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erriman’s police officers will be seeing a little more money going into their pockets after the city council moved to raise their compensation in response to similar increases made by other cities in Salt Lake County. Salt Lake City raised its police officer pay by 15%. West Jordan and West Valley City raised theirs by 12% and 15%, respectively. And South Salt Lake raised theirs by a whopping 30%. Why all the increases? In response to the police killing of George Floyd last summer and the national protests that followed, many officers chose to leave the profession and pursue other lines of work. That has led to an imbalance in the supply and demand for officers. There’s simply not enough police officers left to fill the positions, at least in Salt Lake County. And anyone who’s taken Economics 101 will know that when de-

mand outpaces supply, prices are going to rise. “How do you re-establish that trust, you pay police officers more to get them back,” said Herriman HR Manager Travis Dunn. With some of the larger cities in the valley raising their pay, Herriman Police Chief Troy Carr said it has become a challenge for recruitment. “We’ve already seen this impact our recruiting efforts, as candidates see that other departments are paying more,” he said. “When you’re talking about a difference of $10-12,000, you bet they’re going to go somewhere else.” So to keep up with the pack, the Herriman City Council voted to approve a compensation plan adjustment during its Sep. 8 meeting. Fortunately for the city, they were already near the top when it comes to compensation, so it only took an

The Herriman City Council voted to make an adjustment to its police officer compensation plan last month. (Herriman Journal Continued page 5 file photo)

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What you didn’t know about school custodians By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


ctober 1 is Custodian Appreciation Day. Think you know what a school custodian does? You may be surprised. Once you realize just what is involved, you’ll appreciate them even more. Custodians are an important part of the school community Ask any principal and they’ll tell you how important their custodian is to providing a good educational experience for their students. Principal Mike Kochevar said administrators, teachers and students at Mountain Ridge High School all rely on their head custodian Kevan Sprague. “We're there to serve our kids and he wants to put the best product out there,” Kochevar said. “Whether that's through his interactions with the kids, or just having a clean building, or just doing a little extra here or there to make sure that a teacher is ready for the day, he'll do it and everybody knows it.” Foothills Elementary Principal Cherie Wilson said her school custodians care for the students and they step in when they see a student who needs help, making them an important part of the education team. “With any position in school, even a custodian, it's all about the kids,” she said. The job is more than just cleaning In addition to daily cleaning, school custodians are also responsible for deep cleaning and disinfecting, groundskeeping, preventative maintenance and repair, building security, energy management and setting up before (and cleaning up after) all school activities, sport events and meetings. “There's a lot of behind-the-scenes prep to those kinds of things that most people wouldn't even see,” said Steve Peart, head custodian for Jordan District. Some custodians deal with unique responsibilities based on their school. Kauri Sue Hamilton School has a swimming pool, which is maintained by head custodian

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Autumn Penney. She also handles the type of cleanups unique to a school full of students with special needs. KSHS Assistant Principal Karl McKenzie said she has a big job of groundskeeping. “We have more trees than any school in the district,” he said. “She takes care of all of those leaves!” Cleaning methods are hi-tech “It's come a long way from mopping halls all the time with a mop bucket, and the way you clean bathrooms definitely has come a long way,” said Sprague, who has worked as a custodian for 29 years. Instead of mops, custodians use ride-on machines, which clean floors quickly and efficiently. Battery-powered vacuums are cordless, and are more efficient and have better filters than their predecessors. And instead of wiping bathroom surfaces by hand, custodians use a machine that sprays and disinfects the entire bathroom, floor to ceiling. Custodians never stop working High school events can run anywhere from 6 a.m. until midnight, six days a week, said Peart. Schools have a crew of up to nine full-time custodians, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Last year, when a custodian was out sick or quarantined, or when a school required a deep-cleaning and disinfecting due to an outbreak, extra custodians would show up to help out once they’d finished up at their own schools. Custodial crews don’t take the summer off, either. They use the three months to deepclean the buildings. “By the time the end of the school year comes, a building tends to be kind of worn down,” Peart said. “And then you work all summer, and you get the floors nice and shiny, and the carpets clean, and you have it ready for school to start back.” Custodians have input on new schools Sprague worked with contractors and en-

gineers for several months on the designs for both Mountain Ridge High and Copper Mountain Middle School, selecting equipment and furniture that would work best for a learning environment. He talked the architects out of installing glass barriers around the indoor track at MRHS, knowing they would be difficult to maintain. “He worked with the contractors to make sure that things were being done the way we needed it to be done,” Kochevar said. “He's an advocate, to make sure we put the best product out there.” Custodial work is a great first job and an investment in the future Jordan District employs about 500 sweepers, part-time workers who take care of daily cleaning tasks. Because the district is one of the few employers that hires 14 year olds, working as a sweeper is often a teenager’s first job experience. Peart said students learn valuable job skills working as a sweeper. Sprague worked as a sweeper as a high school student before becoming a full-time custodian. Peart worked his way through college as a school custodian. He said it is a great option for someone who plans to become an educator because the years they work as a custodian in the school district count toward their retirement. Custodians like to feel appreciated Custodians love it when students smile at them enthusiastically, greet them with personal nicknames and give them fist bumps. They like it when teachers thank them for the extra little things they do for them. And they like receiving awards. Sprague received a top custodial recognition this spring when he was selected as Utah State Employees Association’s Custodial Educational Support Professional of the Year. From there, he was chosen to represent all support professionals in the state as the Distinguished Educational Support Professional for 2022. He is now in




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Continued from front page increase of 5% to be on par with West Valley City’s new compensation plan. The cost to the city for this adjustment will be about $300,000 per year. “Our department was paid so well, that we don’t have to do a 15-30% increase that these other cities have had to make,” Carr said. Council Member Sherrie Ohrn said she supported the increase but wondered if supply and demand problem could have been avoided. “I always think that police officers should be paid well because they provide a valuable service, but the problem is… You need to make sure your police officers are valued and that your culture reflects that,” she said. Council Member Stephen Shields also noted that the increase may have been necessary anyways because of rising wages in the broader economy. Mayor David Watts echoed that sentiment and suggested the city may need to prepare to make changes in order to compete for employees in other departments as well. “The wage increases that we’re having are going to hit us across the board. We need to start planning for that as well,” he said. l

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

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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Aviation students are blown away By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


viation students were blown away by the opportunity to watch a helicopter land just outside their classroom at the Jordan Academy of Technology and Careers north campus on Sept. 9. “It was cool watching it all happen in real-time and not just in a video,” said Lexis Zinger, a senior. The helicopter was piloted by instructors from the Southern Utah University aviation program. They spoke with students and demonstrated the startup and shut down sequences and the various checklists involved. Students were allowed to explore the aircraft and ask the pilots their questions. JATC aviation instructor Aaron Organ said his program is designed to expose students with an interest in aviation to opportunities in the industry. He invites guest speakers to the class and arranges field trips so students are able to meet a variety of people working in a variety of careers in the industry. “Most of these students are here to explore—they have an interest in aviation,” Organ said. “Very few of them have a direct line to aviation; not many of their parents work in the industry. And so, the main thing I want them to get out of this is just the ability to explore, talk to pilots and spark that

greater interest and give them the resources they’ll need to explore what’s best for them in the industry.” High school junior Lainey Vander Linden is taking the aviation class to see if she wants to pursue a piloting career path. “It’s easier to check it out in high school than it is in college,” she said. Vander Linden said she has learned that there is more to an aviation career than just flying for airlines. In the class she has learned about a lot of the behind-the-scenes jobs. “I think it's cool how we’re exploring the different career paths,” she said. “Because I didn't think there were as many as there are. There’s more than just flying for the airlines-- there's a lot more you can do. The helicopter today showed a completely different avenue that you can also go.” Organ uses a variety of activities to give students hands-on learning opportunities to explore flight. During the unit about the history of aviation, students learned about hot air balloons. Once they understood the basics, they made their own and then flew them. They also built model aircrafts as part of the course. But it’s not all playing with aircraft and meeting interesting people. Students earn

Aviation students at the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers get a detailed lesson on a helicopter’s start-up and landing sequences. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

college credits and prepare to take the written test for a pilot’s license. “It's learning a lot of the basics of what it would be like to be a pilot,” Organ said. “So we get into a lot of math and physics, the aerodynamics of flight and understanding weather.” The aviation course is offered exclu-

sively in Jordan district at the JATC north campus. Students take core classes at their high school and then travel by car or bus to take a half day of classes at the JATC campus. “Think of us as a really big, expensive portable, that's kind of faraway,” JATC Principal Chris Titus said. l


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The time is now to enjoy autumn colors in Utah’s mountains By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com


lbert Camus said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” As we transition into the cooler temperatures of October, we welcome sweaters, pumpkin spice, and the explosion of color in our Beehive state. Although the autumn season is short, it can be spectacular for Utahns who wish to experience the changing leaves and bask in the beauty of oranges, yellows, reds, and even pinks and purples of our natural landscape. If you’re outdoorsy, hiking in Utah’s various mountain ranges is the best way to immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of color with fewer people around. But even enjoying a leisurely drive through our canyons in early October will reward you richly with breathtaking hues and plenty of opportunities for stunning photographs. Hiking the local trails will envelop you in the various colors of the season and the hues will vary depending on the trails you explore. The tall aspens of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons surround you with bright gold while the oak, maple, and other foliage leaves of the mountains in Davis County, Ogden Canyon, and ranges in Utah County reward you with various colors of reds, orange, pinks, and purples. Herriman’s own Yellow Fork Canyon provides a beautiful array of fall colors worthy of that perfect social media

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photo. If hiking is not an option for you, visiting one of our many ski resorts and riding a lift to the top of the mountain is also a great way to experience Utah’s autumn colors. A drive on US-189 in Provo Canyon provides you with access to Bridal Veil Falls, the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, the Provo River, and Sundance Mountain Resort where you can enjoy a ski lift ride up the mountain and experience the striking red, orange, and golden colors of the trees at eye-level. In Salt Lake County, Snowbird’s Oktoberfest not only offers you views of the changing colors of the mountain, but also a family friendly event that offers music, activities, and brews. Oktoberfest runs every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 17. Further north, driving to Snowbasin Resort is also a visual feast as you make your way through Weber Canyon and S.R. 167 (Trappers Loop). Just prior to arriving at the resort, you can stop at East Fork Overlook on Snowbasin Road to enjoy a colorful view of the mountain with brilliant autumn colors in the foreground. Also on Snowbasin Road is Green Pond Loop trail which offers a leisurely walk through a colorful forest which is a favorite among photographers - both professional and amateur. Continue on into Snowbasin Resort and take the gondola to the

The East Fork Overlook on Snowbasin Road rewards you with breathtaking views of the mountain framed by a kaleidoscope of fall colors. (Karmel Harper/City Journals)

top to enjoy an autumn adorned vista that features views of Pineview Reservoir. When is the best time for fall foliage peeping? Right now. The website www. SmokyMountains.com provides a Fall Foliage Prediction map for the entire country and predicts by the first week of October, eastern

Utah is already past peak while northern Utah and the Wasatch Front are predicted to be near peak. So don that favorite autumn outfit, grab your camera and loved ones and head to the hills to bask in and capture the natural but fleeting colors of this beautiful Utah season. l

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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr


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Herriman native Rhyan White comes home from Olympics with a silver medal By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com


everal days after former Cottonwood swimmer Rhyan White came up just short of an Olympic medal in Tokyo, she earned one as a part of the USA’s 4x100 medley relay team. “She is and was an exceptional athlete, and you hope to get more than one in your lifetime,” said Cottonwood athletic director Greg Southwick. “To have the opportunity to know someone that has her skill set, drive and family backing— all the tools that lead to those exceptional swims is a proud moment for all of us here at Cottonwood.” White, who now competes for the University of Alabama swim team and is a psychology major, swam in the qualifying round of the relay in the backstroke leg for which she is known, however, the former Utah Class 5A state champion was not used in the finals. Nevertheless, because the Colts legend White had participated on the US team in the qualifying round, that made her eligible to receive the same silver medal as the rest of her 4x100 medley relay team counterparts in Tokyo. It was the first time that a swimmer from the state of Utah has ever won an Olympic medal in the sport. In addition to that, White is also the first Cottonwood High School graduate to have won an Olympic medal, making her medal historical in two ways. White’s hometown of Herriman honored her with a parade. The former Colt great sat atop a giant Herriman Police Department Hummer, an American flag flying above her and her family while they motored slowly down city streets past hundreds of onlookers, soaking in this moment of a lifetime. White’s run in Tokyo culminated a five-year-journey that started at the Cottonwood Heights Aquatic Center when a then 15-year-old White and current Cottonwood head swim coach Ron Lockwood made the decision to try and qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. “I remember talking to her and her family before the qualifying meet in 2015,” said Lockwood before Tokyo. “We mapped out a plan for what we wanted the next couple years to look like; we set out a goal for qualifying for Olympic trials—had this crazy idea of setting a meet up in Cottonwood Heights—and she ended up qualifying there.” White finished 18th overall at those Trials. But, as a defending SEC Conference champion swimmer at Alabama in two events in this past year, the former Colt bested her previous times by several

Herriman native Rhyan White returned from the Tokyo Olympics to find a victory parade in her honor. White won a silver medal in a team medley event and placed fourth in her two individual events. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

seconds and qualified for the two Olympic events she won championships for as a member of the Crimson Tide. Those events were the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, setting the stage for White’s debut in Tokyo. At the 100 backstroke half a world away, White narrowly missed on a bronze medal, getting out touched by American teammate Regan Smith at the wall to finish fourth overall. Then at the 200 backstroke in Tokyo, White’s signature event, the Colts great and medal favorite started slow, but in typical White fashion surged on the final turn. But, as the entanglement of arms reached the final wall, White’s was just .22 seconds slower than the swimmer from Australia who took the bronze. And so for now, White will return to Alabama as a student later this month. The former Colt will also compete for the Crimson Tide and look to repeat as the SEC Swimmer Of The Year in 2022. Above and beyond that, White will look to help her team win a national title and individual golds at the NCAA Championships to best the two silvers she won in the 100 and 200 backstroke races there, last year.l

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Fairy lights and whimsical elements add elegance to the Navarre home. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Navarre)

Herriman homes dress up for Halloween


by Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com

or many of us, throwing up a few spider webs and displaying jack-o-lanterns is the extent of our Halloween decor. But for a few of your local Herriman neighbors, the Halloween season transforms their home into a spine-tingling, scream-inducing, ghoulish experience for friends and neighbors to enjoy during the month of October. Mike and Jami Ramirez, who live on 13886 S Mary Loraine Circle in Herriman, may trigger your arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and coulrophobia (fear of clowns), as their home displays a giant spider and creepy clowns in addition to a graveyard, gruesome scenes of dismembered limbs, and spooky lighting. Jami said, “We set up the yard in a walk-through style so it is more of an experience. The most amazing part about it is interacting with people who come to view the display. It’s been such a neat experience to meet people from all over the valley.” Saxon Neibaur’s graveyard scene with 12-foot skeletons with glowing eyes and animatronics will be even larger than last year’s display. Although Neibaur expects it will take about 10 - 12 hours to set up, he said, “We are relatively new to this neighborhood and we have been doing a Halloween display for about 3 or so years. We plan to grow it every year.” The Neibaur home is on New Maple Dr. in Herriman. For a more whimsical, magical Halloween display free of gore and fright, visit Sarah Navarre’s home which is located at 13203 S Herriman Rose Blvd. A fan of fairytales, Navarre uses her natural flower garden of more than 49 rose bushes, grapevines, ivy, arbors, lavender, and herbs as a backdrop for her Witch’s Enchanted Cottage, complete with a hand-crafted sign that says, “The Witch’s Charmed Garden and Herb Shoppe.” Navarre’s display conveys a more elegant Halloween aesthetic with its colorful twinkle lights and the ethereal sounds of Enya playing in the background. Her home has been a Herriman Arts Council winner for Best

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Dressed Holiday House for both Halloween and Christmas. Navarre typically starts decorating her home around Sept. 17 to get it all up by Oct. 1, but she plans her display months in advance as she often crafts many of the items herself. Visitors to the Navarre home are invited to bring socks on behalf of The Road Home. Navarre said, “I added the gathering of socks last year as I wanted some aspect of giving included. Witches always wear cute striped socks, then I realized the homeless shelter needs socks almost more than anything else. So, we gathered socks last year and ended up with over 400 pairs to donate and keep all those toes warm in the winter. I'm continuing this effort again; both new and used socks in good condition are accepted and all sizes as many families are served at the homeless shelter.” This year, Navarre’s home will also include special guests like Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty, and Winnifred Sanderson. Navarre said, “I don’t have children but I love, love, love them visiting my house. I live here with my 15-year old dog, Buddy, and we use our endless creative talent to create something fun and memorable for those who come by.” While these three Herriman homes will be in full Halloween mode this year, other residents plan to up their Halloween game next year. Brandon and Alecia Bryant’s home on South Oak Crossing Way currently displays lovely decor fitting for the season, but eventually, they plan to transform their home into Disney’s Haunted Mansion. The Bryants said, “Halloween is one of our most favorite holidays,especially at the Disney Haunted Mansion! So we thought it would be perfect to bring a piece of the Disney magic right to our home.” With such an ambitious vision for their home for their neighbors to enjoy for years to come, it is never too early to start planning. To visit other Halloween homes in Utah, visit www.rockymountainhaunters.com to view a map of venues. l

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Students behind the success of Mascot Bowl By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


he Mascot Bowl, hosted by Herriman High School Sept. 13, successfully raised over $20,000 to fund Christmas shopping for local disadvantaged children. In partnership with the Mascot Miracle, HHS’s own students helped organize and run the community event. “We had over 40 students from different leadership groups that helped,” HHS student government adviser Mike Wilkey said. “They all stepped up pretty big and that's what made things run so smoothly.” Students have been planning the event for months. Student government officers solicited donations from local businesses, arranged for 16 local food trucks and coordinated a silent auction. They provided game support, security, and parking assistance. Members of Peer Leadership Team and Hope Squad hosted lawn games, face painting, and refreshment booths. Herriman High’s chamber choir, ballroom team, drill team, cheer squad and dance company all provided entertainment. Wilkey said it was a great learning opportunity for the students to arrange a fundraising event that was fun for students and families. “It helps them see all the planning and work that goes into a large-scale event, which I think is a really good experience for them,” Wilkey said. Students were happy to be involved. “It's special,” senior Roxy Quealy said. “It's really stressful—definitely—but it's pretty cool being part of it.” The Mascot Bowl has always been planned and executed by high school students. For the first 17 years, students from the sports marketing class at Lehi High School pro-

moted, organized, and oversaw the event. This was Herriman High School’s second time hosting the Mascot Bowl. Jon Absey, the original Jazz Bear, who originated the Mascot Bowl, said high school students bring creative problem-solving and youthful enthusiasm to the event. “It's nice to have that energy that they have,” he said. “And it's fun to see them get excited about it.” Absey chose to move the event from Lehi High to Herriman High, where his kids attend, two years ago, when the original sports marketing teacher retired. “Heriman is a pretty tight knit community so I thought it would benefit and hopefully grow and people would start supporting it,” Absey said. It did grow, and this year’s proceeds were double the amount the bowl earned two years ago. “The cool thing about it is that the kids get to put on this event,” Absey said. “They learn how to do an event, they learn about everything that goes into it. And then in December, we take underprivileged kids Christmas shopping and the students are the ones who get to take them. So they get to see the fruits of their labor go towards charity, and they get to be involved in that as well.” Peer Leadership Team President Kami Mitchell said she is looking forward to being a chaperone when the Fireman and Friends for Kids volunteers take the kids shopping. Because this year’s event earned more money than the previous Mascot Bowl two years ago, she said they’ll be able to help more kids this year. The main event was HHS’s eighth grade football team playing against a team of local and national mascots from the

Cosmo, the BYU mascot, pounces on the opportunity to mingle with enthusiastic audience members. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

NBA, NFL, and NHL. The well-padded mascots (primarily on their heads) pounced, swooped, dived and stampeded their way to victory. Community members enjoyed watching the mascots’ crazy antics. The mascots also made time to interact with the fans—signing autographs, posing for photos and freely giving high-fives and hugs. The night ended with a concert by Charlie Jenkins and a spectacular fireworks show donated by Eric Farnsworth of Pyro Crate. “That was the best firework show that we've had,” Absey said. “Charlie Jenkins playing “God Bless America” while fireworks were going off was amazing!” l



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All signs lead to good mental health support


ou Matter. You are loved. These are the messages local teens want to share with community members who walk the Midas Creek Trail. Students from Herriman High School’s Peer Leadership Team and Hope Squad petitioned the city council to install signs with positive messages and mental health resource information along the Trail of Hope, a half mile section of the Midas Creek Trail beginning just south of Herriman High School and ending south of Copper Mountain Middle School on Anthem Blvd. “It's a pretty little trail that people can walk along and see these messages to make them feel good,” said Kathy Blattman, a HHS teacher who serves on the community committee in charge of the trail. “Hopefully it will be a place where they can go and feel contemplative, reflect on their lives and leave in a good mood.” The Trail of Hope is not meant to be a memorial to those who’ve died by suicide, but a peaceful place to be buoyed up by positive messages. “One of the messages that we adopted after that year that we had so many suicides was “You Matter,” Blattman said. “So we're putting that on one of the signs, “You matter,” just short messages that hopefully will make them realize how important they are.” The Trail of Hope was named on Sept. 11, the culmination of a week of National Suicide Prevention Week activities which included lectures on resilience and mental health and an Alex Boye concert. It was held in conjunction with the 9/11 Day of Service in which students and community members helped clean up a section of the trail that had recently flooded.

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HHS junior Brynn Waters, a member of the PLT, said the event had a good turnout. “It was cool to see how many people came to support it—even in the rain,” she said. The permanent signs have not been installed on the trail due to delays in approval and manufacturing, so the PLT and Hope Squad students were stationed all along the trail with posters they had decorated with uplifting messages. “We knew we weren't going to have the actual physical finished sign ready by this date,” Blattman said. “And so that's why we involved the students to create their own signs along the trail to greet people.” Students also painted rocks with positive graphics and messages and scattered them along the trail. “If people walk along and they want a memento, they can pick up a rock and take it with them,” Blattman said. PLT President Kami Mitchell was pleased with the support of the community, through donations, their participation and providing mental health and support resources at several booths set up at one end of the trail. “Herriman has kind of had a sad history of suicide, and it's really nice to see everyone come together and just show their support for each other,” Mitchell said. “It helps you feel involved and know that you're not alone and that there are different resources for you.” HHS students will be responsible for maintaining the trail, said PLT Advisor Jill Ames. “We will be involved with the trail in the future by cleaning it once a quarter and also replacing the rocks throughout the year,” she said.

Signs with positive messages welcome community members to the Trail of Hope, a section of the Midas Creek Trail dedicated to uplifting others. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Blattman.)

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20th anniversary of 9/11 provides lesson for future first responders


By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

tudents in the fire science, EMT emotional demands of these types of and criminal justice classes at jobs, Clayton believes the best lesson Jordan Academy of Technology and is failure, which he ensures that his Careers South Campus were pushed students experience regularly. physically and emotionally as they “The ones that pick themselves performed 440 repetitions of push- back up in the face of failure are usuups, sit-ups and burpees and climbed ally the ones that will be there when 110 flights of stairs. The exercise was the chips are down and the risks are held Sept. 11, in remembrance and high,” he said. “So, I try to see how respect of the sacrifice of 440 first far they can push themselves and then responders who lost their lives in the the ones that find it in themselves to 9/11 tragedy, and the 110 flights of push just a little bit further, then that's stairs they climbed in the World Trade when you know you have somebody Center before the towers collapsed. special.” “I want it to be a special event Many students graduate from for them,” said fire science and EMT JATC programs and go straight into instructor Richard Clayton, who ar- industry jobs. One of last year’s ranges the exercise for his students students spent this summer fighting every year on the anniversary of the wildland fires in Oregon and Calitragedy. “They don't have a recollec- fornia. Three others are saving lives tion; they all were born post 9/11 and working in ambulances. they've never lived in a world other Clayton graduated from the first than that. So, trying to get them to EMT class offered at JATC 28 years have an understanding relationship ago. He was also in the first recruit with it is what was one of our goals.” camp of the Salt Lake County Fire Clayton said the experience is a Department post 9/11, when he said lesson in understanding and appreci- there were ten times the number of ating the service and the sacrifices re- applicants to join the department in quired in first responder professions. the wake of the tragedy. l To prepare students for the mental and SALT LAKE VALLEY JOURNALS 7.73x5.49.eps 1 10/6/2014 2:38:03 PM

In remembrance of first responders who lost their lives when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, students climb 110 flights of stairs. (Photo courtesy of Jordan School District.)









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Leadership training prepares cadets for promotion By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


adeline Feltenberger, a junior at Providence Hall High School, was one of 67 students worldwide who was selected to attend General Tommy Franks’ Four Star Leadership program held in Oklahoma this summer. PHHS NJROTC instructor Lieutenant Commander LCDR (Ret) Nathan Butikofer has had just a few of his cadets accepted into the program. He said each one has applied what they learned to their role in NJROTC in different ways but one common attribute is that they come away with an understanding that being a good leader takes effort, knowledge, being an example, and taking ownership. “The immediate goal of sending these students to these leadership workshops is to develop their ability to lead others in our JROTC unit,” Butikofer said. “The long term goal is to give them enough practical experience in leading others in high school that they are already familiar with good leadership principles and can immediately make an impact as a leader in whatever profession they choose upon graduation.” The Four Star Leadership Program emphasizes the leadership skills of character, common vision, communication and caring through classes, speakers and speech and

writing scholarship competitions. Feltenberger said one of the main messages was to not take any opportunity for granted. She is grateful for the lessons she learned at the week-long program and is eager to share what she’s learned with her company. “I'm really excited to be able to help those cadets or students younger than me grow into those leadership positions,” she said. Feltenberger learned from a variety of speakers, such as an Olympic medalist, a White House spokesman, a retired lieutenant governor and General Tommy Franks (Ret.). She said they emphasized the importance of communication and dedication. “If you're dedicated then you'll go a lot farther because you'll be willing to learn and willing to put in that time and effort,” Felteberger said. “With NJROTC, there's some kids who are just in it and some kids who really dedicate their all to it, who end up rising to the top.” She is one of the latter. “A lot of my free time is taken up with NJROTC because I really love the unit, and I really pour a lot of myself into it.” This is Feltenberger’s third year in the NJROTC program at PHHS. She has risen quickly in leadership positions and is current-

ly the Senior Chief Petty Officer with responsibilities as unarmed drill captain, supply officer and officer in charge of scheduling. She hopes to be promoted to a top leadership position in the company next year. “Madeline has a presence about her that other students seem to recognize and follow,” Butikofer said. “Her experiences as a drill team commander for our unarmed drill team helped her develop that ability to put aside shyness and reticence and take charge. I am also impressed with the way she follows up with a group. When her group comes to consensus on a decision, she ensures the group follows through with what they agreed to do.” Feltenberger’s commanding officer, Emily Olson, said she is a good officer. “She is very dedicated to everything that she does and she puts in a lot of work,” Olson said. “She knows her stuff. And she's also very good with people, charismatic and very assertive.” Olson, a senior this year, attended the Four Star training (virtually) in the summer of 2020. Since then, she has risen to become the company commanding officer, the top leadership position of the unit. Olson said she integrates a lot of what she learned in the training into her leadership

Madeline Feltenberger and Emily Olson are leaders in Providence Hall High School’s NJROTC company. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Butikofer.)

role within the company, including implementing officer training based on the principles she learned at Four Star, specifically the importance of character. “It’s important because leaders are setting the example for their followers,” said Olson, who is the example to the 50 cadets in the PHHS company. Butikofer said Olson is a good leader because she takes time to do things right, whether it is researching to have the correct information to answer someone’s question or checking the manual to ensure things are being done correctly. l

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Utah teens reach for the stars at Space Camp® By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com


ifteen-year-old teens Eliana (Ellie) Healy from Herriman and her best friend Meisyn Ellison from Cedar City have always been interested in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Healy would like to be a veterinarian and Ellison wants to be an astrophysicist. Five years ago, Healy and her two brothers attended Space Camp® and loved it. When the chance to attend Space Camp® again arose, this time with her best friend Meisyn, Healy jumped at the opportunity. Ellison has a degenerative disease and uses a wheelchair. Healy’s mother, Ginger, said, “It was going to be Ellie and Meisyn at Space Camp® in March 2020 but then COVID hit. It was so disappointing for the girls, especially because Meisyn’s health is so vulnerable. So they were thrilled when they were finally able to go in July of 2021. I went along as Meisyn’s caregiver to help as she requires assistance.” The girls attended Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The week-long educational program promotes science,

technology, engineering and math while training students with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the International Space Station and train in simulators like those used by NASA. Healy and Ellison spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to theISS, the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extravehicular activity, or spacewalk. The girls returned to earth in time to graduate with honors. Almost one million trainees have graduated from a Space Camp® program since its inception in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Christina Koch, who set the record for the longest duration space flight by a female. Children and teachers from all 50 states and almost 150 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.

Healy said, “My favorite part of the Advanced Space Academy was participating in the mission challenges. There were 15 kids on my team and we each had a role on every mission that we had to act out using real space equipment and modules. I got to be a flight engineer on the ISS where I conducted experiments and made sure everything was working correctly . On my next mission I was a mission specialist and had to repair a satellite. It was scary because I was hung from a cable while figuring out which parts needed to be fixed . My favorite mission challenge role was in mission control on a mission to Mars where I had a lot of problems and challenges thrown at me that I had to handle, like sick astronauts throwing up on me, a fire , and a dust storm. They were all simulated problems but the stress felt real and it was so much fun to act it all out. I learned so much, had lots of fun, and made new friends at Space Camp®.” When the Healy family moved to Herriman from Cedar City last year, it was devastating for Eliana and Meisyn. But they continue to talk daily and enjoy trips together. This journey to the stars the pair enjoyed this summer is an adventure they will never forget. l

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National and school unity on display during 9/11 program By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


he Mountain Ridge football team’s Sep. 10 matchup with Westlake High was much more than a homecoming game. With that weekend marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the team took the opportunity to honor and remember that time in the country’s history. “The booster club came to us and pitched the idea of making the game a big deal, and I loved it,” said head coach Mike Meifu. Prior to fans arriving at the stadium, American flags were erected on the back of the bleachers. When the team entered the stadium, they did so silently and solemnly, carrying additional flags that were placed in the endzone. The program also included a moment when any veterans in attendance were asked to stand and be recognized. But the climactic moment came when Josh Eldreige, a member of both the football team and the marching band, led a small group of fellow marching band members in the national anthem. For an event about national unity in the face of tragedy, it was fitting to end with an image that suggested unity between two groups of students that, at least traditionally, keep to themselves. Think of all the classic high school movies, where all the students fit neatly into some group or another, be it the nerds, the jocks,

the preps, etc. While those labels and group identities aren’t as rigid these days, Eldridge said there’s some truth to them. “There’s definitely a lot of stereotypes that people live up to on either side,” he said. While Eldridge grew up playing little league football, he left the sport when he started high school. But as a member of the school’s marching band, he had many opportunities to watch his former teammates having fun together. So for his senior year, Eldridge asked himself, ‘Why not do both?’ So he got together with Coach Meifu and band director James Densley, and together the three worked out a schedule that would allow him to practice with both squads throughout the week. One might think that it would be hard to go from one practice to the other, with how different the two activities appear to be, but Eldridge said there are a lot of similarities. “There’s a lot of discipline in both. In marching band you have to be very precise in how you stand and move. In football, on defense especially, you have to be very disciplined in your position or that will mess up everyone else. It’s the same for marching band. If you don’t perform to the best of your ability, that will affect the score for everyone,” he said.

Josh Eldridge performing the national anthem prior to Mountain Ridge’s homecoming game against Westlake. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

In the beginning, Eldridge said his football teammates would sometimes tease him about his affiliation with the band. But over time, the teasing stopped and Eldridge even thinks he’s helped to form a bridge of mutual respect and friendship between the two sides. “I’ve definitely seen a big change. It’s a really good vibe to see both sides of it,” he said. As for the 9/11 game national anthem,

Eldridge said he was grateful for the opportunity to help memorialize that day, but also the chance to publicly show that athleticism and artistic expression aren’t mutually exclusive. Just as 9/11 reminds us that we’re all Americans, Eldridge’s performance perhaps reminded some of his fellow students that no matter what group(s) they “belong” to, they’re all part of a bigger school community. l


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Mountain Ridge soccer team playing for more than themselves By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


radition is an important part of any good sports program. Whether it’s a handshake or a chant, something in the locker room or on the sideline, a good tradition can help bring a team together throughout the course of a season. For the Mountain Ridge girls soccer program, their tradition not only brings them together, but also reminds them that they’re playing for more than themselves. “Especially as new coaches coming in, we wanted to figure out a way to play for something other than ourselves,” explained first-year head coach Jeremy King. “Ultimately as coaches, we believe we’re here to win soccer games, but also to develop good young women who will succeed in life. And in order to succeed in life, you have to care more about other people.” King and his coaching staff weren’t exactly sure how to capture that sentiment in a team tradition, but then just before the season started, his mom was diagnosed with cancer, and that provided the inspiration for what his team’s game-day tradition would be. Each game, when the players arrive at the field, the first thing they do is pass around a roll of tape. They help each other wrap their wrists with it, then use sharpies to write the name of someone they’ll be playing for that game.

Freshman Jocelyn Wright has been writing down ‘Mom and Dad.’ Her dad passed away from cancer earlier this year. “I was never able to have him at my soccer games, so it’s really motivating to have him on my wrist because he gets to play every game with me,” Wright said. She also includes her mom because “she’s been my number one. She’s been there for every one of my games.” Senior forward Emma Stephenson has been writing down the name of her uncle Delbert, who passed away during the season. “Me and him are actually pretty close. He got me into cars and stuff. It’s been hard that he left, so I just wanted him to be with me,” she said. She’s also written down the name of her boyfriend, who left on a mission during the summer. “I think it’s brought us closer,” Stephenson said of her team. “Before games we all help each other wrap our wrists and then we all write what we want on there. It’s always sweet, knowing the meaning behind it. I think it’s really brought us together as a team.” “It’s been fun to watch the girls really buy in. It’s fun to listen to the girls talk about playing for their grandma, or their uncle or a friend who’s having problems with this or

This season, the Mountain Ridge soccer players and coaches have sported taped wristbands bearing the name of someone that person is playing for. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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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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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.

Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Rulo Luna)

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-Co-

lumbian 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 Muertos 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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