren’t as frequent or severe. Similar with patients

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who suffer from various mental disorders, if their surrounding environment and daily routines remain similar, the less frequent and severe their symptoms are. Habituated rituals are constantly encouraged in our daily routines and reflected in our language as well. We should exercise daily and eat an apple a day. This is all to say, we suck at change. Some of us are terrified of the unknown that inherently comes along with change. Some of us dread starting new things. Some of us don’t like the feeling that comes along with being uncomfortable. It’s far easier to stay content in our habituated ritualized lifestyles.

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‘Roboblasters’ kicks off high school robotics season By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


MES (Academy for Math, Engineering and Science located in Cottonwood High) recently hosted 22 robots in a friendly pre-season game of “roboblasters,” which was designed around improving skills for the 13 participating schools’ robotic students, said AMES coach Sara Whitbeck-Zacharias. Hillcrest High coach Clief Castleton said he appreciated the opportunity for his students:

“Nothing is on the line; it’s just for fun. We use it as a practice, a positive opportunity to help our team and other Utah teams get better.” At the challenge, Cottonwood High won, with Jordan High coming in second and AMES third. In the business plan portion, Judge Memorial won, with AMES, Hillcrest, West High and Cottonwood placing second to fifth, respectively. The AMES challenge

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Meet the Draper MOMS Club By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


hether you are new to being a mom, new to Draper, or just want the opportunity to meet other Draper mothers and serve your community, the local chapter of the Moms Offering Moms Support (MOMS) Club is worth looking into. The Draper chapter was established in 2005 and has helped many moms adjust to motherhood and/or life in a new city by offering social support, activities and friendships. Draper City Councilmember Tasha Lowery has been a member of the Draper MOMS Club for 12 years. “It’s a way to get to know people in your own city and strengthen your community,” Lowery said. “Being a mom can be isolating and lonely. This is a way for women to get out of the house, make connections, give back to the community and build relationships and lifelong friendships.” Draper MOMS Club President Alexa Raynes was a member of a MOMS Club in Arizona before moving to Utah and quickly found a chapter to join in her new town. “I’m extremely passionate about MOMS Club,” Raynes said. “I think it is a great support system.” Raynes said the club averages about 2–3 events a week where children are always welcome, as well as one “mom’s night out” a month.

Members of the Draper MOMS club at a mom’s night out. (Photo courtesy of Alexa Raynes)

“There’s a friend for anything you need,” said Raynes. “It immerses you in the community and I love running into [members] around town. I see friends everywhere we go.” Members pay a $30 annual fee, the majority of which goes toward supporting service projects in the community. Raynes

said they plan on two service projects a year “which usually turns into four.” “We are moms so we are always looking for someone to help,” Raynes said. “If we see or hear about something in our community, especially if it involves a mother or child, we want to try and reach out and help any way we can.”

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Educators applaud new guidelines, funds expected for more computer science education in schools By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com



t Viewmont Elementary in Murray, fourth grader Addy Boyer and her class took hands-on coding blocks and arranged them in a way to command their peers to speak or do something. It was a simple introduction to coding, but one that got the message across to these 9- and 10-year-olds. “Coding is fun because we can make others do interesting things, like push-ups and sit-ups, clapping hands and giving highfives,” Addy said. “And if I don’t do it right, I can look at it again, then try again to create things. It’s fun.” Her classmate Bailey Terry agrees. “Learning how to code is another way to communicate,” she said. “I code a little at home to wish someone happy birthday and can write for them to smoosh cake in their face or I could write a message to my mom that I’m sorry for whatever made her mad and say ‘if you forgive me, I will do chores and say I’m sorry’ or something like that.” While these girls had the chance to practice their coding skills in December, Gov. Gary Herbert recognized that same month that not every school in Utah has the same opportunities to have computer science education. Thus, he included $10.2 million in his budget — yet to be approved by the Utah Legislature — to boost computer science public education statewide, which coincides with the Utah State Board of Education recently approving new computer science standards for sixth through 12th grades and upgrading guidelines for kindergartners through fifth grade. The goal is to bring students up to date on coding changes of the 21st century and provide every student with computer science education by 2022, said Herbert, who declared it Computer Science Education Week. Canyons Technical Education Center Computer Science and Programming Teacher Cody Henrichsen supports the need for improved computer science standards. “Computer sciences is problem-solving and analysis and that applies to every part of education and life,” he said. “In the 21st century, about everything we do will center around technology. We will need to know how and why things work, be able to use data and use information. We need computer science at every school in the state.” At Bella Vista Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, STEM instructor Honor Steele introduces computer science and coding to about 275 students through hands-on activities. Students learn how to be empowered learners and digital citizens, discover online resources, use Google Earth, create using film

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skills, learn engineering skills with FIRST Lego robotics and use coding, Spheros and Hour of Code for computational thinking. “We end the year with a month dedicated to coding; kids ask and look forward to it,” Steele said. “It’s more than just games; it’s an introduction to get them to problem-solving. They learn the essentials of how coding works. We want every kid to have these opportunities. Some kids will love it, take off and have it be something they will pursue — and while not every student will latch on and run with it, they have gained a greater understanding of where we are with current technology. We’re sowing the seeds in elementary school that needs to be carried on.” At nearby Ridgecrest Elementary, teacher Linda Leavitt encourages students to use Chromebooks for several assignments. “I try to incorporate technology as much as I can — in math assignments, writing and research,” she said. “I make it more real life and when there’s free time, students are using Chromebooks for learning games in math and reading or practicing their typing.” Students in Leavitt’s classroom also log on for Hour of Code. “When it comes down to it, it’s critical thinking skills and the tools we use every day are coding. I fully recognize as a fifth grade teacher that these students will have to be able to think for themselves, problem-solve and understand how things work. So, when you look at it, if we had to choose between

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State board backs need for recess for elementary school students By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ack in the day, grade-school students would race outside, eager to climb the monkey bars or capture the flag. Others played hopscotch, four-square or kickball. It was a time when students could play, chat with their friends and be free from fractions or spelling tests. It was always a clear answer as many students’ favorite subject. Somewhere along the way, it changed for some students. Now, at most Utah schools, recess is considered a privilege that is granted when their schoolwork is done and when they behave. According to a 2017-2018 Get Healthy Utah school recess report, while 95% of 356 Utah elementary and charter schools (out of 610 in the state) responded that they hold recess, more than 64% said that recess is withheld for discipline and/or remediation. When broken down further, 72% of Title I schools withheld recess for those reasons compared to 58% of non-Title I schools. “The findings of the study prompted us to contact the Utah State Board of Education about providing recess guidelines to help provide schools with best practices and make sure that all students in Utah have access to recess,” said Sarah Hodges, Get Healthy Utah executive director. Hodges teamed up with others, including Canyons School District’s health/PE/ Playworks specialist Allie Teller, to ensure recess be structured to be a positive, safe, inclusive time where students can learn social and leadership skills. In January, the State Board of Education adopted those guidelines for best practices, including endorsing that recess shouldn’t be taken away as a punishment or used as a remediation time. While the guidelines are not mandatory, they are an opportunity for schools to determine how best to use recess at their schools, Teller said. In the group’s presentation, Teller said

research shows students perform better when they have regular breaks that include exercise. She also said it not only helps with development of physical fitness, but also with social and emotional behaviors. “When students have a break, their academics improve,” Teller said. “They’re able to concentrate better after getting their wiggles out and be able to be on task in the classroom. Having that brain break is really important.” In Canyons School District, schools use Playworks, a structured recess program that helps kids stay active and build social and emotional life skills through playing. By training older elementary students to lead games for all grade levels, students are empowered as peer leaders to increase participation and decrease problems on the playground. Teller also holds monthly training for recess aides and physical education specialists so they can learn how to best support students. “We use recess as an intentional time. Students have learned skills in PE and are practicing them at recess. Through playing games they all have learned rules, and now they are able to work together as a team, communicate, practice their conflict-resolution skills and problem-solving. These are skills that will support them their whole lives,” Teller said. At East Midvale Elementary, Principal Matt Nelson agrees on the importance of recess. “Recess is important; there is all kinds of scientific proof that exercise helps the body and brain balance,” he said. “Playworks at our school has been a great program for students to learn and play together, to be mentors and contribute to safe and fun recesses. When students have recess, they are able to reset, come back from running around, take a deep breath and refocus.”

At Sprucewood Elementary, students like second grader Mary-Ann Whitaker enjoy their recess time, which the Utah State Board of Education says is essential for all elementary school children. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Teller said Canyons District has intro“Our main message is that we want to duced alternatives to withholding recess time make recess a positive, safe, happy, healthy for remediation and social behavior as well inclusive time for every single student,” she as introduced indoor active recesses when in- said. l clement weather doesn’t allow outdoor play.

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School crossing guards give winter safety tips By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ith the cold and adverse weather conditions setting in, winter can be a challenging time for school crossing safety. Drivers and pedestrians alike share responsibility for being safe; however, each year in Utah, 30 pedestrians are hit and killed by cars and another 785 are hospitalized or treated in an emergency room after being in a crash with a motorized vehicle, according to the indicator-based information system for public health. According to the Utah Highway Safety Office, more than one-third of the pedestrians involved are between age 10 and 24. School crossing guards say exercising safety tips can reduce the risk of getting hurt. Here are tips from 10 different crossing guards from six different communities, in no particular order, on how to keep school children safe this winter while at the school crosswalk. • “Safety is more important than worrying about being tardy to school or to work,” said Daybreak Elementary’s Don Hicks, who has crossed at the school for nine years. He said drivers can race through the crosswalk on nasty days so plan accordingly and get up earlier and leave for school earlier, whether walking or driving. “There can be a bit of chaos here in the morning when it’s colder and more people are driving and in a big hurry,” he said. “Give yourself the extra time.” • “Drivers need to slow down in a school zone and leave more space near the crosswalk,” said Monte Vista Elementary’s Evelyn Heap, who has crossed at the school for three years, and previously drove a school bus for almost 20 years. “Sometimes drivers don’t understand the weather; you can’t stomp on the brakes as you can in the summer.” In addition to traveling the 20 mph speed limit, she also advises drivers not to crowd the sidewalk. “Even if they are just dropping off school children, it makes it difficult for the crossing guards to safely see around the vehicle and watch for children, who could dart into traffic,” she said. By allowing space at the crosswalk, it also allows drivers behind the stopped car enough room to see pedestrians crossing so they don’t pass the stopped vehicle. • “Wear proper attire for the weather,” said Horizon Elementary’s Aimee Thompson, who is crossing for her third year at the school. “Sometimes, I’m having to help kids cross over snowbanks onto the sidewalk who are wearing (dress) shoes without socks.” She advises students wear snow boots to improve traction as well as winter coats and gloves. At the same time, make sure students are aware of the traffic around them, that their winter hat and scarf do not prevent them from hearing vehicles or the crossing guard. With the snowplows often piling snow near the curbs and sides of streets, she suggests drivers re-

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duce their speed and even stop to look as they approach crosswalks to ensure pedestrian and crossing guard safety. • For 12 years, Melissa Huyboom has crossed school children at Alta View Elementary and substituted two years before that. She tells students to “wait for the crossing guard to make sure all cars stop and when I signal them, then they should cross.” Huyboom makes sure she has the eye contact and attention of the drivers as students “are excited about school, seeing a friend, talking about losing a tooth, and don’t always pay attention.” • “Be a good role model when walking or driving as children are sponges and soak up everything,” said Dawn Barrus, who has crossed students for a decade at both Twin Peaks and Woodstock elementary schools. “Put down everything, be alert and pay attention to distractions.” Barrus said cell phones are a big distraction for both walkers and drivers. Wearing headphones also can distract pedestrians as they aren’t aware of the traffic around them. She places a big, orange safety cone in the middle of the crosswalk to alert drivers, but she said that doesn’t always work. “My cone gets hit a lot and peo-

ple say they didn’t see it,” she said. • For seven years, Melissa Tupou has crossed students in Herriman, Riverton, Millcreek and throughout Salt Lake County before crossing Draper students who attend Oak Hollow Elementary, Draper Park Middle, Corner Canyon High and Summit Academy. Her safety advice is to “know and follow the school zone rules.” Often, drivers will not stop 30 feet from the striped crosswalk or proceed if pedestrians are on the other side of the road instead of waiting until the crosswalk is clear, she said, adding that drivers also try to turn right when they reach the intersection first instead of yielding to school children. • Bella Vista Elementary 10-year crossing guard Don Antczak worries about the safety of school children, especially as “they’re all here at once after school.” He advises them to “stay on the sidewalks, even if they aren’t cleared after heavy storms,” rather than walking on the street after it has been plowed as “cars whip right through here.” Staying on the sidewalks puts a buffer between the pedestrians and drivers. • Even in the winter, about a third of the students who cross the street to Altara

Elementary ride bikes or scooters, said Pam Hortin, who has been crossing students the last 15 of her 20 years at the school. “They need to walk bikes and scooters across the crosswalk,” she said. “It’s easier to see them if they walk, but they can drop their bikes and run quickly to the side to be safe” if a motorist infringes on their crosswalk. • Students should “walk carefully and be more aware as they walk,” taking intentional shorter steps in the snow and ice and being focused on what they’re doing, said Midvalley Elementary crossing guard Cathy Camacho, who has crossed five years at the school and one year in Taylorsville. “Running across the crosswalk is not allowed.” • And importantly, “use crosswalks,” Peruvian Park crossing guard Carli Orr said. “Don’t jaywalk. It only takes two extra minutes to walk to the crosswalk.” She said that oftentimes, school custodians clear the snow from crosswalks, and if not, crossing guards have been known to shovel it themselves and put down ice melt so it’s safer for students to cross. She also said drivers are alert to look for students using the crosswalk as they expect them to cross at that point in the street. l

Daybreak Elementary crossing guard Don Hicks advises students to set out earlier for school during colder weather. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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UTA launches rideshare service affordable and accessible to all, including people with disabilities By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com


esidents of Bluffdale, Draper, Herriman, Riverton and South Jordan are invited to try a new microtransit service. It is intended to make getting to and from mass transit, work, or going on errands such as a doctor appointments and grocery store trips easier. At the same time, it will reduce pollution from cars by combining multiple riders going in a similar direction into one vehicle. Microtransit is defined by UTA as “an innovative form of on-demand transportation that connects communities with transit options as well as to other local destinations.” The goals of the program include: • Expand UTA service in southern Salt Lake County • Improve access for people with disabilities •P  rovide first and last mile connections to UTA TRAX and FrontRunner stations • Provide trips to hospitals, grocery

stores, jobs, etc. • Improve transit ridership For a limited time, the first two rides on the service are free and $1 after that. The pilot project will run through November 2020. Whether or not it’s continued will be evaluated based on its usership and success. The project is funded by fourth quarter Salt Lake County sales tax dollars. UTA partnered with Via for the project. Via is an American company headquartered in New York that specializes in on-demand shared rides designed for quick and efficient trips without lengthy detours. And Via is no stranger to Utah. They employ more than 100 people in their Lehi facility. “Our entire customer support team for North America is based in Lehi. We do a lot of different things out of that center including rider support and driver support. It is truly our customer service nexus,” said John Sununu, launch manager on the expan-

sion team for Via. UTA on Demand by Via is a fleet of 16 vans servicing a 65-mile radius. Thirteen of the vans hold six passengers in addition to the driver, and three vans in the fleet are ADA compliant. They hold five passengers, including a wheelchair, in addition to the driver. Draper Mayor Troy Walker noted Swire Coca-Cola that employs about 800 people in Draper, but those people previously had a barrier between mass transit and their worksite. In this case, they could ride microtransit from the FrontRunner location to their workplace for that “last mile” connection. “This eliminates that barrier for their employees who would otherwise like to use transit,” Wa l k e r

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said. “There’s only one way to really clean the air here — it’s our vehicles that pollute. It doesn’t matter our party or politics, you want to be able to breathe. Growth is here and it’s coming. We need to find ways that are efficient, real and effective, and this is one of them.” South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey also spoke at the program’s launch. “This is going to be a game changer for air quality issues if people will choose to use it,” she said. Chris Shirley is a University of Utah Health employee who was excited to see the service offered. “One of our big challenges or concerns are patients who are at risk for missing health appointments because they can’t find adequate transportation. UTA does a good job with their paratransit options. A lot of times, that last mile, that door to door, getting people to places like the South Jordan Health Center, that’s interesting to us and we’d really like to increase access for them. Another reason it’s interesting is the university is trying to do a better job of sustainability. If we can get our own employees out of their cars and on microtransit and mass transit options, that’s better for everybody, and we’ll be a better partner in our community,” he said. Carl Arky, a spokesperson for UTA, said the service wasn’t intended to be competition for Uber and Lyft, but it could be an alternative, as long as it’s within the 65-mile service radius. “It’s very user friendly and very affordable,” Arky said. There is no limit to the number of miles traveled in one trip, and while it can’t take you directly to the airport because that’s out of the service radius, you could ride Via to a FrontRunner station to the North Temple FrontRunner to take the green line to the airport. The program follows UTA hours of Monday–Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To book a trip, download the Via app through Google Play or the Apple App Store or call 385-2178191. More information can be found at rideuta.com/via “Pick-up and drop-off locations are typically within a block of a rider’s exact location. The pilot project will run for one year and is intended to help UTA study how microtransit can expand service in Salt Lake County, improve access for people with disabilities, and provide first and last mile connections to TRAX and FrontRunner,” according to UTA. “I hope a year from now we are amazed at the success of this program,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “We invite the public to ride,” said Carlton Christensen, UTA Board of Trustees chair. l

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Utah’s STEM and Charter School Expo lets students showcase science projects

Juan Diego celebrates the feast of its namesake

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ow student science projects apply to real life will highlight the seventh annual Utah STEM and Charter School Expo on Feb. 29. The event is free and held at the Mountain America Center, formerly known as South Towne Expo. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students from Utah middle schools, high schools, and colleges/universities will be participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects at the event. “We ask the students how their project can be used in the real world to benefit society,” Kerrie Upenieks, Beehive Science & Technology Academy STEM coordinator/department chair, said. “Besides their project, students need to have a YouTube channel and post it on their website.” Beehive Science & Technology Academy is a charter school and serves students in grades sixth through 12th. They have expanded in 2020 to include kindergarten through grade five. Utah students can apply to have an exhibit at the expo by emailing principal@beehiveacademy.org. Beehive Principal Hanifi Oguz said last year’s event included displays from approximately 350 students from 20 Utah schools. Oguz estimated 4,500 people attended last year’s expo. “The expo provides a venue for students from across the state to showcase their STEM projects,” Upenieks said. “It allows companies and institutions with the opportunity to show how STEM is used to improve our communities.” Students also learn public speaking skills when they explain the science behind their projects to expo participants. They learn to engage their friends and teach them about science. The goal of the expo is to connect schools to the community, students to professionals, generate interest, and excitement for STEM programs in general, Upenieks said.

During the expo, people can take part in hands-on experiments. There will be LEGO robotics, presentations, science shows, science trivia, and chances to win donated prizes. Demonstrations include a fire tornado demonstration, a robotics competition and a demonstration on static electricity among others. More girls have become involved with the STEM program in recent years, according to Upenieks. Some of their seventh-grade girls went to the national Broadcom MASTERS competition, where only the top 30 students in the seventh and eighth grades in America compete. Their school also had 11th-grade girls attend the International Science and Engineering Fair, where ninth to 12th graders from around the world compete. New this year will be a large, blowup planetarium where people can go inside to see simulated stars. To learn more, visit www.utahstemexpo.org. Sponsors to date are: STEM Utah, Beehive Science & Technology Academy, the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, Accord Institute for Education Research, Westminster College, Weber State University, University of Utah, University of Utah Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Utah College of Science, University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Utah State University Cooperative Extension, IM Flash Technologies, Sandy City, Utah Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, Neumont University, T.D. Williamson, Hill Air Force Base, STEM, U.S. Navy, Utah National Guard, ALS, US Synthetic Engineering, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, The Leonardo, Myriad, Merrick Bank, and Orange Peel. l



uan Diego Catholic High students and families recently celebrated together in a community mass for their patron saint, Juan Diego. “The Feast of Juan Diego is an annual tradition,” said Juan Diego Advancement Coordinator April van der Sluys. “In a celebratory fashion, we have a special feast and a letter exchange where students and parents give letters of encouragement and write how much they mean to each other.” The Feast of Juan Diego, which included the Juan Diego Eagle Voice Choir, was conducted by Father Stephen Tilley and Father Dominic Briese, seen here leading mass. (Photo courtesy of Juan Diego Catholic High School) l


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Race Cats return home after a successful nationals showing By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


raper’s Race Cats Elite track program, which competes by the motto, “Have Fun, Work Hard, Dream Big!” produced 11 top-100 runners at the USA Track and Field Junior Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin in December, including All-American Cole Jameson, who finished in 17th place. Others placing among the nation’s best were Ryan Brinkerhoff, Jonas Clay, Mya Curtis, Avery Garcia, Teagan Harris, Lily Jameson, Lucia Martinez, Grayson Milne, Liam Potter and Sydney Vessey. The 13- and 14-year-olds girls team placed fourth while the 9/10 boys squad finished in eighth. “We have quite a few kids whose parents were collegiate All-Stars and the kids seem to be following in their parents’ footsteps but at a much younger age,” Michele Brinkerhoff, head coach of Race Cats Draper Elite, said. “Cole Jameson, Lily Jameson, Mya Bybee and Bre Kennard are all kids of former BYU national champions who show great promise.” The high finishes at nationals came off the heels of the state placements where Luke Hejny took state in the 8-and-under boys division and McKay Wells won the 11/12 boys category. The 8-and-under boys, 9/10 boys, 11/12 boys, 13/14 girls and 13/15 boys all won their respective age groups while the 9/10 girls came in second.

“Our program is a competitive program but we have a lot of different levels of runners and are really just wanting to have kids who have a passion for running and a great attitude,” Brinkerhoff said. “We focus on teamwork, hard work and encouraging personal growth through building confidence and a positive attitude.” Eighth grader Grayson Milne, who attends Draper Park, has been with the Race Cats since it began a few years ago. “They have extraordinary coaching and I have drastically improved my times,” he said. This year, he finished first in his school district and third at state while also breaking Race Cats records and being awarded the Downhill Mile award and Teammate of the Year for the second time. “I have learned for myself that anything and everything can be done in a matter of time and effort,” said Milne, who finished with a personal best time of 14:02 on his 14th birthday at nationals to place 90th. “What separates those who succeed around me and those who don’t is effort and dedication. Anyone can be a top runner if they can be committed to the task.” Other Race Cats who were award win- The Race Cats Elite track program of Draper took more than 50 runners to Madison, Wisc. for the USATF ners this season within their program were Junior Nationals Event Dec. 14 and had 11 runners finish in the top 100, including 17th-place finisher Cole Ava Brinkerhoff (Downhill Mile; Leader Jameson, who earned All-American honors. (Photos courtesy Brooke Milne) of the Pack; Club Record Breaker), Ryan

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wearing khakis and a cute pith helmet, encountering mummies and warding off ancient curses. Fourth and fifth grade were spent honing my dance skills. Ballet, tap, jazz, hokey-pokey – I did it all. I’d practice every day, secure in the knowledge I’d perform on Broadway. Or at least the Murray Theater. In sixth grade, I discovered Paul Zindel’s “The Pigman” and my desire to write returned full-force. It was decided. In the future, I would be a writing, dancing, detective archeologist who spent equal time on the stage and the Amazon rainforest. But seventh grade! Boys! Gah!! Suddenly, I wanted to smell good. I became obsessed with every pimple, every pore and studied the beautiful girls who made glamour seem effortless. I read teen magazines. I learned I needed glossy lips and thick eyelashes to attract the opposite sex. (I tried to no avail to create the perfect cat’s eye, which turned out fine because I’m not a cat.) I had bangs so high and hairspray stiff, they were a danger to low-flying birds. I fell in love with Shaun Cassidy, which was crazy because, as a writer, how could I marry someone who sang “Da Doo Ron Ron”? Those aren’t even words! I earned money for Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans and Converse shoes. I bought Great Lash mascara, with its pink-and-green packaging - and Love’s Baby Soft. Sure enough, the glossy, smelly trap I’d set began attracting boys who were just

as confused as I was. Just last summer we played baseball in the street and now we circled each other like strangers, unsure of what the hell was going on. Hormones raged. Thanks to the distraction of the opposite sex, I never deciphered hieroglyphics. I never performed under the bright lights of a New York stage. I was never asked to solve the Mystery of the Secret Bracelet. I blame Love’s Baby Soft. If it hadn’t been for that innocent aroma, I’d be a world-renowned expert on ancient Babylonia, accepting Tony awards for my depiction of Eliza Doolittle. Seventh grade! Boys! Gah!! l




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hen a thread complaining about Draper popped up on her newsfeed, it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mary Squire. “It really bothered me,” said Squire, who works as a volunteer for the planning commission in Draper and has helped out in her community in other capacities. “I think a lot of times the people that are the loudest get the most attention and I want to focus more on the positive things.” Squire decided the best way to offset the negative tone that often pervades social media was with a positive spin all her own — and the social media account Draper Is Kind was born. Found on both Facebook and Instagram, Squire said she plans to highlight the good deeds both small and big that happen on a daily basis in Draper. “I want [Draper Is Kind] to be a venue for those good deeds and positive things that are happening in our community,” said Squire. “The more we focus on positive things the less complaining and fault-finding happens” From a post about a single mom collecting and donating 2,000 diapers to one highlighting Draper’s idle-free week, Squire said she hopes more people will message her the good things they see in the community. “What drives [the account] is people sending in stories of either kindness they’ve experienced or something they did,” Squire said. “A lot has been sent to me about grander gestures like groups making kits to send to Africa or people volunteer- Mary Squire and her husband Lance enjoying the Maple Hollow Trail in ing at homeless shelters. I love to see those but I also want to Draper. (Photo courtesy of Mary Squire) post about the small things that people experience.”

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Squire said she has received a lot of support from her friends and hopes to widen the circle of exposure for Draper Is Kind. “Follows are not the most important thing to me, but I do need more people to see [my posts],” Squire said. “The more people that know about Draper Is Kind means there are more people in the community that can send things to me to share on my page.” Draper City Councilmember Mike Green follows the accounts and said he thinks it is a great idea. “It is nice to show people outside of the community that people in Draper are doing good things and kind things,” Green said. “We need to see each other as people. If we all have kindness that generates respect, resulting in cooperation. And cooperation is the key to success in any endeavor.” Draper resident Vanessa Croshaw has been following the account and said she loves how it helps her look for the good. “Focusing on the positive changes everyone’s perspective,” Croshaw said. “It causes us to look around and both notice the kindness or create it ourselves.” Squire hopes Draper Is Kind will have a positive impact on people in the community. “The people who are more engaged in the community are not the ones out there complaining,” Squire said. “They are making changes of their own. I appreciate the efforts of others that want to help those things happen.” Stories of kind things seen in Draper can be submitted to @DraperIsKind through messaging on Facebook or Instagram. l

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