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CANYONS BOARD OF EDUCATION president riding off into the sunset — literally

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or the past 10 years, Sherril H. Taylor, who colleagues describe as quiet, humble and steady, has appeared before the community in his suit and tie, conducting Canyons Board of Education meetings, listening to patrons at his district town halls, thanking teachers for their service and speaking to students at graduations and new school ribbon-cutting ceremonies. During his tenure, the district was formed after splitting from Jordan School District; two multimillion-dollar bonds were passed, allowing for the building of 13 schools with nine more new school buildings or major renovations promised; teachers’ salaries were bumped to be more competitive; the long-promised high school in Draper was built; elementary schools introduced brain boosters with expanded learning opportunities; Hillcrest and Jordan high schools opened their doors in the summer to incoming struggling students; more support has been given to Title I schools for social and emotional needs; agreements have been made with neighboring towns in terms of facilities and ideas for growth; and the list goes on. Now, after 33 years in the education field before serving 14 years combined on both Jordan’s and Canyons’ boards of education, Taylor decided “it’s time to hand off the baton; we’ve accomplished what we set to do.” He officially retires in January 2019. Or rather, he will jump on his Harley motorcycle in chaps and a leather jacket to spend time outdoors when he is not with his family. “My favorite Sherril story,” former board member Paul McCarty recalls, “was on July 1, 2009, the opening day of Canyons School District. We had a school bus for the board and the senior district administration, with (then Sandy Mayor) Tom Dolan and the police and we were going to parade down State Street. But not Sherril. He rolls up on his Harley Davidson with high goose neck handlebars. This is Sherril, who always has on his nice suit, starched collar, impeccable hair, and he’s dressed in black leather jacket, leather chaps and a red bandana over his head. He looked like someone you wouldn’t want your daughter to marry. Then he says, ‘follow me,’ and Sherril takes off. It was the alter ego of Sherril, one we all may have but never show in public, but there he was and it was cool to see a great big Harley escorting the school bus.” Since that day, he has been seen “in his leathers” after riding his Harley to informal board presidency meetings, board member Steve Wrigley said, but “that first time of seeing him riding the first day of school shocked us.” Taylor said he learned much of his love of the outdoors,

Sherril Taylor, then Canyons Board of Education vice president, escorted a school bus of officials in the parade for the opening day in 2009 of Canyons School District. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

from riding a motorbike to breaking horses, while growing up on a farm. After the farm, Taylor and his wife, Pat, attended Snow College, then moved to Logan to attend Utah State University. He also holds a master’s in education from Westminster College and an administrative certificate from the University of Utah. “My wife and I decided to go into education,” he said. “We both like education and serving our community, and especially helping kids. It was a good career for us and for our family.” Taylor began his career at South Cache Junior High, but in 1970, he and his wife moved to Jordan School District, where

Taylor became Butler Middle’s science and physical education teacher. Pat Taylor taught third grade at Draper Elementary for 31 years before retiring. When Indian Hills Middle School was built 10 years later, Taylor opened its science department, teaching zoology and botany. “I loved teaching here,” he said after the school’s 2017 groundbreaking ceremony for the recently completed renovation. “It was an exciting time working with kids. We did a lot of lab work with microscopes. We dissected frogs and a few sharks.” Taylor then went on to intern as East- Continued on page 5...

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...continued from cover mont Middle’s assistant principal, then served as assistant principal at Mt. Jordan Middle, West Jordan and Copper Hills high schools before becoming principal at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. He then became the staff assistant for Jordan School District’s assistant superintendent over the southeastern part of the district. “It was a great experience. I learned from a great leader, Brenda Hales, how to be kind to people, how to be effective and detailed,” Taylor said. Taylor retired in 2002 for a year before running for Jordan School Board of Education, which he served on through the district split, even serving on both Jordan and Canyons board simultaneously. “Everybody was working hard then,” he said about the tumultuous times. “The cities gave Canyons a place to meet while working with a consulting team to form the new district and hire people. The mayors were helpful and supportive of us as we got organized. We had tons of people volunteer to help in our community. So many people had a part and worked so hard. It was the greatest accomplishment.” Former Board member Ellen S. Wallace credits Taylor for his dedication and service during those early years. “He has been a champion of the underdog and a visionary man in creating a new district from the ground up,” she said. Board member Mont Millerberg said that one of the first things they did was to hire Canyons’ first superintendent. “We interviewed a lot of people, had debates over candidates, negotiated settlements, looked for someone with leadership and a vision and who could present well in public and understood the issues. Sherril had knowledge of being a teacher, principal and working in a district office, so his input was greatly appreciated,” he said. Taylor, and former board member Tracy Cowdell, came riding to some meetings on their Harleys, McCarty recalled. “We needed the laughter, the humorous moments, in all the stresses of creating a new school district, spending 20 to 30 hours each week — and that wasn’t counting all the hours of answering the public’s questions about the district. It was a lot of dedication by all the

Sherril Taylor, right, and others turn the first shovels of dirt May 31, 2018, for the new Hillcrest High School. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

school board members who laid that foundation — but Sherril, he was the board’s vice president then, could see that we also needed to take a moment to smile. There was a great deal of synergy as we worked together, but we owe a lot of gratitude to Sherril for his dedication and vision,” he said. For Taylor, the new school district was a chance to keep promises. “For years, the Jordan Board (of Education) promised Draper they would build a high school in Draper and that was always a priority for me. We needed to keep our promise and the other schools needed upgrading and the mayors were on board supporting us,” he said. Former Draper Mayor Darrell Smith said that meant a lot to him and the community. “To his credit, he stepped forward and became the leader of the district and kept the vision of Draper schools,” he said. “He was the right guy and the right time in the right position to keep the ball moving. If we didn’t have the high school, we wouldn’t be state champions today in a couple things. Thanks to him and others, Draper City finally got what they wanted.” While on the board, Taylor worked with

the Utah High School Activities Association, helping set goals to playing a part in realigning the regions. He also has been a part of the redevelopment team that worked with cities’ master plans and businesses, such as partnering with Cottonwood Heights and Sandy to create middle school theaters for community and school use, or Sandy, in the construction of Hale Theatre, which promised to provide tickets to students and teachers, to see how decisions would impact the schools. “We would want to know how they would help our kids and what was the return to the community,” he said, adding recently a technology company promised to provide training and internships to students. For his dedication, Sandy City awarded Taylor the 2018 Outstanding Local Elected Official of the Year, an award Taylor wouldn’t receive on his own behalf, but only if he could recognize others on the board and in the district. “Everyone worked so hard. It wasn’t an award for one person. We all want to live up to the mission,” he said. Millerberg said Taylor’s response is typical of his character.

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Canyons Board of Education President Sherril Taylor, who taught at Indian Hills Middle, welcomes community members to the school’s major renovation ribbon-cutting this fall as his photo is projected behind him. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)

“He’s slow to take the credit, but quick to share it,” he said. Sandy’s former mayor said Taylor’s leadership has been critical to the community. “Sherril is a wonderful person who is so dedicated to children and families and has accomplished so much under his leadership,” Dolan said. “We’ve worked together on the city’s master plan, which will help both the city and the school district move ahead. He’s a serious guy with a sweet heart, one who cares and is so kind. The award was our way of thanking him for his contribution.” However, it’s the daily business where his colleagues greatly appreciate him. They say he is formal, logical, soft-spoken and “never eats dinner with us, but takes it home, as he’s all business,” Wrigley said. “He is soft-spoken, and everyone listens,” McCarty said. “He has ideas, he has wisdom, and wants to get things done.” Superintendent Jim Briscoe said his “strong leadership and steady hand” guided the board to “build a consensus for the good of the children that will help create a lasting impact.” However, Briscoe also appreciates Taylor’s puns. “You need to stay very alert when he is sharing. He will wait until you get it before he moves on. One thing I can kick myself for is not writing them down,” he said. Board Vice President Nancy Tingy agrees. “He is really gifted at coming up with one-liners that can just make me laugh,” she said. “He has a pocketful of them. He was born of wisdom, wit and a big heart. His wealth of experience has benefitted the board with his connections. He truly loves children and educators and makes every effort to serve the community. He leads by helping others be successful. He ensures everyone is comfortable to speak and he values the voice of his fellow board members. He is humble and confident; it’s a good mixture.”

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Millerberg said he is reassuring and encouraging for the board. “Sherril has a calming influence,” he said. “He understands education inside and out. As board president, he listens first, then holds his opinion until last. He is very collaborative and works with everyone to reach a decision. It’s a seven-member board and everyone matters.” Utah PTA Student Leadership Commissioner Betty Shaw appreciates his leadership and thoughtfulness. “He is a quiet man, but has great leadership strength,” she said. “He makes sure that he gets things right and respects all in their opinions, even if he disagrees. He tries to keep things running smoothly and fairly to have the meetings be on track. I have been blessed to be able to call him my friend and will dearly miss his experience in leading the board, and his kindness in how he treats all people.” Wrigley said Taylor has been dedicated. “He is a strong advocate and loyal, keeping his word to Indian Hills, the last school in the 2010 bond, that there would be funding for its renovation,” he said. “He has brought a collaborative board presidency to work with Superintendent Briscoe and for our district. He has dedicated his whole life and heart to help students. He is a stewardship leader, not one in the limelight, but nonetheless, his leadership is unparalleled,” he said. Smith compares Taylor to John R. Park, who lent his name to the first school in Draper. “Sherril is a lot like John R. Park; he was a visionary for schools back in his day too. And he was able to put his talents, his ability to work with people and pull them together as the team captain,” Smith said. “It’s not only how many students he has impacted from his years in education, but also all his hard work for these schools that will serve the future.” Briscoe agrees. “Sherril may be riding off in the sunset, but his legacy lives on.” l

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Draper parks are a winter wonderland for hikers and bird-watchers By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com


n the middle of a Draper neighborhood, Mehraban Wetlands Park offers a taste of the natural world on a winter afternoon. A recent visit found dark-eyed juncos bathing in puddles of melted snow, magpies flitting around bare tree branches and mallard ducks gliding on the pond. Mehraban Wetlands Park (11815 S. Riparian Dr.) is just one of the many parks in the Draper City park system. This winter, many people in the Salt Lake Valley will head to mountain resorts to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. However, there are also low cost or free opportunities for outdoor winter recreation to be had more locally. Draper City Parks provides nearly 100 miles of hiking trails and parks to explore, even in the winter time. The Parks and Recreation Department offers a snowshoe and hiking class starting in January. Winter is also an excellent time of year for bird watching as many species migrate to the valley. Draper City Trails and Open Space Tech Coordinator Rick Anton said, “Our winter programs are just about getting people outside and helping them to realize the opportunities for recreation even in the winter.” Anton has worked for Draper City Parks for five years and enjoys being a part of the city’s efforts to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Draper City Parks snowshoe hiking class Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9, Draper City Parks will offer an introductory-level guided snowshoe hiking class. This will be a four-week program featuring a new trail every week to introduce participants to the winter recreation opportunities in their own backyards. The trails are chosen based on weather conditions. “If there is little or no snow we will choose a trail with the best conditions, such as the South Maple Hollow area,” said Anton. Draper City Parks will provide snowshoes and poles along with information from the guide on area history as well as plants and animals that might be encountered along the trail.

Classes are held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals age 14 and older are invited to sign up. The cost is $25 per participant. Visit www.draper.ut.us/1230/Winter-SnowshoeHiking-Class for online registration or sign up in person at the Draper Parks and Recreation Office at 1020 E. Pioneer Rd. The office is located on the bottom floor on the west side of the building. The phone number to call for more information is 801-576-6571. Tips for hiking in the winter time Anton’s list of what to bring for the snowshoe hiking class on the city parks website is a good preparedness guide for anyone who wants to head outdoors for a hike in the winter. He specifically notes that wearing layers of clothing other than cotton is very important as cotton absorbs perspiration and can cause hikers to experience a drop in body temperature. For the winter snowshoe hiking class, or any hike in winter weather, participants will need: • Winter gloves • Winter boots — waterproof and insulated • Water (two quarts is recommended for 2–3 hours of strenuous activity outdoors) • Snacks • Beanie or other type of warm hat • Sunglasses and sunscreen • Small backpack Winter bird-watching Draper residents are especially fortunate to have such a variety of environments to explore within the park system. “Draper has a wide diversity of ecosystems from mountains to grasslands, to wetlands and the Jordan River,” said Anton. This variety makes Draper parks ideal for bird-watchers to see many avian species, from songbirds to birds of prey and waterfowl. Bryant Olsen, conservation ecologist at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, explained that “well over 200 species of birds make their home in the

Salt Lake Valley in the winter time.” Bird-watchers can find “more ducks in the winter than in summer because we have milder winters,” said Olsen. Deep snow cover and ice that lasts for too long on their foraging habitats presents a challenge to the survival of waterfowl, who eat a diet of aquatic plants, grains, insects and worms. Many species of ducks make the wetlands, ponds and rivers of the Salt Lake Valley home during the winter months. Olsen specifically mentioned mallards, common goldeneyes, wood ducks and hooded mergansers as common to valley parks in the winter time. Birds of prey, or raptors, also increase in number in the Salt Lake valley during winter, again because of milder temperatures and less snowfall. “We have a lot of birds coming in from areas to the north such as Idaho, Wyoming and Montana,” said Olsen. The most commonly seen raptors include Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, redtailed hawks and merlins. American kestrels are often seen in wide-open park spaces. Greathorned owls and western screech owls inhabit suburban parks as well, although they are usually very well camouflaged. All of these birds feed on small mammals and other birds, which are easier to hunt when there is less snow. Visitors to Draper’s parks and trails in the winter also have a good chance of seeing darkeyed juncos, scrub jays, magpies and house finches in addition to varieties of chickadees. Anton also mentioned that Mehraban Wetlands Park is “a great place to watch for migrating species such as the red-winged blackbird” at this time of year. While bird-watchers often need to get up very early in the morning to see birds in the summer months, in the winter time, “birds start to become active around 9 a.m. after the sun warms things up,” said Olsen. Bird-watching is a good hobby for people of all ages not only to get outdoor exercise but

Draper resident Winnie Feulner enjoys the great outdoors in the winter time. (Photo courtesy Robyn Price)

to cultivate an appreciation of nature and wildlife. Before setting out, beginner bird-watchers should do a little research on species common to the area. A good set of binoculars and a field guide to help with bird identification are essential to take along on a bird-watching hike. Free field guide apps are available online and easy to download. Draper’s parks and trails, with their diverse and well-preserved ecosystems, are ideal for hikers and bird-watchers of all ages. Getting outside and enjoying nature is a great antidote to the gray days of late winter. l

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Draper (and Utah) nice, not naughty, in latest charity rankings By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com


ome states can boast of landmarks, stadiums or winning sports teams. But what about those that can boast being the leading state for volunteerism and charitable giving? Hats off to the top giver as of late and in the recent past: Utah! Utah held this top title from 2015-2017, according to data from WalletHub, a finance information company. Another source, Move. org, has similar information, also deeming Utah as the leading giver of time and charity as of late. WalletHub publishes charts each year of where all 50 states rank in volunteerism and charitable giving. In 2017, Utah took first, with Maryland coming in at second and Minnesota taking third place. For 2018, Minnesota swooped into first place, knocking Utah down to second. In an article written by Julia Campbell featured on Move.org on Nov. 15, 2018, Campbell said some of the reasoning behind such giving in Utah could be attributed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church members. “Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rank highest among all religious groups for income donation, especially given the religion’s benchmark to donate 10 percent of all personal income,” wrote Campbell. Now that we know Utah is at the top of the list in the act of charitable giving, Move. org has sought out which cities in Utah are the most charitable. Move.org narrowed down the list to the top 10 most charitable cities in Utah. Various factors were used when compiling the data, including the average charitable donations per residents in each city, the total number of charities in each of the cities and taking into account cities with populations of at least 10,000 people or more. The results pulled from Move.org for top 10 most charitable in Utah are the following: 1.) Alpine 2.) American Fork 3.) Salt Lake City 4.) Kaysville 5.) Mapleton 6.) Ogden 7.) Lindon 8.) Centerville 9.) Draper 10.) Farmington All Utahans should already feel pretty good by this news, but go ahead, give yourselves an extra pat on the back if your city made it into the top 10. You deserve it. According to Campbell’s article, “2018’s Most Charitable Cities in Utah,” Draper has a “charity count of 170,” with an average con-

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Volunteer loads the car full of new gift donations for the holidays.(Michelynne McGuire/City Journals)

tribution per person at $2.16, adding up to $103,355 in charitable donations. An inside look at one of the many charities in Utah was provided by Draper City Public Information Officer Maridene Alexander. Alexander has volunteered at the Candy Cane Corner over the years alongside her daughter. She noted the charity is run efficiently and the items are new and unwrapped, so people can browse for what they need. Candy Cane Corner is “set up like a store, really organized. When you’re volunteering it feels like going to a store,” said Alexander. They take only new donations and prefer donations to not be wrapped. Also, there is “no pressure when people come in. If a person is needing help, they don’t feel self-conscious — they can go and pick things out that they need; it is more personalized,” said Alexander. The Candy Cane Corner holiday store program even provides wrapping paper. Alexander said in past years young children have had a nice amount of donations; in addition to those, the program could benefit by having more donations for teenagers. Candy Cane Corner helps low-income families and individuals who are participating in programs at the YWCA Utah, the Road Home and Volunteers of America, Utah. According to Candy Cane Corner’s website, they work with generous volunteers and the generosity of the community to provide a

Top 10 charitable cities in Utah. (Courtesy of Move.org)

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Outliers: a local team with aspiring NHL players, includes former Charger By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he Utah Outliers make their home in West Valley’s Accord Ice Center, but before many of the junior hockey league team members take the ice they have completed a regiment of rituals to get them ready for game day. “I chew gum on the way to the rink and listen to the same songs driving over,” Outlier defenseman Tristan Slot said. Slot is not the only player with a pre-game routine. “It is my first time to live in the United States,” goaltender and Swedish citizen Oscar Wahlgren said. “I am here because I want to try something new and I felt like this is a good opportunity. I am 19 and I like it here. The hockey here is a little different. I take on the left skate first then I take on the right skate and then tie the left skate, then the right. It is what I do.” Perhaps these routines have helped them, in some way, achieve success on and off the ice. The junior hockey team plays in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL), a tier-two league for players ages 18–22. Their players are grooming themselves to achieve goals many have had since they were youngsters. “I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old. I grew up in Houston until I was about 8 years old and then I moved here (Salt Lake City) and continued,” Slot said. “It is nice to play here and have my family and girlfriend

come and watch anytime they can. For the last three years I have not been here and it is nice to see my friends and play hockey at this level.” Slot is the only player on the team from this area. He played his high school hockey at Corner Canyon High School. After graduation he played junior hockey in Manitoba, Canada, and Wisconsin before returning to West Valley as part of the Outliers. “It is good to play at this level,” Slot said. “I want to play college hockey and earn a scholarship. If I could go past that it would be super incredible, but if not, help for college and helping me get into sports medicine or psychology would be super cool.” In the United States there are only two tier-two leagues and one top-level tier-one league available for players. The competition level for these players mirrors that found in Canadian leagues. Players in these leagues are constantly evaluated by colleges and professional organizations. Last season, defenseman Victor Burman became the fourth former Outlier to sign a professional contract in Sweden. The Outliers roster includes players from five countries: Sweden, Czech Republic, Canada, Russia and the United States. This is the third season the Outliers have competed in the WSHL. They won the league

championship last year and represented the Mountain Division in the playoffs. The Outliers have played well this season. “We do a lot of good things to create shots and we just need to get better at finishing,” Outlier head coach Paul Taylor said. “Our close games this season have been because of a lack of goal scoring. I think if we can solve that piece of the puzzle then I think we can be extremely competitive. It is just like any other sport — if we can’t score then we are not going to be successful.” The players from different countries learn more than just high-level hockey. “I love sports and my teammates and my host family have showed me American sports like football. It has been fun,” Wahlgren said. The players work part-time jobs, live with host families and train nearly six hours a day. “Our process is to develop these guys and we can win a lot of games. We have staff that contacts colleges and pro teams. We do a lot of leg work to help these guys get noticed,” Taylor said. The team is currently in negotiations to move to Park City. This may be the last season in West Valley. “This is a great group. They have put a lot on the line to come here and chase their dream,” Taylor said. l

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The Corner Canyon cheer team reacts to being named national champions. (Photo courtesy Corner Canyon Cheer)

Dogs would jump almost seven feet to grab the toy as part of the Splash Dogs Super Vertical contest at Draper Days over the summer. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

CycleAbility riders are congratulated for their accomplishments with awards and smiles. (Rachel Warner/CycleAbility)

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium welcomed two sloths last winter. (Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

Corner Canyon senior Tanner Manwaring had an eighth-place finish in the 100 freestyle and a 17th-place showing in the 200 free, along with swimming a leg on the sixth-place 200 medley relay squad and 11th-place 400 free relay team. The Chargers took 11th place as a team. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Thurman)

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Students in the class that read the most minutes during Channing Hall’s read wars could pet a python. (Nina Dalley/Channing Hall)

Participants at the Corner Canyon High cheerleading camp learn cheers, dances and stunts — according to age level — and then performed during the Draper Days Parade July 14. (Photo courtesy Whitney Lunt)

A Draper resident speaks about the Deer Ridge property during a Draper City Council meeting. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Councilwoman Tasha Lowery is sworn in by Draper City Recorder Rachelle Conner. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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his year’s top New Year’s resolutions may be to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get more sleep, find a job and join a club to start a new hobby. These resolutions are similar to what school officials say students should look at for setting their goals toward leading balanced lives. “Research shows that to lead a happy and well-balanced life, little things do matter,” said McKinley Withers, Jordan School District’s health and wellness specialist. “Diet, sleep, exercise — with those three, there can be a significant improvement in students’ lives.” While that may sound obvious, sometimes students can’t see it, said Canyons School District’s Corner Canyon High School counselor Misty Jolley. “With tests, papers, assignments, and for seniors, college applications and scholarships, all due at the same time, it’s easier said than done,” she said. “Even increasing just a little sleep and exercise, and eating more healthy than soda and junk food, will help.” Torilyn Gillett, Canyons School District’s school counseling program specialist, said students can reduce stress in their lives by taking a break. “By setting goals and exercising daily habits of living a healthy life, students are building protective factors against anxiety,” she said, adding that eight or nine hours of sleep is recommended. “Just as your phone needs to be plugged in to recharge, your brain is the same way. It needs to recuperate.” Some ways that is possible is through meditation, relaxation, deep breathing or taking a few minutes each day for a mindfulness app will help take away panic and anxiety feelings, she said. “Even a walk without technology gives good exercise for both the body and the brain,” Gillett said. At a recent Granite School District parent liaison meeting sponsored by the Utah Parent Center, mindfulness handouts were distributed, with examples of how to breathe deeply, stretch and relax. Judy Petersen, Granite School District’s college and career readiness director, said the district works with students to help them lead a well-balanced life. “We are always focusing on prevention and making every effort to help students develop good coping skills and strategies in the areas of self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management and relationships,” she said. “In K-6 (kindergarten through sixth-grade), social workers do this with growth mindset curriculum and in grades seven through 12, a social emotional skill of the month is delivered through advisory classes, health classes and in other settings.” At Corner Canyon High, student Luke Warnock started the focus group Stress Less when he realized a friend was struggling with anxiety and depression. Stress Less meets twice each month and is

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Doing activities with friends, such as playing basketball, develops strong relationships and skills in teamwork, which contribute to balanced lives for students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

open to anyone who wants to attend and learn about coping skills through activities and speakers. In January, he plans to kick off new ideas, whether it be addressing learning to cope through exercise, meditation, music or other ways. “The goal is to positively impact kids — the more the better,” he said. “Stress is universal and if we learn how to cope, it lessens the burden, and that can be monumental.” This may be one method students are able to connect with others, something Withers recommends. “When there is face-to-face interaction, students are able to connect more. There’s a social piece to being well balanced. If they can connect, share a hobby or find some way to interact, even with their family, it will provide more support and comfort,” he said. Gillett agrees that personal positive relationships are a key. “During family dinner time, spend time talking. Put away the device. Be in the present moment, where you are,” she said. “Balance is the key in everything.” She also suggested giving service to others. “It’s a way to build a connection to someone or give to a cause and see a bigger picture,”

Healthy eating is one factor in living a balanced life. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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she said, adding that many schools participate in service learning or community service projects. Corner Canyon’s Jolley agrees. “Volunteering helps to develop character and for college applications, it’s huge. It also gives us a feeling of gratitude and we realize we have things that others don’t. Even a small act is rewarding,” she said. Jolley recommends for all high school students, especially seniors, in January — midway through the year — is a good time to refocus. “Seniors have senioritis and aren’t always focused. They should look at what they want to achieve the end of this school year and where they see their future. It’s a time where they will be opening a new chapter in their lives and they need to prioritize what they’re doing now and what’s next,” she said. Corner Canyon student body president Warnock agrees. “I’m not a super stressed person, but with all the activities I do and attend, I realize I need some me time and need to prioritize. I’m a high school student just like everyone else here,” the high school senior said. Jolley suggests students decide what is important and then set time to accomplish those priorities. “Students should look at what’s going to affect them long term and focus on what is important to them — whether it is good grades to get accepted into college or getting the training they need for a career. Organizing will help just to reduce their stress,” she said. Some students may need to learn to set boundaries, including saying no to things that ar-

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Exercise is recommended for students to lead balanced lives. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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

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

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

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his summer, we took the best parks around the valley and pitted them against each other in head-to-head contests with winners determined by social media voting, until we had a victor. Now, we’re turning our attention to local restaurants, diners, grills and cafes. This is Lunch Madness. We started by selecting one restaurant to represent each city in the Salt Lake Valley, using

a variety of criteria. First and foremost, it had to be a locally owned and operated restaurant. As a chain of local newspapers, we’re all about supporting small and local business. Second, we wanted to have a diverse tournament so we selected a broad range of types of restaurants. From classic burger joints and taquerias to Thai-fusion and potato-centric eateries, there’s something for everyone in this competition.

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Corner Canyon football completes perfect season as state champs By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


hether or not the Corner Canyon High football team wanted to make a statement following a one-point semifinal loss to Skyridge in last year’s 5A state playoffs, the numbers this time around speak for themselves. Following a perfect regular season through eight games, the Chargers blew out opponents 142-24 in the first three playoff games, culminating in a 31-14 win over Skyridge in the title game Nov. 16 at Rice Eccles Stadium. “It was the best feeling in the world,” fullback Caden Johnson said. “It was something I’d been dreaming about ever since I was 8 years old, so to see that dream finally come true was amazing. We made some great memories throughout the season but nothing beats that feeling.” Defensive back John Scheffner said it was “amazing” to watch the clock wind down and realize that Corner Canyon had won the state championship. “The feeling you have when the game is over and you to get celebrate with your team and your coaches is a pretty special feeling,” he said. “It’s a feeling you won’t get that often in life so I’m grateful I got it.” Coach Eric Kjar, in his second year heading up the Chargers program, said last year’s disappointment and experience benefited his team this year. “Being in the program another year made a big difference with our success this year,” he said. “I’m just so thrilled for these guys to have won it this time around.” In its first playoff game, the Chargers dominated Murray 70-3 Oct. 27, blowing out the Spartans with 56 first-half points. Austin Bell had three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — while John Mitchell (two) Johnson (one), Dylan Simons (one), Cole Hagen (one) and Talmage Handley (one) also scored. Hagen was 15 for 23 for 395 yards with four TD passes, with two of those tosses to Mitchell, who recorded four receptions for 187 yards. Defensively, the Chargers held Murray to 31 yards total offense, led by Van Fillinger’s seven tackles, Max Swensen’s five tackles and a sack and Josh Wilson’s four tackles and an interception. In the quarterfinals against Viewmont Nov. 2, the score was 52-0 before the Vikings scored with 35 seconds left in the game, making the final winning margin 52-6. Johnson had a 95yard kick return for a TD while also scoring from 15 yards out. Bell rushed for two more TDs while Noah Kjar caught two scoring receptions. Hagen also added a five-yard TD run and Carson Compton connected on a 24-yard field goal. Kennan Aiono led the defense with eight tackles while Johnson had seven. Against Olympus in the semifinals, Corner Canyon won 20-15 Nov. 9. The Chargers came back from being down after the first three quarters to score with just under two minutes left in the game on a one-yard run by Johnson to take the lead and win the game. Hagen was 15 of 21 for 220 yards with one TD and three interceptions. Mitchell caught eight passes for 130 yards, including a touch-

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Corner Canyon football players surround the 5A state championship they claimed with a 31-14 win over Skyridge Nov. 16. (Angela Strong/AStrongPhotography)

down reception. Swensen recorded 12 tackles and Fillinger had 11 to lead defensively. “That was a really good test for us,” Coach Kjar said. “It kind of made our kids realize that we had to step it up. So, that last week of practice was super focused and we came into the championship really charged up and ready to play.” In the 5A title game, Compton’s 34-yard field goal in the first quarter got the scoring started and the Chargers had a 10-7 halftime lead after Noah Kjar hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Hagen. Two third-quarter scores — a 25-yard TD reception by Mitchell and an 11-yard TD pass to Bell — stretched Corner Canyon’s lead before a late touchdown by Skyridge kept the Falcons in striking distance. Noah Kjar’s 18-yard TD reception with six minutes to go in the game put the Chargers up by the final margin of 17 points. Hagen threw four TD passes with Mitchell nearly recording a 100-yard receiving game of five catches for 98 yards and one TD and two of Noah Kjar’s three catches going for scores. Wilson had 10 tackles to lead the defense. “We just wanted it more than everyone else,” Johnson said. “We worked so hard in the offseason because we knew that we were so close last year but just came up short. We

The Corner Canyon football team runs onto the field prior to a game earlier this season. (Angela Strong/AStrongPhotography)

worked hard to prepare for those moments so when they came we’d be ready. And we were. So, it felt great to see all our hard work pay off.” Scheffner also noted a key to the team’s ultimate success this season was trusting their

coaches. “We knew that whatever they said would work and we didn’t question it,” he said. This season’s Corner Canyon squad was a bit of a family affair with seven sets of brothers playing — Cooper and Mason Burden, Luke

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elcome to 2019! As we all begin to realize the consequences of those holiday snacks and dinners, pesky New Year’s resolutions nip at the frontal lobes of our brains. As we set goals to help us achieve those resolutions, it’s important to remember that we need to set goals that can be completed. Setting a resolution like “lose weight” ends up in a spiral of money lost into programs, diets, gym passes, specialty foods and more. George T. Doran publicized his theory on how to set attainable goals in November 1981. His theory was aimed toward individuals working in the business world, since his original paper was published in “The Management Review.” However, it was such a great idea that today his theory is widely used and almost universally recognized. Doran recommends setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. That’ll be easy to remember right? Let’s walk through each of those letters, and illustrate them through one of the most common resolutions last year: losing weight. A resolution of “I want to lose weight this year” is not considered to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal. S stands for specific. Doran suggests targeting “a specific area for improvement,” even identifying who is



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well-being. This may be the ultimate objective for the recommendation of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: making sure we set ourselves up for success, while in the process, protecting the state of our mental health, and ensuring a personal well-being. And hey, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals allows us to save some money as well. Un-S.M.A.R.T. goals usually leave us in a frazzled scramble where we spend too much money on things we think will help us achieve our goals last minute. Avoiding that crunch time helps our brains, as well as our wallets. l

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f you heard a loud groan echoing through the stratosphere, it wasn’t our planet finally imploding, it was the sound of millions of people rolling off their couches to start an exercise program for the new year. Maybe they want to lose 10 pounds, run a 5K - or maybe even a marathon if they think they’re some kind of freakin’ super hero. Some people hit the ground running. (I hit the ground every time I run. That’s why I stopped running.) Others might take a gradual approach, adding an extra five minutes each day until, like me, they’re exercising for five minutes each day. But some folks lunge directly into extreme exercise—trying to punish themselves into health, beating muscles into submission and then talking about it NONSTOP. There’s no one worse to talk to than someone who just discovered CrossFit. And people who do Parkour?? Intolerable. They jump from buildings, swing from trees, climb walls and don’t touch the ground for 24 hours. When I was a kid, this was called, “Don’t step in the lava” and we’d jump from couch to end table to piano bench to bookshelf to the safety of the kitchen floor. Now, it’s

basically an Olympic sport. There’s always a new health fad that promises to SHRED fat, BURN calories, BUILD muscles and DESTROY abs. (And they mean destroy in a good way.) Spokespeople are usually tree trunks with heads and are as hyped as a toddler mainlining Mountain Dew. If you trace exercise craziness back to its roots, you’ll find Jack LaLanne, the great-grandfather of fitness, and the first person to make everyone feel super crappy about their bodies. Jack LaLanne didn’t wear a shirt for 40 years. Before that, humans were basically doughy people who didn’t give a rip about biceps. Then, Jane Fonda high-kicked her way into the fitness industry, wearing high-cut leotards, leg warmers and terry-cloth armbands to fashionably wipe the sweat from her brow. She had a gajillion housewives burning calories with her VHS tapes, starting the workout-athome phenomenon. She’s 125 and will still kick your butt Now we’re obsessed with high-intensity fitness. (“We” meaning someone who isn’t me.) We throw down $50 to sweat through an excruciating hot yoga class, cycle like we’re being chased by stationary zombies and do hundreds of burpees to remixed hip-hop tunes.



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make your pee dark-red! Ew. I get it. Everyone wants a beach body, even though that term doesn’t really narrow it down. Walruses live on beaches. Whales have often been found on beaches. And even though I’m a Cancer, I’d rather not have the body of a crab. So before you roll off your couch this year, maybe set a fitness goal that doesn’t involve throwing tractor tires or leaping out a second-floor window. Mostly because your body will be healthier, but also because I don’t want to hear you talk about it. l


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