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SNOW DAY CLOSES SCHOOLS: in Holladay and all of Granite District By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


t’s every kid’s dream come true: school is cancelled due to snow. After the massive snowstorm that blanketed the Salt Lake Valley began on Feb. 5, it was apparent the safety of students getting to and from school was compromised, and a snow day was called for Feb. 6. “All Granite District schools are closed on Wednesday, Feb. 6 due to significant snow accumulation, which has hampered our transportation and maintenance departments’ ability to start,” was the message sent out by Ben Horsley, director of communications for GSD. Principals and staff were asked to be at school in case any students showed up. Skyline Assistant Principal Lynda Tierney simply said, “It was not a snow day for administration. Regular work day for us.” Skyline social studies teacher Brodie Reid was at school; that is, after his hour-long commute from Sandy. “Worst roads I can remember. I made it to the Eagles’ Nest just in time to get the message that school was cancelled,” Reid said. Being at school without all the students “was certainly weird — it felt like the Twilight Zone, but Skyline has been my second home since the 1990s. It ended up being a very productive day planning curriculum,” said Reid. One common thread from all GSD employees was gratitude for the facilities staff who worked all day clearing the snow. “I would like to thank the custodial staff — Gerry Hutchins and his crew — for their hard work. They do a fantastic job,” said Reid. Cris Bromley works in the office at Churchill Jr. High and was at school all day. “Our custodian, Lee Leafty, should really be recognized for going above and beyond. Lee showed up at 2:30 a.m. and spent until 3:00 p.m. moving snow,” Bromley said. Bromley said she could only remember one other snow day in the 29 years she’s been with GSD. To get the word out, most schools used online messaging in addition to their phone bank. “We had only one student show up for school. We had four teachers show up and they worked most of the day,” said Bromley. Olympus High Principal Steve Perschon thought it was a good decision. “With young drivers, I think it was a great decision to keep them safe and avoid more accidents,” said Perschon. Susan Thomas at the Utah School for the Deaf and Kids from Crestview and Rosecrest used the snow day on Feb. 6 to sled Blind (USDB) said their social media notices were success- with the crowds at Sugarhouse Park. (Photo Courtesy of Steph Strasser) ful. “Now that USDB has developed a strong community on

social media, and (with) the new www.usdb.org website designed during the past year, the snow day alerts went better than ever!” Thomas said. Principal Paulette McMillan of Cottonwood Elementary said, “When I arrived at school, I began making phone calls to see if the word had gotten out. Everyone I called said that they had received the message. That was a huge relief! I did not have one child show up at school nor did I receive one phone call all day.” During her hour-and-a-half commute, she saw several families digging their way out of their driveways. “I would like to thank my custodian, Michael Perry, for his diligence and monumental effort to get snow cleared from our campus,” said McMillan. The only teacher who had a hard time was Ben Torgerson of Wasatch Jr. High. But that wasn’t because of GSD — it was because his kids are in Alpine School District, the only area district that didn’t cancel school that day. As for the kids’ snow day dream come true, many of them spent the day out playing in the snow. “I know the kids and parents enjoyed sledding on the back hill at Churchill. It seems like they were here most of the day,” said Bromley. Crestview Elementary parent Steph Strasser said her kids tried “snow swimming” in the backyard. When that didn’t work, they joined the many kids sledding at Sugarhouse Park. Oakwood Elementary Principal Tod Cracroft said a snow day can be fun for staff, too, if they have a sense of humor. “Several of my principal friends created social media posts showing humorous situations: mixing up books in the library, napping, dancing on the snowy playground while the theme from ‘Frozen’ played in the background. Really funny stuff,” said Cracroft. His contribution? “I made a video and changed the lyrics to our Friday song to communicate our snow day circumstance and invite students back for Thursday,” said Cracroft. You can watch him play and sing at www.facebook.com/ OakwoodElementary. l

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atty Miller grew up in Salt Lake in a very artistic family and is proud to be a Utah girl. Miller’s family owned a restaurant in Holladay called the Town and Country Inn, which is now called Café Madrid. Miller grew up with horses and rode professionally. Before she went to college, she started to paint in pastels just a little. She went to the University of Utah and left to start her career in interior design with commercial and residential interiors. She traveled with this


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job extensively and didn’t do anything with art as she was so busy with her career. After she retired after 30 years of interior design, she decided to pick art back up. She went to artist and teacher Suzy Jarvis and received help with oil paintings. Jarvis taught her the fundamentals of oil paintings. After that, a group of women formed a little art colony and hired a teacher and artist, Brendan Clary, who helps them with colors and is a good teacher in helping with their different experiences in art. Miller has been doing this for about eight years now. The Holladay Arts Council recently named Miller its Artist of the Month. “I love color and flowers and just the creative part of it for me is a wonderful escape from whatever I am doing,” Miller says. Miller works with oil paintings and will take requests from others to create pieces for them. She has sold quite a few of her pieces to different people. She painted “Morning Mist,” (Courtesy of Patty Miller) a very large apple once that a man bought to put in his office in New York. Miller has had her pieces hung in Café Niche and done shows in the Cottonwood Country Club. Miller finished a piece recently that she is putting in the Holladay Art Show called “Morning Mist,” which is a tugboat on the water. It was a challenge but something she loved very much. She loves her pieces and finds pride in the finished product. Miller’s focus the last year has been painting. It is her true hobby and she loves the outcome of the finished product. “I just finally decided I didn’t want to do interior design anymore with the tremendous amount of work and I wanted to play more tennis and golf. I thought it was time to retire but I need to keep busy so I thought it was time to go back and take up my art,” Miller says. Miller likes to deal in larger paintings and take up to a week to finish. “You look “Mr. Magic,” (Courtesy of Patty Miller) at your paintings and you think you’re done and you look at them again and you think I should’ve done this a little more. I don’t know if the painting is ever really finished — you can keep poking at it but that sometimes can overdo the piece,” Miller says. Miller is a happy woman with a true desire to create art that brings joy to others. She loves spending time outside golfing, playing tennis and riding horses. Miller loves to spend time with her grandchildren. She is extremely humbled to have earned Holladay’s Artist of the Month. Although Miller doesn’t have a website, she is available through email at pattymiller@gmail. com. To nominate an Artist of the Month, email holladayartscouncil@gmail.com.

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Elevating women in the workplace By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

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t a time when Utah’s business industry has a poor showing for gender pay equality, in addition to record low numbers of women in executive roles, many wonder: Can Utah elevate its business practices? Five years ago, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) created the ElevateHER challenge, in an effort to encourage Utah companies to do better, while fostering a collaborative environment, in lieu of blame. “It’s not a blame or shame game,” said Pat Jones, CEO of WLI. “Men [are] important in addressing this and finding solutions to maximizing our talent pool,” she continued. When a Utah company accepts the ElevateHER challenge, they agree to evaluate the role women hold within their organization. This serves as a means to both increase the number of women in leadership, as well as retain existing talent. Companies are also encouraged to both monitor and identify gender pay inequity within their organization—a practice Jones

said has resulted in salary bumps for men, as well as women. Jones explained the idea is to provide companies with a toolbox, which will increase their ability to attract and retain talent. Thus far, almost 200 companies have taken part in the ElevateHER challenge, according to the list of companies on WLI’s website, with the number increasing every year. Of those companies, The Salt Lake Chamber, went from participating in the ElevateHER challenge to inviting WLI to collaborate on an awareness campaign. The gender wage gap campaign was launched in December of 2018, and is designed to offer both education and solutions on ways companies can close the gender wage gap. According to the information from the campaign, Utah ranks 50th in the nation for gender pay inequity, which the Salt Lake Chamber and WLI argue are not just bad for local business, but can also deter quality companies from moving their businesses to

WLI is also in the process of wrapping up its fourth year running a Political Development Series. For political development training, participants are required to only buy lunch, since WLI did not want any women to not participate due to financial reasons. “I didn’t want women to not take [the class], and not run for office, because they couldn’t afford it,” Jones said. Jones attributes WLI’s ability to keep costs down to the support of the local business community and their sponsorship of the multitude of programs offered. “Frankly, they’re wanting to increase the number of the women they hire,” Jones said, as she explained why companies take such an active role with WLI. While Utah is far from holding a great spot on the national scale of equality in the office, the number of programs in place to Utah. Materials made available by Salt Lake help Utah businesses mend their ways sugChamber and WLI provide real-time exam- gests prospects may be looking up. ples and current practices of companies who are succeeding in this realm, in addition to highlighting various ways women are often viewed differently in the workplace. In spite of the disparity in treatment for males and females, Jones feels it’s important both parties understand the complimentary differences they both bring to the table. “Men are absolutely advocates and allies of women and working with us,” Jones said. In addition to the ElevateHER challenge, WLI runs other programs including a Career Development Series (CDS), designed to help women maximize their career potential. CDS meets once a month, over an eightmonth period, and includes workshops and conferences for $995, which are geared towards women in mid- to upper-level careers. “We try to keep cost down, but quality very high,” Jones said, of the various pro- Recipients of the ElevateHER medal challenge. (Nigrams offered. cole Carpenter/WLI)

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Jr. high science students shining light on Holladay emergency preparedness gap By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com

Students from Olympus Jr. High gave a presentation about earthquake preparedness to the Holladay City Council. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


ith several minor earthquakes happening along the Wasatch Front in recent weeks, emergency preparedness has become a hot topic. However, a group of Olympus Jr. High students have already been talking about the issue for months. Joanne Brown, who has been teaching science at Olympus Jr. for 21 years, loves to get her students involved in real-world applications of the science they’re learning. “I feel like actual problem-based projects helps students to see the relevance of science in real life,” said Brown. “They see how it impacts their lives and how it impacts their community, and that they can actually make a difference.” This year, her honors eighth-grade science class decided to take on a months-long

project where they would apply what they were learning to their community. They chose to investigate how prepared the city of Holladay is for an earthquake. The students started by learning how to use ArcGIS, a geographic information system commonly used in all levels of government for mapping. The students were able to see the Wasatch fault line crosses I-215 in three different spots within Holladay, a big concern for transportation capabilities in the event of an earthquake. They also used the program to conduct a survey of Holladay residents, in which they asked various questions about emergency preparedness. The students expected personal food storage to be a top concern for residents. However, the leading response

turned out to be a lack of knowledge about any city or community plans in the case of an emergency. With this in mind, Brown and her students scheduled an evening to visit the Holladay City Council to both present their findings and encourage the city to formulate a more detailed emergency plan. While there is a section on the Holladay city website dedicated to emergency preparedness, all of the information provided is focused on helping families develop personal emergency plans. There is information about a free community class about the subject, from 2017. David Chisholm is a member of Holladay’s emergency committee, a voluntary position which he has held since 2002.

He told the Holladay Journal the biggest problem is that Holladay doesn’t have a local CERT organization. CERT (community emergency response teams) is a citizen-driven organization that educates and connects resources among communities related to emergency preparedness. They host training opportunities, form city and community emergency plans and help create organizational structures at the neighborhood level. Holladay is one of the only cities in the valley without a CERT organization. “We don’t have an active CERT team,” said Chisholm. “We have a lot of trained people. That’s something that Holladay needs.” Why doesn’t Holladay have one? Chisholm said it requires “much more money” to run than Holladay is able to provide. The city “runs on a tight budget,” he said. Chisholm also observed that the city isn’t likely to be motivated to expend more money on emergency preparedness based on the results of the few programs and events they have already attempted. He said he remembers one recent event that was widely advertised, but only a handful of residents from the entire city showed up. “People have lived for so long without an incident that they don’t worry about it,” he said, adding that maybe the recent earthquakes will help “rattle some nerves” and get people more engaged in preparing for potential earthquakes. One thing the city can do, as suggested by Brown’s class, is to designate community gathering points, where residents can gather after an emergency to gather information and resources. They even want to help out with it. “We want to use GIS to make a map of community gathering points that could be incorporated into the city’s emergency plan,” Brown told the Holladay Journal.

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here’s nothing that says Friday night quite like going out for pizza. So, it was no surprise that during the dinner rush on a Friday night in February, My Pie pizzeria in Holladay was a full house. Travis Johnson is the owner and loves getting out there to meet with diners. “Our dinner rush is really busy, so that’s great. People really like eating here. Our slogan is ‘Pizza Your Way’ and there is something for everyone,” Johnson said. Patterned after the traditional NYC pie, there’s sure to be a pie here to please. “We have all the traditional pies like margherita and a white pie,” Johnson said. There are also more non-traditional flavors. “One of our most popular is the pesto my chicken flavor, which includes pizza sauce, parmesan, fresh mozzarella, chicken bacon and a pesto drizzle,” Johnson said. And if you like your pie a little more adventurous or spicy: “We also offer a Greek pie, a vegan pie and the spicy butcher pie with fra diavolo sauce,” said Johnson. In addition to the menu of pizza flavors, there’s always the option to create your own. “That’s where the name comes from — My Pie,” said Johnson. The pies are small enough for one (but

work to share if you’re not as hungry), so when you make your own there’s no trying to please everyone with the toppings. Add whatever you want, and leave off what you don’t. “When you choose to create your own pizza, there are dozens of possibilities. From the crust offerings of white, wheat and gluten-free to the sauce to the meat and veggie toppings, you can have it all custom made. We even have a cheese option that is dairy-free,” said Johnson. One thing was obvious: My Pie is family and kid friendly. “We have a kid’s meal called the lil’ piezanos. It’s half the size of a standard pie, and kids can choose a cheese or pepperoni pie and a drink. And each meal comes with ‘playdough,” which the kids love,” said Johnson. The playdough is a small ball of pizza dough. While waiting for their order, kids are occupied rolling and squishing and forming their own dough, made with all-edible ingredients — just in case it ends up in their mouths. Though most people come for the pies, the extras are worth the visit. “We have an extensive menu of Italian sodas, and we can mix cream and whipped cream into any of

them,” said Johnson. Other temptations are the garlic knots starter — delicious rolls smothered in garlic butter. And just try to pass up the messylooking-in-the-best-possible-way cookies, crammed with chocolate chunks, peanut butter cups, Oreos, pretzels or a combination of all of the above. My Pie also has a member rewards program. Download the app and get started earning your frequent pie’er points. “My Pie Holladay really is the place for picky eaters, individuals with diet restric-

tions and families who just can’t agree on a pizza flavor. There is something for everyone here,” Johnson said. My Pie is part of the booming and well-developed business area located at 4655 S. 2300 East, near Harmon’s and Great Harvest. To order online, visit www.pizzayourway.com/locations/holladay. The website also has a downloadable menu. Phone orders and catering are available by calling (801) 748-5888. l

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nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If

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the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance

company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the in-

juries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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ne of the hottest topics in Utah and this year’s legislative session is that of growth. Utah is expected to double its population by 2050 and the question is: where are all those people going to live? That’s the question that the Housing Gap Coalition is trying to answer. The coalition, which was formed last year by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, wants residents, government leaders and developers to start thinking now about how to handle Utah’s population growth. “We’re trying to get ahead of it,” said Abby Osborne, the vice president of public policy and government relations for the chamber of commerce. If Utah kicks the can down the road, she said, the state may be forced to take more radical approaches to accommodating rapid growth — something she sees happening across the country. Just last year, Minneapolis voted to abolish its single-family residential zone, which would “allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood,” according to the New York Times. Or consider the case of California, where the state government is suing a city government for “failing to allow enough new homebuilding to accommodate a growing population,” according to the LA Times. Instead, the coalition is advocating for a more balanced approach to improving housing affordability. Local housing policies In Utah, municipal governments control what types of buildings are built and where. While some cities may be open to increasing the overall supply of homes by allowing “high-density” projects within their boundaries, many other cities are not. Last year, the coalition leadership visited the city council meetings of cities along the Wasatch Front, both educating and getting feedback about the issue. “It was fairly successful. We got pretty good reception from most of the cities,” said Osborne. Now with the Utah state legislative session under way, the coalition has moved its focus to Capitol Hill. On Feb. 8, a group of about 70 coalition members gathered at the capitol to lobby their senators to support a series of bills aimed at improving housing affordability. One such bill is SB 34, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi. The bill (whose fate wasn’t known at the time of deadline for this article) would require municipal governments to adopt certain policies designed to increase housing affordability in order to be eligible to receive mon-

ey from the state’s Transportation Investment Fund. The bill would also appropriate $20 million to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. One of the coalition members that participated in the lobbying effort was Chris Sloan, a past-president of the Utah Association of Realtors and a former chairman of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce. He said housing affordability is a “sizable problem that affects all of us.” Education campaign While getting elected officials on board with combatting the housing gap is important for the coalition, getting the public on board is perhaps even more important. Draper Mayor Troy Walker called high density development a “four-letter word” when the coalition visited the Draper City Council. There are cases up and down the Wasatch Front of mayors and city councilors facing the wrath of their constituents for having approved a “high-density” development. From the Olympia Hills development in the south-west portion of the valley that was halted by then-Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams because of fierce community backlash, to the Holladay Quarter project that fell apart after the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of community organizers that opposed it, the biggest obstacle to increasing the housing supply is most often residents themselves. To change public perception about the issue, the coalition has launched a public education campaign consisting of billboards, radio ads, social media posts and appearances on local network morning shows. Osborne said she’s already seen changes in certain communities’ perception of high-density development. “We’re getting people thinking a little differently than they were before. And that’s all we can really do,” she said. Construction labor force Another impediment to increasing the housing supply is that construction companies simply can’t keep up with the demand because of a lack of skilled workers in the construction industry. Sen. Daniel Thatcher, who represents parts of Salt Lake and Tooele County, said that encouraging more young people to enter trade professions out of high school is the most important thing that can be done to improve housing affordability. “The AFL-CIO is the answer to the construction and trades labor shortage,” he said. “Republicans are traditionally against unions, but they really have some great apprenticeship programs. You get pay and benefits from day one, and four years later you’ll have the skills you need to be a freelance electrician, make $80,000 a year and have no college debt.” The Utah AFL-CIO website lists a number of apprenticeship programs in trades such as roofing, plumbing, masonry and cement and electrical work. Part of the coalition’s education campaign includes letting soon-to-be high school graduates know that they can enroll in such apprenticeship programs as an alternative to college. After a recent event in the Ogden School District, Osborne said that about 500 students expressed interest in the idea. Through these efforts, the Housing Gap Coalition is hopeful that Utah can avoid the big drastic moves taken by the likes of California and Minneapolis. “There’s many things causing the problem, so there’s a lot of different approaches to it,” said Osborne. l

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On your mark, get set, create! The GSD hosts Art Olympics in January By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

Maggie Driggs of Cottonwood holds her award-winning oil painting at the Art Olympics. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)


igh school art students created beautiful works under pressure on Jan. 24 at the Granite School District Art Olympics. Rewards were given for overall winners in several categories, with students winning medals, cash awards and scholarships. “I left school around third period and went to the district office. We heard from two guest speakers, a Disney animator and gallery owner. After that we were dismissed for the competition. They said, ‘Go!’ and we started,” said Amanda Kelly of Kearns High. Kelly made a 16” X 12” sculpture of her cat. Artists got four hours to work, then 30 minutes for cleanup. Judging was done immediately afterward by local artists, including Al Rounds and Nick Pinnock. “I’m a senior and started doing sculpture my junior year. My uncle is a sculptor, so he has encouraged me. And my art teacher Mr. Zellinski helped me a lot,” Kelly said. The work paid off. Kelly won two medals (Overall 3D Winner and Sculpture), $125 in cash and a $500 scholarship. Chad Zellinski is Amanda’s AP studio art teacher at Kearns High. Jennifer Rojas, also of Kearns High, won in the category of Color Drawing. Her teacher K.R. Osterberg said, “Jennifer is a very creative young lady. Her artistic vision is uniquely her own. Art makes her happy and she uses it to express and experience joy!” Art teacher Jeremy Petersen of Olympus High School is thrilled the Art Olympics program is back. “It is the only event of its

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kind in the state. A few years ago the Granite Education Foundation decided to drop the program for what they considered a lack of interest and funding, but my fellow art teachers in the district and I helped bring it back,” said Petersen. “Our art students train like athletes, and rarely get the opportunity to be recognized at that level. The evening is a confidence-building experience. Many students have visited me years after they graduated to share how much it meant for them to participate,” said Petersen. Olympus High had three winners: Jasmine Malouf, Life Drawing; Martha Moffat, Watercolor; and Makenna Ames, Ceramics. Malouf thrived on the speed and stress of the competition. “I just went with it. I brought my friend Audrey as my model and drew with acrylic paint. I was nervous at first, but as the competition went on I gained confidence and had fun with it. My teacher Mr. Petersen believed in me,” said Malouf. Ames carefully planned her piece for two months. “I made a geometric teapot and it was stressful. People were walking around looking at me and I felt like an animal at the zoo. But the judges were great and made helpful suggestions. I’m still working on my teapot and will fire it soon,” said Ames. Ceramics artists could choose to use a pottery wheel or hand building, which is what Ames chose. Maren Sumpter, sophomore at Cottonwood High, won the Black and White Drawing and Overall 2D category. “I drew an adaptation of the Joker character. Honestly, (the time limit) wasn’t that bad. The judges were complimenting me, which was really nice,” said Sumpter. Sumpter’s classmate Maggie Driggs won in the Opaque Painting category. “I used oil paint and used pictures of my neighbor Megan as a subject,” said Driggs. The time constraint was a challenge, but also helpful. “It encouraged me to work faster and smarter. I had to plan everything out and make sure I did it right the first time. It was really satisfying to say, ‘I did this in four hours,’” Driggs said. Other winners were Jaren Kamakana and Gabriel Sherman of Cyprus, Jersson Gomez of Taylorsville, Miranda Obic and Sheena Valdez of Hunter. “We appreciate the support of those in our community that donate funds to the Granite Education Foundation. They are in great need of more support to be able to continue this program in the future,” said Petersen. “It is without a doubt the most thrilling night of the year for art teachers. I can only compare the excitement to that of a championship football game, but for artists,” said Petersen. l

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USDB science teacher one of three Utah teachers nominated for Life Changer Award By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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hari Solomon-Klebba, who teaches science at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind (USDB), got a pleasant surprise when she learned a member of the community had nominated her for a LifeChanger Award. “I had no clue she was nominating me,” said Solomon-Klebba. “She’s a young person I know through my work with the Girl Scouts.” The nominator said that as a Girl Scout leader Solomon-Klebba was “from the start, an encouraging and positive light to every girl who wanted to be involved.” She also told of a time when her Girl Scouts’ robotics coach quit right before a convention. “Shari stepped in and held the (team) together. Her commitment to us learning was unreal,” she said. As a teacher, Solomon-Klebba combines her love of science with her love and skills in ASL. “Her classroom is amazing, with fun, hands-on science and innovative projects, many (of) which allow the students to think and figure out things so they have more ownership in their education,” said the nominator. Though the nominator chose to remain anonymous to the public (Solomon-Klebba has learned her identity), several other community members have commented on the nomination page and they all agree that Solomon-Klebba is more than deserving of the acknowledgment. Barbara Jack said, “She inspired me to be the best teacher I could be.” Victoria Gerth said,” Her love for her family and students cannot be measured.”

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Solomon-Klebb said she has been teaching for 28 years, four of which have been at the USDB. She’s taught in Utah, Colorado, Maine and Wyoming. In addition to teaching science courses, she’s also a coach for Academic Bowl and FIRST Lego League. FIRST Lego League is a robotics program and competition where students get in teams and compete on a state-wide level to work on and improve their STEM and coding skills. Since Solomon-Klebba is a STEM subject teacher, it was a perfect fit. “Shari empowers youth to be engaged in our learning, and that’s why she’s a LifeChanger,” the nominator said. Solomon-Klebba loves teaching, whether it’s in the classroom, with Girl Scouts or with the FIRST Lego League. “I love seeing that light come in on students when they finally understand a difficult concept. When they’re able to come up with a solution to a problem on their own. That to me is absolutely thrilling,” said Solomon-Klebba. “I love working with deaf kids. They’re such an inspiration. Watching them learn and grow and become amazing adults — there’s nothing like it,” said Solomon-Klebba. The award, sponsored by the National Life Group, awards several winners from across the country in the spring. They will receive cash awards for themselves and their schools. For more information and to see the full nomination, visit www.lifechangeroftheyear. com and click on nominees from Utah. l



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Paul Draper, the magician, doing tricks with hoops. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)


aul Draper grew up in Holladay, Utah. He went to Holladay Elementary, Olympus Junior High School and Olympus High School. He continued his education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State in Cultural Anthropology, and attending UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) to stydy for a Master’s Degree in Political Rhetoric. He also taught at the UNLV before becoming a full-time Magician and Mentalist. He currently sits on the board for the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice and does a variety of other charity work here in Utah. As he had traveled the world performing magic and mentalism shows, he was ready to return to where it all started, here in Holladay. Draper performed a free show

for the community at his beloved elementary school, now the Holladay City Hall, on January 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The auditorium was full by starting time and the crowd was eager for a night of magic tricks. Draper used his skills as a magician to perform magic tricks as well as his skills as an anthropologist (mentalist) to wow the crowd, correctly guessing words and pictures that audience members drew. A little guest of the show, Wrigley, said “The show was very funny. This wasn’t my first magic show but I saw new tricks. My favorite trick was when he put the two metal rings together even though they didn’t have any place to open.” Draper said that it completely sold out within 10 hours a month before the show was even going to take place. “At 10 a.m. the following day there were no more tickets and I had hundreds of friends call wanting to try and get tickets who were surprised they were gone so fast,” Draper says. Draper loved seeing all the kids in the audience. He rarely does shows for kids so it was really fun to see that 30% of the audience was kids and really brought him back to his days of going to school at Holladay Elementary. Bryce Baxter, an audience member, said “I thought the show was really good.

It was really interesting utilized his anthropology of different cultures and how they predict different things within the show and how different people have different predictions there and how he discussed how those things also carry through when he goes to different countries like India and how he has to change his show to match the anthropology of that region.” Draper first found his love of magic as a young child reading books and teaching himself how to do the tricks he found. His very first show was at Holladay Elementary School on the stage in the lunch room when he was in 2nd grade. When he was in Mrs. Lorraine Billings classroom at the age of eight years old, she could tell he had a special talent and helped nurture him. She loved his performance so much she had him come back and do a show for her class every year from the age of eight until he graduated high school. Not only did this make him work harder to learn new tricks to continue to impress Billings students, but it continued to deepen his interest, skill, and love of magic. Draper performed a variety of tricks and mentalism to the crowd. He did tricks from guessing the correct card, to two metal hoops hooking together, to guessing who drew which pig by listening to the sounds of

the marker. “My favorite trick of the night was the letter, where he wrote the letter and described the woman’s outfit and what number she would guess and then had her read it,” Baxter says. For this trick, there was a card folded in half on his table for the entire show. At one point, he started asking people to yell out numbers and when one woman guessed a number, he brought her on stage and gave the card to her to read aloud. She read the card, which described her outfit down to a the color of puffy coat she had and scarf she was wearing, and correctly predicted that she was the one who would guess that number. Sheri Sohm, a member of the Holladay City Arts Council, stated that she loved the show and it was spectacular. “The ability he had to do the impossible like having the word in a little ball of paper that makes you think ‘how is that possible?’ His advice at the end where he said to do your passion and there is a place for everyone was great,” Sohm says. Draper would love to do a show again but says he would like to plan for two nights so everybody could attend. “I had a great experience to come on this great stage and have another chance to re-visit where the magic started,” Draper says.

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Holladay resident and business leader Kenneth O. Melby passed away on January 22nd. Few residents, past or present will leave a legacy as impactful as Ken. I thought it appropriate to focus my March article on his life and legacy. Ken grew up at 2433 East Kentucky Ave.; just a stones throw from the current Melby Family office complex. The half-acre site was gifted from his grandmother to his father when Ken was a young boy. He had many fond memories of growing up in Holladay. He attended Holladay Elementary (now City Hall), Irving Jr. High (now Olympus Jr. High) and Granite High School. Upon graduation he joined the power company, working 10 years as a lineman and foreman. Realizing that upward mobility would be limited by a lack of college credentials, he took a chance on his newfound passion for health and fitness. He followed childhood friend Ray Wilson to Dallas in pursuit of an opportunity in the newly evolving health club field. Four years later he would take what he had learned in Dallas to Indianapolis, to revive and restructure a struggling business. He would spend the next 24 years leveraging his business acumen and leadership skills in expanding a network of health clubs, both nationally and globally. As fate would have it, another opportunity brought Ken back to Holladay in 1978.. Ken Jr. commented that the family inquired on numerous occasions if he would prefer living in a warmer climate, the answer was always the same, “I just can’t leave Holladay.” When we incorporated in 1999, Ken was the first to offer a helping hand. Our first City Hall was located in a small office building he owned next to their corporate headquarters. He remodeled the building for the city before we had the funds to pay for it. I reached out to Holladay’s first Mayor, Liane Stillman, to inquire about her early recollections of the city and her relationship with Mr. Melby. She had this to say, “ Mr. Melby floated the city until we were able to collect enough taxes to afford rent, he donated a Christmas Tree and flower pots, he allowed us to use his parking for city events and donation drop offs. You name it, whatever we needed he was there for us!” When we purchased the old Holladay Elementary as our new City Hall, Ken donated all of the fitness equipment for the employee workout room. He fully supported the idea of incorporation and of Holladay establishing its own identity. He did all within his power to assist with a successful transition. Over many years the Melby Family acquired much of the commercial property that makes up the Holladay Village and Plaza area. The vision was to create a walkable community, a development that would offer amenities for our citizens to shop and dine where they live. He advocated for local businesses, always choosing to spend his money in the city whenever possible. He also had a desire to establish a city center, a place where residents could congregate and reinforce their sense of community. He was able to watch this area transform in to a vibrant public square. Asking Ken Jr. if he approved, “He was thrilled with the way the city was evolving”. Ken held a special place in his heart for our police officers. He donated generously to various law enforcement organizations and was a proud member of the Honorary Colonels. Mr. Melby built a diverse portfolio of holdings over a stellar 54-year business career. In Ken Jr.’s words “My father’s evaluations were based on sound business principles, the exception being Holladay. He insisted that investments in Holladay be top of the line, even when the return did not justify the capital outlay.” His love and commitment to the Holladay community are evident in the significant investments made in our city core. It stands as a lasting legacy to his desire to leave this city better than he found it. To that end, I say--- Job well Done!!! Thank You Mr. Kenneth O. Melby---Rest in Peace.. –Rob Dahle, Mayor

School Zone Safety By Chief Justin Hoyal, UPD Holladay Precinct As the Precinct Chief for Holladay City with the Unified Police Dept, and as a father of four children, I am always concerned about the safety of our children, especially when they are going to and from school. Here in the City of Holladay, many of our schools have designated school zones that require drivers to slow to 20 miles per hour (MPH) while in the designated area. Most of these school zones have crossing guards that help ensure our children cross the streets safely. It’s very important that motorists, whether it be parents taking kids to school, people going to work or just traveling through the community, are aware of the school zones and adhere to the 20 MPH speed limit. Recently, at the Unified Police Department and the City of Holladay, we have received several complaints about motorists exceeding the posted speed limit in the school zones. We have been working together with the Granite School District and the community to ensure that the safety of our children comes first. Also, as we are nearing end of winter, and as the weather begins to warm up, motorists tend to increase their speed. Officers from the Unified Police Department will be strictly enforcing the speed limits in these school zones. The Granite School District also wants citizens to be aware of school buses and parking. Be on high alert near schools. Along with adhering to school zone speed limits and directions from crossing guards, parents must be especially cautious in school loading zones. Children should always exit your vehicle directly onto the curb on the right side of the vehicle and should never be forced to cross in front of traffic to get to you. Please be courteous to other drivers and follow established rules to keep traffic flowing. Because drop off and pick up times can get busy, all potential distractions including cell phones should be put away. Failure to focus and follow traffic rules puts kids at risk. Additionally, all drivers need to be extra cautious around school buses, particularly when they are in our neighborhood areas picking up and dropping off students. Give them plenty of space and always adhere to bus warning lights. By law, drivers are required to stop when school bus warning lights and stop signs are activated. ALWAYS ASSUME kids are on or near school buses and pay extra attention when they are around. Statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide indicate that unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. We do not want any of our children to be one of these statistics. We are doing all we can to ensure the safety of our children but are asking you to do your part and adhere to the traffic regulations, school bus safety and speed limits when you are around our schools.

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2018 Community of the Year Award The Utah Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture/ Utah Community Forest Council (UCFC) presented the 2018 Community of the Year award to the City of Holladay during the annual Utah Green Conference on January 29th, 2019. The award recognizes outstanding tree care communities that have made a significant stride in enhancing the lives of its citizens by improving the care and public education of its urban forest. The City of Holladay was nominated for its efforts in addressing the loss of beneficial tree canopy through the adoption of a new “Tree Canopy Sustainability Ordinance” designed to help slow and eventually reverse the dramatic loss of historic and priceless tree canopy coverage from the impacts of climate change and construction activity experienced within the city limits over the last decade. “Holladay is home to one of the densest tree canopy covered communities in the Wasatch Front,” mentions Travis Jones, committee member of the Holladay Tree Board. The recognition appreciates that, “a tree preservation ordinance has been in the works for over four years and now that it has become adopted, it will protect and preserve one of the most amazing and valued assets in Holladay.”

Left to right: City of Holladay Tree Board members Dennis Roach and Travis Jones, with UCFC representatives Ty Nielsen (President) and DeeDee Richardson, and Mayor Rob Dahle. Supported by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, core community values of the Utah Chapter of the UCFC are devoted to promoting arboriculture in the state of Utah. More information can be found by visiting their website at ww.utahurbanforest.org.

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The Weekly Green Waste Collection Program will resume beginning Tuesday, March 19th for Holladay residents. Holladay currently has 915 out of the 5,939 district-wide subscribers. This is a subscription program that helps divert green waste from the landfill to be processed into mulch that can be purchased for use from the Salt Lake Valley and Trans-Jordan Landfills. At $114 per year, a green waste can is less expensive than an additional black refuse can at $204 per year. For more information on this program and composting, please visit our website at: http://wasatchfrontwaste.org/green-waste.


We are still seeing many situations where residents are placing their recycling materials in plastic bags. The recycling processing facilities will not accept plastic-bagged materials, and they often times forward them to the landfill, unopened. Please do not place anything in your recycling can that is wrapped in plastic bags. Questions? Contact our Sustainability Coordinator, Jeffrey Summerhays (jsummerhays@ wasatchfrontwaste.org or 385-468-6337)


Help! Help! The Holladay Historical Commission is looking for Photos, Movies and stories of Holladay and Cottonwood taken from 1941 to 1960. We are working on a DVD for our History Night and want to preserve them by digitizing them and making them available on our website. The Holladay Historical Commission History Website can be accessed from the Holladay City Website. Steps to access the Holladay-Cottonwood History Website at www.cityofholladay.com 1. Click on the “our Community” menu item 2. On the menu of items access “Historical Commission” Please contact one of the following members of the Holladay (Cottonwood) Historical Commission: LYLE MUMFORD 801-661-5387 TOM NELSON 801-277-0304 SANDY MEADOWS 801-277-2857

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Despite obstacles, Skyline boys volleyball club keeps going strong By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

The Skyline boys volleyball club doesn’t have the benefits sanctioned sports do, but the players have worked hard to become one of the best squads in the state. (Photo courtesy of Josh Henderson)


urrently, the Utah High School Activities Association sanctions 17 sports — with one more (lacrosse) on the way next school year — but boys volleyball isn’t one of them. That hasn’t stopped Skyline from putting together a successful club. The Skyline boys volleyball club consists of two teams and 18 players. Head coach Josh Henderson is in his fifth year leading the club. He said this well-established club was around long before he arrived. He’s happy with this year’s turnout but wishes he had a few more participants. “We’d like to have three full teams so

we can put kids in the right skill level and development,” he said. Henderson has a solid group of members who have played club ball for six seasons. He also has four players who are participating on a team for the first time ever. Ideally, he would have what is equivalent to a freshman/ sophomore team, a junior varsity team and a varsity team. As it is, he has a Gold team and a Silver team. His Gold team was second in the state tournament last season and consists of six seniors and two sophomores. The club competes against other clubs throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Gold teams

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play only Gold teams, and Silver teams play only Silver teams. There’s also a Bronze division where Henderson hopes to eventually have a squad. Volleyball clubs are run through Salt Lake County. Over a two-month season, the clubs play 14 regular season games, followed by a region tournament and then a state tournament; the latter is only for Gold division teams. Without sanctioned status, Skyline and other clubs run into some difficulties. “The biggest challenge is finding gym time for practice,” he said. “It’s hard to get time in the high school gym.” The Eagles currently practice once a week at a junior high and another time during the week at a church. Club members have to pay to rent the playing space. Henderson said he also has to contend with other sports for players. He said several other boys are interested in coming out for the club, but the spring schedule conflicts with their commitments to baseball, soccer or lacrosse. Some of his players are on the Skyline boys tennis team and have to miss time on the volleyball court in favor of time on the tennis court. Other players join the season late once basketball season ends. Still, Henderson likes his group and is optimistic about the Eagles’ chances. “We have a good group of returning boys,” he said. “We have good continuity.” Henderson highlighted three of his se-

niors in particular: outside hitter Kyler Osguthorpe, libero Jake McDonald and outside hitter Tim Lont. Osguthorpe has played for four years. Henderson likes his versatility and the fact he can also play middle and opposite hitter positions. McDonald is a threeyear player who leads the defense and is one of the team’s best serve-receive passers. Second-year player Lont is one of the best outside hitters in the league, Henderson said. Henderson also loves the play of sophomore Quade Sorenson. “[Sorenson] will be instrumental in the team’s success this year,” he said. “As the setter, he is in charge of running our offense. Along with setting, Quade has an imposing block that frustrates many outside hitters.” With a unique blend of experienced players and total newcomers, Henderson said he’ll spend most of the first part of the season working on some basic elements of the game. “The first month of the season will be a focus on fundamentals and technique,” he said. Henderson said he also wants to do a better job promoting the club at school and in the community. He hopes this will increase participation as well as make other people more aware of the club and the achievements the boys have made. . The Eagles get the season underway the first week of March. l

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Olympus qualifies 12 wrestlers for state tournament By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


he biggest event of the high school wrestling season is the state tournament, held Feb. 13–14 at Utah Valley University. But no one gets there without going through the divisionals first. The Olympus wrestling team placed fifth in Division B at the tournament, held Feb. 2 at West High School. A total of 12 Titans finished in the top eight of their respective weight classes, granting each one a ticket to state a week and a half later. As a team, the Titans amassed 199.5 points, 18.5 ahead of sixth-place Timpview and 37 points behind fourth-place Murray. Defending state champion Viewmont took first in Division B. While there were some surprises at the meet, no one expected anything less than a title in the 160-pound division from Olympus’ Isaac Wilcox. The senior has been ranked No. 1 in his class all season. Most observers consider him to be the state’s top wrestler, regardless of weight class or school classification. The two-time defending state champion took first at divisionals. His teammate Owen Hall was second in the same weight group. A second Olympus wrestler, Emerson Conlon, was runner-up in his weight division. Conlon placed second in the 220-pound

group, behind Kade Carlson of Corner Canyon. Meanwhile, Noah Paxton secured his spot at state by taking fourth in the 113-pound class. At 138 pounds, Jacob DeGraw turned in a fourth-place showing, while a pair of Titans, Isaac Wirthlin and Zach Reynolds, placed fifth at 132 pounds and 285 pounds, respectively. Ashton Haaga came in sixth in the 120-pound class. Stan Butera did just enough in the 170-pound group to advance to the state meet. Rounding out the Titans’ state qualifiers was a trio of eighth-place finishers. Cameron Wallace (152 pounds) and Tyson Dahle (195) just got in the group going to state. Also, Ashton Thorn joined DeGraw as Olympus’ second 138-pound qualifier. Last season, Olympus placed sixth at the 5A state tournament. Wilcox will be a heavy favorite to win his third state title. Depending on matchups, head coach Devin Ashcroft believes some of his other wrestlers have a shot of finishing high in the standings and earning points for the Titans. At the divisionals, only Murray finished in front of Olympus among Region 6 teams. l


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Lady Titans’ complete turnaround to playoff berth By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Christina Reynolds prepares to take a shot in a game against Murray earlier this season. (Photo by Ed Askew)


n the high school ranks, where in some regions all but one or two teams qualify for the state tournament, it’s not unusual to see a team finish in last place one year and reach the playoffs the next. But what the Olympus girls basketball

team has done this season is beyond ordinary. Last season, while the Olympus boys marched to an undefeated state title, the girls struggled through a 1-20 campaign. With some determined experienced players joining with talented newcomers, this year’s girls squad qualified for the state tournament — when there were still three games left to play in the season. The Titans finished the regular season with a 6-4 mark in Region 6 and 12-9 overall. These numbers may not jump off the page at the casual reader, but considering where the team was at the end of last season, it’s a remarkable achievement for head coach Whitney Hunsaker’s group. Olympus secured the No. 3 playoff seed from Region 6 as the Titans prepare for the Class 5A state tournament, which runs from Feb. 18 to Feb. 23. It’s been an enjoyable ride for Hunsaker and her players, and they’re thankful for the chance to continue their season. “We are beyond excited,” Hunsaker said. “We have all felt this year has gone by way too fast that we are not ready for it to end. So, we are super excited that we have the opportunity to extend the season a little bit longer and are just really grateful for the opportunity. When you don’t get to go, you realize you take that opportunity for granted,

so now that we are going, we are just happy we have the opportunity to make the season a little bit longer and continue to develop bonds with one another.” The season hasn’t been without some challenges. Olympus has found itself on the wrong end of a few lopsided losses. But those occasions have been much fewer than last year when the team took plenty of lumps. Plus, this season, the Titans have been on the winning side of some blowouts, including a 73-52 win over West on Feb. 1 and a 41-20 victory over Highland on Jan. 15. After starting the season 4-5, the Titans went 8-4 the rest of way in the regular season. In league play, the team has had several contributors. “Playing as a team has been a big key to success,” Hunsaker said. “Most games, we have a different leading scorer. That has been huge, because if (an opponent tries) to take one of our players out of the game, we have other players that are willing to step up. Being able to have multiple scorers and looking for each other has been a huge part of our success. Also, we have focused on having more pride on the defensive end. We have a goal each game of what we want to hold teams to, and we have done great so far.” Hunsaker said region has some difficult foes, but she believes the rigorous schedule

prepared her girls for state, where they’ll see plenty of skilled players. Still, her approach for state will be identical to the one she took all season. “I just try to teach the girls that state games are the same as region,” she said. “The sport is the same, and if we try to do things differently than what we do, we won’t go very far. So, our emphasis is to treat it like any other game. We want to focus on one possession at a time and not worry about the outcome until the outcome has actually come.” No matter what happens at state, Hunsaker is pleased with the girls’ attitudes and mindset and with the hard work they have put in at each game and practice. She’s particularly impressed with her seniors, who have weathered some difficult storms and stayed positive. “Honestly, I am just so proud of them,” she said. “I have really gained a deep appreciation and a great love for these girls. Obviously, I will love them no matter what, but their work ethic and their focus has been incredible. I just owe them so much for building the program that I wanted to build. They make their teammates better and encourage them to work hard. They have been a huge part to our success this year that I am simply so proud.” l

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Skyline swimmers finish third at 5A state meet By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ast year, the Skyline swim program saw a long streak come to an end. This time around, the boys and girls couldn’t quite get back to the top of the standings but still showed why the Eagles have one of the best programs in the state. Skyline placed third on both the boys’ and girls’ side at the Class 5A state meet, held Feb. 8–9 at BYU. It’s the same spot where boys finished a year ago; the girls dropped slightly from their second-place showing last season. From 2014 through 2017, both the boys and girls won class 4A titles each year. Though that streak ended last season and didn’t restart at this meet, the Eagles still have quite an amazing stretch of success in the high school ranks. Going back to 2011, Skyline boys and girls have placed no lower than third at state. This time around, the Skyline girls accumulated 212 points, 40 behind second-place Timpview and 42 behind the champions from Wasatch. The boys tallied 239 points, a distant third behind second-place Cottonwood (293 points) and the champions from Brighton (310). Skyline garnered points thanks to some stellar individual and relay performances. For the girls team, the 200-yard medley relay team placed fifth with a time of 1:52.44, less than four seconds behind the next team in front of it. Senior Abby Bowler, freshman Lucy Johnson, junior Liza Slade and sophomore Amanda Lucas

combined to earn 28 points in the event for the Eagles. In the 200 freestyle, Becca Goodson came close to an individual title. The senior finished the race in 55.40 seconds, 1.16 seconds behind the winner. Bowler and sophomore Emily Harvey picked up some points for Skyline in the 200 individual medley. They finished 12th and 13th, respectively. In what may be the most challenging stroke, Harvey finished 10th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.44. In the endurance-filled 500 free, Skyline girls fared well. Junior Caroline Luman placed third with a time of 5:14.36, while Goodson was right behind her in fourth place at 5:14.42. Skyline also made a good showing in the 200 freestyle relay, placing fifth with a time of 1:42.69. Two Skyline girls finished in the top 10 of the 100 backstroke: Bowler was fifth (58.83 seconds), and Slade was ninth (1:01.10). Sophomore Angie Fregoso and Johnson went 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. The girls wrapped up the day with a fourthplace finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:41.26. Luman, Slade, Bowler and Goodson made up the relay team. Some of the best boys team performances included the 200 medley relay team of Jake Diaz, Tyler Gardner, Henry Springmeyer and Kade Colarusso, which came in second with a


time of 1:37.39. The boys’ 400 free relay team was seventh with a time of 3:20.92. Xave Barker, Brandon Bills, Truman Pugsley and Parker Rowland teamed up for that event. Pugsley was also ninth in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.64, while Gardner made it into the top 10 of the 200 IM, finishing the race in 2:02.23 to earn seven points for his team. The Skyline boys made some noise in the 50 free. This exciting sprint race saw Colarusso and Springmeyer go 2-3 in the event, ending up with times of 21.59 seconds and 22.03 seconds, respectively. Springmeyer was also third in the 100 fly at 53.46 seconds, while Colarusso was third in the 100 free with a time of 47.98 seconds. Pugsley, a junior, was seventh in the 500 free. He finished the race in 4:59.43, 13 seconds behind the winner. In the 200 free relay, freshman Noah Williams joined Colarusso, Barker and Springmeyer to finish second, swimming the event in 1:28.06. They were just .14 seconds out of first place. Two Eagles had strong showings in the 100 breast. Gardner was second at 59.05 seconds, and his teammate Alex Turney, a freshman, was third with a time of 1:00.25. Skyline loses some firepower off this squad but also returns some talent next season as the boys and girls look to regain their championship form. l

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is a quick fix. I enjoy focusing on patient care and spending the time to figure out what’s wrong. We want to find the proper adjustment to help people get better. And once they feel better, we want to help them stay that way,” said Dr. Hendricks. The Joint Cottonwood doesn’t go through insurance companies, and they accept FSA and HSA payments. “We have a wellness plan where patients can get four adjustments per month for $69. That really makes it affordable when you break it down by visit. We really aim to be a model that is convenient and affordable,” said Dr. Hendricks. Dr. Hendricks hopes that anyone experiencing pain will stop by and get help. “Our mission is to help people get better. We have a simple, straightforward approach for licensed, quality care at an affordable price,” said Dr. Hendricks. For more information, stop by The Joint Chiropractic office at 6910 S. Highland Dr. in Cottonwood Heights, call them at 801-9433163 or visit their website www.thejoint.com/ utah/cottonwood-heights. l

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Titan swimmers cap off season with stellar showing at state meet By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


hen you take 20 teams and pit them against one another in a two-day tournament, you know there will be some stiff competition. Only one team will come out on top, so there’s little shame in not reaching first place. Both the Olympus boys and girls swim teams placed in the top five of the Class 5A standings at the state meet, held Feb. 8 and 9 at BYU. Out of 20 teams, the girls placed fifth, while the boys were fourth. The girls tied last year’s mark, which was their highest finish since taking fifth in 2013. The boys, meanwhile, equaled fourth-place efforts from 2016 and 2017. Prior to those two years, they hadn’t finished higher than eighth at state since 2009. The girls earned 186 points, 19 behind fourth-place Cottonwood and 28 in front of Bountiful. They started things off with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, where swimmers Nieve Courtney, Maili Simons, Alyssa Kotter and Daria Wozniak combined to finish the event in 1:48.91, 1.69 behind the second-place team. Their performance earned the team 32 key points. In the 200 freestyle relay, Taylor Etherington, Madeleine Moran, Sam Sanderson and Nicole Strong joined forces to swim the race in

1:43.90, giving them 10th place. Individually, Simons placed 10th in the 200 individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:15.67 for seven points. Wozniak was ninth in the 50 free, swimming the sprint in 24.68 seconds. She was also ninth in the 100 free with a time of 54.96 seconds. Kotter, just a sophomore, also placed ninth in an event. She did so in the 100 butterfly, finishing the race in 59.83 seconds, a mere .01 seconds behind the girl in front of her. Two Lady Titans were in the top nine of the 500 free. Kotter was seventh with a time of 5:24.16, while her teammate McKenzie Fowler, a senior, was ninth with a time of 5:32.94. Regan Marberger swam the event in 5:34.92, good enough for 12th place and five points. Courtney, only a freshman, showed her prowess in the 100 backstroke. She earned 11 points by finishing in eighth place with a time of 1:00.18. But perhaps the best showing of the day came in the 100 breaststroke where Simons was runner up, thanks to a time of 1:05.46. Moran was seventh at 1:09.46. The 400 free relay was the final event of the meet. The Olympus girls were fifth with a time of 3:41.84. Strong, Kotter, Sanderson and Wozniak picked up 28 points for the Titans.

The boys had 173 points but were quite a ways behind third-place Skyline, which ended up with 239. The boys’ 200 medley relay team was third with a time of 1:38.21. Ryan Garstang, Bridger Sink, Evan VanBrocklin and Alex Cromar were just 1.03 seconds behind the first-place swimmers. In the 400 free relay, the Titans were fourth with a time of 3:18.29. VanBrocklin, Garstang, Sterling Burleigh and Cromar garnered 30 points for the boys. Cromar was the top individual finisher of all Titan swimmers at state. His 21.57 performance in the 50 free earned him first place. He was just 1.14 seconds behind the state record, which was set 22 years ago. He also won the 100 free with a time of 47.25, 0.41 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Meanwhile, VanBrocklin displayed his stamina by completing the 500 free 4:57.94, which gave him sixth place. Junior Ian Johnson was 10th in the event for Olympus. Garstang had a great 200 IM race. He finished in 1:56.36, which gave him the runner-up position. He was also second in the 100 back, finishing the event in 51.57 seconds. Sink raced in the final individual event of the day, the 100 breast. He placed fifth at 1:01.90. l

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Titans win another region boys basketball title, have eyes on bigger prize By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


nother season, another region championship for the Olympus boys basketball team. The Titans completed the Region 6 schedule with an unblemished 10-0 record to win a league crown for the fifth straight season. Olympus shared a Region 7 title in 2015 and now has four consecutive Region 6 championships on top of that. In fact, the Titans have back-to-back-to-back undefeated region seasons and haven’t lost a league game since a 66-57 defeat at the hands of Murray on Feb. 5, 2016. Though Olympus had some closer calls against region foes this season than it did a year ago when it won by an average score of 89-54, the team still outpaced opponents in Region 6 by 30 points per game. By winning yet another league title, Olympus heads into the Class 5A state tournament as the No. 1 seed from the region where they’ll square off with the No. 4 seed from Region 5 on Feb. 26 at Weber State University. The single-elimination tournament runs through March 2 when the title game takes place.

The Titans will look to return to consecutive 5A championships and are aiming to reach the final game for the fourth year in a row. The Titans also won the state championship during the 2015–16 season. Olympus clinched this latest title with a 74-55 victory at second-place East on Feb. 15. The Titans started off a little slowly, leading 37-32 at halftime, but picked up the pace in the third quarter with a 26-12 run. With the potent duo of Jeremy Dowdell and Rylan Jones, both seniors, there’s little reason to believe Olympus won’t once again be the top contender in 5A. Jones had 30 in the region championship-clinching triumph over East, while Dowdell had 27. Their performances were indicative of how they played all year. Dowdell is the leading scorer in the entire state, pouring in almost 30 points an outing. He also set the Utah state record for three-pointers in a career. With two games left to play in the regular season, he had already made 289 during his time at Olympus, breaking the previous record of 271.

He made at least two three-pointers in every game this season. Jones has been an all-around dynamo for the Titans since he joined the team as a sophomore. Not only is he second on the team and fifth in Class 5A at 20.7 points per game, but he also packs the stat sheet in other areas. Jones tallies nearly eight rebounds and more than eight assists an outing. He also leads the state with three steals a game. He had 11 double-doubles heading into the final two games and even posted a rare triple-double on Jan. 25 against East with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Deservedly, Dowdell and Jones get an enormous amount of attention, but fellow senior Noah Bennee does a lot of the dirty work. He scores more than six points a game, racks up nearly seven rebounds an outing and makes things difficult for opposing offenses. The Titans enter the state tournament with an overall record of 21-2 and winners of 19 games in a row. l


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March 2019 | Vol. 16 Iss. 03


SNOW DAY CLOSES SCHOOLS: in Holladay and all of Granite District By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


t’s every kid’s dream come true: school is cancelled due to snow. After the massive snowstorm that blanketed the Salt Lake Valley began on Feb. 5, it was apparent the safety of students getting to and from school was compromised, and a snow day was called for Feb. 6. “All Granite District schools are closed on Wednesday, Feb. 6 due to significant snow accumulation, which has hampered our transportation and maintenance departments’ ability to start,” was the message sent out by Ben Horsley, director of communications for GSD. Principals and staff were asked to be at school in case any students showed up. Skyline Assistant Principal Lynda Tierney simply said, “It was not a snow day for administration. Regular work day for us.” Skyline social studies teacher Brodie Reid was at school; that is, after his hour-long commute from Sandy. “Worst roads I can remember. I made it to the Eagles’ Nest just in time to get the message that school was cancelled,” Reid said. Being at school without all the students “was certainly weird — it felt like the Twilight Zone, but Skyline has been my second home since the 1990s. It ended up being a very productive day planning curriculum,” said Reid. One common thread from all GSD employees was gratitude for the facilities staff who worked all day clearing the snow. “I would like to thank the custodial staff — Gerry Hutchins and his crew — for their hard work. They do a fantastic job,” said Reid. Cris Bromley works in the office at Churchill Jr. High and was at school all day. “Our custodian, Lee Leafty, should really be recognized for going above and beyond. Lee showed up at 2:30 a.m. and spent until 3:00 p.m. moving snow,” Bromley said. Bromley said she could only remember one other snow day in the 29 years she’s been with GSD. To get the word out, most schools used online messaging in addition to their phone bank. “We had only one student show up for school. We had four teachers show up and they worked most of the day,” said Bromley. Olympus High Principal Steve Perschon thought it was a good decision. “With young drivers, I think it was a great decision to keep them safe and avoid more accidents,” said Perschon. Susan Thomas at the Utah School for the Deaf and Kids from Crestview and Rosecrest used the snow day on Feb. 6 to sled Blind (USDB) said their social media notices were success- with the crowds at Sugarhouse Park. (Photo Courtesy of Steph Strasser) ful. “Now that USDB has developed a strong community on

social media, and (with) the new www.usdb.org website designed during the past year, the snow day alerts went better than ever!” Thomas said. Principal Paulette McMillan of Cottonwood Elementary said, “When I arrived at school, I began making phone calls to see if the word had gotten out. Everyone I called said that they had received the message. That was a huge relief! I did not have one child show up at school nor did I receive one phone call all day.” During her hour-and-a-half commute, she saw several families digging their way out of their driveways. “I would like to thank my custodian, Michael Perry, for his diligence and monumental effort to get snow cleared from our campus,” said McMillan. The only teacher who had a hard time was Ben Torgerson of Wasatch Jr. High. But that wasn’t because of GSD — it was because his kids are in Alpine School District, the only area district that didn’t cancel school that day. As for the kids’ snow day dream come true, many of them spent the day out playing in the snow. “I know the kids and parents enjoyed sledding on the back hill at Churchill. It seems like they were here most of the day,” said Bromley. Crestview Elementary parent Steph Strasser said her kids tried “snow swimming” in the backyard. When that didn’t work, they joined the many kids sledding at Sugarhouse Park. Oakwood Elementary Principal Tod Cracroft said a snow day can be fun for staff, too, if they have a sense of humor. “Several of my principal friends created social media posts showing humorous situations: mixing up books in the library, napping, dancing on the snowy playground while the theme from ‘Frozen’ played in the background. Really funny stuff,” said Cracroft. His contribution? “I made a video and changed the lyrics to our Friday song to communicate our snow day circumstance and invite students back for Thursday,” said Cracroft. You can watch him play and sing at www.facebook.com/ OakwoodElementary. l

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