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shton Whittle never had a hard time getting into sports, although it took her until fourth grade to truly find her passion for lacrosse. “I was an ambitious little fourth-grader looking for something I truly loved and could excel in. I grew up playing every sport I could get myself into: soccer, horseback riding, basketball, track, dance, swimming, volleyball, etc.” Whittle said. Everything changed when she saw a flier in her elementary school advertising Alta Thunder girls lacrosse. “After the first practice, I knew I had found something I loved and here I am eight years later still as in love with the sport as when I started,” Whittle said. Luckily for Whittle, not only does she love the sport, but she’s also unstoppable when she plays it. In her previous three years playing for Corner Canyon, she was team captain as well as being on first team All-State all three years, and she doesn’t plan on stopping that streak. “I hope to receive the title of All-American this year. I’m driven to be the best at my sport. When I step on that field it is my release, and it’s my domain, and it is where I am most comfortable, and I am intrinsically driven to keep it that way — mine,” Whittle said. With all of her accolades and talent, including leading the state in goals this past season, Whittle still holds her humility regarding the team. “As much as I want to excel at lacrosse and build upon my game, I am unable to do that without my team. These are amazing girls that inspire me to try harder and work harder. I can’t do it without them,” Whittle said. Whittle also greatly appreciates the faith her team has put in her by naming her team captain all three years, with a fourth year expected this coming season. “I’m hoping to continue that leadership into my fourth and final year. I can’t say exactly why I received captain, but it could be because of my passion for the game. I am so humbled to be seen as someone the team views as a leader, I couldn’t be more honored,” Whittle said. While Whittle’s focus is on her senior season, her lacrosse career is by no means near its end. After some extensive college searching and offers

Ashton Whittle will play lacrosse for Colorado Mesa University in college. (Kathy Holmberg/courtesy)

from D1, D2 and D3 lacrosse programs across the country, Whittle has committed her talent to the D2 program at Colorado Mesa University. “I am looking to make an immediate impact on that team and take them to the championships. I can’t wait to

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play this sport for four more years. GO MAVS!” Whittle said. Certain athletes can show their prowess in these crucial high school years, but few can dominate and lead the way Whittle has. After being

named team captain and first team All-State her freshman year, Whittle has showed no signs of slowing down, and her commitment to continue to play at a higher level than anyone else should give nightmares to her opponents for years to come. l

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nion Middle is just a few months from reaching its quinquagenary — or what most folks call its golden birthday — and like many of its neighboring schools, Union is beginning to show its age. On the Nov. 7 ballot, Canyons Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond to modernize and upgrade schools across Canyons School District. “Union is on the list of schools to be rebuilt if the bond initiative is approved by voters in November,” Principal Kelly Tauteoli said. “Union was built in 1968 and has not been reinforced to make it safe for children in the event of an earthquake.” In addition to safety, Tauteoli said students should have ideal setting for learning. Currently, the district is providing assistance in adjusting the temperature in its current buildings. “The district has been working with us to provide some relief for teachers and students in hot rooms. They have provided some swamp coolers and are looking at other temporary solutions. The new buildings the Canyons (School) District is building are climate controlled with a lot of natural light. These are the optimal conditions for classrooms. We want our students and teachers physically comfortable, so the focus can shift completely to learning,” she said. Nearby Midvalley Elementary is 60 years old, Hillcrest High is 55 years, Peruvian Park is 52 years and Brighton High is 48. These schools also are on the list to be torn down and rebuilt along with Edgemont Elementary or Bell View Elementary, if the bond passes, said Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney. “In June 2010, residents approved a $250 million tax-neutral bond that funded 13 major construction and renovation projects and we have kept our promise in improving those schools across Canyons District,” he said. “Now, we are asking taxpayers to approve this bond so we can continue our promise to upgrade more schools across our district.” The last of the 13 projects, the renovation of Indian Hills Middle, is underway and projected to be completed by the end of this current school year.

Canyons School District, which began with the 2009–10 school year, serves about 33,000 students in Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy’s 29 elementaries, eight middle schools and five traditional high schools as well as other locations for specialized programs. Haney said similar to homeowners borrowing money in the form of a mortgage, the school district borrows to finance the design, construction, expansion and renovation of school facilities. He said the general obligation bond is the form of the lowest possible interest rate and with Canyons’ financial record includes a AAA bond rating, which will guarantee the district the best available interest rate. “Taxes won’t go up,” he said. Along with the rebuilding of schools, which will cost about $257 million, a new elementary school at a cost of $20 million will be built in West Draper. Renovations that will cost $38.5 million will take part in Alta High, including a new auditorium and gymnasium. Additional classroom wings estimated at $4.5 million will be added at Corner Canyon High. Offices will be remodeled at a cost of $2.7 million at Brookwood, Granite, Oakdale, Park Lake, Silver Mesa and Sunrise elementaries. And natural lighting, which will cost $3.1 million, will be added to 18 elementary schools across the district boundaries. Haney also said the cost of the buildings will be augmented with ongoing capital facility money. The projects were based on a list compiled by architects in 2010, which addressed $650 million for improving facilities, he added. “These buildings are about kids. They spend a significant part of their days in schools so we want them to be safe, welcoming, well lit, clean, high-tech buildings across all parts of the district so every community in Canyons School District can benefit,” Haney said. Since Aug. 22 when Canyons Board of Education approved the plan to propose the bond, Canyons officials have met with neighbors, city councils and other leaders to answer questions about the proposal. At Ridgecrest Elementary’s 50th birthday bash, Superintendent Jim Briscoe passed fliers to attendees explaining the projects involved in the

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Union teachers, including eighth-grade English teacher Krista Edwards, use swamp coolers provided by Canyons School District to cool off in their classrooms. (Kelly Tauteoli/Union Middle School)

bond proposal. “I expect that these buildings will last longer than the previous schools, as we have improved architecture and engineering designing and updated maintenance,” he said. “I think we always will see a need for wireless (internet). We’re looking at the best investment for our buildings and our students, who are our future.” Briscoe also applauded the board of education for making a “tough decision” in proposing a second bond. Board President Sherril H. Taylor said Canyons’ commitment to its promise speaks for itself. “While we think our track record speaks for itself, we reiterate our pledge to provide modern and safe schools for our community while also serving as conscientious stewards of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “We have built so much momentum since our patrons graciously supported our previous facility-improvement plan, and we have great hopes the community will continue to work with us in our efforts to build up Canyons together.” l

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Alta High students Chalk the Walk with famous art reproductions By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Eighty-eight students entered Alta High’s 32nd annual Chalk the Walk contest, creating reproductions of famous paintings of pets. (Alta High School)


lta High senior Britton Gross loves drawing crabs, so it was a given that that was the subject matter of his Chalk the Walk drawing, which he drew with partner Josh Stephenson, also a senior, for their “famous paintings of pets” entry. “I had never used chalk for drawing before, but this sounded fun,” Britton said, adding that he and his classmate both have taken Painting I. So the two settled on the back patio area at Alta High, and in their allotted space reproduced Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 oil painting “Two Crabs.” Josh likes to work with chalk. “It’s easier to blend and we can draw and create cool art with it,” he said. “Everyone here has amazing talent and skill, but it’s also just a great opportunity to hang out and enjoy our creativity.” By everyone, he means 44 two-member teams who had four hours to draw horses, cats, dogs and other critters made famous in abstracts, with hopes of being on the cover of the “Saturday Evening Post.” Senior Ashia Chen teamed up with junior Alisha Yockey to re-create a famous Andy Warhol painting.

“We looked online for ideas, then once we found one we wanted to enter, we submitted our painting beforehand for approval,” Chen said. Yockey, who participated last year, said it’s a good break from classwork. “It’s been fun to do,” she said. “It’s harder than it looks, bending over all the time and my hand gets raw from rubbing at the chalk to blend it, but still, it’s great to take the day off and focus on something else.” The high school students were excused from class to participate in the judged contest, said Katie Campbell, who is the art department chair. “We want to give students the chance to appreciate famous works of art and also learn the process of re-creating them in groups,” Campbell said. “This is about having fun and creating art with chalk. Some of our student have taken art classes and some have not, but it’s a great way to bring our school together through art.” Campbell said the event also is a learning activity — students learn how to draw their artwork to a grid and learn chalk

techniques. The event also allows other students — those not drawing — a chance to observe. “This gives artistic as well as non-artistic students the opportunity to view the creative process and appreciate reproductions of famous works of art,” she said. The Chalk the Walk event began in 1985 by Doug Allen, and the school has held it annually, weather permitting. AP art history students as well as faculty and staff judge the entries. The winning team of Sydney Boyter and Summer Wood received $50 for their reproduction of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.” Second place went to Tristen Pillow and Taylor Neil for their re-creation of “Cow.” A tie for third was “Chat Noir” by Zeta Bsharah and Alyssa Larsen and “Lait Pur” by Madison Demercy and Emily Corry. Junior Makayla Jones and sophomore Lydia Stueber appreciated learning the techniques and knew it wasn’t just about winning. “We do it because we love art and it’s relaxing,” Jones said. “And it’s fun,” Stueber added. l


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Juan Diego Catholic High students to kick off theater season with “Godspell” By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com¬

The cast of “Godspell” rehearse in preparation of performances starting Oct. 26. (Joe Crnich/JDCHS)

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uan Diego Catholic High School’s theater season will take audiences from a royal palace in 14th-century Elsinore, Denmark where young Prince Hamlet learns his mother already has remarried his dead father’s brother, to the retelling of the Gospel of Matthew set in modern-day New York City. First up for about 20 Juan Diego Catholic High theater students this fall will be to perform “Hamlet” Thursday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 30 in the 41st annual junior high and high school Shakespeare competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University in Cedar City. “‘Hamlet’ is the greatest play ever written and after seeing it in the round, I fell in love with it,” said Juan Diego’s theater director Joe Crnich. “It’s a fascinating play and the kids love performing Shakespeare. They read it this summer and hit the ground running with soliloquys ready to perform the first day of school.” In addition to performing at the Shakespeare festival, students also will perform it Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 18, 2018 at the school, 300 East 11800 South. The first show on Juan Diego’s stage this season, however, will be “Godspell,” where on behalf of John the Baptist, men and women forsake their jobs to become the disciples of Jesus Christ. They then retell the Gospel of Matthew in modern-day New York City through song and dance. “This is a great show with fantastic music. Some of our kids know it and some don’t, but it’s a musical that tells the story of forming a community and how disjointed it can be at the beginning, but how they come together in the end,” Crnich said. The 50-member cast, which will include up to a dozen St. John the Baptist Elementary students, is family friendly and will have a live rock band performing alongside the actors. The set will

include a back wall mural, tagged with “tasteful” street art. Jesus is played by senior Thomas Moore and John the Baptist and Judas by sophomore Gabe Veltri. The music will be under the direction of Cameron Brownell, choreography by Shelti Thompson, costumes by Katie Rogel and lighting design by Adam Day. “We’re a tight bunch in theater, so this really adds to the practice of what we preach,” Crnich said. “It’s a show that everyone remembers.” The show will be performed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 28 and a 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29 matinee in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 in advance. For the holidays, the students will perform in “Lux Die,” a performing arts night at St. John the Baptist church on campus. The 90-minute show will feature music, dance and theater and will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10. Also in the spring, Juan Diego students will perform their one-act piece, “Why the Lord Came to Sand Mountain,” Wednesday, March 21 at the regional competition. Created by American dramatist Romulus Linney, the short play tells about Jesus and St. Peter looking for a place to spend the night with a family in Kentucky. While they may not approve of the family’s lifestyle, they are warmed by the hospitality and tell their life stories. “It’s really a funny and moving story that we will also showcase here at the school in early May,” Crnich said. “This season we’re trying to expose our students to more varieties of great literature to perform.” This season’s shows are amongst the shows Crnich wants students to learn during their four years at the school: Shakespearean pieces, classic American dramas, contemporary pieces and classical musicals. l

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Corner Canyon theater season will open with ‘The Little Mermaid’ By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com¬

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efore Corner Canyon High students take the stage with their season opener, “The Little Mermaid,” 25 advanced theater students will showcase their ensemble piece for the 41st annual junior high and high school Shakespeare competition in Cedar City. The preview to their competition piece, William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” will be performed at Corner Canyon High at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the school auditorium, 12943 South 700 East. The ensemble cast will be joined by about 15 more students who are performing monologues and scenes, dancing in “King Lear” as well as competing in the Tech Olympics to take part of the annual Shakespeare competition, Thursday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 30, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University. “With this year’s competition date moved up about two weeks earlier, we started our rehearsals this summer and have added Saturdays as well for the first time,” said theater director Phaidra Atkinson, who will be joined by English teacher Mark Oram. The thespians return to Corner Canyon to perform “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18 and again, Monday, Nov. 20. A special prince and princess party will be held on Saturday with a story time, face painting, photos and more fun, Atkinson said. Tickets will be available in November at showtix4u.com for $8. At the door, the tickets will be $10. “We had our biggest auditions ever and have cast about 150 students, including 40 students from age seven through seventh grade. This is a great community builder. Those kids who were in our first production of ‘Seussical’ now are taking theater classes and feeling comfortable right away in our theater program,” she said. The role of Ariel is played by junior Abby Walker and Prince Eric is performed by senior Sam Schino. Sebastian is played by senior Stoney Grayer; Scuttle by senior Anne Maylett; Flounder by sophomore Tanner Lybbert; Ursula by senior Hope Weaver; King Triton by junior Bruno Vassel; and Aquata by senior Bailey Schepps. The show is directed and choreographed by Atkinson, with Case Spaulding as co-director and tech director. Melissa Thorne is the vocal director and Randal Clark is the orchestra director. Jamie Crowther, who is the dance company director, also is choreographing the show. Local businesses that would like to sponsor the show can be part of Ariel’s Grotto, which

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will be placed in the theater’s lobby, and can contact Atkinson at the school for more information. The theater season’s first show in 2018 will be “Doctor Faustus,” an Elizabethan tragedy about the life and death of the doctor, written by Christopher Marlowe. “It’s about a man who sells his soul to the devil and can’t change that contract even when he realizes it’s not where he wants himself to be,” Atkinson said. “It teaches us to be careful for what we wish for.” Because of the mature nature of the show, Atkinson recommends the show for middleschool age and older. It will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 in the school’s Little Theatre. The Chargers’ finale will be the musical “Happy Days,” based on the popular 1970s sitcom. The show will be performed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 through Saturday, May 19. “It’s a brand new musical — basically a clean version of ‘Grease’ that will be exciting to tackle and fun for our students and patrons,” Atkinson said. The performances of “Happy Days,” “Taming of the Shrew” and “Doctor Faustus” will be performed by the school’s 25-member productions company. l

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any residents used the Aug. 21 solar eclipse to increase or enhance their knowledge of science. Salt Lake County libraries throughout the valley hosted eclipse-viewing parties from 10 a.m. until past noon. The eclipse reached maximum coverage at 11:33 a.m. While Salt Lake county residents were not in the zone to see the total eclipse, the viewpoint here was 92 percent at fullest coverage. “People were lined up at the doors of many branches before the libraries even opened,” said Kelsy Thompson, public relations coordinator for the library. She reported that Sandy alone had about 700 people attend. “I’d say between all 18 of our branches, we easily had a few thousand patrons attend and partake in the festivities.” The library branches gave out 3,000 pairs of viewing glasses on eclipse day alone, and had been distributing them, as available, before the event as well. “For those patrons who couldn’t acquire glasses, many of the branches also created pinhole viewers and cardboard viewers with solar film for patrons to watch the eclipse. We also had a full schedule of branch events leading up to Aug. 21,” said Thompson. These events included talks about the solar system at the Taylorsville branch, related

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storytime readings at various branches, crafts at the Whitmore branch, rocket launchings at Bingham Creek and a Lunar Tunes/Looney Tunes cartoon marathon at Bingham Creek. Joakima Carr came to the West Jordan library viewing party with her son, 7-year-old Daisun, and daughter, 5-year-old Daiyana. Her baby, Dailuna, also came along to the party. Joakima laughed that several of her children had space-related names, one with “sun” and one with “luna.” Damon, the father, is a mechanical engineer and likes to promote science learning with the kids. “I want to be an astronaut. I want to go to Jupiter,” said Daisun. He explained how Jupiter was the largest planet, and he talked about the storms on Mars. Joakima had helped the kids build cardboard eclipse viewers. She had watched a video on YouTube to learn how to build them. Daisun was already learning about the phases of the moon in school. The family also recently watched the movie “The Martian” and had discussed living on Mars. The kids had used blocks at home to make stackable buildings and a satellite, inspired by the movie. Joakima said the family has also gone to visit a space museum and that the kids enjoy anything with a space theme.

Retiree John Perry also came to the viewing party. Perry has been interested in space since the TV show “Star Trek” debuted. Perry came to the library grounds because there were no obstructions, and he could set up his telescope with a filter and camera attachment. He programmed the camera to take a photo every 40 seconds to document the movement of the moon across the sun. “It’s amazing to see the sun and moon both together at the same time,” he said. Attendees at the party expressed appreciation that Perry let them look through his telescope. Perry enjoys taking photos of celestial events. He took 268 images when Mercury crossed the sun. Mercury and Venus are closer to the sun than our planet, so when they cross in between the Earth and the sun it’s called a transit. Mercury’s last transit was May 9, 2016. Information from the county library website shows that the 2017 Great American Eclipse united most of the country in viewing it. CNN recently projected that about half the country (150 million people) watched some portion of the eclipse. This compares to 20 million people who watched the 2017 NBA Championship, and 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl this past February. l


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‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ coming to Draper Historic Theatre By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


raper Historic Theatre is no stranger to hosting classic musicals, plays and other productions. This October will be no exception when “Arsenic and Old Lace” will entertain audiences. This rendition of the 1939 play by Joseph Kesselring has been adapted in film and performed numerous times across the U.S. Draper Historic Theatre will host the popular stage performance Oct. 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23. Each performance begins at 7 p.m. at the theater, 12366 South 900 East. Marc Navez will be this rendition’s executive producer and director. Casey Dean is working as assistant director, with Todd TaylorHosington as stage manager. Other key organizers and leaders are Craig Haycock, who’ll be technical adviser; Aylana Bria, as costume designer; and Kimberly Webb, handling prop design. The play follows the Brewster family, descendants of the Mayflower who have become insane and homicidal. The only family member

who doesn’t share these murderous inclinations is Mortimer Brewster, the main character in the play. He has recently proposed to marry his true love, Elaine, though he is now questioning whether he wants to go through with it. Meanwhile, Mortimer’s aunts have gotten into the practice of poisoning old men with a homemade concoction of elderberry wine with arsenic, strychnine and a pinch of cyanide. Mortimer discovers one of these victims. While this would be sufficient enough to drive anyone to madness, Mortimer gets a visit from his crazy brother, who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt, along with another brother, Jonathan, who has altered his appearance in order to hide his crimes of murder. The combination of this zany cast of characters and bizarre events leads to hilarity and shenanigans that are sure to keep all audience members in stitches. The play will be especially entertaining given it will be performed

just before Halloween. Those interested in seeing this crowd-pleasing, hysterical play should visit http://www.drapertheatre.org/. You may also visit the box office of the theater the night of each showing; however, seating is limited, so arrive early. The box office will open at 6:20. Ticket prices vary depending on seats and age. There are three different types of seats: Premium Select, Premium Reserved and General Admission. For Premium Select, it’ll be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and military members, and $10 for children 12 and under. Premium Reserved seats will cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and military, and $8 for children 12 and under. For General Admission, it’s $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, students and military, and $8 for children 12 and under. The Draper Historic Theatre opened its doors in 1938 as “The Pearl.” It became a nonprofit organization in 1998. l

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Draper police officer takes on new role as city’s park ranger By Lexi Peery

Officer Ryan Clegg often patrols Corner Canyon and the surrounding areas with his truck or bike. (Jon Beesley/Resident)


raper Police Department Officer Ryan Clegg has been able to mix his love for the outdoors and mountain biking into his full-time police responsibilities. As the first park ranger for Draper City, Clegg spends his time patrolling Corner Canyon and the surrounding area. When the city decided to add a new position to the police

force, Clegg jumped at the opportunity. Since stepping into the role in early July, Ranger Clegg (as some residents jokingly call him) has added a police presence to the area that hasn’t existed before. “The issues we were having in the canyon were not being patrolled by our officers since we are understaffed and we don’t have the time to go way back into the open space,” Clegg said. “It also doesn’t make sense since we don’t have the right vehicles or equipment and a lot of officers don’t know where they are going because they are unfamiliar with the bike trails. You really have to be an avid biker or have a passion to be up there to know where you are going.” Some issues that have mostly gone unaddressed in the area include trespassing, vandalism, campfires, fireworks, violating trail rules and not locking up the gates at various trailheads at night. Clegg is addressing those issues in his new role. During the first year of his new position, Clegg knows the mayor, city council and police department will be watching closely to see what kind of activities have flown under the radar in the past. He’s hoping he’ll soon have someone else to work with “if I can show there’s a need for it.” Since becoming a Draper officer five years ago, Clegg has spent hours exploring the area on his mountain bike trying to familiarize himself with the area. He fell in love with the area because there are so many different loops and trails to take. Clegg works 40 hours a week and spends those hours in the mountains doing whatever he sees fit. Oftentimes in the cool parts of the day, Clegg can be seen riding his bike up and down

the trails, finding problem areas and making sure the various bikers, hikers and motorists don’t have any issues with each other. The rest of the time he’s on duty, he drives his truck around to the trailheads and other problem areas to patrol. “I just vary for the needs of the canyon. And I blend in with what really needs to happen,” Clegg said. “There are times that I need to be up there over the weekend during the evening hours because that’s when the juveniles are coming out or the crime is occurring.” Even though it may seem like a lonely job — patrolling the canyon for hours on end — Clegg has found that people in the area have taken an interest in him and what he’s doing up there. “I hang out at the trailheads sometimes just to talk to people. They’re interested in knowing what’s going on, why there’s a guy with a gun belt and about the new position. I’ve gotten a lot of questions and lots of positive contact,” Clegg said. “They’re happy to see me, which is different for me.” Clegg is in charge of the area from Orson Smith Trailhead — or the Northeast part of Draper — through Corner Canyon and Suncrest, into Alpine and Highland. “It’s a large area,” Clegg said. “Overall, it’s a fun job — I can’t complain. I get to get out on my bike and I’m always active, which is really nice. The hard part about this job is making sure you don’t overdo it in a day or week,” Clegg said. “You have to pace yourself and know where you’re going and for how long, and make sure you’re doing regular checks with dispatch to let them know where you’re at. But I enjoy my job and I love talking to the community.” l


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ne year ago, I publicly shared the story of one of my sons having suicidal thoughts, and our efforts to get him help. Late one night last summer, my son came to me and told me “I want to die.” No mother wants to hear those words from her child. My heart ached as I tried to figure out what to do. He was in a dire situation and I was racking my brain on where to turn. As an elected official on the Salt Lake County Council, I couldn’t believe I didn’t know who to call. September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and over the past year I’ve learned a lot about this problem, as well as some of the ongoing efforts to fix it. I learned that suicide is the number one killer of teens in Utah. I learned (firsthand) the panic and fear that far too many parents feel when they desperately search for resources. And I learned we need a better way to connect these parents and individuals with crisis intervention resources to avert a tragedy. I’ve been fortunate to be able to serve on the state crisis line commission and work with Lt Governor Cox, state legislators, and mental health professionals to improve resources to those in crisis. We have been meeting for the past several months surveying the level of resources throughout Utah available to individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The commission has finished the first phase, and will

present the findings to the state legislature. There are more than 20 different crisis lines throughout the state, with varying hours of access and level of resource. Because of this, we are recommending a public messaging campaign promoting the national crisis phone number: 1-800-273-TALK. We want to ensure this number funnels to the local resources based on where someone is calling from. We are hopeful that federal legislation by Senator Hatch and Congressman Stewart will create a nationwide three-digit crisis line in the future. Areas of the state where local crisis lines aren’t operational 24/7, we’ll seek additional funding to bring them up to speed. We want to make sure that every caller in the midst of crisis is connected with a live person on the other end—not a recording. We also want to ensure that the people responding to calls are well-trained and sufficiently prepared to potentially save lives. Currently, Salt Lake County is serviced by a highly-skilled and dedicated team of professionals at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, better known as “UNI.” The people who take calls at UNI are consummate professionals. Not only can they help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, they can also be a resource to anyone who is struggling but not quite at crisis level yet. I had the opportunity to tour the UNI facility and I was impressed by

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Disciplined Corner Canyon girls soccer dominating region play By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


idway through soccer season, the Corner Canyon girls team is undefeated in region play as they look to continue their hot streak. Head coach Krissa Reinbold has created a well-organized program in her fifth season with the team, having been there since the start. “I had coached club soccer for several years, but I had recently decided to take a break for my family. I heard about this new school opening, and I missed coaching, and with the school being so close, it was perfect to be able to manage the team and my family, so they hired me before the school even opened,” Renibold said. Since then, Reinbold has built the team into a group of truly dedicated girls working for the team, which has clearly shown on their record. “Our biggest factor is we have a group of amazing girls that are all committed to each other, to work hard for each other. They have set goals for the season, and every day they work hard to achieve them. Our seniors are also terrific, not only as soccer players, but as examples for their teammates,” Reinbold said. The team is currently 4-0 in region play and 8-1 overall, with their only loss coming in the preseason to Skyline. Reinbold attributes their success and future success in the season to the mindset of the team. “We have set high

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goals and expectations this season, and not losing sight of those will be key. Also, making sure we do not overlook any games and staying focused on the end game,” Reinbold added. While the team is seeming to have no trouble achieving their goals so far, their goals are team oriented, not individual oriented. “We always stress that we are not individuals, we are a team, and that we will win, lose or tie as a team,” Reinbold said. “Luckily, we also have a stream of fantastic athletes that come to our school. Not only can they play, but their work rate is second to none,” Reinbold said. As disciplined as the team is in their pursuit of glory, Reinbold is not ignorant to burnout. “We have a well-organized team, but we try to have a lot of fun. Every Friday we theme our practices, and dress up in costumes for practice. Things like this help build relationships that strengthen us as a team, which in return helps us on the field,” Reinbold said. It seems that the Corner Canyon girls soccer team has found the perfect balance of team dedication and fun under Coach Reinbold, and with a talented group of athletes and a perfect region record to defend, they will be a scary team to play when playoffs roll around in October. l

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Grappler and coach head to world finals By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he story of U.S. grappling team member Koffi Adzitso begins at a young age when his family left Africa and settled in Utah as refugees. His new life would take him on a journey to the World Grappling Championships in Azerbaijan. “Only 20 people made the team, lots tried out and two of us come from Utah. We get to represent the USA and travel out of the country as team members,” Adzitso said. The World Grappling Championships are scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Adzitso trains with Taylorsville resident and former grappling World Champion Brandon Ruiz. He began hand-to-hand combat training after graduating from Cottonwood High School in 2007. While training he met Ruiz and began learning from him. “I heard about wrestling my senior year and went out for the team. After high school I was doing MMA (mixed martial arts) and that is when I met Brandon. Every time I compete Brandon is in my corner. I have learned everything from him. This time I made the team with him,” Adzitso said. He joined the Colts wrestling team his senior year and placed second in his weight class at the Utah High School Activities Association state wrestling meet. He encourages kids to wrestle as early as they can. “Wrestling teaches a lot of discipline and how to respect people. I learned to honor people and be responsible,” Adzitso said. Adzitso and his family came to Utah when he was 11 years old. He moved from Togo, Africa. His parents got jobs at the airport to support his family. “My parents really struggled to give us a good life here. They gave up a lot of stuff to come here and we settled in and became

citizens. We came here with only the stuff we could fit in our suitcase,” Adzitso said. Because he is different he got into a lot of fights in school. “I dressed different, did not speak English and looked different than everyone else. Back in Africa we fought a lot. When I was bullied I would defend myself. Then I started wrestling and instead of fighting after school I was on a team. I felt this was it, and I knew it would keep me away from trouble,” Adzitso said. Grappling differs from wrestling—it is wrestling to submission. This means a competitor is expected to submit either verbally or by tapping his opponent to admit defeat. Refusing to “tap out” can risk unconsciousness or serious injury. His supporters have started a go fund me account to help him raise funds for travel while attending the championships. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/send-koffi-to-worldchampionship. Adzitso estimates his trip to the world championships will cost about $5,000. He works for Intermountain Health Care in the purchasing warehouse. He trains by riding his bicycle to work and working out with Ruiz his coach. He rides 34 miles a day and spends approximately 12 hours a week perfecting his skill. He qualified for the team in April at the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas. He finished fourth in the 84 kg class. Adzitso is nicknamed “The Lion King” in Ultimate Fighting circles and began fighting in 2007. His UFC record includes 20 wins and 11 losses. He had nine knockouts. His last UFC fight was in 2014 when he began training for submission grappling full time. l

Koffi Adzitso will represent the United States at the World Grappling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Koffi Adzitso)

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Corner Canyon girls tennis look for strong tournament push behind doubles teams and dedicated coach By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon girls tennis team is looking strong entering the upcoming fall season, behind a pair of particularly strong doubles teams. Under head coach Mykel Seeborg, the team is poised to make a deep playoff run this year. Seeborg has been the coach since the school opened about five years ago, and only found out about the job by chance. “At the time the school opened, I was working as a tennis pro and building a clientele in the Draper area, and during a lesson with the CCHS mountain biking coach Whitney Pogue, she mentioned the school was looking for a tennis coach, and now here we are!” Seeborg said. Under Seeborg’s reign, the team has had some impressive players come through. “My first year, I had a senior, Killian Doran, who went undefeated the whole season until the semifinals of the state tournament. She now plays at Minnesota State. Jenna Fosdick, who was next in line on that team, plays at Dixie State, but is currently transferring to play somewhere on the east coast,” Seeborg said. The key to the team’s success under Seeborg has been the players’ dedication to play as much as possible. “Due to the short season, it is very important for the girls to play year round. It becomes very apparent from year to year of those who put in the work during the offseason and those who don’t,” Seeborg said. But Seeborg is aware of varying passions for

the sport, and has let that improve his coaching style. “Everyone’s level of desire is a little different, which is what makes the sports great — it will reward those who put in the work. So as the season has progressed, we have been focusing on strengthening some of the weaker aspects of our players’ game. I tell my players, “You need to have a plan B!’ When thing aren’t going well, you need to find another way to be successful,” Seeborg said. And with that well-rounded mindset, the team looks like a strong contender in this year’s state tournament, especially behind their top two doubles teams. “The senior duo is Addie Sepulveda and Raili Jenkins, and they are favorites to win the state championship at no. 1 doubles, follow the path of Addie’s older brother Nick, who won it this spring. The other team is Lizzie Simmons and Emma Heiden, and they are poised to make a deep run at state. They have great chemistry and a lot of experience together, even though they are only a junior and sophomore,” Seeborg said. For the future, Seeborg, couldn’t be more excited. “I have been blessed with the greatest kids and parents since day one, and now some of the younger siblings are coming out for the team, and the pipeline is starting to flow,” Seeborg said. With a strong title challenge and a strong future lined up, the Corner Canyon girls tennis team will be one to watch in October. l

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n her 12 years of teaching and 13 years as principal, Amy Martz has worked to provide the best for Utah students. She cares so much for her students that, when as a principal, she discovered students in need of a home, she applied to be a foster parent and brought them into her own home. She adopted a student in 2008 and three more last year. As a principal, Martz advocated for children as well as teachers. Her frustration with budgeting restraints built up over the years until she finally made another life-changing decision. “I just got really tired of having to tell teachers ‘no’ for things that they desperately needed,” she said In 2012, she quit her high-paying administration job to go back to school to earn a law degree that would enable her to sue the state for education funding. “The legislature is really going to have to dig deep and find a source of funding; we’re so far behind,” said Martz. While she finished her degree, Martz returned to part-time teaching at Fox Hills Elementary, taking a nearly 80 percent pay cut while continuing to deal with problems exacerbated by lack of funding. “I have a new perspective on it from having been a teacher and a principal,” she said. “Now I’m also a student (I’ve done 10 years of college), and now I have these kids. These guys have really made me think about where we are right now with funding for education and that I want to fight for them because they deserve to have a better education.” The biggest problem, according to Martz, is class size. She said classrooms aren’t made to accommodate so many children. Last year she had a class of 33 students and said it was very difficult to move around and to stay on top of everything. “To have 33 was just really unconscionable, and it affected the kids,” said Martz. “You never get 30 people to ever stop talking.” Because the school added another track, this year she has 19 students, making it easier to monitor student progress, have more one-on-one time and communicate with parents. Behavior is also better, she said. “It’s a whole different experience to have a class size like the rest of the nation,” she said. She’d also like to have the means to provide more technology opportunities for her students. “We’re fighting over a set of Chromebooks right now, trying to get technology into everyone’s hands,” she said of the teachers at her school. “I would use it every day for a couple of hours if I could have it but everybody wants it, and it’s hard to get enough for all.” More school counselors, psychologists and administration should also be a high priority for budgeting, said Martz. Martz believes many students with behavior problems, that don’t qualify for special education aides, would benefit from one-on-one help in the classroom to help monitor behavior.

“You can’t teach when you are worried about making sure everyone is safe,” said Martz. Principals spend time chasing these children, she said. When she was a principal, Martz felt her time was consumed with dealing with crises. “There’s not enough of me to go around to do all the things I need to do,” she said. Just one principal and a half-time administrative assistant are responsible for the 1,200 students at Fox Hills, illustrating how Utah not only has the highest student-to-teacher ratios but also principal to student ratios. Martz believes going to court could help bring needed changes to the education budget. She said similar lawsuits have been brought before 46 states—and 27 of them have won. In the time she’s been working toward her law degree, progress has been made. In 2016, the Alliance for a Better Utah (betterutah.org) announced its intention to sue the state. “Better Utah believes that the legislature is not living up to its duty under the Utah Constitution to provide adequate funding for our children’s schools. It is our belief that if the legislature continues to ignore their responsibility to provide for our children’s future, they should face up to their failures in a court of law,” organization officials said in a statement. The Alliance is waiting to see how the legislature will respond. Meanwhile, Alliance Board Chair Josh Kanter encourages the community to let their government leaders know their feelings about the issue. It’s a slow process that’s not moving fast enough for Our Schools Now (ourschoolsnow. com), a coalition of business and civic leaders who believe local leaders can make better decisions for education funding. They are campaigning for a ballot initiative proposing a tax increase that would generate $700 million each year, increasing spending nearly $1,000 per student. “New funding will be allocated directly to Utah schools so that the teachers and students of those schools will directly receive the benefits of greater investment in education,” said Austin Cox, campaign manager of the coalition. “We must provide our teachers with the resources they need to teach our students the skills they need for future success.” Funding from the initiative will be used for teacher salaries, early learning, technology, professional development, class size reduction, additional teachers, counselors, tutors and specialists, or any other purpose to improve student performance. It would not go toward district administration expenses or construction. Martz is actively involved with the Our Schools Now campaign, collecting signatures (they need 113,000) to get the initiative on the ballot for November 2018. She believes this campaign sends a message to a legislature that hasn’t been willing to take action. “The people want education so badly that they’re willing to do it themselves and put through

A dedicated educator, Amy Martz went to law school so she could sue the state for funding. (courtesy of Amy Martz)

this voter initiative,” Martz said. “If it doesn’t go through, that will be very difficult on the lawsuit because it shows the public isn’t willing to pay more money.” Kanter said it is the outcome of the initiative and whether the legislature responds with a significant change that will determine if the alliance follows through with the lawsuit. Martz hopes as momentum builds, improvements in education will garner more support. Granite School District has made some progress with its recent 11.67 percent salary increase for teachers. Other districts are expected to follow suit, said Martz. “The school districts have realized there’s a teacher shortage coming, that they really need to do something to motivate teachers to come to their district,” she said. But she said districts are still limited by funding. “They can do this onetime allotment that’s really going to help, but they don’t have any authority to go higher. The ultimate problem is they’re going to outgrow that tax increase when they need more teachers.” Martz passed her bar exam in September. She is considering going into public service. She feels that she would do well in juvenile defense. Also, being a parent of an autistic child, she said she could help families with special needs children navigate the education system to get the most benefit for their children. Or she might just return to being a principal. Either way, she will continue to push for better funding for education, fueled by her own children’s needs. “I want their education to be better,” she said. “I fight as much for them now as for the kids I had when I was the principal. I consider those my kids, too.” l

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Sandy family climbs tallest mountain in Africa By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

The Groves family and their guides and porters hanging out at camp on their way to the top of Kilimanjaro. (Jeff Groves)


n early July of 2017, Jeff Groves, his wife, Maria, and their two daughters, 13-year-old Eliana and 10-year-old Analina, embarked on a trek to climb the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. “I think I was inspired to climb Kilimanjaro when I saw the IMAX film called ‘Kilimanjaro’ that came out 14 years ago, so it’s always been on my bucket list as something to do,” said Jeff, a neurologist at Lone Peak Hospital. The family from Sandy were gifted the plane tickets by Jeff’s parents, who also invited his brother’s family along on a Tanzanian safari for their 50th wedding anniversary. The Groves family first flew out to spend seven days hiking up and down the mountain before meeting the rest of the family for the safari and visiting orphanages. “I thought they were joking at first,” said Eliana. “It didn’t seem like we would do that. My dad originally wanted to do it himself and then my mom said, ‘no, I want to do it with you,’ and so we thought, why don’t we all just do it?” The Groves spent around four months preparing for their journey, researching, going to various sports equipment stores to ensure they had the proper layers and gear, and going on a lot of local hikes through the Wasatch Front as a family to get in shape for the five days of eight-hour consecutive hiking. Maria especially had to carefully research and prepare because her type 1 diabetes can be severely affected by so much exercise. Along with her motherly worry about her family getting injured and altitude sickness that so easily

happens in such tall areas of the world, Maria had to schedule meetings with her endocrinologist and diabetic educators to ensure she had all of the necessary knowledge and equipment that she would need to keep her insulin and blood sugar in check. “I had to worry about whether they would fail on the mountain” said Maria. “It was a lot of research to make sure I was prepared to go. I had a little bit more of a life and death situation to think about.” With everything packed and researched as best they could, the family flew to Tanzania and then to the Mt. Kilimanjaro airport where, after 20 hours of flying and jet lag dragging at them, they met their guides and porters and began the climb up the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. “It was hot and stuffy cause there were a lot of people and I just thought, how are we here?” said Eliana. “It;s crazy to think that we’re just in Africa all of a sudden.” Going up the Machame route, which Jeff referred to as the most difficult and most beautiful route, the family, loaded down with 25-pound packs, began at 5,400 feet. They walked through tropical jungle while learning Swahili words from their guides, being careful to follow their instructions of “pole pole” — which means “slowly slowly” — to avoid injury and altitude sickness, a common reason most who venture the climb don’t end up reaching the summit. The Groves were delighted by the wildlife that was present throughout the rainforest climate, like butterflies, blue monkeys and Colobus monkeys jumping through the trees.

“My favorite was the rainforest at the beginning because it’s so different from what we have here and there are monkeys,” said Eliana. “I think it was really cool because all of a sudden, the environment would just change.” Mt. Kilimanjaro hosts a variety of biomes from rainforest to temperate to arctic, and it was the frozen arctic the Groves family planned on reaching. On the morning of the summit day, the group started out in the dark at 4 a.m. in -10 degrees Fahrenheit to make the long slog to the top. “You get to see the arctic climate zone, which is really cool because you get to see these large glaciers, 200–300 feet sheer walls of ice,” said Jeff. Once they reached the summit at noon, the family rested a bit, then turned around and started the two-day, 14,000-foot hike back down the mountain. “It was pretty easy at the bottom and then summitting was hard. I think I did pretty well,” said Analina. Maria felt that the best thing about the trip, — besides the opportunity to learn new things and accomplish something most people never will — was the bonding between the entire family. Hiking all day, playing cards in the tent at night, just talking with each other brought them together in a whole new way. “We’re super proud of our kids for doing it,” said Jeff. “My big hope for my kids is that the knowledge that they have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro will empower them to get through other challenges and hopefully inspire them to try other accomplishments and meaningful things in their lives.” l

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Women’s football team remains a nearly perfect juggernaut By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Quarterback Louise Bean shows teammates her most valuable player trophy after winning the IWFL championship at Cottonwood High School in Murray. (Utah Falconz)


e’ve all heard the saying, nobody’s perfect. But that’s not 100 percent true. The 1972 Miami Dolphins football team was perfect. In 2008, the New England Patriots were perfect, until losing Super Bowl XLII. But neither of those teams came close to what the Utah Falconz women’s football team has now accomplished over their first four seasons. The local Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) team—which plays its home games at Cottonwood High School, in Murray —has lost just one game over four seasons. Their nearly perfect record is now 42-1. This summer the Falconz also claimed their second straight league title, playing at home before what many league officials believe was the largest crowd to ever attend an IWFL game. “There were so many people there,” Utah quarterback Louise Bean said. “I’ve heard estimates of 2,000 to 3,000 people. It was, by far, the coolest sports experience of my life.” It was also the end of an era—Bean’s era—with the Falconz. Shortly after Utah defeated the Austin (TX) Yellowjackets 3518 in the championship game, Bean was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. But long before the game was played, Louise and her teammates already knew it was her last Falconz game. “My kids are getting older—and at age 43 I had already decided this was my last season,” Bean said. “But then my husband got a job opportunity in Great Falls, Montana. So even if I had thought about changing my mind, we won’t be here anymore.” The mother of three went out in style, completing all seven of her passes in the championship game—three of them for touchdowns. Her favorite moment of championship night came on one of those touchdown passes, though she wasn’t even watching teammate Lexie Floor when she crossed the goal line, 70 yards down field. “She (Floor) was so far in the clear, I knew she would score,” Bean said. “So I just turned to watch the crowd go crazy. It was an awesome moment—the best since I’ve been on the team—and a

memory I’ll have forever.” Bean has never been injured and has started every single game for the Falconz at quarterback. However, she has also shared time with other quarterbacks, and is confident the team will be able to fill her spot next season without skipping a beat. Meantime, Bean’s teammate—wide receiver and defensive back Elisa Salazar—has every intention of returning next year, to try to help the Falconz complete a three-peat. “I enjoy the team so much,” Salazar said. “It’s great to be surrounded by such good people. We have to pay to participate; but I think it’s money well spent.” The 51 women on this year’s Utah Falconz roster each paid an $800 registration fee, to help cover costs for travel, medical staff, field rental and other expenses. For a team that has rampaged through its opponents with only one loss in four seasons, perhaps the most logical question is what makes the Falconz so dominant? “Honestly, we are smaller than pretty much every team we play,” Salazar said. “So it’s definitely not our size. I think there are three primary reasons why we do so well: leadership, discipline and conditioning.” Salazar cites the team ownership and coaches for providing the skilled leadership the women need to be successful. On conditioning, she says the Falconz work out hard to stay in shape. “There have been a lot of games where we’ve really felt tested in the first quarter or first half,” she said. “But normally by the end of the game, we have more energy left than our opponents. I know we’ve won a lot of games for that reason.” As for discipline, Salazar said, “We really don’t have a lot of plays; but the ones we have we practice over and over, and pay very close attention to the smallest details. I know that has helped us win several games too.” The Utah Falconz always have several roster spots to fill each year. Any women interested in trying out for next year’s team should watch for clinic, camp and tryout information on the team’s Facebook page or at utahfalconz.com. l

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Young tennis team led by sensational junior By Ron Bevan | r.bevan@mycityjournals.com

Karen Heiden, MD Board Certified Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon Alta junior Emily Astle leads a young girls tennis team as the number one singles player. Astle has two state titles already under her belt and hopes to add a third this season. (Ron Bevan/City Journals)


he ball hasn’t even been hit yet, but there is a bit of fear, a nervous trepidation, coming across the server as she looks across the net at her opponent, Emily Astle, perhaps the best high school tennis player in the entire state. Astle has already put herself in a position to pounce on the ball. And when it arrives, she attacks with an aggression that belies her youthful age. She looks like a seasoned college pro, and strikes the ball with a combination of precision and power that could be mistaken for a player much older. But off the court, Astle is still learning the nuances of driving a car. She is only a junior, but her tennis game is much more advanced than that. “She is an amazing player,” Alta tennis coach Kallie Rice said of Astle. “She not only has the power in her stroke, but she stays calm and poised throughout her matches. Even when she is behind in the count, she doesn’t panic. She just keeps to her game plan and finds a way to win.” Winning isn’t new to Astle, the no. 1 singles player for the Alta Hawks this year. She is the reigning 4A state singles champion, a title she won both her freshman and sophomore years. During those championship runs, she only lost one match. “A lot of players as good as she is and with the record she has tend to get a little full of themselves, like they are better than everyone else,” Rice said. “That’s not the case with Astle. She is one of the most humble people around, and is constantly helping others improve their games.” But Astle won’t be defending her 4A state titles this season. Alta moved back into the 5A ranks, where the competition is much stiffer. But Astle has her eye on adding a 5A title to her belt. She is currently undefeated in all matches. Astle has been on the radar of collegiate programs for years. She has already made her decision, and has verbally committed to playing for BYU in two years. Astle is just one of several underclassmen on the Alta Hawks team this season. In fact, there are only two seniors playing for

the Hawks: Ally Marquez and Tori Knight. Marquez is on the no. 1 doubles team with junior Sophie Emery, a duo Rice expects to see accomplish some goals this season. “Doubles is more of a strategy game than is singles,” Rice said. “There are plays you can draw up as far as positioning between the two players. Marquez and Emery work super well together. They complement each other’s playing style.” Knight handles the no. 2 singles position on the junior varsity squad. “She sets a great example for the rest of the team,” Rice said. “She runs after every single ball.” The Hawks look to Sarah Ovard for the no. 2 singles slot on the varsity team. Ovard, a sophomore this year, made it to the semifinals of the state tournament last season as a freshman. “Ovard is a player who works hard during the off season to improve her game,” Rice said. “We only have a month and a half with the girls as a team, so sometimes they can forget about their game for 10 months and not improve much. Ovard stays busy all year round and her game has improved so much it sets an example of what hard work can do for other players.” In the no. 3 singles slot is sophomore Brinley Horton. She did not play for the Hawks last year, having moved to Texas where she learned a different regional style of play. “Tennis up here seems to be a quiet game,” Rice said. “Down in Texas, the teams get noisy and cheer each other on. Not only did it make Horton super competitive, but she is our cheerleader. She has learned how to bring everyone on the team together.” In the no. 2 doubles slot are juniors Katie Winegar and Savannah Beck, two players who bring an aggressive attitude to the sport. “Sometimes doubles teams just wait for the other team to miss the ball,” Rice said. “These two try to win every point by playing formations.” l

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bout one year ago, a team of then sixth-graders met with a wildlife biologist at Salt Lake City International Airport wanting to see how they could help. “I wasn’t sure what they were wanting to look at, but they were interested in seeing what we do,” said USDA wildlife biologist Bobby Boswell. “I showed them around, told them about our problems and issues at the airport concerning birds. A bit later, they came out with a prototype of a bird scare device. It was simple — a fan screwed to wood powered by a motor.” Since last fall, the team, nicknamed Bionic Porcupines 2.0, spent several months updating and altering the bird scare device now known across the country as the Bionic Scarecrow. It’s now housed in a toolbox that uses a car battery and marine fan to power a wind sock sewn out of rip-stop nylon. It’s a small, portable, environmentally friendly and effective way to scare away birds nesting around airports. While working with Boswell, the team learned more about bird strikes, popularized through the “Miracle on the Hudson” when a pilot safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009 after a bird strike took out the plane’s engines. The issue came to the forefront again this year with the movie “Sully,” based on that bird strike. “We discovered that the problem was larger than we realized at first because many airports are located on the birds’ migratory routes and habitats,” Abigail Slama-Catron said, who is a seventh-grader at Midvale Middle School with teammate Eric Snaufer. “We’re wanting to share our Bionic Scarecrows because they save lives — both the people’s and the birds’.” Salt Lake City International Airport At Salt Lake International, that means swallows nesting in culverts and geese and ducks landing on the nearby abandoned golf course and munching on grasshoppers in the fields, Boswell said. “I didn’t know if a small version would work to keep away the birds, but we tested the scarecrow in January. We had dispersed geese (by other methods) for 21 days prior, but for seven days when we tested it, the scarecrow kept birds away without us having to do any other method,” he said. Since then, the airport staff has been using three scarecrows the team has provided to effectively and efficiently scare birds from nesting or landing near the airport, ultimately reducing the number of possible bird strikes that could endanger birds and humans, Boswell said. “It has saved us up to 30 minutes nine times every day to leave the airfield and drive to the golf course to use pyrotechnics to scare away birds. We’re able to constantly scare the birds away during the day with the scarecrow and we’re able to do our work elsewhere,” he said. “I’ve learned to never underestimate anybody of any age. When they came, I didn’t know I’d be spending the last 11 months with them, but I’ve embraced every minute of it.” Seventh-grader Allison Drennan, who attends Beehive Science and Technology Academy with

teammate Timothy Holt, said the team has built several scarecrows and want to share them with more airports. “We not only identified a need, but we created an answer — and it works,” she said. North America Bird Strike Committee Conference, Dallas With an invitation to speak and demonstrate the scarecrow, the team has been able to share the project with other airport officials. On Aug. 24, they spoke at the North America Bird Strike Committee Conference in Dallas and showed their device to about 300 wildlife and aviation specialists. “It was a very cool thing to do and we were able to expand our knowledge and connections,” Eric said. After presenting their device and explaining how it had been tested for eight months, they demonstrated it at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport Wildlife Administrator Cathy Boyles said the conference rotates through different airports so wildlife staffs can get hands-on learning and see the best practices demonstrated. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, progress has been made in reducing strikes of pigeons — the no. 1 bird that causes damage to airplanes — in the area after eliminating certain vegetation when a botanist discovered that a certain kind of seed was attracting both pigeons and morning doves. While pyrotechnics, changing vegetation and even introducing a programmed robotic bird are methods wildlife staff use or explore, Boyles said she supports all ideas brought to wildlife staffs in an effort to reduce bird strikes. “It’s the first time we’ve had kids take notice and want to help find an answer,” she said. “It’s very cool.” USDA Science Adviser Richard Dolbeer said bird strikes have been reduced through various methods. “The number of bird strikes causing damage has gone down from about 500 nationwide in 2000 to 350 in 2015,” he said, adding that it’s typically larger birds that cause the most damage. What the Bionic Porcupines 2.0 discovered, through a recent Cornell University study, Eric said, was that random motion scares away birds. Dolbeer said that the team of 12-year-olds used that knowledge along with answering the needs of their airport staff to introduce a method to effectively offer another solution. “What this group of young people did is really a neat thing. They’ve introduced a practical method and learned the science behind it. It shows their commitment, and their practical application is excellent,” he said. The Bionic Scarecrow will save airport officials money on current, more expensive methods of scaring the birds as well as save airlines about $900 million per year in damaged planes, Timothy said. “We have a provisional patent so we’re able to produce more Bionic Scarecrows to help stop bird strikes at other airports and places around the world,” Timothy said, adding that the team

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The team demonstrated the Bionic Scarecrow before the Utah State Board of Education in September. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

can continue to make improvements and adjustments such as adding solar chargers, motion sensors and remotes to work the device. Abigail said the experience was beneficial. “It was eye-opening to hear how others were trying to scare away birds and see their inventions. We explained our Bionic Scarecrow to all these leading officials and wildlife staff from North America, who genuinely were interested in our innovative method. Now, many of them want to try it out at their airports,” Abigail said. President’s Environmental Youth Award, Washington, D.C. A few days later, on Aug. 28, the Bionic Porcupines 2.0 were awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education Chief of Staff Tom Brennan said he has not been aware of a project similar to this in the past 20 years. “My first impression is that these students problem-solved to find a device that could use effective engineering and put it into practical use that could dramatically reduce bird strikes,” Brennan said. “This could really save lives. When we look at students’ projects, we look for creativity and problem solving and this fits both.” EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn said the students really struck a cord in the depth of their project and the way they were not only creative, but also communicated and created the partnership. “The students were thinking outside the box and found new and different ways to approach environmental problems,” he said. Eric said that the honor is significant. “It’s a really big honor and our team has worked hard,” he said. “But it will really pay off when the scarecrows are out in the airport helping people.” Sandy The Bionic Porcupines 2.0 returned to their homes in Sandy and back to school; however, they are continuing to spread the word about their device. On Sept. 8, they took the project to the State Board of Education and received a standing ovation.

In June, they shared the device with Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan and the city council. “These are four special students because someday, I know they’ll save my life when I’ll be on an airplane,” said Dolan, who also presented the students with a proclamation at a Sandy City Council meeting. “They are very creative, forward thinkers who are doing our community a great service.” They also have been recognized at Beehive Academy of Science and Technology, Midvale Middle School, Midvale City Council and were slated to appear at Canyons Board of Education on Sept. 19. In February, the team took the prototype to the First Lego League state championship and won the most innovative Project award. The Bionic Scarecrow was named one of the top 60 most innovative First Lego League projects in the world. In March, Abigail and Eric represented the team at the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair where they won the elementary division mechanical engineering category as well as special awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Utah Department of Transportation. In April, Abigail’s film on the project won the best middle school documentary at the eighth Canyons Film Festival and she was invited to submit it for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. On April 15, they were joined by Allison’s older sister, Katie, and were awarded the best prototype at the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge. In July, they presented the Bionic Scarecrow to about 400 EPA scientists and officials at the regional headquarters, receiving a standing ovation and positive feedback. “It’s great to be recognized for our hard work, but what meant the most was when we went to the airport to see our project actually work,” Abigail said. “We are making a difference in the world.” The team’s accomplishments took their coaches Mark Snaufer and Ben Holt by surprise. “The team of 12-year-olds continuously surprised me when they’ve been given the chance to show the depth of expertise and knowledge they have,” Holt said. l

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