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fter a season in which they lost only one regular season game to their crosstown rival Olympus Titans, the Skyline Eagles football team has one thing on their mind: a state championship. It won’t be easy as the 5A classification is full of tough teams. The Orem Tigers defeated the Eagles by three touchdowns in the quarterfinals last year. “I’m excited to play all the games this year,” Skyline coach John Rowbotham said. “We are fortunate to have a full season. We missed one game due to COVID-19 last year. We are appreciative to play at all. The kids are excited to play against anybody.” There was an all Eagle battle to kick off the season when Skyline traveled to play the Soaring Eagles of Juan Diego Catholic High School on Aug. 13. Juan Diego’s Eagles came out on top, scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away. Juan Diego is one of the top teams in 3A and has been for some time now. They have eight state championships to their name. While Skyline has won 14 championships in program history, they haven’t won since 2005. There is motivation for every position to do their part to make the team successful. Coach Rowbotham, first year head coach for Skyline, played for some of the great championship teams under Roger Dupaix in the late ’90s. He has become a big part of the program and, although he has hung up the cleats, the program is still a big part of him from a coaching perspective. “Being an assistant helps you learn techniques from Skyline football is ready to take the field again this season. (Travis Barton/City Journals) Continued page 9

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Granite foundation hopes to provide 15K backpacks By Hannah LaFond |


ach year, the Granite Education Foundation holds a school supply drive to give students in the Granite District new backpacks and all the supplemental supplies they will need for their classes. This year, members set their goals higher than ever before and hope to complete 15,000 backpacks filled with school supplies by the beginning of school. Justin Anderson, chief marketing officer at Granite Education Foundation, explained they are raising the bar because of the need in the community. Each year social workers from schools in the district reach out to the foundation with students they know will struggle to afford school supplies, and this year the number of students was more significant than ever. Anderson told the City Journals that

approximately 54% of students in the district live at or below the poverty level, and around 41,000 students rely on free or reduced lunches. The seemingly lofty goal of 15,000 backpacks is in response to that growing need. “Especially the year after COVID, the need is greater than ever before,” Anderson said. “But I think word is also getting out about the services that the foundation provides, and so we have more and more schools and social workers that want to step up and take advantage of what we can help offer.” Despite the high standard, the foundation is well on its way to reaching its target. Anderson said they have several organizations committed to donating and individuals and church groups who have pitched in to help.

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Granite School District student walking down the hall with backpack (Provided by the Granite Education Foundation)

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Anyone who wants to pitch in can donate online at The website also has a list of school supplies that they’re looking for, so donors can give physical supplies instead of monetary donations. They’re hoping to complete all the backpacks by Aug. 16, the first day of classes. Although, they do accept donations for the drive yearround. As Anderson said, “If someone wants to bring us a backpack in January, I will happily accept it.” With such a significant need in the community, the foundation’s work goes far beyond the school supply drive. They work on other projects throughout the year, in-




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Continued from front page head coaches,” Rowbotham said. “I care a lot about our student athletes. I’ve learned from great head coaches. They are amazing men that care about the kids they coach and the assistant coaches as well. I’ve been under people who really care about the people in the program. “I love the camaraderie that comes with football,” he said. “The focus is on a group of people working towards a common goal. It’s a unique way of bringing people together.” The Eagles just finished up fall camp and are locked in on preparing for their opening game against Juan Diego. They defeated the Layton Lancers 21-7 in their season opener in 2020. “I love the offseason,” Rowbotham said. “The kids spend time together and get to know each other. They get in the weight room, run and go to camps and different things.” There will be a new quarterback under center with Braxton Bolingbroke graduating and now playing for Pacific Lutheran University. The four athletes in contention for this coveted spot are Justice Fons, Beau Grandon, Alexander Emery and Andrew Rasmussen. High school football focuses heavily on how many stars a player has on their Hudl profile. For the Eagles, the focus is more on

the team than certain individuals. “It’s hard to pin down any one player,” Rowbotham said. “Last year some kids graduated. It was a wonderful group that worked really hard to be successful. We have a great group of kids offensively and defensively.” One of those kids who spends his time in the trenches is senior James Kerr. He spends most of his time on the offensive line but also helps with the defensive line as well. He is a three-year starter and looking to help lead the team to a state championship. “Every day we are taking a step forward,” Kerr said. “We have great leadership on the offensive and defensive line. We have notable returning starters. All five starters on the offensive line made it somewhere on the All-State or All-Region list on either the first or second team last year.” The Eagles will have to be stout on both lines to create advantageous field position. Juan Diego is a tough out at their 3A classification right out of the gate. “They are a great program and have been super successful over the last couple years,” Kerr said. “Great players come in and out of their program. This matchup will be really good. They have been successful in their classification. Their defensive line is strong. We will take what they throw at us. It will be a hard fought battle.” Kerr brings experience and has learned to do his job the right way since he joined the program. This bodes well for him individu-

ally and the team as a whole. “I’ve made leaps and bounds,” Kerr said. “I’m hoping to make the same jump this season and improve across my game. We get to play against some great competition this year. I want to go against the hardest competition I can. Whatever anyone throws at me, I’ll take it. I’m excited to be a leader. And see how the offensive line progresses.” The offensive line will certainly be tested as Region 6 added Park City and East. They will give Skyline a great challenge as they have great defensive lines. They have great competition which will help the team grow and become a stronger unit. While last season was successful, the Eagles will be looking to have an improved season in terms of beating their rival. They have now lost three consecutive rivalry matchups to the Titans in the Battle of the Rock. They will look to advance further than the quarterfinals as well. 5A is a competitive classification and they may have to go against the Orem Tigers, the winners of four straight championships. “I think that we have a strong group of receivers and running backs returning,” Kerr said. “We are a strong group as a team. Other teams won’t want to lighten up against us. We are in a tough region in the 5A classification. I’m super excited for what the season brings. Against tough teams we just need to play our game and trust the process.” l

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Lessons learned during pandemic ‘changed education forever’ in Granite School District By Heather Lawrence |


hether or not you’re superstitious, there’s no question that Friday, March 13 was a big day. That’s the day the governor announced a “soft two-week closure” of schools. When that closure stretched on for months, we all found out that what goes on in schools impacts our society and economy. Granite School District is the third

largest district in Utah, and their website reports they serve roughly 67,000 students and employ 7,500 people. Ben Horsley, communications director, said that because of Covid-19, “Education changed forever, for better or worse, and the impacts will be seen for decades.” Horsley said GSD has always had a

Adapting to wearing masks, like those on Olympus principal Steve Perschon and students at a GSD board meeting, was just one change that marked the past school year. (Granite School District)

distance learning option, but in 2020 it was kicked into high gear. That gave them a crash course in what works and what doesn’t. “At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, we had about one third of our students doing distance learning. By the end of the year, it was about 18%. We anticipate that 3-5% will still be utilizing distance learning this coming school year,” Horsley said. They started with a dual modality approach, where teachers were required to do in-person and online instruction. That stretched many teachers beyond their limits, forcing them to work unsustainably long days. Millions of dollars in rescue funding was recently approved by the federal government for Utah schools. With Granite’s portion of the funding, they will hire dedicated teachers for online instruction. It will be available for all students K-12. Horsley said that kindergarten enrollment for fall 2020 was the lowest it had been in decades, which he thinks was a direct response to the pandemic. “We learned that families’ needs vary widely. We do our best to offer flexible ways to meet those needs. We are concerned about

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‘self-paced’ option. We’re expanding those offerings, and students can take as many classes as they want to and go as fast as they want to. This is good for the self-motivated student,” Horsley said. So what if the pandemic had never happened and the district hadn’t been forced to grapple with all of these issues? “We were always looking at expanding our offerings, but this forced us to bring it all up to date as soon as possible. The silver lining to the pandemic was us being able to increase the options and individualization for students.

Ben Horsley of GSD is pictured at a board meeting wearing a mask. Horsley said that the past year has “changed education forever.” (Granite School District)

Whether in the classroom, at home or at activities like a Skyline baseball game, Granite School District students and staff learned a lot during the Covid-19 pandemic that will influence education for years to come. (Granite School District)

“Our teachers also became much more versed and fluent in how to use the different online platforms,” Horsley said. Granite will also use portions of their federal funding to create summer programs and address the mental and emotional issues brought on by the pandemic. “Education changed forever. That’s not

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Schools decide on regulations for masks and vaccines By Bridget Raymundo |


s with many other regular practices in the community, schools have had to re-evaluate the way they run to promote a safe and welcome environment for staff and students. The entire process is difficult enough as a school board, but add in the parental desires for involvement in these school decisions and the big picture can get chaotic quickly. A major controversy in schools during the pandemic are the face masks which students have been required to wear properly in the past and have become optional as of the current school year. Masks are still encouraged by the health officials and especially in public areas like schools which are a breeding ground for the spread of the coronavirus. The disease is confirmed by the Utah government and others to be spread through respiratory particles which means the use of masks (depending on the thickness and coverage) can help to prevent a wider range of contagion. The mask mandate in schools was lifted at the end of the 2020-21 school, therefore the majority of students and faculty have opted to not wear masks as of the start of fall 2021. What does this mean for the few that do choose to continue with their safety practices?

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To ensure a face mask is doing its job check: ● Does the mask cover the mouth and nose? ● Are there no gaps in the mask? ● Can you breathe with the mask on? ● Is the mask secure on the face and will not slip? If every box above is affirmative, then the mask is a good choice to wear for the purpose of reducing the chances of spreading coronavirus. The Utah government has created a flyer to help the public with questions they may still have and present scientific backing for the need for masks: Additionally, many other resources in various formats are available on their webpage describing the face mask facts and with the #MaskUpUtah movement. Most sports teams have asked their players to get vaccinations because of the close quarters they are in both in the game and on transport. Schools need parental permissions in order to test students for coronavirus. Overall, most school functions are running as normal despite a rising number of cases as a result of the Delta variant which has adapted to be spread more easily.

Students mill through the hallways of Skyline High School. (Bridget Raymundo/City Journals)

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choices of broadband providers. According to Broadband Now, there are nearly 48 internet providers covering 98 percent of Utahns having access to broadband speeds over 25 Mbps. Utah ranks high as the 8thmost connected state in the country. For more than a decade, Comcast has been committed to doing our part to close the digital divide and addressing both the access and the adoption gap. Our partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions and business leaders are critical in making progress. Since 2011, Comcast has offered our Internet Essentials program, which has connected nearly 160,000 low-income Utahns to low-cost, highspeed internet at home—over 90% of whom did not have a connection when they applied for the service. Internet Essentials offers heavily discounted residential broadband ($9.95 per month) to qualifying families, seniors, and veterans in need, and serves as a model for other providers nationwide. Impressively, the NAACP hailed Internet Essentials as “the largest experiment ever attempted to close the digital divide.” And Comcast, through its Internet Essentials program, invested almost $700 million nationally in

digital literacy training and awareness. With its new “Lift Zone” initiative, Comcast is equipping community centers across the state with free Wi-Fi to support distance learning. But it doesn’t stop here. Over the next 10 years, Comcast will invest $1 billion to further close the digital divide and give more people the needed tools and resources to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The combined work and partnerships with community, education and business leaders like you will be critical to ensuring people have access, the hardware, the skills and are willing and able to connect with a reliable, secure broadband network. You all know and work directly with your constituents, clients, neighbors – and you have the trust of the people you serve. The axiom, “It takes a village…” has never been more relevant. Achieving the goal of having all people connected to the power of the internet will take the kind of focus and commitment on the part of all of us to connect more people to what matters most. To learn more about Comcast’s digital equity initiatives, or to refer organizations or people who might benefit from these services, please visit https://

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Various waterwise landscape plans—as well as details on how to receive rebates for implementing yours—are available at (Photo courtesy Jordan Valley Water)

While developing its rebate website,, Jordan Valley Water recognized they could expand the programs’ effectiveness by collaborating with other agencies across the state. “By allowing multiple agencies to offer conservation programs and rebates on the same website, many inefficiencies of past water conservation efforts could be eliminated,” Jenkins said. Jenkins says the two programs have already seen great demand in West Jordan this year. So far in 2021, 659 households have applied for Flip Your Strip, with 392 coming from within Jordan Valley Water’s service area. This represents a significant increase from 2020, when a total of 177 Flip Your Strip applications were submitted. This year, Cox announced his intention to make Utah the first state to offer a “statewide buyback program.” Going forward, Utah needs to be a state where grass is planted only “in areas where it actively is used, rather than using it as a default groundcover.” At the July 29 event, Rick Maloy of the Central Utah Water Conservan-

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use project is in the zone, getting financing from the Zueller Apartments that were developed five to 10 years ago. South Salt Lake also has a project along 3900 South, east of State Street. Basically, they are using the power of the RDA to bring mixed-use projects. City Journals writer Bill Hardesty also contributed to this report. l

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Highland Cove. “’We love it here,’ the residents will say, ‘We hope you come!’” For those looking for friends and social activities this place is great. While ensuring residents have meaningful and fulfilling experiences at Highland Cove, “my first priority is the safety of every resident and associate,” said Executive Director Gary Webster. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Highland Cove has taken every precaution and complied with all safety recommendations. They have been able to enjoy the outdoors and community even with taking all of the recommended precautions with their outdoor spaces. Now that their residents and associates have been vaccinated, they are even more confident in the lifestyle and safety they provide. “We are enjoying our lives again,” said Pitts. “Residents are getting out for dining, activities, and socializing in a way that the world has been desperate for this past year.” “We even had to extend our dining hall hours,” Webster laughed, as the residents will linger on, after they are finished eating, to chat and enjoy each other’s company. Many activities are provided for residents such as concerts, tai chi, yoga, and walking groups at Highland Cove. Healthy living is taken quite seriously, as the staff places emphasis on mental health, physical health, and a spiritual well being. One of the best perks of residing and working at Highland Cove is the incredible food. “We have two chefs from Croatia that have been here for 20 years and the food is fantastic! Why, just the other day we had lobster tail and prime rib. I’ve gained five pound in three months!” Pitts laughed. In addition to chefs and cooks, Highland Cove employs a highly trained team of nurse practitioners, nurses, med techs and CNA’s to provide necessary health services. They also partner with commu-

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