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MARCH IS BIRTHDAY MONTH AT LOVELAND LIVING PLANET AQUARIUM By Katherine Weinstein | Katherine@mycityjournals.com


arch is birthday month at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Visitors are invited to celebrate the birthdays of the otters and a clouded leopard in addition to the aquarium’s five-year anniversary in their current Draper location. Caroline Ralston, director of marketing and public relations, said, “We’re very excited! We’re looking forward to seeing people come in and see all kinds of fun decor.” Throughout the month of March, guests are invited to participate in scavenger hunts to learn about various animals, their names and birthdays. Guests who turn in their completed scavenger hunt sheets are entered in a drawing for a free birthday party at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The aquarium has long been a popular place for birthday parties. “You can now add an animal encounter to your party,” said Ralston. The otter brothers turn 9 There will be a ninth-birthday celebration for the three North American river otters — Otis, Oliver and Oscar — on March 5 in the Discover Utah gallery. At 1:30 p.m., keepers will bring out an icy cake made of frozen fish to the otters and guests can join in singing “Happy Birthday.” There will be party hats while supplies last and a giant birthday card to sign. The otters have been a popular attraction at the aquarium since they arrived in 2012 from the Long Island Aquarium. Visitors can watch the otters swim, play, eat and nap in their special enclosure which also allows them to spend some time outdoors. Scott Chambers, curator of mammals and birds, noted in an email, “They get along great with each other. The otters are all brothers and act just like it. They roughhouse with each other and chase and wrestle.” The birthday cake made of fish encased in ice is likely to be a huge hit with the otters. “They love anything food-related,” said Chambers. Like many zoos and aquariums, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is dedicated to animal enrichment, which is meant to improve the animals’ environments and care based on their natural behaviors and instincts. As part of their enrichment, the otters enjoy puzzle feeders which require them to put in a little work and ingenuity in order to get the food reward inside. “The biggest challenge in caring for these animals is ensuring that we do everything in our power to ensure they are content,” wrote Chambers. “We are their keepers and it is our job to make sure we enrich them and feed them and give them lots of variety just like it would be in the wild for them.”

Two of the North American river otters enjoying the snow at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. (Photo courtesy Shelby Dobson/ Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

A “cake” fit for an “apex predator” Rhu, the female clouded leopard, will celebrate her fifth birthday on March 14 in a similar fashion to the otters, only her “cake” will suit her carnivorous diet of lean meats. Rhu’s full name is actually Rhubarb in honor of the fact that her birthday coincides with “Pi Day,” the holiday in which people celebrate the mathematical constant “pi” and indulge in lots of pie. “She’s actually a really playful kitty but still an apex predator,” said Ralston. Clouded leopards are among the smallest of the big cat species and make their home in the forests of Southeast Asia. They have been classified as a vulnerable species due to habitat destruction and poaching. Rhu and her mate, Koshi, came to the aquarium in 2016 from the Houston Zoo. The clouded leopards are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program, which oversees the population management of select species within AZA member institutions. It is hoped that one day Rhu and Koshi will produce offspring. “Rhu and Koshi just enjoy being around each other and are usually pretty close and curled up somewhere together.

They do like to play and chase each other sometimes as well,” noted Chambers. The clouded leopards also enjoy enrichment activities. Like a house cat playing in a grocery bag, Rhu especially likes to play in large burlap sacks. Bushes and feathers are also favorite playthings. “She really enjoys time with her keepers,” said Chambers. Both Rhu and Koshi are closely bonded to their human caregivers. Visitors to the aquarium can find the two clouded leopards in the Expedition Asia gallery. How to plan your own eco-friendly birthday party In addition to educating visitors about animal species and ecosystems, the aquarium’s educational mission is also to inform guests about how to be good stewards of the planet. The festivities in birthday month provide an opportunity to spread the word about how people can make more eco-friendly choices when they celebrate their own birthdays. Balloons, for example, are a source of litter and hazardous to wildlife on both land and sea. There are many creative and festive alternatives to balloons such as banners, bubbles and pinwheels. For party decor and eating utensils, the aquarium will encourage guests to choose Continued on page 4...

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‘Lamb of God’ offers an uplifting musical experience for the season By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com

Sherri Jensen conducts the Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society in a rehearsal. Photo from 2017. (Photo courtesy Sherri Jensen/Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society)


t all started with a trip to Day-Murray Music back in 2015. When musician and music teacher Sherri Jensen visited the store, the cashier was recommending a recording of a new sacred oratorio, “Lamb of God,” performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, to all of his customers. Jensen bought it on a whim and popped the disc into her car CD player. “By the time I got home I was so enthralled,” she said. “There is really nothing that moves the heart like this piece.” Fast-forward to March 2019 and Jensen is conducting “Lamb of God” once again with the orchestra and choir she founded, Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society. The free concert will be presented at the Waterford School in Sandy on March 22 and 23 in addition to a special performance at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on March 31. The composer, Rob Gardner, has referred to “Lamb of God” as a “musical experience.” Based entirely on the gospel, it portrays the final days of the life of Jesus Christ as told through the eyes of his disciples and loved ones. Gardner, a BYU graduate, wrote “Lamb of God” in 2010. He has also written stage musicals in addition to other sacred musical pieces such as “Joseph Smith the Prophet.” Jensen describes “Lamb of God” as hav-

ing “lush, rich, amazing melodies arranged in a way that appeals to our generation.” Her dream is to share the piece with the world. “I am really out to help people,” she said. “Music is a healing thing we can do.” Soloist Serena Mackerall, who sings the part of Martha of Bethany, sister of Lazarus, echoed Jensen’s sentiments about “Lamb of God.” “I love it because I feel that no matter what the message is, music touches the soul. This music really touches the soul,” she said. “It allows you to reflect on Christ’s life but also your own life. It inspires us to become better people.” Mackerall, like many members of the Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society, is a resident of Draper. Jensen noted, “We have so many musicians (in Draper) hidden away!” “I had this huge vision,” said Jensen of her idea to create Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society, which was established in January 2017. She initially sent out over 250 emails to everyone she knew looking for singers who wanted to join the choir. At first there were 14 people in the Choral Society and just seven in the Philharmonic. The group has grown to include 45 singers and nearly 50 musicians. Some members are from Riverton and Sandy, but most call Draper home. This was not the first time Jensen has

formed a successful musical group. She holds a bachelor of music, piano pedagogy and performance degree from BYU and formed a professional performing group, the Sizzling Strings, with her children. In 2016, she began work to found the Vezzoso School of Music and the Vandewiele Conservatory of Fine Arts. Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society presents four concerts each year: “Lamb of God” at Easter time, a patriotic concert for July 4, a fall concert and a Christmas concert. Last October, the group presented an evening of Broadway show tunes. Next fall’s concert will feature classical music. “We’ve been working hard,” said Jensen. “It’s time to branch out and try different things.” Jensen and the members of Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society are enthusiastic about sharing “Lamb of God” with new audiences this year. Lucas Erasmus, who sings bass in the Choral Society, said via text, “I love the music and can think of nothing better than to celebrate Easter by telling this very moving spiritual story of Jesus through music. Sherri Jensen has this passionate desire to provide uplifting, wholesome entertainment and that’s what I enjoy and support wholeheartedly.” Anyone who is interested in joining

Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society is welcome to audition. More information is available at www.draperphilharmonic.org. The group also has a Facebook page. “Lamb of God” will be performed for the general public at the Waterford School Concert Hall, 9502 South 1700 East in Sandy, on March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on March 31. There is also a performance for youth groups only at the Waterford School Concert Hall on March 21. Seating is first come, first served. l


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New faces take the spotlight in ‘Charley’s Aunt’ at Draper Historic Theatre By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com

The cast of Lamplight Theatre Company’s “Charley’s Aunt.” (Photo courtesy Bailey Loveless/Draper Historic Theatre)

Everyone’s done something a little crazy for someone they love. People can relate to this show,” said actor Jake Wilkins, explaining why the Victorian farce, “Charley’s Aunt,” is still relevant — and funny — to audiences today. Wilkins plays the role of Jack in the new Lamplight Theatre Company’s production of the classic British comedy at Draper Historic Theatre. Adapted into a movie several times as well as a Broadway musical, “Charley’s Aunt” has been an audience favorite since it took the theater world by storm in 1892. Lamplight Theatre Company will present its own version of the play March 8–25 at Drap-

er Historic Theatre. Lamplight Theatre Company is a new sister theatrical production company under the umbrella of Draper Historic Theatre. It was created as a means to offer a wider variety of shows and draw a somewhat different audience to the venue. Whereas Draper Historic Theatre usually presents family-friendly musicals suitable for all ages, Lamplight Theatre Company productions will be geared more toward teens and adults and will present plays as well as musicals. Upcoming productions include the Short Attention Span Film Festival in May, which will honor the theater’s history as a movie house. Lamplight Theatre Company will present Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” next fall. Executive Marketing Director Bailey Loveless explained, “Classic shows are going to have their own unique spin” in Lamplight Theatre Company productions. “Charley’s Aunt” is no exception. In the original script of “Charley’s Aunt,” Oxford University students Charley and Jack are planning a double date with Kitty and Amy but need a chaperone. Enter their wealthy friend, Lord Fancourt Babberly — aka “Babbs” — who happens to be playing a female role in a campus play. The young men concoct a plan in which Babbs will impersonate Charley’s Brazilian aunt, Donna Lucia, to be their chaperone. They don’t realize Jack’s father has his eye on Donna Lucia’s fortune, and that the real Donna Lucia has come to town in disguise to check up on her nephew. When director Kylee Larsen first read the play, she was reminded of fraternity “bros” and pampered heiresses, such as Paris Hilton, of the early 2000s and has changed the setting of the play to that era. “Much of the content relates to now,” she said. In one scene, for example, Jack struggles to write a

letter to the girl he loves. In this production he is composing a text. “We’ve modernized it just enough,” said Larsen. “In this show there are two love stories, a love triangle, identity theft — and lots of running around!” The play is still set in Britain, however, and the young cast has embraced the challenge of doing British accents, everything from an upper crust English manner of speaking to Cockney and Scottish accents. The cast is clearly having fun with the fast-paced comedy. Jeremy Sidwell, who plays Charley, said of his character, “He’s so much fun to play because he’s such a good guy who gets into crazy situations and is undone by his anxiety. He loves Amy but doesn’t know how to tell her.” Alex Richey spends much of the play in drag playing Lord Babberly as Donna Lucia,

a characterization much more akin to Mrs. Doubtfire than RuPaul. “It’s a fun role to play because he’s still pretty manly,” said Richey. “He enjoys stealing the girls away from his friends.” “Because this is our flagship show, we want to make an impression on the community,” Richey added. “It’s hilarious!” said Sidwell. “If you like farce, like ‘Noises Off,’ you’ll love this show.” Lamplight Theatre Company will present “Charley’s Aunt” March 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 and 25 at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the Draper Historic Theatre website, www.drapertheatre.org or call 801-572-4144 during the run. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East in Draper. l

Charley (Jeremy Sidwell) jokes around with his crush, Amy (Stacy Wilk), in the Lamplight Theatre Company production of “Charley’s Aunt.” (Photo courtesy Bailey Loveless/Draper Historic Theatre)

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Women’s Leadership Institute encourages Utah women to ‘Step Up and Run’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

The Women’s Leadership Institute honored the efforts of 43 Utah women who completed its 2018 six-month Political Development Series Feb. 7 at the State Capitol. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

Make a difference in your community by stepping up and running for office.” That is the straightforward pitch of Utah’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), an innovative organization whose class of more than 40 women politicians and public servants graduated last month. This year’s class was honored Feb. 7 at the Capitol on the floor of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives. This new cohort of women becomes a leadership force of more than 160 women who have completed the six-month, bipartisan training, covering everything from campaign finance to canvassing. Five of Utah’s mayors, (including Provo City’s first female mayor), two county commissioners, and multiple city council members are among the graduates. ‘Cultural Urgency’ for governing differently The WLI Political Development Series, which has been running since 2015, now, more than ever has “cultural urgency,” said Patricia Jones, WLI chief executive officer. This cultural urgency can be seen on topics such as education funding, an issue of particular concern to women. The 2016 New York Times article “Women Actually Do Govern Differently” articulates this point. “Women govern differently than men do in some important ways. They tend to be more collaborative and bipartisan [and] push for far more policies meant to support women, children, [and] social welfare.” But these bills are also more likely to die, largely because of gender bias, research shows. Women in Congress sponsor and co-sponsor more bills than men do, and bring nine percent more federal money to their districts, according to a study in the “American Journal of Political Science.” A 2018 “Political Science Research and

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Methods” study of more than 150,000 public bills introduced to the national legislature between 1973 and 2014 found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy and macroeconomics. “I think that we were actually ahead of our time with encouraging women to run for office,” observed Jones. Jones, who served 14 years in the Utah Senate and House of Representatives, was herself ahead of her time and now has helped mentor some of the women comprising Utah’s legislature, which has more women than ever before. While serving in the legislature, Jones’s sponsorship of funding to teach Utah high school students about personal finance is an example of what WLI does well – help women learn how to advance their unique, passionate perspectives through politics. (Thanks to Jones’ successful program, Utah is the only state in the United States credited by Yahoo Finance in 2018 as receiving an “A+” for preparing students with financial literacy.) The Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that in 2019 women comprise 28.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide, an increase of 25.3 percent, and the most women elected at one time. Utah’s current legislature is 24 percent female – with 25 of 104 lawmakers being women. According to 2017 research by the Utah Women & Leadership Project, 24.1 percent of all council members in Utah municipalities are female. Stepping up to run and to encourage “These women are committed to run for office. Or at the very least make a differ-

ence in their communities,” Jones explained. Jones went on to describe this year’s class as an extremely diverse group comprised of single moms, women of color, and women with disabilities. “These are women who represent our state and are willing to step up and run.” “Stepping up” is not just for women, Jones is quick to point out. Men mentoring women is part of WLI’s ElevateHER Challenge. “We encourage men and women to mentor each other and also to encourage women they know to run for office,” said Jones. Jones makes the pitch personal, actionable. “If you have a co-worker, neighbor, or family member who would be great — reach out and encourage them. Just like every other piece of advancement, supportive men are a critical component of women who run and end up winning in political office. “Helping women and men understand the value of gender diversity in business and politics has really become a critical piece of what we do. Not because it’s the ‘nice’ thing to do, but because it’s what can bring a return on investment rapidly. We need women’s voices and we need them at every level.” Women leaders: A gubernatorial mandate Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox has served on the board of directors for WLI the past five years. He joined WLI CEO Jones in presenting this year’s class with certificates of accomplishment at the Capitol. The City Journals asked the lieutenant governor how he sees his role – and that of the Governor – in helping Utah women engage and be enabled to make a difference in Utah politics. “Women need to know that they are needed at the highest levels. The Governor and I are committed to speaking up on this as

often as we can,” he said. Cox says he is familiar with dozens of women who have completed the training series. “I’m proud that many have gone on to run for office and earn leadership roles in business. This training provides them with skills and resources to make those leaps forward, and the opportunity to meet other strong women with the same drive and passion to make a difference.” Cox observed that, historically, Utah’s legislature “has not very many women.” “I am happy to see that changing — even though it is perhaps still changing too slowly,” he said. The new WLI graduates, he says, “represent what Utah has to offer by way of outstanding public leaders in years to come. I am encouraged by their desire to serve. They are prepared, and committed, to improving their world and our great state, and we are proud of their efforts.” How to step up There is already a waiting list for WLI’s 2019 training, which is scheduled to start September 2019. Interested women can join the list at www.wliut.com/pds. The 2018 cost was $179 for the six, three-hour sessions, which all included lunch. Sessions were alternatingly held at the Salt Lake Chamber and at Silicon Slopes, with live streaming available for those not able to attend in person. In addition to the Women’s Leadership Institute, Salt Lake Valley women might consider the national She Should Run organization (https://www.sheshouldrun.org/). Real Women Run (https://www.ywcautah.org/real-women-run/) is a local YWCA program tailored for women more in the beginnings of political interests and often collaborates with WLI. l

Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox says that both he and Governor Gary Herbert promote women in politics as a matter of course. Here Cox, a member of the board of directors for the Women in Leadership Institute, joins WLI CEO Pat Jones in congratulating the new graduating class of politicians and public servants. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

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Utah cheer communities devastated after loss of former cheerleader, coach, mentor By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

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tah and California All-Star cheer teams are trying to come to terms with the devastating loss of one of their own who died when he was struck by a car following a cheerleading competition Feb. 2 near Palm Springs, California. Kenrod James, who had just turned 28 the day before, has been a staple in the cheer world for the last decade in Utah, cheering for Macs Allstar Cheer in Draper for several years before becoming one of their coaches.

Prior to Macs, James coached for RAH Elite in Centerville. He was also a cheerleader at Weber State University, cheered for Universal Cheer Athletics and was currently an athlete with Cheer Force San Diego. Dorene Carter, James’ mother, said he used to visit his father and stepmother in Utah as a child and shortly after graduating high school. James moved to Utah where he began to follow his dreams. “He was so loving and was just a wonderful, easy kid, from the time he was a baby all the way through being an adult,” said Carter. “This is such a terrible loss and I never expected this to happy to Kenrod. I would never have thought I would have to bury my child, it happened so fast.” James is remembered by all those whose lives he touched and for being not just a friend but a mentor to everyone he came in contact with. Macs All-Star Cheer posted James was a beloved friend, son and mentor. “Kenrod James was a friend to everyone and shared his generosity with all of us. We say goodbye to him today until we meet again,” read the post. “We love you Kenny you will always be in our hearts. We will never forget you and the joy you brought into our lives.” Weber State University Cheer said they


are at a complete loss for words over the loss of James. “Tonight we mourn the loss of one of our own,” read a post on Instagram. “Kenrod James was Family, a Teammate, a Friend and in his own words a Wildcat for Life! He was taken way too early yesterday in a tragic accident traveling to do what he loved most. Overwhelmed with so many memories...but our hike to the M is one that will never be forgotten. Thanks for ‘lifting’ us up and for always being you. Until we meet again. We love you! #LSWT” Recently, James moved to the San Diego area to join Cheer Force San Diego and had just performed on day one of the Spirit Sports: Duel in the Desert competition in Palm Springs. James died on his way home from the competition. His team, Nfinity Cheer Force, had to compete the next day with very broken hearts. Varsity TV posted the video of the performance, dedicated to their fallen teammate. In a moving show of support, the auditorium was filled with thousands of people who came to cheer on the team who chose to perform in his honor. There was not a dry eye in the place. For the next two weeks, during the Varsity Cheer Athletic Championships in Salt Lake City and the JAMZ DI large gyms All-

Star Cheer nationals in Las Vegas, tributes brought the crowds to tears. Cheer Force posted a huge thank you to those who came to support them. “Simply, Thank You! To our beautiful cheer community: Our hearts are truly lifted from your show of solidarity and overwhelming love. Our brother smiles down and your warmth will help us come in from the cold,” read a post on Cheer Force San Diego Facebook. Cheer Force San Diego said the events over the weekend will forever change their family. “We will remember our brother daily. We will hug more. We will connect with each other. We will take each a minute with one another as the blessing it truly is & We Will Do It For You as you did for us. One Love RIP #4Kenrod” According to California Highway Patrol, James died after being struck by a car while he was standing on the I-10 freeway inspecting damage from a previous minor incident. James was transported to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital where he died about an hour later as a result of his injuries. A funeral was held for James on Saturday Feb. 16 in Riverside, Califonia, the same weekend as JAMZ. l



Climbing community reaches up to improve SLC skies By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


passionate group of individuals, all wanting better air quality in the Salt Lake valley, gathered on Feb. 10 at The Front Climbing Club (1470 S 400 West) with a purpose —to climb for clean air and raise funds for Breathe Utah. It has become an annual gathering for this cause. Breathe Utah is an organization with the mission to improve air quality through education and action. They work to propose better environmental policies and rely on good partnerships to make changes happen. The brains behind the climbing event are Executive Director at Breathe Utah, Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D. and Jared Campbell, a Salt Lake City local and world-class athlete, who started this series of clean air events. Everyone who purchased a ticket got to climb until they “peeled” (that means to climb until one peels off the wall). Some climbed hundreds of routes over eight hours straight. Climbers know that even just a few hours at the bouldering gym is a committed workout. One person who came to watch the climbers and support the cause was Joey Cauceglia. He has been going to the University of Utah for the last five years and wears a mask commuting to campus on his bike. It’s a way to minimize the irritated cough he gets for a few hours after cycling. Cauceglia works at the University’s biology department

Breathe Utah’s Executive Director Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D (right) and teacher Molly Lewis (left) show a visual demo that mimics SLC’s dire air situation. (Amy Green/City Journals)

and takes the train on yellow and red air days. “If you want to talk about human impact, there’s so much more to talk about than just seas warming and rising. We can talk about landfills, human impact, the smog in SLC — you can see it. We don’t need to argue about whether climate change happens. We can just agree that humans are making an impact on our environment. It seems like it’s become a

Climbers at The Front Climbing Club take rock wall laps to climb up for clean air, an annual fundraising event supporting Breathe Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

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distraction for the public, whether or not the earth is warming because of the human use of fossil fuels,” Cauceglia said. The climbers and those in attendance hold Utah’s environment dear and are concerned about the valley’s winter inversions and air pollution. Breathe Utah volunteer and school teacher Molly Lewis was there with a visual demo. “Density is a huge concept

in winter air quality. The cold air near the ground compacts and becomes more dense. That air gets polluted and doesn’t want to go anywhere. The pollution gets trapped in that dense layer. There’s no natural mixing of the warm air above and the cold air below,” Lewis explained. In short, we pollute the cold air that stays nearest to us. Lewis added, “The particulate matter that is most concerning, is teeny tiny like 1/30th the width of a human hair. When you breathe it in, it goes deep into your lungs, across the barrier into your circulatory system. It causes inflammation. It’s toxic.” Those who climbed to fight toxicity got tokens for a free dinner and a beer on the house, provided by Red Rock Brewing Co. and Lucky Slice Pizza. The event had a finale of awards for participants who completed the most routes and for the previous day’s runners who took laps up and down Grandeur Peak at RUFA (Running Up For Air), a connected event. A raffle was held featuring items from vendors including Black Diamond, Evolv, Petzl, Patagonia, Lululemon and more. All of these companies are eager to help with air quality consciousness. To watch for this event follow frontslc. com. To donate and get clean air ideas for action visit www.breatheutah.org. l

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Draper City’s disaster simulation preparing residents for emergencies By Travis Barton | travis.b@thecityjournals.com

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Flooding the businesses will have a lasting effect on those who work there, while flooding the water treatment plant contaminates the water. Chatwin said this is what cities and organizations consider all the time. “They have to come up with those decisions, and it’s not by what’s worse, because they’re both bad.” Chatwin recalled when Provo City drained water from the reservoirs into the Provo River in May 2017. This was required to make room in the reservoir for spring snowmelt that was heading downstream. They let residents know beforehand to prepare for possible flooding. “I really admired them for the way they went about the whole thing to save the dams and reservoirs,” he said. “What does preparedness do? It helps us recover, helps us limit the scope of the damages, limit the effect on us.” The better prepared people are, Chatwin said, the more likely it is to limit loss of life, property damage or displace people. “We’re trying to train people to be resilient, to be able to recover from it,” Chatwin said. Though earthquakes, wildfires or mudslides are the expected disasters, it’s the day-to-day emergencies that residents should prepare for, according to Chatwin. Emergencies such as a broken car or a leaky pipe. “You’re going to need these skills and you’re going to need that ability to manage the resources” for problem solving and simply personal improvement, Chatwin said. Chatwin’s background as a member of a fighter group with the Air Force ties into his current work, he said. He deployed to hostile regions so they “planned for those events all the time. When you’re going into an area and you have to make sure you’re safe, make sure you take what you need,” he said. For Chatwin, it’s all about the one. Helping mitigate someone’s concerns about natural disasters is what he wants to do. “Getting people to live with the threats in their life and being able to recover and deal with them,” he said. “That’s preparedness.” For more information, visit Draper City’s website or bereadyutah.gov. l

raper City Hall played host to a disaster simulation at the end of January to better prepare residents for emergencies. Approximately 40 people descended on city hall’s council chambers as Emergency Services Coordinator Scott Chatwin led them through how to properly manage resources. “(The simulation) does such a good job teaching and reinforcing the need for resources in a disaster or emergencies,” he said shortly after the event. Resources for your home may not apply to your work, and vice versa. Chatwin, a retired Air Force veteran, said having residents be knowledgeable no matter the situation will limit possible damage. Training such as stop the bleed, first aid, CPR, tactical emergency casualty care, and run hide fight are “all good things you take wherever you go because you’re not going to have the resources that you need,” he said. Tourniquets and first-aid supplies might not be readily available, so someone might have to improvise. “What we’re trying to get,” Chatwin said, “is for people to think about what skills they can use and then be able to solve the problem even though they may not have the resources.” Draper has an information dispersion system to ensure communication is available during city emergencies. The city has an emergency preparedness committee with a member representing each of the city’s 10 emergency districts. The committee is full, but Chatwin said they need more block captains, who cover approximately eight to 10 houses. “It’s all on the individual — if the individual is prepared then they prepare their house,” he said. The simulation worked by separating participants into different groups — local government, business owners, households — and then city officials had to decide whether to release water from the damn to flood businesses or flood Approximately 40 people participated in Draper’s disaster simulation in the water treatment plant. And how will the resources avail- January. (Photo courtesy Scott Chatwin) able help solve the problem?

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Elevating women in the workplace By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

A packed auditorium during the May 2018 ElevateHER panel. (Nicole Carpenter/WLI)


t a time when Utah’s business industry has a poor showing for gender pay equality, in addition to record low numbers of women in executive roles, many wonder: Can Utah elevate its business practices? Five years ago, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) created the ElevateHER challenge, in an effort to encourage Utah companies to do better, while fostering a collaborative environment, in lieu of blame. “It’s not a blame or shame game,” said Pat Jones, CEO of WLI. “Men [are] important in addressing this and finding solutions to maximizing our talent pool,” she continued. When a Utah company accepts the ElevateHER challenge, they agree to evaluate the role women hold within their organization. This serves as a means to both increase the number of women in leadership, as well as retain existing talent.

Companies are also encouraged to both monitor and identify gender pay inequity within their organization—a practice Jones said has resulted in salary bumps for men, as well as women. Jones explained the idea is to provide companies with a toolbox, which will increase their ability to attract and retain talent. Thus far, almost 200 companies have taken part in the ElevateHER challenge, according to the list of companies on WLI’s website, with the number increasing every year. Of those companies, The Salt Lake Chamber, went from participating in the ElevateHER challenge to inviting WLI to collaborate on an awareness campaign. The gender wage gap campaign was launched in December of 2018, and is designed to offer both education and solutions on ways companies can close the gender wage gap.

According to the information from the campaign, Utah ranks 50th in the nation for gender pay inequity, which the Salt Lake Chamber and WLI argue are not just bad for local business, but can also deter quality companies from moving their businesses to Utah. Materials made available by Salt Lake Chamber and WLI provide real-time examples and current practices of companies who are succeeding in this realm, in addition to highlighting various ways women are often viewed differently in the workplace. In spite of the disparity in treatment for males and females, Jones feels it’s important both parties understand the complimentary differences they both bring to the table. “Men are absolutely advocates and allies of women and working with us,” Jones said. In addition to the ElevateHER challenge, WLI runs other programs including a

Career Development Series (CDS), designed to help women maximize their career potential. CDS meets once a month, over an eightmonth period, and includes workshops and conferences for $995, which are geared toward women in mid- to upper-level careers. “We try to keep cost down, but quality very high,” Jones said, of the various programs offered. WLI is also in the process of wrapping up its fourth year running a Political Development Series. For political development training, participants are required to only buy lunch, since WLI did not want any women to not participate due to financial reasons. “I didn’t want women to not take [the class], and not run for office, because they couldn’t afford it,” Jones said. Jones attributes WLI’s ability to keep costs down to the support of the local business community and their sponsorship of the multitude of programs offered. “Frankly, they’re wanting to increase the number of the women they hire,” Jones said, as she explained why companies take such an active role with WLI. While Utah is far from holding a great spot on the national scale of equality in the office, the number of programs in place to help Utah businesses mend their ways suggests prospects may be looking up. l

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Draper schools to present ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ ‘Pandora’s Box’ By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com and asked if we had decided which musical we were doing and how I would feel about doing one she wanted to write. It’s been a lot of fun,” Ellingson said. With the help of Beverley Taylor Sorenson Specialist Raegan Ford teaching the last dance number, the 120 second- through fifth-graders have been practicing 30 minutes before school twice each week since late January auditions. The show features three soloists and 20 speaking parts. For the past several years, Draper Elementary has performed musicals, many recently based on fairytales, in the spring instead of traditional choir concerts. “I think it pulls in kids who want to join in the spring to do something more than choir. It is an opportunity for them to show off what they can do in the arts,” she said. In the fall, the past couple years, the elementary choir has sung at Draper City’s Veterans Day program, the city’s tree lighting ceremony and Festival of Trees in addition to school and community performances. “A lot of parents support their students’ involvement and see that they’re doing more Sixth-grader Ethan Vidal (center) sings “Honestly Sincere” as Conrad Birdie in Draper Park Middle School’s upcoming performance of “Bye Bye Birdie.” (Erica than just singing at their school concerts,” Heiner/Draper Park Middle School) Ellingson said. “This is allowing them to be more involved in the community, which is hen Elvis Presley was drafted into the Rosie (double cast with seventh-grader for those who wanted to be a soloist or a broadening their horizon and sparking an interest in school and the arts.” l U.S. Army in 1957, few parents of Makenna Stevens and eighth-grader Ellie speaking role,” Heiner said. middle school students were alive. However, Griffith). While a young Ohio teen, Kim Through January, students learned chothat isn’t stopping their support of the musi- McAfee (double cast with eighth-grader Sa- reography and music, but in February, the cal based on his enlistment as Draper Park mantha Oliphant, who also is a student cho- rehearsals transitioned into full run-throughs TACKLE Middle School students will present a young reographer, and seventh-grader Kat Smith), for almost two hours on weekdays after FOOTBALL performers’ version of “Bye Bye Birdie.” is chosen, the twist comes with the jealousy school to prepare for the show. Through Similarly, Draper Elementary parents of her boyfriend. The role of Albert’s moth- the rehearsals, students will learn memoriare supporting their students in the original er, Mrs. Peterson, is played by eighth-grader zation, presentation, stage skills, teamwork production debut of “Pandora’s Box.” Heidi Christensen and eighth-grader Sophie and theater etiquette, she said. The two shows will be performed this Fiddler. “Through this musical, students will month at Draper Park Middle School, 13133 “I double casted many of the parts to learn they can create more than a Disney South 1300 East. Draper Park students will give more opportunities to the students,” cartoon and that reality influences their art. perform “Bye Bye Birdie” at 6:30 p.m., Heiner said about the 85-member cast and They can look at life to see how it applies Wednesday, March 6 through Saturday, six-member stage crew. and see why this musical still applies toMarch 9. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 Assistant directors are seventh-grad- day,” Heiner said. “These students are lookfor students. They are available beginning er Ashlee Jensen and eighth-grader Avery ing forward to bringing this fun show to the mid-February through ShowTix4U.com. Johnson. The stage manager is eighth-grad- stage.” Draper Elementary students’ production of er Kameron Miller, who also is a hairdressAs are Draper Elementary students “Pandora’s Box” will be at 6 p.m., Monday, er; sixth-grader Haylee Lambert has pro- with their production of “Pandora’s Box,” Registration for Spring League March 25, and the admission is free. vided additional support for the props; and written by their librarian Shauna Call, said open now! “Bye Bye Birdie” is directed by Erica eighth-grader Andrew Murrill has created Madison Ellingson, who is co-directing it This football league is the first of Heiner, who is new teaching at Draper Park sets as a final project for his woodwork- with fellow teacher and choir co-director its kind and we invite all girls Middle School. ing class. Additionally, there are five stage Katie Madsen. (4th-12th grade) to join. “I looked at previous shows and there technicians, three make-up artists and two “The kids are super excited,” Ellingson have been a lot of Disney musicals,” Hein- hairdressers. Costuming is created by the said. “They’re singing a lot of fun songs and er said. “I wanted to allow students to have students with the support of their parents. dancing and acting alongside it.” more opportunities than just recreating DisThe music director is Erin Porter. The songs, which Elilngson said many www.UtahGirlsTackleFootball.com ney and this is a fun show that can have Before auditions in early November, of the parents are excited about as well, inmany students featured.” Heiner gave clues in a school display case clude “Thriller,” “Thunder,” “Hit Me with “Bye Bye Birdie” is a story of the rock for this year’s musical. She said several stu- Your Best Shot” and “Celebration.” star Conrad Birdie (performed by sixth-grad- dents searched the internet to find what the The plot involves Pandora receiving er Ethan Vidal) performing a song written musical may be. another box, which has the gods concerned. by his songwriter, Albert Peterson (double “It generated a lot of fun and interest. When she can’t recall where she placed it, cast with eighth-grader Jonathan Lutz and We held an audition where those who pre- Hades, Poseidon, Hercules and others help eighth-grader Ian Colton) to a fan selected ferred not to be in the spotlight could come her find the box and discover what is inside. in a contest dreamt up by Albert’s girlfriend for a chorus part as well as an audition time “Shauna approached me this summer


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Service impacts Juan Diego students as well as those they help By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Juan Diego Catholic High School senior Katie O’Brien reads to Blessed Sacrament kindergartners as she immersed herself in a week of service in early January. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


hen school resumed in January after the holiday break, 17-year-old Katie O’Brien didn’t return to Juan Diego Catholic High School, but instead went to Blessed Sacrament where she attended pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. While many students may switch schools, it may seem odd that O’Brien returned to a school that serves students through middle school. The early January week, O’Brien, like 212 of her senior classmates, volunteered, serving 30 nonprofit agencies around the Salt Lake Valley as a substitute for classes that week. “I’ve wanted to be a teacher for a while so this is an opportunity to help in some of the most fun and most tiring classrooms while getting a chance to learn if teaching is what I really want to do,” O’Brien said. The classrooms she was helping in were the 3 year olds, pre-kindergartners and kindergartners, where O’Brien would get on the floor to read one-on-one with them, individually help students with flash cards or even lead an indoor recess dance activity. “She’s been fabulous; it’s like they have a private tutor and they want to be with her,” said Shelley Luna, who actually taught O’Brien when she attended the Sandy school. “She’s able to help them learn the concepts we’re teaching; then, she emphasizes it through activities such as leading a letter or counting game.” That week, kindergartners were learning about the book “Stone Soup,” and even had brought their own vegetables to create the dish in a slow cooker in their classroom. Along with Luna, O’Brien encouraged the

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class to list examples of action verbs they did to make the soup before she read the story. “It’s super cool to be where I attended pre-K and kindergarten, where I learned everything and now I’m teaching that alongside my teacher to these cute kids,” O’Brien said. “I love their energy and fun, awesome personalities. I love watching them learn and making sure they’re on the right task, answering questions.” O’Brien was joined at Blessed Sacrament by a couple other Juan Diego seniors who were teaching in the older grades. Other places, in addition to the school, where students volunteered included senior living centers, Boys and Girls Club, schools serving students with disabilities, food pantries, Youthlinc, Utah AIDS Foundation, National Ability Center and other nonprofit agencies. Philanthropy has been long woven into Juan Diego’s curriculum with its school motto “Spiritus Donorum,” which means “Spirit of Giving,” said Juan Diego Director of Campus Life Dave Brunetti. For the past four years, Juan Diego students have volunteered the first week after the holiday break to give meaningful service instead of just checking a box that they had served the community 100 hours, which was the previous service requirement. “Some traveled the world on humanitarian missions; for others their service was not always such a reach out of their comfort zones,” Brunetti says. “While raking leaves in the neighborhood was an important act of kindness, we wanted our students to come in contact with those most vulnerable members of our society. It’s one thing to prepare students for college and career, quite another to teach them to care and to act on that care to another.” Brunetti has said this experience can not only be listed on college applications or resumes, but also it leads to students volunteering beyond their week to serve the rest of the year and possibly lead into internships or

Juan Diego Catholic High School senior Katie O’Brien returned to help her former teacher, Shelley Luna, with her kindergarten class at Blessed Sacrament during the first week of January. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)

employment. “We want students to put aside their dayto-day ‘stuff’ and to be conscious of another human being and to be of service,” he said. “The more they know, sense, have the taste of serving, the more they may volunteer, reach others in the community, teach Catholic social justice. At the same time, they are learning life skills in scheduling, meeting responsibilities and organization.” Brunetti said agencies appreciate young people serving as volunteers, especially when they are in need, as many church youth or service groups like to give time when the holiday spirit moves them. Winter months are difficult for volunteer-driven charities when inclement weather dissuades many retired volunteers from serving, he said. “Pope Francis urges all of us, not just Catholics, to be merciful, and be bold in our compassion for others,” he said. “We want our young people to realize how very difficult life can be for some, and how much they can impact a person who is struggling and feels forgotten.” For O’Brien, whose arms weren’t large enough to engulf the bear hugs given to her by pre-kindergartners at the end of the week, it was a most rewarding and satisfying experience. “There definitely was not enough time to spend with them,” she said. “I’m so attached with these amazing kids. I’m 100 percent supportive of volunteering to give service. Juan Diego Catholic High School senior Katie It’s life-changing. When I picked what I O’Brien receives hugs from pre-kindergartners on wanted to do, how I could give back and help her last day of giving service to Blessed Sacrament people, I had no idea how it was going to imstudents. (Julie Slama/City Journals) pact me as well as help these cute kiddos.” l

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Volunteers give energy, enthusiasm to regional competition By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Hillcrest High School robotics coach Clief Castleton volunteers each year at Albion Middle School’s FLL regional qualifier as the emcee but makes it a point to put students at ease with jokes and dancing. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)


lementary and middle school students from Salt Lake and Utah counties brought robots, posters and fun hats as they anxiously awaited to present their projects and show off their robotics talents to a host of judges at Canyons School District’s recent FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — LEGO League regional competition. Each of the 20 competing teams that day were judged on their ability to demonstrate positive teamwork, explain how they built their robot, demonstrate programs created to make their robot perform specific tasks in a timed setting, and propose a solution to solve this year’s theme of “Into Orbit.” As the competition to reach the northern state championship stretched into hours, student competitors were kept upbeat by some of the 50 volunteers who gave them encouraging remarks and smiles. Some of those who were giving highfives were Hillcrest High School students who participate in the FIRST Robotics competition and volunteer as part of their outreach to provide service. “As with most volunteer efforts, the kids are learning to think outside themselves,” Hillcrest High robotics coach Clief Castleton said. He said it does help to build his program, which in its first season won the Rookie All-Star Award, allowing the team to advance to compete at the world championships. “FIRST does rely heavily on volunteers. At every level and in all positions, volunteers in FIRST see what the result is for the kids who participate. Those volunteers that are in from industry or higher education are training their future employees and students.” Castleton, who has received the FIRST Outstanding Volunteer Award at the high school level, is one of the volunteers who stands out at the qualifier held every year at Albion Middle School. As the emcee, he is

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found not only announcing the teams as their robots take center stage to compete, but also informing, educating and entertaining, said fellow volunteer and tech team member Katie Blunt, who matches up a song to every team’s creative name. “He’s the glue on the floor, not only hyping people up, but pumps up the energy as he dances, sings, tells jokes and introduces teams,” she said. “He makes it a point to get to know about every team and their players, their robot, the work they put into it and shares it with the crowd; at the same time, he is giving signals to the tech team from countdown to starting the timer. It isn’t a one-day job for him. He does his research, finding out about all the robot challenges every year and knowing which missions are the ones that reward the big points.” Tournament director Mila Gleason has counted on Castleton and his students to volunteer every year. “We greatly appreciate his and his students’ knowledge as they understand the technical parts and the pressure these kids put on themselves, and Clief offsets it as he’s the king of dad jokes. He just asked why are robots good dancers and got the crowd laughing or moaning with the answer — they have good algorhythms.” Knights of the Legonian Order (Albion Middle) coach Barry Johnson appreciates Castleton’s passion. “I like his enthusiasm for the kids,” Johnson said. “He learns every kid’s name and their robot’s name and makes it personable, so they relax and it’s not stressful. It’s apparent that it’s what he loves, really loves.” Johnson’s first-year co-coach, Tim Barber, said that as the hours of competition wear down, Castleton’s vivacity remains constant. “His energy directly contributes to the energy of the event,” Barber said. “It’s a big part of the fun of this event.”

Volunteering alongside him is head referee Mark Fellows. “Clief’s energy and his ability to relate with kids sets this tournament apart from others that aren’t as engaging or fun,” he said. “While he’s dancing and singing, he’s talking about the names of the missions and making sure everything is running smoothly. “ Midvale Middle School competitor Naoto Robinson said he hopes to continue his interest in robotics at Hillcrest High. “Mr. Castleton makes it exciting here as he dances around and tells jokes among the announcements,” he said. “It makes it more fun for everyone.” Gleason said she doesn’t need to give a script or cues to Castleton. “I can count on him,” she said. “There’s never a dull moment. He’s entertaining, keeping people on schedule, providing commentary, making sure everyone is following the rules — and he wears a hat he makes every year to match the theme. And it’s not just here, he is a mentor to a lot of teams in the area, his program provides a camp in the summer, he’s always helping others find funding or robot competition tables or whatever they need. He is Canyons School District’s jewel.” Why does Castleton volunteer? “I volunteer because it’s fun and it’s needed. When people ask, I try to help as much as possible,” he said. “Plus, it’s a total blast.” l

Even amongst the robotic competition, FLL volunteer Clief Castleton (top right) is entertaining as well as educating onlookers about the missions. (Julie Slama/ City Journals).

Legos Solve Problems While FIRST Lego League teams competed in several robotic categories, each also had to develop a project that matched the theme, “Into Orbit.” Students needed to identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long-duration space exploration and design an innovative way to solve the problem by improving something that already exists, using something that exists in a new way or inventing something new. Then, they had to share the problem and solution with others. This year’s projects showed variety from overcoming vision impairment while traveling to entertainment with games or space pets to showering or growing food in space. Some teams also identified the need for exercise to stay healthy as well as how to recycle in space. Butler Middle School’s coach Nikole Holt said her team went through a process to identify challenges such as lack of air, water and food, to loneliness and isolation. They researched human hibernation, she said, before deciding on developing an idea for personalized video games to face the challenge of boredom. “It’s fascinating to learn about research already out there,” she said, adding that the team decided on a personalized video game that can feature family members to overcome boredom and loneliness. Hillcrest High robotics coach Clief Castleton, who has had his own kids involved in FIRST competitions, said students benefit from “learning to problem-solve, work in teams, under the guise of the game. They are also learning to be gracious professionals. The last numbers I heard was that about 55 to 60 percent of kids in FIRST end up in a related field. And what’s really impressive is that 100 percent of kids in FIRST could end up going pro in this field should they choose — and these are in all areas of engineering, not just the technical ones.” This year’s award-winning teams include the project winner Rare Earthlings; the Judge’s Award was given to Robot Maestros; the core values’ winner was Orion 8; the robot games winner was Knights of the Sky; the best robot design went to Silly Space Squids; and the overall champions to 3 Bit Robotics.

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Canyons Board of Education has new president after a decade By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com “I like that we have two vice presidents celebrating improved graduation rates up six on the board. It’s helpful to share that re- percent in the past seven years to 89 percent, sponsibility, strengthen our board and be at and providing opportunities for all students. events,” Tingy said. “The leadership of the She is supportive of the responsive services, board doesn’t make decisions, but helps fa- which provides social and emotional needs cilitate the board; for example, by creating for students and the school community. draft agendas with the superintendent (Jim “It’s another part of student safety, which Briscoe).” is a top priority and important to the well-beTingy said her approach will be one of ing of our students,” she said. “We want to teamwork. always strive for continuous improvement in “I’m really grateful for Sherril’s exam- our core values.” ple and hope to continue the processes and Canyons Board of Education’s core culture I learned under his leadership. It’s values are to believe everyone can learn, asbeen extremely effective that all members pire to continuously improve, strive for exfeel safe and have the ability to express their cellence, build public trust and confidence voice,” she said. “That’s how it’s been since through transparency, be guided by evidence I’ve been on the board and it works. We come while encouraging innovation and creativity, with a common purpose and when we all collaborate to deliver the best outcomes, act bring our best to the table, we get our best with integrity and build relationships through results in a shared outcome for our commu- mutual respect and care deeply about what nities. It’s teamwork — the board, the district they do and how they do it. — working together where everyone has a “I’m a huge believer in the public edurole and responsibility. I’m not one to be in cation system and am dedicated to high-qualthe spotlight, but the kind of leader who is ity education,” Tingy said. “I’m passionate behind the scenes, who rolls up their sleeves about students’ learning and improving and to get the work done.” having high expectations with providing the Tingy said that in addition to the recent- support for it. We value our teachers and New Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey helps to break ground as construction at Brighton ly approved tax-neutral $283 million bond to employees and we are all part of those who High gets under way in August. (Courtesy of Canyons School District) rebuild or renovate to modernize and upgrade strive to make things better for those who live Canyons School District schools, the board in our communities.” l bout 20 years ago, Nancy Tingy’s president under Taylor, but has maintained will focus on student achievements, including neighbor suggested they take a quilting volunteering weekly in elementary schools, class together. While she has made several long since her five children graduated. machine and hand-stitched quilts and given “I’ve helped students practice math facts them away through the years, Tingy’s needle for years at Quail Hollow. At Brookwood, I and thread days may be taking a backseat just do whatever the teacher needs. I also did as she recently stepped up as president of math facts at Sunrise for a few years,” said Canyons Board of Education. the BYU graduate who earned her bachelor On Jan. 8, a decade after Canyons of science in geography. “I used to help with School District was formed and guided by country reports when sixth grade was in eleCanyons Board of Education President Sher- mentary.” ril Taylor, the board unanimously elected Tingy is the first female board president Nancy Tingy as its president. Taylor retired since the district’s formation. December 2018. “It’s not anything I’ve aspired to do. I Steward Medical Group and Internal Medicine of Salt Lake “It’s pretty humbling,” Tingy said. “I’m am here to serve my community and if I can areMedical pleasedGroup to welcome Dr. Pankhuri Gupta. Steward and Internal Medicine of Salt Lake very grateful they respected me to put their serve the board, I’m happy to do it,” she said. are pleased to welcome Dr. Pankhuri Gupta. Dr. Pankhuri Gupta is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing trust in me.” “Being the first female president may be siginDr. rheumatology. She develops a differential diagnosis and treatment plan Tingy isn’t a newcomer to the education nificant to some, but for me, I always try to Pankhuri Gupta is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing forineach patient, whether it’s a young persondiagnosis with newly diagnosed scene. She got involved 24 years ago in her be an example to do my best through hard rheumatology. She develops a differential and treatmentlupus plan or a senior withpatient, arthritis. for each whether it’s a young person with newly diagnosed lupus or a children’s PTA and school community coun- work, kindness and compassion, studying senior with arthritis. cils and volunteered at Quail Hollow Ele- and learning, being a team player and celementary, Albion Middle and Brighton High brating the achievement and efforts of oth• Rheumatoid Arthritis • Rheumatic Eye Disease before running for the school board and be- ers. If my example can inspire others, that’s •• Vasculitis Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis •• Rheumatic Eye Disease ginning her stint to represent an area cover- great, but I’m not looking to be that with the •• Myositis Psoriatic Arthritis Vasculitis •• Osteoarthritis ing Cottonwood Heights, Sandy and Alta in first, just looking to be my best.” Myositis •• Psoriatic •• Lupus Gout andArthritis Other Crystal 2012. She was re-elected in 2016. 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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month: How to be an advocate By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Savannah enjoys picking out and sharing dandelions—her favorite flower. (Amy Green/City Journals)


onning a green ribbon isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. This March, wearing a green ribbon represents a show of support for Celebral Palsy Awareness Month. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects movement, motor skills and muscle tone. CP is caused by brain damage that happens in utero, during labor and delivery, or soon after birth. Adam Hunninghake, a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation explained, “There is a spectrum of how cerebral palsy can affect someone from very mild impairment to having spasticity in their limbs and having difficulty communicating.” There is no reversing or curing it. Jana Murray is a long-time resident of both Sandy and Herriman. She has a 24-yearold daughter Savannah, who was born with cerebral palsy. Murray has much experience keeping a child with cerebral palsy active, socialized and involved. There are rarely, if any, breaks. Savannah’s care is ongoing. Murray remembers a disappointing day taking Savannah to a public pool. Savannah needed to wear floaties (inflatable armbands) in order to swim safely, as the motor control

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area of her brain does not operate fully. The pool attendees would not allow Savannah to be an adult-sized person in the pool with floaties on. Only children were allowed to wear them, they insisted. There was no exception made to allow Savannah to enjoy the water because of this policy. Murray knows there’s room for improvement, with facilities making accommodations for handicapped individuals. A few realistic safety measures can help everyone participate. Hunninghake said, “For all people, and that includes people with cerebral palsy, movement is vital. It’s what keeps us healthy. It’s what allows us independence. It lets us do things that give us quality of life.” Murray offers advice on being a support for those with special needs. She is also a strong advocate for the caregivers. “It can be uncomfortable to watch people with cerebral palsy move, interact and even eat. They can drool. They can be (what you might consider) inappropriate as far as a personal bubble space. They are human beings who deserve kindness. They do not always understand personal space,” Murray said. Caregivers know this and work closely to help their children with CP. “It’s okay to be uncomfortable,” Murray said. “If they are in your space, just be kind. They have needs, too. It’s not an easy thing for anyone.” A caregiver might not accept everyone’s offer of help, because a person with special needs might require a professional for many situations. But asking a caregiver how to help is best. Just being friendly and inclusive is what Murray suggested most. “I have a mom friend whose son has severe, severe CP. She would put stickers of race cars on her son’s wheelchair, just so that people would talk to him. I don’t know how much of that interaction the boy really understood, but it meant the world to his mother when people interacted with her son,” Murray said. Another friend of Savannah’s gave her a dog-walking job, so that Savannah could have an active, more grown-up type of experience she craves. March is a good time to talk about interacting with those with special needs. Saying hello, giving a high five and general inclusiveness are good ways to start. Invite a person with a disability to participate in an activity. The goal is to acknowledge and treat special needs people as one would a typical friend. The City Journals welcomes thoughts on helping to raise awareness, acceptance and opportunities for community members with unique challenges. Follow on social media www.facebook.com/thecityjournals/ to share or comment on this story. l

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Utah Housing Gap Coalition raises awareness about housing affordability By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com

The Utah Housing Gap Coalition is trying to find solutions for the state’s “housing crisis,” but it goes beyond just high-density developments like Daybreak, seen here. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


ne of the hottest topics in Utah and this year’s legislative session is that of growth. Utah is expected to double its population by 2050 and the question is: where are all those people going to live? That’s the question that the Housing Gap Coalition is trying to answer. The coalition, which was formed last year by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, wants residents, government leaders and developers to start thinking now about how to handle Utah’s population growth. “We’re trying to get ahead of it,” said Abby Osborne, the vice president of public policy and government relations for the chamber of commerce. If Utah kicks the can down the road, she said, the state may be forced to take more radical approaches to accommodating rapid growth — something she sees happening across the country. Just last year, Minneapolis voted to abolish its single-family residential zone, which would “allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood,” according to the New York Times. Or consider the case of California, where the state government is suing a city government for “failing to allow enough new homebuilding to accommodate a growing population,” according to the LA Times. Instead, the coalition is advocating for a more balanced approach to improving housing affordability. Local housing policies In Utah, municipal governments control what types of buildings are built and where. While some cities may be open to increasing the overall supply of homes by allowing

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“high-density” projects within their boundaries, many other cities are not. Last year, the coalition leadership visited the city council meetings of cities along the Wasatch Front, both educating and getting feedback about the issue. “It was fairly successful. We got pretty good reception from most of the cities,” said Osborne. Now with the Utah state legislative session under way, the coalition has moved its focus to Capitol Hill. On Feb. 8, a group of about 70 coalition members gathered at the capitol to lobby their senators to support a series of bills aimed at improving housing affordability. One such bill is SB 34, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi. The bill (whose fate wasn’t known at the time of deadline for this article) would require mu-

nicipal governments to adopt certain policies designed to increase housing affordability in order to be eligible to receive money from the state’s Transportation Investment Fund. The bill would also appropriate $20 million to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. One of the coalition members that participated in the lobbying effort was Chris Sloan, a past-president of the Utah Association of Realtors and a former chairman of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce. He said housing affordability is a “sizable problem that affects all of us.” Education campaign While getting elected officials on board with combatting the housing gap is important for the coalition, getting the public on board is perhaps even more important. Draper Mayor Troy Walker called high density development a “four-letter word”

The Utah Housing Gap Coalition is actively lobbying Utah legislators during this session to support bills that would help improve housing affordability. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

when the coalition visited the Draper City Council. There are cases up and down the Wasatch Front of mayors and city councilors facing the wrath of their constituents for having approved a “high-density” development. From the Olympia Hills development in the south-west portion of the valley that was halted by then-Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams because of fierce community backlash, to the Holladay Quarter project that fell apart after the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of community organizers that opposed it, the biggest obstacle to increasing the housing supply is most often residents themselves. To change public perception about the issue, the coalition has launched a public education campaign consisting of billboards, radio ads, social media posts and appearances on local network morning shows. Osborne said she’s already seen changes in certain communities’ perception of high-density development. “We’re getting people thinking a little differently than they were before. And that’s all we can really do,” she said. Construction labor force Another impediment to increasing the housing supply is that construction companies simply can’t keep up with the demand because of a lack of skilled workers in the construction industry. Sen. Daniel Thatcher, who represents parts of Salt Lake and Tooele County, said that encouraging more young people to enter trade professions out of high school is the most important thing that can be done to improve housing affordability. “The AFL-CIO is the answer to the construction and trades labor shortage,” he said. “Republicans are traditionally against unions, but they really have some great apprenticeship programs. You get pay and benefits from day one, and four years later you’ll have the skills you need to be a freelance electrician, make $80,000 a year and have no college debt.” The Utah AFL-CIO website lists a number of apprenticeship programs in trades such as roofing, plumbing, masonry and cement and electrical work. Part of the coalition’s education campaign includes letting soon-to-be high school graduates know that they can enroll in such apprenticeship programs as an alternative to college. After a recent event in the Ogden School District, Osborne said that about 500 students expressed interest in the idea. Through these efforts, the Housing Gap Coalition is hopeful that Utah can avoid the big drastic moves taken by the likes of California and Minneapolis. “There’s many things causing the problem, so there’s a lot of different approaches to it,” said Osborne. l

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Corner Canyon teammates join 1,500 points club By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

Corner Canyon’s Jaeden Vaifanua reached the 1,500 career points mark a few weeks into the season. (Photo courtesy Jaeden Vaifanua)


orner Canyon All-State players Jaeden Vaifanua and Kemery Martin have both recently reached the 1,500-point milestone in their high school careers. Vaifanua, a two-time Second Team AllState forward, achieved the impressive mark

in the Chargers win over Highland Dec. 13 with a 21-point performance. “It feels awesome to have passed it,” Vaifanua said. “I think Coach (Jeramy) Acker didn’t tell me that I was close to those numbers on purpose. It has been a goal of mine that is super cool to have achieved.” Martin, a First Team All-State guard, scored a career high — and school record — 47 points in the team’s win over Brighton Jan. 31 to also eclipse 1,500 points. “I don’t really keep track of points so I didn’t really know I was close to that,” Martin said. “That’s a big number and it felt good to hit it. It was even more fun to share this with Jaeden this year.” Vaifanua, who has been out with a sprained foot, was cheering Martin on from the bench to join her in reaching the milestone. “I knew Kemery was close and I was just trying to help her any way I could,” Vaifanua said. “Both Jaeden and Kemery have meant a great deal to our program and the Charger family motto we are continually emphasizing each and every year,” head coach Jeramy Acker said. “They have taken on significant leadership roles throughout their time in the program as student-athletes on and off the court. I couldn’t be prouder of the way they support their teammates, coaches,

school and the community.” Vaifanua, the daughter of Brian and Angie Vaifanua of Draper, is focusing on a return to the court as their 17-5 team prepares for a 5A state tournament run. She is also close to 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks for her high school career. This season, she leads the team in rebounds with an average of nine per game while she also puts in around 17 points a game. “Jaeden brings a ton of energy to our team, especially down low,” Martin said. “She’s just so consistent in games and willing to do whatever it takes to help anyone on and off the court.” The senior will be taking her game to the University of Wyoming next season and has felt a “weight lifted” as she committed and signed early. “I feel like I’ve just been able play and let it go,” she said. Vaifanua credits her family, particularly her dad, for their efforts in her playing career so far. “My dad has been a personal coach and trainer for me and all of my siblings,” she said. “He earned my scholarship just as much as me.” She also noted the large role Acker has had in her game throughout the past few years. “I’ve never had a coach like him,” she said. “He does so much behind the scenes. He would do anything for any of us and we all know that.”

Martin, the daughter of Jeramie Martin of Draper and Toni Martin of Sandy, has been leading the team in scoring this season with nearly 21 points a game, with a vision of helping the third-ranked team in the state get past the early rounds in the 5A state tournament to reach the title game this year. “There’s more to basketball than just points,” she said. “I try to involve everyone in the game on and off the court and keep us all on the same page.” The senior committed to the University of Utah last summer and signed in the fall to play for the Utes next year. “It’s been pretty relaxing to know where I’m going after high school so I’ve just been trying to have fun and trust in our abilities,” she said. Martin said she is grateful for the constant assistance of her teammates and coaches. “Coach Acker has been a big support,” she said. “He’s been really aware of things and helped make personal goals for me.” Acker shared his own thoughts on his two All-State players. “Jaeden and Kemery are two very special student-athletes,” he said. “I know both of them will continue to accomplish amazing things in the future which is why I am so grateful for everything they have done to build, support and establish lasting traditions of excellence within our program at such a young age.” l

Corner Canyon’s Kemery Martin joined teammate Jaeden Vaifanua in the 1,500 career points club in late January. (Photo courtesy John Nicholes)

Corner Canyon’s Jaeden Vaifanua reached the 1,500 career points mark a few weeks into the season. (Photo courtesy Jaeden Vaifanua.)

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Growing youth track club back for spring season By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Race Cats track program for kids aged 8 to 15 has simply kept on growing since it was formed by Draper’s Nanette Evans Kennard, a two-time All-American runner at BYU. After just a few years, the program boasted 40 teams and 1,100 athletes last fall and was the third largest team in the country at last year’s national championships. “My vision for Race Cats is to facilitate opportunities for youth to discover running at a younger age than I did,” Kennard said. “I’ve designed the Race Cats program to be fun and positive so we can ignite a love of exercise in young children. I want them to experience the positive physical and mental benefits, confidence, joy and lifelong friendships that running provides.” This past December, 64 Race Cat athletes competed in Reno, Nev. at the Junior Olympic National Championships with Draper’s McKay Wells winning the 11–12-year-old division along with two All-American finishers and a fourth-place 8U boys team. Kennard said the experience of 13-yearold Grayson Milne during the 13–14-year-old boys race at nationals exemplifies what this Former BYU All-American — and Draper resident — Nan Kennard stands with Draper’s McKay Wells who won nationals in the 11–12-year-old division. Her Race Cats program is now accepting spring registrations. program is all about. “Early on in his race, (Photo courtesy Nan Kennard) his shoe was yanked off by the mud on the

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Corner Canyon swimmers among top 15 at state By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

Corner Canyon’s Aliza Smith, Rivers Johnson, Eliza Balfe and McKay Larsen pose with the seven medals they won at the 5A state championships Feb. 8–9 at BYU. (Photo courtesy Patrick Thurman)


ighteen swimmers from Corner Canyon High’s program qualified for the 5A state championships Feb. 8–9 at BYU. The Chargers finished 13th on the girls side and 14th for the boys. “I think that state was a huge success

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for our team,” said sophomore McKay Larsen, who finished fifth in the 200 individual medley and seventh in the 100 breaststroke, setting school records in both events. “We were able to all be mentally strong and all did really well. We showed just a little bit of

what is to come in the next few years.” Eliza Balfe, who was All-State last season in the 50 freestyle, again placed high in the event with an eighth-place finish while also coming in eighth in the 100 free. She felt the team did “amazing” at state, particu-

larly in the amount of swimmers representing the Chargers program. “So many of us had fast swims with best times,” she said. “We worked extremely hard this season and I’d say we ended it on an amazing note. We not only swam well but we had so much fun and became closer along the way.” Rivers Johnson, an All-State backstroker last season, placed second in the 100 back while also coming in fifth in the 100 butterfly, while Aliza Smith medaled in the 100 back with a sixth-place showing. The boys 200 free relay team of Steele Smith, Jaxon Barlow, Alex Miller and Larsen broke the school record with a time of 1:33.15 and finished eighth. “I was so happy for our boys relay who has worked so hard this season to get where we got to, and shattered our school record,” Larsen said. “That relay was definitely one of the best parts of the season.” The boys 400 free relay squad of Steele Smith, Barlow, Miller and Larsen also came in 13th with Aliza Smith 16th in the 200 free to round out the state scoring for Corner Canyon. Britta Catmull (100 breast) and Daylen Jackson (100 breast) also competed for the Chargers. “It was a mixed bag as we wrapped up the season,” head coach Patrick Thurman said. “There were some great performances and some frustrations.” Thurman said a highlight of the year was the team’s region finishes — led by Region 7 champion Johnson in the 100 back. Other top finishes were Johnson (second, 100 fly), Larsen (second, 100 free; fourth, 200 IM), Balfe (third, 50 free; fourth; 100 free), Aliza Smith (third, 100 back; sixth, 200 free), Kristin Miller (fifth, 500 free) and Tyler Lybbert (sixth, 100 free) in helping the girls finish fourth as a team and the boys sixth. The girls 200 medley relay and the girls 400 free relay placed second and third, respectively. “Regions was extra special because we were able to have so many relays and it was the last time we got to swim with some of our seniors,” Balfe said. Academic All-Region recipients were Marina Allen, Sam Allen, Jasmine Arreguin, Gabby Bingham, Auston Bowler, Brittany Mackey and Sam Winward. “As a whole, this year was really fun, which is one of the most important aspects of the sport,” Larsen said. “But, it also got all of us really excited for next year because we know we will be ready to compete at an even higher level.” l

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Juan Diego junior swimmer finally gets his gold By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


fter two consecutive second-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke at the 4A state championships, Alex Gustat knew he wanted more than silver medals. So, the Juan Diego Catholic High School junior increased his efforts to “double days” where he practiced twice each day while also adding some dryland training to the mix. The emphasis paid off for the school record holder in the event, who touched the wall in 1:00.04, .7 seconds faster than Cedar City’s Reuben Dotson, to place first and claim the gold medal he was after. “I feel very excited to have won with all that I was trying to do to get first place,” Gustat said. “It still feels unbelievable that I won.” Head coach John Moran pointed out that Gustat was really sick during the state event and still came out on top. “He did great to push through not feeling well at all,” Moran said. “Our strategy was to have him take it out fast so others couldn’t catch him and it ended up working.” Gustat also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly, another event he holds the Juan Diego record in after he set the mark at the region meet a week before state. Additionally, the All-State swimmer was part

Junior Alex Gustat won the 100 breaststroke title at the 4A state championships Feb. 8–9 at BYU. (Photo courtesy Alex Gustat)

of the third-place 200 freestyle relay team — which also included William Anderson, Ian Pascual and JR Gustat — and the fifthplace medley relay squad with the same lineup.

Juan Diego’s Payton Bouwhuis set the school record in the 500 free on his way to a sixth-place finish at state. “That’s quite a physical challenge and Peyton did great,” Moran said. “He actually beat the school

record twice with both of his times.” Other top finishers for the Region 11 champion boys squad who placed fourth in 4A were JR Gustat (sixth, 100 free; ninth, 200 free), Pascual (sixth, 100 fly; 16th, 100 back); Bouwhuis (eighth, 200 free) and Anderson (15th, 200 IM; 15th, 100 back). The 400 free relay team of Bouwhuis, Ethan Atzet, Nicholas Bradshaw and Cade Novara took 14th. “The boys did really awesome and I’m really proud of them,” Moran said. “To only have eight boys and take fourth is pretty great.” On the girls side, senior Abby Whittington, who will swim at Vassar College in New York next year, finished second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free to lead Juan Diego to a 10th-place showing. “That’s a pretty strong finish from two girls and two relay teams,” Moran said. The 200 free relay team of Whittington, Morgan Rutledge, Ryan Stolfa and Shavaun Carlisle placed fifth with the same lineup for the 400 free relay placing eighth. Carlisle’s 11th-place showing in the 100 free rounded out the Soaring Eagle squad’s placements at state. l

Region champs Chargers finish ninth at state By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

Region 7 champion Kade Carlson, wrestling in the 220-pound division, led the region champion Corner Canyon wrestling team to a ninth place finish at the 5A state tournament. Mattias Osthed, at 132 pounds placed fifth while Ammon Gleason came in sixth at 220 pounds. Other Chargers to qualify for state were Bridger Ahlmer (at 195), Talon Archuleta (113), Jensen Barnes (152), Cody Brown (160), Corbin Bush (132), Cameron Clark (170), Tanner Findlay (145), Spencer Gordon (285), Corbin Haycock (182), Nic Hiner (182), Isaac Lewis (113), Kaden Westerlind (152), Keaton Wicherski (195) and Aaron Wilcox (285). “We had a fun group of kids this year, and I am really proud of how much we improved throughout the year,” head coach Jeff Eure said. “We will miss our seniors, but it will be fun to watch how hard our returning wrestlers work in the off-season.” (Photo courtesy Robin Simmons)

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The Corner Canyon High drill team finished sixth in state at the 5A state championships and 24 of the 30 members were named Academic All-Region for their excellence in the classroom with at least a 3.75 GPA.


he Corner Canyon High drill team finished sixth in state at the 5A state championships Feb. 2 at Utah Valley University. The Charelles took fourth in jazz, sixth in military and sixth in kick. “They are always stellar,” head coach Jordan Peterson said. “Very few

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understand the complexities of this sport and their effort, talent and commitment is second to none!” Senior Abby Theler, who is also the Charelles’ president, was named All-State, while senior captain Jaida Sinclair and captain Halee Lauritzen along with Theler were recognized as All-Region. Twenty-four of the 30 members were named Academic All-Region for their excellence in the classroom with at least a 3.75 GPA. Other awards for Corner Canyon were April Dong, junior captain Berkelee Anderson and Jaida Pratt in Drill Down and Sinclair with the Outstanding Charelle National Scholarship. Also on the 2018–19 Corner Canyon squad were drill mistress Elle Kilgore, secretary Ellie Spiers, junior captain Alexa Sharp, class captain Kenedee Beckstead, advertising chair Julie Lindley, Jade Akagi, Jayce Bell, Gracie Bodell, Morgan Brown, Kamryn Cotteral, Claire Covey, Demree Frost, Makenna Gilson, Elle Hagen, Morgan Hill, Bella Kilgore, Elle Kilgore, Aspen Miller, Heather Phelps, Abbie Praag, Addi Richards, Lainie Ryser, Savannah Savage, Alexa Sharp, Ellie Spiers, Lilly Taylor and Zoe Woolsey. Peterson was assisted on the coaching staff by Tanesha Bland, Kirsten Davis and Jacie Epperson with choreographers Brooklin Frampton and Chelsea Divine. The Charelles will perform in their season-ending Showcase March 20 at CCHS at 6 p.m. Auditions for the 2019–20 squad are scheduled for March 25, 26 and 27. “Dancers work 20-plus hours a week in rehearsal, perform and compete at competitions and community events, complete 10 volunteer and service projects each year all while performing outstandingly well academically, mentally, physically and socially,” Peterson said. l

The Corner Canyon High varsity and junior varsity cheer teams each had top 10 finishes at the National High School Cheerleading Championships Feb. 8–10 in Orlando, Florida. The varsity team also finished second at the 5A state event on Jan. 26. Four members were named to the All-State team. (Photo courtesy Whitney Lunt)


he Corner Canyon High varsity and junior varsity cheer teams both took top 10 finishes at the National High School Cheerleading Championships Feb. 8–10 in Orlando, Florida. “We are so proud of their accomplishments,” said head coach Whitney Lunt. “This is our first team that has competed through both prelims and semis to get to finals so it was a big accomplishment.” The varsity squad advanced through the first two rounds hitting perfect routines before a missed stunt and a drop placed them seventh overall out of 52 teams. The JV team also had a flawless routine in the preliminary round and placed 10th among the 32 teams competing. “The girls handled it with grace and were clapping and cheering loud for all of the other teams that placed higher than them,” Lunt said. “The biggest thing that I noticed throughout the weekend is how much these teams and girls love each other. Even though both teams had disappointments and didn’t end up where they wanted to be they turned to each other and got through it together.” The Chargers’ varsity team, who placed second at the 5A state event Jan. 26, was led by seniors Leighton Davis, Riley Pomikala, Julia Smith and Kaitlin Talbot, who were named All-State. The JV team won first place at the state meet. Also on the 2018–19 squad are Lauren Adams, Lily Baird, Rylee Cotterell, Bailey Davis, Samantha De La Cruz, Bergan Hill, Kiki Howard, Kim Liljenquist, Derby Marshall, Emilie Mecham, Ada Medel, Brooklynne Nelson, Sierra Olivier, Bethany Rooklidge, Arielle Taylor, Kyra Thayne, Madisyn Wankier, Kenna Warburton, Macy Watts, Taylee Westra, Baylee Winkel and Kylie Wood. Lunt was assisted by coaches McKenzy Young, Bria Bowthorpe, Jeremy

Seiver and Stephanie Sampson. Additionally, Davis was named Academic All-State and the UCTCA Scholarship recipient. “This is the first time they’ve ever given a scholarship at state and they only gave one out for the entire state so it’s pretty amazing that she was selected,” Lunt said. l

The Corner Canyon High varsity and junior varsity cheer teams each had top 10 finishes at the National High School Cheerleading Championships Feb. 8–10 in Orlando, Florida. The varsity team also finished second at the 5A state event on Jan. 26. Four members were named to the All-State team. (Photo courtesy Whitney Lunt)

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Newly-minted County Mayor Jenny Wilson talks about staff, strategies and her favorite words By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

A political centrist, new Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson pairs the eastside political leanings of liberal policy advisor Weston Clark (shown here) with those of conservative southwest policy advisor Ryan Perry (not pictured). (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)


e have all heard of the “Great American Dream.” But what about the “Great Salt Lake County Dream?” The Great Salt Lake County Dream is the vision of newly-minted Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. Democrat Wilson was sworn in as Mayor of Salt Lake County Jan. 29, after winning a four-candidate special-election runoff by central committee members of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. The special election mechanism was invoked to fill the county mayoral spot vacated by Ben McAdams as he went to Washington, D.C., having defeated Republican Mia Love. Wilson is slated to complete the last two years of McAdams’ original term, and then plans to campaign to reclaim the seat in 2020. Most recently, she lost the U.S. Senate race to Republican Mitt Romney in the same election advancing McAdams. Unpacking ‘The Salt Lake County Dream’ The term “Great American Dream” was coined in 1931 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Truslow Adams. It is a dream “in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… [It is] a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” The Great Salt Lake County Dream, à la Wilson, includes ensuring the public good in terms of air quality, housing access and affordability, and the delicate balance of growth management. Wilson strives for a diversified economy, and seeks to “preserve that with an expanding population.” “A lot of people have been left behind,” she observed.

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And, in her point of view, more Salt Lake County citizens are now being left behind, from Medicaid-expansion movement by first the Utah Legislature, and then Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Just days after she met with City Journals, the Mayor had one of her dream-like priorities firmly quashed – her support of Utah’s Medicaid expansion, a program she indicated as being the “best for our county” in “giving people the healthcare they deserve.” In the November 2018 election, 53 percent of Utahns voted to expand the state’s coverage of medical coverage for the poor via the citizen-initiated Proposition 3. Concerned with ensuring “compassion and frugality,” the Republican Legislature drafted a services-limiting bill to supersede the citizen initiative, which was signed into law early last month by Herbert, closed all hope of the people’s mandate. Nonetheless, Wilson—a Harvard- and University of Utah-educated, second-generation of a Salt Lake County political dynasty (her father, Ted Wilson, was a three-termwinning mayor of Salt Lake City)—is firmly committed to helping realize the Salt Lake County version of the American Dream, and says she has a 30-, 60- and 90-day plan to make it happen for the nearly 1.5 million citizens of the county. Wilson’s first 30 days Wilson told City Journals that the first few months in office is, in great part, about building relationships with senior leadership and employees. It is also about stabilization. Wilson already has two senior policy advisors named to her staff. Immediately exhibiting centrism at the outset of her first term, Wilson has flanked herself with senior policy advisors Weston Clark and Ryan Perry. Clark lives in Salt Lake City’s Eastside Harvard-Yale neighborhood. He is an openly gay, decorated former Chair of the Salt Lake

County Democrats. Clark previously advised Wilson in her capacity as Salt Lake County Councilwoman. Perry calls Southwest-valley’s Riverton home and has held statewide responsibilities in Utah’s Republican Party. Perry has deep experience in policy and administrative roles and a long-term role in the county. He received recent notoriety as part of an ancillary probe of the “BonusGate” controversy involving the Unified Fire Authority and thenchief Michael Jensen, who still serves as a member of the Salt Lake County Council. Having the bipartisan team of Perry and Clark seems to echo the tenor the previous mayor, McAdams, set. McAdams hired community outreach personnel who had previously staffed multiple Republican administrations, here in Utah and elsewhere. For the key role of communications director, Wilson has tapped out-of-area broadcast veteran Chloe Morroni who recently relocated to Salt Lake a few months ago. Communications is critical for the Wilson administration. During the run-off campaign for mayor, one of Wilson’s opponents touted her own unique communications skills in “telling Salt Lake County’s story.” Wilson seems to have taken that to heart, promoting the big-picture “dream” and hiring veteran Edwin R. Murrow and Emmy award-winning broadcaster Morroni. To tell and sell “Salt Lake County’s Story,” Morroni will look to leverage the Mayor’s deep knowledge of county programs, gained from Wilson’s having served 10 years as an “At-Large” member of the Salt Lake County Council. This experience has been further informed by what she tells City Journals are “hundreds of conversations” gleaned while going door-to-door on the campaign trail, prior to being elected mayor. Wilson’s 60-90 Days After putting a staff in place, Wilson wants to work swiftly to keep the county from being “a little scattered” with certain initiatives such as air quality policy. Wilson vows to explore creative solutions to help control the cost of housing in the county, real-world solutions to improving our air quality, and managing growth in a way that enhances economic development while maintaining a high quality of life. Growth, she feels, must balance with environmental justice and be driven by community-based economic development. Wilson feels the need to learn from the stalled Olympia Hills high-density housing project, which sailed through the county council 7-1, only to be vetoed by then-Mayor McAdams, amid profound citizen complaint. “We missed as a community,” she reflects. “We used a traditional process, but missed by failing to communicate the over-

all, long-term picture.” That “picture?” What was missing was clear communication to residents of “a decades-long commitment to infrastructure.” Referred to as “another Daybreak,” the math was simple: 9,000 acres, 900 units. Approval was anything but simple, with the Salt Lake County Council (including then-Councilwoman Wilson) approving, but Southwest Valley mayors uniting to oppose, Herriman citizens being outraged, and then-Mayor McAdams ultimately vetoing. McAdams’ veto sent the project back to the drawing board in terms of zoning and any future projects. Projects, Wilson believes, need the tandem tools of “benchmarks” and “best practices.” A big believer in data capture and sharing, Wilson wants to “enrich Salt Lake County’s partnerships with each municipality and township in our boundaries to help ensure our respective services are coordinated and efficient.” With Brighton now incorporating as a city, thereby joining Salt Lake County, Wilson now oversees coordination matters of 18 different cities. Seeking to get “every local community and every mayor on board,” Wilson wants to establish “Best Practices Advisory Teams” and to “be that connector” between cities. Wilson also expressed the need to prioritize transportation solutions for access to the canyons. The Snowmaggeddon Hiccup Any 30-, 60-, or 90-day plan may not have anticipated the “Snowmaggedon” of Feb. 6, 2019. On that day, numerous school districts, city, and private businesses were closed due to persistent snowfall the evening before, the early morning, and throughout the day. This happening one week after assuming the role, gave Wilson an early insight into what it’s like to be the Salt Lake County Mayor, where, even to a veteran public servant like Wilson, the work can be daunting. “A lot of assignments, a lot of work, a lot of decisions on a daily basis,” she recounts of her freshman mayor experience. By 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 6, within 20 minutes of receiving briefings and having discussions, Wilson made the call to shut down most county operations. She indicated being proud of county-wide snow service running smoothly that day, as well as life-critical programs such as Meals on Wheels being executed without problem, amid sometimes ferocious storming. She says she is awed by the “power of the county and how critical our services are,” adding, “I had the chance to see this in action, very quickly.” l

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Get your Irish on: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Siamsi celebration and beyond By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

For one year’s parade with the theme “Green Energy,” the Clark Family envisioned a car powered by three types of power: shamrock power, love, and Guinness beer. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)


or many of us across the valley, St. Patrick’s Day is our chance to get our Irish on. Or, at least some green. City Journals wanted to take a deeper dive. What are the possibilities for St. Patrick’s Day in Salt Lake Valley, arguably not a major Irish town along the lines of Boston or Chicago? What does it mean to be Irish in Salt Lake on St. Patrick’s Day? Consider this our guide to living it up with one of the best holiday celebrations in the state to figuring out how to celebrate around home, and even explore spirituality with an iconic St. Patrick’s Day symbol. I say ‘Irish,’ you say ‘Hibernian?’ For the past 41 years, St. Patrick’s Day in the valley has been pretty much synonymous with Salt Lake City’s storied St. Patrick’s Day parade. This sense of history definitely imbues this year’s parade: The Utah Hibernian Society, hosts of the parade, have chosen a rich aspect of Utah history for its theme, the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. By way of definition, “Hibernian” means an Irish native or anything having to do with Ireland or the Irish. And the Golden Spike? That is also known as “The Last Spike” or the spike that joined the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869. Irish immigrants made a significant contribution to building the railroad, hence this year’s sub-theme – “Joining of the Rails; 1,776 Miles to Home.” Parade and Siamsa: family traditions, philanthropy as well as fun The Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and its after-parade Siamsa (pronounced “Shinsa” meaning celebration) at the Gateway is close to home for this year’s Hibernian President and Parade Chair Meghan

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Welsh-Gibson. Welsh-Gibson is a second-generation president of the Utah Hibernian Society, following in her father’s footsteps. Last year she introduced a new route for the parade and also instilled a new tradition, where proceeds of the parade go to benefit a charitable organization. Last year, longtime parade supporters the Shriners Children’s Hospital were the beneficiaries. This year, the Fisher House Foundation at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, “much like the Ronald McDonald House, but for veterans and military families,” is the recipient. Welsh-Gibson indicates

that a member of the Fisher House will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade. While the parade was early in collecting applications at press time, Welsh-Gibson did indicate that Irish reporter Brónagh Tumulty from Channel 2 will be carrying the Irish flag along the parade route, and dedicated parade fans can expect enduring favorite entries and new participants embodying the sesquicentennial Golden Spike theme. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 500 South and 200 East. The Siamsa after-party takes place at the Gateway. The festival features Irish dancers, musicians, food, drink, and “lots of vendors selling Irish things,” said Welsh-Gibson. “Such a fun, fun afternoon.” The parade route and float-prep site: one family’s second home Some people elect to “summer” in a location other than their primary home. Salt Lake City’s Clark family doesn’t summer. They “spring.” And their destination location is not a fancy vacation resort, but rather, a junkyard. It is very much a working spring. Prepping the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade float almost becomes a time-share, during the months leading up to the event. For the past 40 years, the Clark family and friends dedicate anywhere from 60-200 hours, spanning several months, preparing for the parade. Float-making has become second nature, and takes place at their second home — a friend’s junkyard. There they build each year’s float, and then take part in the St. Patrick’s Day

practice event, and then finally gear up for actual show time – parade day along the route. Sean Clark, an Avenues resident living in the house he grew up in, is Vice President of Special Projects at Vista Staffing during his day job. And for his role on the parade committee for the Hibernian Society? He has a 134-slide chronicle of his family’s engagement in the parade over the past 40 years. His grandfather was grand marshal of the parade in 1984. Sean was carried along the parade route as a two year old. To Sean Clark and family, the parade is a way of life, a tradition and happens to be his favorite topic to talk about. Clark even has a FaceBook page, “Clark’s St. Patty’s Float.” Through rain, snow and even Darth Vader: epic floats of the Clark clan Over the years, Clark has been part of epic floats. There were the 1984 and 2017 floats, which made their way down the parade route in tumultuous rain and snow, respectively. Then there have been first-place entries, floats featuring Gaelic superheroes (Fionn mac Cumhaill, pronounced Finn McCool), religious saints (St. Patrick driving snakes from Ireland), and Irish green-energy cars (powered by kegs of Guinness). There was even the one year Clark was not able to physically be in Salt Lake City for the parade. That did not stop him. In 2016, he and a friend used Apple iPhones and Facetime technology so that he was able to live-stream his singing of the Irish national anthem (in Gaelic) along the parade route, watching the

Utah Hibernian Society President Meghan Welsh Gibson with husband Jaret Gibson and children get their green on at the 40th annual Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Meghan Welsh Gibson/Utah Hibernian Society)

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Episode 3:17 was the realization of Salt Lake City resident Sean Clark’s lifelong dream to blend “Star Wars” with St. Patrick’s Day. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)

reactions of delighted spectators as he cooed the lyrics into a mic from sunny San Diego. The blizzard float of 2018 epitomized the parade theme, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Clark built a faux wooden piano, powered by an electric keyboard. “My 8-year-old played his first piano recital, in a moving vehicle, in a blizzard, in front of a few thousand people,” he recalled. Episode 3:17: the good side of the dark side All Clark’s creations are epic. However, 2017 forces its way to the top. It was then Clark realized a lifelong dream: uniting St. Patrick’s Day with “Star Wars.” The Clark family won the best family float for the float depicting “Episode 3:17, The Irish Immigrate to a Galaxy, Far, Far Away.” Clark himself portrayed Han Solo, to

his friend’s Darth Vader, who had been cracking down on illegal immigration. Han Solo convinced Vader that Irish were good, worthy people and converted Vader to the dark side – the dark beer side, that is. As the parade advanced along the parade route, Darth Vader emerged from behind a curtain, “The Zion Curtain,” and the group presented their skit, right in front of the judge’s stand, securing the best family float honors. ‘Our Holiest Day’ Irishwoman Connie Smith lives in Sugar House with a Scottish spouse and three dogs. To her and her household, St. Patrick’s Day is “our holiest day.” Smith’s day job is being an associate broker and realtor at Constance Smith Realtor, but she is also a chaplain.

Episode 3:17 was the realization of Salt Lake City resident Sean Clark’s (a.k.a. “Han Solo”) lifelong dream to blend “Star Wars” with St. Patrick’s Day. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)

The Color Guard ensemble traditionally leads the 100-plus entries for Salt Lake City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Grace McDonough)

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Smith explained the spiritual side of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. One of the main emblems of the day, the shamrock, is an elegant symbol of the Christian Trinity. The three-leafed shamrock, then, represents, to Irish, God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost. Being Irish in Utah, according to Smith, means to “usually be Catholic” and to be part of “a tight community.” It also, perhaps stereotypically, means being lucky, very lucky. “To be Irish in Utah is to be very lucky! Irish can laugh and cry at the same time. We wear hearts on our sleeve. All of us, whether fourth-generation or second-generation like me, we long for our Irish roots.” “All of us consider ourselves Irish American, not American Irish, and we all have a very deep tie to the Old Country,” she explained. The parade and beyond For Smith, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about family and friends. For Smith and husband Alan Cunningham they attend the parade, go to the after-party and then go for a pint. “We always go to one of the bars – Sugar House’s Fiddler’s Elbow, Central City’s Piper’s Down, or downtown’s Green Pig.” “I always go to the parade,” said Smith, who is a proud product of the Catholic school system. Smith, who grew up in Holladay, attended St. Ann’s for K-8th, and then Judge Memorial for high school. “I run into all my friends from high school, even from grade school in the parade. If we don’t see each other any other time, we will see each other at the parade.” Like the “master float-building” Clark family, Smith views St. Patrick’s Day as a family day. “We always toast my father and my grandmother, who are no longer with us.” How to celebrate at home: DIY St. Patrick’s Day from Utah pros Love the parade but are not able to make it to downtown? Or to one of the other venues? The Hibernians interviewed here have some DIY tips. For most (except Irish Protestants or “Orange Men” who wear orange), celebrating St. Patrick’s Day starts with the color green. The look Utah’s family-owned Zurchers, with six stores in the Salt Lake Valley and online shopping, offer relatively inexpensive and zany St. Patrick’s Day attire and decorations. Millcreek’s venerable Costume Closet takes elegance up a notch and also has zany aplenty. The nine Deseret Industries thrift stores across the valley already organize clothing items by color, making St. Patrick’s Day scouting a snap. Nail salons all across the valley do custom-nail creations, or bottled polish and face paint from a grocery store can even one-up the pro stylists for the creative DIY’er.

The goodies Food is always a big element for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Smith always makes traditional Irish dishes, including Irish soda bread, paired with corned beef and cabbage. Locally, downtown’s longstanding Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop prides itself in its Irish soda bread, which it offers only during the “green” season. On the infinitely less authentic, but easy side? Salt Lake’s Banbury Cross offers green donuts, and even McDonald’s offers shamrock shakes. Irish eyes are watching Film is also a celebratory that helps commemorate the day. “There are 1,001 amazing Irish movies,” exclaimed Hibernian President Welsh-Gibson. And all the ones recommended are available through the Salt Lake City Library and Salt Lake County Library systems, for checkout. Reserve your St. Patty CDs early. Some of the recommends include: “The Quiet Man,” a 1952 film with John Wayne as an Irishman returning to his native country. “In the Name of the Father” is a drama-thriller with political overtones starring Daniel-Day Lewis. Welsh-Gibson recommends “Michael Collins,” another politically-themed film with Liam Neeson in the title role. For chaplain-realtor Smith, watching the film “Waking Ned Devine” on St. Patrick’s Day is akin to the tradition many have of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Christmas. “We watch it every St. Patrick’s Day,” she said of the 1998 Indie film which looks at twisted luck. But, if you can, get out and enjoy the parade — in person or virtually. Parade-professional Clark encourages those not able to go to the parade to try to “be there” virtually by having a family member or friend broadcast it live to them via “Facetime,” the way he joined the parade from San Diego. However, he is convinced once you feel the contagious energy of the parade’s “wild atmosphere,” you are going to insist on heading downtown. “You are going to look at that, and say, ‘Oh my gosh! Why aren’t I down there?’” Clark says Irish music is “a great way to feel connected to Irish culture.” His favorite way to celebrate? “Smile at people, say hello, and wish them a happy St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. “Irish people like to live up to the stereotype of being a friendly, family people. It’s the biggest day for bars, but… it is so fun for families!”l

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RSL, Utah Royals owner gives Canyons teachers $350,000 for classroom supplies By Jtulie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

RSL and Utah Royals owner Dell Roy Hansen is all smiles, as is his golden Royals court (aka Sprucewood students), at the school’s assembly to celebrate Hansen’s donation that funded teacher grants. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


hen Denise Haycock talked to Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals professional soccer teams’ owner Dell Loy Hansen, the Canyons Education Foundation development officer didn’t know it would result in Canyons School District elementary teachers being offered one-third of $1 million. Haycock introduced herself, and Hansen jumped right in with, “You’re going to want to know me. I like schools.” They met two days later, and then a couple weeks later, in January, they rolled out a plan where Hansen would fund elementary teachers $250 after they applied through the pilot program, Scoring for Schools. He also funded similar programs in Jordan and Alpine school districts, bringing the total to $1.2 million donated for teacher grants. “I couldn’t say no,” Hansen said. Two weeks later at the end of January, the teachers’ proposals were funded and schools were celebrating with their new classroom supplies in February — complete with RSL’s mascot, Leo, spraying students with silly string and several players from both RSL and the Utah Royals giving students high-fives. “He funded everything,” Haycock said. “This donation is the largest single gift the foundation has ever received and it’s making an immediate difference in classrooms in every corner of Canyons district.” Hansen, the president of Wasatch Property Management, said he realized he had a knack for building homes and business and not the family business of being a teacher. As a son, grandson, nephew and brother of teachers, the value of education is ingrained

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in him, so he committed to helping. “My penitence for not being a teacher is to take care of teachers.” By knowing his donation would go directly to classrooms where the money would make the most difference, he compared it to his three teams — the Utah Royals, Real Salt Lake, and its reserve team, Real Monarchs. “Just like professional soccer players, students need to train with the right equipment in order to score big in the classroom,” he said. “If a teacher needs something, we want to make it happen.” Midvale East Midvale Principal Matt Nelson, who challenged Leo to hand stands at a school assembly, said the grants gave the teachers a chance to be creative. “This was about more than what we needed; it could also be what these teachers have wanted in their classrooms,” he said. “For the kindergartners, it means puppets to learn with and in the upper grades, we have robotics. The grant allowed teachers to be creative and brainstorm for more, not to just have what is needed to get by.” East Midvale first-grade teacher Robert Carter, whose class hand-wrote Hansen thank-you notes, had his mind set on a rekenrek (an arithmetic rack) and other math tools. “This can help students learn quick addition and subtraction,” he said, adding that the students also learned a lesson in gratitude. Carter was one of more than 75 elementary teachers in the Midvale area schools who submitted Scoring for School propos-

als. All of them had their funding requests granted, including 100 percent of the teachers at Midvalley Elementary. “We have great teachers,” Midvalley Principal Tamara Baker said. “With the right tools, they can do magical things.” Utah Royals midfielder Erika Tymrak surprised Midvalley students with a visit — and a lesson. “I was bullied when I was in school, but I realized it’s OK for me to be different,” she said. “When kids realize we’re all in it together in elementary school, middle school and high school, and they learn kindness and respect, we all succeed.” At East Midvale, her teammate and goalkeeper, Abby Smith, also shared she was bullied in middle and high school — and urged students to report it. “Bullying is not OK,” she said. “Say something. Figure out your friend group. These, like your parents, are the ones who should be supporting you.”

Smith also focused on education. “Education is really important,” said Smith, who eventually wants to be a teacher like her husband. “Right now, whenever I can, I want to let kids know I support them and go give soccer balls. It may be super small to say hi, but it’s huge to kids.” Sandy In Sandy, more than 300 elementary teachers submitted proposals and received grants, including 100 percent of the teachers at Altara, Edgemont and Sprucewood. Several schools celebrated similarly to Midvalley and East Midvale, including Altara and Sprucewood, hosting Hansen and his players. Crescent Elementary had an assembly scheduled late February. Altara students were thankful for balance ball seats, books, science and math supplies and Royals T-shirts. They made a giant heart for Hansen that read, “Thank you for helping our little hands score big!” At Sprucewood, students applauded when teachers opened boxes containing magnetic place value math supplies, Megablocks and a car mat. They also cheered for their principal, Lori Reynolds, when she received an RSL jersey, which midfielder Tate Schmitt and defender Aaron Herrera signed. Schmitt shared with students about his desire to improve his soccer skills, starting in elementary school, and how he maintains a healthy lifestyle, eating high-protein foods and staying away from candy and soda pop. “It’s great sharing our healthy habits as professional athletes that these kids can use every day as students and student athletes to be successful,” he said. Herrera, who starts his game day with a healthy breakfast after a good night’s sleep, said he stays away from Hot Cheetos. “These kids are awesome,” he said. “Seeing the smiles on their faces makes it worthwhile.” Hansen also wanted students to recognize teachers. “I want to thank your teachers,” he told students. “Every one of your teachers cared enough to work a little extra to get some resources to come into your classroom to

RSL and Utah Royals owner Dell Roy Hansen, who donated $350,000 to fund teacher grants, cheers on students and teachers at East Midvale Elementary. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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University of Utah senior Jasmine Robinson moderated the town hall panel, featuring Rep. Joel Briscoe, Board of Education member Nate Salazar, Rep. Sandra Hollins, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

make learning a little more fun.” Draper More than 75 Draper elementary school teachers had their requests funded by Hansen. Willow Springs Elementary kindergarten teacher Jen Archuleta took advantage of the grant to help her students, two-thirds of them with disabilities, to gain art supplies and foam shapes that built an environment that appeals to auditory, visual and tactile learners. “It was so much fun to watch my students’ faces fill with delight as we opened packages,” she said. “It’s been great to see how they are all playing together and finding ways to share so everyone gets a turn with the new materials.” Other Willow Springs teachers were granted a weather station, a fossil and rock collection, a Clark Planetarium field trip, interactive science supplies, headphones for iPads and writing tablets amongst others. Cottonwood Ridgecrest Elementary teacher Katlin Jones knew how she could directly benefit her students, who sometimes need to move around to learn better — wobble seats for

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her wiggly third-graders. In her grant proposal, she wrote, “My students are creative, thoughtful and full of energy. They love to talk and share their ideas and I would love to give them a way to release all their energy while still focusing.” Her proposal — along with similar requests for bouncy yoga balls, cozy bean bags and portable lap desks — was among 76 submitted by Cottonwood Heights schools, which were fully funded. Districtwide, 74 percent, or 525 fulltime elementary teachers, received funding from the Scoring for Schools grant-making program. Over the past 30 years, Hansen has donated more than $30 million to Utah public schools and colleges. He also gave every Canyons elementary student free tickets to a Real Monarchs game and a signed collector’s card. Utah Royals’ Smith said she supports Hansen. “He has a huge heart,” she said. “He wants to support the teachers in getting what the kids need and wants to get it for them now. The kids are the future of our country.”

nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situ-

ation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the injuries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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re you looking for deals on Utah restaurants? Or maybe you’re trying to find a new favorite restaurant? We’ve got you covered! If you check out our website, we update our restaurant deals weekly to keep you up to date on the best local food deals. Here are some of the frequent highlights. For breakfast deals, you could always visit the regulars like IHOP and Village Inn. Or, you could try Pig & A Jelly Jar in Salt Lake, or the famous Belgian Waffle and Omelet Inn in Midvale. Are you needing that raw energy to get you through the day? Check out Chopfuku Sushi Bar in Taylorsville, Blue Marlin in Sandy, or Itto Sushi in downtown Salt Lake. If you’re invoking your inner carnivore this weekend there’s Tokyo Steakhouse & Asian Fusion in Lehi, Tony Burgers or Ruby River Steak House in Salt Lake City. Eating at home all the time can get boring, just like American food. If your taste buds are craving a vacation, try any of the following restaurants to trick your taste buds into believing they are out of town. Instead of taking a 13+ hour flight to Asia, visit Chow Time Buffet in West Valley or Lanikai Grill in South Jordan. If the ideal vacation destination is Europe, visit The Gallery Grill in Sugarhouse for Russian and European Cuisine. Or take a lavish trip to the Mediterranean, by visiting Bountiful Greek Café

(in Bountiful, of course) or The Olympian Restaurant in Salt Lake City. Don’t plan a quick trip down to Mexico for authentic Mexican food, instead visit: Taco Burrito in Orem, La Puente in Centerville, Mi Ranchito Grill in Salt Lake, or Moe’s Southwest Grill in Layton. Personally, my taste buds have been craving Thai food, so I’ll be visiting District Thai Lao in Orem, and Sala Thai Kitchen in Salt Lake. However, my family’s favorite place to take their taste buds is Italy. For fantastic Italian food, our thrifty options are Oregano Italian Kitchen in Provo, Macaroni Grill in

Murray, or Johnny Carino’s in West Jordan. But, if you’re taste buds want to stay close to home, there’s always pizza! Papa Johns, Domino’s, Papa Murphy’s, Little Caesars and Pizza Hut always have great rotating deals. I promote supporting local businesses through, so for pizza we’d recommend trying Este Pizzeria in Sugarhouse, MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza in Salt Lake City, The Junction Pizzeria in Midvale, Big Daddy’s Pizza in South Salt Lake, David’s Pizza in Kaysville, Francesco’s in Taylorsville, Wild Mushroom Pizza in Salt Lake, Big Apple Pizza in Salt Lake, The Pizza Runner in Ogden, or Pizza Factory in Lindon, Spanish Fork, Syracuse and Provo. Lastly, don’t forget that International Women’s Day is this month (March 8). So, ladies, if you need a place to eat, preferably without the munchkins, Bout Time Pub and Grub in Layton, Scoffy’s Social Pub in Midvale, Tailgaters Grill in Ogden, Christopher’s Prime Tavern or Grill in Salt Lake City should be your destination! These deals, and more (including The Pie Pizzeria and Leatherby’s) can always be found on the Entertainment app. For more information about the Entertainment Happenings book and app, please visit our website: coupons4utah.com, or follow us on social media: @coupons4utah, on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. l

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MARCH IS BIRTHDAY MONTH AT LOVELAND LIVING PLANET AQUARIUM By Katherine Weinstein | Katherine@mycityjournals.com


arch is birthday month at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Visitors are invited to celebrate the birthdays of the otters and a clouded leopard in addition to the aquarium’s five-year anniversary in their current Draper location. Caroline Ralston, director of marketing and public relations, said, “We’re very excited! We’re looking forward to seeing people come in and see all kinds of fun decor.” Throughout the month of March, guests are invited to participate in scavenger hunts to learn about various animals, their names and birthdays. Guests who turn in their completed scavenger hunt sheets are entered in a drawing for a free birthday party at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The aquarium has long been a popular place for birthday parties. “You can now add an animal encounter to your party,” said Ralston. The otter brothers turn 9 There will be a ninth-birthday celebration for the three North American river otters — Otis, Oliver and Oscar — on March 5 in the Discover Utah gallery. At 1:30 p.m., keepers will bring out an icy cake made of frozen fish to the otters and guests can join in singing “Happy Birthday.” There will be party hats while supplies last and a giant birthday card to sign. The otters have been a popular attraction at the aquarium since they arrived in 2012 from the Long Island Aquarium. Visitors can watch the otters swim, play, eat and nap in their special enclosure which also allows them to spend some time outdoors. Scott Chambers, curator of mammals and birds, noted in an email, “They get along great with each other. The otters are all brothers and act just like it. They roughhouse with each other and chase and wrestle.” The birthday cake made of fish encased in ice is likely to be a huge hit with the otters. “They love anything food-related,” said Chambers. Like many zoos and aquariums, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is dedicated to animal enrichment, which is meant to improve the animals’ environments and care based on their natural behaviors and instincts. As part of their enrichment, the otters enjoy puzzle feeders which require them to put in a little work and ingenuity in order to get the food reward inside. “The biggest challenge in caring for these animals is ensuring that we do everything in our power to ensure they are content,” wrote Chambers. “We are their keepers and it is our job to make sure we enrich them and feed them and give them lots of variety just like it would be in the wild for them.”

Two of the North American river otters enjoying the snow at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. (Photo courtesy Shelby Dobson/ Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

A “cake” fit for an “apex predator” Rhu, the female clouded leopard, will celebrate her fifth birthday on March 14 in a similar fashion to the otters, only her “cake” will suit her carnivorous diet of lean meats. Rhu’s full name is actually Rhubarb in honor of the fact that her birthday coincides with “Pi Day,” the holiday in which people celebrate the mathematical constant “pi” and indulge in lots of pie. “She’s actually a really playful kitty but still an apex predator,” said Ralston. Clouded leopards are among the smallest of the big cat species and make their home in the forests of Southeast Asia. They have been classified as a vulnerable species due to habitat destruction and poaching. Rhu and her mate, Koshi, came to the aquarium in 2016 from the Houston Zoo. The clouded leopards are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program, which oversees the population management of select species within AZA member institutions. It is hoped that one day Rhu and Koshi will produce offspring. “Rhu and Koshi just enjoy being around each other and are usually pretty close and curled up somewhere together.

They do like to play and chase each other sometimes as well,” noted Chambers. The clouded leopards also enjoy enrichment activities. Like a house cat playing in a grocery bag, Rhu especially likes to play in large burlap sacks. Bushes and feathers are also favorite playthings. “She really enjoys time with her keepers,” said Chambers. Both Rhu and Koshi are closely bonded to their human caregivers. Visitors to the aquarium can find the two clouded leopards in the Expedition Asia gallery. How to plan your own eco-friendly birthday party In addition to educating visitors about animal species and ecosystems, the aquarium’s educational mission is also to inform guests about how to be good stewards of the planet. The festivities in birthday month provide an opportunity to spread the word about how people can make more eco-friendly choices when they celebrate their own birthdays. Balloons, for example, are a source of litter and hazardous to wildlife on both land and sea. There are many creative and festive alternatives to balloons such as banners, bubbles and pinwheels. For party decor and eating utensils, the aquarium will encourage guests to choose Continued on page 4...

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