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The Draper City Police Department is working with all the schools in the city, such as Corner Canyon High School, to make them safer. (Wikimedia)

n a presentation to the Draper City Council and other city officials, the Draper Police Department detailed two new school safety programs it will be starting in the fall: the Children at Risk Initiative and the Safe School Initiative. The two programs are meant to address two aspects of the same issue: school shootings. The Draper Safe School Initiative came as a call from the city council following the shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year that claimed the lives of 17 high school students, said Mckelle Hamson, who will be overseeing the program. The program’s goal is to make sure the city’s police department and its schools all have the same plan in place if there ever were to be a school shooting. “We’re going to make sure our officers are trained and that our schools are trained, and that the training is uniform so that if something were to happen we would have a uniform pro-

tocol,” said Hamson. The city already has the cooperation of every public, private and charter school, according to Hamson. If the Safe School Initiative is meant to minimize harm in the case of a school shooting, the Children at Risk Initiative (CARI) aims to prevent one from happening in the first place. “We’re hoping to identify at-risk youth and families that are having incidents that require police presence,” said Rachel Miller, who will be in charge of the program, “but there’s no criminal charges or there’s nothing that DCFS (Division of Child and Family Services) can do, and we want to come in and surround them with support and resources in hopes that we can change that behavior.” The program is an evolution of a previous city program, Communities that Care, which focused on helping families with substance-abuse problems. Miller said these programs are important

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to her personally, as she has three kids and a nephew who go to school nearby. “When I was growing up we had the earthquake drill and it would give me terrible anxiety. It’s so different now with our kids,” she said. Miller and Hamson said they worked closely with Draper City Council members Mike Green and Tasha Lowery over the last few months to create these programs. “I’m tired of turning on the TV and seeing tragedies,” Green told the Draper Journal. “There has to be something the city can do. While we may not be the national policymakers, our city has resources. The idea of ever having to respond to something like that in our community makes me really sick.” At the end of the presentation to the city council, Green told Miller and Hamson what his expectations were. “I’d like you guys to set the standard for our country,” he said. l

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econd star to the right and straight on ‘til morning.” You too can make the journey to Neverland this July when Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy, John and Michael alight on the stage of Draper Historic Theatre in Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” This 90-minute musical based on the 1953 Disney animated classic film is a Draper Historic Theater kids production with teens and school-age children acting, directing, producing and stage managing. All of the beloved songs and characters you remember from the Disney film are in “Peter Pan Jr.,” but director Abby McMullen sees the theme of the show as being a little different from the movie. In the film, she explained, the main theme is about growing up and maturing. “In our production, it’s basically more about learning to work together, I think, because there is a lot of contention between Wendy and the Lost Boys. But in the end they all work together to bring down the villain.” Learning how to work together is in fact a huge part of being in a theatrical production and one of the main things McMullen hopes her young cast will get out of the experience. “When you’re in a show,” she explained, “you develop a sense of unity with the community — and make a lot of friends.” She hopes the kids will come away with a work ethic, develop confidence and learn how to express themselves. One of the biggest things kids can learn through performing on stage is simply “to learn that there’s fun in putting yourself out there.” McMullen, who just finished her sophomore year at Corner Canyon High School, grew up doing youth theater and has been involved in productions at Draper Historic Theatre since 2013. She is a member of the theater’s youth committee, which raises awareness about the theater and aims to get more youth involved. There are approximately 30 kids in “Peter Pan Jr.,” ranging in age from 5 to 18. Max Carter, 17, is the producer and stage manager for “Peter Pan Jr.” and is the youth

Cast members from Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. stand in front of Draper Historic Theatre (Photo courtesy David J. Weinstein)

committee chair. A student at Salt Lake Academy of Performing Arts, he has done productions all around the state. He believes getting kids involved in theater is vital to the survival of the art form. “The thing I like about youth theater is that we’re training our next generation of professional, Broadway actors and actresses,” he said. To audition, children were asked to prepare a song and read for parts. Cast members were chosen not only based on their talent, but for their potential to learn and grow. Landon Fan, 13, will play the role of Peter Pan. This is only his second show at the theater and he is learning a lot. “At the start I get nervous,” he said. “But as it goes on it gets more fun. Being in a show is full of excitement.” The rehearsal process is twofold. For the

first part of the rehearsal, the kids learn and review acting techniques. For the second part, they focus on the blocking and choreography for the show. Tori Wood, 16, is excited to be playing the villain, Captain Hook. This is her first production at Draper Historic Theatre. “It’s really fun to have a live theater experience,” she said. “It’s all about the energy between the audience and the cast. Because it’s live, you never know what’s going to happen.” Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” will be presented July 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. with a special matinee performance on July 20 at 4:00 p.m. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 S. 900 E. in Draper. For tickets and more information, call 801-572-4144 or visit their website at http://drapertheatre.org/ l

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Draper Days Rodeo celebrates western heritage By Katherine Weinstein | Katherine@mycityjournals.com


ithout cattle-raising, there might not have been a city of Draper. According to the city’s official history, pioneer Ebenezer Brown settled in the area then known as South Willow Creek in 1849 because the tall grasses fed by mountain springs in the area were an abundant food source for his herd of cattle. Along with his wife and children, Brown raised and fattened cattle to sell to settlers on their way to California. In 1850, Brown’s brother-in-law, William Draper III, moved to South Willow Creek with his family and eventually became the city’s namesake. In light of the city’s cattle-raising history, it is only fitting that Draper Days should include a rodeo. Katie Ovard-Smith, chair for the rodeo, said, “We have such a great heritage of the Western lifestyle and want to bring that into our yearly celebration, to celebrate where we came from.” Ovard-Smith describes Draper as a real “horse community” as well. The Draper Days Rodeo has been honoring the traditions and skills of horsemanship since it began in 2000. Most of the riders who participate are members of the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association (RNPRA). The Draper Days Rodeo is part of a series in which participants compete. The 2018 Draper Days Rodeo will take place July 5–7 at the Ballard Equestrian Center on 1600 East Highland Drive. The pre-rodeo entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by the rodeo events.

Tia Smith, Miss Draper Rodeo Queen 2018 (center) poses with Mattea Osborne, second attendant (left) and Maline Wallwork, first attendant. (right) (Photo courtesy Katie Ovard-Smith/Draper Days Rodeo)

Several events comprise this year’s rodeo. Bronc riding, both bareback and saddle bronc competitions, involve a participant riding on a horse (sometimes called a bronc or bronco) that attempts to throw or buck off the rider. Bull riding is a rodeo event in which a contestant tries to ride a bucking bull for eight seconds, with one hand holding a rope tied to a band around the bull’s chest.

The Draper Days Rodeo will also present roping events such as calf roping, which features a calf and a rider mounted on a horse. Team roping features a steer and two mounted riders. An event that showcases the bond between horse and rider is barrel racing, in which a mounted rider makes a series of sharp turns around three barrels in a clover-leaf pattern. Members from the community can get in

on the rodeo action at one of the wildest rodeo events, Wild Cow Milking. In this event, teams of three people are challenged to get close enough to a wild cow to milk it. The cow is loaded into a bucking chute and has a rope around its neck. The team that manages to catch the cow and get milk in their can is the winner. “It’s entertaining, it’s wild — absolutely,” said Ovard-Smith. This year’s pre-rodeo entertainment will be different from past years. Instead of mutton busting, there will be a presentation of trick riding. A former Miss Rodeo Draper, Belle Brown, will be one of the featured riders. As per tradition, each year a rodeo queen and her attendants are chosen. Rodeo royalty reign over the rodeo and present the event to the public. This year’s competition was held in May and was open to female residents of Salt Lake County ages 16–20. Competitors were judged on their abilities in western-style horse riding, public speaking, rodeo knowledge, appearance and personality. The new Miss Draper Rodeo Queen for 2018 is Tia Smith of Draper. Her first attendant is Maline Wallwork and second attendant is Mattea Osborne. For information on rodeo tickets or to sign up to participate in rodeo events — including the Wild Cow Milking — visit the web page for the Draper Days Rodeo at http://ut-drapercity2. civicplus.com/746/Rodeo. l

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Diving dogs to make a splash in Draper By Katherine Weinstein | Katherine@mycityjournals.com


f your dog enjoys swimming and playing fetch, then your four-legged friend might be a contender to participate in Draper Days Splash Dogs, a dock diving competition for canines happening July 13 and 14 at Draper City Park. Dock diving, according Splash Dogs founder Tony Reed, is basically “dogs jumping off a dock into the water and we just created a competition with it.” Dogs compete for titles and can win ribbons. Dock diving for dogs has become one of America’s most popular outdoor events and the sport has spread around the world. Dogs compete for distance, diving from a 40-foot dock into a portable, above-ground pool that holds 28,000 gallons of water. Reed has been bringing Splash Dogs to Draper Days for several years now and the event is a perennial favorite. Registration is open to all dogs in good health who are comfortable both in crowds and around other dogs and who like water. The Draper Days Splash Dogs competition will consist of three basic events: the long jump or “super air,” the high jump or “super vertical” and the “super retrieve” in which the dogs are timed retrieving a “bumper” and swimming back. Training for newcomers will be provided and there will be time for practice between each Splash competition as time permits. The number of dogs participating varies depending on the venue, but a recent event in Rancho Cucamonga, California attracted 50 competitors.

Reed’s advice for dog owners who want to train their pups for dock diving is to first pay close attention to the dog. “You just have to mold your training after the dog’s ability,” he said. “Find out what he can do and how he does it and work around that.” Reed’s great love for dogs inspired his career. More than 15 years ago, he was watching a dock jumping event on the Great Outdoor Games on ESPN and decided that his own black lab, Sierra, could do it too. He entered her in the Incredible Dog Challenge in San Francisco. Sierra didn’t win, but Reed could see her tail wagging and how much fun she was having. After doing some research, Reed built a portable dock and pool and began promoting his first Splash Dogs event in December 2003. The number of canine contestants grew with each event and Reed now travels all over the country bringing Splash Dogs to eager participants and audiences. Reed’s current pets, Lil’ Buddy and Chaos, travel with him and are known to enjoy a jump or two on occasion. Reed has seen many different breeds of dogs compete. Labrador retrievers seem to take to the water naturally. Belgian malinois dogs are especially strong jumpers as are greyhounds. The longest jump ever made by a Splash Dogs competitor was 30 feet. Bountiful resident Cyndi Dowling has a 4-year-old female border staffy named Krackin who has competed with Splash Dogs since

2015. That year, Krackin jumped six feet on her first jump at Draper Days. She then went on to the Splash Dogs Nationals in Las Vegas where she took first place with an incredible “big air” jump of 24 feet 11 inches. “Draper Days Splash Dogs was her introduction to dock jumping and I just love it,” said Dowling. In addition to assisting with Splash Dogs registration and supporting the dog/handler teams at Draper Days, Salt Lake resident Theresa Foster also has eight dogs of her own competing in Splash Dogs. Proof that dock diving dogs come in all sizes, one of Foster’s pups is a dachshund/miniature pinscher mix who loves the water. The bottom line is that participating in Splash Dogs celebrates the bond between a dog and its owner. “It’s just a really fun experience for you and your dog to share,” said Foster. “It’s all about having fun with your dog and your dog enjoying something that he likes to do,” said Reed. “These dogs go crazy when they get around the pool. It’s the camaraderie, the bonding of you and your dog.” Draper Days Splash Dogs registration begins at noon on Friday, July 13 and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Dog/handler teams may also register online. All participating dogs must have their shots up to date and have tags or the owner must bring current shot and vaccine papers. Owners are responsible for the safety

A dog performs in the super vertical event at Splash Dogs. (Photo courtesy Tony Reed/Splash Dogs)

of their dog(s) and others. For information on fees and more details, visit the Draper Days Splash Dogs web page at https://www.draper. ut.us/797/Splash-Dogs. l

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Get your autographs now: Talented artists in it for all the right reasons By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournal.com


ordan James Pinkston performed a set of his original songs from his new album “Truth,” released on May 14, at the Caleb Chapman Sound House in American Fork on June 8, alongside three other artists who also shared their talents. Pinkston writes as often as time permits, between being a busy senior next year in Draper, balancing teen life and working toward his career ambitions. “I write every day,” said Pinkston, but goes by Jordan James as his stage name. “That’s my real passion, is writing music.” He would like to look into pursuing “commercial music and get a scholarship for that to be able to go to school,” said Pinkston. Pinkston is easy to admire, such drive and hard work that goes into all the talent, not to mention the percentage of proceeds from his songs donated to a charity. “Fifty percent of sales go to for Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain,” said James. “What they do is they help families out, giving them a place to stay when they are sick or injured.” His latest released album is titled “Truth,” which is an EP — a six-song mini-album — themed on some of the realities of life. “The reason I called it ‘Truth’ is because of the truths of life — break-up songs, love songs, and there is the song ‘Fighter,’ which is about fighting diseases,” said Pinkston. “Fighter” is “really personal,” said Pinkston; he wrote it for a friend. Pinkston plays the piano while singing his songs; he works to portray a positive message with his music, with the intention of uplifting and motivating others. “The songs that I write are very personal to me,” he said. “I put my heart into it.” In honor of his cousin who passed away at the age of 18, Pinkston wrote a song to help soothe the pain of such a difficult loss for his family. His aunt has expressed to him how much that song means to her, said Pinkston. That was the “first time I felt like I made music for a purpose, and I wanted to do it more,” said Pinkston. Dealing with the loss of his cousin and some of the realities of life, music is his way to express and reach others who may be going through the same. “It’s like a medicine to me,” said Pinkston. Greg Hansen, a radio host on FM 100.3 and an independent music producer from Utah, was the MC at James’ release party. Hansen, having previously worked

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with some big names in the music industry over the years, has transitioned to become an independent music producer, giving him more freedom to develop genuine talent independently of record labels. The singers who performed at the release party — Pinkston, Kalaya Arne, Easton Shane and Sophie Kae — are “a destiny in music that has been made obvious,” said Hansen. Hansen hopes his efforts to help their aspirations will contribute to “flood the market with virtuous talent,” he said. “It doesn’t matter the music style if they have integrity,” said Hansen. Easton Shane, Jordan James, Kalaya Arne and Sophie Kae performed at Arne, 18, was a the Caleb Chapman Sound house, in American Fork. (Michelynne McGuire/ devoted soccer player, City Journals) but she had sports-related concussions that singing, Kalyaya Arne still has plans to turned into harsh headaches, and when go to college, and she’s leaving in January those headaches became overwhelming, it for a five-month humanitarian trip to teach was time to take a break from soccer. English, she said. Luckily, Arne found music as a great Easton, 15, an upbeat singer and guioutlet, turning a negative into positive. tarist, has a knack for comedy, amusing the “I always knew that I loved music,” crowd with his jokes. Arne said. Easton performed his original song, Her mother and father, Vicky and Lou “The Girlfriend I Don’t Have,” and a song Arne, have been glad to share in this new close to the heart about his father, who is transition for her as a family. in the military working for the National “She’s been in pain 24 hours a day, Guard Draper, titled “This Uniform’s for seven days a week for about four years,” You.” said Lou Arne. “Music has become more “(The song) became the theme song of an outlet for her. She can express herself for Our Military Kids Organization,” said through the music.” Easton’s mother, Becca Christiansen. Pinkston and Kalaya Arne met at Nik The Our Military Kids Organization Day Studios. Soon realizing they attend- is a nonprofit offering support to children ed the same high school in Draper (Cor- who have parents in the military. ner Canyon), Kalaya Arne and Pinkston “They just flew him out in April to became friends and sang a duet together, sing for their big convention, and he sang “Meant To Be,” written by Pinkston. that song and represented, and got Our Kalaya Arne is on the Mutual Theme Military Kids of the Year award from Album for the Church of Jesus Christ of them,” said Christiansen. Latter-day Saints and in a band called the Each one of these genuine talents has Jazz Khakis. a different story, each one making their With a unique indie-soul voice and a mark on the music scene, all of them with great confidence on stage, it’s no wonder a common theme of sincere authenticity. Kalaya Arne and her band took second Pinkston and Easton have music vidplace at state in a Battle of the Bands com- eos that can be found on YouTube. petition. Songs can also be found on Spotify, With her success and enjoyment for CDbaby, Amazon and iTunes. l

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Whitley continues to give the gift of music to the community


t all began in 1981 when a young 8-year old boy, Danny Whitley, begged his father to teach him to play an instrument. It was an earnest plea — Danny wanted to be like his dad and be with his dad during the short amount of time he had to live. At age 6, Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer. After what they thought was a successful initial brain surgery, the cancer returned two years later. It was then that Danny was given only a short time to live and he wanted nothing more than to follow in his dad’s musical footsteps. “Knowing that his time with us would be short, there was no other option for me,” said Dan Whitley, his father. He started right away teaching his son the drums. Since the Whitleys didn’t know of any kids who could play a band instrument that were Danny’s age, the father and son duo decided to “set up shop” and start their own band. They called it the Foxes and the Hounds after the Disney movie. Being in his own band was the mental and physical break Danny needed to cope with all the challenges of having cancer. Whitley recalls that it was everything he needed to feel like he was getting better. A few years later, their band performed at Danny’s sixth-grade concert at his elementary school in Cottonwood Heights. Danny played a drum solo with one foot and one hand. His classmates loved Danny and his new band. “The parents and their children flocked to Danny. He wore his little red hat and smiled all the time, he finally had his own group,” said his dad. Four brain surgeries later and a miraculous six years of being the star of his band, Danny passed away at age 13. “I started teaching Danny back in 1981 and haven’t stopped,” said Whitley. That was the beginning of Whitley’s career of teaching music to kids. His passion for music and his professional music experience in his early adulthood years was the foundation for starting his own music studio. As a child and teenager, Whitley studied piano, trumpet, tuba, guitar, banjo, bass, drums and mandolin. In high school, he loved to sing while playing the guitar. “I fell in love with singing harmonies in folk groups, which were popular during the 1960s, mainly because it was simple melodic music and invited sing-alongs,” said Whitley. In 1965, Whitley moved to California and became a bass player and background vocalist for “the Lettermen” vocal group, who had a contract with Capitol Records. Following going on tour with them, he created his own performing group, the Justus Brothers. He worked with this group for nearly 10 years in Southern California. He released a record of original songs and soon this group became a full-time job. Nearly 20 years later, Whitley now lives in Draper and has a professional recording and

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Stars Marie Osmond and John Snider visit Danny Whitley during the Primary Children’s Medical Center Telethon. (Photo credit: Dan Whitley)

music studio and continues teaching music to children. “Danny lives on in my memory as I do repeat performances with group after group today. Teaching him for those years turned my life around,” said Whitley. The Whitley Music Studios offers private instrumental lessons, instrumental vocal group lessons, private vocal lessons, recording consulting and producing, and reading therapy. Whitley also directs and teaches a folk band performing group, a vocal group and a prodigy jazz band. About four months ago, Whitley met Dr. Ran Duan, a professional concert pianist from China, when she came over to play a piano she was interested in buying from Whitley. Dan calls it no coincidence that two professional musicians from different continents who have similar musical goals met. After talking to Duan, Whitley quickly realized and could see her talent, passion and experience in the music field was “amazing” and was just what he wanted to add to his studio. Whitley loved the idea of adding classical piano lessons to his list of classes he offers. In April, Dan offered Duan a teaching position and now she is a private piano instructor at his studio in Draper. “I have very talented students. I’d love to know more young pianists in this area and help them develop their own music language,” said Duan. Duan received her bachelor of music with honorable mention from the China Conservato-

ry, her master’s of music in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and her doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Utah. She currently teaches college-level piano for major and non-major students at Utah Valley University and pre-college programs at the University of Utah and also teaches privately. She has been featured in many concerts halls in China, Italy and the United States. She has been a guest soloist with several symphonies and orchestras around the globe. “I love the fact that every student is different. As a teacher I need to think about different approaches to assist them,” Duan said. She hopes her international experience makes her a unique teacher. “I hope I can bring more diversity to the music society,” she said. Her dream is to bring more Utah musicians to the global level and more talented Chinese musicians to Utah to enjoy this music environment. “It is the happiest thing to see all different level of students grow and develop their own talent,” said Duan. Whitley’s teaching career that started long ago because of his son today has a much bigger influence. Over the years, thousands of students have come in and out of Whitley’s Music Studio. His influence is felt throughout the community, all because of his love of music and his love that he has for his little boy, Danny. l

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Draper Idol to showcase local pop talent By Katherine Weinstein | Katherine@mycityjournals.com


t is a moment of great anticipation. A lone singer stands nervously on a brilliantly lit stage before a microphone. As the audience cheers, three judges wait expectantly for the singer to begin. This is a familiar scenario to anyone who has watched television programs such as “American Idol” or “The Voice.” It will be playing out live on the stage of Juan Diego High School when Draper Idol returns as part of Draper Days on Thursday, July 12. Draper Idol began over 10 years ago when Leslie Johnson, a professional singer and music therapist, decided that local pop and country western style singers needed a place to perform and showcase their talents. “There’s a lot of opportunity in musical theater around the valley and some bands you could join, but no place or venue for people who sing pop music or country,” Johnson said. Draper Idol is a way for singers like these to share their talent. Draper Community Foundation took on the project as part of Draper Days and it has become a popular annual event. There are two contests. The Junior Idol Division is for ages 12 to 15 and Draper Idol is for ages 16 and up. Each contestant must live, work or go to school in the city of Drap-

er. Contestants for Draper Idol must also be able to commit to participate in some of the Draper Days events such as riding in the parade on the morning of Saturday, July 14 and performing on the main stage later in the day. The Junior Idol winners will only participate in the competition, not the parade or performance. Winners of each contest will receive cash prizes. There are no fees to audition or participate in Junior Idol or Draper Idol. Preliminary auditions are required for the Junior Idol Division and Draper Idol. Contestants must submit a 30-second recording of their singing with or without an instrumental track via email to Leslie Johnson by June 30. Johnson noted that Draper Idol has never had to turn away anyone who has submitted an audition recording. “People take it very seriously and send in excellent recordings,” she said. Contestants for both the Junior Idol Division and Draper Idol prepare two songs, one for each round of the contest. The judges narrow the field to about six to eight singers for the second round. Pitch, tone quality, style and stage presence are the criteria by which singers are judged. A singer may have great showmanship, said Johnson, but “70 percent

of it is about their voice.” The judges are members of the community who have professional experience in music performance. Rob Duffin, who owns Annex Recording Studio in Draper, has worked with many professional musicians on their recordings. Mackenzie Tolk Houmand is a professional singer and performer involved with Draper Arts Council and Draper Historic Theatre. Johnson has a background in musical theater and studied music performance at Utah State University. She has performed with the Utah Festival Opera Company in Logan and is currently singing in a country western band. “There is some amazing talent in Draper,” Johnson said. “Draper Idol is a fun way to get people out and showcase their talent.” The Junior Idol Division contest will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in the auditorium of Juan Diego High School, followed by Draper Idol at 7:00 p.m. Juan Diego High School is located at 300 E. 11800 S. in Draper. For more information and access to the email link to submit an audition recording, visit the Draper Idol web page at https://www. draper.ut.us/747/Draper-Idol. l

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Mercedes-Benz of Draper Celebrates its Grand Opening To kick off the year, Mercedes-Benz of Lindon moved to Draper to settle into a new home. Now, they’ve cut the ribbon and hosted their grand opening. On Monday, June 18th, customers, friends, family and employees gathered together to celebrate a brand-new, world-class Mercedes-Benz dealership. With the new home comes a new name, and Mercedes-Benz of Draper is happy to announce that there is a new luxury in town. New and existing customers can take advantage of the dealership’s VIP experience, which offers an impressive variety of complimentary amenities—vehicle pick-up/delivery, flat tire repairs, car washes, and much more. The dealership looks to offer a first-class experience to parallel its first-class dealership. While the dealership may be new, the team at Mercedes-Benz of Draper is not. The combined average experience with Mercedes-Benz amongst management is 12 years, which assures the dealership is both dependable and well-versed in working with a top-tier luxury brand. The experience and passion the employees have for the brand and the customer is what has led to the store’s ultimate success. At the core of the dealership and its employees is the desire “To Be The Best Place To Work And The Best Place In Town To Do Business”.

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The grand opening was reception-style and offered light refreshments and beverages to all those in attendance. Guests enjoyed speeches from Mercedes-Benz executives, Draper Mayor Troy K. Walker, and owner of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Gail Miller. Mercedes-Benz of Draper is located at 11548 S Lone Peak Parkway.

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Blue grass band Cold Creek inspires dancing on the green grass


raper City and the Draper Community Foundation presented free Monday night concerts in June starting promptly at 7 p.m. going until 8:30 p.m. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t fret — there are more events headed your way this summer. A good amount of people came on Monday, June 11, for the blue-grass concert in the beautiful Draper Historic Park to listen to Cold Creek. Cold Creek is a top Utah blue-grass band, playing with the banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. The band performed some original songs, and entertained the crowd with jokes throughout their set. It’s no wonder children couldn’t keep those little feet from dancing to the folk music in the serene summer night. With the sun starting to set, parents looked on as their children played Frisbee, chasing each other around and socializing with other youngsters. Some adults could be found tapping a toe to the uplifting tunes, reading a book or enjoying the company of friends and family while picnicking or checking out the local concession house. A Cold Creek band member recalled how as a child he could remember listening to Dawn Williams growing up. Cold Creek banjo player Blaine Wilson is a

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By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com Utah state champion — his bandmates call him Ban Jovi. The band captivated the audience, with people of all ages and group sizes sitting on blankets or lawn chairs taking in the pleasant atmosphere. Cold Creek band member Bill Sprunger recalled how as a child, he could remember listening to Dawn Williams growing up. Cold Creek banjo player Blaine Nelson is a Utah state champion nick named by his band mates as “Ban Jovi” and “Lord of the Strings,” said fellow band member Andrea Ivey Banner. Ivey Banner, who is from Arkansas, “grew up in the Ozark mountains.” She grew up with folk music where it was normal to play or sing and if you didn’t, you ought to learn. “I grew up playing bluegrass, everyone in my family plays something or sings,” said Ivey Banner. Holidays in Ivey Banner’s home were spent celebrating, and then everyone would “jam.” Having been in a band together for more than 20 years, all members are married and have families and other jobs. The band members started when they were in college at BYU together, and they continue to do it as a professional hobby. “We do it because we love it…I love what I do, it brings me joy,” said Ivey Banner. With a good turnout, the park was full of people but still enough room to find a spot in

Draper folks listening to Cold Creek band perform. (CW/photos)

the shade. With a good turnout, the park was full of people but there was still enough room to find a spot in the shade. If you’d like to check out these up-andcoming events for yourself, there will be future concerts in July, after Draper Days. Draper Nights Concerts 2018 is scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14. Friday, July 13 will feature Fortunate Son and country singer songwriter Bryan White.

On Saturday, July 14, Sounds of Summer and the Midtown Men will perform, followed by fireworks. Family and friends can cozy up beneath the stars, so don’t forget to grab those blankets or lawn chairs, water and snacks. More information on upcoming events can be found on Draper City’s website: http://www. draper.ut.us/ For more information on the blue-grass musicians who performed at the June 11 event, their website is: coldcreekband.com l

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Mayor Walker receives raise from city council By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com


raper’s mayor Troy Walker just got a raise. During the June 5 city council meeting, the Draper City Council voted to increase the mayor’s salary, barring final adoption of the city’s budget. The current mayoral salary of $20,317 will be increased to $35,000. However, the council also voted to remove $6,000 worth of car and technology allowances allocated to the mayor (as well as a $1,200 technology allowance for city council members). When factoring that in, the raise comes out to $8,683. The proposal to give Walker the raise came from Councilmember Mike Green, who said the mayor deserves a raise for all the work he puts in. “While it is a part-time position, I know it takes up a lot of his time,” Green said during the city council meeting. Councilmember Tasha Lowery agreed. “You are lucky to have him as your mayor,” she said, noting that council members often wake up in the morning to see the mayor had sent them a text about some issue facing the city in the middle of the night. Walker is in his second term as Draper mayor, and previously served on the Draper City Council according to the Draper city website.

Mayor Troy Walker is sworn in for his second term as Draper’s mayor. Walker accepted a council-led decision to increase his salary. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Green told the Draper Journal that this puts Draper’s mayor in line with similar sized cities and forms of government. For most cities in the Salt Lake valley, a mayor’s compensation is determined both by the size of the city and by the mayor’s role

within the city government. In a council-mayor form of government, the mayor is charged with the day-to-day operations of the city. To adapt a well-known saying, “With great responsibility, comes great compensation.” Some mayors in these forms of government bring in six-figure

salaries. On the other hand, there are council forms of government (such as Draper) in which the mayor serves part-time as the head of the city council and the day-to-day operations of the city are instead run by a city manager. These mayors normally make much less, ranging from about $15,000 to $35,000. The City Journals reported on the intricacies of elected official compensation earlier this year following a controversy in which the mayor of a neighboring city gave themselves a $15,000 raise. The Draper City Council’s move to give Walker the raise was met with little pushback. Councilmember Alan Summerhays said that while he felt the mayor deserves a raise, the amount was “a pretty big chunk” that “disturbs him a little bit.” One resident commented saying, “I have a hard time understanding the justification for a $14,000 raise for a part-time mayor.” Prior to the city council’s vote, Walker said he wouldn’t be mad or upset if he didn’t get the raise. “But I won’t tell you that I won’t take more money. I’d be a dumb mayor if I did that,” he said. l

RizePoint awards Canyons School District students STEM summer camp scholarships By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


raper Park sixth-grader Mia Ricks said she was pulled out of her standardized history test to learn she received her first scholarship. “I didn’t know what was going on,” she said, oblivious to the fact that the bell had rung and most of her classmates had finished the test. Mia’s mother, who had learned of the scholarship, contacted her husband, who works at the school. He then went to tell Mia. “I needed something to do this summer and saw this cool microbiology camp where we look at microorganisms along Lake Bonneville’s shoreline and applied,” Mia said. “I’m excited for some new experiences and to make new friends.” This summer, Mia will attend the Natural History Museum’s Adventure Camp, thanks to RizePoint, which awarded scholarships to Canyons School District students wanting to attend STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps. “We invest in the future and the future is what makes us successful,” RizePoint CEO Frank Maylett said. “Our fu-ture are these students who are here wanting to learn at STEM camps.” About 21 scholarships were originally planned to be awarded in the third annual summer camp scholarship program; however,

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RizePoint Vice President of People Operations Peter Johnson said about four additional scholarships were funded by company individuals who were inspired by the quality of applicants. “All the applicants were pretty great, so when we couldn’t fund some, there was a real draw to raise extra funds and employees partnered to award $1,400 in additional scholarships,” he said. The applications consisted of a short essay where fifth-grade through 10th-grade students wrote about their interests and experience as they relate to STEM subjects, as well as included recommendations from a peer and a teacher. Johnson said a committee of RizePoint employees and Canyons Education Foundation members then scored the applications for their completeness, content, ambition and financial need. “The students had a lot of cool camps they wanted to attend from a zookeeper camp, game design, coding, robotics and others,” he said. Awarding scholarships is only one way RizePoint has supported students. The company also has partnered with East Midvale Elementary, where gave students backpacks in the fall filled with school supplies, and this past March, read books with students as part of the school’s Dr. Seuss Day. RizePoint’s reach to the community also

Draper Park sixth-grader Mia Ricks was awarded a STEM summer camp scholarship by RizPoint CEO Frank Maylett. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

includes giving employees a day each quarter to serve the community, such as helping with hurricane relief and building trellises and attending to the Wasatch Community Garden. “We’re excited to be able to help our community,” Maylett told the recipients and their

families. “Through what we do — making software for companies and stores many of you use every day — we touch your lives quietly, but we’re making an impact, both through our work and our service.” l

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Sandy City Youth Council honors outstanding Draper teacher By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


illcrest High School student Shaistah Din is thankful for her teacher who believed in her and her ability in math. “The calculus class that I took in 10th grade would not have been possible without the foundation that Ms. Larsen set for me in sixth grade,” she said. That foundation led Din to honor American Preparatory Academy’s Amanda Larsen as one of Sandy City Youth Council’s outstanding teachers. She was one of six Sandy teachers recognized with a plaque at the council’s 24th annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner. Larsen, who hadn’t seen Din since she was in her classroom until Din came to invite her to the recognition, said she was touched by the honor. “I hear about teachers making impacts, but this is the first time it’s happened to me,” she said. “It was my first year teaching. She’s the first student to nominate me for an award.” Larsen recalls Din getting frustrated with her math ability. “She was fun, even if she struggled some to understand the concepts that generally get harder at this level. I just told her to always have a good attitude and at least try. She’s smart and kind, and now, I hear she’s tutoring math. She told me she ‘wants to either be a neurosurgeon or a teacher like you.’ It’s the greatest feeling when you know you’ve helped change someone’s life. This really makes a difference.”


Area teachers were honored by Sandy City Youth Council students for making an impact on their lives. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Arnett)

Larsen received a clock with her name on it that sits on her desk at school. The event was coordinated by volunteer youth council teacher appreciation dinner coordinator Marsha Millet. “It’s a special night where teachers are being honored by their students,” she said. “For many of these teachers, they have never been honored in years of teaching and if they have,

few have ever been selected by their students who have been directly impacted by their teaching.” The evening’s events included remarks by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, who recalled how teachers impacted him, she said. “He spoke about the importance of honest and good characters and how that is also

learned from teachers,” Millet said. The event, which honored 11 teachers and coaches, was supported by four city council members: Steve Fairbanks, Linda Martinez-Saville, Chris McCandless, and Zach Robinson. Council co-mayor Megan Okumura welcomed teachers and members Alex Cheng, on piano, and Abby Murri, on violin with her mother accompanying her, provided entertainment. Other area teachers who were recognized included Jordan High’s Brandon Cressall, Susan Homer, David Morrill and Rachel Hardy; Alta High’s Chad VanOrden; Park Lane Elementary’s Susan Homer; Hillcrest High’s Katie Bullock, Kenneth Herlin and Austin Hilla; and Brighton High’s assistant swim coach Jordan Fletcher. Okumura said it’s important to honor teachers. “As a future educator myself, I find teachers to be very under appreciated yet very needed,” she said. “I can thank every teacher I’ve ever had for shaping a part of who I am today because they have such an impact on our lives. It’s important that teachers are recognized not just by their students, but by the city as well to show that all the hard work they’re doing does not go unrecognized or unappreciated. Without teachers, our world would be a lot darker place.” l

Remember these safety tips during fireworks season

ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp.

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5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. 6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as

much. 12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. 13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. 16. Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles. l

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Film festival teaches life techniques for students By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


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hen Quail Hollow fifth-grader Owen Christensen was younger, he watched his school’s video announcements. “The more I watched the morning announcements, the more I loved them and knew I wanted to help,” he said. Little did Owen know that this year, when he got to be part of the news team, Quail Hollow would win its third straight Canyons Film Festival for best elementary newscast. The ninth annual film festival offers students to submit films they create individually or in teams in nine categories: public service announcement, feature, animation, documentary and newscast. There is a teacher category as well as American Graduate news story and public service announcement categories and the annual film festival poster contest. Katie Blunt , district education technology specialist, has said that through filmmaking, students learn skills such as organization and literacy. “The students start with brainstorming, turn their idea in to a story with a story board and screen play; they write, they research, they synthesize the information to learn how best to communicate their message,” she said. “It’s a group project, they learn how to collaborate. These are skills that translate into the classroom as well as into the real world.” Through the process, students learn not only how to create their film, but also how to edit and revise. “Students learn how to do revisions just like they may have to with a writing assignment in school. We see improvements in films from year to year,” said Blunt, who is the project lead of the film festival. At Quail Hollow, a dozen student council members, under fifth-grade teacher and student council adviser Nicholas Heinz, are responsible for the weekly announcements. Their equipment is basic: a green piece of fabric for their green screen, microphone and lights purchased

off Amazon, an older computer that wasn’t being used in the computer lab for editing and a point-and-shoot camera to film. Fifth-grade member Avery Cornia has learned filming techniques such as using different camera angles for the perfect shots. However, Avery also wanted to add more to the newscasts and learned stop motion through the firealpaca app. “When I joined the morning announcements, I wanted to add new things, such as stop motion animation,” Avery said. “I had done some coding, but I didn’t know how to do stop motion.” Stop motion, a skit for the word of the week and a decisive theme are some of the distinguishable features of their winning newscast, classmate Brady Deeds said. “We tried to make it our best,” Brady said. “We talked about themes and when we planned it out and when it was time to film, we even dressed up as if it were the ‘80s with people on the set being nerds, cheerleaders and business (leaders).” Avery, who dressed like a hippie, said more jokes were added this year to keep viewers attention. Brady said that when they introduced the word of the week, they created a skit to better illustrate how to use the word in a sentence. “In the past, others said the word straight up, but we tried to make ours funny.” Owen said those improvements have helped the newscast. “We watched previous years’ newscasts and knew that we wanted to make ours worthwhile, but also ‘funner’ so we had the anchor spice it up so those who were watching had fun too,” he said. Being on the news team has helped the students. Avery, who said it has helped with giving oral presentations, now wants to continue filmmaking next year in middle school and wants to

start an audiovisual club. Brady said that by working on the newscasts before school it will help him be on time for middle school, which has an earlier school bell. He also said it has given him confidence. “I used to be very scared to talk in front of people when I was younger. Now I can get up in front of people without that fear,” he said. Owen said he has made lots of friends through the news team. “I’ve gotten to know people, both on the newscast and those around school, and I have really enjoyed learning how to film,” he said. Canyons Board of Education member Steve Wrigley, who applauded the winners of the film festival, said that the festival gives students opportunities. “They’re learning new skills that will be useful to them in school and life,” he said, adding that he and his wife have created some videos for Willow Canyon as well as other films. “It’s great for these kids to be recognized for their creative talents. We applaud those who are talented in the arts.”l

OTHER FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS Announcements Winners: Darius Potupchik and Brandy Zarate, Midvale Elementary; Katie Ritter and Tiana Keetch, Indian Hills Middle; and Emily Erickson, Hillcrest High. Animation Winners: Lizzie Crockett, Peruvian Park Elementary; Lucie Packer and Ellie Pinnock, Draper Park Middle; and Justie Marinez, Corner Canyon High. Documentary Winners: Anna Sokol and Izzibelle Hansen, Sprucewood Elementary; Makena Lelepali, Midvale Middle; and Colton Ebert, Caleb Christiansen, Chris Moore, Tyler Kimball, Dallin Nowotny, David Thayne and Ethan Crittenden, Entrada High Draper Campus. Feature Film Winners: Burke Gehret, Crescent Elementary; Sarah Newman, Jacob Thomsen, Katie Kosk and Paisley Reber, Eastmont Middle; and Parker Olsen, Jaxson Wilde, Brady Jorgenson and Cate Gillingham, Brighton High. Teacher Best Film Winner: Wade Harman, of Entrada High Draper Campus, won the teacher best film with “The Wood Shaper — A Story of Lifelong Learning.” The American Graduate News Story Winners: Colton Ebert, Caleb Christiansen, Chris Moore, Tyler Kimball, Dallin Nowotny, David Thayne and Ethan Crittenden, Entrada High Draper Campus; and the American Graduate public service announcement winners were from Midvale Elementary. Poster Design Contest Winner: Jake Wixom from Draper Park Middle

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Willow Springs Art Night brings families together By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


illow Springs fifth-grader Kate Ord described her perfect day — crepes, Lagoon, Hawaii, sushi, Disney World, Outback Steakhouse, sleepover with friends — through artwork and compared it to those of her classmates. The fifth-graders’ days were illustrated through collage graphs. Using pages from magazines and papers, they created cityscapes to illustrate their favorite activity being the tallest. “I thought of it more as fun, but we were learning too,” Kate said, showing her family she used colorful strips to make her cityscape. “I like art. We get to go once every two weeks, but I want to go more often. I like it more than computers because we get to be more creative.” The Ord family, who also saw second-grader Sam’s artwork, were part of the hundreds who came to see more than 1,000 pieces of student artwork displayed at Willow Springs third annual art night, May 8. As families entered the multi-purpose room, it was apparent they had entered “under the sea,” as there were painted paper fish, marine life prints, jellyfish, kelp and seaweed artwork and colorful sea turtles on the walls. Once inside, there were clay fish, papier-mâché puffer fish and a dolphin, crabs, jellyfish, sea stars and more underwater life created through art techniques. Along with the ocean theme pieces, there were some 3D masks, clay leaves and owls and other artwork rounding out the students’ experiences that tied to what they studied in the classroom this year, said Beverly Taylor Sorensen art specialist Mindy Van De Graaff. “The students are not only learning the art style and the process, but we are integrating it into the core classes so they are

Families came to support Willow Springs Elementary’s art night that featured more than 1,000 student pieces of work. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

learning more about their subject areas,” she said. For example, when the students were learning about the environment and the impact pollution has on the animals, they learned about it through the marine life artwork they were creating. When students studied life cycles, it was strengthened through creating the different stages of a butterfly in their artwork. “We are reinforcing what they’re learning. We’re learning

how to solve problems a different way, through creativity. It’s been fun to see the students make connections,” Van De Graaff said. When Van De Graaff begins a lesson, she will teach students about the art style and the artists who may use that style. She will review what core lesson they’re learning and show how the artwork they’ll be learning ties into that subject matter. During the lessons, about 30 Corner Canyon High School students come to help at the school, including with the artwork. “They’re great and help the younger kids with glue or sitting next to them as they create,” she said. Through the lesson, Van De Graaff allows students to use their own creativity in their pieces. “It’s so exciting and fun for the kids. It’s pretty impressive with what they’re able to do,” she said. In addition to the art on display, students could see their classmates’ portraits of faculty, participate in an I Spy around the art gallery or try their hand in a textured fish project, which they could take home. Bella Vista preschooler Oaklynn Scieli was at the makeit take-it table with her grandfather, fifth-grade teacher Mark Besendorfer. “The concepts and quality in the art has been remarkable,” he said. “The students did a project focusing on colonies that went right along with our curriculum. It’s really supporting what we’re doing in the class, but also encouraging kids through another form of learning while having fun.” l

Canyons School District students able to check out online books By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


his summer, Bell View Elementary students will have more opportunities to read, thanks to Canyons School District adding OverDrive online book service. “This will help our students with their summer reading, who can’t get to the library, still be able to read,” said Bell View librarian Audrey Clare, who often listens to audiobooks as she performs chores around her home. “They won’t be dependent on someone to drive them to the library to be able to read from or listen to a vast selection of books.” OverDrive isn’t just for Bell View students, but for all students across the school district who want to get in their reading hours or books assigned for honors classes. The service will provide a digital e-book collection of classroom titles, audiobooks, as well as books for pleasure, said Canyons Library Media Specialist Jim Wilson. “Students can have access to their (reading) level and below,” he said. “We will have titles appropriate for up through high school.” Canyons held its kick-off simultaneously throughout the district with the visit of the OverDrive bookmobile at Lone Peak Elementary in early May. “It shows us what was new — including the bookmobile itself. It’s a digital bookmobile, with a large screen and stations to look up e-books, not the bookmobile many of us knew

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in our past,” Wilson said. In the bookmobile, which is just used as a promotional tool for libraries across the United States and Canada, a class of first-graders were learning that they could highlight words as they read along with e-books as demonstrated by Lauren Bajda, OverDrive digital media events specialist. Other features she showed students included clicking and holding a word to find its definition, highlighting a section and then being able to write notes about it, customizing the book for font, point size and background color. “If you come back to check out the book again, it will remember your settings, the page you’re on and still have the notes available,” Bajda said. “It’s awesome to have reading available 24/7 so students can read all summer and will never have late fees nor will any book be damaged. It’s a complement to physical books.” Bajda said Canyons sets up its filters, from allowing students to check out three titles for two weeks, to currently focusing on e-books rather than videos or music. Wilson said start-up costs are more than $20,000, but students will have access to thousands of titles. Lone Peak Principal Tracy Stacy said students will be able to access their Pearson Education text as well as News English Language Arts articles.

Canyons School District held a kick-off for its online book service simultaneously throughout the district with the visit of the OverDrive bookmobile at Lone Peak Elementary. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

“The last few years, we’ve had a reading calendar where students mark off their number of minutes over the summer. With e-book access, we’re hoping that will give our students even more opportunities to read,” she said. Stacy, who enjoys the children’s book “The One and Only Ivan,” which is available on OverDrive, said she hopes that by providing the service this summer, students and parents will eat together. “Research shows that when children are read to, read with and by parents, the children’s reading improves and they become more fluent readers themselves,” she said. “While this

gives students greater access and reading on technology is becoming more of their generation, we still will have our school collection. I would hate to have them miss out on the smell of books we all know.” Currently, Salt Lake City, Jordan, Granite, Davis and Weber school districts, Brigham Young University as well as Salt Lake County and Murray libraries also use OverDrive. Bajda said about 98 percent of the public libraries use OverDrive, which began in 1986. l

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Juan Diego baseball third best in state

Corner Canyon boys tennis finish in top 10

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The Corner Canyon High boys tennis team qualified four of the five varsity lineup spots for the 5A state tournament and finished eighth. (Photo courtesy Robin Simmons)

The Region 11 champion Juan Diego Catholic High School baseball team finished third in state in the 4A classification. (Photo courtesy Michele Deninno)


or a team that began the year 0-4, the Juan Diego Catholic High School baseball team sure got things turned around. The Soaring Eagle squad had a 12-game winning streak and then another 10-game winning streak during the season to make a strong statement in the 4A state tournament, taking third overall. “The season went great for our team this year,” head coach Kellen Carsey said. “Our kids put in so much time and effort into the season. I am super proud of each and every one of them.” “I am so proud of the team for the season that we had,” senior Dawson Stiefel said. “We were young — only having two seniors — and being able to put up a run like we did was truly amazing.” “It was a heck of a season and something that I will remember for the rest of my life,” senior Jared Perry said. “It’s hard to go so far at state, but we played up to the level of competition and we definitely turned heads at state.” At state, Juan Diego hosted Mountain Crest and found themselves down 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning before rallying to score six runs in a walk-off 8-7 win. Then, the Soaring Eagle squad defeated Orem 10-2 and Desert Hills 5-2 to reach the semifinals. Two losses — to defending state champion Dixie 10-0 and Desert Hills 14-4 — ended the Region 11 champion’s 22-7 season. The season began with four losses and could have continued south with “things just not clicking for some of our returners,” according to Carsey. “We started playing as a team more and started believing in each other more,” Stiefel said. “I’m so proud of these guys for the way they handled themselves this season, especially during times where things weren’t going our way,” Carsey said. “For them to continue to fight and stay composed until the end made ev-

eryone involved in our program proud of what these boys accomplished this year.” The comebacks for Juan Diego continued even as wins started to pile up. The team found themselves down by multiple runs several times throughout the season, including in its first region games against Park City. Juan Diego won two of three against the Miners and the threegame stand proved pivotal in the Soaring Eagles’ region title run this season. “Our team was great,” Perry said. “Once we were in our groove, we were in our groove.” “Our guys were able to clutch up at the right times throughout the season,” Stiefel said. The team was led this season by Easton Rex with seven home runs and 13 extra base hits, while Stiefel added three home runs, four triples and 10 doubles while also recording a 3-1 record on the mound. Junior Cooper Rust (7-1 record) and junior Campbell Magrane (50) led the way in pitching for Juan Diego. Also on the 2018 squad were juniors Morgan Anderson, Rex Jones, Joe Kinneberg and Nic Van Schoor; sophomores Kaden Bravo, Michael Coleman, Michael Deninno, Connor Doyle, Tre Easterbrook, Cartur Gray, Gavin Harker, Adam Kessler, Matthew Munding, Jordan Perry, Joe Richardson and Lorenzo Soto; and freshmen Preston Bath, O’Pharoah Crockett, David Kinneberg, Matthew LeBrecht, Dominic Lewis, Matthew Mencia, Conor Sawyer, Marcus Slobodnic, Preston Stiefel, Bridger Thorne, Bryson Townsend and Aidan Watts. Carsey was assisted by Jake Waldram, Kendall Hansen, Parker Lee and Kelton Caldwell on the coaching staff. “Overall, it was a great season with our kids working so hard over the course of a year, and this team really had a lot of fun together,” Carsey said. l


n a bit of a rebuilding year with half the varsity roster graduating for the Corner Canyon High boys tennis team, the Chargers battled through inexperience with solid play throughout the year and finished the season in eighth place at the 5A state tournament last month. “Overall, we had a better season than expected,” head coach Mykel Seeborg said. “We have had great success. We’ve won the matches we should and lost the ones in which we were a little less experienced.” At state, sophomore Jensen Rideout — playing at No. 1 singles — and junior Tyler Easton, at No. 3 singles, advanced to the semifinals. Rideout defeated Bountiful’s Sam Stobbe 6-1, 6-1 and West’s Ethan Dubil 6-1, 6-1 before losing to Timpview’s Josh Pearce 6-1, 6-1. Easton beat Provo’s Caden Peterson 6-3, 6-1 and Olympus’ Cole Marshall 6-2, 6-2 and then lost to Brighton’s Derek Turley 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. “Rideout’s example of hard work trickles down to his teammates. They see how hard he works and realize it takes a lot of effort to be that good. He battled some of the state’s top players and made a nice run,” Seeborg said. “In Tyler’s first year on the team, he was probably the biggest surprise, after starting the year playing doubles. He beat all challengers and emerged as a solid singles player,” Seeborg said. “He also made a great run to the state semifinals and just ran out of gas. He played with honor and class and left it all out on the

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court and as a coach, that’s all you can ask for.” Freshman Tristan Buckner won his firstround matchup against Olympus’ Parker Warner 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 before losing to Jakob Kempema of Woods Cross 6-1, 6-3. “Tristan going undefeated throughout the region schedule was a nice surprise,” Seeborg said. The No. 1 doubles team of juniors Max Roberts/Drew Osbourne lost to Viewmont’s Stephen Gutke/Jaden Hodges 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the first round. “Max and Drew had a good season,” Seeborg said. “They got better and better as the season went on and with another year of experience under their belt, they should contend with the top teams in our region.” Seeborg said the No. 2 doubles team of Cody Shipman/Cooper England had a “strong finish” and a “solid season.” This year, Seeborg was assisted by Ray Bachiller and team managers Lizzie Simmons, Emma Heiden, Addy Sepulveda and Brynn Thayer. Unlike last season, Corner Canyon returns all varsity players next spring as the Chargers look ahead. “We have some more good freshman coming in next year and with one more year under their belts, this team should be solid for a run next year,” Seeborg said. “The future looks bright for Charger tennis. We are very excited!” l

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Two JDCHS baseball players moving on to the college ranks By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com The Juan Diego Catholic High School baseball team had two seniors this past season on the third-best team in the state in the 4A ranks, and those two players, Dawson Stiefel and Jared Perry — who are both from West Jordan — will be playing in college this fall. Stiefel signed with the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho while Perry will be playing for Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington. “I chose CSI because of how consistent their program has been throughout the years,” Stiefel said. “Their coaches are amazing and they do a really good job of sending players onto the next level.” “I loved the facilities at Columbia Basin and coach (Brent) Wyatt is a really cool dude,” Perry said. “I also feel like it provides me an atmosphere that would help me as a person.” “We’re pretty excited about having Jared in our program,” Wyatt said. “I don’t just recruit players with good abilities. I consider myself a pretty good judge of character and, knowing that he’s a pretty high-character kid with a mix of athleticism, that’s my favorite kind of kid. We’re excited to have him in the mix.” Juan Diego baseball coach Kellen Carsey said both players set a “perfect example” of leadership and how hard work pays off. “What both these two young men have has all been driven by working hard and earning what they got,” he said. “They both will go on to play college baseball which is exciting for both of them, but more than anything in whatever they do they will be successful because they show up on time and work hard.” Stiefel, the son of Kevin and Tiffany Stiefel, has been playing baseball for more than 14 years and has plenty of memories in the sport, including his first All-Star team stint in the 8U division — as a 6-year-old — and two visits to Cooperstown, New

JDCHS infielder Dawson Stiefel will play for the College of Southern Idaho next year.

York a few years ago. At Juan Diego, the senior infielder has been a pivotal part of the Soaring Eagle baseball squad that has finished in the top four in the state the past two years. Last season, he was an Honorable Mention All-State second- and third-baseman. This year, he belted three home runs along with 14 extra-base hits while recording a 3-1 record on the mound. One of those home runs was in an 8-7 win over Mountain Crest in the first round of the 4A state tournament. “I love the emotion that is involved in baseball as well as the strategies,” Stiefel said. “I also love the adrenaline that comes with every at-bat and every pitch.” Stiefel said the sport has taught him patience, confidence and staying in the moment. He credits his parents, coaches and


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teammates for the success he’s had. “They have pushed me to become the player and the person that I am today,” he said. “My coaches never gave up on me and had confidence in me to put me in the lineup each and every game day.” The CSI-bound player has his sights on Division I baseball and the professional ranks beyond. Perry, the son of Greg and Shannon Perry, got his start in baseball as a T-baller at 3 years old. He worked his way up through the sport and despite being cut from the Copper Hills baseball team as a freshman, he continued to pursue his dream of playing baseball at a high level. While playing for Mountain West Baseball Academy teams, he faced teams from Juan Diego and always admired the strength of the Soaring Eagle program. “They were always solid and legit,” Jared Perry said. “I had pretty good performances against them and that got me thinking that I could play with them.” Jared Perry found his way to JDCHS the next year and was used as a pinch-runner at times, which allowed him to letter. That summer was a pivotal time for him as he gave up football to focus on just baseball. “I decided the NFL wasn’t really going to happen and I was better at baseball anyways,” he said. “I also decided I didn’t just want to pinch run on varsity, but I wanted to make an impact.” So he went to work and, as a junior and senior, the centerfielder was named Second Team All-Region. “I love how the hard work you put in with baseball can translate into success,” he said. “I just really wanted to play and I’m getting the chance to keep doing that.” Jared Perry credited his parents, coaches and teammates for the belief they showed in him that led to the chance to play at the next level. l

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AwArd recipients: Corner Canyon Church invited the community to a Launch Party on June 23. Pastor Nate Taylor cut the ribbon and announced their identity as an evangelical church with an emphasis on discovering God’s grace. This historic building was originally constructed in the 1930’s by the LDS Church and served the Draper 2nd Ward. Then it became Catholic, next Episcopalian, more recently Hidden Valley Presbyterian, and now Corner Canyon Church. The Church will have a booth at Draper Park on July 13 and 14 during Draper Days, with information about what they believe and what to expect when you visit. Worship Service is on Sunday at 10:30 AM—a great way to start your week! (cornercanyonchurch.org)

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Corner Canyon, Juan Diego lacrosse teams finish successful seasons By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon High and Juan Diego Catholic High School boys lacrosse teams advanced to the state semifinals while the CCHS girls team placed sixth, an all-time high, and the JDCHS girls team made it past the first round. CCHS Boys Corner Canyon began the season with eight straight wins — outscoring opponents 107 to 48 during that stretch — and ended the year with wins against Pleasant Grove 17-3 and Lone Peak 11-5 in the state playoffs before the Chargers lost to Brighton 10-9 in the semifinals. “We had high expectations this season,” CCHS boys coach Aaron Ika, in his first year as head coach, said. “We lost four key guys throughout the year with season-ending knee injuries, but it was a battle of perseverance and our boys never got down. It was a case of the ‘next man up’ and our boys did a great job.” First Team All-State midfielder Kyle Brown said, “We had a very good season. We competed with the top teams in the state.” “I’m really proud of how our team started and ended this season,” Second Team All-State attacker Zak Fankhauser said. “We had some ups and downs that came with injuries which put some kinks into our game plans, but we had the ‘next man up’ mentality which was crucial.” Brown was honored as an Academic All-American for his scholastic excellence. “I am very grateful for this award, and I’m glad my hard work over the years has paid off,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without great coaches and support from my parents along the way.” “Kyle has a motor that doesn’t quit,” Ika said. “He scored over 55 goals for us.” Brown has been playing lacrosse for more than 12 years when he joined some friends in playing the sport and has been named First Team All-State the past two seasons. He said he has learned discipline and punctuality, among other life lessons from working hard to excel in the sport. The recently graduated senior plans to play lacrosse at Brigham Young University following a two-year LDS mission to Santiago, Chile. Fankhauser was recognized with the 2018 Utah High School Lacrosse League Blake Strebel (Community Service) Award. “I have felt very honored and a little surprised by this award,” he said. “It’s definitely a cool feeling to have my name on the same plaque as Blake’s. He contributed to not only his own lacrosse team and the lacrosse community, but also affected his community through his service and love before he passed away tragically.” “Zak was a do-everything player for us with 37 goals and 37 assists,” Ika said. “His stats really show that he wasn’t afraid to get others involved or take the shot when he needed to.” In sixth grade, Fankhauser began playing

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lacrosse and “fell in love with the sport right away.” As a 5’8” and 150-pound player, he found a sport where he used his speed to his advantage against bigger opponents. Working hard, persevering and listening to constructive criticism are lessons he has learned on and off the field during his years in the sport. Fankhauser would like to play collegiately and has been entertaining interest from a variety of schools, but first his focus in on a Spanish-speaking LDS mission to Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Kyle and Zak were two of our four team captains,” Ika said. “They were also two of the quietest guys on our team who truly led by example.” Others on the CCHS boys team who received post season honors were Jaden Kasteler, who will be playing at Westminster, and Bodi Sutherland, who were named First Team AllState; Braxton Packer, Second Team All-State; and All-Region players Caleb Dickson, Chase Feller, Tyson Fotheringham, Elias Hanks, David Knowlton and Jacob Simpson. Also on the 14-6 varsity squad this season were Dawson Erasmus, Jordan Hiatt, Shawn Hewett, Alex Larson, Blake Luper, Nicholas Mallory, Jason Mecham, Mason North, Quinn Rodriguez, Noah Tangren, Parker Tolman and Edward Yuan. Others playing for the CCHS boys program this season were William Andrews, Alex Becerra, Carson Brown, Parker Brown, Griffin Buresh, Carson Cornia, Maxwell Covey, Logan Creason, Chaz Cutrer, JT Cutrer, Andrew Dolphin, Moses Draper, Auston Erdel, Gabe Fankhauser, Jaden Gamache, Talmage Handley, Mac Herbert, Nick Hiner, Jake Holmberg, Mitch Houman, Taylor Inkley, Jackson Kasteler, Josh Knowlton, Gavin Larson, Harrison Lee, Isaac Lloyd, Zach Meyer, Nick Molen, Akira Muramoto, Tyson Packer, Samuel Peterson, Evan Rasmussen, Carson Roberts, Caden Rozsa, Nathaniel Salazar, Jona Serrell, Colin Silkman, Nic Smith, Nate Sorensen, Dylan Stevenson, Tallon Taylor, Jaxson Trudo, Noah Uffens, Tyler Walters, Preston Woodward, Parker Zaharis and Drew Zarbock. JDCHS Boys The JDCHS boys team defeated Highland 10-4 and American Fork 17-7 before losing to Park City 10-8 in the state semifinals. The Soaring Eagle program was led by Robert “Bo” Caldwell, who was named an All-American, First Team All-State players Jonathan Caston and Hunter Easterly, Second Team All-State attacker Andy Schuman and Honorable Mention attacker Sam Burbank. Other key players were All-Region players Deven Baker, Andrew Ballman, Dominick Fabry, Gavin Haines, Michael Herman and Zach Hoffman. The 13-7 squad defeated Brighton 8-7, East 10-3, Fremont 18-9, Bonneville 10-5,

Alta 18-0, Box Elder 15-6, Spanish Fork 16-5, Timpanogos 9-8, Palo Verde (Nev.) 14-7, Lone Peak 14-7, Pleasant Grove 17-7 and lost to Park City 7-5, Grandview (CO) 13-9, Moses Brown (RI 16-8, LaSalle Academy (RI) 17-6, American Fork, 11-7 and Corner Canyon 9-7 during the regular season. Also in the Soaring Eagle program were William Anderson, Andy Bathurst, Jackson Bybee, Colin Cameron, Timothy Carroll, Jacob Casper, Jonathan Castor, Miller Cordial, Blake Davis, Zane Drent, Kyle Ebner, Thomas Fortune, Donovan Fox, Jackson Gordon, John Charles Herrmann, Noah Jenkins, Landon Johnson, Michael Knee, Zachary Mecham, Gabriel Mendez, Levi Montoya, Samuel Montoya, Ian Murray, Nicholas Owens, Matthew Perkins, Dylan Rodrigue, Mason Romero Ramirez, Jackson Strelow, Cristian Torres, Will Van Berckelaer and Kayden Viczian. Head coach John Holmes was assisted by Michael Burbank, Joshua Condas, Craig Cordial, Bryan Davis, Carson Franklin, Dave Johnson, Daniel Mannix, Mark Schuman and Brad Tack on the coaching staff along with program representatives Robert Caldwell and Beverly Herrmann. CCHS Girls Second Team All-State junior Madison Andrews led the Chargers girls lacrosse team with 35 goals and 26 assists on its way to a win in the state tournament against Bingham 9-7. The squad lost to American Fork 19-5 to end a 9-5 season. “We had a lot of changes to make going into the postseason and the team did wonderful at implementing them,” head coach Taylor Dahl said. “In the past, the Corner Canyon program has had a bit of a road block on playoffs. But, I was so proud to see the girls keep it together and play calmly but still with a lot of heart. We had so much fun showing what Corner Canyon girls lacrosse could do.” Senior Payton Ulrich, junior Alyana Enniss and sophomore Sofia Chieco were also recognized with postseason honors on the All-Region team. Also playing for the CCHS girls propram this season were Talia Anderl, Kaitlynn Andrewsen, Nikki Baldassari, Brooklyn Beazer, Alyssa Brown, Camille Carr, Emma Carver, Ella Cheminant, Sophie Chernosky, Alexia Davis, Kemery Eastman, Annie Elmont, Bella Forsyth, Madison Gastelo, Rachel Graf, Ariel Harp, Ashlyn Hiatt, Shaye Jackson, Daisy Linford, Venice Lupus, Megan Mathews, Mia Mellor, Emily Moffat, Kiah Muramoto, Sage Peacock, Maggie Peo, Abigail Preece, Livi Smart, Madison Thomas, Petra Vinkler and Ashton Whittle. Dahl was assisted by Reannon King and team manager Jeff Peo. “We had an incredible season,” Dahl said, noting a 10-goal win over rival Alta and a hard-

Corner Canyon High senior Kyle Brown, an Academic All-American and two-time First Team All-State, helped the Chargers to a state semifinal appearance this season. (Photo courtesy Mike Luper)

fought game with eventual state champion Park City as highlights of the year. “I am so proud of the work and effort that the girls gave throughout the season. They play with a passion that is so much fun to watch.” JDCHS Girls The JDCHS girls lacrosse team started the year with three losses — to Brighton 10-9, Alta 6-3 and Park City 13-4 — before getting on the winning track and losing just five more the rest of the way. At the state tournament, Juan Diego defeated Viewmont 12-9 before losing to Park City 12-6 Seniors Lexi Moratella and Abbey Kolff along with juniors Kylee Furikawa and Ryan Stolfew led the way for the Soaring Eagle team this year. Juan Diego defeated Waterford 11-9, Lehi 13-4, Judge Memorial 12-1, Olympus 11-10, Copper Hills 14-4 and lost to Jordan 10-4, Riverton 11-5, Corner Canyon 13-10 and Lone Peak 17-8 this season. Also on the 2018 Soaring Eagle program were Kathleen Barry, Kelly Blaber, Kiley Brennan, Paige Cameron, Ella Candage, Isabelle Castellano, Angelique Clark, Haylee Covington, Kyllie Furukawa, Misha Gupta, Hailey Gutierrez, Hailey Hilliard, Gabby Horner, Emily Kasue, Virginia Kelly, Abigail Kolff, Eliana Moreno, Natalie Morgan, Elainna Ng, Maria Jose Pastrana, Conner Protzman, Chloe Redican, Ana Rico, Ariadne Sanchez, Vivian Schuman, Danielle Simkins, Ryan Stolfa, Kirsten Sumampong, Chloe Thompson and Ashley Tynan. Head coach Sage Johnson was assisted by Shaun Judd and parent representatives Mark Redican and Andrea Stolfa. l

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Corner Canyon softball introduces newcomers to sport and places sixth at state By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


all them the “comeback kids,” the “turnaround bunch,” “underdogs,” “new kids on the block” — these Corner Canyon High softball players don’t care. The results speak for themselves, and this group of Chargers dug deep, amid doubters, after an 0-7 start to the year with nine newcomers to the sport to tie for sixth at the 5A state tournament in late May. “What a phenomenal achievement for these girls,” first-year head coach Chris Opheikens said. “We went from recruiting athletes in the athletic hallway and teaching girls from scratch, taking several girls that had never played, to being there at the end.” “It was the best feeling in the world to turn it around when a lot of people doubted us,” CCHS junior pitcher and Region 7 MVP Lexi Parker said. “We fired back at them and proved them wrong. That’s the coolest thing about our team.” At the state tournament, Corner Canyon defeated Skyridge 6-4 before losing to eventual state champion Box Elder 8-1. In the consolation bracket, the Chargers moved themselves back into contention with wins over Woods Cross 5-2 and Springville 9-7 before losing to West, 5A’s top-ranked team, 13-2, to end a 1613 season. “We really did all come together and we expected ourselves to be there at the end even though no one else did,” Opheikens said. “This

The Corner Canyon High girls softball team surround the Region 7 championship plaque. (Photo courtesy Troy Johnson)

is one of my best coaching moments ever with such a huge accomplishment for these girls.” “We definitely played through the underdog role at state,” Parker said. The Region 7 champion squad was led by its five returning starters who were named First Team All-Region. They included Parker, junior third baseman Abbi Opheikens, junior shortstop Josie Haycock, junior second baseman Brooke Meyers and sophomore catcher Whitney Opheikens. Parker had a 4-3 record on the mound this season and felt “excited, honored and shocked” to be named Region 7 MVP. Meyers hit four

home runs and the Opheikens sisters combined for a home run and 13 doubles on the year to help lead the team offensively. “They were the nucleus of our team,” Coach Opheikens said. Losing the first seven games this season wasn’t exactly how Corner Canyon had expected the season to begin, but Coach Opheikens said that even though he wondered what he had gotten into at that point, he knew the program had the players to turn things around. “It really was about positive reinforcement, building a little at a time and getting them all to do it,” he said.

“That rocky start gave us all a little doubt in our minds, but I decided that it was my job to take everyone on my back and we started to take it one game at a time,” Parker said. “We just had to learn how to utilize the talent that we had.” The Chargers — using an outfield of entirely brand new softball players and several others playing out of position — then went on a seven-game winning streak, and from there Corner Canyon began building the confidence that led to closing out a 9-1 region season and outscoring opponents 182-56 up until the postseason. “The girls pulled together and it really was them teaching each other and learning together,” Coach Opheikens said. “It was crazy, but they really dug deep and it’s been a proud ‘dad’ moment to watch all of my girls end the season so well.” Others on the 2018 squad were senior Quinn Wansel; juniors Jessica Nemelka, Hannah Knoop and Mia Kunkal; sophomores Abby Kleinman, Maggie Ramos, Olivia Sunderland, Mckenna Jealy and Emory Smith; and freshman Anna Nemelka, Selma Kohler, Lauren Dupree, Rylee Taylor and Sydney Taylor. “They were all really productive players and hopefully we got a good foundation moving forward,” Coach Opheikens said. Opheikens was assisted on the coaching staff by Troy Johnson, Steph Losee and Lyndsay Walker. l

Corner Canyon girls tracksters take home state title By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

Corner Canyon High track coach Devin Moody said his Region 7 champion girls team was among the top three teams in the state heading into the 5A state championship. And it certainly came down to three teams – CCHS, Box Elder and Woods Cross. Senior Nicole Critchfield, freshman Paje Rasmussen and senior Hallee Jones scored points in the 200-meter event, finishing second, third and seventh respectively to secure the state title for the Chargers by five points over Woods Cross May 18–19 at Brigham Young University. The Region 7 champion boys squad finished 12th for a combined fifth place as a program. “That was an amazing race to watch and after the results appeared on the screen, we knew we had secured the victory,” Moody said. “With the pressure on, they rose to the occasion.” The Region 7 champion girls 4x100 meter relay team of Alyssa Milford, Kayla Milford, Jones, Rasmussen, Critchfield and Emma Bagley along with the region champion 4x400 meter relay squad of Mackenzie Easton, Kailyn Chynoweth, Sara Diener, Willow Collins, Annika Manwaring and Alyssa Milford placed first in their respective events to also take home state titles for the Chargers. Critchfield, who was region champion in the 200 meters and 400 meters, placed second in both events at state while also placing fourth in

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The Corner Canyon High boys and girls track teams brought home the Region 7 championship trophies this season. (Photo courtesy Devin Moody)

the 100 meters and sixth in the long jump. Rasmussen, Region 7’s champion at 100 meters, took second at state, while Region 7 3200-meter champ Karli Branch took third along with a seventh-place finish in the 1600-meter event. Other top finishers for Corner Canyon’s title team were senior Lindsay Akagi (second — pole vault), the region champion sprint medley team of Milford, Jones, Easton, Chynoweth, Rasmussen and Collins (fourth), freshman Collins (seventh, 800 meters), Jones (ninth, 100 meters) and Diener (16th, 800 meters). “We knew we could compete with the best and we were ready,” Moody said. “We just tried to focus on maximizing the points in each event. It took a well-rounded effort to win state. We scored in every track event from 100 meters to 3200 meters including relays. But it was the

energy and competitiveness of the sprints group that propelled us to the state title.” Also on the girls squad this season were Katelin Alsop, Ashlyn Bird, Britta Catmull, Maryn Granger, Raili Jenkins, Mikayla Kimball, Lexi Larsen, Kali Richardson, Aubri Rupp, Jaden Singleton, Mary Smart, Sarah Staker, Sadie Steiner, Natalie Walker, Madisyn Wankier, Emma White and Reagan Winget. Others on the boys team were Nate Beltran, Luke Gardenhire, Aaron Jackson, Caden Johnson, Trevor Lawson, Peter Oldham, Logan Orr, Ethan Pedersen, Easton Petersen and Cody Sampson. The 12th-place boys squad were led at state by the 4x400 meter relay team of Tanner Manwaring — who was region champ in the 400 meters — along with Jake Orr, Alex Har-

bertson, Alex Hansen, Mark Boyle and August Jacobs, who finished first. Harbertson, who was the Region 7 champion in the 800- and 1600-meter events, placed sixth and 14th respectively at state. Region long jump champion Joey Brand finished sixth while region javelin champion Raef Erickson placed 12th, while also tying for 12th in the high jump. Other top finishers for Corner Canyon were sophomore Ethan Kim (ninth, javelin), Orr (10th, 800 meters), Boyle (10th, 3200 meters), junior Stephen Glod (15th, 3200 meters), sophomore Van Fillinger (16th, discus) and senior Mikey Petey (17th, discus). The sprint medley relay squad of Kasey Hong, Dylan Simmons, Jacobs, Boyle, Gabe Maires and Luke Gardenshire also finished ninth. Also on the boys squad this season were Ben Dastrup, Kennen Eiono, Brandon Johnson, Caleb Johnson, Michael Jones, Arik Manwaring, Riley McCarter, Cade Mills, Tyler Rhoads, John Scheffner, Jacob Stauffer, Jonah Strong, Cameron Styer and Max Swenson. “Our boys and girls teams have made tremendous improvements over the past couple seasons,” Moody said. “We are now a highly respected program across the region and state. It’s really a credit to the hard work of all of our coaching staff and the commitment of our athletes.” l

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Camp and parade opportunity for young cheerleaders By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

Draper Chamber of Commerce thanks UTA for Sponsoring a great field trip luncheon and briefing at your HQ in Salt Lake! Chamber members and other local business owners rode the FrontRunner, many for the first time! It was a very educational and informative luncheon!

Corner Canyon cheer participants will be part of the program’s float in the Draper Days Parade July 14. (Photo courtesy Whitney Lunt)


Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Support Signings and Patriot Awards. Select Health Manager, Todd Bruin, receives Patriot Award and Thomas Wahlen accepts Statement of Support.

any sports camps teach young athletes skills and drills that can be put into practice when the camps are over. The Corner Canyon High School cheerleading program takes that a step further. Following the CCHS summer cheerleading camp July 11–12, participants use the cheers and stunts with the CCHS cheerleaders in the Draper Days Parade July 14. “This is our biggest camp of the year,” head coach Whitney Lunt said. “We cannot wait to see all of our mini cheerleaders this year and hope to make it our biggest and best year yet.” CCHS coaches and cheerleaders will teach jump and motion techniques throughout the camp with the two younger groups learning several cheers for the parade, there they will ride on the cheer float. Lunt said the two older groups will also learn a dance for the parade — where they will walk alongside the high school cheerleaders — and participate in a stunting clinic at the camp. “The girls will be able to stunt with our cheerleaders, since they all love to fly,” Lunt


Those ages 3 through 7 start from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each morning of the two-day camp with ages 8 to 14 going from 9:30 to noon. The cost for the younger group is $45 while the older group is $55. Registration includes a T-shirt and hair bow. Those interested can register online at https://chargercheer.weebly.com/ beginning June 11 until July 8. For more information, email cheercornercanyon@gmail.com. “This is a ton of fun because the parents and Draper community get to see their kids in the parade,” Lunt said. l


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The Corner Canyon High boys volleyball team placed fifth at the Utah Boys Volleyball Association state tournament May 11–12 hosted on the Chargers’ home court.


he Corner Canyon High boys volleyball team hosted the Utah Boys Volleyball Association (UBVA) state tournament May 11–12 and placed fifth, led by sophomore outside hitter Tytan Pace and sophomore libero Zane Minnick. “This year’s team was largely made up of sophomores and only two returning varsity veterans — Zane Minnick and (sophomore setter) Gavin Penrod — who played on last year’s third place CCHS team as freshmen,” said assistant coach Dan Penrod. “The future is very bright for CCHS boys volleyball.” The Chargers finished second in pool play the first day of the state tournament and then defeated North Sanpete 25-18, 25-21 to start the second day. A 17-25, 14-25 loss to Herriman put them in the fifth-place match against Pleasant Grove which Corner Canyon won 25-16, 25-18. During the tournament, Pace led offensively with 55 kills with Gavin Penrod recording 98 assists running the offense. Defensively, Minnick had 56 digs and sophomore middle blocker Will Yeomans led the Chargers with 15 blocks. “Although this team is young, they can play with the best teams in the state,” Dan Penrod said. The Chargers finished the regular season in the Salt Lake County league as the third-place team and came into the state tournament as the fifth seed from the region playoffs. Also on the 2018 squad coached by Mike Rogers and assisted by Dan Penrod were senior defensive specialist Jared Fenlaw, senior outside hitter Kenyon Hayden, sophomore opposite hitter Jack Nielsen, senior outside hitter Jonah Phillips, freshman defensive specialist Keegan Rappleye and sophomore middle blocker Blake Rupp. Boys volleyball has been played throughout the state the past 20 years, but the UBVA was formed just three years ago and is following the exponential growth the sport is enjoying nationwide. “Our goal was to work together to grow boys volleyball,” UBVA president Jill Davis said. “We have been successful in bringing leadership, organization and growth to the existing boys volleyball community. We continually strive to help it be a more legitimate and formally recognized experience for the many boys

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here who love to play. We have seen incredible response and success since UBVA’s inception.” The sport has also been evolving into a year-round deal with a fall club season held and nine club options statewide for participants to choose from. The numbers continue to grow each year, which is also helping the high school spring season expand to more than 60 teams this season. Currently, the boys sport is not sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, but discussions with UHSAA have taken place and Davis is “hopeful our local school administrators will begin to recognize the value of it as a viable athletic option for their students.” Davis noted that nearly all of the 149 schools in the state have girls volleyball. “It’s obviously a very popular and welcome sport in the state,” she said. “And, anyone who has ever seen boys play at a competitive level know it is a very different and exciting game to watch, so we are hopeful the culture of boys volleyball will continue to build and become more accepted and supported by our community at large.” “Volleyball is just a great game. It is truly a team sport, truly a mental exercise, and truly a challenge to master,” Davis said. “If you play competitively, you begin to appreciate many incredible technical nuances that are involved; for example, the slight angle of a hand will make or break a good pass, set, block or hit which can result in either you gaining a point or giving one away. And, of course, that all has to be decided and accomplished in a fraction of a second — sometimes while you are floating in mid-air.” Davis said what lies ahead for boys volleyball in the state will be determined, in large part, to UBVA’s “ability to accommodate the current growth and interest.” “We truly hope the future sees all boys high school volleyball teams in Utah enjoying a healthy presence within their own schools — whether merely using the gyms for practices and games as a club sport or as a full-fledged sanctioned sport with total school support.” For more information on the UBVA, visit http://www.ubva. info or email ubva.info@gmail.com. l

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chool’s out for summer! Here’s a list of free events and activities to keep monotony out of the month of July. Festivals! Cities all across the valley host activities and events to celebrate our independence. Draper, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, and Sandy all hold their own celebrations for the Fourth of July. Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, and Holladay celebrate Pioneer Day with multi-day festivals and concerts. For more information on these festivals, refer to the Summer Festival Guide in the latest edition of the City Journals. Sandy will be hosting a balloon festival on August 10-11 at sunrise at Storm Mountain Park. These festivals highlight the magic of hot air balloons. Farmers Markets were quite the rage last year, with over 30 to choose from. On July 11, the Sugar House Farmers Market will be at Fairmont Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On July 14, check out the Sunnyvale Farmers Market in Midvale from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will include a food pantry, free lunch and activities for kids, and music. Don’t miss one-night free events like: the Parade of Raptors presented by HawkWatch on July 9, at the Salt Lake Public Library Riverside Branch from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On July 13, Trivia Night will be held at the Leonardo. Up to six people can sign up to be a team, or go solo! On July 10, the Local Author Showcase continues at The King’s English Bookshop. Jared Garret will introduce his new book, “Usurper.” On July 18, Yappy Hour will be at Fairmont Park. There will be an offleash play area for the dogs, and music, beer, and food trucks for the humans. On July 21, the Indian Food Fair will be held at the Gallivan Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by Bollyfood lunch, there will be live entertainment, ethnic shopping, and of course, food! On July 28, Mindy Dillard will lead a songwriting workshop for teens ages 12-18 at the Salt Lake Public Library Sprague Branch, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Many free series-styled events will be held. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Gateway will host Yoga on the Plaza in the Olympic Plaza. Shopping and food options will be available after yoga. July is Pacific Island Heritage Month. On the 28th, their annual KickOff will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sorenson Multicultural Center. This event has entertainment and activities from nine Pacific Island countries.


The Community Writing Center will be hosting FreeFest: a youth workshop series, at the Downtown Salt Lake Public Library, Suite no. 8. This series is intended for young adults ages 15-19. Four different workshops will be offered: on July 25, check out the XYZine, zine-making extravaganza. On July 26, learn basic bookbinding skills during the Book-Making Workshop. On July 27, EnTwined will teach you how to create a twine game. On July 28, check out Poetr?- make a mess of poetry and all things poetic. Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) is offering a Kids Summer Passport. Get a passport (available to download online), earn five stamps by visiting destinations like the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Salt Lake County Center for the Arts, and the Wasatch Community Gardens, by August 25. Show the fully-stamped passport at the local library to reserve a spot for a final party at the Clark Planetarium. The

party will be held August 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with movies, popcorn, exhibits, and prizes. Our canyons also have fabulous options for getting outside. If anyone can do all the following hikes in one summer, let me know so I can be impressed. There’s Buffalo Point, Bloods Lake, Ensign Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, Golden Spike, Cecret Lake and Albion Basin, Willow Lake, Dooley Knob, Hidden Falls, Adams Waterfall, Patsy’s Mine, Grotto Falls, Donut Falls, Timpanogos, Brighton Lakes, Bell Canyon, Stewart Falls, Broads Fork Trail, Silver Lake, Battle Creek Falls, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Mirror Lake, Fifth Water Hot Springs, Dripping Rock, Mount Olympus, Suicide Rock, Elephant Rock, White Pine Lake, Jordan River, and the Bonneville Shoreline, and Provo River Parkway. In conclusion, none of us have an excuse to be bored this summer! l

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