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TURNING THE “C” IN CANCER TO “D” By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


im Luke is more than just a dance teacher and director of Artistic Endeavors. With her scholarship program for children affected by the turmoil of cancer, she inspires kids to just keep dancing. Whether a child’s mother, father, sister, brother or self is struggling with the disease, Luke opens up an opportunity for kids to enjoy an extracurricular activity that their family may not be able to afford with medical bills and the other stresses and strains of having a loved one sick. Turning the “C” in Cancer to “D” is the name of Luke’s service project that is making all of this possible. About six years ago, Stephanie Jaggi discovered Luke when she signed her daughter, Bella, up for ballet class. “We knew Kim was a gem from the moment we met her; especially as I witnessed her command a room of toddlers with such grace,” Jaggi said. She heard about Luke’s program and knew that one of Bella’s new dance friends, Ava, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and received a scholarship from the service project. “We admired Kim for her generosity, never imagining that it could affect us so directly,” Jaggi said. The summer of 2015 brought struggle for the Jaggi family when Bella’s dad was diagnosed with a rare cancer, epithelial angiosarcoma, and was already considered stage 4 meaning the cancer has spread to other organs. Jaggi and her husband were overwhelmed with the idea of navigating these unfamiliar tumultuous waters and they both worried about their two children. “We struggled to find our place in all of this,” Jaggi said. “So much of the finances are drained,” Luke said, which is one of the reasons she offers this scholarship to families, and that is exactly what she did for Jaggi and her daughter. Luke also realized parents don’t want to sign their kid, or kids, up because they can’t commit to being there each week and justify paying for it. Luke was able to take that burden away. “When you’re there, you’re there. When you’re not, you’re not. You show up when your family is in a good place,” Luke said. Being offered this scholarship was a huge blessing for the Jaggis and their little girl. Not only could Bella dance, but she would have somewhere

to escape, some consistency. “Anyone who has been touched by cancer, including Kim, know how it can seep into almost every aspect of life, and how any semblance of normal is cherished,” Jaggi said. Luke lost her own father from colon cancer and says this program is a memorial to him. Luke also has a unique business model, different from other dance teachers in town. When she moved to the Salt Lake City area 14 years ago after her husband won associate trumpet with the Utah Symphony, she began to notice all the facilities around town. “I noticed they had these beautiful dance rooms that weren’t being used,” Luke said, in rec centers like the Sports Complex and Holladay Lions Recreation Center — the space was there, and usually empty. Instead of spending finances on opening her own studio, she began teaching classes in those places, which she still does today. She even teamed up with Performing Dance Center and teaches children there as well. With this model she doesn’t bother with recitals or expensive costumes; instead, Luke invites parents into the classroom a few times a year for a personal performance. “I teach up to the age of 12, but at that level I let them go and I advise their parents what school around the valley I think their child would be most successful in,” Luke said. Not because her training isn’t high caliber, but because at that point children can join studios with companies or focus on what they are interested in most, such as ballet or contemporary. Luke’s project has changed lives for many children and families. Her love for dance and her community has tangled together to benefit the Utah dance world. The idea emerged when Luke was teaching a session of classes and each week a mom would show up with another little girl who would sit and watch. Finally, Luke asked the mom why the girl wasn’t dancing too. The mom was a part of a care-giving program where she would watch the girl while her family was with her brother receiving cancer treatment. “I looked at her and I said, ‘Well, this little girl doesn’t sit and watch anymore. While her brother is across the street getting cancer treatments, we’ll just bring her into the class and dance.’ And that was my first scholarship program,” Luke said.

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Kim Luke teaching one of her ballet classes (Courtesy of Stephanie Jaggi)

Luke is an inspiration to the families she has touched and her service project has extended to more than just the price of dance. “It has even allowed our family to connect with other families who are in similar situations; people who understand on a level others cannot,” Jaggi said. She is grateful for Luke and Artistic Endeavors, like many other families. l

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rt comes in an array of mediums and so do the artists themselves. Art can stand still in a painting or photograph but it can also move like film or dance, yet it all seems to come to life. Jessica Goodrich has been dancing since she was 4, a pretty common story for most dancers, but her new job has taken her out of the spotlight and given her an opportunity to advocate for the arts like never before. Experiencing movement in a whole new way, she is bringing classroom subjects onto the dance floor for children to learn with their bodies. Goodrich is Utah through and through, born in Salt Lake, her parents still living in Holladay. She always knew she would be a dancer. “When I was growing up I felt like it really helped me find my identity,” Goodrich said. The good feelings wrapped up around dance in her childhood memories led her to major in dance at the University of Utah. “I never even thought twice about it when I went to the U,” Goodrich said about choosing her major. She didn’t expect to be a teacher, but when she was nearing graduation she asked herself, “How am I going to make a career out of this dance thing?” Goodrich was not necessarily interested in going to New York and auditioning, so she stayed an extra year at the U and received a teaching license in English, which she completed in 2016. After spending some time trying her hand at teaching at Evergreen Jr. High, Goodrich was hired as a dance teacher for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). BTSALP’s website explains that they “provide arts-integrated instruction to elementary students, effectively increasing student performance in every subject — from language arts and social studies to math and science.” Goodrich goes to two different schools to teach and has found the experience inspiring. Goodrich was nervous at first about working with boys. “I was teaching girls dance for seven years but I’ve never taught boys, really,” Goodrich said. As soon as she started she was pleasantly surprised with how accepting the boys were, especially the sixth-graders. “There is one sixth-grade boy that makes it all worth it to me,” Goodrich said. His willingness really stands out to Goodrich and how he expresses himself through dance. Bringing the classroom into dance is one of the biggest aspects of Goodrich’s job, and she has found fun innovative ways for the kids to do just that. “The last performance I did was all science based,” Goodrich said. For example, she had the fourth-graders who were learning about the water cycle create and become the clouds. Experiencing that in their bodies, Goodrich said, “it’s unlike anything else.” Goodrich has also found a home at Silhouette Dance Studio in Holladay. She is keeping herself busy with her teaching gigs, and though she doesn’t dance much anymore she is still very active. “I try to take class when I can. I mostly do yoga now,” Goodrich said. She is very excited and grateful for her future with BTSALP because the art of dance is not limited to the stage. l

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Ginger Gunn’s vision becomes reality with Reflections in Dance recital By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


olladay is a city worth celebrating according to a recital coming up on April 8 at Olympus High School. The evening will showcase private dance studios as well as public Jr. high and high schools in the city with dance numbers that portray different aspects of life in Holladay. Ginger Gunn comes from a lineage of dancers. Her grandfather owned the first dance studio in Utah in 1918, she says. Gunn owned her own private studio for 25 years, the Gunn School of Dance, and then began teaching at Evergreen Jr. High. “They didn’t have a dance program, so I started their dance program,” Gunn said. After retiring from 17 years at the public school back in May of 2017, she had an idea. While at Evergreen, parents would ask for recommendations for their children if they wanted to do dance outside of school. “I’d say, well I’m not really familiar with what the studios do around here,” Gunn said. She was not happy with that answer so the idea began to spark. “Maybe it’s time that we communicate with each other and that we present something beautiful, that isn’t competition, together, and then we will get to know each other better,” Gunn said. Her vision began to come to light when Gunn joined the Holladay Arts Council and realized that many other arts, such as visual, were represented well, but not dance. She called the local schools about a potential showcase and then thought, “Well gosh, I need to include the private studios in Holladay — we’ve got some wonderful strong private dance studios.” So she called them up too. Gunn is hoping to begin a tradition. This year her vision will come together in a recital called Holladay’s Reflections in Dance. “We are all working on the theme,” Gunn said. Each piece included a two–three sentence statement about why living in Holladay is so wonderful. “So, every dance will be

a different aspect of living in Holladay and how wonderful it is,” she said. This recital means more to Gunn than bringing everyone together to celebrate Holladay. Private dance studios and public-school dance programs have clashed in dates for recitals and programs many times and Gunn hopes bringing these two circles of dance, as she called them, together will smooth out some of these conflicts and connect these two worlds. “We are now going to know who the directors are of all these private schools and if there is a conflict we can call up,” Gunn said. Also, public teachers, like Gunn was, will be able to guide parents and give recommendations based on their kid’s ability and interest if they want to do an outside-of-school program. “It’s just going to be cool, any way I look at it is a win-win. So, I’m excited,” Gunn said. In the past, children only had exposure to certain kinds of dance in the private studio realm, but Gunn is grateful children are getting access to the art in the public system. “They are finally figuring it out,” she said. “You can’t just work with half of the child.” Gunn was able to get all the public Jr. high and high schools in Holladay on board, including Churchill, Olympus and Wasatch Jr High, as well as Olympus and Skyline High School. Gunn found five private studios that were interested as well, which are Elite Studio, Silhouette Studio, the Winners School, Dance Arts Theatre of Utah and Dance Box. Gunn is Flyer for the evening. (Courtesy of Ginger Gunn) thrilled and cannot wait for the dance concert. “This is really cool because these are two groups that have never really worked hand-in-hand with each other.” Holladay Reflections in Dance will take place at 7 p.m. only an hour long, so bring the family and enjoy an evening on April 9 at the Olympus Jr. High School auditorium located of dance. l at 2217 East Murray-Holladay Road. The show is free and

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Brandon Roush takes the cake on ‘Baker vs. Faker’


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Utah and receiving an MBA. She thought about it for a long time and considered what her business would be if she ever did open one. She wanted three things: a place for people to come together, a place for kids to be entertained so families could experience it and a place to be open late. “There was not really a lot of options for people. With those three things in mind I was like, ‘Well I’ve been baking my whole life,’” said Potts. When her idea began to get off the ground, Roush answered an ad on Craigslist and met Potts. “He came in and it was a great match,” said Potts. Roush brought some recipes into Auntie Rae’s they still make today, such as his cookie sundae and scone recipe — they serve at afternoon and high tea — among others. “They were his own kind of creations and they fit well with what we are trying to do,” said Potts. Not only did Roush bring something into Auntie Rae’s, but he also got something out of it, and not just the joy of baking and a paycheck. During the second round of new hires, Roush saw Potts interviewing a beautiful young lady he hoped she’d bring on, which she did. “We became best friends right away, she was really easy to talk to,” Roush said about his now wife. “I think she initially thought I was a weirdo because I was being extra friendly to her but she A Brandon Roush addition to Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island, a cookie sundae, in the case at the bakery. started liking me pretty quickly.” They now There are other cookie sundaes out there but not like Roush’s. (Holly Vasic/City Journals) live in Michigan with their baby Emma.

randon Roush just won an episode of the Food Network’s “Baker vs. Faker,” and he couldn’t have done it without Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island, right here in Holladay (4704 S. Holladay Blvd.). Raelynn Potts, aka Aunt Rae, is thrilled for Roush not only for him winning, but all the personal touches he has brought to her business. Two and a half years ago, Potts finally made the leap into business ownership after 20 years working at the University of

Just as a runner prepares for a race, Roush had to practice for the competition to be prepared for “Baker vs. Faker.” The show consists of four contestants, two professional bakers and two amateurs, who face off in two rounds, and are judged by a panel who doesn’t know who is pro and who is not. As the shooting date came closer, Roush tried all kinds of ideas to keep sharp and on his toes, and Potts and Roush’s wife got to try all of them. Roush said most of the shooting took place in one very long day. “Thankfully I won the first round. The first round ended up being a cream pie challenge, and thankfully one of the best products that Auntie Rae’s offers,” Roush said. “The second round was definitely a lot more intense and I was actually literally down to the wire.” Roush just hoped that the dessert was baked through when he pulled it out of the oven and that it tasted good enough, which it did. The crew then came to Holladay to film him at Auntie Rae’s, where he was working at the time. The experience, and prize money, has blessed Roush and his new little family. Especially with moving back home to the Midwest where he was raised and wanted to raise his own children. “It was just a wonderful experience. I loved the aspect of working with other talented bakers and it was really nice to just hear any kind of criticism, positive or negative, from Food Network chefs. That was just a great environment. Winning was so huge for us. My wife was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and we were in the process of getting our move together to Michigan,” Roush said. Check out episode 11, season 2, on Google Play, Amazon or iTunes, titled “Tropical Storm,” to see Roush baking up a storm. Drop by Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island to enjoy Roush’s cookie sundae or another dessert favorite. l

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You Dirty Rat


or anyone who has resided in Holladay for some time, it is no secret the city has no shortage of rodents that enjoy lurking near the many creeks and streams throughout the city. What may be less prevalent in the minds of residents is how attempts to kill rats and mice could be negatively affecting the urban wildlife population they come in contact with, such as owls. “This is an issue that needs to be brought to the attention of citizens,” said Heather Dove, president of the Great Salt Lake Audubon, in a recent email sent to City Journals staff to alert all unaware of the unintended consequences of rodenticides. Dove said many residents would welcome the knowledge of the potential trade-offs when using rodent poison. In November 2017 and January 2018, the Great Salt Lake Audubon received two resident reports of owls found either already dead or unresponsive with no apparent signs of foul play. In the November case, the great horned owl, found in Big Cottonwood Regional Park, was taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah (WRCNU). The WRCNU noted the owl’s internal bleeding was likely due to the owl ingesting rodenticide. During a mid-March phone interview, Neil Paprocki, conservational biologist with HawkWatch.org, cautioned against the assumption that all owl deaths were due to poisoning. “It’s certainly a concern, but there is still of lot of research that needs to take place,” Paprocki said. Paprocki said one hurdle in acquiring better data is the cost of testing, which can range between $100–150 for each bird tested. A cost DaLyn Erickson-Marthaler, executive director of WRCNU, clarified could go up to $300 if further testing was needed. For WRCNU — a nonprofit that takes in roughly 2,500 wildlife animals a year — the cost of testing means less funds for life-saving medical attention.

By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com “We can’t afford to test all of them, because there is no state or public funding. We want to focus our funds into the medical cost of saving them,” Erickson-Marthaler said. Despite rehab centers being unable to test, both Paprocki and Erickson-Marthaler noted WRCNU is able to look for signs of poisoning, such as internal bleeding — as noted in the November case of the great horned owl found in Cottonwood Regional Park. “The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is the best and closest center for people to go to,” Paprocki said. In accordance with SafeRodentControl.org, secondgeneration anticoagulants rodenticides (SGARs) are particularly harmful and at the root of suspicion regarding the death of predatory birds. As Paprocki explained, the SGARs do not kill rodents right away, which allows rodents to transfer the poison to other rodents. “But that also becomes problematic to the predator animals,” Paprocki said. The potential threat to non-targeted mammals due to rodenticide is being studied throughout the nation, as well as in Canada. In July 2014, California’s Department of Pesticide Two great-horned owl babies, treated at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Regulation adopted a regulation to restrict the purchase of Northern Utah (WRCNU). (WRCNU) rodenticides containing the active ingredients commonly found “The barn owl, for instance, grow incredibly fast — they in SGARs due to “overwhelming evidence of wildlife weakened have to eat about three to four times the amount of the adults,” or killed by SGARs.” Erickson-Marthaler expressed her concern regarding Erickson-Marthaler said. In lieu of poisons, which can harm not only owls but other poisoning as a form of rodent control. “(When unintentionally) killing owls that are eating the rodents, you’re shooting yourself non-target animals, Erickson-Marthaler recommended removing the food source to rodents as a preventative measure in addition in the foot.” In addition, Erickson-Marthaler explained the devastation to removing toxins, and creating an owl box for safe sanctuary. For more information, Dove recommends citizens visit to the future owl population, since babies eat three times more SafeRodentControl.org to help keep non-target animals safe. l than adult owls do.

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Tree ordinance proposal turns another leaf By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Lot where several trees have been cleared. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).


he proposed tree ordinance moved one step closer after the planning commission made a unanimous recommendation in favor of the ordinance. Mayor Rob Dahle noted the time and contention the proposal of a tree ordinance has caused before opening the floor to city staff and public comments. “There has been emotions on both sides of the issue. It’s been with our tree committee, who have put a lot of thought into this (ordinance),” Dahle said. The commission’s public hearings remained open through Feb. 6, though the majority of public input, including from an open house, took place during the summer of 2017.

Eager to find a “common sense” solution, the tree committee, a group comprised of volunteers who reside in Holladay, have revised the potential ordinance throughout the process, as reported in an October article following feedback prior to the open house. Paul Allred, community development director, said during the Feb. 22 meeting that the concept of Holladay having a tree ordinance is one that has been years in the making. Allred noted the first incident to rile a neighborhood took place 10 years ago, with more requests to have an ordinance in recent years as more development takes place throughout Holladay. “There has been enough outcry in the last two or three years that we’ve made another run at proposing an ordinance,” Allred said in his address to council. During the public hearings on Feb. 22 and March 1, residents expressed both their love for the trees in Holladay as well as their concern of hindrances within the draft of the ordinance. The top two concerns residents had regarding the ordinance appeared to be an infringement on private property for those residing on canals as well as resident requests for heavier restrictions to be placed on developers. Holladay resident Greg Richards conveyed his concern regarding waterway restrictions during his address to council during the February meeting. “I support the vast majority of this,” Richards began. He went on to explain his concern regarding the requirement to obtain a permit for land 30 feet from a waterway, as stated in the ordinance draft on page 2, line 20. “I live on a long skinny lot — so 30 feet into my lot is close to half my lot. I think that’s a significant burden,” Richards said. The recommendation for tighter restrictions on developers

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was the second most common point brought to the attention of the council. “We think you should provide harsher penalties for developers who come in and take out more mature trees,” said resident Nathan Collins. In contrast to the February public hearing, the March meeting saw more residents who spoke to the council in favor of an ordinance than against, giving reasons of environmental and aesthetic appreciation for what the trees in Holladay offer. Resident and tree committee volunteer Dennis Roach described how the lack of a tree ordinance has affected his property, which at one time looked out on a wooded lot. “Now when I look out, on what use to be this beautiful forest in my backyard, I see three giant houses and into people’s kitchen windows,” Roach said. “My biggest concern is, without an ordinance that makes sense, we’ll continue to have situations where we had entire forests that are now removed for houses with a few saplings.” The contrast in public opinion between protecting Holladay’s tree canopy vs. the concerns of infringement on private property owners presents quite a challenge for the council as they prepare to make their vote. During the March council meetings, Dahle made a motion to close the public hearing on the tree ordinance; however, he noted that in the event of ordinance revisions, the public would have more opportunities to comment before the council would vote. “We don’t want to drag this out, but we do want to be thoughtful as we consider the ordinance,” Dahle said during the March 1 council meeting. Dahle encouraged residents to watch the city website, www. cityofholladay.com, for future public hearing notices regarding the tree ordinance. l

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Understanding elected official compensation in the wake of pay raise controversy


witch hunt.” “A failure on many levels.” “An unfortunate situation.” Those are the terms used to describe a controversy that came to a conclusion at a Sandy City Council meeting on Feb. 27. A few weeks prior, KUTV reported that Sandy’s recentlyelected mayor, Kurt Bradburn, had given himself a $15,000 raise during his first month in office. The news resulted in a firestorm of social media backlash—KUTV’s post on Facebook garnered 72 (mostly) angry comments—resulting in an announcement by Bradburn that he would take a pay cut instead. The city of Sandy appeared ready to move past the controversy at the Feb. 27 council meeting. Most of the residents who spoke as well as the city council expressed continued trust in the mayor. The city council also passed a resolution that codified mayoral compensation, meaning that the Sandy mayor will no longer be responsible for setting his or her own salary. The resolution also included an increased commitment to transparency. As suggested by Councilman Zach Robinson, the city will begin disclosing both the mayor’s and the city councilors’ salaries in the city’s budget. “If we’re going to publish the mayoral ranges, I’d recommend that we publish the council ranges as well. I feel that would be an open and transparent communication from us to our citizens,” said Robinson. Part of the reason for the public outcry about the mayor’s self-appointed raise is a lack of public understanding about how local elected officials are compensated. In response to a query on social media concerning this subject, respondents who live along the Wasatch Front said by and large that they weren’t quite sure how much their mayor was paid, but guessed anywhere in a range from $10,000 to $50,000. While some mayors’ paychecks do fall within this range, there are many others who are paid two or three times that amount. According to the report by KUTV, Bradburn’s initial salary when he took office was $147,000, meaning the raise

The salaries of most of the mayors within Salt Lake County. There is a clear distinction in pay between mayors in cities with a council-manager form of government and mayors in cities with a council-mayor form of government.

By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com would have brought him up to $162,000. That would have Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, Herriman, and Riverton fall been more than double the median household income of Sandy under these forms of government. “You don’t do it for the money, that’s for sure,” said Rob ($76,807) as well as the highest salary of any mayor in the Dahle who is currently the mayor of Holladay, one of the valley, including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. The resolution passed by the Sandy City Council set municipalities with a council-manager form of government. a minimum mayoral salary of $119,000 and a maximum of According to Dahle, his main role is acting as a spokesman $144,000. Those figures were recommended to the council for the city. “We’re a pretty small municipality and it allows for by Mike Applegarth, the council office’s director, who said that the mayor’s compensation should be based on “similarly a citizen mayor where their primary function isn’t to be situated cities” such as Provo or Ogden. In 2017, the mayors employed by the city. It’s more of a service,” said Dahle. of those cities received salaries of $109,500 and $128,699 “These small cities don’t really justify a full-time mayor so respectively, according to information from the state of Utah’s that allows any citizen to be able to throw their hat in the ring to run for mayor.” public finance website, transparent.utah.gov. Dahle said that transparency is the key to avoiding While the mayor’s new salary of $119,000 is more on par with some of the larger cities along the Wasatch Front, it is controversies similar to what happened in Sandy. “Whatever still near the top of what a municipal mayor can make in the you do, you make sure it’s a public process. The mayor should not have unilateral authority to set his own pay. That’s just bad state of Utah. Of the 15 cities considered for this article (13 Salt Lake policy,” he said. When it comes to the compensation of city council County municipalities plus Ogden and Provo) there is a wide range in the amount of money that a mayor is paid. In fact, Salt members, there isn’t much of a difference between cities Lake City Mayor Biskupski made almost 10 times as much of different forms of government. Instead, the principle money in 2017 ($149,220) as the lowest-paid mayor last year, determinant seems to be population. The highest-paid city councils belong to the cities with the most people such as former Riverton Mayor William Applegarth ($15,521). Of course, Salt Lake City and Riverton are two completely Salt Lake City, Sandy and Provo The average salary for a different cities in a variety of ways. First, Salt Lake City has city councilor ranges from around $10,000 on the low end more than four times the number of residents as Riverton. (Herriman) to over $40,000 on the high end (Salt Lake City). Residents who want to know more about how government Secondly, one city’s budget is much larger than the others. Last year, the city of Riverton’s expenses totaled about $30 entities spend taxpayer money, including employee million, according to the city’s 2017 financial report. Salt Lake compensation, can access that information through various City meanwhile, had a budget of over a billion dollars. But the online resources such as transparent.utah.gov and utahsright. most critical difference between the two cities, at least when com. As for Bradburn, he’s working to regain the trust of it comes to determining mayoral compensation, is form of Sandy residents who felt betrayed by his actions, saying on government. Utah state code specifies a few different forms of a Facebook post, “I always said when I was campaigning that municipal government and the roles and responsibilities of the I was going to make mistakes, but I would always own up to them and fix them when I did. Hope you can still support me mayor vary greatly from one to another. The form of government in which the mayor has the as I try to do the best I can while I have the privilege of serving most power and responsibilities is the council-mayor form you.” l of government. The cities of Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden, Sandy, Murray, South Salt Lake, and Taylorsville fall under this category. Because this form of government places more responsibility on the mayor, the position is well-compensated. “In our form of government, the mayor position is a full-time position,” said Cherie Wood, the mayor of South Salt Lake. “I’m charged with running the city and we have a multi-million dollar budget and we have 300 plus employees.” Without an above-average salary, Wood said that the position would not attract candidates who are qualified to manage such a large organization. Another problem, according to Mike Applegarth, is that an extremely low salary might exclude all but the “independently wealthy” from running for office. In contrast, there are the five-member and sixmember council forms of government. Under these forms, the mayor’s principal responsibility is to be the chair of and preside over the city council. The responsibility for the daily administration of the city instead lies with a City Manager. With the decreased responsibility comes a smaller paycheck; in some cities, the mayor even makes less The average salaries of city council members in most cities within Salt Lake than the city councilors. Holladay, Draper, Midvale, South County.

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‘Aladdin Jr.’ flies into Olympus Jr. High By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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or three days in March, the Olympus Jr. High auditorium was transformed into a sultan’s palace, a hidden cave and the city of Agrabah. Directed by Zeke Totland, “Aladdin Jr.” played four days in March at Olympus Jr. High (2217 East Murray Holladay Road). The famous Disney animated (and soon to be live action) film and Broadway musical tells the story of a “street urchin” who is granted three wishes from a genie. Totland, who teaches drama, stage crew, ESL and yearbook, is in his eighth year at the school. He had multiple reasons for choosing “Aladdin Jr.” as the musical this year. In addition to incorporating new teachers and thinking about the student talent at the school, Totland also thought of it as a tribute to Robin Williams who played Genie in the animated film. Totland got to meet him while teaching Williams’ son in San Francisco. The musical also offers a tribute to what Totland calls “the mysticism behind the Middle East.” “I think it’s kind of a great way to represent the middle east in a positive light,” he said. The story begins in Agrabah with a narrator, an important aspect for Totland. “I think this show is about the art of storytelling,” he said. The show features various narrators from a gypsy family and gypsy peddlers who step outside the show and tell the story. Totland’s vision was to bring back the oral traditions of storytelling. “Hopefully when people leave they’ll say, ‘Oh we need to tell more stories orally. We don’t just need to put our kids in a room with a book and say read this story and learn how to appreciate stories,’” he said. Totland also prefers shows that involve the evolution of a young character. “I like to do shows here every year that have the young character coming to terms and sort of finding themselves and growing up before your eyes,” he said. And what better show for that then about a princess (Jasmine) who stands up for herself and a homeless boy (Aladdin) who realizes he has untapped potential? “I think (students in junior high) are going through that…so in this play our main characters

figure that out and that’s cool,” Totland said. The director said he doesn’t cut anyone, bringing the cast and crew to 142 members. While it incorporates many students, the mass coordination necessary can be a challenge. “The greatest thing about this community is that we have such great support,” Totland said. “They love the theater, they appreciate it, they have deep pockets so they can help financially if we need something…they go the distance.” Totland has taught since 1999; he’s worked in four other schools and said Olympus Jr. High is “a good one to be at if you want to do theater.” He was especially complimentary of a community parent Holly Burton, who choreographs the plays, as well as Jayne Springman, music director/choreographer. “Aladdin Jr.” will be the 16th show Totland and Springman have collaborated on. Totland said Springman is crucial in putting these shows together. “We work well together,” Springman said simply. Though March 19 marked the end of the 10-week production process, Totland said he enjoys watching the cast and crew arrive excited, work hard and “see them come to life.” “They’re so happy and there’s such a light that goes off inside them,” he said. He added that doing shows should be a requirement for students because they learn, grow and gain confidence for life. “Kids come back to me 10 years later and say, ‘what we did at the school changed me — made me more confident, made me feel better about myself.’” The cast included Jared Muse (Aladdin), Caleb Robison (Jafar), Madison Barnes (Jasmine), Sophie Hansen (Iago), Liam Kimball (Sultan), Themi Kambouris (Abu) and Ivy Rich (Genie). Additional cast includes Claire McBride (Queen of Agrabah), Gabriel Smith (Raja), Wynn Gibbons (Zelda), Emily Blaser (Cherezade), Francesca Vales (Zara), Preston Berry (Dunafa), Andrew Bennett (Hazeem), Jack Burton (Akim), Razoul (Brent Probst), Lola Tanner (Maklava), Michael Vail (Prince Baba), Ryan Edwards (Prince Dahdu), Jack Wallace (Prince Pas) and Owen Jenkins (Baker). l

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Olympus track and field looks to keep region title streak going By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Safe Driving Habits Spring is upon us and with warmer temperatures and (hopefully) blue skies on the horizon, drivers can’t blame slick roads or blinding flurries for their faulty driving anymore. Driving safely requires good driving habits. Habits. Not occasionally safe maneuvers. The following are some prudent practices to implement in your daily travels.

Olympus runners Charlie Miner (10), Asael Horne (12) and Dallin Jenkins (12) competing in the 1600 meters at the Simplot Games at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, this past February. (Photo/Anna Mitchell)


inter has hung around a little longer in the Salt Lake County, making it challenging for spring sports teams to get their seasons underway. This only makes the Olympus track and field team more eager to defend their championships. Both the Titan girls and boys have won the last two Region 6 crowns. Head coach Todd Mitchell sees no reason why the teams can’t continue their league dominance. Mitchell does acknowledge that it’s hard so early on in the season to predict how his boys and girls measure up against other Class 5A teams. Last season, the boys placed second in 4A and return some key athletes who scored points for the team at state. “The focus is on improvement on an individual and team level, and we believe that process will lead us to strong results,” Mitchell said. Both Olympus teams need to find replacements for those contributors who graduated last year. Mitchell is eager to find out who among his newcomers and returners can fill the void. “I am excited to see who steps up and fills the holes left behind from our graduating seniors,” he said. “We have a lot of young athletes who are excited to improve and make their mark.” Seniors Jacob DowDell (fresh off contributing to the Titans state championship boys basketball team) and Kayden Hossfeld will be key components of the jumping events. Seniors Cam Latu, Jima Rout and Brach Davis specialize in throws, distance

runs and sprints, respectively. A trio of distance runners also return — Roberto Porras (senior), Katie Duckworth (senior) and Abby Rasmussen (junior). Another athlete to keep an eye on is junior Taygin DeHart, who was also excellent on the basketball court for the girls team this past season. The boys and girls each have their own strengths, which Mitchell believes will only help the teams succeed overall. “The boys have lots of individually talented athletes,” he said. “The girls have depth and lots of young, hard-working athletes.” Mitchell hopes to improve the boys team depth by developing younger athletes and upand-coming contributors. He also believes the boys need to remain focused in order to maximize their skills and potential. As for the girls, Mitchell said he needs some new team members to emerge as leaders and top performers capable of reaching state. Dedication is another critical factor if the Titans hope to win their region once again and compete well at state. “I think the biggest challenge we face is coming together as a committed team,” he said. “I have found that our commitment level predicts our success as a team much better than the level of talent on the team.” In Region 6, Olympus will contend with Highland, East, West, Skyline and Murray. The Titans will compete in various meets and invitationals in preparation for the state meet May 17–18 at Brigham Young University. l

Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone will appreciate it. Others want to know what you are planning. Likewise, if you see a blinker come on indicating your lane is that car’s desired destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is common courtesy, if we want people to use their blinkers, then we should reward them for doing so. Remember the blinker doesn’t automatically assume safe passage to the next lane. And while your car’s sensors in the rearview mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. Tire, pressure This one is almost as simple as the first. Check your tire pressure on a regular basis to know if there is a small leak. Maybe you drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels. It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so does the pressure in your tires. Keep car maintained Since you’ll be regularly checking the tires, might as well keep regularly scheduled maintenance on your car. This can range from

oil changes to transmission flushes. Simply checking windshield washer fluid or the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can prevent serious issues happening on the road. Wash your car especially after storms or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where birds can drop their white business on the hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the paint on your vehicle. Drive defensively This means keeping distance between you and the car in front of you. Touching their bumper does nothing for you. And if you need to get that close to read their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving. It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life. l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E On Thursday, January 25th, Ivory Homes announced that they were “pausing” their redevelopment application for the old Cottonwood Mall site. They received a negative recommendation from our Planning Commission the week prior. Based on the details spelled out in their decision, Clark Ivory, and the Ivory/Woodbury team, wanted time to consider the Commission’s findings, as well as serious concerns voiced by our citizens throughout the process. Since that announcement, the developers have made modifications that they feel address the concerns of the community, engaged many of our citizens in small neighborhood meetings and met with members of the City Council and staff seeking feedback on their updated petition. Information about the revised plan can be found at the Ivory/Woodbury project website, cottonwoodholladay.com. Additional information about the project, its history, City Council meetings and any city updates can be found on the Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment page of the City’s website, cityofholladay.com. On March 22nd, the Ivory/Woodbury team presented their updated plan to the City Council in an open public meeting. An Open House was held at City Hall on March 27th to field questions from our residents. The first opportunity for citizen input is scheduled for Thursday, April 5th at Bonneville Junior High School. I expect the public comment period to remain open through April 12th. How we proceed beyond this point will be predicated on the feedback we receive during this comment period, so please remain engaged as this application works its way through the Council. I’m encouraged that the developers recognized the need to consider the concerns of the Planning Commission and our citizens in the development of a revised plan. I expect robust conversation with the community and the Ivory/Woodbury team as the Council reviews the revised application. I urge Holladay citizens to make use of the City’s communications channels to stay updated and informed. Please visit our website, check your emails, Facebook etc., for updates. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me or your Council representative with your questions or concerns. –Rob Dahle, Mayor


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What is TIF and how does it work? Tax increment financing, commonly called TIF, is a useful and effective way for cities to increase the tax base by encouraging new development and without burdening existing taxpayers. Utah law allows local governments to create redevelopment districts to capture and invest the increase, or “increment,” in property values from new development to pay for streets, parking facilities, and other public amenities related to that development. TIF does not subsidize private development at the expense of other City taxpayers. In fact, the opposite is true. The purpose of redevelopment project areas and tax increment financing is to incentivize economic growth and increase size of the tax base. Here’s how TIF works: • Property taxes in a redevelopment project are “frozen” at a base year level – 2007 in the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment project area. • Taxing entities, including Holladay, Salt Lake County, Granite School District and others, agree to receive revenue at the base year level for the duration of the project area, which will expire in 2037.

• As the project is developed, the 75% of the resulting growth in property taxes above the base year level is used to pay for project-related public infrastructure and 25% of the resulting growth is available to the taxing entities • When the redevelopment area expires, all taxing entities receive the benefit of increased property tax revenue from the completed project. • This increase in revenue would not otherwise exist, providing the motivation for taxing entities to participate in the process. • TIF revenue is not a “subsidy,” and does not come from general City resources. In addition to the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment area, Holladay City has two other redevelopment project areas, one for Holladay Village improvements and one in the Millrock area that has allowed the City purchase land for Knudsen Park. The property tax base in both these areas has grown significantly since these areas redeveloped.

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Holladay City Tree Committee A FUN AND INFORMATIVE EVENT FOR ALL AGES! Saturday April 21, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Holladay City Hall FREE TREES! Tree vouchers redeemable at nearby nurseries will be issued to qualified Holladay residents who plant within the city’s right of way near the street Giveaway drawings will be held for Tree related books suitable for both kids and adults Learn about the value that trees add to your property? Website demonstrations detailing the benefits and dollars for each of your trees Have general tree questions? Ask our arborists. Learn more about the best practices for planting, pruning and pest management Enjoy some refreshments and explore the world of trees with us!

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Are you and your dog a nuisance? Spring is here, and you and your pup are going to be heading out into the great outdoors to sniff the flowers, roam the neighborhoods (on leash of course), and most likely poop on the neighbor’s yard (your dog, not you.) Leash’em Up! –Prevent your dog from getting hit by a car or starting a dog fight with another dog by keeping them on leash. Your dog is REQUIRED to be on leash at ALL times, unless you’re at a designated off-leash dog park. If you’re caught with your dog off leash, you will get a ticket and have to pay a fine because your dog will be considered a public nuisance. Many violators of this ordinance will claim that they’re pet is friendly, or less aggressive when on leash. But Salt Lake County Animal Services would like to remind them that not everyone likes a “friendly” dog off leash, nor do other dogs that are on leash. A leash is not an optional accessory; it’s the LAW to wear one.

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Eww Pooh! –Poop is a reality. Every dog must poop and nope, they don’t only poop at home. It’s the law to clean up after your dog, if you get caught not picking up their poop, expect to pay a fine. This is another public nuisance violation. Be a considerate neighbor or hiker and carry poop bags to cleanup after your dog when they defecate out on an adventure, whether it’s in the neighborhood or on a busy hiking trail, you must pick it up. Don’t think anyone is watching you walk your dog? Think again. Thanks to our smart phones it’s extremely easy for your neighbor, another park goer, or someone on the trail to take video or pictures of you not cleaning up after your pet. They then submit that information, along with your name or address to Salt Lake County Animal Control Officers who will then write you a ticket. Curious about the ordinances in your city? Check out AdoptUtahPets.com and visit our “Laws” section to look up the ordinances in your area. Need to contact an officer? Call dispatch at 801-743-7045.


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Pride Rock roars to life at Wasatch Jr. High By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com to her, as was representing Africa in a show that features five different languages, all sung by the students. The show included African fabric used to make dresses and dashikis for the costumes, made by a parent for the show. “I wanted to capture the beauty of Africa,” Dallimore said. While the characters on the show are lions, she said, kids relate well to animal characters and the messages they share. “You cannot look at this show as a bunch of animals,” she said. “We are telling the story of love, honor, commitment through animals. It’s just an avenue to tell the story.” AJ Wankier, a seventh-grader who plays Zazu, said the show’s message applies to life as well as theater. “Everybody is all in this great circle and we all have a part to play no matter how big or small in this world,” he said. “You could be a lead, an ensemble member, but you’re still the same amount of equal. It’s all just family.” To tell that story well, Dallimore utilized a large family. In addition to a parent costumer, she had teachers Rylee Carling (co-music director), Austin Thompson (co-music director) and Sarah Whiting (choreographer) ask if they could help. The art department got involved creating a life-size silhouette of The lionesses perform a number duing “The Lion King Jr.” (Travis Barton/ a giraffe that decorates part of the auditorium. Designs for the City Journals) posters, banners and sweatshirts were done by students who won art contests. Students from Skyline High helped in the technical atalie Dallimore knew she had big shoes to fill. booth. The previous drama teacher at Wasatch Jr. High had “We’ve really gotten the school and the faculty just really taught there for 20 years before retiring in 2017. With Dallimore engaged,” Dallimore said. “I want the kids to feel a sense of entering her first year at the school as the drama teacher, coming ownership.” from Valley Jr. High and charter schools prior to that, she wanted Eighth-grader Mary Lehnardt, whose brother was a lead in to do something the school had never done before. the show last year, has performed in ensemble roles herself at the She wanted a show that would excite the kids, and considered school. This year she plays Nala and noticed the sense of pride “The Lion King Jr.” A few days after entertaining the thought, she takes with the show. she saw the show at the Sandy Arts Guild confirming her idea. “It’s different to not be in the ensemble and it’s definitely “At first I wasn’t sure the kids would like it, now they more stressful, but you kind of invest more in the show and you love it,” Dallimore said, wearing a yellow “The Lion King Jr.” care about it more,” she said. “Then you feel more proud when sweatshirt with her title down the sleeve: director. it’s incredible.” Dallimore oversaw 100 cast members and 20 stage crew as While AJ has performed in the show before as a hyena (at they performed “The Lion King Jr.,” at five different shows in the Sandy performance that Dallimore witnessed last year), it’s March. the first big role for eighth-grader Finn Reilly, who plays Rafiki, a After months and months of preparation, the cast and crew role she’s wanted since 2008 when she saw the Broadway show. were raring to go. “They’re so excited and just ready to do it,” “Rafiki was always one of my favorite characters,” Finn said Dallimore, whose own career has included acting in movies said, having grown up watching the Disney movie. “He’s just and commercials. very playful and my first musical I ever saw was actually ‘(The) Based on the famous Disney film and successful Broadway Lion King.’ I saw Rafiki up there and I was like, ‘I wanna be musical that depicts a Shakespearean tragedy on the Savannah Rafiki.’” in Africa, Dallimore wanted the show to be a junior version of It was the part Finn auditioned for. For Ashton Pike, an Broadway. Retaining the “cartoon, animated feel” was important eighth-grader who plays Simba, the audition process was


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“freaky.” But he had a different feeling when he got the part. “It was kind of a shock,” he said. “Like a calm, not yelling (sort of thing). Then I go home and talk to my parents and freak out.” Ashton said people will enjoy the scene with Mufasa and a young Simba as they sing “They Live in You.” “I just like how (the actors) work together and they actually look like father and son,” he said. “I think they would make most of the mothers cry.” Dallimore, who has directed shows for over 10 years, used understudies with the show. Something the school has never done before, but for Dallilmore it was common practice. “I wanted to develop them because lots of leads are in eighth grade so I want those seventh-graders for the understudies,” she said. “They’ve been here and worked and will be able to step into those roles next year.” She also highlighted how it gives the show coverage in case a student misses a show. Two years ago, Principal John Anderson stepped in to play the wizard in “Wizard of Oz” because the student became ill. Understudies performed the Saturday matinee show. The biggest challenge, Dallimore said, might also be the show’s greatest strength. Students are “super talented,” so they are involved in many activities outside the musical. Mary is the student body secretary and historian, dances and plays the cello. AJ sings in the One Voice Children’s Choir, plays the trumpet in both the school jazz band and the Little Big Band based in American Fork, does voice and piano lessons and is starting rehearsals for “Shrek Jr.” with the Sandy Arts Guild. “I kind of get used to it,” he says of the workload. “I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t enjoy it.” With so many students involved, Dallimore notes it is a double-edged sword. “It’s a blessing and a curse where they’re so talented, but then we’re trying to deal with kids being gone because of other commitments,” she said. But, she said, the greatest part is the kids. Dallimore estimated the past two months have been 70–80-hour weeks. “I do it because I love them and I do it because I believe in the power of theater,” she said. That feeling was reciprocated as cast members appreciated the atmosphere Dallimore brings. “She’s great,” AJ said of his teacher. “She’s a really good director. I think she’s done a lot of really good things with this show. It feels like ‘(The) Lion King.’” Maybe those large shoes won’t feel so big next year. l

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Students join nationwide protest, many focus on kindness By Julie Slama, Justin Adams, Lori Gillespie and Travis Barton walked out to miss school, I hope they realize what this is all about and the importance of it.” Kate and other student government leaders organized “17 days of kindness of positivity.” Suggestions include to make a new friend, smile at 17 people, post a picture on social media “NeverAgain” in support and write to Gov. Gary Herbert and the legislature. “We wanted to do something that will make a difference immediately in kids’ lives,” she said.

included voter registration booths—at Highland having grown tired of the mass shootings that have transpired over the last decade. “I am sick and tired of American schools being the new American battleground,” she said, adding the protest serves as a “call to action” for Congress and state legislators to limit access to weapons that put student safety at risk. “It is important that we express our dissent, it is important that we stay pugnacious to the change that we want to expedite.”

Cottonwood Heights Brighton student government also will hold a kindness campaign to create a more welcoming environment, said Principal Tom Sherwood after about 500 students participated in the studentled walkout. “I believe if students want to make a statement about changes to protest future lives, they have a right,” he said. “Students for generations have used civil disobedience in the community or country to stand up for what they believe is not right — and they still do.” Students, who gathered in the football stand, were silent for 17 minutes as the names of victims were held up and read out loud. Students at Churchill Jr. High hold a banner that says, “#NeverAgain.” (JusStudent leaders also urged students to use their voice — “we can’t let tin Adams/City Journals) kids our age die in vain,” to vote and to write to their representatives. Afterward, two juniors — Evelyn Compagno and Lilly Olpin cross the country students made their voices heard on March 14, one month after the school shooting at a Parkland, — lingered. Florida high school. They honored the 17 victims with tearful “I’m so glad we raised awareness for such a horrible thing,” moments of silence, they protested gun laws and pledged kind- said Evelyn, adding that she had friends who survived the Las Vegas ness to their peers. Salt Lake County was no different as schools shooting. “Those kids were murdered for no reason.” around the valley participated with walkouts and “walk ups.” The future of the country is being impacted as well, Lilly said. “You never know the potential those children had. They could Murray have been someone great, like the next Isaac Newton,” she said. “I’m scared at school and I hear that from my friends as well,” Community members and Jim and Bonnie Despain came with said Academy of Math, Engineering and Science junior Grace Wason. their signs supporting the students. “I don’t think fear should be in a place of learning.” Jim Despain, who once hunted rabbits, said that he has wanted About 150 students, most wearing black in mourning, lined better gun control for years. Bonnie is a retired Ridgecrest Elementary 1300 East near the Murray school. They held signs showing each schoolteacher and remembers faculty discussing the best course of victim and chanted, “Books not bullets; no more silence. We are action after the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings. change.” “It’s taking the kids across the nation to say enough and get the During the walkout, Grace recited names of each victim, then movement going on this,” she said. added: “These are only 17 of the 75-plus students we are mourning Utah State Rep. Marie Poulson, who taught English in the south today. We do this in solidarity not only with lost victims, but also their end of the valley, agreed and supported students who participated. mourning friends and families. This has gone too far.” “I’m so proud of the courage, how they came out and spoke Grace participated in a routine school lockdown earlier in the up,” she said. “It’s taking our young people’s activism to come out to week. “It was daunting,” she said. “I was working on the posters remind us to look at it and make changes. Kids should have the right and saw them on my desk as I hid in the corner and thought, this is to feel safe at school.” the exact thing those Florida students went through only they had Poulson said she recalled how the Columbine shooting someone with a gun come in their door.” terrorized both students and teachers and puzzled them about what Students, many who planned to take part in the “March for Our they could do to make schools safer. Since then, she said phones and Lives” rally at the Capitol March 24, also signed up to vote as leaders panic buttons have been installed in classrooms. organized voting registration as well as planned to hold a letter“And we’re still discussing it now, but I’m hoping these students writing campaign to Congress. caught the attention of other officials and have embarrassed them to Murray Board of Education Vice President Kami Anderson said do more,” Poulson said. “We don’t want schools to become an armed Murray School District allowed students from Murray High, Hillcrest camp, but we want our students to be safe. We’ve called a school Junior High and Riverview Junior High the opportunity to walkout. safety commission and if they can find a way to make a difference, “As a school district, we wanted to facilitate the conversation we’ll call a special session (at the legislature) and I hope they do.” between students and parents about what the walkout means and why or why not participate and provide a safe place for them,” she said. Sugar House “We need to allow students to make the choices for themselves.” Students from Highland High School and the Salt Lake School Murray High student body president Kate Spackman said for the Performing Arts congregated on the Highland football field student government ushered the student-organized walkout to the where they linked arms and sang the Highland school song. Highland school plaza, which had about 250 students participate. principal Chris Jenson estimated they had 1,200 students walk out. “Some students stood up and spoke out; we paid our respects to “The kids that did walk out, it was really nice to see them make the victims,” Kate said. “I felt the kids who walked out for the right a peaceful statement,” Jenson said. reasons supported the victims and it was awesome. For the kids who Ermiya Fanaeian organized the student protest—which also

Kearns Kearns Jr. High focused its energies on what principal Scott Bell hoped would be a “positive direction” rather than getting into the political aspect. The school’s “walk up” concentrated its attention on supporting school kindness and safety, standing united against school violence and honoring the 17 Parkland shooting victims. “My hope was there would be a uniting activity for us as a school and I think it exceeded my hopes. It really turned out just awesome,” Bell said. Before exiting the school, a student-made video was played with students requesting those watching to stand against school violence and pledge to do 17 acts of kindness. On the lawn outside, students and faculty held a moment of silence for two minutes, 14 seconds (the date of the tragedy 2/14). Once students returned to class they were given a KJH Cares card with 14 suggested acts of kindness and three blank lines for them to come up their own ideas. “We’re giving a challenge to our students over the next month to do 17 acts of kindness for others and to use the #KJHCares to share their acts of kindness on social media,” Bell said. Bell was impressed with his students saying they struck the right tone of respect and solemnity. “One thing I didn’t count on was the level of emotion it had for some students,” he said. “We had some of our students and staff be a little emotional about it. There was a real connection with what we were doing.”


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Holladay At Churchill Jr. High, Principal Josh LeRoy estimated that 80 percent of the student body joined the nationwide walkout. The administration took a hands-off approach to the demonstration, letting student leaders organize it themselves. They did notify the PTSA so that parents were aware of the walkout, many of whom attended to show solidarity for their children. The students formed a large circle and had a moment of silence to honor the victims of recent school shootings. Afterward, some of the student organizers spoke through a megaphone about the need for more gun control and more kindness between students, noting that many of those who carry out school shootings were previously victims of bullying. One of those students, Lydia Timms, said that the opinion and activism of students across the country shouldn’t be discounted just because of their age. “Just because we’re young doesn’t mean that we can’t be patriotic,” she said. Following the demonstration, the majority of students promptly walked back into the building to return to class. LeRoy said he was impressed with the behavior of the students throughout the demonstration. “For most of these students, this was their first experience in civic engagement so we wanted to make sure that it went well,” he said. Eric Holley, one of the parents who attended, said that he thought it was a valuable experience for his daughter. “Something like this works for these kids on their level,” he said.

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Perfection: Titans cap off unbeaten season with state title By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com Olympus captured its second title in the past three seasons. The unblemished season also helped remove some of the bad taste of last season’s state title loss to Springville. “It was an unbelievable season altogether,” said head coach Matt Barnes. “To win all 27 games is pretty amazing. The way we won in dominant fashion was off the charts. I think this will go down as one of the best high school teams in Utah ever.” In the championship, the Titans turned a close game in the first quarter into a one-sided affair with a strong second period. Up 21-15 heading into the second quarter, the Titans went on a 25-9 run to push their lead to 46-24 at halftime. It proved to be insurmountable, as Olympus was never threatened the rest of the way. Olympus shot an incredible 68 percent from the field, hitting 30 of 44 shots. Corner Canyon also got off 44 shots but hit just 18. Rylan Jones delivered another all-around strong performance. The junior future University of Utah player scored 24 points and had six rebounds and six assists. Senior Harrison Creer chipped in 21 points, four rebounds and four assists, while The Olympus boys basketball team finished a 27-0 season with a blowout win Jeremy DowDell had 13 points and four rebounds. Olympus hit over Corner Canyon in the Class 5A state championship game. at least 70 points for the 26th time in 27 games this season. Olympus’ run to the title game started with an 86-59 win he Class 5A state tournament proved something to all high over Brighton. Creer and Spencer Jones shared the team high school boys basketball fans in Utah: Olympus was the best of 24 points. Brighton held Rylan Jones to nine points, but the team — by a wide margin. guard had 10 assists and three steals. DowDell had 15 points and Olympus left no doubt it was far and away 5A’s best squad, five rebounds. Olympus was a perfect 10 for 10 from the foul routing Corner Canyon 76-49 in the championship game. line and hit 57 percent of its field goals. In its four postseason games, Olympus did the same thing it In the quarterfinals, the Titans faced Viewmont, Region did all season long: dominate. The Titans marched to the 5A 5’s second-place team. Like so many other games this season, championship by winning in the state tournament by an average this one was for all intents and purposes over by halftime. The of 33 points. During its 27-0 season, the Titans won by an Titans led 29-11 after the first quarter and 51-27 at halftime, en average score of 84-57. route to an 86-45 victory. Rylan Jones was just shy of a coveted


triple-double. He scored 16 points and had nine rebounds and 11 assists. DowDell had 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and Creer contributed 21 points and six rebounds. The Titans moved on to the semifinals, where they crushed another Region 5 foe, Bountiful, 79-43. The Braves hung in there during the first quarter, keeping within 20-14 of Olympus. But the Titans turned up the pressure on both ends of the quarter, outscoring Bountiful 19-8 in the second quarter and 26-11 in the third quarter. By the time the fourth quarter began, Olympus was resting its starters, preparing for the state title with a commanding 65-33 advantage. DowDell had 26 points and six rebounds, and Rylan Jones had another terrific outing with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Spencer Jones and Creer each had 13 points. Olympus faced every team’s best effort each night, yet the Titans continued to rack up the victories, usually by blowout. “We met the challenge every night,” Barnes said. “I tell the kids to cherish winning because it’s not easy. We always talked about urgency from the start and putting people behind us early.” Barnes was also grateful for the interest and support his team got from the community and school. “The community and so many people care,” he said. “We had big crowds; everyone was so emotionally involved. The Holladay community was great.” Olympus must replace some key players for the 2018–19 season. Creer and Spencer Jones will graduate after averaging 18.2 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. However, both Rylan Jones and DowDell will come back for their senior seasons. Rylan Jones scored 18.3 points per game and chipped in 6.6 rebounds and 9.9 assists an outing. DowDell led the team with 20.7 points per game. “We look forward to next year to make another run,” Barnes said. l

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t’s never easy for a baseball team to replace eight departed players, but that’s the challenge Eric Morgan and his Skyline Eagles face this season. The Eagles went 22-8 last season and tied Olympus for second place in Region 6 with a 13-5 record. Skyline lost its opening-round game at the 4A state tournament but went on to win a trio of consolation round games. Skyridge ended the Eagles season, 9-8, on May 23. Morgan does return five seniors this season but isn’t quite sure what to make of his squad yet. “Honestly, we come into this season with a lot of uncertainty,” Morgan said. “We will have a lot to replace from last year’s team by losing eight very good seniors. This team will be a little inexperienced, but the talent is there to have success. We will need the upperclassmen to step up and lead, with the combination of the underclassmen to mature early and get experience. If that can happen, would should be very competitive. We have a lot of guys who have very little or no varsity experience, so the preseason is huge.” Skyline is still trying to settle some positions on the field, but Morgan has solidified some other spots. Senior outfielder Jack Garver started every game last season in left field. He should be a fixture in the outfield for the Eagles. Another outfielder to keep an eye on is senior Taylor Larsen. The centerfielder was a starter last season as well. First baseman Dakota Porter and second baseman Isaac Storheim, both seniors, will also be team leaders and go-to players. At the pitching spot, Morgan has high expectations for senior Ashton Graham. “With the team being so young, we still have some battles

going on with a few positions,” Morgan said. “We need guys who can win the position and run with it. (Larsen) is a very good athlete who will put a lot of pressure on the defense. (Storheim) will play multiple positions this year. (Graham) is going to be our ace this year. He hits his spots and throws three pitches for strikes.” Though his team is young and largely untested, Morgan is excited about his players’ attitudes and mindset. “We have five really good seniors who want to win,” he said. “They will battle and compete every game. We have some very good sophomores along with a few freshmen.” Skyline’s season began March 8 with a 7-1 loss to Clearfield. The Eagles managed just two hits but did get a triple from junior JD Jensen. Skyline was set to compete in the Snow Canyon Classic March 16 and 17. The team will play a full slate of non-region games before jumping into Region 6 action April 10, a three-game series against West. Though the Eagles face some obstacles in contending for a region title, Morgan is optimistic that his team may sneak up on some teams. “I am most excited to see this team come together,” he said. “I’m excited to see what seniors step up and become leaders. I’m very excited to see which of our underclassmen can step up and be big for us. No one is giving us a chance; I love the underdog mentality. I’m excited once we get our feet wet, we can shock a lot of people.” Morgan believes if some freshman, sophomores and Seniors Ashton Graham. Jack Garver. Dakota Porter. Taylor Larsen. Isaac juniors contribute, and if his team plays good defense, Skyline Storheim look to lead the Skyline baseball team this season. (Photo/Eric Morgan) has a chance to accomplish its goals and have success. l

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A one-two finish for the Cottonwood High girls and boys swim teams at state finals By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com place is still a great finish. The girls had a championship goal all season and met it. That was awesome.” After placing second in state a year ago, the Colt girls led this year’s 5A finals from start to finish, crushing second-place Skyline 320 to 200. On the boys’ side, the Colts led Brighton 91-82 after day one, but fell to the Bengals on day two with a final score of 287 to 253.5. For the Cottonwood girls it was their first state swim title since claiming back-to-back championships in 1980 and 1981. For the Colt boys, you also have to go all the way back to 1980 to find the only team from the school to place higher than this year’s group. The boys and girls both claimed titles in 1980, a double dip they were hoping to repeat this season. “I was pretty confident all season, if the girls swam the way I knew they could, we had a great shot,” Lockwood added. “With the boys, I always knew it would be much more of a challenge. But hey, Brighton loses the whole house next year (as seniors graduate), while we’re only losing five. So things look pretty good for our boys next year.” Speaking of “losing the house,” that’s what the CHS girls will be up against a year from now, as they graduate nine seniors, The Cottonwood High School girls swim team dominated their 5A state fi- including possibly the best high school swimmer to ever come nals meet to earn the school’s first state swimming title in 37 years. (Ron out of the state of Utah. Lockwood) As expected, Rhyan White finished first in every race she swam at the state finals, while also being named Utah’s High ne rout and one cliffhanger at the Utah 5A state swim- School Female Swimmer of the Year for the fourth straight year. ming finals proved to be a good news/bad news split for She won the 100 butterfly by nearly four full seconds and the 100 Cottonwood High School teams. While the Colt girls ran away backstroke by more than four seconds. with their state title — by one of the widest margins of victory Her state championship relay teams won the 200-yard ever — the CHS boys saw a nine-point lead after the first day of medley on day one and the 400-yard freestyle on day two. competition turn into a 33.5-point loss on day two. Other key contributors on the Cottonwood girls team “This was such a fun and dynamic group to coach; I included Madison Cutler, Makayla Harris, Jessica Lloyd, couldn’t be happier,” said Cottonwood head swimming coach Katelyn Price, Quinn Stephenson and Emma Walker. Ron Lockwood. “The boys came up a little short, but second “It’s such a good feeling to finish my high school career


with the state championship,” White said. “I made so many friends through the team. And I’m also excited to see where I go next (in my swimming career).” White is not actually a student of Cottonwood High School, but instead attends the Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (AMES) charter school housed within CHS. One of her AMES classmates was also one of the outstanding swimmers on the Colt boys team. Like White, AMES senior Christian Simon also swam four years for the Colts, starting as a freshman. In leading his team to their second-place finish, Simon placed first in three of his four races: the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles and 400 freestyle relay. Another triple state titlist for the boys was Blayze Kimble (100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle relay). Other key contributors for the Cottonwood boys included Martin Anders, Colin Dailey and Jacob Ricci. “It’s weird — it just doesn’t feel like it’s over,” Simon said, just days after the state finals. “High school swimming is so much fun; a little less stressful than club swimming.” Simon and White also both swim on Lockwood’s Wasatch Front Fish Market club team. And they each have one more thing in common as they will swim collegiately next year, White at Alabama and Simon at Claremont McKenna, a private liberalarts college 35 miles east of Los Angeles. White plans to leave for the southeast early in the summer — and may even miss her AMES graduation — to attend a shortened summer semester in Tuscaloosa, before returning for a couple of swim meets. Simon plans the more traditional college move at the end of the summer. “I’m proud of both of them and all of our swimmers,” Lockwood said. “They were all good kids who worked hard to achieve our goals.” l


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Skyline boys score upset win in state tournament, reach quarterfinals By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


he Skyline Eagles made their presence known at the Class 5A state boys basketball tournament. In an underdog role, the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Timpview 67-63 in the first round at state on Feb. 26. Skyline finished 5-5 in Region 5, tying East for third place; however, tie-breakers gave the Eagles the No. 4 seed. This meant Skyline had to face the Region 7 champion Timpview to open up the tournament. Skyline wasn’t intimidated. Things didn’t look good for the Eagles early on. Timpview jumped out to a 20-10 lead as the second quarter began. But the Eagles turned things around in the second, outscoring the Thunderbirds 27-10 to go in front 37-30 at halftime. Timpview cut the margin to 46-45 at the end of the third quarter. The Eagles had just enough in the tank to hang on for the surprising victory. Head coach Kenneth James was happy with his team’s performance, especially the way it contained the Timpview offense. “Our win over Timpview was huge for us,” he said. “We showed belief in ourselves; we showed effort and heart. We played tremendously hard on the defensive end, and we attacked the basket and got the ball inside. We read the defense and made good decisions. It was a great feeling to show the state that we are a good team and could beat anyone on a given day.” Heading into the game, James knew his team would face a big challenge from Timpview. The team’s game plan was to pound the ball inside the paint and not back down from the Thunderbirds’ top player, Hunter Erickson. “We knew that Timpview was a good team, and we needed to be physical with them and go inside with the ball. We knew Hunter Erickson was one of the best players in the

state; we needed to stop his pullup three-point shot and deny him the ball whenever possible. Taylor Larsen, Anish Singh and Briggs Binford did a great job of limiting his touches and being physical with him. Our overall team defense was outstanding, as guys helped on him whenever we needed to. We wanted to attack their zone and trap by going inside and attacking the rim, which we did. Andrew Clark and Hollan Schweitz had big performances and owned the paint. We also controlled the backboards and really rebounded well.” Skyline held Timpview to 23 of 55 from the field. Schweitz led the Eagles with 23 points and six rebounds, while Clark had 19 points and paced the team in rebounds with 10. The Eagles fell to Bountiful in quarterfinals 80-62 two days later. Skyline led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter, but the Braves outscored the Eagles 67-41 the rest of the way. James said his team accomplished some important objectives during the 11-14 season, despite some adversity, including injuries, suspensions and one player quitting late in the season. “Our goal all year was to win a playoff game, so we accomplished that,” he said. “I will always remember how my team stayed together, how my senior leaders circled the wagons and kept us together. (Clark) and (Larsen) kept the boys together, and we advanced at state. The seniors gave everything they had; I’m so proud of them.” James stepped down as coach at the end of the season. He said his replacement has some good pieces to work with next season. “We have three returning players with a ton of experience; they need to get bigger, faster and stronger, and also increase their skill,” he said. “If they do that, there is no reason they won’t be successful moving forward.” l

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Stacked Titans could be a force in 5A boys tennis By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Olympus’ Sawyer Peterson serves a ball at practice. The Titans feature a deep, skilled team. (Photo/Mike Epperson)


n any sport, depth and talent is a potent combination. The Olympus boys tennis team has both as it begins the 2018 season. Head coach Mike Epperson guides a team of 20 players, many of whom have game experience at the high school level. In fact, he said this might be one of the top squads in the past handful of seasons. “We have a lot coming back that played last year,” Epperson said. “We should be very competitive. We have the best team we’ve had in the last five or six years. I expect everyone (on the varsity team) to make state.” Olympus’ varsity singles players are all seniors, and Epperson is excited about what is can do on the court. No. 1 singles player, Drew Hartsfield, is a three-year starter. He’s also a Sterling Scholar. The No. 2 singles competitor is Parker Warner, and Cole Marshall will fill the No. 3 singles spot. Marshall also has three years experience as a singles player. “(Warner) is a great kid,” Epperson said. “He’s improved a ton. I expect a lot out of him. (Marshall) should compete for state.” At the No. 1 doubles spot, senior Robbie Ballam, a transfer from Logan High School, will team up with Ellis Ivory, a freshman “up-andcomer,” as Epperson describes him. The thirdyear coach hadn’t quite set the No. 2 doubles team at the beginning of the season. Sophomore Ethan Stanger was the probable starter, with different contenders vying to be his partner. Epperson is excited about his athletic team,

but he also loves some of the intangibles the players bring to the table. “They’re motivated and driven,” he said. “They’re smart — many have a 3.7 to 3.8 GPA. They’re generally smart on the court. They’re not overly emotional. They’re grounded and know how to overcome obstacles. They stay focused on the task at hand.” Epperson expects his squad to perform well throughout region play and into the state tournament. He has more than 10 players who play club ball throughout the season and who have gained valuable experience against top competition. His only concern is making sure his team worries about the next game and doesn’t look too far down the road. “The kids can’t get ahead of themselves,” he said. “We have to take each match as it comes and stay focused. We have to improve each match.” Epperson has coached other sports, such as football, so he knows the importance of staying in shape and being physically prepared for long matches. In preparation for the season, he worked hard on conditioning. For his players, practice doesn’t include a lot of standing around. Instead, the team members run from drill to drill and put forth a lot of effort. “The kids know what’s expected of them,” he said. The Class 5A state tournament is slated for May 18–19 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. l

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irls golf has only been a sanctioned sport since 2012, but the Skyline Eagles are building a solid program. Assistant coach Kenneth James helps lead a team that brings back five players with varsity action under their belts. He hopes with their experience, talent and leadership that the Eagles will contend for region supremacy and make some noise at the 5A state meet, May 14–15 at Glenmoor in South Jordan. Senior Kate Taylor headlines the Skyline group of golfers. She placed second in region last season and begins her fourth year of varsity play. Right behind her is Claire Whisenant, sophomore. “We expect (Taylor) to compete for the region medalist and be a top 10 at state,” James said. “(Whisenant) had a good year last year. We expect improvement and would like her to be a top 10 in region.” James expects a trio of other seniors will be among Skyline’s top performers. Zoe Kouris, Abby Clayton and Suzi Creveling each have three years of experience on team. Plus, James is counting on some younger players to improve and make the team even better. “(Kouris, Clayton and Creveling) have all worked really hard, and we expect all three to be in the varsity lineup,” James said. “We have some good young players coming into the program and look forward to watching them compete and grow. For the first time in region, we will have eight varsity golfers compete, with the top six advancing to state.” The Eagles will have plenty of competition in Region 6 and in Class 5A. James mentioned

his region foes Murray, East, West, Olympus and Highland as having “full teams and good golfers.” “We are in a very competitive region with every school having complete teams,” he said. “It should be really fun and competitive. We expect to compete for the region championship and advance to state. Girls golf is getting stronger, and there are some really good teams out there all trying to win the title.” James said the team’s goals include winning region, advancing to state and finishing in the top five. He would love to help as many girls as possible reach the top 10 individually at the state tournament. “Our girls have been working really hard, hitting balls all through the winter; we believe that will pay off for us,” James said. “Each girl sets realistic goals on what she will shoot and strives to reach it every time out. Hopefully that number goes down as the season goes on. Our girls are super competitive and hard-working. They are very coachable and enjoy practice. I look forward to seeing them develop and grow. The season is barely started, so we have a long way to go. If we can get to state and get to the region championship with a chance to win, that is all we can ask.” In addition to their efforts and accomplishments on the golf course, James praised the girls’ attitudes and work ethic. He said many of them excel in the classroom, serve in the community and play multiple sports at Skyline. “They are awesome to be around and are a joy to coach,” he said. l

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Defending champion Skyline girls basketball loses in state semifinals By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com point or two, Timpview found a way to score and extend it to within two possessions. We couldn’t seem to get over that hump. Obviously, (the girls) were upset and disappointed that we weren’t playing in the championship game. I reminded them of the success we had this season and that as long as they tried their very best and had no regrets, they could walk out of the locker room with their heads up.” Despite the semifinal defeat, it was hardly an unsuccessful season for the Eagles. Skyline went 9-1 in Region 6, sharing the title with East. It was Skyline’s fourth straight region championship. The Eagles went 19-7 overall and put together some nice streaks during the season. The team opened the campaign with six straight wins and later put together a string of nine consecutive victories from Jan. 5 to Feb. 6. Eight of those wins were in region play. “I feel that it was a good season, and we accomplished most of our goals we set as a team,” Schroeder said. To get to the semifinals, Skyline first got past Alta with a 59-38 victory in the first round on Feb. 19. Quarters one, three and four were competitive, but the second quarter was all Skyline, as it outscored the Hawks 24-8. The strong second quarter was more than enough to power the Eagles to the quarterfinals. Grange had an impressive allaround performance. The senior had 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Mooney added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Barrett Jessop helped out with nine points, four rebounds and three assists. She also tied Grange with a game-high three three-pointers. Two days later, Skyline won comfortably over Springville in a convincing defense performance. The Eagles were victorious, 4833 over the surprising Red Devils from Region 8. Though Skyline didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard, it did enough on the offensive end, especially considering it limited the Red Devils to just 16 field goals and no converted free throws. Through three quarters, Springville had just 23 points. Mooney was the game’s leading scorer, as she netted 21 points. It was her third 20-point Kiana Eskelsen lays it up against Murray this season. The Eagles bowed out in the semifinals. outing of the season and her first since Jan. 3. (Photo/Kimberlee Jessop) Grange added 14 points for the Eagles. he Skyline girls basketball team was a little shy of defendMooney will graduate after a stellar career at ing its state championship. The Eagles reached the Class 5A Skyline. She averaged 11.3 points per game this season, good state semifinals but lost to Timpview 56-49 on Feb. 23. enough for second on the team. She scored 10.3 points an outing Skyline fell behind early to the Region 7 co-champions as a junior. Grange, the team’s leading scorer this season at 15.3 from Timpview. The Eagles trailed 13-9 after the first quarter points a contest, also departs, leaving Schroeder with some and 25-17 at halftime. The Eagles picked up their offense in the holes to fill. second half where they scored 32 points. However, Timpview “We lose a lot of size down low with Cameron Mooney also turned up the scoring and didn’t let Skyline get into control. graduating, so that will be an adjustment,” Schroeder said. “We The Eagles got balanced scoring, as Madison Grange had need to continue to improve on our fundamentals and to gain 13 points, and Kiana Eskelson and Kate Vorwaller had 12 points more experience at the varsity level for some of my returning and 11 points, respectively. Cameron Mooney chipped in seven class.” points and six rebounds for the Eagles. Eskelson was the team’s third-leading scorer at 8.2 points a “We came out strong, and then it was back and forth from game. She’ll be back for her senior season in 2018–19. Schroeder there,” said head coach Lynette Schroeder. “Timpview had some will count on sophomores Amit Lustgarten and Vorwaller to great runs, and so did we. Whenever we seemed to get within a increase their roles on the team. l


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The Value of Choices I recently watched a Netflix Original show called “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner and Peter Mullan. The show opens over a lake, late into an evening sunset. Over the next three minutes, a dimly-lit montage of the main character doing some menial tasks makes the audience question the morality of the character. Bateman’s voice is tracked over this scene.



“Money: that which separates the haves, from the have-nots. It’s everything if you don’t have it, right? Half of all American adults have more credit card debt than savings. Twenty-five percent have no savings at all. And only 15 percent of the population is on track to fund even one year of retirement. You see, I think most people just have a fundamentally flawed view of money. Is it simply an agreed upon unit of exchange for goods and services? Or is it intangible – security, happiness, or peace of mind? Let me propose a third option; money as a measuring device. You see the hard reality is how much money we accumulate in life is a function of….patience, frugality, and sacrifice. When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common? Those are choices. Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices.” For months, the above quote has stuck with me, challenging my perceptions of money, poorness, richness, currency, and value. As the season of new beginnings—spring—approaches, it is a time to challenge ourselves to think

more positively, meditate incrementally, comprehend the daily quotes from calendars. If you aim to change mentality, instead of physicality, as part of your new beginnings, I challenge you to begin questioning the perception of money. Most of us view money as an agreed upon unit of exchange for goods and services. You’re reading this newspaper segment with the word “coupon” in the title, hoping to find ways of protecting those units already possessed. Without such coupons, or mentality of frugality, those units diminish. In viewing money as units of exchange, statistics like the ones mentioned above are frightening. Half of all American adults need to earn units to replenish the units they’ve already exchanged, instead of inheriting them. Fifteen percent of the population has not obtained enough units to exchange for a oneyear lifestyle free from work and responsibility. However, if we perceive money as a measure of an individual’s choices, those statistics are less anxiety-ridden. Half of all American adults made choices to live outside of their means. Fifteen percent of the population chose to live a different lifestyle. As I’ve been challenging my perception of

money, I’ve observed less stress about the number of units in my bank account and wallet. I’ve realized that the choices I make are my own. Some of my choices may not be acceptable, or even viable, for others within my community or country. I may not understand or support others’ choices as well. That’s why we make different choices, the ones that make sense to our individual selves. Our own currencies enrich our lives in different and meaningful ways. Choices are indefinite. We are provided the opportunity of choice with every moment we are alive. Our behaviors may be influenced; but we are the ultimate decision maker in what we wear, what we say, what we do, where we sleep, where we live, how we respond, who we fear, who we love, and who we are. Our money reflects those choices. And if we were to perceive money as a measure of human choice, I’d be pretty wealthy.

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Out in Left Field


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Baseball has been America’s favorite pastime for more than 150 years, followed closely by gun control debates, reality TV and overeating. There’s just something about sitting in a ballpark surrounded by drunk fans that screams ‘Merica! The hubbie and I spent a weekend in Phoenix for spring training where teams get together for pre-season games and fans hope for a glimpse of a mega baseball star like Mike Trout or one of the racing sausage mascots from Milwaukee. As San Francisco Giants fans, we sat in a sea of orange and black, surrounded by men who obviously missed their calling as ESPN baseball announcers. Their color commentary got slurrier and slushier with each beer they drank. It made me wish real ESPN announcers would drink on the job. Whenever we walk into a ballpark, my husband turns into a 14-yearold boy. The crack of the bat, the smell of a leather glove and the roar of the crowd makes him absolutely giddy. Hubbie: We’re at a ball game! Me: I know. Hubbie: Maybe I’ll catch a foul ball! Me: Maybe. Hubbie: Do you think they’ll run out of

players and call me up to play? Me: Me: You’ve been in the sun too long. But it’s not just my husband, nearly every man there is reliving childhood dreams of baseball stardom, talking about games they watched with their dads or reminiscing about baseball legends they revered as teens. I love baseball, but not in the way my husband does. A lot of my experience revolves around food (as most things do). At ball games, I eat food I’d never eat in real life. My 74-ounce Coke and foot-long Bratwurst was an appetizer for my shredded pork nachos, drenched in a fluorescent orange “cheese” stored in plastic buckets in the basement of the stadium. I ate French fries so salty, I actually pooped jerky. Baseball is about tradition: team loyalty, peanuts, Cracker Jack, not caring if you ever get back, and yelling at the umps after every bad call. The drunker the crowd, the more hilarious the insults. “Can I pet your Seeing-Eye dog after the game, Blue?” “That’s why umpires shouldn’t date players!” “You drop more calls than Verizon!” And so on.






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Then there’s the stats. Baseball statisticians use more abbreviations than texting teens. You have your standard 1B, HR, BB, SB, K, L and ERA. But occasionally, a stat will appear on the scoreboard that leaves everyone confused. “What the hell’s a UZR?” slurs a drunk ESPN announcer. We all scratch our heads until someone Googles it. (Ultimate Zone Rating, if you were wondering.) Each game holds the opportunity to witness an unassisted triple play, a grand slam, a no-hitter, a perfect game or a squirrel being chased off the field by an octogenarian ball boy. Ballparks



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