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he Draper Fire Department has spent much of their summer helping “neighbors” in need. They’ve sent two crews to California, one to Oregon, and two to fires in other parts of Utah. In the firefighting business, a full deployment lasts two weeks with travel time in addition to that, so crews are often gone 16 to 18 days. “There’s a time limit on how long we can keep our personnel out there before they need rest, that’s 14 days. We’ve done four of those full deployments this year,” Draper Fire Chief Clint Smith said. Draper’s first full deployment was to Moab June 10. According to Smith, the crew helped fight the Pack Creek Fire and new starts in the area, working on three different fires in that two-week period. Out-of-state deployments happen through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The next three full-deployments happened through EMAC. The first was July 18 to central Oregon. After touring recent fire events and learning about fuel models in the area, the team was assigned to the Bootleg Fire burning toward the town of Paisley. “Oregon at that time was experiencing extreme drought on the heels of devastating fires in that area last year,” Smith said. That crew returned home Aug. 2. Next came two back-to-back deployments

to California to assist in the Dixie Fire. The first crew left Aug. 9 and returned Aug. 25. A new crew was deployed Aug. 26 and returned home Sept. 11. “The Dixie Fire is the largest in California’s history. As of Sept. 17, it has burned nearly one million acres,” Smith said. Draper’s crews did a variety of jobs while in California. They worked on direct fire attack and “back-burning,” lighting vegetation in a controlled circumstance to create a burn line in an effort to contain a fire to a certain area. They also did line construction which involves digging a line down to bare dirt to create a fire break between active fire and unburned areas. They prepared structures in the area by thinning vegetation around them and wrapping some in a tinfoil type material to radiate fire away. And they did “mop up,” going into an area that has already burned to make sure hot spots are cooled so a wind doesn’t kick up embers. In addition to four full deployments, Draper sent an assisting deployment to the Parley’s fire that began Aug. 14 and was brought under control Aug. 18 with the help of rain. For fire chiefs like Smith, it’s a matter of first making sure their local department is staffed as needed while also accommodating outside requests for help. Draper kept crews home for the

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Canyons’ schools continue to get updated logos, mascots By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


n August, Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg took to the Virgin River Trail in St. George on his bike and along with him, was JarVis, Jordan Valley School’s chameleon mascot. Well, his was one of 250 brightly colored laminated paper copies which Principal Stacey Nofsinger and her office staff distributed to every student, faculty and staff member as well as the school’s board member before school was out last spring. Each of the chameleons was unique in its color combination as each school member is to its community, she said. The idea was for everyone to photograph JarVis with themselves this summer—a take on the Flat Stanley project that is popular in many schools. “We had families post photos on our Facebook page so they could see JarVis playing in the water in a student’s backyard or on a family trip to Wyoming or even travel to Austria,” she said. “It’s been a fun way to connect.” Introduced as the new mascot last spring, the chameleon replaced a black-and-white mountain silhouette that dated back to 1975. The school community voted for the name of the chameleon, named after the computer software although Nofsinger has made the connection with the Marvel’s fictional character. “The chameleon is incredibly adaptable and that’s what our students are, and what our staff needs to be as they are flexible to meet each student’s learning,” Nofsinger said. “It is just a perfect fit. With all the different colors chameleons have, it fits our individual students and represents the same brightness that are in the lives of our students. They also have intelligence beyond what we can see, just like our students. The chameleon is something we can all rally around.” The chameleon was created by Canyons School District graphic artist Jeff Olson, who created the tail in a J-shape to represent the

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school. In a district full of cats and eagles, Olson said this project stands out. “It definitely was one of the more fun projects I’ve worked on,” Olson said. “There’s so much versatility with the chameleon.” Since then, Olson has introduced Copperview Elementary’s updated mascot—a female cougar. A suite of complementary designs accompanies the single cougar; in one look, it’s the female with a couple of offspring. “We wanted them to still be cats, but not on the prowl or aggressive,” he said. Olson met with outgoing principal Jeri Rigby and as well as current principal Colleen Smith to gain insight into the look and feel that the school wanted for its mascot. Smith said that the values of the school were discussed. “We wanted the mascot to represent our community—our students, our parents, our teachers,” she said. “We talked about the importance of the mascot, its value and how to display it. We’re a community so the mother and two cubs showed the importance of our families. It exemplifies our community and how we’re one big family.” Olson also added the accent color copper to the logo as when it was built in 1961, the school, Copperview, was named after its view of the open pit copper mine. “Jeff did a great job capturing the feel of our community and adding accent colors to help our school stand out,” Smith said. “It’s really exciting for our community; we have a lot of Cougar pride.” Already students and community members have received mascot stickers, some which were distributed at the Harvest Days parade early August in Midvale. A new marquee sign will include the updated mascot and is expected this fall. Over the summer, Olson also worked

Jordan Valley School selected its new mascot, a chameleon, last spring. (Image courtesy of Canyons School District) Eastmont Middle School updated its look this summer with Patriot Pride splashed around its hallways, auditorium, gymnasium, lunchroom, and exterior lamp posts and doors, as seen here. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

with Eastmont Principal Stacy Kurtzhals to update the appearance of Eastmont. Banners outside and in the gymnasium, exterior door coverings, column wraps in the hallways and cafeteria, Patriot mascots on the auditorium walls, freshly painted red and blue lockers and inspiring quotes in the stairwells contribute to the Patriot look in the middle school. “It helped instill more pride in our Patriot pride,” Kurtzhals said, with a pun. In addition to the Eastmont new branding, Olson also worked on school pins for Draper Park Middle School and is currently updating other logos for several schools. He has updated logos for 31 of the 50 schools since September




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Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society presents ‘A Night on Broadway’ By Katherine Weinstein | k.weinstein@mycityjournals.com


or many people, nothing lifts the spirits like a wellloved song from a Broadway musical. "It's the best music ever," said Sherri Jensen, artistic director and conductor for Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society. "It makes people happy." Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society will present "A Night on Broadway" Oct. 8 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City and Oct. 9 at Brighton High School Auditorium in Cottonwood Heights. The community orchestra and choir last performed an evening of show tunes in 2018. "It's time to revisit it," Jensen said. "I picked songs that are uplifting and will get you tapping your toes. This music lifts the load of life a little." The program for the concert will include dozens of songs spanning the history of Broadway. Audiences will hear music from shows such as "Les Misérables," "Phantom of the Opera," "Man of La Mancha,” "Hello, Dolly!," "Wicked," “Annie,” "Dear Evan Hansen" and many more. “A Night on Broadway” will include theatrical elements such as costumes for the soloists and tap dancers performing to “Singin’ in the Rain.” “We have so many soloists, some of the best vocalists in the state,” Jensen said. Tenor Gregory Jack will perform “Corner of the Sky,” from “Pippin” and is also part of a quartet of singers performing a medley from “Jersey Boys.” Being a member of the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society has afforded him the opportunity to sing, which he greatly enjoys. “It’s just fun to be back on stage,” Jack said. “High school was the time I was on stage the most, seven or eight years ago. I just love singing.” Hillary Anne Hopson, an alto in the Choral Society, echoes the sentiment. “When I got the opportunity to sing with Sherri’s choir, it was liberating,” Hopson said. “I could sit there and sing for three hours! It’s very engaging and I love it. It was a heartbreak when we had to stop during the pandemic.” Flutist Heather Wiseman also spoke of how difficult it was to not be able to play and perform last year. “Not playing was lonely, it was like a hole in your life,” she said. “Since they started up again, it’s been wonderful. I love going to rehearsals. Playing with others is fulfilling for me.” Wiseman is looking forward to “A Night on Broadway.” "I love the 'Wicked' medley that we're doing," she said. "It takes you through the entire show. It's a really high-energy, fun piece." The song "Bring Him Home" from "Les Misérables" is another one of Wiseman's favorites. "It's so heartfelt," she said. "The singer almost brought us to tears." “I’m such a Broadway nerd, it’s hard to choose a favorite song,” Hopson said. “The ‘Wicked’ medley—that show has a special place in my heart. Also ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’” Michelle Wadsworth, first violinist, has been playing with the Draper Philharmonic for two years. “I love the pace of ‘Seventy-Six Trombones,’” she said. “That one is very energetic because of how quickly we can play it.” Some of the pieces in “A Night on Broadway” can be a little demanding for the musicians and singers, but they are up to the challenge. “Sherri pushes us to get the sound she wants,” Wadsworth said. “But she is so kind about it that we all want to work hard.” Wadsworth is thrilled to be performing again. “Playing again brought back a sense of normalcy. This music has really helped us bring the old part of our lives back, it’s been very stabilizing in an unstable time,” she said. Jensen expressed gratitude over the fact that Draper

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Tiffany Nutter performs a solo as Elphaba from “Wicked” in the 2018 Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society concert, “A Night on Broadway.” (Photo courtesy Sherri Jensen/Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society)

Afton Grace Higbee performs a solo as Annie from “Annie” in the 2018 Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society concert, “A Night on Broadway.” (Photo courtesy Sherri Jensen/ Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society)

Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society Artistic Director Sherri Jensen conducts at Abravanel Hall with soloist Serena Mackerell in 2018. (Photo courtesy Sherri Jensen/Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society)

Philharmonic and Choral Society is still going strong in spite of the pandemic. “We’re doing really well,” she said. “I just consider it a huge blessing, having so much support and being able to find venues.” Draper Philharmonic is currently seeking more musicians. Jensen specifically mentioned that she is looking for brass players, including trumpet and trombone as well as more violins. “We also have room for violas and cellos,” she said. “We would like to have two percussionists as well.” Musicians who are interested in joining Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society can visit draperphilharmonic. org for more information. Tickets for “A Night on Broadway” may be purchased via the website as well. “I hope we can get a lot of people out to see the concert,” Jensen said. “It will make them feel better.”l

Aathaven Tharmarajah, Alan Babcock, Connor Lee and Nick Crapo sing a number from “Jersey Boys” in the 2018 Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society concert, “A Night on Broadway.” (Photo courtesy Sherri Jensen/Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society)

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Off Broadway Theatre’s ‘Dracula vs. Henry Botter’ casts a spell for hilarity


By Katherine Weinstein | k.weinstein@mycityjournals.com

t all started over 30 years ago when Off Broadway Theatre co-founder and director, Eric Jensen, was cast as Dracula in a parody show at Desert Star Playhouse. The spooky, yet silly character was such a hit with audiences and so much fun to play that Jensen decided to resurrect him in a series of Halloween-themed shows at the Off Broadway Theatre. Jensen has donned his cape over the years in comic parodies such as "Dracula vs. The Wolfman," "Dracula vs. Jekyll & Hyde," and "Dracula vs. The Addams Family." This

month Dracula rises again to challenge a certain boy wizard in the Off Broadway Theatre production of “Dracula vs. Henry Botter.” The show will be presented on the stage of Draper Historic Theatre throughout October. "'Dracula vs. Henry Botter' is so versatile," said Nikki North, one of the actors playing Professor McGonadull, along with a few other roles. "If you're a Harry Potter fan, you'll love it. There's lots of Harry Potter jokes. But it's so funny on its own." The show's premise is that Count Dracula has gone undercover as a professor at

Eduardo Alencar and Stephen Chucay play Professor Scape and Bumblebore in the Off Broadway Theatre production of “Dracula vs. Henry Botter.” (Photo by Nicholas Romney Brown/ Off Broadway Theatre Inc.)

Henry Botter (Cameron Liddle) and Heardirony (Jessica Duncan) are confronted by Dracula (Eric Jensen) in the Off Broadway Theatre production of “Dracula vs. Henry Botter.” (Photo by Nicholas Romney Brown/Off Broadway Theatre Inc.)

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Dogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while trying to find the Vampire Stone that can make him impervious to wooden stakes and garlic. It's up to Henry Botter and his friends from the house of Gryffinmerv to stop him and save the day. Along the way they are challenged by wizards from the house of Smithereens, especially the dastardly Snako Mouthoff, played by Tyler Newton. Newton is most looking forward to playing a scene in “Dracula vs. Henry Botter” where he and Henry are flying on their broomsticks. “That scene has some

fun special effects,” Newton said. “The show is just goofy and fun,” he added. “Just a lot of laughs.” At the same time, Newton explained, the script also has a message. “It’s about the element of friendship and sticking together to fight through the hard times,” he said. Tonya Huso, as “Botter” author A. K. Lawlings, explained further that the theme of the show is about counting on your friends. “At the end, everyone encourages Henry,” she said. “You can do anything if you believe in yourself.” Huso’s character acts as the narrator of the show, setting up the scenes and giving insight into the author’s mind. “I love having a chance to interact with the audience,” Huso said. “I get to break the fourth wall and really talk with them.” For 15-year-old Cameron Liddle, playing the lead role of Henry Botter is an exciting opportunity to learn about comedy from Eric Jensen. “I’m learning about how to land a joke,” he said, explaining about comic timing and putting the emphasis on the right words in a given line. “He shows you. That’s what makes these shows so good, the comedy behind it.” As in most Off Broadway Theatre productions, an element of improvisation is involved. “You always start with the script, then the cast members throw in jokes. Eric decides what stays in,” Nikki North said. “We always have a part that is improvised,” added Jensen. “If one actor changes [a line], the other actors have to go with it. Because it’s locally written, you can change the show. We can change the lines.” Jensen gets a twinkle in his eye when talking about playing Dracula. He has had to make some changes to the character’s appearance over the years. Instead of putting on a wig to play a Bela Lugosi-type vampire, Jensen started doing his make-up in the style of Max Shreck’s Nosferatu. He acknowledges the creepiness of the character’s appearance, which makes it all the more fun to send him up. “The show is really made for kids and families,” Jensen said. He remarked that amid all the scary and gory haunted attractions in the Salt Lake Valley, he hopes that “Dracula vs. Henry Botter” will give families with younger kids something funny and seasonal to enjoy. “Anyone who wants to come to the show in their Halloween costume is welcome to,” Jensen said. Kids wearing costumes will get candy. Audience members are invited to meet and greet the cast members afterwards for photo opportunities. The Off Broadway Theatre will present “Dracula vs. Henry Botter” on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 S. 900 East. For tickets and more information, visit theobt.org. l

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Continued from front page Fourth of July and Draper Days because of the drought and the anticipated fireworks. Draper’s crews deploy in a Type Three engine that the department purchased three years ago. That engine’s capabilities are specific to wildland fires. It was purchased to help enhance local response and serve on deployments. Covid outbreaks were reported among crews fighting California’s Caldor Fire, but Draper’s deployed crews have remained healthy thus far. According to Smith, the majority are fully vaccinated and are taking precautions when they’re in close contact with others. “It’s fair to note that, in the circumstances California has been in, Utah was the only state that did send resources through EMAC to assist. California was very grateful to everyone, but especially to Utah. To say that California was in need would be an understatement,” Smith said. Having lost one of Draper’s own, Matt Burchett, on a deployment to California, Smith tries to be at every send-off for his crews. “We want to be good neighbors, but I also recognize there’s always a danger when we send our folks out on these deployments. I try to be there to let them know how appreciative I am, that I’ll be concerned about them when they’re gone, and to keep in touch so we can best support them.” Smith anticipates more deployments for his crew this season because it’s so dry in California, Oregon and Nevada. He said that the little bit of rain Utah has gotten along with tem-


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Halloween history


t’s easy to tell when Halloween is near with the 5-pound bags of candy, skeletons, bats, and orange and black decorations that cover the holiday section at every local store. Pop-up shops appear in vacant stores with their animatronics and overpriced makeup and costumes. Pumpkin-flavored drinks dominate coffee shop menus. There’s a nip in the air and leaves change in response. However, the American telltale signs of Halloween which put many of us in the spooky spirit are far removed from the historical traditions of the celebration. All over the world, celebrations concerning the afterlife in various ways have been documented between Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 (on contemporary calendars). Many historians, including Professor of History at York University in Toronto Nicholas Rogers (author of “Halloween: from pagan ritual to party”) attribute the oldest Halloween traditions to Samhain – a three day ancient Celtic pagan festival. Samhain was celebrated by the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, Scotland, Britain, and the Isle of Man. The festival marked the end of summer as it occurred in between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. During Samhain, it was believed that the veil between the otherworld and human world was at its thinnest. The souls

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By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com of those who had died within the year would travel to the otherworld and those who had died beforehand would visit the human world. It was also believed that the gods would visit the human world to play tricks. Many rituals were performed throughout the three days to protect humans from the spirits and gods. Since the festival occurred on the heels of autumn, the Celts would perform many rituals believed to help them survive through the winter as well. When Rome conquered the Celtic lands in 43 A.D., Samhain was lost. The truth regarding how and why may never be fully understood, but a few hypotheses exist. The Romans had their own celebrations which may have merged with or replaced Samhain. Feralia, a festival honoring the passing of the dead occurred in late October. In addition, the Romans celebrated the turn of the season with a festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of the harvest (or the goddess of fruit and trees). Prior to the seventh century, the Catholic Church celebrated All Saints’ Day, also known as All-Hallow, in May. It was, and remains, a day to honor the Christian martyrs and saints. However, around 837 C.E. Pope Boniface IV declared All Saints’ Day as a holiday to be celebrated on Nov. 1. A few different theories exist surrounding this decision.

Some believe that the sole intention here was expansion. All Saints’ Day and Samhain had similar practices, celebrating with food, drinks, costumes, tricks, pranks and appeasing the dead. It seemed quite easy to reframe many of the pagan practices as Catholic celebrations. As Samhain continued to be practiced, more people learned about Catholicism. Others believe the move was made in order to replace the pagan holiday with a church-sanctioned celebration. On the other side of the world, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Aztecs and other Nahua people celebrated the dead around the same time of the year. As the Spanish conquistadores destroyed much of the Aztec Empire’s written records and language during the 1500s, not much is known about the 3,000-year-old traditions and rituals. One of the known Aztec traditions, however, was a festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuafl, the lady of the dead, who governs them and watches over their bones. She is believed to swallow the stars during the day. Mictecacihuafl is often depicted with a skull face and a skirt made of serpents. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated all over the world. The modern holiday is thought to be a mix of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholic celebrations introduced by the Spaniards. Día de los Muer-

tos is a celebration for the deceased. It is believed that on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the gates to the spiritual world are opened, allowing spirits to visit their families for 24 hours. On Oct. 31 at midnight, the Day of the Innocents begins, as Angelitos reunite with their families. On Nov. 1 at midnight, the gates open once again for the adults to visit their families. Families often arrange ofrendas, personal altars honoring a loved one, decorate graves, and provide sweet candy for their deceased loved ones to help balance the bitterness of death. Even though this article only mentions a handful of celebrations concerned with the dead around the same time of the year, many other cultures throughout the world have history of similar celebrations: Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia, Hungry Ghost Festival in China, La Quema del Diablo in Guatemala, Jour des Morts in Haiti, Velija Noc in Indo-European Countries, Hop-tuNaa in The Isle of Man, Obon Festival in Japan and the Odo Festival in Nigeria. This year, as we celebrate Halloween, consider for a moment how many cultures celebrate the dead around the same week of the year. Eerie, right? l

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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr


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Staffing shortages are everywhere but employees want more than just a paycheck By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com Help Wanted,” “Join Our Team” and “Apply Today” signs hang in windows around town and job vacancy postings are plentiful. Businesses who survived Covid are now at risk of closing because the customers are there but they’re short on staff. Some have already closed and others have modified hours of operation due to staffing issues. Local business advisors agree that the solution lies with employers changing their ways and thinking outside the box to appeal to new hires. Bill Rappleye of the Draper Chamber of Commerce says employers not being able to find workers is very typical right now. “They’re all struggling attracting people. The workforce went through Covid, too. It’s affecting us all in one way or another. It’s more depressing now than it used to be. It’s hard to be enthusiastic, especially if you have a job that’s not super interesting,” he said. “These businesses have to face that challenge. They might have to do innovative things, use the resources they have to turn it around in a different way so people can see a different perspective, like offering educational or career paths. It’s a changing paradigm…people are changing and their expectations are changing. Employees need to have something that attracts them. Employers have got to make that job look more enticing.” Rappleye said even young employees want support, not just a paycheck, and employers need to properly train new employees so they’re fully competent. He gave the example of a new employee having to deal with a disgruntled customer who’s upset that the item they want isn’t available because of a supply chain issue, a situation over which the young employee has no control. “If you don’t know how to take care of a problem at work, it’s going to frustrate you and you’re probably going to quit,” he said. He said today’s young people are bright, capable, and looking for training on management basics, certifications they could use elsewhere in their career path, or college or course work paid for by the employer. “The young people don’t get too motivated by the stuff we did 20 or 30 years ago. The work place has changed dramatically, so they want to grow and develop. I believe the businesses who can pull that off in some manner will succeed. They’ve got to have more value than just the dollar.” Rappleye isn’t a fan of online hiring or what he called “robot recruiters.” He said it’s got to go back to really scouring applications and looking for something that creates a personal connection between employee and employer. He also feels it’s about the workplace being like a family and understanding that employees are working for their families, so they need time off for family. In the case of a young, single person, Rappleye said that family is that individual employee, and they need time to pursue activities for their own

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well-being. Rosanne Simpson is Director of Business Development for the South Valley Chamber. She’s seen some employers get creative on finding new employees, such as a handyman who looked to high school woodshops to recruit, or businesses who find refugees who are ready for and grateful to work. Another creative approach she’s seen is the reformed felon program. While it might raise the employer’s insurance, it might also lead to an employee who’s grateful for a job. Simpson mentioned Simply Thai in Sandy as one example of innovation that’s led to new success. The restaurant has customers check in and order at the counter, wait 20 minutes, then proceed to their table when their food is ready. “They don’t have all the wait staff, they just have food runners. It’s brilliant.” She also mentioned a West Jordan care facility that has great employee retention because of the culture they’ve created, even in an industry that has struggled to find and keep employees. “Employees want to feel like they have a purpose. The employee is now interviewing companies more than before. Now it’s ‘who supports my values, my culture, who gives me educational opportunities and opportunities to serve?’ Simpson said data shows that people also want flexibility, such as a hybrid option of sometimes working from home, along with time to serve and volunteer without using paid time off. According to Simpson, the average employee is staying at a company for three years, so employers need to figure out how to streamline the training process, knowing that’s often the case. “If we think people aren’t going to be leaving after three years, we’re silly. This new norm is what it is. We have to change our perception,” Simpson said. Both Simpson and Rappleye pointed to Chick-fil-A as a strong example of doing business right. Simpson said the company’s sales increased 40% over 2019. Rappleye said the company spends a lot of time and money on training and allows general managers to have part ownership in their stores. Simpson and Rappleye agree that today’s managers can’t be mean or inflexible because employees won’t tolerate that. “They can’t take for granted that employees are going to stick around. It used to be managers managed everyone the same, but you have to manage each employee differently. How they respond to motivation is so different for each employee,” Simpson said. “Managers have got to be allowed to innovate. That’s upper management that’s got to open that door. It’s a new time, and one of the things you have to do when you own a business is stay up to date and use that knowledge in your business,” Rappleye said. Writer’s Note: The Draper Chamber of

Help wanted signs are everywhere. Some businesses have already closed due to staffing shortages and others have modified their hours of operation. Local business leaders say today’s workers want more than money; they want good training, certification and education, and paid volunteer opportunities for causes they care about. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

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Halloween film haunts in our backyard By Katy Whittingham | k.whittingham@mycityjournals.com


tah, and Salt Lake City in particular, has seen a growth in film productions in recent years, and television series and films that fall in the horror genre are no exception. According to a report that came out late last year by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) which includes the Utah Film Commission, film production dollars spent in Utah more than doubled between 2015 and 2019 to about $87 million. The state film commission attributes the growth to a variety of scenery, economic incentives, and available talent. In a press release from this September available on the film commission’s website, it was announced that the GOED board has approved “five new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $6.5 million and creating over 185 local jobs.” Utah horror film enthusiasts will find no shortage of locations to visit this Halloween season. A recent production that was filmed around Salt Lake City and has a story set in the state is the critically acclaimed 2018 horror tragedy film, “Hereditary,” starring Gabriel Byrne and Toni Collette and written and directed by Ari Aster. The story follows a family in turmoil as they are haunted by a menacing presence following the death of a secretive maternal grandmother. School scenes were shot at

West High School in the Salt Lake City School District and at Utah State Fair Park. The exteriors of the family’s house and tree house were shot in Summit County, and perhaps the most picturesque and hauntingly beautiful scenes at the cemetery were filmed at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy. “Hereditary” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018 and was a critical and commercial success grossing over $80 million. Two of the films in the legendary “Halloween” horror franchise were also filmed in Utah, primarily around Salt Lake City and Midvale: “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” released in 1988 and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” released the following year. Although receiving negative reviews from critics, much like the other films in the franchise, they have maintained a strong cult following. More than 40 years after the first film’s release, you will still find Michael Myers masks, costumes, and decorations in Halloween stores like Spirit Halloween. Although principal photography for “Halloween 4” was completed in California, filmmakers moved production to Salt Lake City in the spring of 1988 because of rising costs and had to import fall leaves and other fall scenery to make it look like October. The film follows the iconic antagonist, Michael Myers, as he

awakens from a 10-year comatose state and escapes transport to a sanitarium in a plight to kill his only living relative, his niece, Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode, a prominent character in the first two and later films in the franchise. The McGillis School in Salt Lake City stands in for Jamie’s school, and her home with her foster family is located in the lower Avenues and was actually up for sale in late 2019. Much of the outside shots and roads for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where the story is set, is Midvale on 1-15. A foreshadowing scene when Jamie’s foster sister, Rachel, takes her to get a Halloween costume where her boyfriend also happens to work was filmed at Vincent Drug in Midvale. A popular soda and shake shop in the ’40s and ’50s, Vincent Drug has served as a filming location for many other film and television shows of the ’80s and ’90s, including Stephen King’s 1994 horror miniseries, “The Stand.” Filming for “The Stand” began in and around Salt Lake City in the bitter winter of 1993 and stood in for the setting of the novel the miniseries was based on, Boulder, Colorado. The jail sequences of the series were filmed at the Utah State Prison in a wing where the prisoners were temporarily moved during filming. In some confusion, crew members mistook actual prisoners’ belongings as props

Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy served as the location for cemetery scenes in the 2018 horror film, “Hereditary.” (Katy Whittingham/City Journals)

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Salt Lake County parks continue to be a well loved resource


his past month I had the opportunity to meet with a constituent to walk around Swensen Valley Regional Park and hear issues of concern. I brought our Parks and Rec team along and we were thrilled to have the Mayor also join us. Our parks have been well loved the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for opportunities to get out of the house. Community park spaces are a convenient, accessible place for residents to improve their quality of life. Proven benefits from time spent in parks include improved mental health, decreased blood pressure, and increased physical activity levels. Furthermore, parks improve air and water quality and can even increase property values. Many residents have said they enjoy the benefits of outdoor spaces in the company of their dogs. Dogs are allowed at all Salt Lake County parks provided they are on a leash which is controlled by the owner. In addition, there are other dog parks around the valley such as Millrace, Tanner, Sandy, Cottonwood and West Jordan Off-Leash Dog Park. The County also has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service's Millcreek Canyon that allows dogs off-leash on the canyon trails on odd numbered days. Salt Lake County maintains more than 70 parks throughout the valley, ranging from small neighborhood parks to large regional parks, In 2020 Salt Lake County experienced a record

Aimee Winder Newton Salt Lake County Council | District 3 number of people utilizing parks to recreate or as a respite from “home offices.” Currently, the number of people visiting Salt Lake County parks remains higher than pre-COVID numbers. County staff had the challenge of main-

taining the parks with high usage while also facing a reduction in our operation budget. Both the county general fund and the TRCC (tourism, recreation, culture, convention) fund were forced to take drastic cuts which impacted Parks and Recreation’s level of service. Revenue from the TRCC fund comes from tourism - restaurants, car rentals and hotels. You can imagine how much this fund suffered during COVID when convention centers were not operating. Park visitors may have noticed drier grass in the parks this summer. Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation implemented water conservation practices during the current drought conditions. Watering times in all parks, especially in passive areas that don’t get as much foot traffic, were reduced. The grass has been allowed to go dormant in order to reduce water consumption. Yellow is the new green, right? Additionally, irrigation systems have been upgraded to smart irrigation systems over the last few years. Smart irrigation systems monitor the weather and the moisture content in the ground to provide data on exactly how much water is needed in each park. As the seasons change, I hope you’ll take advantage of the many personal and community benefits that are offered by our County parks. For a complete list of park locations, services, and amenities, please visit slco.org/parks.

Utah’s economy remains strong despite speed bump in recovery By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist


e’ve hit a speed bump on the road to economic recovery. After several months of robust growth, August marked a pronounced slowing of the economy that caught many experts by surprise. Companies tapped the brakes on hiring, consumer confidence fell, and consumer demand weakened, according to September reports. The culprit, of course, is both new and familiar. The delta variant of COVID-19 brought another wave of uncertainty that’s impacted everything from in-person dining to hotel occupancy. Even Utah’s economy, which continues to outperform the rest of the nation, is feeling some effects. The Utah Consumer Confidence Survey showed a sharp decline in sentiment among Utahns between July and August of 2021, as measured by the Kem Gardner Policy Institute. Meanwhile, Utah’s two-year employment growth rate slowed to 3.8% in August, down from 4.2% in July, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Despite these setbacks, there are still many bright spots in the state and national economies. Utah continues to lead all states in job growth. In fact, Utah and Idaho continue to be the only two states to have higher employment today compared to before the pandemic began. The U.S. unemployment

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rate dropped to 5.2% in August, while Utah’s already-low unemployment remained steady at 2.6%. Utah’s unemployment rate also continues to be among the lowest in the country, behind only Nebraska. In the Beehive State, six out of the 11 major industry sectors have posted job gains over the past 24 months. August’s job growth was robust by pre-pandemic standards, just not enough to close the gap of 5 million U.S. jobs that still need to be recovered to return to the previous peak. One of the main reasons the labor market continues to struggle is because employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find workers to fill job openings. There are now nearly 11 million job openings in America, but too many people remain on the sidelines and out of the labor force. That is causing wage pressure, with wages increasing 4.3% over the last year. Wage growth is usually a good thing, but right now it is adding to more inflationary pressure on the overall economy. While the labor shortage has been a dominant theme for months, an emerging trend is weakening consumer demand, driven by the delta variant. As the variant has spread, consumers have become more cautious. Customer-facing businesses are bearing the brunt of this impact. In recent weeks, high-frequency economic indicators such as airline travel and

restaurant bookings have dropped. The economy may have lost some momentum, but it’s still performing comparatively well in the midst a global pandemic. While we don’t know how long we’ll be dealing with the delta variant, there’s good reason to believe that economic recovery will pick up again as the current wave recedes. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A l


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Corner Canyon thespians seize the day, bringing ‘Newsies’ to school stage


n early October, Corner Canyon High School thespians should learn if they are repeat winners in the annual high school Shakespeare competition in Cedar City. After winning sweepstakes in the Buckingham, or largest, division last year by winning the ensemble, monologue and duo/trio scenes—and taking second place in the latter as well—the Chargers were set to compete this year in the 45th annual competition, held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Cedar City. New this year is the submission of monologues and duo/trio scenes before the in-person competition. The finalists in those categories as well as ensemble were to compete in-person, said Corner Canyon theatre director Phaidra Atkinson. “It does make it challenging as the kids need to prep over the summer and pass it off the first week of school so they can practice it before recording it,” she said. “During COVID especially, this is a way they found they could do it and reduce the number of rooms needed and limit the students on campus.” In addition to theatre teacher Case Spaulding directing “Macbeth” for the ensemble, choir director Melissa Thorne has worked with students on the music and Atkinson helped with costuming. “He’s (Spaulding) always wanted to do ‘Macbeth’ as a step up from spooky or scary.

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By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com Now, he’s taken it to another level; it’s extreme,” Atkinson said. Joining the actors competing will be the dance company, choir and stage tech crew. At the same time as rehearsing for the Shakespeare competition, theatre students also are practicing their lines for their school musical, “Newsies,” the musical based on the news boys’ strike of 1899 in New York City. More than 120 students auditioned for the musical, about double of a normal year. “It’s great. They’re excited to come back and be a part of the musical, be part of the school again,” Atkinson said, noting that COVID-19 protocols made performing more difficult and some students opted to sit out. “It’s a fun Disney musical. It’s going to be awesome and show off the talents of our students.” The show will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 11-15 at the school auditorium, 12943 S. 700 East. There also is a 1 p.m. matinee on Nov. 13. Tickets are available in October for $10 at cornercanyontheatre.com or $12 at the door. In February 2022, Corner Canyon will put on “Nora’s Lost.” The play by Alan Haehnel highlights Nora, a woman struggling with the spiraling effects of dementia. Told through Nora’s view, the play shows her struggles with Alzheimer’s disease as well as her happy moments in life. Tickets are $5 and two shows will be performed daily at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,

Corner Canyon theatre students, seen here in their first rehearsal, are excited to put on “Newsies” in November. (Phaidra Atkinson/Corner Canyon High School)

Feb. 25-26 in the Little Theatre. “Nora’s Lost” also will be the ensemble piece which Corner Canyon will use to compete at region, which the school will host on March 11, 2022. Regional individual events’ competition will be held March 18, 2022 at Westlake High and 6A state will be held April 14-16, 2022 at Riverton High. Rounding out the Chargers’ season line up

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Local school districts join mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


ordan, Canyons and Murray are amongst the hundreds of school districts that have joined a mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., claiming that they deceitfully and intentionally marketed their products to children. This has led to an increase in e-cigarette use amongst youths, statistics reveal, so in the mass-action lawsuit, they are wanting to hold the company responsible and seek damages for the “vaping epidemic” on school campuses around the country. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said, “vaping is a really big problem in our schools.” “We have a lot of kids who vape, a lot who don’t necessarily know how bad it is,” she said. “They are companies using different flavors and marketing, aimed at youth, and it caught on and became popular at a lot of schools. We (Jordan Board of Education) recognized that it’s a problem and need to hold Juul accountable. The problem is they weren’t forthright and transparent about what was going on. There’s high levels of nicotine in vape products, (which are) highly addictive and it was not marketed that way.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg agrees. “We need to call a spade a spade,” he said. “Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe ‘it’s a cool thing.’ If this puts a stop to marketing unhealthy products to children, I’m happy to support it.” Jordan District approved the legal service agreement on Aug. 24 as they joined the mass-action lawsuit. Canyons joined in Sept. 7, and Murray, Sept. 9. Granite’s school board has studied the litigation, said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. “The Granite School District has recognized the harmful effects of vaping on our youth,” he said on Sept. 17. “The Board of Education and district administration has studied the associated litigation and is inclined to participate.” Vaping products, known as e-cigarettes or mods, are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid to create an aerosol vapor which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Since the user inhales and it doesn’t emit the strong odor associated with conventional combustion cigarettes, and they are designed to resemble USB flash drives, keychains or lipstick tubes, youth often have them in plain sight, even plugged into a laptop, officials say. According to 2020-21 statistics collected by Jordan School District, 90% of the tobacco violations in the district’s schools were infractions against vaping, with only 10% for regular cigarettes.

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We need to call a spade a spade. Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe it’s a cool thing. — Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg

A Juul device, plugged in like a USB flash drive, is seen charging in a computer, making it unrecognizable to many teachers or parents. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/Salt Lake County Health Department)

Educators and officials are concerned about youth vaping in the mass-action lawsuit; seen here is a Juul starter kit. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/ Salt Lake County Health Department)

“Vaping is just so prevalent these days,” said Sharon Jensen, Jordan District’s student support services consultant. Jensen said that youth see vaping in social media or have greater access to it, even getting it from family members as 56% say their parents or other close adults are nicotine users. Sometimes, even adults are unfamiliar with the harm and addiction from e-cigarette use, including that it can hamper long-term adolescent brain development, according to Utah Department of Health research. In a 2021 report, it states Utah’s youth vape at nearly twice the rate of Utah’s adults. Jordan’s statistics reveal that the majority are regular users. Last year, of the students caught with tobacco, 98 were directed to attend an online first-offenders class for nicotine. Of those students, 18% used nicotine 26 days-plus in the last month—“basically daily,” she said. Another 11% used it between 13 and 25 days in that past month. Most students who vape are teens, she said. Of those 98 students assigned to the online class, 25% are age 13. Another 24%

are 14 years old. Six percent are age 12 or younger, making the greatest amount, at 45%, in high school. “Often they vape on the job and their outside-of-school-life is much more colorful than their in-school-life,” Jensen said. Those statistics are in line with the state, according to the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment that showed 12.4% of eighth graders tried vaping; 25.5% of high school sophomores; and 32.1% of high school seniors. In Canyons District in 2019, there were 219 school office referrals, first-time and/or repeat referrals, for e-cigarette use or possession, up from 35 referrals in 2010. Justin Pitcher, who has served as an administrator in Canyons District in the Midvale and Cottonwood Heights communities at both elementary and secondary levels, said vaping is “definitely a concern.” “If it’s happening in high schools, then it’s happening in elementary; the frequency is different,” he said, saying there are fewer younger students caught with devices although all age levels may have access to them despite administrators taking them away. Jensen said that Jordan District policy is to collect and lock up Juuls and other violating products; they can be returned to an adult in the family. She’s hoping their first-time user classes as well as well as the END—Ending Nic-

otine Dependence—course for regular users will help youth identify the harm it does to their bodies. “What we want our kids to do is to learn and to quit,” Jensen said. There is no fee for the classes as Jordan District has a state SAFE (Supporting America's Families and Educators) grant which it dedicated to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. However, hundreds of school districts nationwide are wanting Juul to foot the bills for public resources being used to pay for the current and future costs. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California Federal District Court by the Frantz Law group, is a mass tort lawsuit where damages for plaintiffs, or in this case, school districts, are calculated individually. Therefore, multiple plaintiffs can be awarded differing amounts of damages for the amount of its past and future damages. Those costs can range from providing information and resources to students regarding the negative impacts of vaping, student services or counseling, or installing vape detectors. “It’s not really about getting money as much as sending a message,” Miller said. Millerberg agrees: “I don’t expect a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s more of a moral stance than anything else.” l

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Juan Diego Catholic High theatre students rehearse for their November show, “Freaky Friday.” (Photo courtesy of Hayley Hickman)

Juan Diego Catholic High theatre season to include ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘She Kills Monsters’


By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

he theatre department’s school year started in a whirlwind at Juan Diego Catholic High School as the cast and crew of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” were rehearsing for the 45th annual high school Shakespeare competition as well as students were learning the choreography and music for “Freaky Friday,” the show they will put on their school stage this fall. “It’s a fun show—the music, story—and we have the cast and voices for it,” said theatre director Joe Crnich about their musical. The Shakespeare competition, held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Cedar City, begins this year with video submissions in the monologues and scenes, which is new this year. The finals in those competitions will be held in-person. Last year, JDCHS senior Anthony Tibolla won the Cambridge Division’s monologue. In addition to the actors, the school orchestra and choir also were expected to compete. At the same time, students were working under the direction of choreographer Jessica Holker and music director John Van Wagner on “Freaky Friday,” which is slated for 7 p.m. showtimes Nov. 18-20 as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 21 at Juan Diego’s auditorium, 300 E. 11800 South. Tickets are $5 for adults and $8 for adults and are available online or at the door. “Freaky Friday,” which was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions, is based on the 1972 book by Mary Rodgers and has had three film adaptions. The storyline has a mother and daughter magically swap bodies as they spend a day trying to understand one another in this energetic musical comedy. “It’s a heartfelt and fun show where they

learn that love and respect between the bond of a mother and daughter,” Crnich said. In Juan Diego’s production, Catelin Raven plays Ellie Blake and Grace Sims is her mother, Katherine. Ellie’s stepfather, Mike, is played by Hans Fenton. The role of her brother, as of press deadline, was yet to be announced. Ellie’s friends, Gretchen and Hannah, are played by Carolyn Vazquez and Maddi Bogus, respectfully, and the bully, Savannah, is portrayed by Katie Moyle. Katherine’s assistant is played by Olivia Thomas. The show’s stage manager and assistant director is Hayley Hickman; assistant director, Camelia Diaz; lighting director, Skyler Le Melle; and sound direction is under Duncan Van Hecke. Juan Diego’s spring show is “She Kills Monsters,” a story where “average Agnes” loses her parents and younger sister, Tilly, to a car accident in Ohio in 1995. Not having been close to Tilly, seen as a geek or nerd, while she was alive, Agnes decides to learn more about her by playing a Dungeons & Dragons module her sister wrote, allowing the show to take place both in reality and the fantasy of the game world. “It’s a beautiful, funny play that is both sweet and sad,” Crnich said about the play written by Qui Nguyen that includes ’90s pop culture and music. “It’s heartwarming and fun.” The show will be performed at Juan Diego at 7 p.m., March 24-29, 2022, with ticket prices $5 for students and $8 for adults. The Soaring Eagles also are expected to compete in region in March; the state theatre competition is in April.l

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Corner Canyon High School student gathers donations for Bell View students, principal ‘delighted’ By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


ome Bell View Elementary students will be sporting new backpacks, full of school supplies, hygiene items, a water bottle, a book to read and a coloring book to complete, thanks to the generosity of one Corner Canyon High School student who took it upon herself to gather donations for school children in need. It was more than the simple explanation of “I love helping people and this summer I had tons of time” for senior Emilee Larisch, who with the help of family, friends and people she didn’t even know, filled 100 backpacks available for kindergartners through fifth-graders. “I have a relative who works in a Title I-type school in California, and it broke my heart hearing about some of the conditions of children. Some of them sleep on the floor, in cars or in homeless shelters and so I reached out to the principal at Bell View and asked how I could help,” Larisch said, adding that she chose Bell View because her step-father attended the elementary. Tamra Baker became principal of Bell View in July. “I was absolutely delighted and surprised to hear from Emilee last summer when she texted me and asked if I’d like to have her work on a project for Bell View students,” Baker said. “There was only one answer to that when I heard her dream: ‘Absolutely!’” Larisch went to work, posting on social media the need for school supplies and hygiene items. “Tons of people wanted to donate. I set up an Amazon registry and let donors pick out supplies and they shipped

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them to my house. I also got some cash donations and ordered most everything on Amazon. Then, a group of volunteers came, and we made an assembly line to stuff the backpacks full for the Bell View students,” she said. In early August, she dropped off 100 backpacks filled with items for students. It was Larisch’s first service project she had organized on her own. “I just wanted to help people in need. I’ve done small service projects, with my church group, but this was my first big one on my own. When I heard that some of these students don’t have the basic stuff like wipes, sanitizer, deodorant, toothbrushes on top of school supplies, I knew I had to include those. Then, coloring books are a great stress reliever to include, and I made sure that they had crayons, colored pencils and markers—everything they needed—and a good book to read. I wanted to make sure they had something to think about besides hardship,” she said. Baker was thankful for Larisch’s efforts. “She worked all summer to advertise and put together all of these resources for us,” she said. “The students are as delighted as we knew they would be. Her heart and passion for serving just glows from her. We are so glad that we got to be a part of this project and to see the amazing things one young person can do. By day she may be a Corner Canyon Charger, but we think of her as an honorary Mustang for life.” l

School supplies, personal hygiene items, a book and coloring book were included in the 100 backpacks donated to Bell View by Corner Canyon High School senior Emilee Larisch. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Elementary fun runs bring ‘fun’ to run By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


total of 14,936 laps were run on a course around Willow Springs Elementary’s field one Friday in September. Those were by kindergartners through fifth-graders who had laced up their shoes to run 35 minutes as part of a fundraiser that brought in almost $15,000 for the school, according to school PTA president Valerie Warburton. That was one of three fun runs PTA members coordinated this fall in Draper. Many grade schools coordinate runs as a way to promote youth fitness as well as gain funds for PTA-sponsored activities. In addition to Willow Spring’s event on Sept. 10, Draper Elementary’s Dragon Dash was slated for Sept. 27 and Oak Hollow’s fun run is set for Oct. 8. Willow Springs, which traditionally has held a neighborhood run through its 15-year history, chose this year to have Boosterthon set up a track on their field, which allowed students in two grades to run between 30 to 40 laps in 35 minutes, Warburton said. “There was a DJ that played fun music throughout the run. Some laps were fun laps and kids would skip, jump, fly like an airplane, or just walk to have a breather,” she said. Leading up to the run, Boosterthon representatives visited classes daily. “They got the kids excited for the run,” Warburton said, adding that this year, parents were welcome on campus to cheer on the students. By bringing in donations, students earned prizes ranging from bracelets and boomerangs to mini rockets. Classes could earn activities or parties from a glow stick dance party to a top-secret mission. In addition, students received T-shirts with the PTA theme, “There’s a hero in all of us.”

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Part of the funds are earmarked for a shade to cover their playground equipment, Warburton said. The Dragon Dash at Draper Elementary is a race not associated with fundraising, said Timette Wankier, Draper Elementary PTA public relations vice president. The event was slated for the evening of Sept. 27 and allowed each grade to race 100 meters on the playground. Heat winners were to receive a slap bracelet and overall girl and boy grade winners were to win grand prizes. “It’s a celebration rather than a fundraiser,” Wankier said. Instead, Draper Elementary held a no-fuss fundraiser, with the theme “Aloha Together,” beginning Sept. 17 and was to end Oct. 2. All students who returned their fundraising envelopes, even if no donations were collected, received a lei. Students also were taught how to hula. As the school earned funds, with a goal of $25,000 earmarked for field trips, Red and White Ribbon weeks, literacy week, student of the month, Meet the Masters and more, students were rewarded with incentives such as a hat day, Disney day, crazy sock day, Hawaiian day or a longer recess, she said. Oak Hollow’s fun run is just that—running with friends to music and through bubbles—as a DJ is planned to play pump-up songs while students run on their field where a bubble machine is planned to be set up. The 600 students are expected to run about 10 laps around the field and organizers hope that donations from individuals and businesses will reach their $20,000 goal. “We use the funds for dinners for teachers during par-

Some Willow Springs kindergartners recover after their 35-minute run, which was held during the school’s fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Willow Springs Elementary)

ent-teacher conferences, for field trips, for our book vending machine so each child can get two books, school T-shirts and a whole lot more,” said school PTA president Sarah Diederich. Last year, the PTA also donated funds for student Chromebooks, she said. “The fun run is just that—fun,” Diederich said. “The students are out, moving their bodies. It’s like a party.” l

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Summit Academy focuses on individualized instruction for academic success By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


ummit Academy is offering its students several pathways in an effort to provide individual instruction. “We want to meet the needs of all our students at our school and take them from where they are to grow,” Principal Lindy Hatch said. One way is through the +1 program, which allows above grade-level placement in math or English/language arts for students who have already mastered their grade level and may be learning ahead. Placement in the program depends upon criteria that includes the year-end RISE testing score of 4; 80% or higher on end of year curriculum based on grade-level assessments such as Acadience literacy skills and GoMath; 80% or higher on those same grade-level assessments in August; teacher and parent input. “For example, we may have a first-grader who studies math on a second-grade level,” Hatch said. The individualized instruction also is for students who haven’t yet met benchmark standards and can work with an interventionist who can work with a pull-out group to reteach concepts. “They can concentrate on holes from the previous year individually or in small groups while the teacher remains with the class,” she said. Students usually spend 30 minutes daily working on math or language arts during flex time where they can look at the standards to review, reteach and practice, or extend their knowledge by going deeper. “By offering both the +1 placement and this intervention, all our students are being challenged,” Hatch said. Another opportunity is given to students who are close to the +1 class placement by having teachers group students of like ability to create a grade-level honors or advanced class. This group can move through the group-level curriculum at a deeper level with more momentum, she said. There currently is a sixth-grade math class that is moving on to study seventh-grade curriculum, Hatch said. Even though the Draper campus only has classes through eighth grade, those top eighth-graders can be taught ninth-grade lessons such as Secondary Math I or group together in an honors class in English/language arts. Another opportunity for students is the gifted and talented program, which is being piloted this year and is based on students’ assessments above grade level in every subject level. The program has a specialist who pulls out students during the subject time and

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may, for example, use the Math Olympiad program to “go deeper, look at the whys, learn the rules and identify patterns,” Hatch said, adding that they are looking to compete in the program in the spring. “Our advanced students have needs like our students who need to review, so we’ve built in supports using our Land Trust funds to provide them this opportunity,” she said. Another extended learning opportunity comes with the Leonardo Project, which offers first- through fifth-grade students who have mastered their core subjects, an opportunity to study what they want, with teacher approval, Hatch said. “They may investigate more on something they’re curious about, ask questions, observe and present what they’ve learned,”

she said about the non-graded project that could end up as a written report, poster, PowerPoint or other form of presentation. Similarly, the student-led Genius Hour is a cumulation for eighth-grade students. “It’s student-led, and the student chooses a topic to research and incorporate their findings. It is graded and teachers work collaboratively across all subject areas,” Hatch said, adding that sixth- and seventh-grade students have an opportunity to see the presentations. “It’s a way to incorporate all their learning in a cross-curriculum that empowers them to learn more and be pushed to excel at their own level and pace.” l

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Locals to compete in national championship this October


By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

raper’s Jeff Easton and Benji Rideout were part of the Utah Men’s 4.5 tennis team who won the Intermountain Sectionals in Denver, Colorado defeating Nevada 2-2— being declared the winner having won an extra set—Idaho 4-0 and Colorado 3-1. The squad went 5-3 in winning the Men’s 40+ tennis league this summer to qualify for sectionals. They now move on to the National Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona Oct.

15-17 where they will compete against 15 other divisional champions. (Pictured, from left to right: Jason Nielsen, Danny Owen, Kyle Kugler, Jon Penman, Rod Horton, Brian Kasteler, Jason Hardin, Parker Enloe, Kris Rosander, Eric Enloe and Brian Hardin) Also on the squad are David Archer, Martez Banks, Riley Booker, Lun Dai, Jeremy Harman, Peter Matus, Ryan Peterson and Kris Rosander. (Photo courtesy Jon Penman)

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Corner Canyon’s team on top of the mountain


hrough three races this season, the Corner Canyon High School mountain biking team has two first place finishes with its third event at Vernal shortened because of weather, resulting in no team placements. The Chargers compete in the East Region of the Utah High School Cycling League against, among other larger teams like Skyline and Wasatch. Head coach Whitney Pogue said that her team is grateful for the “bright spot” that mountain biking was for her program in being able to race through the pandemic last season and now to return in 2021 with less precautions in place. “This year, the incredible vibe of the season is back,” Pogue said. “We are riding and racing bikes just like last year, and we get to see their smiles.” At Soldier Hollow Aug. 21, individual first place finishers were Joe Hansen in varsity boys, Harrison Reading in JVA boys, Xavier Raniuo in JVC boys, Ethan Shirey in freshman boys A and Clark Weiler in freshman boys B. “We had lots of rain, mud and gritty performances by many riders,” Pogue said. Other top placers for the Chargers were Damon Barnes (second, freshman boys A), Mya Graham (second, varsity girls), Jack Hanks (second, JVA boys), Mason Quinton (second, JVC boys), Avery Wettstein (second, JVB girls), Parker Andersen (third, JVA boys), Tyler Menlove (third, JVB boys), Gabe Quebedeaux (third, freshman boys A), Caleb Robinson (third, JVC boys), Ella Shearer (third, JVB girls), Maci Waldron (third, varsity girls), Payton Ambrose (fourth, JVB boys), Zayzee Collard (fourth, JVA girls), Tanner Ricks (fourth, varsity boys), Brooklyn Shallenberger (fourth, freshman girls), Josh Smith (fourth, JVC boys), Alec Barnes (fifth, freshman boys A), Tate Larrabee (fifth, JVA boys), Aidan Little (fifth, JVB boys), Daisy Miller (fifth, varsity girls)

By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com and James Sybrowsky (fifth, varsity boys). At Snow Basin Sept. 4, Hansen, Reading, Ranuio and Clark Weiler again took first in varsity boys, JVA boys, JVC boys and freshman A boys respectively while Graham (varsity girls), Ambrose (JVB boys) and Wettstein (JVB girls) also stood atop the podium. “We had a dominating performance,” Pogue said. “It was another amazing day to be a Charger!” Other top placers for CCHS were Larrabee (second, JVA boys), Shirey (second, freshman A boys), Andersen (third, JVA boys), Jack Dalley (third, JVC boys), Meyers (third, varsity girls), Shearer (third, JVB girls), Alec Barnes (fourth, freshman A boys), Kaitlyn Blackham (fourth, JVA girls), Hanks (fourth, JVA boys), Robinson (fourth, JVC boys), Taggart (fourth, varsity girls), Damon Barnes (fifth, freshman A boys), Henry Atkin (fifth, JVB boys) and Free (fifth, JVA boys). At Vernal Sept. 18, Hansen, Reading and Ambrose again placed first in the varsity boys, JVA boys and JVB boys, respectively with Maci Waldron (varsity girls) and Alyssa Meadows (JVB girls) also winning their events. “It was a great day of racing full of unpredictable weather,” Pogue said. Also placing for the Chargers were Andersen (second, JVA boys), Skye Meyers (second, varsity girls), Quinton (second, JVC boys), Hanks (third, JVA boys), Wettstein (third, JVB girls), Hobson (fourth, JV C boys), Larrabee (fourth, JVA boys), Little (fourth, JV boys), Daisy Miller (fourth, varsity girls), Shearer (fourth, JVB girls), Free (fifth, JVA boys), Menlove (fifth, JV boys), Robinson (fifth, JV C boys), Shallenberger (fifth, freshman girls) and Maddy Taggart (fifth, varsity girls).

The Corner Canyon High School mountain biking team is back on the trails this season, placing first in two races at Soldier Hollow and Snow Basin. (Photo courtesy Whitney Pogue)

“It has been an awesome season for the team thus far,” Pogue said. “These kids work so hard, practicing early mornings all summer long, so it is exciting to see the pay off for all of their hard work when we race,” Pogue said. “Most of all, it is so fun to see them come in relative strangers and be a huge team family. As coaches, we love these kids and being able to provide them this awesome experience.” Corner Canyon is scheduled to race in Price Oct. 2 before the state event Oct. 22-23 at Desert Canyon Trails in St. George. l

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Young runners leading JDCHS cross country


he Juan Diego Catholic High School cross country program return a young squad from teams that placed in the top 20 at last year’s state championships. The Soaring Eagle team has just three seniors—Parker Chamberlain, Emmy Martinez and Lucas Ortiz—among its 45 runners this year. “We don’t have a lack of talent, we just have young talent,” said head coach Joe Elliott. “We just need to make sure they get their miles and keep them healthy while they’re developing.” The boys team is led by junior Phil Reilly while the girls squad’s No. 1 runner is Ethan Stevens. Elliott said he has “high hopes for where we’re going to end up,” in the 3A ranks. “This is a driven group who has worked hard,” Elliott said. “Everyone’s fast, but I know what they’re capable of and they’re right where they were last season and even better.” Juan Diego “ran as good as we could” through the first couple of races this season before competing at Wardle Fields Sept. 8 where Stevens placed first to lead the girls team to first place. Other top 10 runners were Isabella Pickers (second), Olivia Young (seventh) and Allie Sloan (eighth). On the boys side, Reilly came in sec-

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By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com ond for the Soaring Eagle squad who took second place as a team. Gabe Woods finished fourth with Shepherd Foy in seventh. “The team ran pretty well,” Elliott said. “We definitely went out and raced instead of going on a glorified run, so that’s the development we want to see. It was the step we needed as a team so we’ve got to keep taking them every race from here on out.” At the pre-state meet Sept. 15 at the Regional Athletic Complex, Stevens placed fifth in the 9/10 girls race with Pickers coming in 11th and also receiving a medal. They led the girls to ninth place among 16 teams. The boys placed 13th out of 21 teams. “We had some pretty strong showings against the teeth of 5A and 6A competition,” Elliott said. “We were just focused all day, and executed with tons of our kids hitting personal bests. So, overall it was another solid step in the season.” The Soaring Eagle team is also scheduled to host a regional race Sept. 22 and compete at the Bob Firman Invite (Idaho) Sept. 25 and Sanpete Invite (Fairview) before the region championships Oct. 14 at Wheeler Farm. The 3A state championships will be Oct. 27 at the Regional Athletic Complex. Also on the 2021 squad are juniors Jas-

More than half of the Juan Diego Catholic High School program is made up of underclassmen as the team continues to build. (Photo courtesy Joe Elliott)

per Abanto, Emily Anderson, Maren Carbaugh, Madi Chamberlain, Elizabeth Cruz, Elijah Earhart, Jacob Galang, Emmalyn Jacobs, Noah Jones, Nicole Merhi, Alexus Quayson-Sackey, Emma Shami, Jackson Shemwell, Zach Weller and Jessie Whitehead; sophomores Sara Brunslik, Elizabeth Cruz, John Deffner, Hobie Hodlmair, Rantic Ishanov II, Thomas Jones, AJ Lefort, Curran Madden, Aidan Mulligan, Adriana Newton, Connor Orges, Maude Poirier and Dylan

Rodriguez; and freshmen Dylan Angerbauer, Noah Ceballos, Hunter Chamberlain, Lauren Keegan, Domiona Marine, Jackson Stolz, Matthew Tita and Roberto Villeta. “We just want to keep working hard and get faster,” Elliott said. Elliott is being assisted by former Soaring Eagle runners Kristi Deffner and Thomas Kuhrke on the coaching staff this season. l

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Corner Canyon tennis building in tough Region 4 By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


n building a girls tennis program at Corner Canyon High School, head coach Allison Rideout put her players up against some good early competition to prepare for a formidable Region 4 schedule. The Chargers defeated Riverton and Morgan while losing to Skyline and Bingham prior to beginning region play in late August. “We did well in preseason,” Rideout said. “This is definitely a building year but we have some girls that worked really hard over the past year and their improvement is obvious— Sierra Strong, Emma Bench and Mazie Purser.” Eisley Nestman is the No. 1 singles player for Corner Canyon and Rideout recognizes her “difficult position.” “Eisley is working hard and leaving it all out on the court,” Rideout said. “She ducks her head down during each match and we are so proud of her.” Rideout also noted the three freshman “who are doing a great job” in the varsity lineup (Kate Ord, Mia Judd and Tayvee Ash) along with team captains Strong, Abby Brady, Eden Jacobs and Maddie Ross who were credited for their “phenomenal job” in encouragement and leadership among the team.

In Region 4 play, the Chargers defeated Westlake (twice) and Pleasant Grove 3-2, avenging a 3-2 loss earlier in the year. They have lost to American Fork (twice), Lone Peak (twice) and Skyridge (twice). “Our region is ridiculously tough,” Rideout said. “I personally love that we get to play the best players in the state. It makes us stronger, but it can also be defeating. We are focusing on setting individual match goals and not the win because we need to see improvement and progression and when we see that, it is a win.” Also on the varsity squad this season are Jacquelyn Marsh and Lauren Ashton. Junior varsity players are Bella Boman, Nara Robertson, Alexis Wahlquist, Kendyll Catmull, Bridgette Marsh, Saige Talbot, Olivia Hulme and Julianna Buchmiller with alternates Olivia Muir, Abbie Tripp, Brynn Lewis, Ellie Aoki, Addi Schmidt, Kadee Goldberg, Katie Kessler, Presley Germer, Katie Shaffer, Monet Oaks, Shelyn Preede, Izzy Bodell, Jocelyn Cosgrave, Jenna Smedley and Ella Hansen. Afton Milne is the team manager. “Although the losses are there, there was improvement in each match,” Rideout said. “Our girls have competed well. As a team we are also focusing on team unity, learning how important it is to show up for

The Corner Canyon High tennis team are building their program while playing the state’s toughest competition in Region 4. (Photo courtesy Camille Ross)

your teammates.” Corner Canyon’s JV squad competed at the Region 4 tournament in American Fork Sept. 17, losing to Pleasant Grove and then on the second day, which was delayed until Sept. 20 because of rain, the Chargers lost to Lone Peak. Sierra Strong qualified for

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JDCHS soccer gears up for postseason By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


etween three of Juan Diego Catholic High School forwards, 27 of the team’s 47 goals have been scored through the first nine games of the season. Junior Hailey Mezenen has netted 11 goals with sophomore Mia Rhay and her sister Kira Rhay scoring eight each. The trio is a big part of the Soaring Eagle’s 7-2 record as the program hopes to improve on last year’s season and compete for the Region 15 title. Mezenen has also assisted on 11 goals to lead the squad. “We are working hard to be ready for the playoffs,” said head coach Joe Baca, who is in his third year at JDCHS. “We are working on defensive shape in the middle third of the field and I hope to see us improve in winning the ball out of the middle and transitioning into an offensive third attack.” Baca also noted the coaching staff’s emphasis on continuing to develop his younger players. “They need to be ready for the playoffs as well because having a strong bench will get us to that championship,” he said. The team has been led on and off the field additionally by four “hard-working” captains “who have really helped me mold the team,” said Baca, including Kira Rhay, senior midfielders Madz Burnham, Lily Carlson and Janessa Flores Young. Other key players for Juan Diego are sophomore defenders Madde Chiazzess and Kate DiGiandomenico along with senior goalkeeper Jonna Tucker in the net. Brighton transfer Tessa Shuman and freshman Hope Lowery have also been nice additions on the field, according to Baca.

The Juan Diego Catholic High School soccer team is 7-2 this year and 5-1 in Region 15 play as the regular season winds down. (Photo courtesy Joe Baca)

Juan Diego began the season with an 8-0 loss to Weber before running off five straight wins—outscoring opponents 28 to 2 during that span. A 4-1 loss to RSL is the only other blemish currently on the Soaring Eagle team’s record as they have also defeated Judge in a shootout and American Leadership Academy 7-0. They finished out the regular season with shutout wins over Providence Hall 4-0 and Summit Academy 5-0. “We are a competitive team and we’ve defeated teams that should have been undefeated,” Baca said. “We are faced with two very competitive opponents in our region, but hopefully if we win out we can finish on top of Region 15 and reach our goals.”

Also on the JDCHS team are seniors Olivia Harbison, Hanna Jessen, Mwende Kavila, Natalie Lamb, Olivia Meredith, Hannah Munding and Chaya Roberts; juniors Hailey Cutler, Lily Edwards, Drea Mudrock and Theodora Tsandes; sophomores Abigale Alamilla, Kennedy Jones, Jada Mirable, Peyton Montoya, Morgan Mulcahy and Megan Selmer; and freshmen Alison Green and Abigail Harbison. “We have had a great season so far and look forward to finishing strong,” Baca said. Baca is being assisted on the coaching staff by Troy Stroud, Joe Alamilla and Whitney Shuman. l

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Family fun ahoy! The Aquarium celebrates Halloween on the High Seas By Katherine Weinstein | k.weinstein@mycityjournals.com


oveland Living Planet Aquarium is celebrating the season with Halloween on the High Seas, a spooktacular family-friendly festival of pirates, mermaids, sea creatures and more. The evening event will run every Thursday through Sunday evening in October from 7 to 10:30 p.m. “It’s brand new,” explained Shelby Dobson, associate director of marketing and PR. Last winter’s outdoor holiday event, Festival of the Seas, was such a success that the Aquarium decided to hold a similar celebration for Halloween. The Science Learning Plaza outside the Aquarium is well-suited for big, outdoor events. “We have plenty of room to do a lot of fun things,” said Layne Pitcher, director of marketing and communications. “It’s going to be amazing.” Part of the attractions at Halloween on the High Seas will be a giant wooden pirate ship equipped with a slide and presided over by real buccaneers. “Kids can climb aboard the ship and go down the slide,” Pitcher said. Guests are invited to explore the area to find the pirates’ lost treasure chest. Along the way they will interact with pirates and mermaids. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos with the costumed characters. Technology will play a role in the treasure

hunt. “We’re introducing an app with augmented reality,” Pitcher explained. “If you use the app, you’ll see a skeletal pirate, a mermaid, a talking skull and crossbones and divers that talk to you in the treasure area.” The app is similar to Pokémon GO. Part of the grounds will be devoted to mysterious sea creatures of the deep. “There will be a giant skeleton fish you can walk inside of,” Pitcher said. Klub Kelp, a dance party complete with bubbles and a light show will take place on the stage beneath EECO. “We will have EECO do light shows with music,” Pitcher noted. “You can dance with a pirate or a mermaid.” Halloween on the High Seas will also include a Seaside Carnival featuring handcrafted gifts for sale and traditional carnival games such as Skee-Ball, a Hi-Striker and shooting gallery. Popcorn, cotton candy and other carnival treats will be for sale along with souvenir hot chocolate tumblers. Food trucks offering a variety of snacks will be on the premises. While Aquarium admission and Halloween on the High Seas admission are separate, seasonal fun is to be had indoors during the daytime as well. Throughout October, Aquarium guests will enjoy spooky décor in the exhibit halls and can do a scavenger hunt for cryptids, aka creatures of mythology.

Guests can dance with a pirate at Halloween on the High Seas at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. (Photo courtesy Shelby Dobson/Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

Adult tickets for Halloween on the High Seas are $14.95 on Thursday and Sunday evenings and $16.95 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets for teens, members of the military, students, seniors are $11.95 on Thursdays and Sundays and $13.95 on Fridays and Saturdays. Children age 3 to 12 get in for $9.95 on Thursdays and Sundays and $11.95 on Fridays and Saturdays. Toddlers and babies age 2 may

attend for free. Aquarium members save 20% and online ticket purchasers receive a discount of $1 per ticket. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is located at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper. Visit www.thelivingplanet.com/events-andcamps/halloween-on-the-high-seas/ for tickets and more information about Halloween on the High Seas.l



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