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Continued from front page American Fork. Kjar said the team has been putting in the work since January with early morning workouts. “We’ve had a very similar focus to what we have done in the past,” he said. “The players have worked very hard in the offseason and have prepared the right way with good focus and lots of effort.” Senior defensive lineman James Lebaron said it has been a “grind” of lifting and running to get ready for the season. “Our team is full of hard workers and dedicated athletes who have been working super hard getting our bodies ready to compete at our best,” he said. “We’ve worked our tails off this whole off-season and have really upped the level of intensity and physicality in practice,” said First Team All-State outside linebacker Harrison Taggart. The offense returns First Team All-State senior wide receiver Cody Hagen along with seniors Jett Meine (wide receiver), Dylan Carlsen (running back) and Brody Cutrer and Dawson Jacobsen (offensive linemen). Defensively, Lebaron and Taggart lead a group of nine starters coming back which also includes Second Team All-State linebacker and cornerback Taylor Harris along with free safety Charlie Eberling, strong safety Zach Hale, defensive back Jared Malula, defensive end Tank Mitchell and defensive lineman Hreinsen Vanover. Kjar also noted senior offensive linemen Cody Christensen and Hugo Ortega-Sanchez, senior wide receivers Blaze DeGracie and Jon King and senior linebackers Owen Berg and Tate Staley as players to watch along with senior quarterback Devin Brown, a USC-commit who moved to Draper from Arizona. If the season opener is any indication, that offseason work has again shown up on the field and opponents still have some work to do to minimize the gap. Corner Canyon

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Corner Canyon’s Jett Meine reaches for the goal line on one of his three scores in a 72-21 win over Farmington Aug. 13 (Photo courtesy AStrong Photography)

Cody Hagen scores one of his four touchdowns in a 72-21 win over Farmington Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy AStrong Photography)

defeated Farmington 72-21 Aug. 13 with the game decided in the first half as Brown threw eight touchdowns in two quarters of play. The defense also put some points on the board, forcing a safety while Hale returned an interception for a score just before the half. With the Chargers up 65-14, sophomore quarterback Isaac Wilson came in and threw a 55-yard TD pass to Hagen to round out the scoring. Brown passed for 451 yards with Meine recording 178 of those which resulted in three TDs and Hagen hauling in four scores and 167 yards. DeGracie also had a 100-yard night and scored a TD. Nick White’s six tackles and two sacks along with Taggart’s six tackles and one interception led defensively while Berg also recorded six tackles. “It was a fun game where everything

was clicking pretty good offensively,” Hagen said. “Obviously, we have some things to clean up, but we felt good overall.” “It was awesome to get back out there on the field with the guys and getting to do what we do best,” Meine said. Against EAst Aug. 21, Corner Canyon won 42-7. The Chargers scored the games’ first four touchdowns until the Leopards got on the board in the third quarter for its only score. Tre Kofe scored twice while Carlsen, Brown, Hagen and DeGracie also found the end zone in the blowout win. Also on the CCHS squad this season are seniors Luke Benton, Mason Burden, Cristian Castro, Brad Crtichfield, Josiah Franco and Jack VanWoerkom; juniors Jarin Allen, Jackson Ames, Cooper Barkey, Dave Brinton, Sam Broman, Athan Coberly, Bridger Davies, Champion Edwards, Quinn Hale, Hayden Hall, Luke Henstrom, Korbyn Jackson, Ashton Johnson, Isaiah Juarez, Cooper Kingdon, Spencer Kirkham, Jordan Larson, Eli Maires, Aiden McDonald, Sam Molen, Jackson Naegle, Makana Naleieha, Trevor Ogden, Riley Parker, Drew Patterson,

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Boston Ross, Karson Salazar, Cole Sexton, Gavin Styer, Matrix Vaituu and Bracken Warburton; sophomores Jackson Beuhler, Dane Bindrup, Sam Chandler, Cole Cottle, Andre Didier, Maximus Edwards, Nick Erasmus, Brayden Eyre, Ryder Florence, Ashton Free, Will Frogley, Moke Gabrielsen, Henry Holliday, Noah Kim, Tate Kjar, Keegan Lester, Tyler McDonald, Luke Petty, Rylan Quintana, Preston Rasmussen, Joseph Ravella, Kash Richards, Tommy Strong, Teag Taylor, Porter Vaituu, Collin Webb, Cole Wignall, Isaac Wilson and Contreras Yitzhak. Corner Canyon is also scheduled to play Bingham Aug. 27, Jordan Sept. 3, Lehi Sept. 10, American Fork Sept. 17, Skyridge Sept. 24, Westlake Oct. 1, Lone Peak Oct. 7 and Pleasant Grove Oct. 13. “Our coaches have gotten us to where we need to be,” said wide receiver Jett Meine. “Now, it’s our turn to show it.” Kjar said, “Our players as a whole have worked very hard and we have so much great support from our parents that continues to help build our program.” l

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Follow the yellow brick road to Draper Historic Theatre’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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raper Historic Theatre aims to transport audiences over the rainbow this month with their musical production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The show, which pays homage to the iconic 1939 movie based on the story by L. Frank Baum, will be presented Sept. 10-25. “I like to do things from the movie that you’d expect to be in the show,” explained director Marc Navez. “But also approach it creatively so it’s not like other productions you may have seen.” “It is a classic but we present it in our own way to make it seems like the first time you’ve seen it,” added Cory Schaepperkoetter, one of the actors who is playing the Scarecrow. As with most productions at Draper Historic Theatre, “The Wizard of Oz” has been double-cast. The “Ruby” cast and the “Emerald” cast will take turns performing during the run of the show. The Draper Historic Theatre production seeks to immerse the audience in the magical realm of Oz. “The audience will have to participate in the Emerald City scenes,” said Navez, adding that he didn’t want to divulge too many details. “We’d love to make it more immersive.” Paul May, who plays the Wizard and Professor Marvel, spoke of the importance of bringing a touch of magic to audiences, especially now. In discussing his character, May noted, “I like how even though he is not a real wizard, he still knows how to make things happen. It’s like magic.” He added thoughtfully, “Bringing some light to people’s lives, that’s magic that we all need.” The actors are modeling their characters after their movie counterparts. “It’s like they walked right off the movie screen,” said Navez. “It’s so fun to see these characters come to life.” Starr Christensen is closely modeling her take on the Cowardly Lion on Bert Lahr’s iconic performance, down to replicating his Brooklyn accent in the songs. “He is such a character, so silly!” said Christensen. She sees more depth in the role, though. “The fact that the Cowardly Lion is really scared but pretends to be so brave is something that everyone can relate to,” she explained. “You have to be really brave to do the things he does.” Karlie Parrish is excited to be tackling the role of Dorothy. “I grew up watching ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” she said. “Any movie about a young girl making a journey and coming home, I was drawn to.” Parrish played Dorothy once before in an Off Broadway Theatre Co. “Oz” parody. She explained that she found the

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tempo of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to be surprisingly challenging to sing. One of her favorite songs in the show is perhaps a bit obscure. “I love the ‘Jitterbug,’ the big spectacle!” Parrish said. The “Jitterbug” scene, a song and dance number from the 1939 film that was left on the cutting room floor, will be performed in the Draper Historic Theatre production. In the scene, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion are on their way to the witch’s castle when they are set upon by “jitterbugs,” mosquito-like insects that give one the “jitters.” The scene was cut from the movie when producers felt that the film was too long. The jitterbug dance number is one of many choreographed by DaMelly Alderete. Rather than copying the dances in the movie, Alderete explained, “I do like to change it up. I like to expose the dancers to different styles and work with the skill levels of the actors. It challenges me to be more creative and think outside the box. I want to make something that is fun to watch but not overwhelming for the kids.” Alderete added that she finds working at Draper Historic Theatre to be deeply rewarding. “It’s been one of the most wonderful experiences working at this theater,” she said. “There is a culture of inclusivity as well as dynamite talent that wants to do their best.” “Community theater is made by your friends and family, the people you see in the grocery store,” Alderete continued. “You are seeing a passion project.” Family is of course a key theme of “The Wizard of Oz,” as anyone who has ever watched Dorothy click her heels and murmur, “There’s no place like home,” understands. “She didn’t realize how much she missed her family until she was away from them,” Parrish said, rehearsing in her ruby slippers. Sarah Schaepenkoetter, who plays Glinda the Good Witch, in “a very pink, very sparkly” gown, feels that the whole theme of the show is about family. “Dorothy is trying to find her family. The show is about appreciating the family that we have or finding the family that appreciates us,” Schaepenkoetter said. Draper Historic Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” Sept. 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. with matinees on Sept. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. The theater is located at 12366 S. 900 East in Draper. For tickets and more information visit drapertheatre.org. l

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” The Scarecrow (Roman Southwick), Dorothy (Sasha Southwick), the Cowardly Lion (Starr Christensen) and the Tin Man (Gabe Alger) pause on their way through the haunted forest in the Draper Historic Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz.” (Photo courtesy Draper Historic Theatre)

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Adversity didn’t deter these students’ accomplishments to get a college education By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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tah State University, Missouri Valley College, Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah will enroll some recent Canyons School District graduates, thanks to the Canyons Education Foundation. Six graduates from the class of 2021 were awarded partial scholarships to further their education. The annual Bright Star Scholarship of $1,000 was also awarded to seniors from each high school in Canyons School District who has shown improvement or exemplary effort in working toward the goal of post-secondary education. This year’s scholarship recipients are Saskia Paepke-Chile, Alta High; Sean Spackman, Brighton High; Abbey Aamodt, Corner Canyon High; Martha Lopez Rodriguez, Diamond Ridge High; Miriam Camacho, Hillcrest High; and Elijah Martin; Jordan High. Brighton’s Hailey Timm was awarded $2,500, the Rising Star Scholarship for having “risen” above trying circumstances either in family life, financially, emotionally or scholastically; Timm and all scholarship winners are dedicated to furthering their education, said Denise Haycock, Canyons Education Foundation development officer. For Timm, the road hasn’t been easy as she has achieved despite “the adversity she has faced,” said Brighton band director Mikala Mortensen. “Hailey is a wonderful musician” as she “is always willing to perform for the community,” Mortensen wrote in her recommendation letter. “Her willingness to share the gift of music with others is unmatched.” Timm, who played in the symphonic band, also was the drum major in last year’s inaugural marching band and played for the school’s jazz band. “As a drum major in the marching band, she leads with kindness, assisting all of them to succeed as individuals and an ensemble. I find Hailey to be particularly

exceptional leader because she has endured her fair share of hardships in her young life, yet never lets that get in the way of her dedication to her peers,” Mortensen said, adding that Timm also is an intelligent student. This fall, Timm will study at USU to become a high school biology teacher. Her classmate, Sean Spackman, will attend SLCC. Diagnosed with autism at age 3, he has been involved in student government, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Hope Squad and track. He has learned to face trials head-on. “I still have autism and I always will have it,” Spackman said. “Instead of letting it hold me back, I learned to overcome the challenges it has brought to my life. I have a very bright future ahead of me.” Lopez Rodriguez and Camacho also are enrolling at SLCC. Lopez Rodriguez’s counselor, Suzy Santos, said that as a Diamond Ridge student, Lopez Rodriguez, who wants to be a nurse, learned how to balance high school coursework with her certified nursing assistant courses at CTEC. “Coming into the program, she couldn’t see how college could happen for her, but through grit and determination, Martha has discovered the thrill of learning new things while achieving big goals,” she said. Camacho is described as “inquisitive, humble, focused, resilient and compassionate” by her counselor, Nicole Huff, who said that Camacho turned her life around and did “not let grief define her. Hard work, outstanding attitude and determination have resulted in a senior year of nothing but As and Bs.” The high school graduate, who has a “keen eye for fashion,” wants to model in her own clothing designs. Alta’s Saskia Paepke-Chile, knowing little English, moved to Utah from Brazil her freshman year. “I was very concerned about her ability to not only acclimate to a new language, country, school and living situation, but also her ability to successfully complete

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Brighton’s Hailey Timm was presented a $2,500 check as the Rising Star Scholarship winner from Canyons Education Foundation Development Officer Denise Haycock. (Photo courtesy of Canyons Education Foundation)

her classes,” wrote her counselor, Jennifer Scheffner, in a recommendation letter. “I quickly learned that Saskia is a young woman with a fiery determination to succeed and an insatiable desire for knowledge. What I did not take into consideration was her determination to learn and incredible work ethic.” Paepke-Chile, who plans to attend the U of U, was Alta’s Sterling Scholar in World Languages. She also was Alta’s Ballroom Team president and was active with the school’s Latinos in Action and Peer Leadership Team as well as involved in the district’s Student Advisory Council and tutoring Sprucewood Elementary students despite her mother dying from cancer in Brazil. “She is a prime example of resilience, hard work and immense potential,” Scheffner said. Corner Canyons’ Abbey Aamodt also has shown her drive to succeed in the face of adversity, Haycock said. “Early challenges molded her commitment to setting ambitious goals, which included challenging coursework, excellent grades and setting her sights on a college education,” Haycock said. “In the midst of it all, there have been moments of heartache, grief and pain due to family crises, but Abbey rose to these challenges and uses them to gain strength and purpose. She now dedicates herself to leadership and service.” Aamodt plans to join Paepke-Chile at the U to pursue a degree in architecture

and interior design so she can renovate and build homes to give back to the community. Jordan High graduate Elijah Martin moved 11 times before settling in with his aunt during his high school career, said his teacher Aubrie Grass. “Elijah had a lot of classes to retake, but he’s done so through hard work and determination,” she said, adding words like respectful, kind, supportive, hardworking, personable and a natural leader to describe her former student. Martin, who is attending Missouri Valley College this fall, has a passion to become a world history teacher. “This passion for teaching is already evident in how he helps fellow students to understand difficult assignments, listens well to varying perspectives and makes sure people feel that they are heard and understood. As an African-American male, he sees the need to have more minority males in teaching positions to inspire and connect with minority students,” Grass said. Martin thanked Canyons Education Foundation. “You guys are really helping a lot of people,” he said. “Not just me, but then my future family. You’re going to help my kids and their kids’ kids. Two years ago, college wasn’t something I saw myself doing. One financially, it just wasn’t possible for me; and two, I didn’t have the drive for it. A scholarship like this is going to help me help my own kids and other kids one day.” l

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Draper nurse practitioner helping women get a good night’s sleep

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tatistics show that one in four women have trouble falling or remaining asleep. It’s more common in older women than men. Renee Kindler, a family nurse practitioner in Draper, has recently started her own virtual practice, Aonani Wellness, to address women’s sleep problems as well as other issues that affect their overall well-being. “I partner with women, often moms and grandmas, to help them discover practical solutions to concerns that are impacting their lives, usually around sleep, digestion and energy,” Kindler explained. The name “Aonani” means bright light in Hawaiian. Kindler aims to use her virtual clinic to help shed light on the underlying problems that can cause women to experience sleeplessness, bloating and low energy. “I believe people when they say they don’t feel well,” Kindler said. “I’ve been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years. As a nurse I look at things more holistically. It’s what brings you to the profession, wanting to help people.” When the pandemic began, Kindler had the opportunity to do more training. She took online courses with the Institute for Functional Medicine as well as the School of Applied Functional Medicine. Kindler explained that she recently completed her Level 1 AFMC certification test. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University in

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By Katherine Weinstein | k.weinstein@mycityjournals.com Spokane, Washington. Functional medicine focuses on determining the root causes of symptoms and illnesses and addressing them largely through natural remedies. Rather than giving a patient a prescription sleep aid, for example, a functional medicine practitioner will examine why someone has difficulty sleeping and try to address those underlying issues. “Traditional medicine can’t be as individualized a lot of the time,” Kindler said. “One size doesn’t fit all.” She explained that before starting Aonani Wellness, she worked as a nurse in the field of sleep and neurology. When the pandemic hit, “I found how we could successfully work with people through telemedicine,” she said. Kindler consults patients over Zoom or over the phone depending on the patient’s preference and comfort level. “My business is focused on health consulting,” she said. “I offer one on one health consulting and am starting to offer business workshops around any health topic, but mainly focus on sleep.” “Sleep is when our bodies repair, restore and rejuvenate,” she said. “It is crucial to our overall health.” Chronic sleep loss can lead to a weakened immune system, increased risk of accidents, decreased productivity and weight gain.

It has many causes which may include stress, blood sugar regulation, digestion and hormonal changes. “Stress can impact you in all kinds of ways,” Kindler remarked. She recommends managing stress during the day through practices such as mindfulness meditation and walking. She mentioned that there are helpful videos on YouTube which illustrate meditation techniques. Kindler shared some general tips to help improve sleep hygiene although she recommends working with a trusted health care provider to address concerns. First, establishing a routine is essential. Kindler advises going to bed and getting up at about the same time each day. Secondly, all electronic devices should be turned off at least 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. “Your brain doesn’t turn off the same way when you’re using them,” she said. She suggests creating a bedtime relaxation hour or half hour in which you might take a warm bath, engage in mindfulness meditation or listen to relaxing music. “Exposing yourself to sunlight in the morning is just as important as darkness at night,” Kindler said. Sunshine regulates circadian rhythms by telling the body when to increase and decrease melatonin levels. Lastly, Kindler advises people to prepare

Renee Kindler, a family nurse practitioner in Draper, has started her own virtual practice, Aonani Wellness.(Photo courtesy Renee Kindler)

their sleeping environment to be sleep friendly. She suggests checking for light or noise issues as well as temperature and serenity. Working with patients to help them create new routines and lifestyle changes that result in better health is gratifying to Kindler. “It is so exciting to see how people transform,” she said. To get a free sleep guide or to make an appointment with Aonani Wellness, visit www. reneekindler.com. l

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St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church dedicates new statue

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n Sept. 14, 2020, the parish community of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church discovered that the beloved statue of their patron saint had been destroyed in an act of vandalism. Eleven months later to the day, a crowd gathered to celebrate the dedication of a new statue. “Our hearts were shattered,” said Ana Alamo of Murray, a member of the parish council who has attended services at St. Therese for more than a decade. “Our faith was shaken. When it happened we were under quarantine. There was so much divisiveness going on. It was a scary time.” The statue had been pushed off its podium in a deliberate act, though parishioners don’t feel that it was a hate crime. “When it happened, we weren’t allowed here for services,” said Terri Mueller, another member of the parish council. “Our parishioners aren’t used to donating online and we couldn’t meet in person to do a fund raiser. We were struggling just to pay the bills, and then this happened.” Galey Colosimo, the principal of Juan Diego Catholic High School, heard about the destroyed statue and sent a team to see how they could help. “Juan Diego involved the students,” said Alamo. “They held pep rallies and had a spirit week with a contest to see which class could bring in the most money.” Thanks to the efforts of Juan Diego and donations from other parishes and individuals, St. Therese dedicated a new statue in front of the church Aug. 14. Around 100 people gathered to witness the blessing of the new statue. Rev. José Barrera, the parish administrator, gave a welcome and led those assembled in prayer and song. April van der Sluys, the advancement coordinator for Juan Diego, oversaw the efforts to find, fund and place the new statue. "I was so moved by Father José quoting of St. Therese when she said, ‘After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses,’ van der Sluys said. “It's my belief that St. Therese so lovingly placed Juan Diego Catholic High School and the schools at the Skaggs Catholic Center to be the ‘roses’ for Father José, André and the parish community of St. Therese. With roses also having great significance to St. Juan Diego and our school community, we feel equally blessed to be able to help this wonderful parish community." Dave Brunetti, director of campus life at Juan Diego, selected the statue from among several choices. “We wanted one that was beautiful and would weather well,” Brunetti said. The statue was made in Italy by Demetz Art Studios. The original was carved in wood, then cast in bronze. The version that now stands in front of St. Therese is made from a composite of marble and fiberglass that was hand-painted. “It’s almost indestructible. It will outlive us all many times over,” said Jim Markosian, facilities director at Juan Diego. Markosian brought in a landscape company to build a base for the statue surrounded by a decorative fence, rocks and flowers. Juan Diego also paid to have new fencing, lights and security cameras installed around the campus at 7832 S. Allen St. that also includes a social hall and historic chapel.

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Bishop Oscar Solís blesses the new statue at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church on Aug. 14. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)

“It was a corner area that’s easy for people to cross through,” said André Sicard, a Sandy resident and parishioner who is studying to become a priest at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. “There hasn’t been trouble since the fence was put up.” Sicard joined van der Sluys in unveiling the statue during the dedication ceremony. “It’s so amazing to walk out of the church and see St. Therese again,” Mueller said. “What they did for us…it just touched my heart that they cared so much. It showed us that we’re a bigger community. As tragic as it was, it brought a lot of blessings. It showed that we all care about each other.” The broken pieces of the original statue were displayed in the church lobby during the dedication ceremony. The figure will be restored and placed elsewhere in the church as a reminder of what happened. “As part of the St. Therese parish community, we deeply thank all of those who gave of their time, talent and treasure for the statue and the success of today’s celebration,” Alamo said in her word of thanks to conclude the dedication. “As St. Therese said, ‘remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.’’ l

A new statue has replaced the one in front of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church that was destroyed by vandalism in 2020. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)

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Balloon Festival returns to Storm Mountain Park Pictures By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com After taking a year off for COVID-19 in 2020, the Sandy Balloon Festival made a triumphant return to Storm Mountain Park on Aug. 13-14. Hundreds of residents gathered bright and early to watch over a dozen hot air balloons ascend into the sky.

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School districts face rising costs in construction materials By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com his fall, Aspen Elementary opened its doors to elementary school children in the Daybreak community. The Jordan School District school was completed this summer, after holding its groundbreaking days before COVID-19 spiked in Utah in March 2020. Like many construction projects around the area, shortages of materials and labor were constantly monitored along with the rising costs of supplies, such as wood—and even wood glue, said Dave Rostrom, District director of facility services. In fact, Bingham High’s upstairs remodeling project was delayed because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the start of school was moved to online, the first time a Jordan District project wasn’t completed on time, he said. “It’s a really large project this summer that we were trying to accomplish and that plays into it a little bit, plus we’ve run into labor shortages and the supply chain on all our projects, which has been very difficult,” Rostrom said, adding that scarcities have ranged from HVAC components to whiteboards and hardware for doors. “I think a lot of the factories shut down and they’re still trying to get caught up from orders after they shut down. There’s been a big shortage of truck drivers and a lot of companies that have material are struggling to get things shipped.” However, the Aspen Elementary contract had already been awarded to Hughes General Contractors; its overall cost was $18.5 million. It was designed by VCBO Architecture, the same design used in other Jordan elementaries, including Golden Fields, Antelope Canyon, Bastian, Mountain Point and Ridge View. “The (Jordan) Board (of Education) has asked us to do a repeat on our buildings because we kind of get them down to a science. There’s no or very little change orders because we’ve built it so many times that we’ve got all the bugs worked out of the design. It saves a lot of money when we do a repeat building,” he said. The District currently is working off of two elementary school designs, a one-story and a two-story, which can save additional dollars; two middle school plans and one for the high school. Even so, Jordan factors in 8% construction inflation per year. “Every time we hit a mark, it’s basically we were paying an additional 8%. That can vary, it’s all supply and demand. I would say this last year, it’s probably been a little higher,” he said, adding that costs also would include projects such as leveling slopes before building schools. Currently, an elementary in Herriman with the exact same floor plan is under construction; just two years behind Aspen, its price tag is $19,950,000, right at the mark—a 7.8% increase from Aspen Elementary’s cost. “I do have a concern on the elementary that we’re building out in Herriman now because you don’t know what’s going to be delayed,” he said about the school that is scheduled to open fall 2022. “Hopefully, these

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factories are able to start getting back up on top of their orders.” Rostrom said it’s school officials who decide upon projects and what to do with rising costs. “That’s when our school board has to determine what we do,” he said, adding that fewer projects may be considered. “There’s been some years where we wanted to do X amount of projects and because costs come in higher, we’ve had to eliminate projects or postpone.” Fortunately, Jordan District already owns property when the Board decides to build additional schools, so they aren’t looking at high land costs, he said. While Jordan has 13 construction projects underway, the Herriman elementary is the only new build. Other schools are undergoing renovations, expansions or installation of security doors. Nearby Canyons School District also is facing escalating costs with several new construction projects underway. Officials just held ribbon-cuttings for two rebuilt high schools and a renovation of a third, days before school opened Aug. 16. They also held three ribbon-cuttings for two elementaries and a middle school this past spring. Initially, when the $283-million bond was passed in November 2019, Hillcrest’s rebuild was estimated at $85 million, said its principal

Greg Leavitt, and Brighton’s rebuild was $87 million, its principal, Tom Sherwood said. Now, the price tags are higher. “We thought early on, they could be around $90 (million), but that quickly turned on us. Hillcrest will be about $121 million, and Brighton will be about $117 (million),” said Leon Wilcox, Canyons chief financial officer and business administrator. “We’re hearing (new) high schools now can be close to $150 (million in Utah).” That’s about a 34% increase of cost on Hillcrest and a 30% on Brighton. At Alta High, renovations were first expected to cost $38.5 million and resulted in about $57 million, he added. Canyons Superintendent Rick Robins said that “rebuilding a high school is quite an undertaking. Tackling two is ambitious. But remaking three all at once is something for the record books. The pace at which construction costs are soaring shows no signs of slowing. With those costs, other inflationary pressures and Utah’s labor shortage, it’s fortunate we started all of our school improvements when we did.” This summer, Canyons Board of Education started taking the steps to approve $38 million in lease revenue bonds to cover expenses, Wilcox said, adding that it is a customary practice in cities and some school districts to take out a loan or a bond, sell bonds, and repay it out

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of capital funds. “So, it will impact our future things we can do, but we promised the public we were going to complete these projects. We had three schools—Union (Middle), Peruvian Park and Edgemont (elementaries)—that were seismically unsafe and we really needed to replace and rebuild those so that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing right now on issuing these bonds,” he said. “If we didn’t do this, we would have to wait about two to four years to complete Glacier Hills, Peruvian and Union and we just didn’t feel like that was the right thing to do.” A future Draper elementary school also is figured into the numbers, Wilcox said. “We feel like we’re in a very good position with our buildings,” he said. “We put a lot in the last decade. We’ve done basically 20 projects. We’ve got our high schools all modernized, all our middle schools with the exception of Eastmont all brand new or renovated. So, all our secondary schools are taken care of and around six of our elementaries are brand new with a few of them, just a few years older than that. These bonds will take up to 16% to 18% of our capital allotment or balance each year. We still have 80% to keep these buildings modern and functioning.” l

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Willow Springs PTA president honored for her innovative thinking during pandemic

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ot everyone would look at a full school year during the COVID-19 pandemic as an adventure, but last year, Willow Springs PTA President Karen Hunter did. Hunter was nominated for the PTA Volunteer of the Year by several parents and Willow Springs PTA board members who let her guide them through the year following the school theme, “Adventure Awaits!” Her nomination not only won at the local and regional levels; but also, she won the award from the state. “It was shocking,” Hunter said, saying that a board member oversaw the awards, so she didn’t know she had initially won. “I was going to my treasurer’s house (to sign a reimbursement check for a volunteer) and I was surprised with lot of people there. They had a big banner and balloons and…it made me cry, of course.” She also was recognized by the state board at the state PTA conference; it meant a lot to her to be recognized amongst her peers. “It was so sweet, and I was really shocked, because to me, I felt like I had a really easy year because of COVID. I mean, we weren’t able to do our typical programs, but we came up with some other things to do,” Hunter said. “So, I was really surprised.” For example, instead of holding the typical jog-a-thon fundraiser where not only the students run, but also the community, the PTA had the students first watch character building videos and then, with school T-shirts to promote school pride, students were able to have dance parties in their classrooms and have the community pledge them or give donations. “It was a guided program of what they were doing, but they got exercise and we gave out prizes that week,” she said. “It was a good alternative, and we were really pleased with how that went.” Barb Cluff, who served on the nomination committee, said that Hunter “is just absolutely amazing. She is a true leader. She gets the big picture. She is a calm leader and through COVID, nothing ruffled her. Things kept getting canceled, things had to change. The big fundraiser—we couldn’t do the normal jog-a-thon—so she scrambled to figure out how to have a totally successful fundraiser without doing the actual jog-a-thon. She doesn’t get flustered. She said, ‘If we can’t do that, let’s try this.’ Nothing is a big deal and she just figured out something else and went forward. She’s a master of simplicity.” In the spring, the PTA introduced a simple and fun interaction to raise students’ spirits, Hunter said. Once volunteers and visitors could return to helping in the schools, the PTA arranged for Cosmo, Brigham Young University’s mascot, to visit during the lunch recess for their diversity week. “He just hung out with the kids and played some kinds of games, like Red Light, Green Light. He did all sorts of flips and tricks for them. I was surprised how much the kids loved it, even the kids (who like the) U of U loved having that interaction,” she said, adding that kids, faculty and PTA wore different college team shirts. “We did have a lot of diverse teams represented and the kids loved it and had a great time. I think that’s something Willow Springs will probably do in the future.” Another thing the PTA encouraged was dads or male role models to walk their kids to school since Watch DOG wasn’t able to happen in its traditional sense. Hunter was glad she was able to increase appreciation for the teachers. “We really focused on a lot on teacher appreciation,” she

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Willow Springs’ PTA board surprised its president, Karen Hunter, after learning that she was Utah’s PTA Volunteer of the Year. (Photo courtesy of David Hunter)

said, saying they doubled their budget, which helped to provide catered individually wrapped meals for teachers during parent-teacher conferences. “We also gave them a monthly small gift or token.” Some of what she has done hasn’t been in the limelight. For example, recruiting new members was difficult in a year without a back-to-school night push or even volunteers being allowed in school most of the year. Willow Springs PTA membership vice president Dixie Lewis recalled, “just when I was ready to throw in the towel, Karen found a way to do one more final membership push, which motivated me to finish the year off strong and significantly increase our numbers.” Lewis said, “Karen is the leader we needed to guide us through this challenging year. She chose the theme, ‘Adventure Awaits!’ which reflected her attitude about the challenges and difficulties we have faced as a PTA. She has been encouraging and flexible as we have each faced different hurdles in accomplishing our tasks this year.” While last year’s treasurer, Kim Anselmo, said that Hunter was able to help her learn about the role of treasurer and important deadlines because of her firsthand knowledge, she also found Hunter’s passion for PTA to be inspirational. “She builds other up and is very complimentary and grateful for each of us,” Anselmo wrote in her nomination. “She really cares about the people she works with, and it shows in her words and actions. She is a natural problem-solver and positive thinker. She is great at including us all in her ideas and looks to us to help implement them.” Hunter said many of the activities they did this past year were run by her staff and often times, they “ran the show,” so she didn’t have to even enter the school. “The best thing I did was get really good people on my board,” she said. “It kind of feels like kind of tooting your own horn because the people that helped out last year, even those whose programs were put on hold, were still really helpful in their ideas and suggestions. I just worked with amazing people, and we had an amazing year. I don’t necessarily take all the credit for that. It’s just these wonderful people. Everyone was just fantastic…and chomping at the bit because they want to help out more.” Two others, June Larsen and Kim Peterson, from Willow Springs received regional PTA awards. Larsen was named Outstanding Support Staff Award-winner and Peterson, School Educator Award-winner. Hunter, who has previously run the Willow Springs chess program and supported buying the group an online alternative

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Willow Springs PTA president Karen Hunter, seen here with BYU’s Cosmo who came to visit students, received the PTA Volunteer of the Year for the state. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Hunter)

years, serving as treasurer as well as treasurer at Draper Park Middle School. Now that her children have “graduated” from Willow Springs, she plans to help more at DPMS and Corner Canyon High. “I’m actually quite sad. I drive by Willow Springs and now I don’t have a reason to go there anymore,” Hunter said, adding that she will help be a source for the current PTA if they need anything. “It’s funny. When we’ve asked people to get involved in PTA, a lot of time, their perception, I think, they think it’s going to take so much time. They don’t know what the rewards are; I’ve met so many awesome people in the PTA; I’ve made great friends as well as being able to help the kids.” l

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Healing Field Flag Memorial marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks By Ileana Brown | ileana.b@thecityjournals.com

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n the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field after crew and passengers attempted to take control of the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks that shocked the nation and became the deadliest foreign assault on U.S. soil. The country crumbled for a bleak moment as friends, family and loved ones became engulfed with despair. Yet, just as quickly as those were lost, America unwaveringly transformed into the proud and strong “United We Stand.” “Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, three determined firemen managed to raise the American flag on a mangled flagpole amid the vast destruction at ground zero,” said Paul Swenson, president of the Colonial Flag Foundation Board of Trustees. “Within 24 hours, individuals across the country saw the first sign of hope rising from the ashes. From that powerful image of hope and strength, woven in the Stars and Stripes, came the inspiration for the first Healing Field display of flags.” The 20th annual Healing Field Flag Me-

morial, organized by the non-profit Colonial Flag Foundation and Utah Healing Field Committee, will take place at the Sandy City Promenade, at 10000 Centennial Parkway, from Sept. 8-13. On Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m., volunteers will post more than 3,300 flags in remembrance of the 2,977 victims of the terrorist attacks, our Utah fallen soldiers, and first responders who have died since 9/11. On Sept.9, the field will officially open to the public. Visitors can read the personalized tags attached to the flags with each victim's name and a short bio. In addition, there will be a 14-poster exhibit from the 9/11 Memorial Museum titled “September 11th, 2001: The Day That Changed the World.” “My hope is that each of us will slow down, walk through the flags alone or with our children and remember that day 20 years ago when we lost so many and stood together,” said Swenson. On Sept.10, Rockin Hot Rod Productions hosts the “United We Stand” classic car show featuring local cars in the parking lot of the Aetna building at 10150 South Centennial Parkway, from 5-8 p.m.. The event will include awards, raffles, and food trucks. Following the car show will

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be a “One Light, One Life” luminaria light display by Real Salt Lake. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. to help Real Salt Lake and mascot Leo the Lion place luminaries by each flag to light up the field. The tribute representslight through darkness, offering hope and healing to friends and families who lost loved ones that day. On Sept. 11, the day’s events begin with a “Ride to Remember” motorcycle ride. Riders will meet at Barbary Coast Saloon (4242 South State Street), at 6 p.m., then proceed to Sandy City Hall with a police escort. At 7 p.m., Conner Gray Covington will conduct the Utah Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Covington states, “All of us at the Utah Symphony are honored to partner with Utah Healing Field to present a concert to commemorate the tragic events of that day. We've chosen music that will provide a sense of comfort and healing to the audience but will also serve as a way to promote a feeling of optimism and unity moving forward.”“ The symphony will perform John Williams' “Hymn to the Fallen,” Elgar's “Nimrod” from “Enigma Variations,” Copland's “Lincoln Portrait” and Valerie Coleman's “Umoja: An Anthem for Unity.” Tickets for this performance are available at utah20th.eventbrite.com. The performance is in conjunction with the annual “Honoring the Fallen” from each branch of the United States

Military, including all fallen soldiers and first responders from the state of Utah. The patriotic observance includes the national anthem, a flyover by four F-35s performed by Hill Air Force Base, the presentation of the colors, a 21-gun salute, a bugle performance of “Taps,” and a performance by The Utah Pipe Band, all until 8:30 p.m. Funds raised through donations and sales and the event will support ongoing charitable programs of the Colonial Flag Foundation. These programs include service dogs for veterans, child abuse prevention, food banks, homes for heros and homeless veterans assistance. Two decades later, hundreds of organizations have hosted Colonial Flag Foundation programs, raising millions of dollars for local charities. “The legacy of all these souls that were lost that day lives on through the millions of lives that are touched by those that walk among the flags and those that are assisted and uplifted through the thousands of benefiting charities,” Swenson said. The Healing Field will be open to the public until Sept.13, at 5:30 p.m., when volunteers will take down the flags. All flags are available for sale. Flags can be sponsored for $35 and taken home after the event. For more information visit, www.healingfield.org/event/sandyut21/ or 911flags.org. l

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s I was perusing through my social media channels this month, I noticed a few different posts and threads related to the bystander effect. Security camera footage of an ex-boyfriend attempting to kidnap a young woman in July was circulating. The video showed individuals watching but not acting in any way to stop the crime, sparking discussions of surprise and outrage. Many comments attributed this nonaction to the bystander effect. The bystander effect is the theory people are less likely to offer help to a victim when others are present. It’s a social psychology theory with framework, research and scholarship dating back for decades. The most famous example of the bystander effect dates back to March 19, 1964. When Kitty Genovese returned to her apartment building after getting off of work one evening, she was stabbed 14 times. During the murder investigation, police were perplexed as to why no one had called about the crime. Interviews with 38 neighbors revealed they all had the same thought—surely someone had already called to report Genovese’s 30 minutes of pleas. Through these famous and current examples, we can see how the bystander effect can be life-threatening and dangerous. Many workplaces have now implemented Bystander Intervention Trainings in response. These trainings are framed around

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realizing most of us have a certain propensity to be a bystander. Sometimes called upstander training, bystander trainings help individuals to “recognize potentially harmful or hurtful interactions and respond in way intended to positively influence the outcome.” Trainings may focus on verbal and nonverbal techniques to de-escalate situations. When I was learning about the bystander effect in my own psychology education, I remember one of my University of Utah professors providing the class with important suggestions. He told us if we ever find ourselves in an emergency situation where someone needs to be calling 911, solicit a specific individual explicitly. Look someone directly in the eye, point to them, and tell them “You call 911!” Any action helping to limit the diffusion of responsibility can negate the bystander effect. I might shift my professor’s suggestions based on actionable behavior to a more cognitive one. Now that you’re aware of the bystander effect, make a conscious effort to not be a bystander. Take initiative in a situation where something needs to be said or done. I often take my own advice here. For example, I was recently driving on a Salt Lake City highway at night. I had passed a handful of cars when I started to descend a hill. I noticed bright flames as soon as they came into view. I looked to my

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Mascots make a comeback, bring student involvement, spirit back to schools By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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ascots are making a comeback as many area schools this year look to bolster school spirit and pride, which in any year school officials say is good, but especially after 18 months of uncertainty in school life during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The mascot is one of the foundations of the visualization of school spirit,” explained Tara Battista, Cottonwood High School’s student government adviser. “When you see a mascot and you see your logo represented, jumping and cheering, that brings a whole new energy to the crowd, to the students, and allows them just to see their school pride to come to life. We want student to feel when they come back to school, we will have this revival of things happening again. We will make it fun, we will make it safe and most of all, we want them to be able to display their Colt pride, so having a mascot is a critical piece of that.” Cottonwood High’s Colt is expected to be part of their homecoming, Sept. 23. Murray High’s Spartan made its debut at the Fourth of July parade after an absence of years, then welcomed the football team onto its new field in the season opener. Brighton High is in the process of ordering a Bengal costume. “Our costume was just old and hammered,” said Brighton Principal Tom Sherwood, adding that looking for a new mascot began after the Bengal’s last appearance fall 2020, but between COVID-19 and rebuilding the school, the process got pushed back. For the new school’s ribbon-cutting, the construction company rented a costume so the Bengal could make an appearance, Sherwood said. “It’s not a matter of not having to have a mascot, but I think the costume might have gone down with the ship—or the building in this case,” he said. “I think mascots can be a good way to get fans involved and they can help control the crowd, they can help lead the cheers, they can be a support to cheerleaders, they can build school spirit.” Mascots can be seen in all levels of schools. Recently, Midvale Middle purchased a Trojan costume. Riverview Junior High renamed its mascot to a Raptor, and the mascot was paraded through the school’s hallways as part of the announcement. When Altara Elementary showed an updated look for its Kittyhawk, the mascot made an appearance—and many more since at assemblies, fun runs and other events. At Cottonwood, student government adviser Tara Battista said Charlie the Colt has been absent for at least the five years she has worked at the school; when inquiring, she was told that the old costume went missing. “When it disappeared, it was quite old, like 10 years, so maybe it was time to get a new one, but then no one ever took charge to make it happen so the mascot just got lost,”

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she said. School officials say losing costumes is more common than one thinks as the responsibility of the role of the mascot shifts from cheer to athletics to student government advisers. Battista said that when she became student government adviser two years ago, it was decided to bring back the Colt. Then, COVID-19 hit, and the mascot got pushed to the backburner. Now, the $1,200 dark brown stallion costume is on order (from the same company that makes the Utah Jazz Bear’s costume) and tryouts, which is open to any student gender, are being scheduled. There is a possibility of more than one student to be the mascot to share its responsibilities, but that depends on tryouts, she said. Battista anticipates Charlie the Colt to wear a football jersey on the field or a basketball uniform when it cheers on those teams. “We’re working with our student organizations to disperse the mascot where they want it,” she said, adding the Colt could wear a Cottonwood hooded sweatshirt when it’s at assemblies or supporting organizations and clubs. “One of the biggest goals for student government this year was to increase school spirit and school pride and get kids involved and excited coming to all types of activities.” However, don’t look for Charlie to tumble and do stunts. “We are still working through some safety concerns with that with the (Granite School) District,” Battista said. “Right now, it’s going to be hyping up the students, their passion for Cottonwood, their Colt pride.” That’s the role the Spartan is taking this season, although previous mascots have been tumblers and on the cheer squad, said cheer coach Lia Smith, who is overseeing Murray High’s mascot in Murray School District and interviewed the student who was interested in being the mascot. “There weren’t any (tumbling) skills involved, it’s more just the student’s personality and drive to involved others, to create a positive environment and include as many people in the school and in the community,” she said, adding that the Spartan also has good grades and citizenship. The Spartan, which is named Leonidas or Leo for short, made its comeback this year as a result of students approaching Smith. “A group of students came to me as cheer coach March last year and said they really wanted a mascot again and they missed having a Spartan,” she said. “We felt like that would bring a lot of energy and it’s something that we’ve been missing.” Wanting to bring spirit to the school and community, Leo asked to be part of the Murray parade, but didn’t expect a costume malfunction which resulted in missing the last third of walking in the parade. However, the

Brighton Principal Tom Sherwood poses alongside the Bengal mascot during the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Spartan has asked others to generate ideas and appearances, watched YouTube videos of other mascots and plans to reach out to college and professional team mascots. The mascot agreed to break his code of silence for this article to share his insights; the condition was that he could only be identified as Leo. “I always thought of being the mascot; it’s cool,” Leo said. “I think my personality is already outgoing and wacky and I feel that if I’d have a mask on, I feel I’d be amplified and make it fun for everyone. Before this, I’ve just liked being in the student section. I was always one of the people who just tried to get cheers going or if cheerleaders were doing a cheer, I would just start doing the dance with them.” While he hopes to “go to as many things as possible,” Leo said one of his responsibilities will be to wave a giant Spartan flag, which Leo said, “I will definitely have a lot of fun with.” He also knows being the mascot will be “physically demanding” so he does plan to stay in shape through running and joining cheer in some workouts. Leo isn’t worried about getting recognition. “If no one knows me, I can do a lot more wacky stuff that I would be otherwise embarrassed to do. It’s just one of those things I could have a lot more fun,” he said. That also was a highlight of Aaron Dekeyzer, who as 2003-04 senior class pride president, was Harvey, Hillcrest High School’s Husky mascot. “It just let me take on a persona that I could just be silly and fun to the max without any discomfort about doing it and having nobody know who it was,” he said, but admitting that the costume was “miserably hot, itchy and

Midvale Middle School recently purchased its Trojan mascot costume to build unity in the school. (Photo courtesy of Midvale Middle)

just generally uncomfortable.” However, Dekeyzer’s secret mascot identity was short-lived as students knocked off his head at one of the last football games, so he only wore the costume at a couple of basketball games. Dekeyzer didn’t audition, but said the position fell into his lap. “I think there was a vacancy and cheer was looking for someone to do it when they came to student government. I was one of the silliest, funniest ones of the bunch so I decided to volunteer,” he said. “I was energetic, fun, goofy and good at getting the crowd to do chants. I wasn’t flying through the air or doing backflips.” The Husky has evolved from its early days when a cheerleader had dog face paint while wearing a shaggy costume to taking on a full mascot costume in 1978-79 when former teacher and international baccalaureate coordinator Brian Bentley, who was a student at Hillcrest, first took on the role of Harvey. Nowadays, the student costume-wearers are highlighted in the yearbook, which is distributed at the end of the year. After Dekeyzer’s year, the mascot costume went missing—he maintains he didn’t take it—so Harvey took a leave of absence. “I don’t know if they found it or if it was just time to get another costume, but it was my understanding that he was MIA for a bit,” he said. “It was super fun though. I really enjoyed doing it and it was a great way to demonstrate the pride of the school and for students to identify with the spirit of the school.” l

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Corner Canyon welcomes new girls basketball coach By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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he Corner Canyon High girls basketball coach will be headed up this season by Craig Morris, who had been with the Cedar Valley High program since its school opened two years ago. The Chargers are coming off a 13-12 season—with a 3-7 showing in Region 4—that ended in a loss in the second round of the 6A state tournament. “Coach Morris impressed us with his positivity and energy, as well as his ambition,” said CCHS athletic director Patrick Thurman. “This is a challenging job, but I do believe that he is equipped to handle the challenges and create an environment that will serve the Draper community well.” Morris said it was hard to consider leaving CVHS after building the 4A program from the ground up and living in Eagle Mountain where the school is, but he was intrigued by the opportunity to coach in Draper among the 6A ranks. He had already coached three CCHS players on an accelerated team and played the Chargers twice while at Cedar Valley so there was some familiarity with Corner Canyon. Ultimately, he had to really convince his family, particularly his 11-year-old son—who came to Aviator practices and every home game—to support the move when he was offered the job. “Part of me knew that I needed to go somewhere else and this made sense on every level,” Morris said. “I’m so impressed with the administration here who are so invested in these student-athletes and blown away with the parental and community support in Draper. It’s a great fit for me here to help build this program and do something special here.” Morris added, “I’ve now brought my son to several open gyms and it took my son all of about 10 minutes to be just fine with the change. We’re all so thrilled that I can be at Corner

The Corner Canyon High School girls basketball team returns this season with new coaches in (from left to right) Abby Kleinman, Craig Morris, Robert Shinall and Jared Miyasaki. (Photo courtesy Craig Morris)

Canyon.” The former collegiate guard at Dixie State has been coaching AAU basketball for years before entering the high school ranks in 2018. His philosophy has been molded over the years and focuses on life lessons, including communication and being part of a team. “I want to help them develop their skill sets and find their role on the team with the strengths that they individually have,” Morris said. “They will get accolades—public or private—that they deserve from the work that they put in. We’ll win some and we’ll lose some, but at the end of the day, my

hope is that everyone in my program feels loved and valued.” Thurman said that Morris has “hit the ground running” this summer, including taking the players to a Dixie State summer camp where the varsity team was the two-minute champion, the JV squad won their full bracket and the sophomore team, with all freshmen, had a winning record for the week as well. “The coaching staff is high on this whole program,” Morris said. “The players have embraced the change. They come, they work and we adore them.” l

Longtime athletic director retiring from Juan Diego By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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fter more than a decade at the helm of the Juan Diego Catholic High School athletic program— and a total of 43 years in education—Chris Long has hung it up. “It sounds cliché and it is cliché, but it’s a lot like when I stopped coaching [in 2000]; when you don’t have the fire in your belly, it’s time to move on,” Long said. “I’m a lousy delegator, as my greatest strength and greatest weakness is just to get it done. I’ve been gone continually so many nights each week, especially in the winter, that I decided this would be my last year. Plus, my wife retired too [as a counselor at Granger High] so now it’s time to travel and do some writing.” Long spent 38 of those years at Judge Memorial Catholic High School as well as JDCHS, officially retiring at the beginning of June but “keeping one foot in and one foot out,” to help the transition. Juan Diego hired former Carbon High Athletic Director and high school and college basketball coach Ted Bianco along with Associate AD Danny Larson to fill the role that Long held for the past 11 years. Long’s route in education began at Bingham High student teaching A.P. English while also heading up the Miners wrestling program following his 1978 graduation from Westminster. Five years later, he found himself at JMCHS again teaching English— being named Teacher of the Year twice—and as the head wrestling coach. In 2000, Long became the Assistant Principal for

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Student Services when JDCHS opened. “Coming to Juan Diego was a new beginning for me,” Long said. “It was really fun to be a part of something brand new. We had to figure out how we do things and I was so grateful to have my opinion sought after and valued, especially by [principal] Galey Colosimo.” Among the accolades Long has received over the years are his inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Utah State Board of Education Outstanding Contributors to Education and the 2021 UHSAA Region 1 Athletic Director of the Year. Additionally, he served as a past president of the Utah Wrestling Coaching Association. All three of Long’s children graduated through the same Catholic schools he worked at. Daughter Amanda and son Ian graduated from Judge in 1997 and 1999, respectively, while daughter Abbie was in Juan Diego’s class of 2005. They all followed their father’s footsteps and are teachers, including Amanda who is at JDCHS. Long said his dedication to “showing up, being present and paying attention,” throughout his journey has brought him such fulfillment for so many years. “I have so many connections with kids and people that are special,” he said. “It really gives you the feeling that your career had some meaning.” l Chris Long (center) stands with JDCHS softball coach David Montoya and Hillcrest softball coach Anthony Ricci at a game this season. Long taught both coaches at Judge Memorial. (Photo courtesy Chris Long)

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Draper’s Hunter Hurl among top runners nationwide in his age group By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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welve-year-old Hunter Hurl of Draper finished fifth in the 3000 meters at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas in early August, wrapping up a stellar year for the sixth grader. “I did pretty well,” Hunter Hurl said. “I started out pretty conservative and then was able to make up ground, passing a couple of runners in the last 75 meters.” Hunter Hurl, the son of Jeremy and Kelly Hurl of Draper, also competed in the 1500 meter event and finished 11th. “I tripped in the first five meters and didn’t have the best race,” Hunter Hurl said. “But, I did get up, make up ground and finished the race.” His top placements capped off a summer when he competed as the only sixth grader in the entire county who qualified for the Middle School Nationals, which was held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, where he came in 18th. He also won the Triple Crown of distance running—the 800 meters, 1500 meters and 3000 meters—at the AAU West Coast Nationals in Reno, Nevada and was the Region 11 champion in the 1500 meter and 3000 meter events, running a personal best 4:42 in the 1500. “Hunter is an amazing athlete who listens to his coaches and does everything we ask with no questions asked,” said Race Cats Elite coach Michele Brinkerhoff. “He gives 100% to every single practice and meet. He has the best heart and is such a good leader on our team.” The Draper Park Middle Schooler also earned All-American honors in cross country last fall in taking seventh in the 11-12U national race, leading his team to a second place finish. Hunter Hurl’s athletic journey began in a stroller at six months old when his parents, who are avid runners themselves, would take him while they trained for their own races. “He was in the stroller for a lot of miles,” Kelly Hurl said, adding that he then began riding a bike before beginning to run on his own. At six years old, he qualified for the state meet but couldn’t compete because he was too young. Hunter Hurl continued running, “wanting to show myself that I could do it,” and began racing in 1 mile and 5K races. Last year, his family moved from Oregon on the day school started in Draper so Hunter and younger brother Cooper could attend in-person and they joined Race Cats Elite where their talents flourished even further. Cooper placed 14th in the country at AAU Cross Country Nationals this past fall and is the reigning 8U 2K state champion and USATF Regional Champion. “We’ve tried to give them opportunities and have seen them benefit from having to show up, be committed, make new friends and be a teammate, learn from coaches and be exposed to other places in our travels for their events,” Kelly Hurl said. “It’s been a hard year

where I even stayed behind to work in the ICU until April, but we’ve tried to do what was best for our kids.” Running is personal for each of the Hurls. Jeremy is a longtime trail runner and coach; Kelly has run multiple marathons. They set a goal to begin the new year in 2017 to run every day for a month and then “saw no reason to stop” so they have now each run at least two miles every day since with the exception of one day that Jeremy missed. “I think our boys have seen our commitment to consistency—that it can take as little as 20 minutes and it’s not an if, but when,” Kelly Hurl said. “We’ve also loved to influence them with the knowledge that when you move your body you feel good.” Kelly also said she has enjoyed being able to run with her two boys. “When we go, we’re without screens and without an audience and can talk about trails, life and their thoughts in a much more informal setting,” she said. “All of us can connect, and we’re able to enjoy running together,” said Hunter Hurl. From Race Cats coaches Michele Brinkerhoff and Teren Jameson, Hunter Hurl has learned how to develop and implement a training plan and how that translates into success or even the ability to adapt in a race. He trains six days a week with sights set on large goals like running on a Division I scholarship at a top school as well as small benchmarks aimed to lower his times through the next couple of years and then as he runs high school courses. “I love to be out there running,” said Hunter Hurl. “It’s very calming and yet it’s still hard. But, when you’ve put in that work, your training will show. If you believe in your dreams and work for them, big things can come.” Jeremy Hurl said he has enjoyed watching his son grow and develop in the sport. “It’s been neat to see him be so motivated to train on his own and then strategize and analyze his performances,” he said. Brinkerhoff said, “I am excited for the day I see him winning a national championship or Olympic medal, and I can say that I had the opportunity to coach him back in the day.” Aside from running, Hunter Hurl is also an All-American wrestler and led his team to the Canyons Middle School District championship while also winning the individual title. He wrestles for the CCHS wrestling club— coached by Jeff Eure and Cam Jones—and the Sons of Atlas wrestling club with Andrew Hochstrasser. “Whatever Hunter does in his future, whether running or otherwise, he will be incredible because he refuses to quit and always gives his best at everything he does,” Brinkerhoff said. “I think this is just the tip of the iceberg for Hunter. He has big dreams, and I am sure with his determination, they will come true.”l

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Back-to-School Shopping Costs More this Year By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist

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4.2% over the past year, with girls’ apparel up 5% and boys’ apparel up 2.6%. • Replacing outgrown kids’ shoes with new ones will cost 3.6% more than last year, while footwear overall is up 4.6%. • Educational books and supplies have ticked up 2.6% since last year. • Prices on personal computers, including tablets, desktop computers and laptops, are 3.7% higher than last year, due in part to a global chip shortage pushing up prices. • Packing your child’s lunchbox is more expensive than last year, with food prices up 3.4%. • The school carpool has gotten much more expensive, with gas prices jumping 41.8% year over year. How long will price gains continue? That’s the big question economists are debating right now. Some are concerned that these inflationary increases could continue to build because of increased federal spending and low interest rates. Others say these price

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JDCHS football coming back stronger By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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econd-year coach Greg Williams recognizes the depth issues he faces in his Juan Diego Catholic High School football program, so he and his players took those concerns to the weight room following the 2020 season. And what he saw from his seniors energized him for the season ahead after a 6-6 campaign a year ago. “They are dedicated,” Williams said. “These seniors put a lot of work in the weight room this winter and spring. It has been a great off-season and I’m excited to see that translate on the field.” The strength and conditioning program is directed by JDCHS defensive coordinator – and former Utah Blaze coach – Ron James, while former University of Utah coach Ron McBride works with the linemen twice a week. Senior running back/linebacker Dallas Larson, who’s coming off a 1,500-yard season a year ago, also said his team has put in the work to “maximize our potential.” “With a lot of returning starters, we have the experience we need on the field, we just needed to become stronger and quicker,” he said. “We went above and beyond to become the team we need to be. We are ready to have a great season.” Williams expects other two-way players

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jumped ahead with another TD, and JDCHS countered with a 28-yard TD reception by Colby Bryant to take a 21-18 lead at halftime. A 33-yard field goal by Jeremy Ortega got the scoring started in the second half and Skyline continued the back-and-forth scoring before JD scored four of the game’s last five TDs and shut out the Eagles over the final quarter. “I think our game was a huge step in the plan we have for the season,” Larson said. “We are a great team with plans of doing something special.” Larson rushed 20 times for 104 yards and two TDs while also recording a nineyard receiving TD. Valdez threw for 132 yards and two scores and, defensively, Hulverson led with nine tackles in the team’s first win of the season. Against Logan, Juan Diego gave up four touchdowns in the second quarter as the Grizzlies pulled away in a 50-21 loss. The Soaring Eagles three scores were rushing TDs by Larson, who had two and Antonio Rossano. Also on the 2021 squad are Victor Barragan Ochoa, Maui Brent, Avian Cabey, Carlos Calata, Jose Calderon Ortega, Hauragi Charles, Weston Eder, Zack Flores, Zavier

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