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By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com mily Arthur has never put limits on herself regarding what she can accomplish. As a senior at Corner Canyon High School, and a girl with Down syndrome, Emily continues to show the world she can do anything she sets her mind to. This past school year she has been a member of the cheer squad, participated in the school talent show, has planned activities and service projects for the school club she started, volunteers at the Curiosity Museum at Thanksgiving Point and on April 14 was awarded first runner up in the Utah Miss Amazing Pageant. Nothing appears to stop Emily from enjoying life and embracing any opportunity that comes her way. “Emily is easily one of the most confident people I know. She doesn’t care what others think of her, she wants to share her gifts with the world,” said Julie Arthur, Emily’s mother. For any high school student, juggling all these activities could be overwhelming, but for Emily it is just what she likes to do. “One of my biggest accomplishments is working hard to get good grades so I could get into college,” Emily said. “I want to be independent and responsible.” She has been on the Honor Roll most semesters at Corner Canyon. At the end of February, Emily found out she was accepted into the Aggies Elevated program, an on-campus college program at Utah State that is for students with intellectual disabilities. This program helps young adults gain important independence and job skills and is a good foundation if they choose to continue working on a bachelor’s degree. Getting into this competitive program was a huge accomplishment for Emily. “I look forward to studying hard and never giving up in this program,” said Emily.

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Over the past month, Emily was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Mountain America Credit Union for all her accomplishments and Canyons School District also recognized her for her outstanding achievements throughout high school and for being one of the few students to get into the Aggies Elevated program. It sounds like all her hard work at school is paying off. Emily was born 18 years ago in York, Pennsylvania. According to her mother she was a very sweet, easy-going baby. Although not hitting traditional milestones, Emily started figuring out how to do things her own way. Even though she didn’t sit up by herself until around one and walking until after her third birthday she learned to get around by what her mom called “a mean commando crawl” and used sign language until her speech was more clear. “Emily has always been very determined to learn to do new things. When she was in preschool they had a set of monkey bars and she wanted to learn to cross them hand over hand like all the other kids could. She practiced and practiced until she had bleeding blisters on her palms and then just asked for Band-Aids to cover them up and keep trying,” said Julie. As elementary school approached, her school in Pennsylvania put no limits on Emily’s academic performance. According to her mom, the school was very open and willing to let Emily be placed in a regular classroom with support from an aide to see how she would do. “I believe those early school experiences of teachers having high expectations and not limiting her helped shape the student and person she has become today,” said Julie. After moving from Pennsylvania to Utah

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nearly eight years ago, the academic path for Emily was altered with Utah’s education plan for children with intellectual disabilities being structured differently. “At first the school district insisted that Emily be placed in a life skills cluster class and was limited to what she was going to be taught or who she would be in class with. But again, the persistent and determined Emily

insisted that she not be placed in a classroom with just students with disabilities,” said Julie. Despite these challenges, Emily continued to grow academically and now is about to receive her high school diploma next month. So whether it’s being on stage in an evening gown representing young women with disabilities at the Utah Miss Amazing pageant, or singing and dancing her heart out at the school talent show, or quietly serving others in her neighborhood, Emily enjoys doing it all. Last fall, she wrote on her Facebook page: “I love having Down syndrome it makes me special and it makes me smile. I love being around people with Down syndrome. I love hanging out with them. I just love having a disability like Down syndrome. I love my life just the way I am.” l


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or 29 years, Wasatch Community Gardens has helped residents of all ages and incomes to grow, harvest and preserve fresh, healthy food. This nonprofit organization offers gardening workshops, hosts community events and provides garden plots to rent for a small fee. They also manage 30 community and school gardens around the Salt Lake Valley. Forty thousand pounds of produce is grown in these gardens. One of the newest community gardens in the Wasatch Community Garden network is the Garden of Wheadon, which opened last year in Draper. This garden sits on 64 acres of farmland owned by Gene and Deane Wheadon. Over the years, the Wheadons turned down million-dollar offers from developers to buy their property. But understanding the value of farmland, they kept saying no. Gene Wheadon once said about their farmland, “I don’t want to sell the farm. Money is no good; you can’t eat money. City people don’t understand that!” In 1997, the Wheadons donated their property to Utah Open Lands. The property is now a Salt Lake County park, with a 40-garden plot community garden, a farm-themed playground, walking trails, restrooms and a pavilion. Soon after the Garden of Wheadon opened in 2017, all the garden plots were quickly rented out. “In only its second year, the garden is already in high demand! But the sooner people apply, the higher in the wait list they will be for next year,” said Giles Larsen, manager of Parks for Produce, a partnership between Salt Lake County, Wasatch Community Gardens and the community. According to Larsen, once you are on a waiting list for a garden, you will be contacted if a plot becomes available. Then after paying the garden plot rental fee, you will attend an orientation and get assigned your plot. “The rental fee covers your water and access to the community tool shed, plus any freebies we may pass along such as seeds and starts,” Larsen said. The Wasatch Community Gardens only allows organic gardening, which means synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are not allowed. The suggested time commitment for a garden plot is about five hours a week during springtime, four hours per week in the summer months and three hours per week in the fall months. Community gardening is more than just harvesting your own healthy food; it’s about connecting to others and your community. “It’s more of a social experience at a community garden,” said Larsen. “It’s a great way to meet people, be involved in a vibrant community effort and enjoy the simple things in life.” Other benefits include learning gardening tips from others, being outdoors, exercising and learning to be self-reliant. Anyone can sign up for the Wasatch Community Gardens workshops.

The Garden of Wheadon opened in 2017 and offers 40 garden plots for residents to rent for a small yearly fee. (Wasatch Community Gardens)

There is usually a small registration fee ranging from $15–35 for these workshops; those who rent a garden space at any of their 30 community gardens pay only $5 per class. This spring they are offering classes on sowing spring crops, selecting super seeds, organic fertilizers and amendments, all about tomatoes, budget container gardening, urban chicken keeping basics and composting. The next closest garden to the Garden of Wheadon in Draper is the Historic Sandy Community Garden. Currently, there are 23 garden plots on this property and some plots are still available to rent. The garden is located at 500 W. Locust St. (8880 S.) in Sandy. The yearly rental fee is $40 for an 80–160 square-foot plot. If you are interested in putting your name on the waiting list for the Garden of Wheadon, or are interested in renting a garden plot at any of the 30 community gardens, you can visit Wasatch Community Gardens online at https://wasatchgardens.org. l

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No woofs about it, Draper eases punishment on dog leash law By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com

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his may be something for your dog to woof about: at the city council meeting on March 27, an ordinance regarding penalties for having a dog off-leash in a recreational facility was approved. “The state code makes off-leash violations class B misdemeanors,” Mayor Troy Walker said. “It’s the same crime level as a DUI, frankly. So, we are trying to make it a little bit less of a penalty.” This change “gives you a chance to be warned, without class B misdemeanor,” said Walker. Councilwoman Michele Weeks thanked the mayor for the change. “I thought that was a great idea and I’m glad to see it up there.” Walker said he wouldn’t take all the credit for such action, making light of receiving a lot of calls from angry residents. With these enforced regulations, offleash dog parks have become a place to go for some dog owners who like to socialize their dogs and let them roam leash free and penalty free within the safety of an enclosed park geared strictly for dogs. Perhaps these leash laws are part of the reason Draper’s Dayland Dog Park, a newer off-leash dog park, is rising in popularity. So much so that one Draper resident

commented on how the parking situation for the new dog park is becoming more limited as more people are going. The woman said parking at the Dayland Dog Park has been busy and cars are “overflowing” from the current parking lot, and parking on the streets is making it hard for her to get around such parked cars. She said this could potentially pose a safety issue with people exiting and entering vehicles parked on the street. While the parking has become a problem at Dayland, it seems that everything else is running smoothly; people and dogs alike seem to really enjoy the park. Both the dogs and the people can be seen socializing there. “I drive all the way from Sandy to visit this dog park, mainly because my dog seems to enjoy the park and its features,” said a Sandy resident who wished to remain anonymous. Off-leash dog parks are available in other areas as well, such as Parley’s Historic Nature Park, which offers a scenic presence of a nature trail to walk in and enjoy. With penalties for failing to comply with dog-leash laws so severe, many prefer the “better safe than sorry” route, and seek off-leash dog parks that are comparable in feel to parks where leashes are required. In other doggy related news, spring is

Two dogs socialize at Draper’s off-leash dog park. (C.Webster/photos)

here, and with that Draper Animal Services is reminding residents that all dogs are required to be licensed by age four months, or within 30 days of moving to Draper. Residents must also stay up to date with a rabies certificate, and bring that to Animal

Services to obtain a dog license. This should be renewed yearly. Draper Animal Services is located at 12375 Galena Park Rd. (550 W.) in Draper. Phone: 801-576-1805. l

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Willow Springs-Draper chess tournament gives elementary students challenge By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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raper Elementary’s Gavin Christensen had a smile on his face after winning the first match of the annual Willow Springs-Draper chess tournament. “My brother Ethan helps me a lot,” he said. “He has a lot of trophies.” Gavin — and his peers from both schools — compete against each other in the tournament, playing students of similar ability. Both schools play under a chess system developed by parents Scott and Sasha Johnson 11 years ago, when they coached at Willow Springs. The Johnsons started chess at Willow Springs after searching for a regular chess club for their children and not finding one with a meeting time that worked for their family. They came up with a basic structure and curriculum based on input from parents running chess programs at other schools, Sasha Johnson said in 2008. The chess program, which continued through the coaching hands of parent Karen Hunter before current Willow Springs volunteer coaches Lynnleah and Rob Smart took over, is set up on levels, starting from pawn, with each level being named after a chess piece. Pawnlevel students know each chess piece and how to move them, and then must pass a quiz before they move on to highlevel strategies and tactics, such as pin, skewer, fork and how to checkmate with a king and rook or with a king and queen. “Each level has tips and worksheets so students are learning all about the game,” said Draper teacher and coach Christina Van Dam, who brought the program to her school. “The tournament here is unique as we match up our players at a certain level to theirs, so our pawn players will play their pawn players all the way up to king. This gives them someone new to play at their level and challenges all the students.” Lynnleah Smart said that often former students — McKay Neyman, Aveia Smart and Eli Kimball — as well as those who have become kinglevel players, such as fourth-grader Ian Felts and fifth-grader Cody Hunter, help beginning players. Recently, five other Willow Springs students became kings: Jacob Wilson, Chaz Neyman, Miles McAffee, Jacob Wilson and Steven Xia. “There are so many cool things about students learning chess, but we’re also seeing them help one another, which is rewarding,” Lynnleah Smart said. “Some kids are coming just to help others learn.” She said they meet with about 78 kindergartners through fifth-graders on Friday mornings before school, which

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The long-standing chess tournament between Willow Springs and Draper elementaries not only teaches students how to play the game, but also gives them a chance to compete against students at their own level. (Lynnleah Smart/Willow Springs Elementary)

helps them mentally prepare for the school day. “These kids are a good group. They’re waking up early to play chess. This gets them up and thinking. They’re wanting to learn something hard in their spare time; they’re being creative and working to improve and stretch their minds,” Lynnleah Smart said. Fifth-grader Ben Street, who has been playing for two years, was at the tournament. His dad, Will, taught him how to play and was at the tournament to cheer him on. “He is getting a little better by better as he has learned the tactics,” Will Street said. “He’s a thinker and coming to play chess in the morning has helped.” Van Dam said she has two dads who regularly help with her students when they meet, and sometimes two more volunteer. Gavin’s dad, Dave, regularly helps and said that by thinking several moves ahead, it helps students learn strategy. “By thinking two, three, four, five moves ahead, it improves their game so they can focus on capturing their opponents’ pieces,” he said. “That helps them with thinking with math. It also teaches them what it’s like to compete, do their best, how to win or lose gracefully, be a good sport and make friends.” Those are some of the reasons

Willow Springs parent Scottie Shull wants her first-grader son, Lonnie, to learn chess. “We want him to learn because it’s a fun, social skill that transcends all age groups, so he could play with his grandpa, cousin or anyone,” she said. “It’s a lot of mental strategy and that’s a critical skill for him to learn. It’s also important that he’s building friendships outside the classroom.” For her son, who was there to watch the tournament, the best part of chess is “to play it and beat my dad and my mom.” Tournament results at the king and queen table were Gavin Christensen, Draper, first; Cody Hunter, Willow Springs, second; Ian Felts, Willow Springs, third. On the rook table, the results are Jacob Laker, first; Isaac Horstmann, second; Miles McAffee, third; all are from Willow Springs. In the bishop division, first place went to Ben Street; second place was Sage Harmsen; and third, Avi Lahoty; all students are from Willow Springs. In the knight division, Willow Springs’ Benjamin Fuller placed first; his teammate Joe Covey took second; and Draper Elementary’s Jag Anderson was third. Draper Elementary swept the pawn division with Connor Call, first; Talmage Watson, second; and Chris Johns, third. l

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Corner Canyon student-artists a ‘brush up’ at annual high school art show By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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orner Canyon senior Beck Seamons is putting together his AP 2D design art portfolio, but he had to wait until after the Springville Museum of Art was done displaying one of his pieces, “Black Diamond.” His artwork, along with pieces by four other Corner Canyon students, recently was showcased in the 46th annual Utah High School Art Show. “There were about 35 AP students who submitted their work, which was just amazing, and then our teachers narrowed it to a smaller group that was submitted to Springville,” Seamons said. The school’s 16 entries were added to the more than 1,000 submissions statewide. “It’s just amazing that we’ve done so well. I was way excited. It’s really cool.” In addition to Seamons, who was named jurors’ honorable mention, were five other Corner Canyon students whose artwork was displayed: senior McClain King, whose piece was selected as a congressional winner and will hang in the U.S. Capitol; junior Morgan Hart, who received the third congressional district honorable mention for her piece, “Ski Head;” junior Elenor Larson; and junior Lauren Wilson. The six had pieces amongst the 300 on display, with Larson displaying two. The Springville show is a juried art show that reviews original artwork developed from personal experience, imagination or direct observation. They can also use adapted concepts developed from other sources using multiple elements or photos with personal interpretation to create a new

perception. King, who created a two-foot by three-foot acrylic on board called “Pulling Teeth,” said this was not only her first large scale painting she has taken seriously, but also her first submission into an art show. The piece, which took her about 40 hours to complete, shows three teeth in between bees with gold halos. “It’s a symbolic piece that shows the ideals of beauty and how youth try to be a certain way to become more accepted,” she said. “It’s like a queen bee over a hive and all the other bees will follow her. I used to pull my teeth out when I was little because I wanted them for the tooth fairy and I wanted a way to change myself to become someone I wasn’t. I liked the creative process with it. I thought I had a plan that I felt secure and confident in, but it kept changing as I went along and I love it even more.” King’s painting, along with 25 others that may have had other symbolic messages, were selected to travel throughout Utah museums and art shows as well as be displayed in the nation’s capitol until 2019. “It was pretty exciting to learn my piece was selected. I’m still waiting to learn more about the schedule, but I’m sure if there is an unveiling, my family will buy plane tickets to go there before I even know about it. They’re very supportive,” she said. King, who may pursue graphic art or psychology at Utah State University next year,

said art has given her a place to be comfortable at in high school. “I learned art has given me a sense of purpose and a community of people I’m comfortable with. With art, there’s no rules and when I’m done, I have a piece that I can show and it’s very awesome,” she said. Seamons also was pleased with the outcome of his digital artwork, which he described as a “cartoon picture of a guy skiing.” The piece shows trees in the background and the downhill skier moving so fast his red scarf is blowing in the wind. “I had to experiment with a lot of curvy lines and textures,” Seamons said. “The guy’s coat and beanie are like watercolor so I had to use highquality watercolor scans that I put over shapes.” He said that by using a clipping mask, a group of layers to which a mask is applied, it allowed the base layer to define the boundaries for his artwork. “It took a bit to experiment, but it turned out awesome,” he said. “I like to use different tools. I’ve watched some YouTube tutorials and have downloaded different textures. I like to doodle and so I based my work off of that.” Although the former junior class president and current PTSA activities vice president and mountain bike captain doesn’t anticipate a career in graphic art, he has used his talent to help create tickets and posters for prom, homecoming and other school dances as well as a school fundraising campaign. “There’s a lot of application were I can use

“Black Diamond” by senior Beck Seamons was one of six pieces on display at the 46th annual Utah High School Art Show by Corner Canyon High students. (Beck Seamons/Corner Canyon High)

my artwork, so it’s been great to learn so many tools and techniques,” he said. Seamons also was honored at the state capitol, where he “met a ton of officials including the lieutenant governor (Spencer Cox) and Senator Orrin Hatch,” who acknowledged the studentartists and had legislators clap for them. “I thought it was cool that my piece was selected and I’d get a handshake. To receive an award and shake hands and meet all these people, it has been an awesome experience,” he said. l

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Draper Park eighth-graders explore colleges, careers By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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bout 500 Draper Park Middle School eighth-graders bordered school buses heading to about 25 different colleges and businesses to explore options for their future. “We learned if we go to the college sites, it improves their vision of the future,” said school counselor Kathy Bitner. “We paired up career opportunities with colleges so they could see what the world of work would be like.” Students had the opportunity on the daylong field trip to attend a college and a place of business. Often, the places students visited complemented one another, such as touring Neumont College to learn about hospitality and tourism before learning about putting it to use at the Vivint Area, or learning about the University of Utah’s art and engineering program before going to Spy Hop. Other colleges and careers allowed students to explore a variety of options such as learning about Salt Lake Community College’s culinary arts program before checking out careers at the airport or touring Utah Valley University’s auto mechanics program before learning about IM Flash. “Some students may have an idea what they want to go into while others have no idea, and that’s OK. That is what this day is all about. Our goal is to motivate them to be better students in high school and get them excited about going to college,” Bitner said.

“We’re just so appreciative how generous the businesses are with their top people giving up so much time and colleges answering questions of our students. It says a lot about people in our community.” Bitner said that students also get to start making connections with employers and learn there are more opportunities than they may realize. “Some students learned by touring veterinarian clinics and preschools that knowing Spanish helps with their careers. Others learned how English could help with social media. Some students learned about how to start their own business and toured Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the U. It really opened up their eyes to talk to people and learn about careers and college paths to get there,” she said. They also learned that some businesses will pay for degrees or training while employed instead of the traditional way of attending college to earn a degree before starting a career, Bitner said. She said that students who visited Adobe, for example, learned how many different careers options there are, from human resources to software, and what kinds of degrees would be needed for those professions. “The places really helped them understand what all was available in terms of careers and encouraged them to experience different things

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now so they could be thinking of their future. The world is theirs; they just need to go after it,” Bitner said. Beforehand, students learned employment skills such as how to fill out an application, and afterward, how to write thank-you notes, she said.

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Corner Canyon theater department to present ‘Happy Days’ By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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t will be Richie, Fonzie and all the gang at Arnold’s Drive-In this May in the upcoming “Happy Days” production at Corner Canyon High School. “It’s like taking a storyline from the TV show and putting it on stage,” said theater teacher Phaidra Atkinson. “It’s fun. Garry Marshall wrote it so it’s just like the episodes or like a cleaner version of ‘Grease’ set to stage.” The show, based on the comedy TV sitcom that ran from 1974 to 1984, will be performed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 through Saturday, May 19, as well as with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 19. Tickets are $8 in advance at our.show/ cornercanyon or $10 at the door. It will be performed in an intimate setting, so seating is limited to 130 seats per night. The show stars senior Sam Schino as Fonzie; senior Anna Wilcox as Pinky Tuscadero; junior Kaleb Maher as Richie; senior Hope Weaver as Marion Cunningham; sophomore Gavin Sueltz as Howard Cunningham; and senior Nicole Canaan as Joannie. Joining them on stage will be senior Gabe Bennion as Arnold; senior Spencer Roush and senior Stoney Grayer as the Millachi brothers; and senior Bailey Schepps, senior Hannah Eckersley and junior Abby Walker as the Pinkettes. “This is a very student-based show so they have stepped up to take a lead in the production,” said Atkinson, who is codirecting it with technical director Case Spalding. Helping with music direction are seniors Weaver and Schepps. Choreography for “The Pink is in Town” is by Wilcox, Schino and Canaan; “Message in the Music” is by Weaver and senior Lacey Nichols; “Run” is by Grayer and Bennion; and “Ordinary Hero” is by senior Haylee McKinnon and Eckersley. “The music is filled of fun ’50s songs, so parents and grandparents will appreciate it,” Atkinson said, adding that the TV theme song, “Happy Days,” also is performed.

In the musical, the storyline is set in 1959 Milwaukee, Wis. when Richie Cunningham and his best friends Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph are about to graduate high school and learn that Arnold’s Drive-In is set for demolition. Together, with the Fonz, they make plans to save Arnold’s by hosting a dance contest, and Richie’s dad, Howard, suggests a wrestling match. “I grew up watching ‘Happy Days’ and loved it. When I learned there was a musical, I knew it would fit our class. It’s a fun family show and the parents are looking forward to it as much as the kids,” Atkinson said, adding that she believes this will be the first time the show has been performed in Utah. The show comes off of students performing in regional competition. The students took first place sweepstakes and first place in their one-act play with “Dr. Faustus.” Junior Jessica Oehlerking won best actress for her part in the play. Other student winners include in dramatic monologue: junior Paige Richards, first; sophomore Tanner Lybbert, third; Bennion, state qualifier; and sophomore Abby McMullen, state qualifier. In humorous monologue, junior Evelyn Ellsworth, first; sophomore Ryan Woerner, second; junior Anna Petersen, state qualifier; sophomore Marty Bodell, state qualifier. In classical scene, the team of Oehlerking and Eckersley won first; the team of seniors Tyler Miller and Savanna Cox took third; and the teams of junior Brian Garrick and senior Nichols and the team of sophomore Gavin Sueltz, Tyler Van Oostendorp and Rouch qualified for state. In musical theater, Weaver and sophomore Tim Feroah took second place; and Schepps and sophomore Grace Christensen qualified for state. In contemporary scenes, Grayer and Schino placed second and Maher and junior Riley Mellenthin took third. McKinnon

Corner Canyon theater department will present the musical “Happy Days” May 16–17. The musical is based on the television show of the same name. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

and Canaan as well as Anna Wilcox and junior Shyler Naegle qualified for state. In pantomime, sophomores Olivia Gillespie and Larkin Johnson took third place. Sophomore CC Witzel and freshman Willow Rosenberg; sophomores Cambria Hayes and Colin Baker; and sophomores Jenni McIff and Izzy McCaffrey all qualified for state. State competition was scheduled for late April. l

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Dates set for local high school commencement exercises

Welcome to Draper City! DRAPER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THANKS Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Utah House Representative LaVar Christensen for their many years of service in the State Legislature with a honorary lifetime membership in the Draper Chamber. Presented at Annual State of the State Luncheon.

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housands of local high school seniors have their eyes set to graduate this spring. Below is a schedule of information available about area graduations. Alta About 420 seniors are scheduled to graduate at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 5 at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah. The theme is “Ad Astra Per Aspera,” or “Through Difficulties to the Stars.” The scheduled board speaker is Canyons Board of Education President Sherrill Taylor and cabinet speaker is Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe. APA About 25 seniors will march in the campus’ third commencement exercises at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 2 at the Draper 3 campus. Tickets are required and if space allows, additional guests will be allowed for the ceremony. A reception will follow the graduation ceremony at the same location. A post-graduation party, not under the school’s domain, is being organized by the parents. Bingham Graduation for the Miners will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 31 at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus. The theme for the school year is “Ignite.” There are 773 seniors. Preceding the commencement will be a senior awards assembly on Thursday, May 24 at the school. A post-graduating party is being planned by the PTSA. Brighton At 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 450 Bengals will turn their tassels as they graduate at the Maverik Center. There is wheelchair parking and ADA accommodations. The theme is “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” a quote attributed to activist and leader of India’s independence movement Mahatma Ghandi. Canyons Transitional Academy About 8 students will graduate at noon, Wednesday, June 6 in the Professional Development Center at the Canyons Administrative Building— East, 9361 South 300 East, Sandy. Corner Canyon Graduation is scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 at the Huntsman Center at the University of Utah. No tickets are required. There will be a senior awards night on Wednesday, May 23. The PTSA-coordinated graduation night party will be held at the school on June 5. The doors will open at 9 p.m., with most attractions starting at 10 p.m. Activities include virtual reality, bungee run, henna tattoos, pedestal jousting, video gaming, sumo suit wrestling, laser tag, bubble balls, DJ and dancing, student musical artists and Battle of the Bands performances, karaoke and more. Cottonwood At 1 p.m., Friday, May 25, about 400 Colts will graduate in their high school auditorium. Tickets are required. There is a limit of seven tickets per senior and if additional tickets become available, they will be available once released on a first come, first-served basis. ADA assistance is available, but those needing help are asked to

contact administration prior to commencement to make certain everything is set up for them. There is a safe Grad Night Party sponsored by parents scheduled for 10 p.m.–3 a.m. at the school. Tickets are $20. Diamond Ridge About 40 graduates are expected to graduate at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 at Mt. Jordan Middle School. Entrada About 100 students are expected to graduate at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 at Jordan High School. Hillcrest About 480 Huskies will walk through commencement exercises at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 5 at the Maverik Center. Jordan About 480 seniors are expected to graduate at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 at the Maverik Center. There are no tickets required for guests to attend. Graduates are asked to arrive one hour prior to processional and encouraged to not bring noisemakers or confetti. Guests are not allowed on the main floor and are asked to be respectful and not bring posters or balloons. Family photos may be taken outside the arena following the ceremony. Jordan Valley Eleven students are expected to graduate at 11 a.m., Friday, June 1 at the school. A reception will follow. Tickets are not required and there are ADA accommodations. JDCHS An anticipated 178 seniors will march in Juan Diego Catholic High’s commencement, which will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 26 at the school. Tickets are required. Seniors will receive four tickets for guests for the auditorium seating and overflow tickets for the gymnasium will be available in the main office. There is wheelchair parking and ADA accommodations. Beforehand, there will be a senior farewell mass and presentation of honors at 10 a.m., Friday, May 18 in the school auditorium and a baccalaureate mass at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. A post-graduation party that will be held from 9 p.m., Saturday, May 26 until 2 a.m., Sunday, May 27 at the school is being planned. South Park “Providing Hope Through Education” will be the theme of the South Park commencement exercises at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 31 at the Utah State Prison. The speakers are Canyons Board member Clareen Arnold and Assistant Superintendent Robert Dowdle. Joining them will be board member Amber Shill and Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie. Waterford Sixty-two seniors will walk through commencement exercises at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 31 at Abravanel Hall. They will be welcomed by Chairman of the Board Ronald P. Mika. During the ceremony, cum laude students will be honored, department prizes announced and individual remarks made about each graduate. The student giving the senior address has not yet been selected. A reception for graduates and their families will follow at the school. l

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Corner Canyon girls golf aiming for ‘three-peat’ By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com Corner Canyon golf coach Ryan Kartchner has been trying to “grow golf” in the area since taking over the Chargers program a few years ago. In his first year, he had six girls total on his squad and added four more — three who were brand new to the sport — by the next season. With 14 in the lineup in 2016, his team won state by 19 strokes. Last season, Corner Canyon defended its 4A title with a 30-stroke victory. This year, the Chargers had 29 girls on the initial roster — and a standing-room only crowd at the pre-season team meeting with parents — to begin the season. “That’s what winning will do,” Kartchner said. “We’re seeing a lot of girls that really want to try golf because of the success their friends are having. It’s fun to see. It’s all about growing golf.” Kartchner said he is excited about his returning players and the addition of freshman Savannah Romney. “She’s the best in her age group around the area. We certainly got even better with her on our team,” Kartchner said. “Plus, our JV team is as good as a lot of varsity squads around the state.” Kartchner works with each player individually, helping them establish a handicap and understanding how to use stats of putts and yardage to set goals for improvement. He also teaches the basics of golf and the rules of the game, mixing in fun and food. “It’s the only way I can get them to listen to a boring rules seminar,” Kartchner said. “It’s my job to make

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sure that the girls first and foremost are having fun. Golf is a very frustrating game, but it’s also very addicting and something fun that you can play your whole life.” Also on the 2018 squad are Abbey Aamodt, Kali Barlow, Emma Catmull, Cristiana Ciasca, Anica Coesens, Jamie Connell, Kaitlyn Deen, Alexis Erickson, Daisy Griffiths, Brinlee Horsley, Brooklyn Horsley, Andi Humble, Ambree Judd, Makenna Kartchner, Megan Muir, Kinley Oliver, Jessica Parker, Kendall Pogue, Savannah Romney, Ashlyn Rutherford, Julianna Smith, Trisha Tanner, Suzie Taylor, Afton Walker, Ellie Whitehead and Emma Winfree. “There’s a great camaraderie among the girls on the team,” Kartchner said. “They enjoy being together on and off the golf course.” Kartchner is being assisted on the coaching staff by Alexa Gagon. So far this season, Corner Canyon won a region tournament at Mountain View Mar. 14 by 24 strokes with all six varsity players shooting in the 30s for the rain-shortened nine-hole event. On Mar. 21 at East Bay, the Chargers shot a 299 to second place Alta’s 358. Corner Canyon was back at Mountain View Mar. 28 and came in first place by 44 strokes. On Apr. 11 at Pebblebrook, Connell shot a 3-under-par to lead the Chargers to a 39-shot win over second place Alta. “Our team has done great so far,” Kartchner said. Corner Canyon got a preview of the 5A state

The Corner Canyon girls golf team have won all of their tournaments so far this season by an average of 42 strokes as the Chargers aim for a third straight state title. (Photo courtesy Alexis Gagon)

championship site with an Apr. 18 tournament at Glenmoor, a “hard course with many hazards and out of bounds areas,” according to Kartchner. The Chargers placed first by 25 shots over Alta, but Kartchner said the tournament was his squad’s most difficult test of the season so far. “All of the girls except one had their highest score so far

this year,” he said. “Having said that, my girls persevered and we did still pull off the win.” Other region tournaments Corner Canyon is scheduled to play in are at Stonebridge May 2 and Wasatch May 9 before the 5A state tournament at Glenmoor May 14-15. l

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Draper tennis players coaching Juan Diego’s boys team By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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wo Draper residents, who play in local tennis leagues, are teaming up to coach the boys tennis team following the retirement of long-time coach Arthur Miyazaki. Marisa Smith is the new head coach and Ellyn Bennet is her assistant. Smith heard about Miyazaki retiring and tried to help fill the position with contacts she knew, but she was unsuccessful. “The thought of the Juan Diego tennis program ending was eating at me,” she said. “One night I was voicing my frustration to my husband and he said, ‘Why don’t you do it?’ My first reaction was to laugh.” A week later, after continued encouragement from her husband and children — who have been attending school at the Skaggs Catholic Center since they were in the Guardian Angel Daycare — Smith said she decided she couldn’t come up with any reasons to not pursue the job. “I feel so grateful and appreciative towards the wonderful coaches my kids have had in their lives,” she said. “That has been a great motivator and inspiration for me to give something back to the school.” “Coach Marisa Smith brings enthusiasm, organization and passion to our boys tennis program,” Juan Diego Athletic Director Chris Long said. “She is deeply involved in the Juan Diego and Saint John the Baptist community. She has encouraged non-traditional tennis athletes to give tennis a try, so in this way she is growing the program. We’re delighted to have her.” Smith talked with Bennet — her tennis teammate for the past three years — about going on a “great adventure” with her to coach at Juan Diego. “I thought this was the perfect opportunity to be more involved in my community,” Bennet said. “I am excited to work with young people and to share love of a game that I hope they

will enjoy throughout their lives.” Smith has been playing tennis since she was 6 years old and played on varsity team for a California high school for four years before moving on to play at Sonoma State University in northern California for a year. A knee surgery and then marriage and motherhood sidelined her career a bit until three years ago when she “decided to take my racquet out of retirement” and joined a Draper city tennis class. “I met a group of ladies who shared my renewed love for the game,” she said. “Now, we all play as a team in the USTA Intermountain Adult League.” She is now on a court nearly every day and has received instruction from “some of the best coaches Utah has to offer.” “I have learned just about all there is to know about tennis and the thought of passing that along to these high school players is so exciting to me,” she said. Bennet said she started playing tennis in high school and was on the boys team, until Title IX went into effect and then she was able to be the captain for the first girls tennis team at her high school during her senior year. She has stayed in the sport for the love of the game and the social aspect of it as well. Now, Bennet looks forward to a new opportunity in tennis: first-time coach. “Tennis is always challenging you on many levels,” she said. “Like most sports, there are the elements of sportsmanship, competition, striving for individual improvement as well as working together as a team. But, unlike some sports, with tennis — regardless of age — you can continue to play and compete ‘competitively’ at your skill level.” Smith said the coaching duo hopes to continue Juan Diego’s standards of excellence on and off the court. “As coaches, we try to achieve success by balancing teams and individual goals and

New Juan Diego Catholic High boys tennis coach Marisa Smith (on right) stands with her assistant coach Ellyn Bennet. The Draper residents have been playing in tennis leagues the past few years and will now be on this “great adventure,” according to Smith, together. (Photo provided by Marisa Smith)

by focusing on performance rather than outcome objectives,” she said, noting that team chemistry is “crucial” to this individual sport. They will also emphasize enjoying a sport they can love and respect for years to come, well beyond their high school years. l

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Draper updates their codes to comply with state alcohol law By Michelynne McGuire | m.mcguire@mycityjournals.com

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ity attorney Mike Barker and City Manager Russell Fox provided some information at City Hall on Tuesday, March 6, in hopes to get feedback from the city council regarding the current liquor licenses that are in effect for Draper. This has been a topic of debate for some time. With a continuance to March 27, the meeting came to an agreement. Those with current establishments with certain permits that violate this new code will have to act before July 1, 2018, the current deadline for the state law. Dining clubs and social clubs will be eliminated as of July 1. In 2018, they will be merged into the definition of bar establishment license, or converted to full-service restaurant. At the March 6 city council meeting, Fox said, “Just a precursor, there’s changes that happened with the alcohol licensing last year that is going to affect our current code, so we have been doing some rewritings.” Not only re-writings, but the hope is to make the updated version more understandable to exactly what is, and is not, allowed. State law says local authorities cannot regulate alcohol unless expressly granted in the statute. “So, basically if the state has addressed an issue the city can’t, unless there is a grant of authority…” said Barker. With Draper following state compliance, to keep within these regulations streamlining current code and definitions to keep it within the beverage acts without conflict, consolidate it, make it adaptable with the state code changes, with sections for each license’. The do’s and don’ts, other specific regulations that goes with each establishment type, including the specific regulations to sub categories as well. With the adoption of the term, “community location,” Barker, informed this is a proximity issue regarding some of the new terms that go with a specific license. With the state Bill H.B442, the city is working to coincide and align their current code to such requirements. Touching on the revised proximity laws, which instructs how close such establishments and liquor stores may build in regards to community locations such as churches, schools, and public libraries and so forth. Other specifics including for instance, now, no leeway granted

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with applying for Variances. They are no longer allowed; it was a way to work with the proximity rule, if such establishment were only shy a few feet they were allowed to pursue a variance in regards to proximity to such community establishments. The new ordinance from the state, will not allow for it, so if the establishment serving alcohol on premise, is too close to a community location, it simply will not be allowed to remain unless adopts new policies and gets a different permit such as a full service dining location instead of being a bar establishment. The code is cracking down and upholding a stricter rule. With the new bill signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert that went into effect Dec. 30, 2018 gives Utah the lowest alcohol limit level in the United States. The law lowers the maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers to .05 percent. Most other states are currently considered legal at a B.A.C level of .08 percent. There is a variety of different types of alcohol licenses that currently exist in the city of Draper. With the city currently having no limits for full service restaurants, the agreement on March 27th came to, when some council members proposed to allow for a growing community and new developments underway. The decision made was to keep a total of 8 bar establishments with one of those licenses being restricted to a full service hotel. Not using a ratio, the previous code was having 4 dining club and 2 social club with a full service hotel included, and 1 equity club total of 7 was the latest. With that as Drapers previous status, the decision came to allocate for 8 bar licenses, which may be filled by some of the current establishments depending on what type of license they update to on the July 1st 2018 deadline. The social club will convert to bar establishment, with others switching to the necessary license in accordance to law and taking proximities into consideration. Changes will be made none the less. These permits create limitations by law, to what can or cannot be provided and such establishment is expected to comply by each different designated license. The following are examples of existing licenses in practice: Places where you must have food to have any liquor are

considered full service. Limited service is where 3.2 percent heavy beer and wine is on premise, with a limitation to what can be served and must also be accompanied with food. Dinning clubs- this current type is set to go away, as mentioned close to a social club, where it is not necessary to order food but the establishment must have a percentage of food sales each month. Some of the current establishments already functioning under such license were projected to be grandfathered in, yet currently that is said to not happen since it will not be in compliance with current state law. Predicting these establishments will likely have to change their license to uphold the new current code and take into consideration whether proximity will become an issue for them as well. With Draper taking initiatives to align itself with Utah state in accordance to the Beverage act. Currently all alcohol on premise restaurants are to undergo the necessary procedures to comply. For many such establishments such conversions could have less than a profitable effect on current businesses was taken into consideration by councilwoman Michele weeks, noting that some considered “club” establishment could be closely considered as restaurants and would have impact on their establishment these concerns, were presumed such by city Attorney Mike Barker. Their transitioning to a different type of license could very well impact sales was the general understanding. Delayne Hutcher a 30 yr resident of Draper city gave a comment card, stating being “against more bars in Draper.” Residents who spoke at the meeting had mixed feelings, some in favor of fewer bars, others not wanting a far commute to the down town area for bar access. There was also discussion that with a growing community and population, such rules might shy business growth away with such licensure requirements. For the current situation however, timing is key for local establishments that need to get their applications in, and present a public hearing for the city hall. Sticking with a flat number will be how business is conducted paralleling previous conduct, expanding slightly on the previous number. l

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JDCHS boys basketball camp to be held in June By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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Last year’s basketball camp participants at Juan Diego Catholic High School were treated to instruction by head coach Drew Trost, his assistants and the Soaring Eagle varsity basketball players. (Photo courtesy Drew Trost)

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Corner Canyon baseball aiming for region title By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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Corner Canyon’s CJ Horrocks has a 2-0 record on the mound for the Chargers this season. (Photo courtesy Don Green Photography)

he Corner Canyon High baseball team began the season with a new head coach and won its first four games. The Chargers cooled off a bit, but are still sitting in first place in Region 7 with a 3-0 mark. “We got off to a hot start and then we were a little inconsistent before spring break,” Coach Jeff Eure said. “The season is going pretty well.” Corner Canyon defeated Orem 12-0 Mar. 7 in its first game, turning a scoreless matchup through two innings into a rout with runs in the final three innings — including eight in the final inning. Andrew Astin and Braden Winget belted home runs while Keaton Morf added a triple. Dalton Hagen picked up the win on the mound. Corner Canyon finished off its preseason play with a 6-4 record. Two days later, the Chargers defeated Juan Diego 7-2 behind Collin Garrett’s pitching performance. First Team All-State third baseman Connor Ebling and Preston Winget led offensively with extra base hits. In the Summit Athletic Club Invitational at Desert Hills High Mar. 16–17, the squad went 3-1 with wins over Juan Diego 11-1, Maple Mountain 13-5 and Northridge 7-1, while losing to host Desert Hills 5-4. Corner Canyon then lost 2-0 to Herriman Mar. 21 before a win over Bountiful 6-4 and losses to Salem Hills 12-8 and Maple Mountain 11-2 entering region play.

The team rebounded against Timpview Apr. 10 and 11 by winning all three games over the T-birds by a combined score of 31-2. Braden Winget hit three doubles over the two-day span to lead offensively while Garrett, Hagen and CJ Horrocks picked up wins on the mound. The Chargers road to its goal of the Region 7 championship will also include playing Brighton, Jordan, Alta and Cottonwood three times each before the 5A state championship begins in early May. Braden Winget is leading the squad with a .465 batting average, which includes 20 hits — three home runs and eight doubles — and 19 RBIs. Ebeling has recorded 23 hits for a .460 percentage and Astin has a .410 average with 15 RBIs. Preston Winget is also in double figures in RBIs with 10. Garrett, Hagen and Horrocks have a combined 8-2 record for Corner Canyon. Also on the Chargers 2018 squad is Bentley Arndt, Derek Astin, Luke Cahoon, Colton Clark, Carson DelGrosso, Tommy Goodwin, Randen Grimshaw, Parker Hagen, Kurtis Hansen, Shad Hathaway, Corbin Haycock, Kayson Lewis, Jackson Light, Bridger Matthews, Easton Putnan, Davis Reese, Payton Richards, Jack Roundy, Kody Tidwell, Jeremy Tilby and Bryant Wroten. Corner Canyon has a 9-4 record on the season. l

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econd-year coach Jason Anderson watched his Juan Diego Catholic High girls golf team finish last in region last season and decided the focus for the off-season would be to have his team continue to play the sport so they could enjoy it. “If you don’t continuously practice you lose muscle memory in your swing and basically start over each year,” he said. “This makes it very hard to improve.” Using that same philosophy, Anderson hopes his squad will work hard, learn and have fun. “If we put in the work, we have a great chance to make state this year,” he said. Key returning golfers for the 2018 Soaring Eagle team are Tyler Tibolla, BreeAnn Mason and Riane Rendon. Three new players — Alexus Winter, Shayne Farnsworth and Megan Stratton — will “have an impact right away” on the Soaring Eagle varsity squad, according to Anderson. Also on the team this season are Alexis Jones, Sophia Mammano, Devyn Patterson and Martha Werner. Anderson is being assisted on the coaching staff by Adam Eby. “He has been a great addition this year,” Anderson said. “Having two coaches helps us give each player more focus on their individual needs which will allow them to improve at a faster pace.” “These girls are tough. They play in freezing rain, snow, wind and never complain,” Anderson said. “They also fight hard to make

The Juan Diego Catholic High girls golf team has placed fifth and sixth at their region tournaments this year.

the best of every shot and situation. I could not be more proud of all of them. They have all become daughters to me.” So far this season, Juan Diego was led by Rendon and took sixth at El Monte Mar. 20 and improved to fifth at Mount Ogden behind Stratton’s performance two days later. “I thought we played well during both tournaments considering three of our 10 girls have never played in a tournament before,” Anderson said. “Things are going well. The

girls have improved and are having fun.” Juan Diego is also scheduled to compete in tournaments at Oquirrh, Mountain View, Riverside and Stansbury. The 4A state championship will be held at Sunbrook May 16–17. “I think we have a great shot at make the state tournament this year,” Anderson said. “The girls have been working hard and improving every day.” l

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Utah Solar Company Broadens the Purpose of Renewable Energy Abroad A Ugandan child sits in his room, craning his neck upward and fixing his eyes upon the inextinguishable light radiating from the lightbulb atop his desk, revealing a gaze as emboldened as it is impassioned by the mind behind it. “I feel like I’m looking up into heaven,” he remarks. He knows he’s inside his room with a roof above his head, but no longer feels he is inside anything. His experience is now shared by many other children and families in Uganda, and Go Solar International is the company behind it. Keven Jensen, 55, and Scott Cramer, 32, are co-owners of Go Solar Group, a company whose story began in 2009 as a non-profit focused on solar initiatives in Zambia and Uganda before splitting the company into two different businesses: One for residential solar in Utah and one to maintain Jensen and Cramer’s founding vision of energy independence and educational opportunity abroad. To date, Go Solar International has provided 4,417,345 hours of extra child study time to Ugandan children. Go Solar International’s founding purpose ranks among the most unique and practical applications of solar power. For every home solar installation completed in Utah, the equivalent is contributed in Ugandan shillings for a home solar system via Go Solar International, which equates to enormous impact for what equates to only $100

USD in expenses. “That’s one example of why even a small impact can go a long way in Uganda and other educationally underprivileged areas. In fact, $100 USD could power everything the average Ugandan home needs for quite some time. Although two separate companies, Go Solar Group and Go Solar International have the same objective, each delivering the impact in separate locations. Below are Go Solar International’s impact statistics since 2015. Go Solar International’s Major Impact Statistics in Uganda Since 2015 In addition to the millions of extra hours provided in study time for Ugandan children, Go Solar International has also secured the following benefits for its solar initiatives. The following statistics are based on estimated impact for the life of a single solar light. -72% of households eliminating kerosene use -2 hours of additional daylight per day per household -A reduction in particulate matter equivalent to 1,020 cigarettes -2,869 solar lights installed -17,472 lives improved through clean and bright light -$360,417 USD equivalent in Ugandan family savings -2 kerosene lamps eliminated per

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and to their community. My family and I moved to Salt Lake from Brooklyn six years ago. We love it here—the outdoors, the ever-increasing slate of arts and culture offerings, and the ingrained sense of service. Even so, I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more connected to my community than I did Last Saturday on Cares Day. I sprayed windows and pulled weeds at The Road Home’s Palmer Court with a group of students from the U. I saw STEM workshop student’s wide smiles as they watched their ideas take shape in the 3D printer at Northwest Middle School. I sorted through cardboard boxes of clothes and toys in the basement loading dock of the YWCA with a group of nurses from Huntsman Cancer Institute. We were all moved when Sally Hannon, Development Coordinator at the Y, thanked us, saying, “I can’t believe all you’ve

done. I’ve never seen this part of the floor before.” I am proud to work at Comcast. In my new role, I will be focused on external relations strategies, including community impact work—like Cares Day—as well as communications and local government affairs. But the way I see it, I’m just the newest member of a super high-performing team, who have put an unbelievable amount of effort into the planning and execution of Comcast Cares Day. For them, this day is about people. It’s about supporting our project leads and partners; it is about delivering volunteers, students, and our nonprofit and school partners a seamless and meaningful experience; it is about making visible and lasting change to organizations and lives. And it is a little bit about hoping for good weather. Lucky for us, both sun and spirits shined brightly in Utah this Comcast Cares Day. l

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