March 2017 | Vol. 11 Iss. 03
Second-graders perform the traditional fan dance as part of Draper Elementary’s annual Chinese New Year celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
DRAPER ELEMENTARY’S CHINESE NEW YEAR celebration showcases learning By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com raper Elementary second-grader Zane Atkinson and his classmates practiced “a long time” to learn the Chinese fan dance. “The fan was hard to hold and we had to learn the right way,” he said. “Sometimes when kids were holding them wrong, they flew over their heads. It was really hard to do and fun to finally do it right to perform in front of an audience.” Through preparing for the school’s Chinese New Year program, Zane, who is in the school’s dual-immersion program, learned about Chinese culture. “They celebrate for a week with their songs and dancing. They have a wheel of animals they choose every year and have it of the one animal. The Year of the Rooster was this year. I really like learning math and the money section of Chinese. I love learning the words. It is fun,” he said. After Zane and other second-graders performed the fan dance, which tied in the traditional sport of Kung Fu, they sang a song about the importance of friendship. Students in first through fifth grades took turns, showcasing what they learned through language and culture. “It gives our students the opportunity to display what they’ve learned of the language immersion and being exposed to Chinese culture,” Principal Piper Riddle said.
It began with the fourth-graders performing the lion dance to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, symbolizing an active and energetic year. Then, they sang a Chinese pop song. Fourth-grade teacher Cyndi Lin said the dragon is a royal animal believed to bring good luck to the community, so it often performs during Chinese New Year. The lion in the lion dance is furious and meant to scare away evil, and is often performed for special occasions such as traditional and religious festivals. Student Elisha Wong said she appreciated the traditional dances. “I liked the dragon because it was fun to walk through the students and move it around,” she said. “I also liked the tongue twisters. My grandma and dad speak Chinese at home, so I decided to do dual immersion so I could learn to write what they were saying.” The Chinese tongue twisters showcased fifth-graders’ talents. Similar to English tongue twisters where students have an alliteration of words to repeat, the students first said the line in Chinese slowly before getting faster the second time. First-graders, who started the dual-immersion program last fall, demonstrated their language skills through several songs. Some of the songs were part of their morning dance routine. Third-graders shared the story of the Chinese zodiac animals. Students told how the zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with
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each year being represented by an animal. Traditional customs say the animals are closely related to ancient Chinese people’s lives or have lucky meanings. The 45-minute program, which was presented for parents on Jan. 30 as well as for the school on Jan. 27, concluded with all Chinese dual-immersion students teaching everyone how to say congratulations — “gong xi” — then singing the song, “Wish You a Wonderful Chinese New Year.” Afterward, traditional red envelopes with a Chinese coin were given to students. Learning about the Chinese customs are part of the program. Teacher Tawna Glover said she has incorporated learning more about Chinese culture in her classroom. “Through our classroom Chinese New Year party, we learn how to use chopsticks, make paper lanterns, learn what zodiac animal students are born in and learn about the meanings of the lion and dragon dances,” she said. The Chinese New Year celebration has evolved since the school started the dual-immersion program eight years ago. “This is a cultural experience that unites our whole school, the dual-immersion students as well as our traditional students, so we can celebrate Chinese New Year together,” teacher Jennifer Asay said. l
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local group of kids has won a regional robotics competition and is headed to the state championship. Regionals were held on Jan. 14 at Albion Middle School in Sandy. The Draper-based team, called Brick Torrent, won the Champion’s Award and the Robot Performance Award. Brick Torrent consists of 10 kids, ages 9–13, who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Gretta Bohn, 11, joined Brick Torrent because she wants to be an engineer. “First Lego League is the preparation for a great future because you get into an engineering state,” Gretta said. “That’s wat FLL is about, good skills. Not just engineering skills or math skills but life skills.” FLL competitions are based on two events: robot performance and a project. For robot performance, the group works together to build a robot out of Legos that will accomplish different tasks. At the competitions, the teams try to complete the tasks both efficiently and as quickly as they can. For the project, the team has to develop a project idea that fits the year’s theme. The project is then presented to a panel of judges. Each year, FLL announces a theme to the year’s competition. This year’s theme was “Animal Allies,” an examination of animal interactions. During the robot performance, the Lego robots have to complete different tasks, such as giving prosthetic legs to a pig, feeding different animals, milking a cow and collecting honey from a hive. Twelve-year-old Elliot Uffens was the lead engineer for the robot. The team designed the robot to have a base component with different “jigs” that could be put on and taken off depending on which task needed to be completed. “We found the tasks that had the most points and built the jigs and put them on in order,” Elliot said. “We invented different attachments that would interact with the different tasks.” Each team has only two minutes and 30 seconds to complete as many tasks as possible. Brick Torrent went the extra mile and built the robot to lift itself off the ground at the end of the round. “If you end the game with the robot off the ground, you get extra points,” Elliot said. “We have a high gear replacement but it’s worth it.” Brick Torrent won the Robot Performance Award, meaning they scored the most points during their round. For the project part of the competition, the team decided to tackle the issue of deer/automobile accidents. According to Gretta, over $1 billion is spent in the United States on car repairs, medical bills and street repairs from deer collusions, in addition to 105 annual fatalities. The team came up with an infrared camera that can see in the dark and send audio notifications to your phone, alerting drivers of objects coming up. The camera is set to specific parameters so it will only alert the driver if the object is large enough to be dangerous.
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Members of Brick Torrent pose with their awards at the First Lego League regionals. The team won the Champion’s Award and the Robot Performance Award and will be competing at state. (Gretta Bohn/Brick Torrent)
“This is how we can make the world a better place,” Gretta said. “FLL is a great thing to do because you get ready to make the world a better place.” Another key component of FLL is teamwork. Brick Torrent came up with the acronym “creampie” to explain their core values of teamwork. Creampie stands for creative, respectful, eager, appreciative, mindful, preserving, inclusive and enthusiastic. The team won the Champion’s Award, an award that recognizes a team that embodies the First Lego League experience by fully embracing the core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and the project. Leading up to the regional championship, Brick Torrent held several extra practices to not only ensure the robot would work as it was designed to but also to rehearse the presentation for the project. “We usually only practice on Saturdays,” Gretta said. “We’ve been doing it differently the last couple of weeks.” l
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City council praises Corner Canyon volleyball team
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The Corner Canyon High School volleyball team stands with the Draper City Council. The council recognized the team after they took second at the state championship in November. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
ayor Troy Walker and the Draper City Council recognized the Corner Canyon High School volleyball team for their second-place win at the state championship during the council’s Jan. 17 meeting. The team was presented with a certificate of recognition and had their pictures taken with the mayor and council. “The Corner Canyon volleyball team had success this season both on and off the court. They became a family after practicing and participating in service projects, working together and putting forth 100 percent effort in all that they do,” Walker said. “Led by their coaches Mindy Wilder and Carrie Anderson, the varsity team had 21 wins and seven losses this season.” Walker said the team’s trust in each other and dedication to the program led to both a region championship and a second place at the state tournament. Walker praised the team for their region win, saying winning at region is a difficult task in and of itself. “If you’ve coached any athletics at the high school level, that’s a big accomplishment,” Walker said. “You can go your whole life through high school and not get one. In some respects, it’s harder than a state championship.”
The Corner Canyon team came in second against Bountiful High School during the 4A state championship on Nov. 5 at Utah Valley University. Senior Sydnee Peterson, who plays libero on the team, was named the most valuable player in region 7. Several players were named both all-state and all-region, including Peterson, Madison Brunatti, Zoey Tippetts, Autumn Spafford, Emma Mangum, Seville Likes, Katie Beelek and Mikayla Kimball. Walker said he had a chance to go down to UVU and watch the state tournament and enjoyed watching the girls play. “They were fun to watch. That was a good series. They’re some good players and they had some good spikes and some good plays,” Walker said. “There were a few they missed but it was fun to watch. You could tell they have a lot of fun playing together. It was really fun to watch.” Walker then praised the high number of championships won by schools in the Draper boundaries. “Between Corner Canyon, which hasn’t been around that long and they’re starting to win all kinds of things, and Juan Diego, Draper schools bring home the trophies,” Walker said. “It’s outstanding.” l
he Draper City Council has asked for an ordinance to be drawn up that specifically addresses how feral cats are to be handled within the city limits. The conclusion was reached during the study session on Jan. 17 after a presentation by the Draper Police Department. The presentation was given by Administrative Sergeant Chad Carpenter, who explained to the city council a feral cat is defined as a cat that is not domesticated. “First generation of feral cats are stray cats who were domesticated at some point, they got loose. The second generation and so on are feral cats,” Carpenter said. “They are not considered wild because of prior domestication of the species.” According to Carpenter, the main issue with feral cats is they can spread diseases such as ringworm, parasitic worms, cat scratch fever and toxoplasmosis. In addition, feral cats will still kill small animals even if fed. Carpenter explained there are two different ways to control the feral cat population. One way is to trap, neuter and return (TNR) the cat back into the community. After the cat is neuter or spayed, one of its ears is clipped to mark it as one that has been neutered. According to Carpenter, the TNR method is supported by the Utah Humane Society and is the standard practice for Salt Lake County. The other method is to trap and euthanize. Carpenter said this is the most common practice and is supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “The reason why is because feral cats only have a lifespan of about two years. They can become unhealthy,” Carpenter said. “This is why PETA says to not feed them and then euthanize them.” The current practices in Draper are to trap feral cats. If the cat does not have a docked ear and is therefore not part of TNR or if the cat is
After discussing the issue with Draper Animal Control and Draper Police, the city council concluded an ordinance needs to be in place that addresses what to do with feral cats. (Draper City)
unhealthy, the cat is euthanized. Between July and December 2016, there were 33 cats released by Draper Animal Control. “Those were to the humane society and to different entities where they could be adopted out,” Carpenter said. “They weren’t necessarily feral cats. They were strays. We didn’t keep track of what was feral and what was stray.” Currently, Draper does not have a policy specifically addressing feral cats. It does, however, have a police on stray animals. “If you catch a wild or stray animal, you only have so many hours to contact Draper Animal Control to come and pick it up,” Carpenter said. According to Carpenter, Sandy City does have an ordinance that addresses both stray and feral cats. “The only thing they’ve added is it’s unlawful to leave food for wild animals, including feral cats, unless it’s on their own property or on property where they have been given permission to do so,” Carpenter said. Members of the Draper City Council agreed some type of ordinance needs to be drawn up. It was not determined when that would be. l
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he Draper City Council appointed a new member of the Traverse Ridge Special Service District Administrative Control Board during its Feb. 7 meeting. Simón Cantareo was voted unanimously as the newest member of the board after the city council interviewed three candidates for the position. A position became available after board member Blaine Carlton’s term expired. The Traverse Ridge Special Service District was formed in 1999 and covers those living on Traverse Ridge Mountain in the south part of Draper. According to Mayor Troy Walker, the job of the service district is to provide the services needed in the area, including road maintenance, street lights, snow plows and disposal services, all with the taxes levied on residents in the district. “The way it used to be run was the council sat on the board. Then we created this citizens’ board. We don’t get in the way of the budget or any of that stuff that you do,” Walker said. “If you get selected and want to be on the board, we expect you to function independently and then bring your budget to us so we can approve it.” Cantareo is a first-generation immigrant who came to the United States illegally in the late 1980s. “In fact, the day we crossed the southern border was the day President (Ronald) Reagan signed the last major immigration law. I grew up in southern California. My teenage years were spent in southern California,” Cantareo said. “I went off to school in northern California and then came to Utah for law school at Brigham Young University. I became an adopted Utahan.” Cantareo became a U.S. citizen in 2000, right before the hotly contested presidential election. He was living in northern California at the time. “The feeling I remember feeling was shock and disbelief. Everything was up in the air and no one knew who the president was going to be,” Cantareo said. “Of course, it was (George W.) Bush. It was not unlike the feeling we’re having today.” Cantareo and his wife bought a home in the
Suncrest neighborhood in 2004, right after they found out she was pregnant with their first child. They now have three daughters. “I saw the snow banks and the snow walls, and I thought this could be home,” he said. “It fit with where I wanted to live, which was suburbia but also a little remote but also accessible to highways and downtown. We’ve been there ever since.” During the interview, Councilman William Rappleye asked Cantareo why he wanted to be on the board and what the role of the board is. Cantareo responded he wanted to be on the board because he believed he could help to make decisions and provide advice to the city council regarding the most efficient use of the district’s resources. “On the board, I help get all the data that we can get and use those resources the district has more efficiently and provide advice to the city council who then makes the decisions on budgets and spending,” Cantareo said. “Our role is to filter information and make the most sound decision we can make and provide that to the council so they can make the most informed decision.” Councilman Jeff Stenquist asked Cantareo about how he plans on handling criticism from residents since the district itself and the taxes it levies are not always popular. Cantareo said the district is a legal creation that is born out of a resolution and is governed by laws and statutes. “It’s got a particular purpose. That’s why the district is there. As to what people’s opinions are about it, that’s just it: their opinions,” Cantareo said. “Special districts, they’re not common but they’re also not rare.” Cantareo said if board members can’t take criticism or accept different facts, they are not doing a service to the council or the community. “You have to take all sorts of information and use your own good judgment to filter what’s bias and what is incorrect,” Cantareo said. “If you can’t do that, you can’t handle the job. You take the criticism from the community or whatever that might be.” l
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Draper Elementary students celebrate White Ribbon Week by wearing superhero clothing, celebrating their own powers to be safe online. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
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message was, “I have the power to tell a trusted adult if anything makes me feel uncomfortable or scared.” Croshaw said students are first exposed to inappropriate material as early as age nine. “We need to have our students tell parents what is going on so they’re aware of the situation,” she said. The White Ribbon Week website said if parents learn their child has been exposed to pornography, remain calm. “A parent who overreacts can cause more emotional damage and pain to the child than the offensive material itself,” the website states. Parents also can install internet filters on their computer and set up parental controls on their television to help shield students from inappropriate material. There also are safe searches on Google images and on YouTube. On Wednesday, students learned to ask before downloading information and on Thursday, they received the message, “I have the power to turn it off.” Students also learned they can influence their friends to make safe choices online. Education allows students to feel empowered to be confident and safe, Croshaw said. Principal Piper Riddle said the school takes internet safety seriously. “We recently earned the Commonsense Media Certified School status, meaning that we have taken extra measures to teach students and families about internet safety and how to be a safe consumer of media,” she said. “We view media safety as a critical skill, equal to the academic, social and technology skills we teach our students.” As part of a classroom activity, students also were encouraged to create a poster of a superhero with a name and discuss the superpowers of their superhero such as having good health, wanting to learn and other positive activities. l
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Corner Canyon High students witness presidential inauguration By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
or about a year, Corner Canyon High senior Taylor Sampson has been planning to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. “It’s amazing to be part of history and to actually see what we’ve learned about in school,” Taylor said. She and 10 other Corner Canyon High School students, accompanied by their teacher Amber Rogers and three parents, stood in the center section to witness the swearing in of the new president — only their view was blocked by the stands for the television monitors. “We saw it on the huge TVs, but it was still way cool to experience it and have everyone together united after the past year of debates. We saw President (Barack) Obama’s helicopter circle around to say goodbye one last time. I could see him through the helicopter window,” Taylor said. At the ceremony, the Corner Canyon delegation could see Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “It was history in the making and very inspirational,” Rogers said, adding that it was worth waiting for hours to witness the inauguration. To pass the time, Rogers quizzed her U.S. government and AP U.S. government students with history trivia. “It was only a 15-minute speech. Students thought it would be an hour and they were surprised at how many scripture verses were included when they thought church would be separated from state,” she said. The Corner Canyon group was in Washington, D.C. for four days — Jan. 19 through Jan. 22 — and managed to average 11 miles per day of walking, Rogers said. Their sightseeing began with seeing the Pentagon and its 9-11 memorial. “Several students said this was among their favorite because it was so beautiful and moving,” Rogers said. “There is a part dedicated to those who died aboard the plane and those who died in the Pentagon.” They walked the National Mall and visited Washington Monument; Jefferson, Lincoln, Martin Luther King and World War II memorials; and the National Museum of American History. Going into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was one of Taylor’s favorite parts. “I’m really interested in World War II and that time in history. I have studied Anne Frank and consider her a role model,” she said. Another part Taylor and other students appreciated was the Women’s March. As they were trying to make their way to Ford’s Theatre, they were surrounded by more than one million marchers with signs. “We walked through the middle of it and it was amazing to see everyone so passionate about it; they were uniting through posters and chants,” she said.
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Corner Canyon High students, along with their teacher and parent volunteers, attended the presidential inauguration and saw several other sites in Washington, D.C., including the Supreme Court. (Taylor Sampson/Corner Canyon High School)
However, because of the delay with the Women’s March, they missed their entry time into Ford’s Theatre and only saw where President Lincoln was shot and died at the home across the street from the outside. Still, it was worth it. Rogers said this allowed the students to see both sides of political issues through a peaceful protest. “They learned that people have a say in our democracy and can protest to have their voices be heard,” she said. The group also visited the U.S. Capitol, National Archives and the Supreme Court of the United States. “I’m a big fan of Supreme Court cases, so we talked about the court cases beforehand and then, gave them trivia questions once we were there,” Rogers said. “Their reaction at the Archives was shock. They could not believe anyone had such perfect handwriting when they saw the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta.” Their experience wasn’t over when the boarded the airplane. As they disembarked, they saw Malia Obama get off the same plane. “We didn’t know she was on board. She was on her way to Sundance and we were so surprised, we didn’t ask for a photo or get an autograph.” Taylor will share her experiences with her new classmates. “I learned so much about America and her history. To be there, in the moment, and to be in D.C. and see the monuments, it gave me to a greater understanding,” she said. l
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Students lead presentations about prevention education By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
merican Preparatory Academy (APA) sophomore Cassandra Butler practiced a variation of the “YMCA” dance with her classmates for several weeks leading up to the Communities Talk, a student-led prevention education forum held in Draper on Jan. 23. APA students first showed a video that addressed goals of college and careers, then danced to the 1970s disco song “YMCA” with the words changed to “stay in school.” “It was fun to perform with a group,” Cassandra said. “I made a commitment to no drugs and alcohol, but I’ve realized what a problem there is. I liked how we got together with other schools to put this on and keep our audience engaged in learning about the issues out there.” Students from seven secondary schools in Draper presented skits, songs and speeches about topics such as e-cigarettes, marijuana, depression and suicide, peer refusal skills, underage drinking and other risk factors found in schools, said Gaile Dupree, prevention coalition coordinator of Draper Communities that Care Coalition. Draper Communities that Care is a coalition focused on shaping the future of Draper by creating opportunities for youth. The opportunities are created through preventative and collaborative community-wide efforts by reducing at-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse, and in turn promoting healthy behaviors. “We wanted to bring all our youth together and have this to be student-let so they take ownership of preventing problems in their community,” Dupree said. Dupree said that according to the risk prevention survey students filled out in 2015, substance abuse problems already are beginning in sixth grade. “We need to have conversations with our kids as early as age eight. We need to return to having meals with the family at least once per week,” she said. Students were given information both in presentations as well as at tables following event, which was attended by Draper Mayor Troy
During Draper’s Communities Talk, a student-led prevention education forum, Summit Academy students addressed how Utah is No. 4 in the country in prescription drug abuse. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Walker as well as city and community leaders. “We want to give our youth the tools, resources and support to make the best decisions possible,” Police Chief Bryan Roberts said. “We want to stop substance abuse behavior.” St. John the Baptist Middle School students began the student-led performances with a panel discussing the risks of e-cigarettes and how they are targeted for youth with flavors such as bubble gum, gummy bear and mango tango. St. John counselor Josh Flores said he put the project in the hands of his students. “They put together the presentation and even took a survey of students to prepare and provide first-hand research,” he said. “It was eye-opening to them. They wanted to include a lot of resources so people would know where to get help.” Channing Hall presented a student video they wrote based on the “Three Little Pigs.” In the play, students showed the impact of marijuana with mind function. Summit Academy students addressed how Utah is No. 4 in the country in prescription drug abuse and how it is most commonly accessed from family members. Their facts were presented through a quiz game and balloon-popping trivia game, a poem and a song. They also shared that
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Draper City has a prescription drop box located near city hall to discard old medication. Draper Park Middle School students presented a video about suicide prevention they created, then provided resources about how to step in to help and provide resources, such as “QPR is like CPR to save lives — question, persuade and refer.” Draper Park Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association President Bryn Johnson said students picked parts to perform as well as did the camera and sound work. “The students took the issues seriously as our community faced a lot a few years ago and it affected these kids,” she said. “They showed a lot of maturity for middle school students.” Through a skit, members of the Corner Canyon High Peer Leadership Team demonstrated the five-step peer refusal skills — ask what is going on, identify any trouble, state the consequences such as if someone could get hurt or in trouble since it’s against the rules, provide an alternative activity, and go somewhere else but give a choice to the person suggesting the negative activity to join in another positive choice. Juan Diego Catholic High School sophomore and debate student Abby Whittington spoke to the audience about underage drinking and how 7.7 million people from age 12 to 20 drank more than “just a sip” in 2015. She said parents need to start caring about teen activities, being good models and reaching out to turn around situations when teends struggle in school. Abby’s sister, Katie, welcomed everyone to the forum. The evening’s narrator was Kaitlyn Wampler, a senior at Corner Canyon. Juan Diego counselor Beth Clemenger said the event provided the audience a lot of good information. “There’s a good value in prevention and working as a community and as parents and educators, we realize that,” Clemenger said. “We want to create conversations in families and discuss our values, raise awareness and provide resources.” l
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Bengals water polo looking at competitive season after state championships By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
Both the girls and the boys Bengal water polo teams won their respective state championships in 2016. (Lyse Durrant/Bengal Water Polo)
he Bengals water polo team is ready to start their next season after both the girls and boys teams won the 5A state championship last year. The club has been around since 2004 but has significantly improved since Mike Morgan took over as head coach in 2014. Morgan said when he started, the girls team hadn’t won a game and the boys team was just average, despite a lot of talent on both teams. “Going into the spring 2015 season, everyone knew Brighton had been around for a while as a club. But our teams really weren’t that strong,” Morgan said. “I don’t think other coaches expected us to do as well as we did. We ended up with both teams in the 5A state finals.” The girls lost the final game by one point, but the boys ended up winning the championship. In the 2016 season, the girls had a tougher schedule but it ended up paying off when they won the state championship for the first time in the Brighton High School history. The boys also won their state championship, the second in a row. Morgan said because of the success of the team, other coaches are gunning to take the top spot away from the Bengals. However, Morgan isn’t worried. “We lose players every year but that’s kind of the fun of coaching high school water polo. Every year, it’s a different team dynamic and you have to work in a way to leverage every player’s strengths and to fill each other’s weaknesses to have the strongest team,” Morgan said. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s very rewarding and filling.” Though based out of Brighton High School, the Bengals water polo team is technically a club team that is registered with the USA Water Polo Association, and they practice at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. “The structure of the league in Utah is if a kid swims for their high school and that high school has an affiliated water polo team, they have to play water polo for that club,” Morgan said. “Kids who play on our team are all from around here or are from high schools that don’t have water polo teams.” While the majority of players are from Brighton High School, the team also has players from Corner Canyon High School in Draper and Alta High School in Sandy. The biggest rival every year for the Bengals has been Herriman High School. Two years ago, Cottonwood High School was also a big competitor. “But Viewmont (High School), we met them in the finals for the girls and the boys last season so I’m expecting them to really bring it this year as well,” Morgan said. “Maybe there are other
dark horses coming up. You never know.” Morgan said the great thing about coaching youth competitive sports like the Bengals water polo team is the sport might be the only area of the kids’ lives where they can feel the satisfaction from the hard work. While kids can’t choose to not go to school, they can choose to be on the team. “The fruits of their labors, the trophies in the hallway, it’s due to their hard work, their sacrifice, and they take responsibility for each win and each loss. I feel that’s tremendously important,” Morgan said. “My goal for each of the players is that they put in their best effort to not only work as hard as they can and be to practice on time but also to make friends with all of their teammates and strengthen the relationships in the team. By doing those things, we can get the hard work in.” Eighteen-year-old senior Nicholas Nelson joined the water polo team because he liked the team aspect of the sport where players can build off each other. “Other sports like track or swimming, it’s just the individual time that creates the team,” Nelson said. “I like how we can work together to build something that others can’t.” Last year, Nelson said the team was confident going into the championship game because they knew they had conditioned enough and built up the team enough where they knew they would come out on top. This year, Nelson feels that the team has done a good job of playing everyone equally. “I like seeing that and I want to see more of that because we definitely grow when everyone on the team is included rather than just star players being given all the time,” Nelson said. “For me, I’m the goalie so I just want to block as many shots as possible.” Seventeen-year-old junior Olivia Huntzinger started out playing water polo after swimming for the Cottonwood Heights aquatics team. After seeing her older sister play water polo, she decided to join the water polo team as well. Like Nelson, she also likes the team aspect of the sport. “I like to know that my teammates have my back and I can support them if they need it,” Huntzinger said. “I like the strategy too.” Winning the 2016 state championship for the first time in Brighton High School history was an amazing thing for Huntzinger. “It was really great for us because the year before, we lost in the last 10 seconds of the game. They scored another goal and we lost,” she said. “It was really great and it really brought us closer together and it was a great way to end the season.” l
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The Juan Diego drill team won their region championship for the first time in the history of the school. (Meaghan Williams/Juan Diego Drill)
he Juan Diego Catholic High School drill team finished its most successful year in the school’s history by capturing first place at region and second place at the state championship in the 3A region. The team took second place to Dixie High School but took first place in their kick routine. The drill team has overcome several challenges over the past years, including losing their coach after he was fired in November 2015, just two weeks before their first competition. The new head coach, Meaghan Williams, was brought in after being brought in by her dance studio boss, the coach for Copper Hills High School. “She came to me during class and asked if I wanted to coach a drill team. They need someone. I said I’d come check them out. Instantly, I saw potential,” Williams said. “They’re so talented and I fell in love with them in one practice. I knew this is where I was meant to be.” This was the first time a Juan Diego Catholic High School drill team has ever won the region title in the history of the school. Williams said at the beginning of the season, both she and the girls on the team go in skeptical. “You never know what other teams are going to be doing in the weeks to prepare for it. We got there and they did the best I’ve ever seen them do,” Williams said. “(At region,) we got first in military, first in dance and third in kick. With all of those added, we ended up taking first.” Williams said the strength of the team is in their dance routine, saying they are a very technical team. “They come from studios all over the valley and each studio brings something new to the team and their dance routine has been unbeatable the whole season because of how technical they are,” Williams said. Where the team still struggles is in their showmanship and how they present themselves. Williams said teams have to look like they have confidence. “For some reason, this team has struggled with confidence,” Williams said. “That’s been
our biggest thing, just pulling that out of them and telling them how amazing they are.” In order to bring out that confidence, Williams brought in outside eyes to watch the different routines. She said every time someone new watched them, they would tell the girls how amazing they are. Williams also said winning competitions has also boosted the girls’ confidence. Eighteen-year-old senior Brenna Connely has been on the drill team for the past four years. She joined the team when she was a freshman because her older sister was also on the team. In preparation for state, Connely said the team has been practicing like no other. “We practice all the time, every day. This week is crunch time,” Connely said. “We’ve been stretching a lot more than we usually do.” Winning state was a personal goal of Connely’s, who said it would be awesome since the team has never been this good. Eighteen-year-old senior Hailey Smith has also been on the team for the past four years. She said her favorite part of being on drill team is how the team becomes a family. At the beginning of the season, Smith said the first goal is to always figure out what the team wants to do. “We always have new people, especially this year, it’s always laying down the playing field for us,” Smith said. “Throughout the year, it’s reaching those goal points and we keep reaching to the top. I think it’s been really good.” Seventeen-year-old Maddy Gough, who has been on the team for the past two years, said she hoped to give it her all at the state competition. “Going out there and giving it our all and really thinking about what we’ve been doing for the last 10 months and really put it out there in that six minutes,” Gough said. As a senior, Gough said she hopes she leaves the team with the confidence they deserve. “I want to leave with confidence because this is a really good team and I know they can get better as the years go on,” Gough said. “I hope they do get better.” l
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City council honors Corner Canyon mountain biking team for second state win By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
he Draper City Council honored members of the Corner Canyon High School mountain biking team for their second state championship win during their Jan. 17 meeting. The team beat Skyline High School and Lone Peak High School to secure their second state title. Mayor Troy Walker addressed the crowd at the council meeting, saying Draper residents are not only avid mountain bikers, but they also bike on some of the best trail systems in the state. “As mountain biking has taken off, our high schools in the state of Utah have taken mountain biking as a high school sport, one of the fastest-growing high school sports,” Walker said. “The Corner Canyon team, which is one of the largest teams in the country, by the way, is here because they repeated the state championship in 2017.” Walker said the team also won the region championship after winning all four races leading up to the state race. “There were 138 members on the team and 25 in the top 10 of their race category over the year,” Walker said. “That’s including two overall points winners Peyton Anderson and Taylor Perry, freshman who can apparently ride like crazy.” The team is led by eight volunteer coaches: one head coach and seven assistant coaches. There are also over 60 parent and community volunteers. The team has 31 students on the team with a 4.0 GPA and 21 students with a 3.9 GPA. “So when they come to you, moms and dads, wanting a really nice mountain bike, I think you should get it for them,” Walker joked.
Members of the Corner Canyon High School mountain biking team stand with Mayor Troy Walker and the Draper City Council after being honored by the council for their second state championship win. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)
Walker praised both the team and coaches, Whitney and Jamie Pogue, for their love of the sport and their dedication to the team, but also for teaching the kids on the team how to be safe and polite. “I’ve seen them. The kids are respectful of other team members. They get out of the way. They do all the trail etiquette that they’ve been taught by all of their coaches. It’s a phenomenal experience to see them up there,” Walker said. “They’re great kids, they’re obviously good students and they’re enjoying a wonderful trail system that we have in Draper.” Whitney briefly thanked both the mayor, the city council and
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Specialized class teaches safety, social and swim skills By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
hough the Otter Swim Club may not contain actual otters, it does give swim instruction. The club is a Salt Lake County program designed for children with an autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities to improve swimming fundamentals, water safety and social skills. “Really, every kind of aspect in life is what this program benefits, so it’s really amazing,” said Ivy Hausknecht, Salt Lake County adaptive aquatic manager. Hausknecht oversees the Otter Swim Club (OSC) program. Run year-round, OSC is available at various county recreation centers throughout the valley including Fairmont, Holladay Lions, Gene Fullmer, Dimple Dell, J.L. Sorenson and Magna. With drowning being the leading cause of death for children with autism, there is strong need for programs like the OSC. Hausknecht said the water proves vital for individuals who may have sensory processing sensitivities. “The water is so beneficial for that. You just can’t get that feeling anywhere else in life than being in the water,” Hausknecht said. “For some kids when they kind of have those sensory sensitivities, the water just touching their entire body kind of calms them and gives them a sense of relaxation and that 45 minutes is awesome for them.” Water bodes well especially for the general population of kids with down syndrome who may experience joint issues, making it difficult to be physically active on land. Hausknecht said water allows them to do everything. “They get great exercise, they get to learn this really important life-saving skill that a lot of us take for granted,”
Maya and Elise swim down the pool during their class. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
Hausknecht said. OSC, designed for youth ages 3–18, is divided into four levels for swimmers to progress through: water orientation, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Swimmers in the advanced level have the opportunity to compete with the county’s precompetition teams. “Water orientation is meant for kids who are terrified of the water then work their way up to the swim team level, so that is really cool,” Hausknecht said. With the program running in four-week sessions, the amount
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of kids accepted into each level is dependent upon the number of teachers. OSC averages one teacher per three kids. Hausknecht said different centers have varied staffing numbers. For example, Fairmont has enough to accept up to 10 kids in each level while other centers carry only one or two levels. Growing up with family members experiencing disabilities, Hausknecht said while those relatives are now grown up, she wishes programs like these had been around sooner. “If there were options like this 15, even 10 years ago, it could’ve changed their lives,” she said, noting 20 percent of Salt Lake County residents have some form of disability. “We’re really pushing (adaptive programs); I just see how it could’ve benefited my family back then.” But working with the kids themselves might be Hausknecht’s favorite part of the OSC. “These kids, the smile on their faces, this is kind of their highlight coming to these practices once a week, they look forward to it. When they get to the pool, seeing how excited they are to be there it makes you excited to be there,” she said. OSC doesn’t have to be limited to these six centers. Hausknecht said if people want this program at other facilities they can call her. Once she sees it’s desired at another location, she begins forming a plan to place OSC there. “I just need those requests so the more the community knows that we have this program, the more it will grow,” she said. “I want people to know that we can grow, they just have to call.” To contact Hausknecht or learn more about the program, call (385) 468-1903 or email her at email@example.com. l
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Corner Canyon has new state wrestling champion
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he far wall of the wrestling room at Corner Canyon High School is dedicated to those who achieve the coveted spot of state champion. For the past two years, only one name and photo has been on that wall: Greg Lamb from 2015. This year, Head Coach Jeff Eure can add a new name and photo. Shaun Stockwell won first place in the heavyweight class at the individual state wrestling tournament that took place Feb. 8–9 at Utah Valley University. Stockwell was also an outstanding wrestler at the tournament. Brad Findlay took third place in the 160-pound weight class and Zach Heaton and Kade Carlson both took fifth place in the 182-pound weight class and 220-pound weight class, respectively. Eure has been head coach ever since Corner Canyon was founded four years ago. Eure said when the wrestling program started, he was building a team from nothing. “My first goal was to fill this room with kids who wanted to wrestle. We’ve been able to do that pretty quickly. Now the next goal is to teach them how to compete and get them to a point where year in and year out, we can compete for a state championship,” Eure said. “We’ve got a long ways to go to do that but these kids in this room are working really hard towards that.” Over the past four years, the wrestlers at Corner Canyon have developed a reputation of being hard workers both on the mat and in the classroom. “We hold our student athletes accountable to high academic standards and try to teach them to be upstanding citizens, be good people,” Eure said. The team has had some ups and downs this year. Eure said the team wrestled hard at dual meets but came up a bit short at region. While that was disappointing, Eure believed it helped motivate his players to do their best at
the individual state tournament. Eure said the hardest part of being a coach is trying to keep the players mentally and physically ready to compete. “Physically, you try and keep them healthy. This time of year can be a grind so you try to keep fresh and happy and hungry to compete,” Eure said. “I think we’re there. We’re relatively healthy and our guys are excited to go compete, which as a coach, is where you want your athletes to be.” Findlay, who took third in his weight class, is a 17-year-old junior who wrestled when he was little but then began wrestling hard in sixth grade. Findlay said his personal season has been great with a 31-5 record before the state championship, something he’s been working toward all year. “It’s basically been all season, working hard in the practice room, getting those matches and preparing yourself, physically and mentally,” Findlay said. “You always come across mental barriers in practice when you’re doing sprints or you’re drilling hard when you just want to stop and you don’t want to keep going. But you have to push through it mentally and just keep going. There are other mental challenges, like in matches when you’re down, you have to fight to come back up to stay in the match or even come back to win.” Fifteen-year-old Kade, who took fifth place in his weight division, began wrestling in the second grade as something to do in the off season from football. “I’ve liked it a lot. I’ve liked it a lot more than junior high season,” Kade said. “In high school, the team is really close and in practices, we kind of form a brotherhood.” Kade’s goal is to be a state champion, a goal he’s had since he started wrestling. “I’ve been pushing myself really hard every single day, thinking about it,” Kade said. l
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t the time of this writing, some of the issues I brought to your attention in my February message are not yet concluded. The Legislature is still in session, so I can’t report on the status of many of the bills that are of importance to the County. The County Council has not finished its deliberations on the proposed FCOZ and MRZ ordinances and a Central Wasatch Commission proposal has not been reintroduced. The final vote on the FCOZ and MRZ is scheduled to be concluded mid-March. I’ll write about the 2017 legislation in my next message. But this does not mean that the County is not actively working for our citizens. Below, I’ve described a few ways we use your tax dollars to help with the quality of life we enjoy here in the valley. The Health Department recently alerted the public of a case of measles and reminded everyone of the importance of being current on immunizations, especially for our children. This is just a recent example of how they work to protect your health and environment. The Health Department is one of the greatest Salt Lake County resources available to the public.Council Visit their website (slco.org/ health) and familiarize yourself with their services.
Planning for warmer weather Max Burdick, County Council District 6
With the approach of spring and summer, the County is gearing up for numerous projects taking advantage of the “building season.” Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and contracts are being let for repair, upgrade and new construction projects throughout the valley. This includes, planning and design, architectural work, materials procurement and construction. If you are interested in how the County awards contracts such as these or to bid on a contract, see (slco.org/contracts).
While you are also preparing to take advantage of the spring and summer months, please consider donating your unneeded household items, from your spring cleaning, to one of the various charities in the valley that can benefit from your contributions. Also, check out the USU Extension Services (http://extension. usu.edu/saltlake/contact/index) and find out about their Salt Lake County Programs: • Urban Agriculture & Natural Resources • Gardening • Food, Family, Home & Finance • 4-H & Youth And, plan ahead to get registered for activities offered in the summer for adults and children. If you have an area of specific interest or a question that I we can help you with, please contact my office at 385-468-7459 or at email@example.com or my Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org . Don’t forget to “spring forward” March 12th for Daylight Savings Time! l
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Jump into Spring Organization – Is there an App for That?
common question I’m often asked is, “how do you get so much done in a day?” After all, in addition to running a busy Coupons4Utah.com, I also own a travel blog, 50Roads.com and contribute to a grocery website Crazy4Smiths. com. I have a segment on KUTV, write this article monthly and still find the time to hang out with my out-of-state grandkids. Initially, this tough question left me struggling for an answer. After a little thought I realized my most productive days come down to one handy tool. No, it’s not mood-altering drugs (good guess though). The answer is my phone. Now, if you’re like me in the 50-something age range, I know what you’re thinking, “Get a grip, we don’t need no stinkin’ phones!” And admittedly, I did just write an article about the importance of writing down your goals. So, let me be clear, I ALWAYS put my phone away during meals and it NEVER goes to bed with me (two habits I highly recommend for everyone). I’m of the mentality that I own my phone, it doesn’t own me. And while some days it proves to be more of a distraction, this one tool can keep me productive all day. Here are a few apps I use that you could find useful too.
sync my calendar to all my devices and put everything on. I even use it to block out times to take a moment and breath, to go to the gym, read a book, and even plan a vacation. Keeping to a schedule is my No. 1 tip for staying organized. If you’re an iPhone user check out Awesome Note 2 app. It brings together to-do lists, notes and your calendar. These are just a few ideas that will help you organize your time. You can find more apps we’ve shared on Coupons4Utah.com/get-app. The next time you feel overwhelmed with a task, you might just look to see if there’s an app for that. And remember to always check the privacy terms before registering. l
Grocery: ListEase is a free grocery app for your phone and even works with an Apple Watch. After a brief learning curve and initial set up, I found it easy to use for not only groceries, but for to-do lists to. There’s even links to coupons. If you’re a Smith’s or Macey’s shopper they both have great grocery list apps with coupons too. Photos and Kids’ Art: Keepy is a new free app that allows you to organize kids’ artwork and allows the user the ability to share it with family members who live far away. The app also allows you to record voice-over stories about your photos. Google Photos: There are tons of apps out there with cloud storage, but my personal favorite is Google Photos. It’s easy to use, free and offers editing options. Calendar: Yes folks, if you aren’t already, you need to learn to use your calendar. I
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