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or the third year in a row, the Corner Canyon High girls golf team reigned supreme. This year, the Chargers defeated second place by 37 strokes, its largest margin of victory in its string of state titles, at the 5A state tournament May 14–15 at Glenmoor Golf Course. “We felt very prepared for state and the girls on my team totally delivered just like they did for the last three seasons,” head coach Ryan Kartchner said. Junior Jamie Connell shot a 76 and 73 to finish just one shot off the pace of this year’s medalist, Bountiful’s Jobi Einerson. “The entire team and I worked hard all season to make it happen and it’s really rewarding for it to have happened and for all the hard work to have paid off,” Connell said. “It feels absolutely incredible to have that three-peat title under our belts.” Senior Cristiana Ciasca, who was Corner Canyon’s second-lowest scoring golfer with a 78 and 73 for the two-round tournament, said, “Honestly, it is unreal being able to win a state championship three years in a row. It is something I’m very proud to be a part of and is something I will always remember.” After the first day of the state tournament, the Chargers held a 20-stroke lead, but “were coming off the course with their heads down,” according to Kartchner. “They thought they all played bad,” he said. “They soon realized that the course was hard that day with weather and everyone struggled.” Senior Emma Winfree (80, 78) and freshman Savannah Romney (83, 74) also placed in the top 10 and were named All-State. Senior Makenna Kartchner (85, 85) and senior Kali Barlow (86, 81) rounded out Corner Canyon’s lineup, all six of whom were All-Region players this season. “I think the key for us was to not get cocky,” Connell said. “Yes, we were favored to win, but anything can happen. We made sure to keep our composure and just come in and play the game like we know how to.” “What makes us so good is our depth and the girls’ belief that if they don’t happen to get it done, someone else on the team will be playing well enough to pick them up,” Ryan Kartchner said. “That allows for each girl to play relaxed and carefree to just play their game and not worry about a ‘blowup hole.’” Ciasca agreed that the team’s depth — along with their camaraderie — is their strength. “We all knew we could rely on each other if we weren’t playing well and I think this actually helped us all go out and focus more on our own games as opposed to the scores. We have each other’s backs.” Also competing in Corner Canyon’s golf program this season were Abbey Aamodt, Anica Coesens, Emma Catmull, Kaitlyn Deen, Alexis Ericson, Daisy Griffiths, Brinley Horsley, Brooklyn Horsley, Andi Humble, Ambrey Judd, Megan Muir, Kendall Pogue, Ashlyn Rutherford, Trisha Tanner, Suzie Taylor, Afton Walker and Ellie Whitehead. Corner Canyon’s four seniors each have opportunities to play golf at the next level, with Ciasca (University of Wyoming) and Winfree (Regence in Denver) committed while Makenna Kartchner and Barlow remain undecided. “These girls are true champions and deserve this third trophy,” Ryan Kartchner said. l

The Corner Canyon girls golf team successfully completed a “three-peat,” winning the state golf title May 14–15 at Glenmoor Golf Course, this time by a school record 37 strokes. (Photo courtesy Ryan Kartchner)

The Corner Canyon girls golf team successfully completed a “three-peat,” winning the state golf title May 14–15 at Glenmoor Golf Course, this time by a school record 37 strokes. (Photo courtesy Ryan Kartchner)

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piece of rock-and-roll history is coming to Draper as part of the new expansion of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The Claw, a 165-foot-tall structure that served as U2’s stage for their record-breaking 360° tour in 2009–2011, will serve as an awe-inspiring addition to the aquarium’s new Science Learning Campus. Accommodating up to 7,000 people, the Claw will be used as a community gathering space for special events, concerts and exhibits. Aquarium officials project the Claw and other surrounding learning and play spaces will be in place by summer 2019. When Loveland Living Planet Aquarium founder and CEO Brent Anderson attended the U2 360° concert, he was awestruck by the stage and immediately interested when he learned that the structure was available. “When I saw it for the first time in Barcelona, I literally stopped in my tracks and marveled at it, and held up the line of people behind me,” said Anderson. “I saw the complex engineering, and the amount of work that must have gone into designing and building it. But, I didn’t view it as merely a functional piece of stage architecture; to me it was a dynamic sculpture and a work of art. I remember vividly that it elicited emotions of reverence and awe. It is absolutely massive yet feels lightweight, fierce yet beautiful, powerful but delicate.” The circular, four-legged Claw weighs 190 tons and covers 28,287 square feet. It is the largest stage of its kind ever constructed and originally allowed concertgoers to surround the band on all sides, vastly increasing the size of audiences. The Claw will be an example of how the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium incorporates works of art and architectural elements to create an immersive moment of wonder for visitors. The exterior of the building aims to evoke sea life with a massive fin and an LED array creates undulating colors at night. In the lobby, life-sized whale sculptures are suspended overhead with their massive size. “When you have inspiring things around you — art, animals and the people with you, it can open your heart and mind to a new way of thinking,” said Heather Doggett, vice president of operations. The aquarium seeks to provide visitors with a deeper appreciation of the world we live in and the role that each of us has in protecting the environment. As a majestic symbol, “The Claw will shine a light on the mission of the aquarium to inspire stewardship of the planet,” said Doggett. The Claw will be just one facet of a larger Science Learning Campus. An educational eco-challenge escape room will be built underneath the stage while an outdoor wildlife theater and woodland-themed play area will be constructed in the immediate vicinity. A new Science Learning Center, with classroom and event spaces in addition to a five-story indoor rainforest, is planned. Site prep for the Claw and eco-challenge room will begin this fall. There are logistical challenges ahead for the aquarium regarding the installation of the Claw. It will take approximately 42 trucks to transport it to Utah from its current location on the east coast. The Claw, which was

A view of the Claw and the proposed Science Learning Center. (Rendering courtesy Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

built to be taken apart and moved to different locations, will be installed permanently and needs to be painted. In its old location, an average of 430,000 people visited the aquarium annually. With the completion of its current building four years ago, the number of visitors jumped to 1 million. It is hoped that the new Science Learning Campus, crowned by the iconic Claw, will empower millions more to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium relies largely on community support and has set up a GoFundMe link for the expansion on its website: www.thelivingplanet.com. l

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Welcome to your summer festival guide By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


ometh summer, cometh the festivals. Each year, cities across the Salt Lake Valley hold a summer celebration to commemorate the community, city or country. They do so with parades, contests, music and fireworks. This year’s slate of festivals starts after Memorial Day and will run into fall. Here’s a chronological guide to everything on tap for summer 2018. SoJo Summerfest | May 30–June 2 South Jordan kicks off the summer spectacles with its third annual SoJo Summerfest. This replaced its traditional Country Fest two years ago. The four-day festival features events all over the city from Mulligans Golf Course (10600 South 692 West) and City Park (11000 South Redwood Road) to the public works parking lot (10996 South Redwood Road) and fitness and aquatic center (10866 South Redwood Road). Events will feature family fun activities such as the carnival, 5K race, parade, car show, superhero party or swim with local performing group, Utah Mermaids. A skateboard competition, tennis tournament, chalk art contest and multi-category Battle of the Bands are also set to take place throughout the festival. A complete list of events and times can be found at sjc.utah.gov/sojo-summerfest/. Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 1–2 Held at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), Herriman’s annual rodeo features a family night on Friday and military night on Saturday. The rodeo will also include a special needs roundup on Saturday from 3–4:30 p.m. Visit herriman.org/prca-rodeo/ for more information. Music Stroll | June 9 The seventh annual Heart and Soul Music Stroll returns to Sugar House on June 9. Dozens of local performers will share their musical talents throughout the day (last year featured 44). Free to the community, the Music Stroll has 14 different locations spread throughout a two-block radius along Filmore and Glenmore streets between 2700 South and Zenith Avenue. Thirteen performing areas are arranged on front lawns with one stage set up at Imperial Park (1560 East Atkin Avenue). Heart and Soul is a nonprofit organization based out of Salt Lake City that aims to bring the “healing power of music” to people in isolation. Performers donate their time throughout the year performing at places like senior centers, prisons or hospitals. Streets are lined not only with hundreds of people but several food trucks as well. Visit heartsoul.org/music-stroll for more information. WestFest | June 14–17 What started in the late ’70s at Granger Park with a car show, pony rides and a few food booths has blossomed into one of West Valley City’s premier events. The annual celebration, which commemorates the establishment of West Valley City and the recognition of its residents’ various backgrounds, will take place at Centennial Park (5415 West 3100 South) from June 14–17. The 2018 version will feature a WestFest Sombrero Bowl Skate Competition, the 13th an-

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nual Dutch Oven Cook-off, a 5K and 10K and entertainment from No limits, This is YOUR Band, Chance McKinney and Channel Z. For more information and for those interested in volunteering, visit westfest.org. Fort Herriman Towne Days | June 18–23 The city’s weeklong celebration of everything Herriman begins on Monday, June 18, with a talent show and ends on Saturday June 23 with a carnival, parade and fireworks. Each day of the week features something different such as a disc golf tournament, home run derby, K9 and trampoline shows and a foam party. All events will take place at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), J. Lynn Crane Park (5355 West Main Street) and Rosecrest Park (13850 South Rosecrest Road), where the Herriman Hyzer Disc Golf Tournament will take place. Times and events can be found at herriman. org/fort-herriman-days/. Taylorsville Dayzz | June 28–30 Located at Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West), Taylorsville Dayzz holds a full slate for its city celebration on the west side of the valley. From Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the carnival begins to Saturday’s fireworks finale at 10 p.m., the festival is nonstop with entertainment. Tributes bands Imagine (Beatles) along with the West Valley Symphony & Cannons will perform Thursday night, Desperado (Eagles) takes the stage Friday night and Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees) with the Taylorsville Orchestra will close it out on Saturday. Every show is free to the public. Saturday also includes a 5K fun run, pony rides and a car show. A full list of events and times is available at taylorsvilledayzz.com. Riverton Town Days | June 28–July 4 Riverton starts its celebration one day early this year on June 28 with its Three-Man Arena Sorting Competition and the Riverton Rodeo and runs right through to July 4 with its full slate of activities on Independence Day. July 4 will feature the 11th annual ATV Rodeo (Riverton Rodeo Grounds, 12780 South 1300 West) where races will include pole bending, barrel racing, pantyhose race, a key hole race and a hide race. Independence Day will also see Riverton Country Mile 10K, 5K and one-mile races in addition to the Tour de Riverton Bike Race. The starting lines will begin on the south side of Riverton City Park at 12800 South. Food, hay dives and a July 3 evening parade are still on the docket for this tradition since the early 1900s. For more information, visit rivertoncity.com. Western Stampede | June 30–July 4 What starts with a fun run, children’s parade, carnival and family fun night on June 30 continues with the focus of West Jordan’s summer festival — its rodeo. July 2–4 features a PRCA rodeo at the city’s rodeo arena, 8035 South 2200 West. The rodeo also features the winner of the Western Stampede Queen Contest, which was scheduled for May 12. Visit westernstampede.com for more infor-

Children enjoy a carnival ride at Butlerville Days 2016. (City Journals)

mation. Murray Fun Days | July 4 Murray City carries a full slate of activities for Independence Day. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. will be the annual parade, which begins at Fashion Place Mall (6100 South State Street) and ends at the west end of Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue). Awards are given for the following parade entry categories: special interest/antique, business/commercial, equestrian/animal and civic/ royalty/political/float. The rest of the day takes place at Murray Park. It features a community breakfast, chalk art contest, talent show, a Ducky Derby along the creek in Murray Park, a coed volleyball tournament on the softball field and ends with fireworks. For exact times and events, visit murray. utah.gov/283/Fun-Days. July 4 Parade and Festivities | July 4 South Salt Lake will continue its festival tradition at Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East) on July 4. The day begins with a 5K fun run at 8 a.m. while the parade gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and the one-day celebration rounds out with a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 Sandy holds its Independence Day Celebration on the grassy promenade between Sandy City Hall and South Towne Mall at 10000 South Centennial Parkway. The Sandy Classic 5K race begins at 7 a.m. A youth arts festival commences at 10 a.m. where children ages 4–12 can participate in face painting, craft stations and sand sculpting. At 6 p.m. the parade begins with a concert at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks to close out the night at 10 p.m. Draper Days | July 5–7, 12–14 Draper’s festival will take place over two weekends in July. Culminating in the second weekend with fireworks and concerts, Draper Days will begin with various athletic contests the first weekend including a tennis tournament, pickleball tournament and 3 v. 3 basketball tournament. Other events include Splash Dogs, horse pull, pie contest, rodeo, Draper Idol and a children’s parade. Full event schedules and information can be found at draper.ut.us. Butlerville Days | July 23–24 Cottonwood Heights continues its traditional celebration this year on Monday and Tuesday, July 23–24. Planned by volunteers, city staff and the

Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, Butlerville Days takes place at Butler Park (7500 South 2700 East). The festival expects to have games, entertainment, a carnival, parade and fireworks show. A creative craft market and pickleball tournament are recent additions to the yearly commemoration to go along with the 5K fun run. Bluffdale Old West Days | July 27–28, August 6–11 While the rodeo will take place July 27–28, the city’s official Old West Days celebration goes all week long in August. Details for events are still to come, but if last year is anything to go by then this year can expect another monster truck competition. Last year also featured a 25-mile cycling ride and ATV rodeo. Check bluffdaleoldwestdays.com later this summer for more information. Harvest Days | August 6–11 1938 marked the first Harvest Days in Midvale, according to the Midvale Historical Society. It was sponsored by the Midvale Kiwanis club. Details are still being ironed out, but the weeklong celebration of Midvale, begins August 6. The week’s events generally feature an induction into the Midvale Arts Council’s Hall of Honors, a parade and a grand festival and Midvale’s City Park (between Center Street and 7500 South, at approximately 425 West). Check midvaleharvestdays.com later this summer for more information. Blue Moon Arts Festival | August 25 Holladay rounds out the summer season with its annual Blue Moon Arts Festival. The one-day celebration is different from other cities’ week-long engagements. Holladay will have its Concerts in the Commons series running from July 14 through Aug. 25. July will also feature Jim McGee’s ambitious art project combining storytelling and large-scale charcoal portraits. “It’s an opportunity for people to model and collaborate, to be seen and heard in a unique kind of way,” McGee told the Journals in February. Culminating in a festival for music and arts, the Blue Moon Arts Festival takes place at Holladay City Hall Park (4580 South 2300 East) from 3-10 p.m. on Aug. 25. This year’s musical attractions will include Motown group Changing Lanes Experience and Gypsy jazz group Red Rock Hot Club. For more information, visit holladayarts.org. l

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Take a trip to the jungle at Draper’s Historic Theatre By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com


raper Historic Theatre will present “Tarzan” June 8–30. The theater is quaint and full of heart, with a cast and crew working together to put their hearts, and knuckles, into this production. A recent board member for the theater, retired drama teacher and actor Eldon Randall will be directing. The play will be performed as a musical with jungle décor, costumed actors as gorillas, aerial acrobats and more. Stage manager Kylee Larsen is glad to be involved with this show and working with the director. “He has a fantastic vision,” she said. And if you’ve ever wondered what the jungle is like, here’s your chance. Grant Stowell, who plays one of the Tarzans, said, “It will take you back to your childhood in the jungle.” The play has double castings for some of the roles. Aubree Langford, who plays one of the Janes, expressed her excitement to wear period costumes. “I love dressing up — old fashioned, beautiful, elegant dresses, you’re very proper, it’s fun,” she said. Tarzan’s costume dons the traditional loincloth. Both actors who play Tarzan, Stowell and Josh Jensen, laughed a little when sharing thoughts on the subject. “It’s very vulnerable being in front of an audience like that,” Stowell said. Jensen added in good humor, “a little weird, never wore a mini skirt before, rides up a lot,” he said.

Mae Hinton-Godfrey, the costume designer, has worked on many play productions, pulling her inspiration from Broadway shows. She works within the budget using “recycled materials,” and likes to be “creative, use textures and bright colors,” said Hinton-Godfrey. Some of the cast members who are playing gorillas have taken their characters to the next level, researching them as a species. Alex Montour, who plays Kerchek, Tarzan’s adopted gorilla dad, is the silver-back gorilla. He is “a leader of all the gorillas,” Montour said. “Anytime a gorilla has silver hair, that’s how you know they are the leader, because in their biology when they become the dominant gorilla, they grow gray hair,” Montour said. He tries to incorporate everything he’s learned about gorillas into his role, from walking on “knuckles, not fingers” to other nuances of what a gorilla does. Some of the cast members embrace using their own emotions to portray the story of their stage character, shining a new light and a deeper connection with their characters. Taylor Twitchell and Bailey Loveless share the role of Kala, who is Tarzan’s gorilla mother. Both ladies have sentimental connections to their role in different ways. For Twitchell, being in this play was a way to remember special times with her grandmother. “Tarzan was a show I watched with my

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grandma, and she would sing to me ‘You’ll Be in My Heart,’” Twitchell said. And for Loveless, “to have a little boy, a first son for me, to explore feelings about motherhood, loving bonds…Love can conquer all,” she said. Draper Historic Theatre is a place to express creativity, and many of the actors, sharing a sense of camaraderie, return to this theater for the friends made and the environment. “It’s a home away from home,” said Gabryella Shuman (13). Becca Ferry plays Tarzan’s biological mother and has been performing for years with her family at Draper Historic Theatre. “DHT has kind of been my other home since I was 6 years old, and my playground,” said Ferry. Ferry and her family have performed in numerous plays, and can be found welcoming the newbie talents with a kind heart. The unique environment of this theater has kept them coming back. “There is a heart here,” said Ferry. Sisters Tessa (14) and Bonnie (11) have been able to make some “good memories together,” said Dave Ellis, their father. “It’s been really fun,” said Tessa. “Worries go away, and I can express myself through acting,” said Bonnie. There are multiple messages within the show, and hopefully one that audiences will feel

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Grant Stowell, who plays one of the Tarzans, and Aubree Langford, who plays one of the Janes, paused from practice to pose. (Michelynne McGuire/City Journals)

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Mary Poppins pops into Draper Amphitheatre this June By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com


he popular movie “Mary Poppins” has been adapted to a theatre production, and will take place at Draper Amphitheatre with performances this June 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Director Susan Demill, who is also the choreographer, has adjusted the play to keep it as light-hearted and child friendly as one could hope for. Even adults just may find themselves rekindling their inner child. “Totally kid friendly, cut out all the dark, and really it’s whimsical, bright, with bright colors and great costumes,” Demill said. Costumes will reflect the time period of the 1900s, and there will be enchanting music and lively dancing, as well. Mary Poppins is a nanny whose purpose is to improve a family’s life. Her magical personality transforms them and unites them again as a happy family. A resounding theme amongst members of the cast was that this play has such a great message. Sarah Ogden, who is delighted to play Mary Poppins, said, “I think that for me, to share a message of love and appreciation of family through music and dance, everyone should come.” Greg Dowse, who plays Bert, described his character as a “narrator, jack of all trades, painter and chimney sweep.” “There are things that you’ll like and even more that you’ll love,” he

Sarah Ogden and Greg Dowse in character as Mary Poppins and Bert. (Draper Arts Council)

said. “All of it’s going to be fantastic. A show that brings light to the world, and brings happiness of childhood back.” Demill teamed up with Music Director Tricia Swanson to take community theatre to the next level. Brielle Anderson, who plays the bird lady, said that after three years, coming back to such a great theatre feels like you’re there with family.

“It’s the directors for sure,” she said. “‘Things’ aren’t what matters; its kindness — we shouldn’t look down on people or judge people’s situations. We’re all human,” said Anderson. The play keeps the traditional musical style, with a few tweaks to make it more fluid for a theatre production, but the theme remains strong. Some fun additions include the butler,

a role from the books but not the movie. This character is played by Bounta Nomichit, who noted a powerful takeaway for this show is that “it’s not about being a great nanny, but to work together, to work as a family,” Nomichit said. And there’s another special treat in store: a company from California is flying in to do something special. “[You] can’t do Mary Poppins without it, it’s kind of an iconic thing,” said Demill. It’s no wonder multiple cast members said how these directors are a huge reason they come back every year to participate in shows. With the singing, dancing, props and amphitheatre setting under the stars, this show is sure to shine. Julie Hadlock, who plays Winifred Banks, the mother of Michael and Jane Banks, shared that “this show is really fun. It’s about fixing this family, this man who is lost causing the whole family to be topsy turvy. Just to watch this transition, watch the healing and coming together as a family, changes to happily married, and children have a stable family and are taken care of as well.” However the theme may resonate with audiences, this play carries a powerful message, the power of one person’s ability to change those around them using the influence of love. l

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Need to mix up your summer fun? Try cooking with your kids By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com


ummer is usually a time when schedules loosen, kids need a remedy for the “I’m bored” syndrome, and parents try to get kids off their electronics. During those long hot summer days taking time to teach cooking skills in the home or enrolling a child in a cooking class is a beneficial and educational activity. Over the past eight years, the McBride family has learned the many valuable lessons that can be taught in the kitchen, besides learning how to prepare a healthy meal or snack. “The skill and knowledge of how to run a kitchen, teaches so much more than just eating and not being hungry. Budgeting money, communication, trying new foods, learning about cultures around the world…. all of these principles can be and should be taught in the kitchen,” said Sara McBride, a mother of four children. Kylee and Kjerstin McBride enjoy cooking in the kitchen with their mom and dad, Sara and Corey. Kjerstin, age 9, realizes the special time she gets to spend with her dad when she helps him. “He is a really good cook and knows a lot. And l like that we can cook together and talk together. It’s extra time I get to be with him,” she said. Both sisters recently took a Little Chefs cooking class at Harmons and loved it. Although they were a little nervous at first, they quickly realized it was fun and they learned different kitchen skills. “My favorite part was the whole class. I’d never done anything like that

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Corey McBride teaches one of his daughters, Kjerstin and one of his sons, Justin how to measure ingredients when cooking. (Photo/Sara McBride)

away feeling proud of themselves and the delicious cookies they had created,” said Sara. Before his daughters took a cooking class, Corey took a cooking class to help increase his interest in cooking. “In the past I learned to cook from books and the internet. However, I found that there is only so much you can learn by reading and watching videos. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, live instruction is worth a thousand pictures,” he said. Corey enjoys cooking and wanted to try cooking with a wok. He read up on wok cooking and watched online videos, and he became more fascinated with this type of cooking. “I soon realized that reading and watching videos wasn’t going to be enough. So, I start looking for a cooking class I could take,” said Corey. He too enrolled in an adult cooking class at Harmons and had a wonderful experience.

“The wok class introduced me to so many new ideas.” The McBride family believes that whether at home or in a community cooking class, teaching a child to cook lends itself to many positive outcomes. “Parents cooking with their kids is a great way to develop a good healthy relationship that extends into all parts of life,” said Corey. “In addition, there is a great sense of accomplishment that can come from something as simple as making cookies.” Some local places that offer cooking classes are: Harmons at Bangerter Crossing, City Creek or Holladay Market (visit www.harmonsgrocery.com for prices and classes) and The Home Lab (900 E. Pioneer Road in Draper, visit www.draperhomelab.com for prices and classes). l

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Kylee McBride loves cooking with her family. (Photo/Sara McBride)

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APA student uses her talent to write storybook in Braille


hen American Preparatory Academy sophomore Kristin Jorgensen was a youngster, she’d play capture the flag, tag and soccer against the boys, always beating them. “I was faster than they were and they were shorter,” she said. In middle school, Jorgensen was a member of the choir when she joined the drama team. “I was shy and awkward, but it was so much fun. I’ve done it for two years now and I’ve made a lot of close friends and really want to perform. It’s been awesome,” she said. During what seems like a normal childhood, Jorgensen began to experience vision problems. “My vision changes all the time. When I couldn’t see, I had a friend write down notes. For the past six years, the doctors haven’t known for sure what my eye problem is. I’m partly blind, but I could become fully blind at any time,” she said, adding that she has had multiple surgeries. As part of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Jorgensen has been learning Braille from Mirinda Losee, an educational services aide, who comes regularly to teach her at APA. “Learning Braille was hard at the beginning because it is a different language,” Jorgensen said. Losee also points out that it is more difficult for a person with sight to learn Braille.

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American Preparatory Academy sophomore Kristin Jorgensen wrote a book, “Mariposa,” in Braille as a class assignment and had it published. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

“Her fingers aren’t as sensitive since she still has some sight, so it’s required more practice and skill to have her learn,” she said. As an assignment, Losee had Jorgensen create her own bedtime story featuring an animal. She came back to the next lesson with her story outlined. “I love writing and I’ve always had a big imagination, but I never thought about writing a story,” she said.

Losee said that Jorgensen spent a lot time writing and editing her book, which Losee asked her to do completely in Braille. She also wanted Jorgensen to find pictures that sighted readers would appreciate. “Even without any pictures, the story is spectacular,” Losee said. “It was a basic assignment that Kristin has taken to the next level and made into something special. She has given her talent in a way that is shared with others.”

Jorgensen’s story, now in a published book in Braille, is called “Mariposa.” It tells of a shy, adventurous butterfly who felt different from other butterflies. Through the story, Jorgensen tells how Mariposa explored the world around her and because of that, not only gained her colors, but changed inside as well. “Butterflies are symbolic of change and that’s important, because even though we all change, we all are different and beautiful,” she said. “I used my imagination to describe in detail when I write so readers can understand the butterfly’s texture and how it looks.” Now with one book written and published, Jorgensen is launching into writing a series of short stories correlating to the holidays, such as why Easter bunnies represent Easter, or Santa Claus brings Christmas gifts. While Jorgensen wants to continue to write, she still thinks it would be fun to be an actress or a singer. She had hopes of pursuing photography, but says it now is becoming too difficult to pursue with her limited vision. “I’m taking it one day at a time; it’s all I can do,” she said. Losee said that by writing “Mariposa,” Jorgensen has mirrored her heroine’s example. “She has strengthened her Braille skills and created a fantastic story to help inspire others to learn and grow for themselves,” she said. l

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Viking Scholars represent Draper Park Middle as top students By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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Every Tuesday at Noon in Murray Park Pavilion #5 FREE June 5 – Michael Robinson ............Cowboy Poetry June 12 – Eastern Arts ...................... Ethnic Dance June 19 –CHASKIS......Music & Dance of the Andes June 26 – Chris Proctor .. Guitar for the New World July 10 – Wasatch Jazz Titans .................Jazz Band July 17 – Red Desert Ramblers............... Bluegrass July 31 – Time Cruisers.................................Oldies


Every Thursday at 2 p.m. in Murray Park Pavilion #5 FREE June 7 – Stephanie Raff ......................Storytelling June 14 – Nino Reyos .........Native American Drum June 21 – Miss Margene ..............Children’s Dance June 28 – Coralie Leue .............The Puppet Players July 12 – Jonathan the Magician ....... Magic Show July 19 – Rebeca Wallin ........Shakespeare for Kids July 26 – Popcorn Media .....................Family Rock Aug 2 – Honey Buns........................... Song/Dance This program has received funding support from residents of Salt Lake County, SL County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP), Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and Museums & National Endowment for the Arts.

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Draper Park Middle School recently recognized their Viking Scholars, eighth-grade students who represented the top in the school in subject areas, at a dinner in their honor. Missing is Tyler Randall. (Randall Seltz/Draper Park Middle School)


raper Park Middle School student Valerie Witzel looked for a letter in the mail daily during spring break. The letter would reveal if the eighth-grader was successful in her essay, interview and presentations in French and would be named the school’s Viking Scholar for world languages. When the letter arrived, Valerie was stressed. She couldn’t initially open it. “I wanted to win, but I really wanted my friends to win as well,” she said. For 15 minutes, she stared at the envelope on the kitchen counter. Her classmate Tyler Randall also was waiting for the mail to determine if he would be Draper Park’s Viking Scholar in mathematics. “My mom had opened the letter and had a sad face when she handed it to me,” he said. “I could tell she had read it first. I took the envelope and was preparing myself as I pulled out the letter. But she tricked me and said, ‘You won.’” Meanwhile, Valerie sent texts to her friends to see if they too had received their envelopes. Finally, she opened her envelope to see that she, too, had won. “I literally screamed and my mom came running downstairs to make sure I was OK,” she said. The Viking Scholar program is modeled after the high school’s Sterling Scholar program, which allows students to compete in 11 subject areas. The middle school program was created several years ago by Nate Edvalson, who served under Draper Park Principal Mary Anderson at Union Middle. Then the program was called the Bobcat Scholar, but when the two came to Draper Park, he continued the program as the Viking Scholar. “It was a way for the students to prepare for the competition of the Sterling Scholar and also become more college and career prepared,” said Edvalson, who now is at Eastmont and is looking at starting the program there. “I looked

back at the first year we did it at Union and of the eight areas we had, four of our Bobcats became their high school’s Sterling Scholars. It gives students confidence and it lets them build toward something, a capstone concept, so they had a direction and felt accomplishment in middle school.” The Viking Scholar program, now coordinated by Draper Park Assistant Principal Randall Seltz, has an online application students completed in early 2018. Students listed their awards and honors, leadership positions, community service, unique qualifications for the category they’ve selected, future goals and relevant activities, and wrote a brief letter on why they believe they were the best candidates for Viking Scholars in their chosen areas. In addition, Seltz said students’ transcripts are reviewed for their GPA and citizenship. “We want them to think globally,” he said. “We encourage all our students to go through the process as this will help them with any kind of application, interview, job or scholarship program. It also gives them a chance to get feedback so they know how to improve for their future careers — even if they’re not the Viking Scholar.” Valerie listed her service and activities, including participating in her school’s intramural cross-country team and debate team — where she competed at state — her service at church and her participation in the Miss Draper Pageant. Tyler included participating on several sports teams as well as the Canyons Youth Symphony and his plans to earn his Boy Scout Eagle. This year, Seltz received 78 applications, about 20 percent of the eighth-grade class. From there, a team of teachers, aides, counselors and others interviewed 49 students, who followed the rubric. Those in dance and music had to prepare pieces to perform while those in foreign languages had to present a program where they could talk about the culture of a country in their

language, he said. While each student can apply in two areas, they also have to indicate their preference. Both Valerie and Tyler applied for two areas. “I was so excited about English, I had my essay and creative writing assignment all ready to go when I learned that I wasn’t going on in that, but in French,” Valerie said. “I decided to take French in first grade and it worked out well since I lived close to Oak Hollow (which offers French dual immersion). I presented a PowerPoint about the French culture on Guadeloupe and explained the cultural differences between there and Utah.” Tyler had thought his music would give him an edge, but similarly, discovered it was in math that he was selected to advance to the interview. “Math is what I love,” he said. “I could go into engineering or the medical field. There’s a love of logic with math. Everything fits together and makes sense. I had a to solve an algebra question and a geometry question and explain my solutions.” This year’s Viking Scholars were honored May 1 at a banquet where they were given $150 in the Utah Educational Savings Program in addition to being presented a trophy of a Viking with a shield. In addition to Valerie and Tyler, this year’s Viking Scholars are Katie Burnett, English; Avery Hewitson, science; Ashlin Richardson, social studies; Lauren Dunn, theater; Madeline Chambers, dance; Megan Reimann, instrumental music; Madeline Ross, vocal music; Isabella Nibley, visual art; and Lily Nahoopii, career and technical education. “There are a lot of changes in middle school,” Seltz said. “Students are now changing classes, learning locker combinations and meeting new friends. At times it can seem scary. At other times, they’re working tirelessly to improve themselves. This is a way for them to show how they’ve grown and learned.” l

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More hands create a mural of love By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


raper Elementary fourth-grader Jaxson Theurer likes to paint. “I love getting messy, so art is one of my favorite things,” he said. Jaxson and his fourth-grade classmates painted their handprints with gold, red, blue and green paint and cut them out. They placed them, along with painted wooden hearts, on a mural painted by Corner Canyon High School art club members. “It’s my first mural I’ve helped make and we’re doing it to help the kids in the hospital feel better. We want them to know that people love them and care and support them,” he said. The mural, earmarked for Lone Peak Hospital, was slated to be unveiled May 23, came through a six-month collaboration of Draper Elementary’s Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program arts specialist Kylie Welling, Corner Canyon High School’s art teacher Amelia Davis and Draper Elementary PTA President Terri Frances. “We decided on the theme, ‘our hearts and helping hands can help anything,’ and wanted to allow every student the opportunity to be involved,” said Welling about the third mural she has overseen for the hospital. “We also wanted the high school students to be the ones to take the lead and mentor our young emerging artists.” Davis decided this would be a good oppor-

tunity for students in Corner Canyon’s art club. The club invites students to explore opportunities that may not be offered in a class such as carving pumpkins, silkscreen printing shirts and embroidery. When Davis met with her club, the students chose to use three 4-by-6-foot panels to create the mural. They also wanted to keep the artwork simple and the colors relaxing and comforting. It was Corner Canyon junior Peyton Feurer who created a sketch that would become the basis for the mural with children playing around a tree. Peyton’s twin sister, Avery, is the president of the art club. “We wanted to emphasize the simple expression of childhood joy as we created this artwork together,” Avery said, adding that it was fun to return to her elementary school to share her love of art with current students. As fourth-graders placed their handprints on the mural, high school students helped them with the adhesive and patted them into place on and around the tree. Junior Lauren Wilson said they wanted the mural to not overshadow the featured aspects of the handprints and hearts. “We wanted it to be a fun piece of art we could work on with the Draper Elementary students,” she said. Welling said the fourth-graders have been

Draper Elementary and Corner Canyon students worked together to create a mural for Lone Peak Hospital that was slated to be unveiled May 23. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

eager to be involved. “To see their excitement and twinkles in their eyes, you know they realize they are a part of something special and are thrilled to contribute to this mural,” she said. Draper Elementary teacher Amy Brand agreed it has been a rewarding opportunity for

her students. “They’re learning that they are part of a bigger picture, but they can take ownership of their part,” she said. “We’ve talked about how one person can make a difference and without them, and their hearts and handprints, there’s a missing piece.” l

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Rachel & Friends conquer Dragons in friendly book battle


By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

astmont Middle School seventh-grader Avery Williams loves to read, so when the opportunity came for her to compete with her America’s Battle of the Books team, she was excited. “It sounded like fun,” she said. “I liked reading the books and hanging out with my friends on the team.” While Eastmont has offered a school-wide Battle of the Books competition the past three years, April 13 was the first time it has been offered as a competition between all of Canyons School District’s middle schools. “It was fun competing to win against other schools, and more fun winning first place,” said Avery, who was a member of the team Rachel & Friends, named after her eighth-grade friend, Rachel Jefferson. Rachel, who said the team name came during lunch last year, added, “It was really cool (that the team was named after her) and it makes winning more worth it because my name was on it.” Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students who have created teams to read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. Canyons School District Library Media Specialist Jim Wilson said they started talking about bringing the program district-wide about one year ago. “There was enough positive talk and contributions from the schools that have held their own competitions that we felt this would benefit our students district-wide,” he said. “There are some elementary schools that also hold their own contest, so this would lead them up to this competition.” Wilson said about 500 middle school students prepared for the competition by reading from a set book list. “There is so much emphasis in academic reading that it has taken the joy out of reading, so this is an exciting way to see students be able to dig into a story they may not have chosen otherwise and understand it,” he said. Much of the coordination was put in the hands of Eastmont’s teacher and librarian Son-

ya Miles, who has overseen her own school’s competition and is a supporter of the program. She wrote and received a $357 Donors Choose grant to help get the program started. “I really believe this helps students read more books, and the exposure to more books improves their reading strategies and their education,” she said. Miles and other district librarians met to review the book list and changed a few to allow for more genres to be read, which resulted in librarians creating their own questions. The questions, posed to the students in a Family Feud game style, asked students to answer the question with the title of the book before receiving additional points with the author’s name. Miles said Battle of the Books is more than just the competition. “One of my favorite things is to see the students check out books that they never would normally read and to see them really enjoy them. With greater exposure to literature, they’re expanding their selection of reading,” she said. Magical Mages eighth-grader Britton Bettinson said that’s what he learned. “A book doesn’t have to be hardcore fantasy for me to like it,” he said. Rachel & Friends eighth-grader Lauren Rodgers said, “There were a couple books that I thought would be boring that I ended up liking.” At Eastmont, students have the support of faculty, some of whom even participated on their own teams, and students participate as part of their English honors classes. The school had 300 students participate on 62 student teams, which had to compete for two entries into the district-wide Battle of the Books. The Magical Mages won the school competition and their second-place team, Rachel & Friends, advanced to the district. At district, the two teams met up with Mt. Jordan’s teams, who have had the program for six years at their school, as well as teams from Albion, Butler, Indian Hills and Union. Midvale Middle, the host school, and Draper Park had scheduling conflicts with their teams so they were unable to participate in the inaugural district competition.

“Battle of the Books goes along with intramurals, chess and debate as a way for our students to showcase their talents,” said Mt. Jordan librarian and coach Kim Mitchell, who held a school competition between the nine school teams before the district-wide tournament. “It’s also a lot of fun for the students.” Besides creative names, students made signs or wore matching clothes. Mt. Jordan’s Dragons came Draper Elementary and Corner Canyon students worked together to create a mural with silkscreened shirts for Lone Peak Hospital that was slated to be unveiled May 23. (Julie Slama/City and the school’s Kick’n Journals) Chickens brought their In the end, Eastmont’s Rachel & Friends own (stuffed) mascot. (in addition to Rachel, Avery and Lauren, sevWhile most teams divided the 20 books on enth-graders Ava Judd and Serena Jefferson the list into a sizeable number to read, Mitchcompleted their team) pulled ahead, with Mt. ell said some of her team members read every Jordan’s Dragons (seventh-grader Holly Evans book. and sixth-graders Taylor Gould, Mackenzie “They thought it was more likely that they McKay, Chiara Telford and Sierra Watson) fincould answer the questions if more than one ishing in second place. team member had read the book,” she said. Mt. Jordan’s Kick’n Chickens (sevEvery team competed in the first three enth-graders Sydney Archer, Destiny Howard, rounds, and then the field narrowed to the two Elena Nielsen and Sabrina Smith) placed in veteran schools. Before the final round, there third ahead of Eastmont’s Magical Mages (Britwas a sudden death tie-breaker between Rachel ton and his eighth-grade peers Drake Glauser, & Friends and Kick’n Chickens. Matt Merkley, Cort Lawlor and Blake Lawlor). “It was very close and intense. These stuStudents received books as prizes. Rachel dents seem to thrive on it,” Mitchell said. & Friends received “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”; When Rachel & Friends edged out Kick’n the Dragons got “The Lion, the Witch, and the Chickens, they met the Chickens’ classmates, Wardrobe” and Kick’n Chickens got the “The the Dragons, in the final round. Book Thief.” Alice Peck and Mike Sirois, who are CanFor Eastmont’s school champions, Magiyons School District’s performance directors cal Mages, their season isn’t quite over. They and the Grand Battle judges, were impressed will challenge their faculty in an end-of-thewith the students. year battle. “I saw how much work and energy these “Already, the students are wanting to know students put into knowing their books,” Peck the books for next year’s battle,” Miles said. l said. “There was a lot of collaboration and camaraderie on the teams.”

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From sea to shining sea, the Wildcat Chorus sings across America By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


t was a journey around the United States for about 50 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Willow Springs students. The journey came in the form of song as the Wildcat Chorus presented “The Great American Choral Road Trip,” launching from classics such as “America the Beautiful” and “Oh, Susanna!” and well-known ballads including “Shenandoah” to fun upbeat songs such as “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” The choir, which has returned after a fiveyear absence, is directed by parent Mary Pugh and accompanied by volunteer Barbara Johnson. “We honestly felt we needed to bring music in the school and when it was discussed at the PTA meeting, I said, ‘I can do that,’” Pugh said. This is the third program the Wildcat Chorus has performed, in addition to concerts at Halloween and for the winter holidays. The students began practicing before school on Fridays at the start of the school year, but took breaks in November and January. Students used the lyrics to practice on their own and sang along to songs on iTunes and YouTube, Pugh said. “Many of these kids wouldn’t have had music in any other way,” she said. “We welcomed anyone who could come to have fun

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with music. It can bring light and joy in the world in a small way.” Pugh said much of the patriotic music lent itself to their spring concert. “I thought it would be so fun to showcase different parts of the country sort of like a road trip. Some of the songs they may know and some they may not. For example, they all may know ‘Yankee Doodle,’ but not ‘Shenandoah.’ At the first, they weren’t sure they liked ‘Shenandoah,’ but after they learned it, they loved it,” she said. The songs showcase the country’s different regions, including “Utah, We Love Thee,” as well as songs learned through the generations to modern day hits such as “City of Stars,” which featured five fifth-grade boys singing. There also was a guest soloist and ukulele performer, Wade Hansen, who sang with the choir a piece from the short film “Lava.” Pugh said she had small solos for students in “America the Beautiful” and in another student favorite, “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Fourth-grader Adam Henderson was a soloist, along with Callie Earnhart, for “Home on the Range.” “I had to learn the first two lines of the third verse,” Adam said. “I signed up for choir because I like music and it’s fun singing with my friends.”

Willow Springs’ Wildcat Chorus took a break before starting out on a road trip around America during their spring concert. (Mary Pugh/Willow Springs Elementary)

For Adam, this was his favorite concert. The show opener was “The Greatest Show,” which included top hats for all the performers as they marched onto stage. “So many of our students saw (The Greatest Showman), I thought we had to do it,” Pugh said. “The kids were so excited that we were

performing it.” Pugh said there has been so much positive feedback she plans to continue the chorus next year. “I believe in the power of music,” she said. “It changes the world and lives.” l

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Honored teachers dedicate their careers to students


orner Canyon history and political science teacher Amber Rogers remembers that after a student was transferred into her class, she learned other teachers had grown frustrated with him. “I made a snap judgment wondering why he got straight F’s and what his story was,” she said. “The first day he was respectful, so I wasn’t sure what was going on.” Afterward, he told her no other teacher allowed students to have a discussion as she did with a dialogue about the Great Depression and that engagement got him back on track, she said. “I’ve learned it’s the time when teachers aren’t talking when kids are learning more,” Rogers said. Engaging students and encouraging them to think and have dialogues was part of the reason Rogers was selected as Teacher of the Year from 46 teachers representing each school in the Canyons School District. Rogers, as well as first runner-up Lena Wood, from Midvale Middle School, and second runner-up Jamie Richardson, from Alta View Elementary, also will be honored at a Real Salt Lake game June 2. In addition to a crystal award and a gift basket, Rogers received $1,000 from the Canyons Education Foundation, Wood received $750 and Richardson, $500. Rogers gives high praise to her mentor, former AP history teacher Kathy Williams at her Mesa, Arizona high school.

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By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com “She was not only appreciated at my school, but she was highly regarded throughout the country for teaching other teachers how to teach AP history,” Rogers said. “I would forget to take notes, but instead, sit there and listen to her tell stories about individuals in history. I told her I wanted to be a history teacher; I try to emulate her.” Rogers said she reconnected with her teacher 10 years after she took her class to let her know she became a teacher as she vowed. After receiving the Teacher of the Year award, she sent her mentor a message. “It’s the highest form of flattery,” she said. However, the 10-year veteran has learned a few valuable skills of her own. “If you give students high expectations and the tools to do them, they will succeed — even with tough tests,” said Rogers, who chairs the social studies department and is the National Honor Society adviser. “I love giving students opportunities. We went back to the president’s inauguration and whether they agreed politically or not — it’s an experience being in that kind of atmosphere, they’ll never have again. And while we were there, we got caught up in the women’s march as we tried to get to a museum — again, another experience where they can say, ‘I was there.’” Even in her own classroom, she has experiences like the World War I simulation where students represent countries and try to come to terms with the Treaty of Versailles.

Canyons School District’s top three teacher of the year finalists — Alta View’s Jamie Richardson, Corner Canyon’s Amber Rogers and Midvale Middle’s Lena Wood — were all smiles after receiving their awards in April. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

“They try to figure out what they want, the cost, the military, the geography of Europe and how to develop strategies with others to get what they want,” she said. She has mock congresses where students create their own legislature, and a decades projects where students not only learn about the historical events for that time period, but also share with one another the culture. That belief in students working hard and engaging one another led to a round of applause by students and teachers coming into her classroom shortly after the announcement was made at her school that she was selected as Teacher of the Year. “It was really sweet and I was a little embarrassed by the attention,” she said. “It took a moment, but then I got back on track with my students’ AP test that day.” Lena Wood Wood also is known to be able to relate to her students. In sixth grade, her dad was sent to prison and she realized it’s the choices students make that can send them to success or into not good circumstances. “I didn’t tell my friends and kept it quiet,” she said. “I always felt like I didn’t fit in because of it. I wasn’t good at math and struggled. It wasn’t until I discovered music that I flourished.” After listening to the drummer for Yanni and thinking percussion was “so cool,” Wood used her piano background to learn percussion in junior high and became involved in marching band and drumline in high school. She graduated from Weber State University with a music education degree on scholarship. “At the beginning of the year, I told my students my story. Kids need to hear that we all aren’t super successful from the start; that we struggle. Sometimes there is a person they can relate to or something at school that gets them going. It’s OK if it’s music, dance, theater or gym. The arts are important in school and they can keep us going,” she said.

Wood, who followed her mother’s footsteps into teaching, has taught for 11 years, but said it wasn’t until she came to Midvale Middle School that she felt comfortable. “I fell in love with the diversity here,” she said. “It’s so different. I felt accepted. Now I feel super honored to be honored. It gives me more confidence in my teaching and tells me that (I’m) doing OK. It gives my students that encouraging message.” Jamie Richardson When Alta View’s fourth-grade teacher Jamie Richardson learned at an assembly that she was the school’s choice for Teacher of the Year, she was “completely surprised.” Her students and former students as well as parents and colleagues nominated her. “I am humbled and grateful,” she said. “I’m not much for the limelight, but this has been a wonderful experience. It’s an amazing feeling to be recognized.” One reason Richardson was nominated for the award is for what she calls “fun and silly” ways to engage students in learning. “When they seem tired, I’ll have them give me some jumping jacks or have a ‘mingle mingle’ time and get them moving,” she said, adding that it helps them refocus. “I love working with kids and watching those ‘a-ha’ moments when they get it after helping them learn.” Richardson said she debated teaching as a career, after watching her sister put the effort into it when she became a first-grade teacher in Jordan School District, but continued to want to teach. Her grandfather also taught woodshop at Olympus High. “I knew I’d have to dedicate myself to it if I chose to teach. Teaching is a life, not a job,” she said. Richardson says she is putting the money toward IXL for math programming that can provide students problems and instant feedback. “I wouldn’t have gotten the award without the students, so it makes sense to give it back to them,” she said. l

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CCHS boys basketball camp coming in June


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he Corner Canyon High boys basketball team has hosted 160 players the last two summers at its annual. The event returns June 18–21 for grades 4 through 12. “This has been a great opportunity for the coaches to meet future Corner Canyon basketball players,” head coach Dan Lunt said. “We look forward to this each summer.” The camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day for ninth through 12th grades, from 10 a.m. to noon for sixth through

eighth grades and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders. The cost for sixth through 12th grades is $80 while the fourth and fifth grade camp is $50. Registrations are accepted in the CCHS main office, located at 12943 S. 700 E., Draper, before 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. l

Corner Canyon High’s Hayden Welling helped the Chargers to the 5A state title game where they lost 76-49 to Olympus March 3. The junior forward was named to the All-Tournament Team. (Photo courtesy of Corner Canyon High)

The Corner Canyon boys basketball team celebrate a quarterfinal win at state in 2017. It marked the program’s first ever semifinal appearance. The team will hold a youth camp this summer. (Photo courtesy Corner Canyon Basketball)

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Utah native and three-time Olympian returns to showcase volleyball By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycity.journals.com

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Pro beach volleyball player Jake Gibb, from Utah, has been a top player on the world circuit for several years. The three-time Olympian will appear in an exhibition match and then host a clinic during a Wasatch Beach Volleyball Juniors tournament Saturday, June 16, at the Utah Sports Mall. (Photos courtesy Jake Gibb)

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hree-time Olympian Jake Gibb, 42, who hails from Utah, is coming home for an exhibition beach volleyball match and clinic Saturday, June 16, during a Wasatch Beach Volleyball Juniors (WBV) tournament at the Utah Sports Mall, located at 5445 South 900 East in Murray. “I love interactions with kids who want to learn about volleyball,” Gibb said. “It’s a cool position to be in with the wealth of knowledge I have and to be able to share a little bit of that. I just want to share my passion and help people see that and feel that.” “Jake is a global icon in the beach volleyball community,” said WBV Juniors Director Warren Van Schalkwyk. “He is also one of the most down-to-earth people you’d ever meet. To have Jake participate in this event speaks to his love for the game and his willingness to give back.” Gibb grew up in Bountiful, the youngest of 11 children, and played basketball and golf in high school until he tried boys volleyball on a club team his senior year. Following an LDS mission, he played with his twin brother, Coleman — who is 6 inches shorter than the 6-foot-7 Jake — in a Utah Outdoor Volleyball tournament in the B division where they took second place. “We thought that was pretty good,” Gibb said. “So, there was my real competitive start to outdoor volleyball, in a B tournament on grass.” While playing on grass, Gibb said he often watched the players on the sand and thought they were “pretty cool cats with their tattoos and everything.” One of those players — a Utah legend named Joe Famasino — asked Gibb if he wanted to play with him. “Here I was, this big clunky kid, and I literally was so nervous that Joe was talking to me that I couldn’t even remember my phone number to give him,” Gibb said.

And that was just the beginning of Gibb’s rise in the sport while he studied business at the University of Utah and married his wife, Jane. Following graduation and working toward becoming a loan officer, Jane encouraged him to give professional beach volleyball a try. So, the pair moved to California in 2002 for a two-year trial run to see if the sport could become their livelihood. “That’s the scariest move I’ve ever made in my life,” Gibb said. “I was comfortable being where I was at as the best in Utah. Good thing I was young; I don’t think I would do it now.” Gibb said he showed up at a beach in California for the first time, trying to get into a game, and was told there was a six-game wait. “I left the beach that day without getting a game and with my tail wagging between my legs thinking, ‘Nobody knows that I’m pretty good,’” he said. Gibb’s wait for a court paid off, and by 2004, Gibb won his first Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tour title and was named the Most Valuable Player the next season. He has since won 27 more titles with several partners — most notably, Sean Rosenthal and Casey Patterson — and competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, placing tied for fifth twice and 19th. For the past year and a half, he has been partnered with Taylor Crabb and feels “fortunate to get a young kid who doesn’t know how good he is yet.” Gibb, who is the father of 6-year-old Crosby and 3-year-old Cora Jane, said, “This sport has given me my entire lifestyle,” he said. “I feel like I’m the most fortunate guy on the planet.” The June 16 match and clinic in Murray is free, although seating will be limited. Spectators will be able to take pictures with Gibb and hear about his experiences from over two decades in the sport. l

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Juan Diego soccer player moving on to college ranks By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycity.journals.com


ast year, three-time All-State soccer player Jered Meriani, from Juan Diego Catholic High School, was told he was too small — at 5-foot-6 — for college soccer. That comment simply led to a summer of hard work that landed the senior a scholarship to play at the Division I level with San Jose State University. He signed a national letter of intent Feb. 7 to play for the Spartans’ program. Meriani, the son of Jery and Leslie Mariani of Riverton, said, “I worked really hard this past year to prove them wrong. I am really happy and relieved to be playing in college, and I’m excited about the area and [San Jose State] coach [Simon] Tobin. I’m sad I have to leave all my friends though. Now, I just need to go get buffer.” Tobin said determination was one of the reasons he wanted Meriani in his program. “We had a very meaningful time in my office with he and his dad, and he shared that he had also been told early on that he couldn’t compete at a high club level for too long,” Tobin said. “Jered likes to keep breaking barriers down and proving people wrong. I like that in a kid. We’re happy to have him.” JDCHS head soccer coach Daniel Cavar, who was also Jered’s USA coach eight years ago, said, “Jered’s size will not affect his soccer ability. He is a very versatile player on the ball, and his quickness and agility is just phenomenal.”

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Meriani has been the Soaring Eagle program’s top scorer this season — with 14 goals — while leading Juan Diego to an 11-51 record and a final-four finish at the 4A state tournament. “Jered has been a big contributor over the past years for our organization and the school,” said Cavar. “We are looking at a player that has a high potential of making it to the professional ranks.” The 18-year-old got his start in soccer at the age of 6 after trying nearly every other sport. “I caught on really easy with soccer,” Meriani said. Two year later, he joined the Utah Soccer Alliance program. During his club years, he was voted by the state’s coaches to be on the All-UYSA team that included the top 13 players in Utah. Throughout high school, Meriani was recognized as Honorable Mention on the 3A All-State team and as a First Team All-State player the last two seasons. Tobin said he noticed Meriani at an SJSU soccer camp and went to see him play at the prestigious Surf Cup in San Diego last summer where he “did very well against good competition.” The veteran coach plans to use Meriani as an outside attacker initially. “Jered certainly has the potential to play anywhere on the attacking line,” Tobin

Juan Diego Catholic High senior soccer player Jered Meriani signed with San Jose State University to play for the Spartans program this fall. (Photo courtesy Jered Meriani)

said. “That’s one of the reasons we really liked him — he has good versatility. He makes things happen and bangs in goals. He may not be the biggest, but he has a lot of skill, and I’m impressed with his battling qualities.” Meriani was also selected for the Spartans because of his demeanor both on and off the field, according to Tobin. “Jered plays nice soccer that is pleasing on the eye, but the longer I’m in this, these kids have to have good character as well,” Tobin said. “And, Jered is a great kid.” The sport of soccer has taught Meriani several life skills, including learning to work

and communicate with others as part of a team, and he said he is grateful for so many who have helped him on his journey to playing at the next level. “I wouldn’t be able to do what I do and play the sport I love without my friends, family, teammates and coaches,” Meriani said, particularly noting his coaches Cavar, Scott Platz, Myriah Fankhauser and Seth Quealy. “They stuck with me through everything and believed in me from the very beginning. Almost everything I know in soccer is from them, and I can’t thank them enough for the endless trainings to get me where I am today.” l

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Utah Transit Authority Headquarters •669 West 200 South in Salt Lake City This is a prepay event. You must have your money to the Chamber by Friday, June 8 at noon. Call 801-553-0928 to pay. Please plan extra time for this fun event. We will meet at the Draper FrontRunner Station by Ebay at 10:30 am. The train arrives at 10:54 am, do NOT be late or you will miss the train (the next one doesn’t come until 11:54). We will be back in Draper at 1:05 pm. We will be travelling to the UTA headquarters. We will eat lunch while learning how UTA uses social media. Pre-Pay only. $15 per member. $30 per non-member. Please pre-pay by June 8 at 12:00 noon Call 801-553-0928 or email lorraine@draperchamber.com

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The Juan Diego Catholic High School boys tennis team were on the court with two new coaches this season. (Photo courtesy Marisa Smith)


uan Diego Catholic High School sophomore Sam Nelson qualified for the state tennis tournament for the second year in a row — this time playing at No. 1 singles as Region 11’s second seed. On May 11, he lost in the first round to Pine View’s Mitchell Wade 6-2, 6-4 at Liberty Park. “I feel like making state this year was kind of a feat in itself,” said Nelson, the team captain. “I didn’t exactly make it as far as I would have liked, but I’m not too upset because I’m just glad I got to go. I ended up losing to a tough opponent and I’m hoping to go back next year and hopefully make it further in the tournament.” “I was very proud of Sam at state,” head coach Marisa Smith said. “His opponent was extremely tough and Sam was down 0-4 in the second set, but he didn’t give up. He dug deep and won the next four games in a row. It’s a great experience for him to be there among mostly upperclassmen who are the best players in the whole state of Utah. If he continues to improve like he has, I could see him winning it next year. He is an extremely powerful hitter with crazy top spin abilities.” With just eight returning players from a year ago, the JDCHS boys tennis team was set to welcome new faces to the squad this season. But Smith was surprised that the 12 newcomers had never played the sport before, including multi-sport athlete Conner Turner, who has been playing at the No. 3 singles spot. “We have been so impressed with these boys,” Smith said. “They are so eager to learn and their skills are improving rapidly. Conner

is a seasoned football player for Juan Diego, and as you will see from his tennis skills, an all-around great athlete.” Smith and assistant coach Ellyn Bennet focused on goals, team chemistry and mental strength training as they evaluated their talent level to begin the season, and the coaching duo began continually teaching the game for players with all skill sets. This season, Juan Diego defeated Judge 3-2 and Ben Lomond 5-1 while losing to Timpanogos 5-0, Park City 5-0, Tooele 5-0, Stansbury 5-0, Ogden 5-1 and Bonneville 6-0. The varsity lineup at regionals — where all spots made it to the second day — were Nelson (No. 1 singles), Turner (No. 2 singles), Hawk Chen Hua Change (No. 3 singles), Brennan Savage/Matt Kaiser (No. 1 doubles) and Trent Zaffino/Tristen Tonozzi (No. 2 doubles). “We made a lot of improvement this year,” Nelson said. “When we started off the year, I was not sure how we’d do. But, everyone came a long way.” Also on the JDCHS team this season were Aldedge Chen (Ruizhe), Miguel Flores, Mikey Gatti, Layth Hawatureh, David Hulverson, Gage Killion, Sam Knudsen, Nathan Rakowski, Graham Skirucha, Alec Wagner, Daniel Welch and Jared Zhu. “Overall, I believe we had a successful season,” Smith said. “We are rebuilding the team with many players being new to the sport, but we still qualified all varsity to go to regionals and then they all got to the second round. I was very happy with that.”l

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Soaring Eagles soccer falls just short in state semis By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycity.journals.com

The Juan Diego Catholic High School boys soccer team were again among the top four in the state this season. (Photo courtesy Daniel Cavar)


or the fifth year in a row, the Juan Diego Catholic high boys soccer team were in the final four at the state tournament. This year, the Soaring Eagle squad lost to Park City 2-0 May 10. “We had a great run this year,” said Daniel Cavar, who is in his first year as head coach, although he has been with the JDCHS soccer programs for a few years. “The season was good and the boys did their best. Unfortunately, we did not make it to the finals, but learned valuable things in life just through the game of soccer.” In the first round of the 4A state tournament, Juan Diego defeated Mountain Crest 2-1 May 3. The teams were tied at 1-all — with Taiki Hayashi connecting on the Soaring Eagles’ first goal — through the end of regulation and the first overtime. In the second overtime, Connor Kimball found the net for his first goal of the season — and the golden goal. A defensive battle ensued in the quarterfinals as the Soaring Eagle squad took on Orem May 5. Both teams were scoreless through regulation and two overtimes. In a shootout, Juan Diego prevailed 5-4 to set up the semifinal showdown with Park City. “I thought we really stepped up our play in state from the regular season,” senior Jered Meriani said. “It was great to see because the team connected really well and we played our hearts out.” This season, Juan Diego defeated Judge Memorial 4-1, Stansbury 1-0, Tooele 8-0, Alta 1-0, Bonneville 2-1, Ben Lomond 2-0, Stansbury 3-2 (OT), Tooele 3-1 and Ogden 1-0. Meriani recorded hat tricks in the Tooele and Park City games while Hayashi put three goals in during the Stansbury matchup.

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The Soaring Eagles had losses to Ben Lomond 1-0, Ogden 2-1 Park City (twice — 4-3 and 2-1) while tying Bonneville 0-0. “The Park City game was kind a wake-up call for us heading in to state,” Meriani said. “We started thinking we were all this and that, but we started to realize that everyone we’re going to play in state is going to be great and we want to keep winning.” Meriani led the team in scoring this season with 14 goals, although he was quick to credit his teammates for their contributions. “I’m not really the one leading the team offensively,” he said. “Everyone else up top with me combines to get those goals.” Also on the 11-5-1 squad were seniors Martin Kelly, Charlie McGowan-Jackson, Byron Carabajal, Mark Martinez, Matthew Lilien, Christian Carabajal, Gustavo Flores, Jered Mariani, Leo Magalde, Andrew Carabajal and Alex Saunders; juniors Seth Blesingim, Brayden Reid, Antonio Ortega, Chrstian Phinney, Jaron Adams, Anthony Ramirez, Leonardo Flores, Kevin Pelayo, Austin Nguyen, Niclspm Lasiew and Brian Martinez Ortega; sophomores Gage Wesemann, John Flanagan, Dylan Strydom, Tyler Young, Mason Harris, Ishan Dhawan and Mark Fivaz; and freshmen Brock Jones, Michael Durazo, Keegan Gilbert, Aaron Kolff, Aidan Hodlmair, Michael Clay and Max Merhi. Cavar was assisted by Brent Noble and Goran Golemba on the coaching staff this season. “Our season went pretty well,” Cavar said. “We had some ups and downs, but we kept playing better every game. We were blessed to see the light every day and play the game we love.” l

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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. 5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children.

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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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Travel Budget Schools out for summer! It’s time for vacation! One of my friends told me that her family spent around 10 grand on a two-week holiday. Don’t do that. Instead, use this nifty little invention called the internet to do some research. There are hundreds of blogs and forums where people share their travel experiences, sharing information about the cheapest transportation and best deals in various cities worldwide. Before going anywhere, check what people say about that destination and what they recommend when traveling on a budget. Flying can be an expensive hassle. Many travel bugs recommend using a credit card that offers the chance to earn miles. Cashing in those miles can mean a free plane ticket. I’ve also heard that checking fares on Tuesday, two weeks before your travel date, will be the cheapest option. Don’t hold me to that though. Driving can be boring. Don’t forget entertainment if you’re going on a road trip. If you have a Netflix subscription, download the app on your phone, and download episodes, podcasts, or comedy specials. Have everyone in your car do the same for hours of internet-free entertainment. Oh, and make sure to bring an auxiliary cord. And water. Stay hydrated people.



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Back when Paleolithic man ruled the world, humans only learned what was happening outside their cave when another caveman rode into town on his velociraptor. Soon, dinosaurs evolved into horses (duh, that’s just science) and traveling merchants shared stories and events as they roamed the country. They’d sit around campfires, making s’mores and spreading gossip. In cities, town criers walked the streets in ridiculous outfits, ringing bells and shouting information at passersby. When Johannes Gutenberg mechanized the printing process, he started a revolution that led to books, newspapers and inexpensive bird cage lining. Town criers became journalists, people dedicated to the pursuit of truth, shining a light on injustice and living on hot coffee and cold pizza. America’s Founding Fathers recognized the importance of the press, protecting free speech in the first amendment. Journalists were regarded as necessary vermin, an invaluable cog in the democratic process of checks and balances. Distinguished reporters like Carl Bernstein, Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite took journalism to its apex before its Icarus-like plunge into the mud of “journalism” today.

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12 Noon – Ribbon Cutting

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 11am-4pm (Lunch will be served)

No appointment necessary for tours during Open House hours. For tours at other times please call: 801-951-1300 591 East Pioneer Road • Draper, Utah 84020 | 801-951-1300


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