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RESIDENTS WORKING TO PREVENT TRAIL PAVING at Dimple Dell Park By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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Monica Zoltanski of the Dimple Dell Preservation Community addresses the Sandy City Council, asking them to remove their support of paving a trail in Dimple Dell Park. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

“They were a little bit surprised to hear the public’s opposition and the amount of public opposition. They thought it was a good idea and from what they’ve told us, they thought the voters were behind it because it was approved on the ZAP bond.”

coming in and that Sandy City has supported it for a long time and has been behind the project as well,” Zoltanski said. “Open space of Dimple Dell is the most valuable type of park asset. If there is a proposal for development or improvement, that must be weighed against the top priority of conservation.” Members of the Dimple Dell Preservation Community feel the project, though well intentioned, is a bad idea for the city and county. The group is asking Sandy City to withdraw its support of the county project.

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direct contradiction to the attention of the land.” The Dimple Dell Preservation Community met with county officials prior to the Sandy City Council. Zoltanski said they were encouraged by their meeting. “They were a little bit surprised to hear the public’s opposition and the amount of public opposition. They thought it was a good idea and from what they’ve told us, they thought the voters were behind it because it was approved on the ZAP bond,” Zoltanski said. “So to hear so much opposition this late stage in the project is coming as quite a surprise.” The group has a petition on change.org under “Keep Dimple Dell Wild.” The group’s goal is to reach 5,000 signatures to present to the county so a public hearing can take place. To learn more about the Dimple Dell Preservation Community and its efforts, visit http://www.dimpledellwild.com. 

Lisa Caddy, a resident of Sandy, said paving the trail would attract a different type of user than the ones currently using the trail. “If the county moves forward with the construction of an asphalt to replace the current wood-chip trail, they will replace one group with another. The hard-surface trail will attract skateboarders, roller skates and street bikes,” Caddy said. “Dimiple Dell offers a recreational park that has low-impact activities that blends well with the natural setting and wildlife population. This fast-pace activity comes in

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group of county and city residents are working to stop the paving of the northrim trail in Dimple Dell Park. The Dimple Dell Preservation Community has been addressing both Salt Lake County officials and Sandy City Council to try and stop the paving. The group addressed the Sandy City Council during its Feb. 28 meeting. Before the group began, Councilman Stephen Smith reminded the group the paving of the trail is a county project. “It’s essentially a county project. We don’t have jurisdiction or control over what is happening. Just be aware of that,” Smith said. “The county council and the county parks and recreation are really the decision-making authority.” The paving of the trail was part of the ZAP bond that was passed in November 2016. According to Monica Zoltanski, the chair of the Dimple Dell Preservation Community, the group opposes the trail because they feel the voters were uninformed or under-informed about the details of the bond. “Many like me voted for it believing the money would be spent on buildings and improvements. That’s how it was presented on the advertising of the bond,” Zoltanski said. “Most people had no idea it would mean building an asphalt trail on one of the biggest artery on the wilderness preserve.” The trail currently works through the park and has woodchips as a hard surface. The trail is used by dog walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, joggers and horse riders. Zoltanski said paving the trail would invite high-speed downhill traffic that is “abhorrent to the people who come from all over the valley to seek out the tranquility and refuge of Dimple Dell.” Zoltanski said Dimple Dell is one of the few areas that has the status of “open space” and the city is fortunate to have such a park. “As open space, it has education and preservation as its primary purposes. I was really surprised to learn there was an asphalt trail

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ary Hutchings never wanted to be a quilter. She never considered herself an artist or thought she had the patience to sew the same design and pattern over and over again. But then in 2004, a sister-in-law insisted Hutchings give it a try and wouldn’t take no for an answer. The first quilt Hutchings created had 1,000 hand-cut pieces of fabric sewn together without the use of a pattern. “The fabric dictated what I did next. I love kaleidoscopes,” Hutchings said. Hutchings became inspired by Paula Nadlestern, an internationally recognized quilter renowned for her unique kaleidoscopic patterns and who is the author of several books on quilting snowflake and puzzle patterns. Nadlestern’s philosophy is that “a kaleidoscopic design organizes an abundance of light and color, form and motion into a complex and coherent image,” and Hutchings found that to be a vision she could incorporate into her own work. “For me, every step was creative,” said Hutchings. “Every step was, OK, I’ve got this fabric, now what would contrast with that and how can I make this go right here? I have a bed full of fabrics. I wonder if I could do this with fabric and just sort of figured it out.” Using a technique of cutting small pieces out, fusing them to the background using SteamA-Seam and then sewing across the back, Hutchings has created a world within each quilt that closely mirrors the depths of the human eye. “I figured out I could get a lot of depth and dimension if I layered,” said Hutchings. This technique also allows Hutchings to move and rearrange pieces before the final product is complete. “You never really know what it’s going to look like until the last piece is sewn in,” said Hutchings. Hutchings received the Award of Excellence and Viewer’s Choice Award in September 2016 at the 43rd annual Utah Valley Quilt Guild Show, which took place at the Springville Art Museum, for her piece titled “Let Us Walk in the Light.” Inspiration for the quilt came from

Mary Hutchings hand-cuts each half-inch piece to be applied as background foliage for her current project of the Susquehanna River in New York. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

a photo taken by Hutchings’ brother-in-law of the Sacred Grove, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in New York during November. The quilt also caught the eye of the “BYU Studies Quarterly” after the editor attended the quilt show, and it was used as the cover art for the 2016 Volume 55.4. “I tried to imitate the bark textures of some trees commonly found there: oak, sugar maple, cherry, ironwood, beech and shag bark hickory. Thousands of individually freehand-cut pieces of batik fabric, raw-edge applique and reverse rawedge applique,” Hutchings said. Hutchings’ piece “Then Sings My Soul,” after winning the Award of Excellence in Springville in 2015, went on to be juried into the LDS International Art Competition to be hung in the LDS Church History Museum. It won the Viewer’s Choice Award in the theme “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” for the 2015–16 year. Hutchings has also used her talents to teach classes at several local Sandy quilting stores to help teach her collage-like technique so others can try their hands at creating beautiful quilts. Hutchings takes photos of places special to her and blows up the images against a background. She then traces the basic lines, leaving her free to be as creative as she wants in her choice of

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colors and focal points as she designs the quilt. She is often inspired by her mother’s work as a watercolor artist. The average time Hutchings takes to complete each quilt is one and a half to two years in order to get it just right. “I wanted it for my kids. I wanted them to have something I made just for them, to tell them how much I love them. That I spent hours and hours thinking about them, creating something that meant something to them,” Hutchings said. 

Mary Hutchings stands with one of her favorite finished works detailing aspen trees. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)


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Utah Islamic Center holds meet-and-greet By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

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ince November, the Utah Islamic Center in Sandy has taken several Friday and Sunday evenings to invite the public to come and learn more about their Muslim neighbors, their history and their faith through a program called “Meet the Muslims.” “We encourage all questions. It’s better to get it from us, what we believe, what we practice, than to get it somewhere else,” said Shuaib Din, the imam for the Utah Islamic Center. As imam, Din is responsible for leading the prayers and acting as spiritual leader for his mosque. Volunteers from the congregation stood up to explain key aspects of Islamic belief and cultural practices to a packed room of mostly visitors. The presentation began with an explanation of the similarities between Christianity and Islam. “We bring people together to understand other people’s faith so they have better understanding and tolerance,” said Asim Shaiban, a member of the Interfaith Council at Utah Valley University. Sister Saba spoke of the core Islamic Articles of Faith followed by Brother Kasin explaining the Five Pillars of Islam, or basic acts of Muslim life. “Islam is about coming together and love,” said Kasin. Sister Shahid Safi discussed the wearing of the hijab, or head covering many Muslim women voluntarily wear, and its meaning as a barrier and protection, as well as reminder of behavior proper for a woman of God. The presentations concluded with Brother Junaid, a firstgeneration American-Muslim from Illinois, detailing Sharia Law and the true meaning of Jihad. “The overwhelming number of people of our faith do not

Afrida Nahain helps teach Jenelle and Monae Kingler how to wrap the hijab, a traditional woman’s headscarf, around their heads. (Keyra Kristoffersen/ City Journals)

agree or feel comfortable with the misrepresentation of a small group of extremists,” Junaid said. Junaid goes on to say that Sharia Law is meant to help maintain the daily and spiritual needs of those living in Islamic-controlled lands, but that some twist it and take it out of context. So much interest has been generated in the Meet the Muslims events since beginning in November that it was expanded to include programs every Friday in February to accommodate visitors. “I think it was really educational and I think I want to come back next year,” said Monae Kingler, a young attendee who

came with her mother, Jenelle Kingler. “My favorite part was watching them do the prayer.” After the presentations, a question-and-answer portion was conducted and questions about everything from women’s rights to differences between Suni and Shiite Muslims as well as the Sufi or mystical aspects of Islam were fielded by Din, Junaid and Maysa. “We have very good friends in our neighborhood who are Muslim and I was very encouraged to learn more about their religion because everything I’ve seen so far has been so peaceful,” said Jenelle Kingler. “This has been incredibly unifying.” Visitors were also treated to some traditional Middle Eastern foods to try, as well as lessons on putting on the hijab and pamphlets and literature on the Islamic faith. “On average, we’ve had about 150 people at each event and this is our 10th event,” said Din. “It’s good for us to visit each other’s places of worship and feel comfortable. If there’s a church that burns, Muslims should feel pain in their hearts, and if there’s a mosque that burns, Christians should feel pain their hearts, because we’re all in it together.” Thanks to donations and fundraising, the Utah Islamic Center is currently in the design phase on a new mosque project that would take them from their current small storefront in Sandy, which currently holds only around 200–300 members, to a brand new larger building in West Jordan. They are hoping to break ground in 2018. Information about the Utah Islamic Center can be found at http://www.utislamiccenter.org/ or by visiting the center at 9000 S. 225 W. in Sandy. 


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The volunteers from Raising Educations Through the Arts, Cosplay and Heroes (REACH) are all dressed up and ready to join in the fun. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

like things that you like,” said Kirsten Wright, one of the attendees. “We’ve all got a common interest and it’s fun to share that.” The Wizarding Dayz event also raised money for three nominated local charities and community organizations: Canines with a Cause, a nonprofit organization that helps U.S. military veterans by turning shelter dogs into service dogs; the Human Rights Education Center of Utah, a nonprofit that provides education in anti-bullying, cultural awareness, equity and compassion education to schools and youth programs; and the Utah Parent Center, an organization designed to help parents and families of children with disabilities ranging from ADHD to hearing loss live a happy, productive, inclusive life, by partnering with other parents and medical, educational and community professionals. “We were ecstatic to be nominated,” said Jennie Dopp, the development coordinator for the Utah Parent Center, which has served the community for over

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Taste for the Space offers chance of a lifetime to one lucky chef By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

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cooperative effort between the Shops at South Town, the Utah Restaurant Association and Pacific Retail Group is looking to offer a six-month rent-free restaurant space at the brand new dining hall area of the Shops at South Town, a $50,000 startup investment and fully stocked kitchen and signage. “This is the first event of its kind that Pacific Retail has ever done and the first event of its kind here in Sandy,” said Lindsay Burgee, national marketing director for the Pacific Retail Property Group, an organization based out of Southern California that owns the mall property. Devour Magazine, Sysco and Fox 13 have also joined the effort to make this event special through sponsorships and media and marketing efforts. “Really the concept is to take Utah-based culinary professionals — could be a food truck, a restaurant, a catering business, could even be someone who has always aspired to have a restaurant — and support their dreams and bring them together in a large food festival type community and family event and have a cook-off and really making that dream a reality,” said Burgee. “The really awesome thing about this community, in particular, is the excitement and the word of mouth and the community getting behind the idea and

The space where one lucky winner will have the chance to make their culinary aspirations become a reality. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

embracing what we’re doing.” Budding restaurateurs, food truck owners, chefs and anyone who is interested in moving their dream into a terrace brick-and-mortar space have been invited to try out by serving up their signature dish. “It’s really exciting,” said Katy Sine, vice president of marketing for the Utah Restaurant Association. “We’re looking to narrow it down to 12 to 14 chefs and businesses operating in the state of Utah.” Competitors have been submitting

applications though all of March and will compete on May 6 at the Shops at South Town by submitting their best example of what they want to offer in the space for the guests to vote on via text. “They are literally offering their taste for the space,” said Sine. “Their vision. Their dream.” The process began in December 2015 with Pacific Retail beginning the collaborative effort to create this event and get the public interested. Each contestant was asked to submit an application as well as a video detailing their

expertise, culinary plans for the space and why they’re the best fit. Finalists for the competition will be announced April 7 and the public is invited to attend the Taste for the Space event on May 6, which will be held at the Shops at South Town that evening. The Taste Utah Dining Awards on May 9 will announce the winner of the cook-off. The Utah Restaurant Association is also in partnership to create a television show called “Teen Chef Pro,” which will follow 12 Utah teens through the process of learning from professional chefs and competing in a professional culinary atmosphere for a four-year scholarship to Johnson & Wales University. “There’s a good mix of lots of folks who have original stories, but I think the coolest thing about food is that we all need to eat but how we experience it is what creates community,” said Sine. “It brings together everyone. Food is the common language.” Taste for the Space is expected to gather between 1,000–2,000 attendees eager to help make the choice for the next new restaurant venture. For more information on the Taste for the Space event and ticket information, visit http:// shopsatsouthtown.com/tasteforthespace/ 

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Jared Hubbard is sworn in as a captain/paramedic during a special presentation at city council. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

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he Sandy City Fire Department honored some of its members during a special presentation at the Feb. 28 city council meeting. The presentation included two promotions and an award. “It’s been about a month since we’ve done some promotions,” said Sandy City Fire Chief Bruce Cline. “We’re here with a captain and an engineer promotion and a special recognition for one of our battalion chiefs.” The first promotion was of Jared Hubbard to captain/paramedic. Hubbard said he has been with the department since March 2003 where he started as a volunteer firefighter. “I’ve been married for 24 years to a wonderful wife and we have two children, a boy and a girl. I have one of them here tonight to help celebrate this occasion with me,” Hubbard said. “We’ve lived in Sandy for 19 years and I will always consider this my home.” The second promotion was of Joseph Spicer to engineer/paramedic. Spicer is currently in the logistics department. “I’ve been in Sandy City fire the same amount of time as Jared. We were brought on as volunteers together. I was hired full time in 2005. I’m currently the logistics coordinator. The best description is it has a little bit of everything,” Spicer said. “I’ve been married to my wife for 16 years as of last Thursday. I have five children, all of which are here.”

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Joseph Spicer is sworn in as an engineer/paramedic during the Sandy City Council meeting. (Kelly Cannon/ City Journals)

Cline then honored Chief Chris Dawson for earning his Executive Fire Officer Award. “Dawson just accomplished a really hard task. Eight weeks back at the fire academy. He’s the first one to receive the Executive Fire Officer in Sandy in probably 25 years. I wanted to recognize him because it’s a lot of hard work, being away from his family and a lot of assignments,” Cline said. “It’s basically a master’s degree to get an Executive Fire Officer. Congratulations, Chris. It’s quite an accomplishment. He takes care of his crews. He’s a battalion chief that does an excellent job.” To learn more about the Sandy City Fire Department, visit http://sandy.utah.gov/ departments/fire-department. 

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Chief administrative officer Jorgenson retiring By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

Byron Jorgenson, center, stands with the Sandy City Council. Jorgenson retired after 30 years as the chief administrative officer. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

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fter 30 years of serving as the Sandy City chief administrative officer, Bryon Jorgenson retired at the end of February. The Sandy City Council honored Jorgenson during its Feb. 28 meeting. “It’s a hard thing for all of us,” said an emotional Councilman Stephen Smith. “Byron and I went through the Narrows together, both of us injured in one way or another. It was a real bonding experience.” According to a proclamation read by Smith from the council, Jorgenson has served his community and has been an example of a loyal member of the Sandy City Rotary Club. In 1999 Jorgenson was honored by the BYU Marriott School as administrator of the year. In 2007, the International City/County Management Association awarded Jorgenson with the Career Development Award, which “resulted in many communities around the country benefitting from city administrators who were trained and guided by Mr. Jorgenson.”

In 2010, he also received a Best in State Award. “He has demonstrated honesty, integrity and led by his example in all of his service to the city, and through his honesty, loyalty and integrity, he has demonstrated a commitment to the concept of customer service on a municipal level,” Smith said, reading from the proclamation. Smith said Jorgenson believed in the concept of having the right person for the right job and helped manage the city with that mentality. “Through his leadership, he has earned loyalty among city employees, as well as a desire on their part to give their best service to its citizens, be it resolved, and the city council members honor and commend Mr. Byron Jorgenson for his service and his example to all city employees and Sandy City residents,” Smith said. 

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andy Elementary school children aren’t just playing with scarves, beanbags, pool noodles and parachutes. It’s actually part of their weekly music class. “I teach the students how to respond through movement,” music teacher Debbie Beninati said. “They learn how to read music, determine meter, and improvise, create and experiment. We have such a blast and they discover learning music is fun.” Being creative and passionate about teaching music is one of the reasons Beninati was selected as the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA) Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher. “She has energy, enthusiasm and passion for her craft,” Canyons School District Arts Coordinator Sharee Jorgensen said. “She collaborates with others, looks for new ideas and shares those with others; she makes every kid feel special. She’s just a rock star.” Jorgensen, who serves on the UMEA board, said the plaque is given to an elementary teacher or elementary music specialist whose contributions expand and enrich the elementary music experience. For example, Jorgensen said when entering into the music classroom, Beninati’s students don’t always realize they’re learning. “She has fun and engaging ways to teach so everyone loves to go to music. She’s a great, great teacher,” she said. Beninati earned her elementary music education degree from the University of Colorado. “I had a professor, Gretchen Beall, who asked who we are. Are we going to teach the one outstanding performer on stage or are we going to teacher the hundreds in the audience? I teach to all those who love music. I teach to the hundreds who support the arts and know how important art is to all those it touches,” she said Beninati began her career in 2009 with Canyons School District at Lone Peak Elementary School where she introduced

orchestra to elementary students. In 2013, she received the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education as the outstanding volunteer. She came to Sandy Elementary in 2015 as part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. The program is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts specialists and classroom teachers in more than 100 Utah elementary schools. Working with the classroom teachers, Beninati gives students arts instruction that ties into the state’s fine-arts core curriculum. “I integrate music into their classroom curriculum. Sixth-graders are going to celebrate Earth Day in April, so we’re learning how to layer rhythms and playing on recycled material such as plastic bottles, Solo cups, paper plates. It reinforces them learning about recycling, reducing and re-using. When they study U.S. history, we’ve incorporated Civil War songs that when they look into the words and meanings, students learn the songs were used as escape maps. There are some serious concepts they learn about while having fun at the same time,” Beninati said. Beninati, who would like to start a choir at the school next year, said she has seen improvement in her students. “Learning how to keep a steady beat helps with their reading fluency; their math and music are closely related to music. The students are becoming better thinkers, problem-solvers and are more creative. There are a lot of smiles here. The kids are happy to be in class and wanting to learn more each day,” she said. Jorgensen said she also ties into their vocabulary social studies and other subjects to give relevance into what students are learning. “She doesn’t just teach her students. She’s given violin workshops for middle school students and has helped write the curriculum for music classes with Brain Boosters (enhancement program). She has given outstanding service in the field to our membership and to our community,” she said. 

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inning a state championship in any activity isn’t easy and defending the title can even be harder, but Beehive Academy’s Beehive Robotics team did just that. “We worked hard to get better,” said eighth-grader and returning team member Kaden Gordon. Beehive Robotics Assistant Coach Laurie Mauer estimates she spent at least 34 hours per week advising the team during the six weeks before the state competition, and even more since the theme and missions were announced in the late August. “Some of the kids were at it longer than me and wanted to be at the top of their game,” she said. For their efforts, the team not only received the Champion’s Award at Utah’s Northern State Championship Tournament at Weber State University on Feb. 11, but they also received the invitation to compete at the world championships April 19 through April 22 in Houston. Last year, the team competed in St. Louis and although they weren’t the top team, they were competitive. They finished 21st in the Robot Games, where they compete in at least three 150-second matches and their highest score counts. This year at state, Beehive Robotics team won the Robot Performance trophy for earning the most points by completing the most predetermined missions. First Lego League isn’t just about building a Lego robot and programming it to complete missions; the competitions also allow students from ages 9–14 to compete in core values where “what we learn is more important than what we win,” an innovative project and presentation, as well as the robot design and performance. Through the competition, students apply real-world math and science concepts, research challenges, and learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills while having fun competing in tournaments. This year about 32,000 teams worldwide, with more than 300 teams across Utah, competed in the statequalifying tournaments and both a northern and southern state championship. The Beehives Robotics team includes Kaden and his eighth-grade teammates Austin Grant, Zack Nelson, Sam Gwynn, Gaireth Castleton and Moises Molina; seventh-grader Asim Kablan and ninthgrader Trinity Mauer, along with coaches Mauer and Annie Drennan. Together they are raising $15,000 for the international competition through fundraising events and a GoFundMe site, https://www.

Beehive Robotics of Beehive Science & Technology Academy won back-to-back state First Lego League robotics titles and qualified to compete at the world competition in Houston. (Annie Drennan/Beehive Academy)

gofundme.com/beehiverobotics2017, as well as revisiting all components of their competition. Tying their project to the First Legos theme of “Animal Allies,” the team created the “Bee Safe” application after contacting several nurseries, Utah State University bee lab, Wasatch Beekeepers Association and others to learn that a lot of Varroa mites are attacking honey bees, weakening the bees and causing widespread wing virus that can lead to the death of a honeybee colony. The app, which the team members filed for a patent, identifies which plants are safe or harmful to the spreading of the Varroa mites. “Many of the plants, people plant in their gardens, so they are unaware of the harmful effects on the bee population,” Asim said. “Some places are now indicating which ones are bee friendly, but with the app, all that is needed is to scan the barcode of the plant for the information at any nursery.” The application is free to download on Android phones and the team is currently working to get it available for iPhones. They already shared this information with those on Capitol Hill during Charter Day on the Hill and at the Utah STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Expo as well as through First Lego League, television news programs and others. Moises said their project also ties into their core values. “We chose bees because it’s not only our school mascot and part of our school name, but it also illustrates our ability to work together,” he said. Drennan has seen much growth in the team this year. “We’ve done a lot of team-building activities that just center on the students working together, whether it’s all of them

sitting on one chair or building a tall tower,” she said. “That has paid off where they all are speaking up, having a voice and are listening to one another to problem-solve.” Sam said he joined the team to accomplish great things. “I was a little uncertain at first, but I’ve gotten more confident and we’ve done a bunch of cool stuff,” he said. “We’ve learned patience and teamwork to come up with ideas.” One of those was a robot attachment Sam created with the advice of his teammates and his father that was unique to the competition and able to consistently accomplish several missions. “Together, we’re able to come up with better ideas than just any one of us,” Sam said. Those ideas the team often shared with other teams instead of keeping it to themselves. “If one of these kids on any of the teams makes a breakthrough in cancer, we’d want them to share it with everyone so they all can work on it. This is a good team better. Our team is made of great kids who are capable of solving problems, so who knows what they’re capable of doing,” Mauer said. Drennan said that already many of the students are thinking about careers in the STEM field and have gained engineering experience. “This is their experience and they brainstorm and share ideas together. All I do is create an environment where kids want to be there, keep them calm, provide snacks and be their cheerleader,” said Drennan, who will now take her third team to the international competition. Even with looking forward to the world competition, Moises said his favorite continued on next page…


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wo Jordan High School seniors represented their school well at the Miss Utah Teen USA Pageant by taking the crown and placing in the top 10. Senior Rachel Bell won the title while classmate Tabitha Wilson placed eighth. “We’re having so much fun dancing and hugging one another, and wanted each other to do well, we all felt like we won,” Tabitha said. “I was really excited though when it was announced Rachel did win.” Bell said as they had their final walk after the judges had tallied their score, she was having fun. “I was blowing kisses to the family and enjoying the moment,” she said. “They’re not wanting to see a certain image, but ourselves. It’s our personality they’re looking for.” When the emcee announced it was Bell who was named the Miss Utah Teen USA, the girls dropped each others’ hands Bell said she immediately did what they instructed all of them not to do. “I remember I put my hands up to my face and that’s exactly what they told us not to do because they wanted to take photos of our reaction,” she said. “I was so surprised, so excited. Then, I cried.” As Miss Utah Teen USA, Bell said she will not only compete for the national title this summer, but she also has had some “cool opportunities,” such as participating in the Pink Prom Breast Cancer Awareness Night and talking to school children about her title. She plans to attend Utah Valley University and study psychology. Bell was a runner-up in last year’s pageant. “My sister was a former Miss Utah in 2012, but even though I snuck in her room and put on the crown, I wasn’t a girly girl so I

During the competition, the girls had to show their confidence as they showed off both active wear and evening gown as well as being interviewed. Wilson, who has competed in other pageants, said first impressions are big for judges. “When you first meet someone, you have to show them you’re confident and it’s even more so on stage,” she said. There wasn’t a talent portion of the competition, but if there had been Wilson could have demonstrated her artistic abilities. While working on her Advanced Placement art portfolio, she drew a colored-pencil portrait of her friend Cheyenne, which was chosen to be shown at the prestigious and highly competitive Utah AllState High School Art Show. The show displays about 350 of the pieces at Springville Museum of Art that are judged from the 1,000 submissions statewide. She also could have shown her ability in dance as a former Jordan High dance team member. Wilson plans to study communication or nursing at either the University of Utah or Utah Valley University. Wilson said participants demonstrate their ability to think and speak in front of others. “Like the Miss America Pageant, the contestants are interviewed and we have to be able to think there on the spot,” she said. Bell said she was asked about what she learned in preparing for the contest. “I remember saying I gained confidence in myself and was having fun meeting the other girls,” she said. “I have learned how to accept and love people.” 

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had no intention of doing it — until last year. I decided to come out of my comfort zone and just do it. I borrowed a dress three months before the pageant and my sister helped me learn how to walk and be comfortable talking to others and being on stage,” she said. Bell said that she approached it last year “just for fun. I loved it so much and met so many friends who I’ve stayed in touch with that I took it seriously this year.”

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Quail Hollow students support Miss Sandy’s shoe drive for African children By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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or two weeks, Quail Hollow Elementary students could be seen carrying extra shoes to school. It wasn’t for physical education, but rather to team up with Miss Sandy Katie Ann Powell in a shoe drive to benefit African children. The shoe drive is a part of the effort of the nonprofit organization Power to Become, where shoes will be taken to Laye, Burkina Faso to be given to African children who don’t have any footwear. Second-grade teacher Mallory Goaslind said the school’s two-week shoe drive was an opportunity for students to help provide service. “Donating something they didn’t need anymore, or collecting from family members who didn’t, was easily something they could accomplish and feel like they were contributing, even for a second-grader,” she said. “It was a good opportunity to talk about helping others. For my class, I think the biggest thing they gained was the power of supporting a team. We saw that in how they encouraged each other, and me, to bring more shoes every day. They cheered and were so excited to help organize the new donations we got and count them all out. It was also a good opportunity for them to see that they can all help.” Goaslind, who knows Powell and her family through church, said once she was approached with the idea, she took it to Principal Shad DeMill and Student Council Advisor Nic Heinz, who both backed the idea and put student council in charge of the activity. “I liked the idea that it helped build community beyond our walls,” Heniz said. “It was students who helped organize our daily reminders and it gave them time to demonstrate citizenship and become aware of the needs of other people and extend to helping others.” DeMill said they kicked off the school drive with a video provided by Powell. The video showed the conditions in Burkina Faso and how there were makeshift homes, little food and no water, Powell said. “I wanted them to understand who they were helping and why,” she said. “If we can’t find someone who can use the pair of shoes that is being donated, Power to Become sells them and the money goes to the water project for the village. Every small act of kindness becomes significant as we work together.” The water project includes digging a well this summer and then filtering water for the villagers, she said. The overall goal of Power to Become is to gather 13,000 pounds of shoes, or a two-car garage filled four times, Powell said. Quail Hollow students turned the shoe drive into a friendly competition between classrooms, with the winning class receiving a pizza party with Powell. Student council would remind classmates

Miss Sandy, Katie Ann Powell, provided flyers about her shoe drive for Quail Hollow students, who responded with about 1,400 pairs of shoes. (Katie Ann Powell/Miss Sandy)

of the shoe drive and its importance while picking up shoes from classrooms and lining them in the hallway, DeMill said. Goaslind said her class took the message and competition to heart. “We talked about where Africa and Burkina Faso are, located them on a map, and discussed a little bit about what life is like there. Most of what we talked about was how our lives are so much different from theirs and why our old shoes would be so important and helpful to them,” she said. “My favorite part of the project was seeing how excited the kids got every time we got more shoes. I had one student bring in 50 pairs of shoes on the first day. My class was ecstatic. I had another student bring in 67 pairs of shoes on the last day of the contest. The students were thanking each other for helping us win. They were encouraging each other to participate and contribute. Every day I had someone ask me when I was going to bring shoes.” At the end of the drive, the Quail Hollow community donated about 1,400 pairs of shoes. Goaslind’s class brought in the most pairs of shoes and slated a mid-March pizza party with Powell. “I have a pretty big car and it filled it four times. Those students are amazing,” Powell said. “I hope they gained an understanding of people and their needs in Africa and an awareness that service can be as easy as cleaning out their closets and finding items that others are in need of can be a blessing to many others.” 


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his year’s drill team at Alta High School had a motto that guided their performances in practices, events and competitions. The team could be heard screaming all together, “One chance, one dream, one team, family” prior to taking the floor. The motto helps the girls focus on the fact that they are a team and are focusing on improvement. The team also set a goal for themselves at the beginning of the year. They wanted to focus on getting better and performing better as the weeks and competitions progressed. “We have the team goal to get better from one competition to the next, focusing solely on the future and not dwelling on the past,” said Kesha Prince, the head coach at Alta for the past two years. This year’s squad is led by many young ladies who serve the team in officer positions. Kristen Larsen is the team’s captain. The dance captains are Kaylee Hixenbaugh-Steenson and Kallie Young. The secretaries are Cora Brendlinger and Gerolynn Hargrove. Abby Heyborne and Melanie McQuinn serve as the team’s historians and Julia Svendsen is this year’s costume chair. During practice, the officers warm the rest of the team up for the day. Once warm-ups are done, the girls practice their routines, cleaning them up where needed and learning new ones. The focus of learning the routines is to be able to perform them during football and basketball season as well as, most importantly, competition season. Coach Prince does all she can to keep the practices fun and positive. “These girls spend more time in the halls of Alta High School than they do at home most days. Drill is a tiring sport and the last thing I want them to do is dread going to drill,” said the coach. This year, the team participated in three invitational competitions. They went to the Wasatch Invitational at Wasatch High School, the

Excalibur Classic at Copper Hills High School and the Rocky Mountain Invitational at Corner Canyon High School. The squad also competed in the region competition, where they placed third and at the semi-state finals. The team also travelled to sunny California this winter to take classes with professionals at Edge Performing Arts Studio and Disney Performing Arts. The team loved the trip and the opportunity to learn and come together as a group. On top of practice and performing at events and competitions, many of the girls on the squad spend their time serving others and taking advantage of extracurricular activities. A lot of the girls participate in school- and church-based clubs and groups. Some girls on the team are a part of Alta’s art club, DECA and FBLA. Larsen and Olivia Bell work with those with special needs through their church. Hixenbaugh-Steenson is a member of the Link Crew, a program set up through Alta High School to help incoming freshman feel more welcome and at home when they arrive. She is also a part of Hope Squad, whose mission it is to build a safe community for struggling teens, targeting specifically suicide prevention. Hargove was invited to participate in a summer program called the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Healthcare. It is a program where students gain hands-on medical experience through Harvard Medical School. Only a small number of students are invited to attend every year. “I am very proud that this team not only had a goal of being focused on their team but they are also willing to go above and beyond to serve their community, each other, and take advantage of extracurricular opportunities available to them,” Prince said. The coach is already gearing up for next season. Tryouts for 2017–18 will be held at Alta High School on April 22. 

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Alta boys soccer hopes teamwork will result in wins this season By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

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n his 35th year as a soccer coach at Alta High School, Lee Mitchell has seen a lot of different things. He has worked with a lot of great players, won a lot of games and has handed out a great deal of wisdom. One bit of insight he always gives his players, coaches and those interested in Alta soccer is that the team will be successful if they play as a team. “To be successful as a team, there has got to be a collective effort,” the veteran coach said. That mentality has led to many postseason appearances over the years. Last year the Hawks finished with a 7-7-1 overall record, and took fourth in Region 7 with a 3-4-1 record. The team won their first game in the state tournament against East 1-0, but lost their second-round match-up to Maple Mountain 1-0. Mitchell is hoping the team can stick together and play their way back into the postseason this year. This year’s squad is a bit younger and less experienced than teams of the past, but Mitchell believes they have what it takes to be competitive, to be tough on opponents. He believes that consistent play from everyone involved will be the key. “These kids are out there working hard. They have the right attitude on and off the field,” Mitchell said. “They have a shot at doing very well if things work out the way they can.” This year’s squad is being led by a few returning players, whose contributions to the team

Alta’s Colby Young works the ball last season. (Courtney Stevens/Alta High School)

Alec Groathouse makes his move in a game last year. (Riley Wooden/Alta High School)

Alta’s Jack Anderson works around an opponent. (Makenzie Hyer/Alta High School)

will be huge going forward. Alec Groathouse and Kyron Sidwell both play defense. Both are also team captains and seniors this year. Senior Colby Young also plays defense and is expected to shut down other teams’ progress on the pitch. Team captains and seniors Nick Lowrimore and Dylan Heaton play midfield. And junior striker Jett Sollis will likely be keeping the opposition’s defense busy all year. On top of playing as a team and exhibiting great support for one another, Alta’s goals include competing for a region title and a state title as well. With a young and inexperienced group, that may

be difficult, but Mitchell has his approach covered. “If you want to get to the stars, you have to reach for them,” Mitchell said. The Hawks began their season down in St. George in early March to play a couple of games against Dixie High School and Pine View High School. Play against region adversaries began in late March. Alta will be grueling it out until early May, before anyone knows who is sitting atop the region standings and what seeds will be doled out for the state tournament, but Mitchell loves his team’s chances. “This particular group seems very hungry,

they really want to be successful,” Mitchell said. “All of them seem to listen to all of the coaches, which usually leads to great things.” Mitchell loves what he does — he must, he has been doing it for decades. He led the 2016 girls team to a region title. That group was also young. Mitchell says he will continue coaching as long as he’s enjoying it and as long as it seems the kids on his teams appreciate him as their coach. “I love doing this, and I’ll keep on doing it as long as it is fun, which it always has been,” Mitchell said. “And, as long as there is teamwork and the kids are productive.” 

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Alta boys tennis getting in shape physically, mentally to take on the season By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

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The boys tennis team at Alta warm up during a spring practice. (Billy Swartzfager/City Journals)

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he 2017 boys tennis season began in late February with tryouts, and that was Krista Anderson’s first experience with the boys team, though she was an assistant coach at Alta for the girls squad in the fall. Anderson also has a few years of experience coaching at Desert Hills High School. This season is her first as head coach and couldn’t be more excited about it. “I look forward to getting to know my boys better and to be able to experience this great season with them,” Anderson said. There are about 40 boys on Alta’s team this season, and they spent the spring getting in shape, honing skills and bonding. The team practices every day, working on various aspects of tennis. Practices begin with a warm-up and an intense workout in preparation for the grueling three-set matches that they will eventually be faced with as the year progresses. The boys then dive into drills to practice techniques and shot placement. They spend a bit of time making adjustments to enhance their skillset and to strengthen their weaknesses as well. Then, the boys play set with each other to work on their mental game, which is every bit as important as being in top shape for

those long matches. Once the sets are finished the team loves to end practice playing a fun game or participating in a team-building activity. The team has many goals for the current season. They, like most teams, want to compete for a state title and many of the team’s other goals will be crucial if they are to get there. For instance, Alta wants to be in great physical shape, which will surely help come May, when the state tournament occurs. Alta also wants their effort level to be at 100 percent, which will also be important as the year comes to a head. The Hawks have the pieces in place to have a great year. Along with Anderson, the team has a number of instructors on board to help them succeed. They have assistant coach Candice Bithell, who is the fitness specialist and is helping the group get into shape. They also have assistant coach Lori Sperry and her daughter Kallie Sperry helping out and hitting with the boys. The boys team seems to have a strong support system that hopes to see them go a long way on the court, and off of it. Another of Alta’s goals is to have each player maintain a 3.5 GPA. Amidst the many players who suit up each day, several stand out as returning

players from last year who are expected to have a great year and lead the team by example. The senior class this season is deep, led by Conner Renfro, Alex Dame, Matt Farley and Jayden Russell. Ryan Woodhead, a junior, is also seen as a leader and major contributor. Among all of the team’s goals and the challenges they will certainly face, Anderson preaches staying positive and having fun. She knows her team is ready to learn and to play tennis, but wants them to remember the important stuff while on the court. “Enjoy tennis, have fun,” she said. “And hit hard. 

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Increasing resident involvement since 1977 Between 1970 and 1980, Sandy City was the fastest growing city in the nation, experiencing an astonishing and potentially overwhelming population increase from 6,438 to 52,210. Knowing how important citizen engagement was during this dramatic surge in population, we started an innovative citizen feedback program designed to ensure those who were most impacted by development—citizens—had a strong voice in the process. Thus began the Community Coordinator Program, formally adopted by city council resolution on March 25, 1997. In short, the Community Coordinator Program divides the city into 30 communities, each represented by a citizen tasked with implementing a formal communications process to facilitate discussions on issues directly impacting their community.

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS The Community Coordinator Program, entirely comprised of citizen volunteers representing the 30 communities in our city, fosters feedback that helps us balance growth with the preservation of quality of life. A true win-win! Sandy City is dedicated to citizen engagement, with our Community Coordinator program being a large part of our successful CityCitizen Connection. We would not be able to accomplish what we do without the countless hours put in by our volunteer coordinators, some serving for decades in their roles. On behalf of myself, the city and the citizens they serve, I’d like to extend a formal thank you for the service rendered by our dedicated Community Coordinators.

Thank You! Community Coordinators are responsible for scheduling necessary meetings within their community, attending ongoing training opportunities, developing a working relationship with elected officials and staff and finding ways to increase the stream of communication back and forth between their community and the city. The result is greater resident involvement and a proven process where concerns and needs are addressed.

Stephanie Dickey Pete Keers Betsy Stevens Taub Elliot Steadman Brian Noel Jeninne Park Karen Thomas Kent Ogaard

Where this program has proven most impactful is with development and growth. Almost without exception, no project moves forward in our city without first going directly to the impacted community for a meeting, allowing residents to learn more about the project, ask questions directly of the developer and offer input. Without a doubt, this increased dialogue has improved projects and helped residents be a large, vital part of the growth of their city.

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he Legislative session just concluded and the bills are waiting for the Governor’s signature, so we’ll know soon the status of many of the bills that are of importance to the County. The County Council has finished its deliberations on the proposed FCOZ and MRZ ordinances and a new Central Wasatch Commission proposal was introduced. I think that good compromises were made on all of those issues. I would like to highlight a few ways your tax dollars to help with the quality of life we enjoy here in the valley. 1. The Health Department recently alerted the public of a case of measles and reminded everyone of the importance of being current on immunizations, especially for our children. This is just a recent example of how they work to protect your health and environment. The Health Department is one of the greatest resources available to the public. Visit their website (slco.org/health) and familiarize yourself with their services. 2. With the approach of spring and summer, the County is gearing up for numerous projects taking advantage of the “building season.” Requests for Proposals Salt Lake County Council (RFP’s) and contracts are being let for repair, upgrade and new construction projects throughout the valley. This includes, planning and design,

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architectural work, materials procurement and construction. If you are interested in how the County awards contracts such as these or to bid on a contract, see (slco.org/contracts). While you are also preparing to take advantage of the spring and summer months, please consider donating your unneeded household items, from your spring cleaning, to one of the various charities in the valley that can benefit from your contributions. Also, check out the USU Extension Services (http:// extension.usu.edu/saltlake/contact/index) and find out about their Salt Lake County Programs: – Urban Agriculture & Natural Resources o Gardening – Food, Family, Home & Finance – 4-H & Youth And, you might want to plan ahead to get registered for activities the county offers in the summer for adults and children. If you have an area of specific interest or a question that I we can help you with, please contact my office at 385-4687459 or at mburdick@slco.org or my Advisor at sjacobsen@ slco.org. 

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