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f fencers drew straws to choose matchups, Paralympian Shelby Jensen got the short one. “All opponents are challenging but the best opponent I faced was Amarilla Veres,” Jensen said about the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, held this past summer after being postponed a year. “I fenced her to 15 points and only got five on her and she went on to win the gold medal for Hungary.” The 20-year-old Jensen, facing the best fencers in the world, was able to assess where her game was at this early stage of her career. “I learned I need to pick up my speed,” Jensen said. “I need to be more aggressive. I did a lot of passive movements and defensive things. My opponents were more aggressive.” As one of the younger Paralympians in Tokyo, Jensen learned a lot during her first experience. While she didn’t medal, she had an incredible experience there and hopes to have similar experiences in Paris (2024), Los Angeles (2028) and Brisbane, Australia (2032). Jensen, who lives in Millcreek, trained with Brandon Smith prior to the Paralympics, but he was not able to travel with her to Tokyo. Due to the pandemic, only one coach was allowed to come. That was the Team USA head coach for parafencing Mickey Zeka. Zeka said he likes to work with people who have a strong work ethic. “I have spent the last two years coaching the national team. It was a big success helping Shelby and the others to qualify for Tokyo. Continued page 6 While the Millcreek local didn’t medal, Shelby Jensen hopes to return to Paris in 2024 for the next Paralympics. (Photo courtesy Shelby Jensen)

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Women & Leadership Project survey shows women in the workforce are struggling By Peri Kinder | peri.k@davisjournal.com

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f there’s one good thing about COVID-19, it might be that the pandemic illuminated the challenges that women face in the workforce, especially with childcare. As schools and daycare facilities closed at the beginning of the pandemic, women bore a disproportionate share of the burden as they tried to keep their heads above water by juggling job responsibilities, homeschooling kids and taking care of housework. Salt Lake County resident Heather Stewart felt the struggle firsthand when her office shut down, schools closed and she was stuck trying to homeschool two elementary school-aged children while keeping up with her full-time job. “It was hard to get done what I needed for work and be present for my kids,” she said. “I felt stretched in every direction. My daughter got behind in math. I knew it was happening, I could see it happening but I didn’t have the energy to do anything about it. I was so burned out.” Dr. Susan Madsen, founding director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, said she thinks it’s time to start a conversation about supporting women in their roles as business leaders and mothers. “Finally, the pandemic is opening the eyes of some legislators,” Madsen said. “Lt. Governor [Deidre] Henderson is on this and she knows we need to support our families.” More than 3,500 women responded to a survey sent out by the UWLP, asking them to share challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic in regard to caregiving, career advancement, homeschool experiences and burnout. The results showed 16% of women had some type of withdrawal from the workplace, whether it was a layoff, the

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company closed, their hours were cut or they were furloughed. For another 12%, women saw their workload increase by moving from part-time to full-time or by taking on more responsibility. “We had women who just couldn’t do it. They couldn’t watch their toddler and teach their 3-year-old and manage their departments,” Madsen said. “Teachers really took the brunt. They weren’t being appreciated and put in so much more.” Madsen shared an example of a teacher who was sick with COVID but was still teaching online. There was nobody to fill in for her and she couldn’t let her students down. Childcare workers were also heavily impacted by COVID. The ones who responded to the survey expressed frustration at being disrespected and unseen. They don’t want to do it anymore. “In every case, they felt they were trying to take care of essential workers’ kids while worrying about spreading the virus to other children who might take it home to a parent or grandparent,” Madsen said. While national and global reports show the majority of workers were adversely affected by the pandemic, women seemed to be affected disproportionately. When Stewart was asked to participate at an in-person meeting for her job, all the men could be there, but she couldn’t attend without finding childcare. “Why was I the only one who had to stay home with the kids?” she said. “It’s such an entrenched part of how our society operates. My workplace was actually great and very understanding. It’s just how things shake out. But it’s how things always shake out.” The survey found similar results for women trying to balance working from home with teaching children. Mothers did

A survey conducted by the Utah Women & Leadership Project shows women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. (Adobe stock)

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Continued from front page “Shelby really improved a lot in the last three years,” Zeka said. “All players with a disability have some big challenges. It’s hard as a coach to find a way to help them be better. They work hard so they can get there. It’s tough to train athletes with disabilities, but we are happy to start getting good results.” In addition to experiencing the Paralympics, Jensen was able to have the once in a lifetime experience of exploring Japan and living in the Athlete’s Village. “Once I walked through the village and spent time in places, it was amazing to see all the athletes from different countries,” Jensen said. “The energy throughout the village was charged with the dreams of all athletes. I made a new friend. Roomed with an archer girl. She is the best. We hit it off right when we first met.” Preparing for and attending the Paralympics wasn’t easy after COVID-19. With the games postponed a year, plans needed to be adjusted. “Because of the COVID we did online lessons,” Zeka said. “That really boosted our chances because we prepared our athletes. Most couldn’t go to clubs to train because of COVID. It was tough to give them online lessons every day. When clubs started opening, they got to go back to them. We had a training camp in Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center that really helped us prepare for the Paralympics.”

Once they got to Tokyo, it was a challenge to have only one coach there in person. “I was the only fencing coach that got to go for Team USA,” Zeka said. “Even before the Olympics I went to every single World Cup. It was helpful because of my experience in that field. I tried training them for the last few years and that has good results. We want to catch other countries. It’s like trying to catch a rabbit. We haven’t yet but we are trying.” The sport of fencing is tough as it is a contact sport that requires a large amount of dedication. “The time I put into it and the passion I have for it is why I want to do it until I can’t anymore,” Jensen said. “I have drive and passion. Many of the participants are multiple-time Paralympians. Some faced off in Beijing in 2008. Terry Hayes, who is 63, is on our fencing team. It was fun to have one of the oldest and youngest Olympians on our team.” Jensen will take September off and then have surgery on her foot. Then, she will start going back to train a couple times a week in November and December as she works to keep her spot for the 2024 games. “The first step is Paris and then LA,” Zeka said. “We need to start chasing points to give us an opportunity to go to Paris. Next year everything starts to count. We hope to repeat our appearance on the big stage like we did in Tokyo. I hope to go one more time

Shelby Jensen competes with her red, white and blue mask at the Paralympics in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy Shelby Jensen)

to Paris and then LA too. After that, we will see. It’s a big stage and totally different from any other World Cup. Only the best players are there, so it’s really hard. That’s the beauty of the competition of the games.” Jensen and the other athletes in parafencing may inspire the next generation of ath-

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Granite Education Foundation helps reduce food insecurity with Day of Service By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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n memory of Sept. 11, 2001, the Granite Education Foundation (GEF) partnered with various organizations to sponsor a day of service by putting together various student food kits on the 20th anniversary of the date. "We have about 400 or so volunteers who are coming in working for an hour, and they're so fun. They're enthusiastic. They try to work so fast, to get these kits filled," Kim Oborn, program coordinator of Food Programs, said. "This happens all the time, not just on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 because this warehouse is full of food and volunteers to help kids who are facing food insecurity in our state," Gov. Spencer Cox said. "And, as you see, we have dozens and dozens of volunteers right now. Some who have already been here and more will be coming throughout the day. This type of effort has been replicated all across the state and all across the nation as we come together in a day of service." Food kits The GEF provides three types of food kits to students in the Granite School District. A student weekend kit provides one child three or four meals. Each bag has equally prepared microwavable meals, snacks and drinks. "The great thing about this option is that they are lightweight. They are easily distributed," Oborn said. "People like them for the convenience. We give a lot during the long breaks like winter break or spring break." Another type is the dinner kit. They feed a family of four for one meal. These kits respect different food choices since not everyone eats SpaghettiOs. "These kits take on an international focus," Oborn said. "For example, we have chicken curry with mango or rice and beans with tomatoes and chili powder." The third kit is a snack kit. These stay at school. They are used if a child is hungry or maybe they need a little extra food. They are popular with high school students. They come by the pantry to get a kit if they are staying for practice or after school. GEF set a goal to put together 7,000 student weekend kits, 5,000 dinner kits and 3,600 snack kits. "On average, we're sending out 3,200 student weekend kits a month. So, you know that 7,000 may not last too long," Oborn said. "Saturday was a huge success! At our donation and distribution center event, a total of 13,086 food kits were completed

Volunteers come together to fill student food kits at the Granite Education Foundation Day of Service. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

(about 4,700 student weekend kits, 4,000 dinner kits, and 4,300 snack kits)," Justin Anderson, chief marketing officer, said. "But while that makes it appear that we didn't quite meet our goal but when you factor in all of the events that were happening at other locations throughout the day, we far exceeded our goal." Food insecurity Granite School District is the second-largest district in the state, with more than 64,000 students. However, 54% of those students or about 35,000 students live at or below the poverty level. In addition, 70% of Utah refugees live within the district boundaries. This means that three and one-fourth out of every five students are food insecure. The USDA defines food insecurity as the "lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle." Or, stated more simply, you do not know where your next meal is coming from. Numerous studies show how food insecurity results in multiple health, development, social and academic effects. According to the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Pediatrics), "Compared to rates had they not been food insecure, children in food-insecure household had rates of lifetime asthma diagnosis and depressive symptoms that were 19.1% and 27.9% higher, rates of forgone medical care that were 179.8% higher, and rates of emergency department use that were 25.9% higher. " In addition, the Feeding America website states, "Sadly, hunger may impact a child's school performance. Research

demonstrates that children from families who are not sure where their next meal may come from are more likely to have lower math scores and repeat a grade, among other challenges." Governor's remarks Besides thanking the volunteers, Gov. Cox talked about his 9/11 experience. He and his family had just moved to the "scary big city," and 9/11 occurred on the second day of his new job. Cox talked about walking down streets. Strangers would stop and ask if he was doing OK. "If a stranger stops you now, you probably get nervous," Cox said. Cox went on to say that many people had the same experience. Feeling hopeless, many of them stood in long lines to give blood. "No one cared if you were a Republican or a Democrat. No one cared if you had a red shirt or blue shirt on," Cox said. "That stuff didn’t matter then, and it shouldn't matter now. Unfortunately, it does.…We need to recommit ourselves to be better. So that we get off Facebook and stop calling each other names, but we will actually work together on common issues." When asked why there is division today, First Lady Abby Cox said, "I think, instead of connecting like this, serving one another, we are connecting on Facebook groups and trying to hate each other. And we're not in places like this where we're serving one another. Where we're connecting through our differences and not using our differences to hurt one another." l

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First responders race in full gear at annual 5K fun run By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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he third annual Tunnel To Towers 5K fun run was held at Memory Grove in Salt Lake City on Sept. 18. Participants ran up City Creek onto North Canyon Road and back. While Tunnel to Towers races are held at numerous locations, with the main one in New York City, JD Weston, SSLFD paramedic/ firefighter, and his wife, Tracy, headed up the efforts in Utah. “The race is one way to say thank you to our first responders and military personnel,” Tracy Weston, the race director, said. About 190 individuals ran in the race many of them in full-duty uniform. For police officers, that is an extra 30 pounds of gear. For firefighters running in their turnout gear and other equipment, they are carrying about 60 pounds. In addition, two participants from Unified Fire ran with an oxygen tank and oxygen mask. “The race is growing every year,” Tracy Weston said. With any race, even a fun race, there are winners: Under 15 division Dominik Ruiz, Andy Sheppard and Beckham Harrison; Civilian women Tiffany Gabriel, Sammy Delli, and Casey Jones; Civilian men Michael Brahman, Brian Winn, and Craig Norton; Police (all SLCPD) Brent Weiss, Peter Burgoyne, and Monica Roop; and Fire Heath Banbury (Unified Fire), Megan Fenton (Unified Fire) and Lyndsie Hauck (South Salt Lake Fire).

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The Foundation was created to honor firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1 and had finished his shift. He was on his way home to play golf with his brother. On his scanner, he got word that the first plane had hit Tower 1. Siller called his wife to cancel the golf date. He returned to the fire station and got his gear. Siller drove to the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed for security reasons. With a sense of duty, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers. He gave his life at Ground Zero, helping people. The Foundation’s goal is to support families of those who die in the line of duty or Gold Star families. The Foundation’s primary support is paying off the mortgage of families with children. In Utah, the Foundation paid off the mortgage of Officer David Romrell, an SSLPD officer killed in November 2018. They did the same for Major Brent Taylor, killed in Afghanistan June 2020. The Foundation also builds mortgage-free smart homes for injured veterans and first responders. Each home is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual. The Foundation has built two such homes along

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Captain Lyndsie Hauck, B Platoon Station 43 SSLFD, waits for the race while holding the “Thin Red Line” American flag. The flag is used to show respect for firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

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9/11 in New York City

Members of the B platoon of the South Salt Lake City Fire Department decided to be in New York City for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. It took nine months of planning and working around COVID-19 restrictions. This was not an official trip. So, the group did some of the tourist stuff, but the high point was the 9/11 museum. “Honestly, as soon as you walk in the building, you have chills the whole time while you’re in there, from start to finish,” JD Weston said. He described how hearing all the PASS devices going off hit him the hardest. Firefighters wear the PASS (Personal Alert Safety System) device. A pre-alarm sound goes off after 20 seconds and a full alarm goes off at 30 seconds when a firefighter is in distress. The purpose is to make other firefighters aware that a firefighter is down. During the recovery for 9/11, the devices continued to go off, but firefighters could not reach those wearing them. Another exhibit at the museum that stood out to JD Weston was on the rescue/recovery dogs. “They had a whole wall dedicated to the dogs that assisted with finding victims and bodies in the aftermath,” JD Weston said. “All the dog photos are from 2011 in the museum. All the dogs are gray around the muzzle, and you can’t but think of them as you would a World War II vet—nothing but respect and admiration for the work they did at Ground Zero. They are special animals.” JD Weston’s partner, Sammy, described her experience as humbling. She was three at the time of the attack. “You learn about it in school and from people, but to go stand at Ground Zero and hear everyone’s story, made the experience very humbling,” Sammy said. l

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Granite School District bus app generating positive response By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

oughly 7,800 students in Granite School District ride the school bus on a daily basis. An app called Here Comes the Bus was launched by the district’s transportation department in January. It lets parents know when the bus is close both for pickup and drop off. “The app shows the location of a student’s bus in real time. This helps provide parents with arrival times for both home and school routes. You can also get a notification on your phone when the bus is near,” said Ben Horsley of GSD. The app is available for download on Apple’s The App Store and Google Play. After downloading, users are asked to sign up and put in the school district’s code, 29318. Users create a password and then add students using their last name and student ID. GSD’s transportation director and licensed bus driver David Gatti said the response to the app has been positive. “Parents who have downloaded the app have said it has been very helpful in determining the status of the bus, whether or not their child had missed the bus, and other messages that the department needs to communicate to parents,” Gatti said. Gatti said the app has many benefits

and isn’t just a convenience. He noted that about 1,300 special needs students use the school bus daily, some of whom need constant care. Gatti also said many buses use a group stop, not a specific residence. When there is bad weather, parents pick up kids from these stops. This will limit the amount of time a parent or child needs to wait in bad weather. “[The app] is a free way for parents to be more in-the-know about when their child’s bus is arriving. There are many things beyond a bus driver’s control that may affect the bus’s timeliness. HCTB allows parents to set alerts that tell them when their child’s bus is a certain number of minutes from the stop. “In inclement weather, [using HCTB means] parents and students are exposed to adverse conditions for shorter periods of time. Furthermore, a parent can determine whether their student missed the bus or whether it is just running a bit late,” Gatti said. GSD notes that the process of creating an account, choosing the district code 29318, and entering a student’s last name and ID number limit privacy concerns with HCTB.

Parents and students who use the app become a “partner” in the transportation process. “HCTB allows them to be privy to information at the click of a button on their smart device. This information was previously only accessible through a call to our office,” Gatti said. Parents are encouraged to reach out with any questions or concerns about using the app, bus schedules or whether their child is eligible for transportation services. For specific bus schedules, call your child’s school. For eligibility, go to the GSD transportation website to enter your address. Elementary students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school are eligible; for junior high and high school students it’s 2 miles. Email questions about the app to buses@graniteschools.org or call 385-6464280 for general education and 385-6464298 for special education. The app has proved to be a good tool to limit frustration and anger at the bus driver when the bus is off schedule. When they can see that it’s late, parents and students aren’t stuck somewhere waiting, wondering if they missed it. “[Bus] drivers are grateful that par-

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“We were able to move it. If we can fix it, we’ll fix it. It would have been a struggle for kids to do that test,” he said. The qualifying runners then will have more than two weeks to prepare for the state meet, which will be held on a new course this year. The course, which many teams ran in the pre-state multi-day meet in mid-September, is at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex, located off of Rose Park Lane. Utah High School Activities Association Assistant Director Jon Oglesby said there were multiple reasons for moving the meet site after more than 40 years of holding the state cross country race at Sugar House Park. Last year, it was held on the Soldier Hollow course in Midway. “Our state meet had outgrown Sugar House Park,” he said. Oglesby said the coaches’ association was contacted to determine the best place with a course that coaches like, meets the needs of the student-athletes and what was wanted and needed, such as ample parking. “The Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City just east of the airport was the perfect spot,” Oglesby said. “It actually has a really nice setup.” He also said that “coaches more and more are wanting a flatter course that allows for fast times because that allows them to then compete and qualify into various postseason meets.” With the change of venue comes an admission charge. “That’s something that’s been talked about for quite a while. The expenses continue to rise every year and it’s hard for us to push forward with adding the other things that

At one of the pre-state races in mid-September, junior and senior girls try out the new state course, located at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex off of Rose Park Lane. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

we want to add knowing that the expenses around even just hosting it are increasing,” he said. “Our coaches are really insistent on wanting chip timing where their splits are at the miles and on RunnerCard, it’s very easy to follow what’s going on. I think that’s a really wonderful thing for the kids, but there’s a cost associated with that.” Timing isn’t the only cost. The venue, officiating, athletic trainers, awards, dumpsters, portable restrooms and water are some other costs that contributed to the change in charging admission, he said. Oglesby said the coaches have supported the change to the new course. “Our coaches are ecstatic about it,” he said. “I am hopeful that it will be a long-term venue for us.” l

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the difference in Skyline being one of the frontrunners for state with the undefeated Eagles clinching a region title. When it comes to their main rivalry, Skyline was especially dominant. They won both regular season matchups over the Olympus Titans by a combined score of 7-0. “Everyone brings their best to play us because of our winning reputation,” Castillo said. “Before going to play Olympus, we talked to the team and said they are going to beat themselves unless they start trusting each other. The girls came with the cheer “Together” and they wear shirts with that word to remind them that they need to play as a team. Our team has been so much better since.” Barring a major upset, Skyline should be the top ranked team in 5A heading into the playoffs. That doesn’t mean the second biggest classification in the UHSAA is without talent though. There are several teams gunning for that top spot. “We beat a good Bonneville team and they finished second in the last two years,” Castillo said. “Last year Olympus beat them. Two years ago we beat them. Timpanogos can also be pretty strong. We have to mentally prepare ourselves to be ready to face anybody. Anyone can beat anyone when it comes to the playoffs.” The Eagles’ biggest strength is their depth. They are a versatile team that has been able to handle substitutions well when needed. This helped them defeat each team by two or more goals with the exception of an early matchup with East High that ended in penalty kicks and the final game of

the season, a 1-0 win over Brighton. Another star player, fellow team captain Ali Swensen, is the second leading scorer on the team with 12. So far, Boyden has scored 28 of her team’s 61 goals. Her sister, Annie Boyden, also scored a goal as an underclassmen. The two sisters have combined for 11 assists. “I have a deep and talented team,” Castillo said. “When my girls are getting too confident I let them know. If they aren’t a team player then they can be replaced at any time. It’s nice to be able to put someone in if one player is having an off day.” Under Castillo, Skyline were 5A state champions in 2019. Before that, their last title was in 2015 over Timpanogos when they were in 4A. Castillo was leading the team back then too. The team is the only remaining undefeated girls soccer team in Utah among all classifications. “Coach Yamil is a great coach,” Boyden said. “He is super nice and welcoming. He knows what he’s doing and has gotten us to this point. The reason we are so good is because of him. He makes sure we are all friends with each other.” Castillo is confident that his team can accomplish the goals they have set for this season. “Our first goal was to win the region championship which we did,” Castillo said. “We want to go to Rio Tinto to play in the finals. Hopefully by the time people read this, we are making a deep run into the playoffs if everyone gets ready. The Skyline soccer team has never had an undefeated season. It’s hard to do.” l

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Utah’s economy remains strong despite speed bump in recovery By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist

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rate dropped to 5.2% in August, while Utah’s already-low unemployment remained steady at 2.6%. Utah’s unemployment rate also continues to be among the lowest in the country, behind only Nebraska. In the Beehive State, six out of the 11 major industry sectors have posted job gains over the past 24 months. August’s job growth was robust by pre-pandemic standards, just not enough to close the gap of 5 million U.S. jobs that still need to be recovered to return to the previous peak. One of the main reasons the labor market continues to struggle is because employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find workers to fill job openings. There are now nearly 11 million job openings in America, but too many people remain on the sidelines and out of the labor force. That is causing wage pressure, with wages increasing 4.3% over the last year. Wage growth is usually a good thing, but right now it is adding to more inflationary pressure on the overall economy. While the labor shortage has been a dominant theme for months, an emerging trend is weakening consumer demand, driven by the delta variant. As the variant has spread, consumers have become more cautious. Customer-facing businesses are bearing the brunt of this impact. In recent weeks, high-frequency economic indicators such as airline travel and

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