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LADY TITANS CAPTURE FIFTH STRAIGHT state tennis championship By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


he Olympus girls tennis team has built quite a dynasty. The Titans added to their hardware by capturing yet another state tournament title at this year’s Class 5A tournament, held Oct. 4, 6 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. Olympus now has an impressive string of five consecutive state championships. It won the 5A crown last season after capturing top honors in Class 4A in 2014–2016. The Titans were also runners-up in 2013, nearly making this a six-year streak. This year’s championship was actually a tie, but the Titans will take it. Olympus shared the 5A crown with Timpview, as both teams tallied 16 points at the two-day tournament. Alta and Corner Canyon were a distant third with nine points apiece. Two Olympus players won individual championships, giving the team eight of its 16 points. Second singles competitor Katie Longson, a senior who went 10-1 during the regular season, was first in her division. Teammate Anzley Stohl, a sophomore, won it all in her division after going a perfect 11-0 during the regular season. Longson didn’t lose a set at state until she got to the finals. She breezed in the first round, winning over her opponent from Viewmont 6-1, 6-0. In the second round, she prevailed over her competition from Wasatch by the score of 6-3, 6-3. She took care of business in the semifinals by the same 6-3, 6-3 score over Alta’s Brinley Horton, who had lost just one match all year. She

faced stiff competition in the finals against Sophie Hastings of Highland, but outlasted her 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to bring home the top prize. It was a great way to cap off her senior season, especially after coming up just short a year ago when she lost in the finals in third singles. Stohl had no trouble in the first round against a player from Maple Mountain, prevailing 6-0, 6-0. The second round was much tougher, as Sarah Ovard, an undefeated player from Alta, took her to three sets before Stohl managed a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory. Stohl was strong in the semifinals, winning 6-0, 6-2 over Abby Wiles of Corner Canyon. Then, in the finals, she took down Timpview’s Avery Pope 6-0, 4-6, 6-2. In first singles, senior Emma Jewel, who lost just once during the regular season, reached the semifinals before bowing out to Emilee Astle of Alta 7-5, 7-5. Jewel won her first two matches easily, blanking an opponent from Cottonwood 6-0, 6-0 and routing a player from Skyridge 6-2, 6-0. The second doubles pair of Addie Zimmerman (a junior) and Abby Harris (a senior) went 8-3 on the season and reached the semifinals at state. They won in round one 6-0, 6-1 and in the second round 6-2, 6-2. Their season came to an end with a loss to a pair from Woods Cross, 6-4, 6-4. First singles teammates Jane Reese (a junior) and Cambry Robbins (a sophomore) posted a 9-4 regular season record. They qualified for state but lost in the first round 6-1, 6-1. l

Olympus girls tennis tied with Timpview to share another state championship, making this their fifth straight state championship. (Photo courtesy Jenny Watts)

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Never too late to start on your dreams for Ron Moulton By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com The Cottonwood-Holladay City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Cottonwood and Holladay. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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on Moulton grew up in Holladay in the 1940s. He says he loved growing up in the 40s and wouldn’t change it for anything. He made a career as a draftsman for an engineering firm for 45 years here in Utah. He loves the summer and all it has to offer and can often be found fishing or hiking — he just didn’t have the time to paint during that season. Although Moulton has a separate career and passions, he always found time to paint throughout the winter season. Moulton has been creating art and taking classes throughout his life. The Holladay Arts Council recently named Moulton its Artist of the Month. He says he has always been interested in art, even as a little boy. He started his art career about 15 years ago when he could really dedicate the time to painting. As he began to gather a body of artwork, he started reaching out to festivals and workshops to sell his paintings. He says he even sold them on the side of a road outside a festival. He has also had a summertime art gallery in his driveway and garage for many summers and hopes to bring it back next summer. Moulton takes special requests from pictures of sceneries throughout the year. He travels throughout the year and always takes pictures of beautiful nature scenery to use as his inspiration. He can see an old fence post with a flower growing next to it and find inspiration. He is also a plein air artist, where he takes his paint palette, palette knife and canvas out in nature and paints from there. He says he can often finish a painting in two to three hours, although one painting took him five years to completely finish. He says a painting “is not finished until you stop painting. I just paint until I think it’s done, look at it, put it up, bring it back out a few days later and do some touch-ups on it and then it’s done.” Moulton also finds inspiration in friends’ lives. His favorite piece of art, “Book of Life, Brighten Your Colors,” has great meaning for him. His previous boss and friend had a neardeath experience and shared with him what he saw while in a coma. Moulton worked tirelessly

“Neighborhood House with a Hollyhocks.” (Courtesy of Ron Moulton)

to try and recreate what his friend saw and this piece is the final outcome. “It was a magnificent array of color. This is your Book of Life and the colors were just drifting up the screen. The brighter colors are the good things that you have done and the darker colors are the things that are not quite where you want them to be,” he says. Moulton is a sweet and positive man with a

true desire to bring joy to others’ lives through his love of nature and art. He loves spending time outside in the summer and spending time with his grandchildren. He is extremely flattered to have earned Holladay’s Artist of the Month. Moulton’s art can be found at artbyronmoulton.com. To nominate an Artist of the Month, email holladayartscouncil@gmail.com. l

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A new family tradition comes to town: Legend of Sleepy Holladay By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com


he University First Federal Credit Union held its first Legend of Sleepy Holladay, a free event for everyone to celebrate the Holladay community. The event, held on Oct. 12, 2018, 1–5 p.m., was filled with treats, Halloween movie–themed trick-or-treating, mini pumpkin decorating, lawn games and a drawing for a variety of prizes. Families, friends and employees gathered on this sunny day to get in the Halloween spirit. The event got busier as the day went on and children got out of school. Kristin Foster, branch manager, said the inaugural event had about 60 visitors. Emma Shaver brought her two children. They were all dressed up for Halloween and excited for the events. The children loved getting candy from the themed trick-ortreating booth and enjoyed decorating pumpkins. When asked if they were having a good time, they both said a loud “YES” with big smiles on their faces. Foster helped create the theme of the day and make the arrangements for this fun community event. “All of the different branches will be holding different events throughout the year. This is the first year we are doing Halloween and something we are trying to do annually and make it more of a tradition to get out into the community more,” she said. Foster and the other employees were dressed up in fun Halloween

costumes to go along with the theme. Financial advisor Mike Stringham, with his wife, Heather, and his family came to get in the Halloween spirit. “The weather was very nice and it’s a great community event,” he said. As his family enjoyed the yard games, other families were trick-or-treating. Another family was enjoying decorating the mini pumpkins, while other children were picking out a big sugary baked good. The theme was centered on Halloween movies, which is how Andrea Wall, lead teller, came up with the creative title for the event. Once the theme of Halloween movies was decided, they needed to have a title. Wall came up with the idea from the movie “Sleepy Hollow” and everyone loved the clever play on words immediately. The movie-themed trick-or-treating booth was decked out with movies across the decades. Movies like “Psycho,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Hotel Transylvania” and “The Night Before Christmas” were all there for interests across the ages. Each movie had its own bowl for a nice variety of treats for those trick-or-treating. “We were trying to come up with an idea that fit all ages. So like when we did the movies we went all the way back to the 1950s and did ‘Psycho.’ We were trying to hit all ages with the yard games and the sugary treats and the pump-

Craft station with paints and mini pumpkins. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)

kin painting to try to bring it home to the families. We are hoping to do this next year to help bring the community together,” Foster said. The community event is tentatively sched-

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Annual Harvest Festival supports the Wasatch Charter School By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com


he annual Harvest Festival benefiting the Wasatch Charter School was held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission for all. The event is usually held on the first or second Saturday in October and has been going on for four years. The event was filled with fun fall activities, creative crafts, holiday shopping and gift wrapping, delicious autumn food and a bake sale. Megan Zurkan, parent at the school who is also the fundraising chair, was in charge of the event. She said the Wasatch Family Foundation is a private 501c3 set up to support Wasatch Charter School, which is also a 501c3. “It’s really just a great opportunity to bring our community within the school as well as our community at large together to celebrate to the seasonal change of the harvest,” she said. “Most of the vendors pay to be at the event like a farmers market. All the school-sponsored elements, like our gift wrapping, our ticket sales, our activities for the children, our bake sale, our food service here for lunch, those are all donations here for the school. Most of the activities are for the wristbands for the children. The activities like jump rope making, silk dying, and bake sale ranges from $1–15,” Zurkan said. Kelly Rollins of Kelly Joy Crochet had her first booth at this year’s Harvest Festival.

“I love getting out and meeting customers and meeting new families and sharing my stuff,” she said. “Because most of the time I sell online so this is kind of my first outing with all of my crocheting gifts and it’s been really fun to see people’s reaction to my stuff.” She said a kindergarten teacher came in and bought all of the animals she had and then walked around the festival telling everyone about them. Another first-time vendor to the festival, Maureen with Two Larks, was invited by her neighbor to come to the event. “It is a really lovely community — there are some real beautiful people here. You can just tell that there is a fun energy here,” she said. The weather was a perfect fall day for the festival with crowds of people continuing to show up to the event. The fair was filled with entertainment, food, music, treats, games, face painting and crafts for the children. There was an area for kids to play games, get their face painted, make their own jump ropes and do silk dying. There was a lunch option and bake sale going on inside the school. Different groups of children went on stage to sing and perform for the audience. The event even had a family making fresh apple juice, which seemed to be a huge hit with constant lines. “We will continue to do this event and do two main events every year for fundraising. We

Chella enjoyed the face painting. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)

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auction, we have a dinner that will be provided by Cannella’s restaurant downtown. We have a live auction. It’s a great night,” Zurkan said. l


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MAYOR’S MESSAGE November is a month of thanksgiving, a time to pause and reflect on the many blessings we share as citizens of this great land. It seems perfectly timed, as the tenor of our politics can begin to drag us down. With the election season winding down, let’s approach the holiday season with a rejuvenated sense of hope and optimism. Our 19th Annual Interfaith Service (see adjacent details) reinforces an important message, that strength in the common values that bind us together are far stronger than the influences that seek to separate us. Nine faiths will come together to celebrate strength in diversity, to remind us that differing philosophies do not foreclose the opportunity to work together for the common good. Through their example we can re-focus our core tenets; respect for others, tolerance, and empathy, the values that undergird a healthy and vibrant community. The Interfaith Council reminds us to be hopeful, to aspire to higher levels of service, to be open and respectful of alternative views. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the good that is going on in our community each and every day. Sometimes what we seek is right in front of us, we just have to pause, take some time to look around and choose to see it. When you do, I’m confident, you will agree that we have much to be thankful for. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Weekend!!! –Rob Dahle, Mayor

19th Annual Holladay Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday November 18, 2018 • 6:00 pm First Congregational Church 2150 South Foothill Drive The keynote speaker will be Peggy Fletcher Stack with musical performance by the Bulbuli Bosnia Choir. Additionally, the service includes readings, prayers and a youth speaker. Peggy Fletcher Stack has spent her entire journalism career discovering and documenting ways believers connect to the divine. After earning degrees from the University of Utah in English and sociology, Stack studied American religious history at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She was the editor at a medical ethics think tank, writer at United Methodist Communications and associate editor at the Episcopal Church’s “Books and Religion” magazine. Since 1991, Stack has worked full time as a religion writer for The Salt Lake Tribune, launching the newspaper’s award-winning Faith section. Writing about contemporary faith, rituals, and spirituality, as well as religion’s conflicts and cohesion, continues to be Stack’s passion.

to support the Food Pantry at Cottonwood High School. The pantry allows students to get basic food items for them and their families. 50% of the kids at Cottonwood qualify for free or reduced lunch. Many of these (250-300) kids are from a refugee background.


Food pantry items needed in Cottonwood High School Pantry: • Boxed dinners, Spaghetti and canned spaghetti sauce, hamburger helper, pasta roni • Canned fruit (prefer cans you have to open with can opener). • Protein bars, pancake mix, syrup, jelly, and honey. • Cake mixes, frosting, muffin mixes, cookie mixes.

Each November, the Holladay City Interfaith Council sponsors a food drive in connection with their annual Interfaith Service. In past years, the generous food donations that are collected at these services have been given to the Utah Food Bank. This year, Holladay City Council would like

If you are attending the Interfaith Service on Sunday, November 18th, please bring a donation for the Cottonwood High School food pantry. Your generous donation will ensure that no one in our community will go hungry this holiday season.

Big Cottonwood Trail Now Open The City of Holladay has re-opened its new and improved Big Cottonwood Trail through Knudsen Park, located at approximately 6300 South and Holladay Blvd. Knudsen Park is nearly complete, featuring water and bike repair stations near the trail, among other amenities. The final stage of construction will commence in Spring 2019, with a formal Park opening anticipated in May. Please visit www.knudsenpark.com for more project information.

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Fall Leaf Collection The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin on October 16 and last through November 30. Holladay City WILL NOT have a drop-off location for Leaf Bags this year. Bags can be dropped off at the following locations through November 30: • Millcreek - Cottonwood Ball Complex: 4400 S. 1300 E. • Cottonwood Heights - Bywater Park: 3149 E. Banbury Rd. (7420 S.)

Annual TREE LIGHTING Festival Monday, November 26, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Carols – Evergreen Jr. High School Beliebers Choir Hot Chocolate Santa

PLEASE DO NOT drop off bags at City Hall.

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 W. Brett Graham, District 2 bgraham@cityofholladay.com 801-898-3568 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Good and Bad Holiday Foods for the Fur-Kids By Salt Lake County Animal Services Fall is in the air, and the holidays are around the corner. Here’s a few quick tips on what to keep out of your pet’s mouth. Those tasty, fatty, rich foods from the holidays can cause some serious upset tummies, or even worse, a visit to the emergency vet. AVOID: • Candy: Chocolate contains a substance, theobromine, that can be toxic to pets. Dark, semi-sweet, and Baker’s chocolate can be lethal to pets if ingested. • Drippings: Those fatty leftovers from your meal can cause vomiting and diarrhea. • NO BONES: Do not give your pet bones from leftover holiday birds, they can splinter once ingested and cause internal injuries, even death. • Stuffing, pudding, relish, pickles, sauces, and anything with onions, grapes, raisins. Your pet can eat some holiday foods in moderation: sweet potatoes, white potatoes, pumpkin (before adding fatty things like cream), cranberries, chard, kale, green beans, and a wee bite of turkey, ham, or other meats. If you have additional questions, please consult with your veterinarian.

UPCOMING EVENTS November 16-17: MEOW-VEMBER Cat Adoption Event Find your PURR-FECT friend at Salt Lake County Animal Services during MEOWVEMBER! All day Friday and Saturday, we will have staff stationed in the cattery area to help you find the perfect kitty for YOU! While supplies last, we will be giving away goody bags with food, treats, blankets, and toys! It’s pick your price adoption fees for our cats and kittens which means you can adopt a kitty for as little as $1! November 27: Giving Tuesday Are you a cat person or a dog person? This year during Giving Tuesday, we’re having a contest to see who gets more votes, CATS or DOGS. Money raised from this event will go into our Injured Animal Fund at Salt Lake County Animal Services. How can you participate? We’ll have staff set-up at Tinkers Cat Cafe (302 E 900 S) and Bjorns Brew (2165 S State St) from 10 AM - 2 PM taking monetary or in-kind donations, then we’ll take the party to RoHa Brewing Project (30 Kensington Ave) from 5 PM - 8 PM. Visit AdoptUtahPets.org for more information or visit our online donation page and enter “cats” or “dogs” in the comment section when you make your donation. Questions? Email animal@slco.org.

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Professional carvers sculpt pumpkins into art By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


rofessional pumpkin carvers have been busy at the Utah State Fairpark (155 N. 1000 West) during Pumpkin Nights, showing how pumpkin sculpting is done. Tickets to see these carvers in action are available for the event until Nov. 4. Just beyond the ticket entrance, one can walk by the current projects of an artist sculpting massive gourds. It’s a great beginning, before heading through a visually stimulating, pumpkin-themed park. Ashlen Clark is an artist who contributes to the sculpting and groundwork that goes into Pumpkin Nights. “We start planning everything in February—that’s when we start carving (synthetic) pumpkins. We do the event in four cities: Auburn (California), Denver, LA, and here in Salt Lake City. There are over 3,000 pumpkins in each city. In addition to that, is our bigger sculptures. We start with the little stuff, then move into the bigger sculptures like our giant squid and nine foot jack-o’-lantern,” Clark said. She offered tips for anyone planning to carve pumpkins, to help make things go smoothly. “Have an idea of what you want and draw it out first. A lot of it is just putting personality into it, and having lots of fun,” she encouraged. Guests can come to Pumpkin Nights and see up close details of how a carving artist works. Upon inspection, people will notice that pumpkins are not sculpted using just a paring

knife or a vegetable peeler. On real pumpkins, artists use special clay tools that, well, resemble a vegetable peeler. But the tools are different than regular kitchen gadgets, spectators are told. Pumpkin Nights is a good place to ask an artist about what tools he or she uses and how to use them. Nine-year-old Rorey from Sandy visited Pumpkin Nights and was among many children who stopped to observe, ask questions and react over the carving demo. “It’s very satisfying to watch,” Rorey said. One of the artists giving a live demonstration was Adam Smith who patiently answered kids’ questions about creating the intricate and massive pumpkin sculptures. “I’ve been sculpting pumpkins like this, the 3D stuff, for about six years—carving professionally for 10. I got into pumpkin carving, and that influenced me going into different mediums like clay and wood,” Smith said. He described how pumpkin sculpting is unique. “With clay, you build up and you add things to it whereas pumpkins, it’s like wood or a marble carving, where you take it away,” Smith explained. More of Smith’s art can be seen on the Facebook page, The Pumpkin Smith - Pumpkin Carver. Watching a pumpkin artist is a unique opportunity and an alternative to suspense-laden

Kids watch Adam Smith, a professional carver, create sculptures at Pumpkin Nights. (Amy Green/City Journals)

haunted houses. It’s festive without the horror of a jumpy attraction. People seem to love watching an everyday pumpkin evolve into whimsical shapes. It is also a bonus for younger children, as there is no intense scary stuff. Anyone can look on, unafraid, while an artist peels away layers of pumpkin (that luckily don’t bleed or scream).

It is an experience that might spark a “like a kid again” feeling for adults. One might crave to have a relaxing night at home, sitting down and getting “artistic”... or just elbow deep in messy, slimy, stringy (yet wonderfully quiet) vegetable guts. For more information, go to pumpkinnights.com/salt-lake-city. l

Utah mayors sign agreement to work on idle free initiatives By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

It’s so very important for our citizens to understand the impact of idling on their children,” said Diane Turner, council chair of Murray. Murray and other cities were recognized Sept. 18 for idle-free initiatives. The 11th annual event also showcased winners from this year’s student poster contest. Eight Utah cities were recognized on Sep. 18 by the governor’s office at an event held at the City and County Building in Salt Lake City. The event was the 11th annual Idle-Free Governor’s Declaration. Seventy-one Utah cities have committed to put idle-free practices into effect. The eight cities recognized for their clean air efforts were Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Logan, Murray, Park City, Salt Lake City and Sandy. The event also highlighted a poster contest for students in the Cache Valley area. The contest, sponsored by Prof. Roslynn Brain McCann and Ed Stafford of Utah State University, encouraged students to make posters with idle free and clean air themes. This year’s poster contest garnered 550 entries. “The contest engages students who are just learning to drive, so it’s a great opportunity for education,” said McCann. “We gave those who participated a post evaluation, and all of them reported improved understanding of idlefree practices.” The contest also gave them an outlet to

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Eight cities were recognized Sept. 18 for their idle-free efforts. L to R, back row: Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights; Vicki Bennett, director of sustainability, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office; Zach Robinson of Sandy City Council; Mayor Rob Dahle of Holladay; Luke Carlton, city manager for Park City. Front row: Mayor D. Blair Camp of Murray; Dr. Laura Nelson, energy adviser, Governor’s Office of Energy Development. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

practice marketing skills. Entries came from art, business and environmental science classes. McCann hopes the contest will be available to more school districts in the future, and urges schools to reach out to her at roslynn.mccann@ usu.edu if they want more information. Other speakers at the event included Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Dr. Laura Nelson of the Governor’s Energy Office, Thom Carter of UCAIR, Representative Patrice Arent of the bipartisan Utah Clean Air Caucus, Steve Bergstrom of Intermountain Healthcare and McCann. Intermountain Healthcare’s representative said they have 750 fleet vehicles that do 12 million miles annually. “Idling is costly because idling equals zero miles per gallon,” Bergstrom said. With improved monitoring and education, some numbers have improved. “Where home care was idling their vehicles a total of 120 hours per month, now they are down to 45 hours per month. We see the effects of poor air quality every day in the patients we treat, and would rather not have to be treating the results of bad air,” said Bergstrom. Mayors who were recognized were quick to give their constituents the credit for clean air efforts. “I think the idle-free ordinance sends a message that every individual has a part to play and it can’t just be someone else’s problem. You can be a part of the solution. For example, we have a mom here in the Holladay area, Crystal Bruner Harris, who has started idle-free events at schools,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. (See Holladay Journal article on Crystal Bruner Harris, “Clean Air Crusader.”)

Murray Mayor D. Blair Camp also recognized a dedicated member of his community. “We have a very tenacious council member, Diane Turner, who made a promise when she was running for council that she would push through an ordinance on idle free. She has really raised the awareness of other council members and the community. That’s what it’s really all about — awareness,” said Camp. The mayors also put emphasis on children as the leaders for this issue. “The real impetus for us came from our residents,” said Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights. “They approached us. We had several groups of young students come to city council meetings and say to us, ‘Hey, this is what we want to see happen.’ That’s why we jumped on board.” The mayors agreed that when you educate kids they will enforce it with their parents. Demonstrated in a winning poster from 2015 by then Logan High student Hailey Dennis. On a blue background, there is a single image of a child in a bold pose. The caption reads, “My mom idles less than your mom!” Arent’s comments echoed this idea. “We want to make idling as socially unacceptable as throwing litter out the car window. Education has always been a big part of what we are working on. This whole effort is about education, and teaching the public about idling: why it’s not good for their health, their pocketbook, or their car,” Arent said. “The air we breathe is not Republican air, it’s not Democratic air. It’s everyone’s air.” The past winners of the contest can be seen online at cleanaircontest.usu.edu/past-winners/. l

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Cottonwood Elementary teachers see entire classes hit 99 percent mark on standardized tests By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


any teachers at Cottonwood Elementary have students who score high on standardized tests. Kayla Williams found out over the summer that her entire class hit 99 percent growth on SAGE tests. Teachers all over the state achieve great things, and teachers at Cottonwood Elementary are no exception. Motivated by deep personal philosophies about education, teachers there have helped their students score exceptionally well on standardized SAGE tests. Third-grade teacher Williams is one of those teachers. Williams, who is going into her fifth year of teaching, explained that a 99 percent increase on the tests is the highest mark students can achieve, and the results of last year’s testing revealed that all of her students hit that mark. “It’s based on something called a median growth percentage, and it tracks progress regardless of whether a student starts on grade level, above, or below. At the end of the year, the goal for all students is to have progressed a full grade level, or in other words, 99 percent,” Williams said. She’s quick to add that she’s part of a team at Cottonwood. “I’m not the only one. Several teachers here have been recognized (for the same thing),” Williams said. Amie Butler, who also teaches third grade, has been teaching for 19 years. She believes kids need to be involved in the learning process. “I put a big focus on writing and teaching the kids proficiency skills. They are often grading themselves. Students who want to do better can go back and improve their scores. In that way they take ownership of their learning,” said Butler. Butler uses the Utah Compose writing program, which is available to Utah students grades 3-12. The online program aims to “improve writing through practice, immediate

feedback, and guided instructional support.” (see www.utahcompose.com) Williams says that despite her students’ excellent scores, neither she nor Butler “teach to the test.” “We’re creative, we brainstorm, we talk about thinking in different ways. We get comfortable making mistakes and talk about how that is a part of the learning process.” Williams believes it’s these skills that help her students test well. Williams also tries to do something fun right before testing. “We go for a run or do a cheer or have a snack. Just something fun to help them focus,” said Williams. Williams and Butler, who have both taught at Title I schools in the past, recognize that when it comes to the proficiency baseline, Cottonwood has a demographic advantage over some other schools in the district. “We have a lot of parent involvement, which is huge. And we have a staff that goes above and beyond in terms of time and effort. We’re not dealing with several students who don’t speak English. But when we measure with MGP (median growth percentage), we still have to show a year’s worth of growth, regardless of where the student started at the beginning of the year,” said Williams. Williams and Butler said the culture at Cottonwood is one that makes students feel valued. “Everyone here is friendly. The secretary, the office staff, the librarian, the lunch workers — many of them know all the kids by name. That rapport with the students goes a long way,” said Williams. Down the hall from Williams’s classroom, Ana Alamo teaches fifth-grade reading and language arts classes. Her personal story demonstrates the potential each student has for success. Growing up in Texas, Alamo didn’t speak any English. She remembers her teachers usu-

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ally putting her in a desk in the back of the class to just “forget” about her. Then, in second grade, she had a teacher who put her in the front, and started correcting her mistakes, which were many. “At first, I felt like she was picking on me — she kept telling me what I was doing wrong. But after a while of being corrected, I realized I was learning. That’s what made me want to be a teacher,” said Alamo. Because of that experience, Alamo has high expectations for her students. “I correct them so they know where they’re at and where

they need to be. That way they’re engaged, and learning is more meaningful. For example, they need to learn to write a five-paragraph essay, so we’re working on that. But there’s lots of scaffolding, and we break it down into components,” said Alamo. Cottonwood’s Principal Paulette McMillan is proud of the school’s success and culture. “Cottonwood’s teachers are the best! We are very student-centered at Cottonwood. Our students know that their teacher loves them and cares about them. I am very proud of the work we are doing,” said McMillan. l

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Behind school walls: Schools, districts address students’ concerns, needs and safety Schools and school districts provide more services than buses, textbooks By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ast year, a female student in a Granite School District secondary school broke up with her boyfriend. However, before the breakup, she sent inappropriate photos of herself to him, which he then threatened to send to others. District officials were able to seize the devices, collect images and put a stop to the potential spread of child pornography, and at the same time provide comfort to the female student that those photos weren’t spread. “It was brought to our attention, so we were able to act quickly,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. “We need our students to be able to feel safe to be able to learn, and once someone violates that, such as with internet safety, it impacts our school environment.” Internet safety is just one of many concerns school administrators and school district officials are managing these days, which include not having enough school bus drivers; increasing enrollment, resulting in not having enough lockers, textbooks or seats for students in class; and being concerned about going over the student limit assigned to teachers. School districts need to be concerned with medical and food issues, content material, sexual harassment and safety matters that aren’t seen by the general public. “We’re dealing with issues that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago,” Horsley said. “But we’re wanting to create an environment and a community that is safe and all-encompassing and provides resources, skills and knowledge.” Internet safety Horsley said about 80 to 85 percent of Granite schoolchildren carry a cellphone — even many low socio-economic families. “It’s considered a must-have item, but with parents working, there are many students using it without supervision and that’s when cyberbullying, sexting, viewing pornography on school property comes about,” he said, adding that the district does provide a parents’ guide for smartphones. While Horsley said the district works with administrators and, when needed, law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, a positive with cellphones has come about with the use of the SafeUT app, which allows anyone to anonymously report tips of harassment, suicide, threats, family crisis, bullying and other issues. “Granite has a 24/7 police department that can follow up on tips that are threatening, drug abuse, cutting, suicide and welfare checks,” he said, adding that the district is receiving more tips — about 1,000 last year — than their anonymous text line that has been in place for years. “We’ve had three instances where classmates have tipped us off and saved lives.” At nearby Murray School District, spokeswoman D Wright said social media is a concern. “Messaging incorrectly is something everybody is concerned about,” she said. “Our

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principals have jurisdiction first, then if needed, the school district and others are brought in. We look at the individual and what the best outcome is for our student.” Elk Meadows Elementary’s Aaron Ichimura, who has been a principal for six years in Jordan School District, said he has occasionally had to deal with postings on social media. “Usually, it’s rude comments like so-andso should have something bad happen because the student may be unhappy with something that happened at recess, but they could be back to being best friends the next day,” he said. “When it disrupts what’s going on at school, we bring in the students and parents and discuss respect, responsibility and safety. We’ve had a couple times where we can delete a post, but they also learn that once something is online, it can be there forever.” Alta High Principal Brian McGill, in Canyons District, said each grade level has a digital citizenship plan and policies are reviewed annually. The school hosts, as many do throughout the Salt Lake Valley, a Netsmartz assembly where students learn about their responsibilities on social media. While McGill said that sometimes the line is carefully walked with students’ First Amendment rights, there will be questions asked if there is a statement, for example to a teacher, that is defamatory or threatening. “We will ask questions on the intent and perception and note if this is a kind of message that people will take offense,” he said. Mental health Murray School District Prevention Specialist Deb Ashton said mental health is becoming a big concern for their students. The district has instituted a national program to help with the social and emotional well-being of students. “A lot of decisions go into which evidence-based programs we use, and we research the issues being addressed and the need for bully and cyberbully prevention,” she said. Suicide prevention also has been part of Murray District’s push, as suicide is the leading cause of death for secondary school students, Ashton said. “We work with students and parents getting referrals and the tools they need to get help,” she said. “This is our first year with schoolbased mental health clinicians in our schools. With the high rate of suicide, we see mental health issues intertwined with depression and our students are struggling with the issues, so we’re making it easier for them to get help. “The more we can help the students, the more they will succeed academically. We’re looking into helping the child in all areas. I don’t think everyone is aware of the goal to provide a safe education, in all aspects of the word, that prepares students for career, college and post high school training,” Ashton said. In Jordan School District, spokeswom-

an Sandy Riesgraf said there is a health and wellness task force looking at ways to improve the social, physical and mental well-being of schoolchildren. “If kids aren’t taken care of, they can’t learn,” she said. Jordan District added 36 psychologists this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. “We’re learning that students may be feeling down, but they don’t know why, or they feel they can’t live up to an image, or deal with peer pressure. We want them to talk about it, work it out, so they feel safe and secure,” Riesgraf said. Teachers also are trained to be aware of mental health and suicide as well as emergency safety, she said. School safety Riesgraf said a $1 million training was approved by the Jordan Board of Education in an effort to best provide students a safe environment. “We work intensely with local law enforcement, meeting weekly with police and finding ways to enhance students’ safety and how best to respond to an emergency,” she said. “We also want our students to know if they ‘see something, say something.’ We don’t want them to be afraid, but to come forward for everyone’s safety.” Ichimura said the training was beneficial. “We know what steps to take and we conduct regular drills from fire to intruder to earthquake so we’re all more familiar with what we should be doing,” he said. Canyons School District sends postcards home, explaining drills so parents are aware of what is being done. And while a number of schools have increased safety in their schools, from using more surveillance cameras and installing security vestibules, Corner Canyon High in Draper invited police to help prepare teachers for an intruder drill. “We had police-fire simulated rounds in different parts of the school, so they would know what it sounded like and practice how they should respond,” Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen said. “We also had all our faculty become first aid trained, so if there is an emergency, they can respond.” Responsiveness Besides cyberbullying, in-person bullying still occurs in most schools. Last year, teenagers drove by a Viewmont Elementary boy walking to his Murray home, calling him names with racial slurs and hateful remarks. Led by his mother and coach, a large outpouring of support from the community came to his aid with dozens walking him home days later. Former Viewmont Principal Matt Nelson responded, planning to make tolerance part of the school curriculum.

“Together, we can stand up and rally together to show our acceptance and support for our students,” Nelson said. “We talk about intolerance and racism and the need for inclusion. It’s our differences that make us stronger. We need to embrace them.” While that occurred outside of the school, Wright said each incident is a concern that they review. Similarly, McGill addressed alleged racial slurs yelled earlier this year from fans at the Sky View girls soccer team during a game against Alta. After identifying fans who were at the game from photographs, he launched a 40hour to 50-hour inquiry. “We fully investigated the situation,” he said. “I interviewed 25 individuals, 12 parents, both teams and coaches, the referee, and although not one person sustained the comments, we didn’t stop there.” McGill issued an apology to the other team, their coaches and their families. He also had the two teams meet to have lunch together and he has worked with his entire school to focus on sportsmanship. “Many of the girls play club soccer together, so they know one another,” he said. “We’ve watched a USHAA video of what competition should look like at schools and our class officers and SBOs are having open, candid discussions.” Granite’s Cottonwood High School, which has a high population of diversity including refugees, said that if a student says something derogatory, it is addressed immediately. “We have a conversation right on the spot,” said Principal Terri Roylance, who has been an administrator for 10 years. “If the kids don’t understand their remarks, we call the parents in, but 98 percent of them understand after we talk with them.” Although teachers are required to have many trainings and attend professional development workshops, occasionally something slips through the cracks. As was the case with Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy earlier this year when a teacher gave students a survey to get to know them better. Although students’ answers were anonymous, Principal Doug Graham said it made students and parents uncomfortable, and several questions — such as religious beliefs, mental health concerns and sexual preferences — shouldn’t have been asked. “We were honest and open,” Graham said about his handling the situation. “Things happen, but we also need to look at how we handle them. The teacher was trying to get to know her students, but in the process, mistakes were made.” The mistakes — from asking the inappropriate questions to Graham telling her to delete all parts of the survey and its responses — were made public. “I was thinking about shredding the survey

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Students at Silver Mesa Elementary participate in anti-bullying classes in 2016. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

and answers when I learned it was all online. Then, I told her to delete it and all the data as well. So, when parents wanted to see the survey, I didn’t have it,” Graham said. “When put in context, it explains why we did what we did, but it doesn’t excuse it.” Graham said last year, when students were helping with a food drive, “students didn’t understand how these realities could affect classmates in their community.” Although the teacher was trying to make a connection with the survey and her heart was in the right place to help the students, Graham said better communication and training will be put in place. “We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “It’s best for our community, to admit to making a mistake, apologize, ask for their understanding and for them to have confidence in us.” Jordan’s Riesgraf said the first step for parents who may have a concern about their student is to contact the school. “Our parents and students are our customers and we want to address their questions and answer their concerns,” she said. “If parents don’t like a particular book in class and don’t want their children reading it, the Book Review Committee has an approved list and they can work with teachers to find an alternative book. If there’s a fight, schools are best to handle it and if need be, the school resource officer, and can help provide intervention and counseling.”

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Assistance Roylance said that with the diverse Cottonwood High student body, there is a need to provide students with other assistance — food, personal hygiene, clothing and school supplies. “Two years ago, our student body president, Katie Metcalf, saw the need for our students,” she said. “Two parents, Robyn Ivins and Jane Metcalf, now oversee the pantry and if they put out the word that we need tuna, then an ocean of tuna floods our room in two days. Our community is responding to the need of our students.” Roylance said the pantry, fondly called the “cement room,” is open two days per week and an “army of students” get the supplies they need. “We welcome anyone. I’ve had teachers bring their whole class down. I’ve opened up the door to a family on a special circumstance during spring break to load up with what they need. If someone forgets their lunch or they’re staying for a volleyball game, they can come in and grab food or if they need a notebook for class, it’s here for them,” she said. At Jordan District, distribution of pantry needs may be subtler, especially when the student is concerned about being identified. “We may take and fill a backpack full of food, personal hygiene, bus passes, clothing, whatever we can provide, and others are unaware of that student’s need,” Riesgraf said. “We want to provide the supplies they need.

When students are hungry or worried about their next meal, it weighs heavily on them and it’s hard to study.” Pantries are becoming commonplace in many schools, mostly stocked with food or clothing — even at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, what is seen as a more affluent community than at Cottonwood. “We deal with the homeless every year,” Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said. “When I first came here, I didn’t realize it would be part of my job at Ridgecrest, but we work with other schools’ supplies to provide our students in need with food and clothing. There are no boundaries for those in need. Everyone works together to make sure our students get what

they need and share with our families in need.” Horsley said in Granite District, the need is present as is the need to provide workshops for students and families on several issues — mental health and suicide, substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, child abuse and college and career ready awareness. “Our goal is to help provide resources and information to our community,” Horsley said. “The world has changed. We have 62 percent of our students in free or reduced lunch and in reality, we have kids go hungry, and oftentimes that translates into behavioral issues. If we can provide the resources, skills and knowledge, we can create a better environment for our students to learn and succeed.” l

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20 safety tips for trick-or-treaters


ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult. 10. Never accept rides from strangers. Strang-

er danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’-lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters. l

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Sustainability concerns for three municipalities By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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ottonwood Heights, Holladay and Millcreek are considering a joint sustainability operation. All three cities have identified sustainability as a priority, and collaboration appears to be a valid option to bring benefits to many communities. On Sept. 25, Lisa Yoder from Yoder Environmental Sustainability (YES) spoke to the Cottonwood Heights City Council during a weekly council meeting while Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle sat in the audience. Yoder began with a definition. “Sustainability is a balanced use of resources to sustain optimal level of service over the long term to help maintain quality of life and environmental and human health.” Sustainability encompasses everything that helps to reduce the carbon footprint of an organization, including maintaining water quality, policy recommendations, alternative transportation options, reduce reuse and recycle, climate action, waste reduction, collaboration, data management, project management, energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, leveraging resources, grant writing, measurement and verification, life-cycle cost analysis, education and outreach. “Utahans have a vision for the future that we are safe, secure and resilient,” Yoder said. Some common sustainability concerns of Utahans include air quality, water quality, impact of growth on communities, impact population and increasing traffic. Narrowing her focus to what Cottonwood Heights, Holladay and Millcreek can do, Yoder provided some recommendations. She suggested many different projects and programs for stabilizing energy use. Some of these projects could be completed within one to two years, such as electric car station installation and installing solar panels on city buildings. “Municipality leaders show the community that sustainability is possible, economical and viable,” Yoder said. Even though she realizes a municipality cannot enact anything more than a building code, she suggested incentives and encouragement for sustainability — perhaps by an extended building code. “There’s capital investment in capital im-

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provements,” she said. “With all the growth, it’s important to address the construction of buildings, need to reduce the need for heating, air condition and other resources.” If the three cities are to embark on a sustainable cooperation, there would be many risks and benefits. Yoder described some of the risks as being cost, political viability, interdepartmental cooperation, managing expectations, and data management. However, Yoder described many benefits, including decreasing operating maintenance costs, getting quantifiable and measureable results, demonstrating city leadership and gaining recognition for that leadership. “That’s attractive for businesses and community members; you’re a player in what the residents want.” A joint sustainability operation should be beneficial for all communities involved. The three municipalities could pick common goals, have supporting structure for that staff, create a strategic implantation plan to address all goals with clear performance measures and monitor collective data as things proceed. Yoder recommended defining exit strategies as well. “Sustainability would be governed by that body instead of individual municipalities. It might take longer to get started, but then the sustainability staff could be off and running. Quality of life for all communities would be raised.” She recommended a sustainability program manager and potentially a project manager. These individuals could help with outreach materials, grants and program implementation. Many partners available for a sustainability initiative were also mentioned. The Clean Cities Coalition has a similar mission so they’re easy to partner with. Leaders for Clean Air, Utah Clean Energy, Rocky Mountain Power and Envision Utah have all expressed interested in partnering as well. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the mayors on common problems we have where we can’t fix it independently,” said Dahle. “We have all seen the Envision Utah presentations on population growth and pressure on resources. These problems aren’t going to go away. We need to be more proactive in these areas.” l

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Olympus High theater tackles tradition and change with ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


he Olympus High theater department performed the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” in October. With impressive sets, a student-led orchestra and confident singers, they have a lot to be proud of. When attending a high school production of anything, one expects to be a somewhat forgiving audience member. After all, it’s part of the learning process to put on a theater production. But October’s presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Olympus High didn’t need much forgiving. The sets were excellent, the orchestration live and the singing and acting competent. Robin Edwards has taught theater since 1990 and directed this year’s production at Olympus. Her first experience with seeing “Fiddler” as a child “didn’t ring true in my world. It was such a foreign moment for me. But what a wonderful insight into another world. Theatre does that. It teaches. It shares,” wrote Edwards in the program notes. It was a good chance for education. “We talked (to the students) about the importance and meaning of the Jewish customs and traditions. We tried to parallel religious experiences from our own lives,” Edwards said of the production, which takes place in Russia in 1905. The students’ performances showed that they took the lessons to heart. Edwards wanted to give as many students as possible a chance to perform, so the production’s leads were double cast — the “Fiddler” cast and the “Roof” cast. “We have been double casting for a while because of the talent level at Olympus. And leads are ensemble members on the night(s) they are not leads. This teaches the importance of the ensemble,” Edwards said. The big opening number “Tradition” brought the entire cast onstage singing and dancing. The chorus of “Tradition, Tradition! Tradition!” was beautifully sung, with a full choral sound and tight harmonies. Tevye, the main character and patriarch of a conservative and poor Jewish family with five daughters, had several solos. In the “Fiddler” cast he was played by McKinley Nielsen (Collin Campbell in the “Roof” cast). Nielsen gave a strong performance. He used a Russian accent, danced around like a chicken alone on stage and frequently addressed God. His singing voice was confident and mature beyond his years. The plot revolved in part around Tevye’s daughters’ choices. Instead of an

Complete cast photo – the Fiddler cast and the Roof cast. (Photo Courtesy Susan DeMill and Robin Edwards of Olympus High School)

arranged marriage by the village matchmaker (Eliza Monson in the “Fiddler” cast/Anna Johnson in the “Roof” cast), Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava each chose to marry for love. Tevye supported them as best he could, but when Chava marries outside the faith, it is more than he can comprehend. “How can I turn my back on my faith, my people? If I try and bend that far, I’ll break,” Tevye said. Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava were played in the “Fiddler” production by Megan Jensen, Megan Hardy and Mary Nydeggar. All were capable actresses, singers and dancers. Hardy’s voice was especially well-developed and lovely. The daughters in the “Roof” cast were played by Ashlyn Hunt, Eliza Hebdon and Erin Probst. Perhaps the best casting was Cami Dumond as Golde, Tevye’s wife. Dumond looked and sounded the part without looking like she was “acting.” One of the best cast voices, Dumond’s had just the right amount of control and flourish, and her comic ability was evident in the ghostly “Tevye’s Dream” scene. Golde in the “Roof” cast was played by Katie Hut. The staging and sets deserve praise and included a cottage set front and back for the family, rolling 3D hills and trees, and set projections onto a background canvas. Costumes reflected the culture — all wore head coverings, most men wore beards and prayer shawls, women’s dresses were simple. And yes, there really was a fiddler on a roof. She was played in both casts by

violinist Faith Driggs. She sat on the roof and played, or appeared walking through the scene at times when Tevye’s world is most unsteady. The external conflict in the production is a historical one. Local Russian leaders were authorized by the Tsar to “demonstrate” against the Jews. Known as “pogroms,” they gave constables carte blanche to terrorize and push out Jews from their lands. The first demonstration occurs during Tzeitel’s wedding to Motel (Colton Ronna in the “Fiddler” cast/James Knight in the “Roof” cast). The end of the play shows the Jewish community of Anatevka being forced out and dispersed all over the world: Siberia, Israel, Poland and the US. For a play filled with heavy themes and plots, there was a lot of laughter. Much of it came from Nielsen and Dumond as they ably delivered their humorous lines and quirky small-town Jewish sayings. Nielsen was sincere in his “Are you there God? It’s me — Tevye,” asides to make requests and explore his feelings with his Maker. Show choreographer Susan DeMill stated in her program notes, “Fiddler isn’t a sparkly show submerged with show-stopping production numbers; it is a musical brimming with meaning.” The trick was to catch the meaning and create sympathy in current audiences. Olympus students can be proud of their gentle and respectful treatment of a people that might seem so “other” and their ability to learn and perform this ambitious musical. l

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With region conquered, Olympus football eyes state title run By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ll season long, the Olympus football team has been a force on both sides of the ball. No wonder the Titans have been practically untouchable. Olympus went a perfect 5-0 in Region 6, capturing the title with only one close game. Olympus finished an unblemished 10-0 overall. The Titans won its first nine games by an average score of 43-6 — and that includes a tight 13-12 victory over Highland on Sept. 28. In those nine wins, the Titans topped the 40-point mark in all but two games (the win over Highland and in a 28-7 victory over defending 5A champion Lehi on Sept. 21). Defensively, the Titans have been equally as scary. They shut out four opponents and held two others to single digits. The 13 points by Kearns in a 36-point Olympus win on Sept. 7 were the most points the Titans allowed all year. Most games were basically over at halftime. Olympus concluded region play with backto-back 49-0 victories — first over Murray on Oct. 5 and then over Skyline on Oct. 11. In both contests, it was 35-0 at the break. Olympus also led Brighton 35-0 at halftime back on Aug. 31 and was up on Granger 42-0 at the end of the second quarter on Aug. 24. “This is a great group of players that have bought into our offensive and defensive philosophies,” said head coach Aaron Whitehead. “Our scheme is simple; we are fortunate to have great athletes executing it.”

This is what made the one-point win over Highland so surprising. Of course, the Rams placed second in Region 6, with its only loss coming to Olympus. The Rams gave the Titans all they could handle. In that game, the powerful Olympus offense managed just one touchdown through three quarters but still led by a point, thanks to a missed Highland extra point following its second-quarter TD. Olympus actually trailed 12-7 in the final minute of the game until Tommy Poulton punched the ball in from three yards out. The Titans had just 181 yards of offense in the game but also limited Highland to 187 in the defensive struggle. Outside of the barn-burner against the Rams, Olympus had little trouble moving the ball all year. Four players had at least 400 yards rushing heading into the regular season finale. Senior Jack Holberg led the way with 607 yards. Poulton, also a senior, led the team with 11 touchdowns on the ground, and he was third with 501 yards. Fellow senior Chase Bennion had 536 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Scotty Edwards carried 24 times for 423 yards — a whopping 17.6 yards a carry. Quarterback Jackson Frank has been potent through the air. He completed nearly 55 percent of his passes for more than 1,300 yards. His 21-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio turned heads. Noah Bennee, Edwards and Holberg each had more than 10 catches and 300 yards receiv-

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would rather go battle crowds of rowdy shoppers when the moon’s out, instead of finding the same, or even better deals through a screen from the comfort of home? Not a lot. Usually, Amazon is the hot spot for Cyber Monday deals. With some of the concerning reports in the news recently, claiming bad work conditions and general disregard for employees, I’m seriously considering withdrawing my support and changing my vote. Instead, I’ll be on the lookout for small business deals through other websites. One of my favorite websites to shop for gifts is Etsy. There are so many small independent artists selling their work. There’s also really cool stuff that’s hard to find anywhere else. I’d much rather vote for the Independent than the Dictator, money down. l

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