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HEALING FIELD HELPS HEARTS GROW TOGETHER By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com


eptember 11, 2017 marks 16 years since passenger planes were hijacked to instill terror in the American psyche. Sandy City is fighting that terror with healing and love. “The program is cool, but my favorite thing is the little kids with their mom or dad standing with the flags. People get inspired here to be a better person, a better mom, and better dad,” said Paul Swenson, owner of Colonial Flag and founder of the Healing Field. Swenson started putting flags up in 2002 on the anniversary and so many people became interested in being a part of it, buying flags or setting up a Healing Field in their own cities, that now there are over 800 for all of the veterans holidays throughout the year coast to coast. “It has an impact on people and it really did help them heal. This flag is for all Americans, not Republican, not Democrat, not independent. These are American flags. This flag doesn’t mean anything political,” said Swenson’s wife, Elizabeth. Chris Kishiyama, SWAT commander and 9/11 responder, spoke of never forgetting, not just that it happened and to ensure it doesn’t happen again, but of the change that came over the country within moments of the first plane hitting the tower. “It was amazing to me how everyone forgot for just a little while what they were, they forgot who they voted for, they forgot who their favorite baseball team was, they forgot who they were. Above all else, we were Americans. That is what I choose never to forget, that we are all Americans,” said Kishiayama. Many in attendance brought their children for the first time to help them understand why the world changed that day in 2001. “I think it’s an amazing way to remember the people whose lives were lost that day,” said Jamie Hutchinson. “Love and understanding and respect for all because hate brings hate.” Follow the Flag was also present with Little Betsy, a 30-by-60-foot U.S. flag for volunteers to unfurl. Little Betsy is the

Sergeant Samuel Balle prepares for salute. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

younger sister of Big Betsy, a 78-by-150-foot flag, which is the largest flag ever flown and currently resides in Pleasant Grove. Since 2001, many first responders — those who plied their way through the rubble — and

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those who lived and worked in the surrounding areas have succumbed to illnesses directly associated with that day. Many have died, including Utah resident Robin Pilcher in 2016 of incurable pancreatic cancer, while others

have suffered a myriad of sicknesses that have debilitated them in many ways. Pilcher was a member of the Unified Fire Authority and Utah Task Force One and the first to die from a 9/11-related illness. Danielle Barrani is a Utah responder who worked at Ground Zero and dedicated a flag to Pilcher while reminding the audience that “the death toll hasn’t ended.” “9/11 illnesses have taken over 2,000 lives since 9/11 happened, that we have documented,” said Barrani. “It’s a projection that one million plus people will be affected with one or more 9/11 illnesses before 2025.” Every year since 2002, the proceeds from flag sales have been awarded to different organizations whose mission is to help people. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) spoke of the importance to love and support one another even when hope seems lost. A member of the NAMI team spoke of the Healing Field and the honoring of the dead as aligning with the vision of the organization, saying that they strove for help, hope and healing. “This Healing Field is an opportunity to communicate for all of us the myriad reasons that people can live through proper treatment, through support, through advocacy and through friends who are willing to listen,” he said. Sergeant Samuel Balle called the roll call, which included a 22-rifle salute for Staff Sergeant Aaron R. Butler, a 27-year-old Green Beret from Monticello, Utah who died Aug. 16 in Afghanistan. “This day has inspired me to be the man I am today,” said Balle, “This job is very selfless, so having a family that supports you will either make you or break you.” For more information about NAMI, visit https://www.nami.org/ For information about how to get involved in the Healing Field project, visit https://www. healingfield.org/ l

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Family climbs tallest mountain in Africa By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com


n early July of 2017, Jeff Groves, his wife, Maria, and their two daughters, 13-year-old Eliana and 10-year-old Analina, embarked on a trek to climb the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. “I think I was inspired to climb Kilimanjaro when I saw the IMAX film called ‘Kilimanjaro’ that came out 14 years ago, so it’s always been on my bucket list as something to do,” said Jeff, a neurologist at Lone Peak Hospital. The family from Sandy were gifted the plane tickets by Jeff’s parents, who also invited his brother’s family along on a Tanzanian safari for their 50th wedding anniversary. The Groves family first flew out to spend seven days hiking up and down the mountain before meeting the rest of the family for the safari and visiting orphanages. “I thought they were joking at first,” said Eliana. “It didn’t seem like we would do that. My dad originally wanted to do it himself and then my mom said, ‘no, I want to do it with you,’ and so we thought, why don’t we all just do it?” The Groves spent around four months preparing for their journey, researching, going to various sports equipment stores to ensure they had the proper layers and gear, and going on a lot of local hikes through the Wasatch Front as a family to get in shape for the five days of eight-hour consecutive hiking. Maria especially had to carefully research and prepare because her type 1 diabetes can be severely affected by so much exercise. Along with her motherly worry about her family getting in-

jured and altitude sickness that so easily happens in such tall areas of the world, Maria had to schedule meetings with her endocrinologist and diabetic educators to ensure she had all of the necessary knowledge and equipment that she would need to keep her insulin and blood sugar in check. “I had to worry about whether they would fail on the mountain” said Maria. “It was a lot of research to make sure I was prepared to go. I had a little bit more of a life and death situation to think about.” With everything packed and researched as best they could, the family flew to Tanzania and then to the Mt. Kilimanjaro airport where, after 20 hours of flying and jet lag dragging at them, they met their guides and porters and began the climb up the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. “It was hot and stuffy cause there were a lot of people and I just thought, how are we here?” said Eliana. “It;s crazy to think that we’re just in Africa all of a sudden.” Going up the Machame route, which Jeff referred to as the most difficult and most beautiful route, the family, loaded down with 25-pound packs, began at 5,400 feet. They walked through tropical jungle while learning Swahili words from their guides, being careful to follow their instructions of “pole pole” — which means “slowly slowly” — to avoid injury and altitude sickness, a common reason most who venture the climb don’t end up reaching the summit. The Groves were delighted by the wildlife that was present throughout the rainforest climate,

like butterflies, blue monkeys and Colobus monkeys jumping through the trees. “My favorite was the rainforest at the beginning because it’s so different from what we have here and there are monkeys,” said Eliana. “I think it was really cool because all of a sudden, the environment would just change.” Mt. Kilimanjaro hosts a variety of bi- The Groves family hit the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. (Jeff Groves) omes from rainforest to temperate to arctic, and it was the frozen arctic the said Analina. Maria felt that the best thing about the trip, Groves family planned on reaching. On the morn— besides the opportunity to learn new things and ing of the summit day, the group started out in the dark at 4 a.m. in -10 degrees Fahrenheit to make accomplish something most people never will — was the bonding between the entire family. Hikthe long slog to the top. “You get to see the arctic climate zone, which ing all day, playing cards in the tent at night, just is really cool because you get to see these large talking with each other brought them together in a glaciers, 200–300 feet sheer walls of ice,” said whole new way. “We’re super proud of our kids for doing Jeff. Once they reached the summit at noon, the it,” said Jeff. “My big hope for my kids is that family rested a bit, then turned around and start- the knowledge that they have climbed Mt. Kilied the two-day, 14,000-foot hike back down the manjaro will empower them to get through other challenges and hopefully inspire them to try other mountain. “It was pretty easy at the bottom and then accomplishments and meaningful things in their l summitting was hard. I think I did pretty well,” lives.”

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Real Salt Lake to help dedicate new futsal courts at Sandy Elementary

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ast spring, Real Salt Lake officials were looking at sites in the Sandy community to create futsal courts. RSL Foundation Director and Director of Communications Mary Van Minde said they wanted an area that would be accessible to the community where all ages would gravitate. “I was looking close to the stadium at the parks and what spaces were available because we wanted to give it to the community in appreciation of the support they’ve given us,” Van Minde said. One spot that caught her eye was the aged basketball court at Sandy Elementary. “It was evident that the kids love soccer there as they were playing in the grass on a slope, but the basketball court wasn’t being used and the surface was crumbling,” she said. After receiving the welcome permission from school officials, Real Salt Lake partnered with Scheels for the project. Recently, new cement was poured to make the 40-by-40foot court, which, once cured, will then have an overlay court and permanent goals. A high fence around its perimeter was built to deter balls from going into the nearby street. The cost, about $75,000, is a gift to the school, Van Minde said. “We want this to be used all the time and know it will be great for Sandy kids,” she said.

Sandy Elementary Community Schools Facilitator Isa Connelly said the students were excited last spring when Real Salt Lake told them they would be starting the construction this past summer. “They brought Leo (the RSL mascot) and so they’ve known it has been coming and have watched as the cement as it was being poured,” she said. “Soccer is huge here so already we’re planning to use it at recesses and for Playworks (structured recess program). It’s just an amazing gift.” Van Minde said that in many parts of the world, grass fields are a premium, so futsal courts have become popular and often help with soccer players’ footwork. A dedication ceremony, which will involve Sandy Elementary students coached by Real Salt Lake players, is in the process of being set up this fall. Sandy Elementary is just one of several schools and parks Real Salt Lake has partnered with across Utah. Van Minde said there are similar partnerships that have resulted in courts in Centerville, Salt Lake City, Mapleton, Ogden, Cedar City and in Granite School District. As a result, more cities and school districts are approaching RSL for courts. “We’re looking at ways we can strengthen our community and get them to become

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Alta High graduate receives Canyons Foundation scholarship

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Alta High graduate Vinnie Vala’au thanks the Canyons Education Foundation scholarship committee for the 2,500 Rising Star Scholarship. (Canyons School District)

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his fall, as Alta High School graduate Vinnie Vala’au may be attending a counseling class at Southern Utah University, he will be thankful for all the support he received from Alta High faculty and staff as well as the Canyons Education Foundation. Vinnie received a $2,500 Rising Star Scholarship from the foundation. “I was called down to the counseling office and I thought I was in trouble. I saw balloons and a camera behind me. I saw my counselor crying. Then, they told me I received the Rising Star Scholarship and it hit me I had money for college,” he said. “It’s very cool to get the scholarship — any support I receive is so helpful with my next level of education.” This scholarship, along with six $1,000 Bright Star Scholarships, was awarded based on applicants’ abilities to overcome difficulties in their life, said Foundation Officer Laura Barlow. “We awarded the scholarships to students who we see a difference in their life, whether it’s improving their grades, or overcoming a trial in their lives,” Barlow said. “Many students have a need and through the scholarship, we hope we’re able to help them succeed in their future.” This is the second year Canyons Education Foundation has awarded scholarships. Vala’au had to find his way to a bright future — twice. Vala’au and his younger brother and sister moved from their homeland, Samoa, to live in America to get a better education and more stable home with his aunt and uncle, said his counselor, Kelsie Court. “He had to adjust to a whole new living situation, country, school,” she said. “It was cultural shock for sure. Vinnie had to adapt to a more strict setting, but he jumped in with two feet and found his way. He ended up doing well in honors and AP classes that first year.” Vala’au played football for the Hawks and liked the camaraderie with his teammates. He even took a part-time job to help with costs for him and his siblings to live in Utah and save for

college, Court said. However, the start of his senior year, a knee injury that led to surgery sidelined him for the season and his football career. “It was rough for him. He really took a tailspin. He started missing classes. The teachers reached out to him offering to help or have him come by after school to use computers to finish homework. We ended up having a heart-to-heart conversation about what he wanted and how he needed to get there. He had to realize his identity as a football player was over and had to balance his schoolwork with his family and reshape his expectations so he would graduate,” she said. That was a turning point. Vala’au crawled back, listened to his counselor, took the help of teachers and transformed. “I focused on one class at a time. I went to each teacher. I stayed after school. I wanted to honor my family and gain their respect for doing my best. I didn’t want to take this chance at education for granted. I want to learn,” he said. Vala’au became more aware of others who may have been feeling left out or needed some support. “He always has a smile or is looking out for other people. He listens. If he sees someone by himself, he will go sit, listen, offer to hang out, make the person laugh. He goes out of his way to be empathetic and makes a connection. He has a maturity about him that is unusual for students this age,” Court said. Vala’au also supported his teammates by wearing his old uniform jersey to games, leading students to cheer for the team, she added. “He loves learning, making a difference in people’s lives and he doesn’t expect anything back — ever,” Court said. “He’s changed my life forever, whether he realizes it or not.” Other Bright Star winners recognized were Jennifer Pomeroy, from Alta High; Cassandra Hatcher, from Brighton High; Hailee Thorn, from Corner Canyon High; Danielle Coccimiglio, from Hillcrest High; and Ismael Zarate-Guillen, from Jordan High. l

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Rescue rovers is what women want By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com


mid the vendor booths touting the latest hair care, makeup and clothing lines, the What a Woman Wants convention at the South Towne Expo Center also offered some special guests in the form of four-legged fur babies. “It’s very fun, and the more dogs you get, the more different colors you get to see of them and it’s really different to have their different personalities. Some can be really feisty and others can be really sweet,” said Aspen Purbaugh about Rescue Rovers, a Utah-based foster and adoption organization that works with shelters in and around Utah to help find the best homes for displaced and abandoned dogs. The nonprofit started in 2013 as a dog transport group for high-kill shelters and other organizations before branching into adoption. With no permanent facility, Rescue Rovers operates entirely through the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers who take in dogs from shelters to help them acclimate to family life and learn basic obedience until they can be found a forever home. At any given time, between 100–150 dogs are in being taken care of by the team of caring fosters. “In the last five years, we’ve adopted out almost 7,000 dogs,” said Vicki Cioni, whose daughter formed the group with friends. “So many of the shelters here in Utah are going no-kill and we helped with that. We had volunteers who attended meeting and really pressed it to make Salt Lake no-kill shelters.” Not only are the dogs vetted through serious testing like medical holds, vaccinations, check-ups, spay, neutering and microchipping, but potential foster and adoptive parents are also screened through an application process and meet-and-greets. Trainers will also work with behavior problems before the dogs are made available for adoption. “Most of our dogs are really people friendly and it’s almost like they know you’ve saved their lives,” said Cioni.

Purbaugh and her mom, Wanda Brown, have had their fourand-half-month-old Chihuahua puppy, Wanton, for around two months and were at the event to try to find Wanton the perfect home. Brown had been fostering for different groups around Salt Lake for years when she first heard of Rescue Rovers four years ago, and found them to be organized and good with their dogs and foster parents. She started taking in puppies shortly after. “I mainly take pit bull puppies because they get a bad rap and I like to give them their basic obedience before they go out to their home so people can see just how good they are,” said Brown. “Aspen loves puppies and I’m trying to teach her to be a responsible pet owner.” Purbaugh said her favorite type of dog is a pug because of their smooshy faces and loves getting to interact with so many types of dogs. “My favorite part about fostering is that you get to snuggle with dogs,” said Purbaugh. This week, Rescue Rovers worked in conjunction with Best Friends Animal Shelter and CAWS (community animal wefare society) to take in dogs saved from the shelters in Houston to make space for displaced pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Rescue Rovers was able to take 12 of the dogs brought up from Texas, with 50–60 of their volunteers ready to step up and take them. Several Salt Lake shelters were also able to open up kennels to help get the dogs into families. Rescue Rovers holds several adoption events a month, including special events from Northern Utah to Cedar City such as Traverse Mountain Outlets, Cabela’s and the opening of the new pet-friendly outdoor patio at California Pizza Kitchen at Fashion Place Mall. For information about fostering or adopting a dog or to donate to Rescue Rovers, visit http://rescuerovers.rescuegroups.org/ l

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Sandy City Youth Council mayors will bring members to a year of leadership, service By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen Jordan High student Joey Wrigley decided to apply to be in Sandy City Youth Council, he knew a little about it because his older sisters had served. What he didn’t know was how it could be “super useful” to a possible future career. Wrigley, who was one of three teenagers who was sworn in Sept. 5 by Judge Paul Farr as Sandy youth mayor at the Sandy City Council meeting, said a career he’d like to explore is that of a civil engineer. “We learn how the city government works and how it is run, so we meet people and discover how it works,” he said. “For example, we learned how the city engineer plans and builds the city and that can be super useful if I become a civil engineer.” While the year promises opportunities to meet different branches of Sandy City’s services, there also will be service and social opportunities for the 22 members who either live in Sandy or attend a Sandy high school. This year, there are students who attend Alta and Jordan High Schools, Hillcrest High in Midvale and Brighton High in Cottonwood Heights. Wrigley said through being a Sandy City Youth Council member last year, he’s learned team building, leadership and has been able to help people in need in the city. He also was able to tour the city with Mayor Tom Dolan. Although Wrigley is a member of Jordan High’s National Honors Society and robotics team and has a part-time online programming job, he said Sandy City Youth Council is different. “I’m meeting other students with similar interests and making connections I wouldn’t have if not for this opportunity,” he said. Wrigley also became reacquainted with his former elementary school classmate, Josh Han, who also serves as a Sandy youth mayor. Josh now is a senior at Hillcrest High. “I’m interested in being more involved and learning the legislative process,” Han said. “It will be a great opportunity for us

Sandy City Youth Council mayors are sworn in Sept. 5 by Judge Paul Farr to a year of service and leadership in their community. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

as youth to observe our government and see how it works.” Han also said he’s interested in learning about health care and possibly pursuing a career in the field. He plans on majoring in biology and government and minoring in business in college. “I’ve always liked being involved in my community and by meeting other students from other schools, I realize we can come together to broaden our horizons,” he said. Han, who speaks Korean and English, currently serves as Future Business Leaders of America state president and is involved in speech and debate and National Honors Society at Hillcrest. As

an international baccalaureate student, he also speaks Spanish and Mandarin. His classmate, Megan Okumura, said even though she is Hillcrest’s National Honors Society vice president, a member of the Peer Leadership Team and participates in the vocal ensemble and fall musical, she is committed to Sandy City Youth Council. “Our goal is to get to know everyone right at the start,” she said. “When we get to be good friends, we’re connected and will be able to do more.” She is looking forward to several service projects such as helping at the Utah Food Bank, spending time with families in LifeStart transitional housing and helping make and deliver burritos with the Burrito Project. Last year, as a Sandy City Youth Council member, she made a public service announcement about domestic violence. “We can go out and change lives by giving service,” she said. For the past 23 years, Marsha Millet has advised the youth council. “This is their opportunity to learn about their city government, to serve their community and build leadership opportunities. The students are building relationships with each other and the community,” she said. Millet said some of the youth council activities are tradition, such as teacher appreciation dinner in the spring or a murder mystery dinner in the fall. Last year, the group helped at the Sandy Animal Shelter and it was met with a positive response. Former youth mayor, now adviser, Shelby Hewitt is helping to set up a visit for this year’s council. “These are among the finest youth in the state and it’s my favorite part of my job,” she said. “The council is a great group of young people who are learning the tools to help them become leaders and succeed.” l

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Alta View Elementary opens doors to 600 students after ribbon-cutting ceremony By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


anyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe, Alta High Principal Karen Medlin and other district officials gave about 600 students high fives as they walked into their new school Aug. 24 on a red carpet. The school, which was built on the former school’s playing field, was opened after its groundbreaking April 19, 2016. Students attended school in the older building while the new building was built. The 54-year-old school was torn down soon after students completed school this past June. Hundreds, including Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, White City Council members and Canyons School District officials, attended the Aug. 17 ribbon-cutting celebration at Alta View Elementary, including board of education member Steve Wrigley, who lived nearby in the White City neighborhood. His wife, Carrie, had attended school at Alta View. “I am so excited about opening a new school in my old neighborhood,” Wrigley told the crowd of about 600 neighbors, current and former students, staff and faculty, who gathered to celebrate the new school. “Alta View has always had strong school pride. With the new school, I look forward to the increased pride and support that will be given by the community. My hope is that this new facility will help to continue to improve the educational opportunities of the children in the White City area and will provide a community center point for the White City community.” Medlin said that while the school building and its logo may be new, the traditions of the roadrunner and schools colors continue. There also was a desire by the school community council to reinforce its bond with the community, so three rooms — the library and two activity rooms — were named after flowers, keeping with the tradition of streets in the neighborhood. “We are part of White City so it’s fitting to give them flower


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names,” she said. After Medlin and Wrigley cut the ceremonial ribbon, students and their families toured the new twostory school building. The school includes 24 classrooms and four rooms designed for its brain boosters program, all equipped with the ability to have computers in the classrooms as well as voice-amplification equipment for teachers. A grand staircase leads upstairs to the media center and computer lab. Both upstairs and downstairs have kivas for cooperative learning or smaller class performances. “It’s unique for the school district to have a twostory elementary school,” Principal Architect Philip Wentworth, with Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects, said in 2016. “The design calls for as much natural light and sky lights as possible.” The school has a security door at its entrance and a bus and carpool drop-off is included as many outof-neighborhood students come to the Spanish dualimmersion school. The new school also features a multipurpose room with a large stage with a security door that locks the Board of Education member Steve Wrigley, a former resident of the Alta View neighborhood, helps to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Alta View Elementary. (Jeff Haney/Canyons rest of the school so the community and White City School District) can use this room as a gathering place. Medlin said another unique aspect in moving the school to its former playground was the ability to Starting this fall, additional blacktop and grass will be added as choose the address of the school. will the landscaping. Previous playground equipment as well as a ball “It was determined that with the direction of the school, we would wall will be added for students’ recesses. have a Larkspur address instead of Crocus, so we could choose a Alta View Elementary is the 12th major construction project number between 900 and 930. We selected 917 so we would always completed by Canyons District since the public approved a $250 remember when the building was opened, fall of 2017,” she said. million bond in 2010 l


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Alta High students Chalk the Walk with famous art reproductions By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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Eighty-eight students entered Alta High’s 32nd annual Chalk the Walk contest, creating reproductions of famous paintings of pets. (Alta High School)


lta High senior Britton Gross loves drawing crabs, so it was a given that that was the subject matter of his Chalk the Walk drawing, which he drew with partner Josh Stephenson, also a senior, for their “famous paintings of pets” entry. “I had never used chalk for drawing before, but this sounded fun,” Britton said, adding that he and his classmate both have taken Painting I. So the two settled on the back patio area at Alta High, and in their allotted space reproduced Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 oil painting “Two Crabs.” Josh likes to work with chalk. “It’s easier to blend and we can draw and create cool art with it,” he said. “Everyone here has amazing talent and skill, but it’s also just a great opportunity to hang out and enjoy our creativity.” By everyone, he means 44 two-member teams who had four hours to draw horses, cats, dogs and other critters made famous in abstracts, with hopes of being on the cover of the “Saturday Evening Post.” Senior Ashia Chen teamed up with junior Alisha Yockey to re-create a famous Andy Warhol

painting. “We looked online for ideas, then once we found one we wanted to enter, we submitted our painting beforehand for approval,” Chen said. Yockey, who participated last year, said it’s a good break from classwork. “It’s been fun to do,” she said. “It’s harder than it looks, bending over all the time and my hand gets raw from rubbing at the chalk to blend it, but still, it’s great to take the day off and focus on something else.” The high school students were excused from class to participate in the judged contest, said Katie Campbell, who is the art department chair. “We want to give students the chance to appreciate famous works of art and also learn the process of re-creating them in groups,” Campbell said. “This is about having fun and creating art with chalk. Some of our student have taken art classes and some have not, but it’s a great way to bring our school together through art.” Campbell said the event also is a learning activity — students learn how to draw their artwork to a grid and learn chalk techniques.

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The event also allows other students — those not drawing — a chance to observe. “This gives artistic as well as non-artistic students the opportunity to view the creative process and appreciate reproductions of famous works of art,” she said. The Chalk the Walk event began in 1985 by Doug Allen, and the school has held it annually, weather permitting. AP art history students as well as faculty and staff judge the entries. The winning team of Sydney Boyter and Summer Wood received $50 for their reproduction of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.” Second place went to Tristen Pillow and Taylor Neil for their re-creation of “Cow.” A tie for third was “Chat Noir” by Zeta Bsharah and Alyssa Larsen and “Lait Pur” by Madison Demercy and Emily Corry. Junior Makayla Jones and sophomore Lydia Stueber appreciated learning the techniques and knew it wasn’t just about winning. “We do it because we love art and it’s relaxing,” Jones said. “And it’s fun,” Stueber added. l

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Oakdale Elementary student among nation’s top in Reflections By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com surprised that this photo went so far,” she said. Sarah was even more shocked when she learned she had won. “I was confused as my parents came in my classroom with about 10 other people and I looked up from reading and they said I was a winner. I couldn’t believe it,” Sarah said. She was honored at the Canyons Board of Education meeting as well as at a June PTA conference in Las Vegas, her mother said. This summer, Sarah had plans to tote around the camera again, in case an opportunity came up to shoot photos for this coming year’s Reflections contest. The 2017–18 theme is “Within Reach.” The National PTA Reflections awards has celebrated more than 45 years of student achievement in the arts, including dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual art. There also is a special artist division. Utah PTA has sponsored the Reflections program for more than 40 years. The Reflections arts program started in 1969 by then Colorado State PTA President Mary Lou Anderson. Since Oakdale Elementary fifth-grader Sarah Baros holds the photo that won her then, Reflections has become the Award of Merit at the national Reflections contest. (Lori Baros/Oakdale an international program as Elementary) PTAs in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. military schools overseas have joined photo is worth a thousand words — and an award, in the case of Oakdale Elementary the 50 states to participate in this program. Each year, a theme search contest is held where fifth-grader Sarah Baros. On a visit downtown with her mother, Lori, students can submit ideas for upcoming years. Sarah noticed a homeless man with a dog. She Once the National PTA Reflections Committee thought about him and returned later with her announces the year’s theme, PTA volunteers brother to find out more about the dog. She asked coordinate the contest. With the Reflections contest, a judging process to take his photo. That photo, set to the theme of “What Is Your is used that assists in narrowing down the number Story?” not only won her school’s Reflections arts of entries as artwork passes through different levels program contest, but received top honors in the of PTA. In Utah there are typically between 10,000 intermediate division at the regional and state level and 13,000 entries submitted each year. Nationally about 300,000 entries are submitted. — and the Award of Merit at the national level. Students typically receive two types of awards “He was injured in the war and on the streets, he has had his belongings stolen,” Sarah said about the — the Award of Excellence and the Award of Merit. man. “He got his dog to help take care of everything The Award of Excellence is given to the entries that are judged to be the best in their category. These and he calls him ‘Dog.’” Baros said that her daughter got down on his entries then move on to the next level of judging. The Award of Merit recipients are the runners-up level for the angle of the photograph. “It is blurry in the foreground to emphasize the and are recognized at the school, council and region level. If they receive an Award of Excellence at the man and his dog,” she said. state level, they advance to the national PTA for the Sarah said she likes taking photos. “It’s fun to show what I see, but I was so final round of judging. l


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Step2theU gives Alta High students edge in completing general education college coursework By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hirty-six Alta High School students spent nine weeks this past summer cracking the books in their desire to earn general education coursework at the University of Utah. It’s part of the new early college pathway program, Step2theU, created by Alta High Principal Brian McGill. “Through taking general education classes in the summer between their junior and senior year, then college math during their senior year and more classes the summer after their high school graduation, they can receive a general education certificate from the University of Utah,” McGill said. The program is taught by University of Utah professors at the Sandy campus. “It will save students about $13,000 to $15,000 in tuition and fees and be in class sizes with their peers of about 35 students instead of being in halls of hundreds of students,” he said, adding that students may enter University of Utah as a junior and graduate in half the normal four-year time. “It’s unique in public schools. It’s taking a comprehensive traditional high school and offering an early college component.” McGill, who before coming to Alta had been principal at the Academy of Math, Engineering and Science (AMES), said AMES is considered an early college high

The first class of Alta High School students earning a general education certificate from the University of Utah will finish in the summer of 2018. (Brian McGill/Alta High School)

school. “The focus is directed at the transition to college and getting those students the first years of college while they are in high school,” he said. “While I wanted to be a traditional high school principal, I can see the value of that program. So I said if I ever became a principal at a traditional high school, I wanted to see the vision of a hybrid blend of early college and a comprehensive high school turn into a reality.” McGill said it made sense to introduce the idea at Alta High since many students focus on

advanced placement classes and concurrent enrollment and want to be academically challenged. They also are student leaders at their school and in their community. “We didn’t just look at their academics — courses and grade-point average — but also about their leadership and participation in activities,” he said, adding that financial need also was reviewed. Students also wrote short essays about why they were interested in participating in the program and how they had to demonstrate resiliency and what they learned

from the experience, McGill said. Letters of recommendation also were reviewed. Then, teams from both Alta High and the University of Utah reviewed the applicants for the selection of the first candidates in the program. The cost to students, about $5 per semester hour, totals to $150 per semester. McGill said Canyons School District helps to subsidize the cost to pay for university professors’ salaries and other activities and field trips involved in the Step2theU program. In addition, an Alta High graduate who currently is enrolled at the U serves as a mentor to help students with coursework and questions. The first students through the program will complete their general education coursework in the summer of 2018. Currently, they are enrolled in a college-level mathematics class — trigonometry, algebra, statistics or qualitative analysis — this fall. This February, a second tier of Alta High students can apply to the program. “We have mature, highly motivated, academic astute students who have completed the summer block and are committed to success. This partnership is just giving them an option to be successful in their education,” McGill said. l

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Former teacher, principal encourages Park Lane students to donate items to hurricane victims By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com



Park Lane students and retired teacher Cynthia Buchanan team up to donate needed supplies, including dog-care items, to Hurricane Harvey victims. (Justin Jeffrey/Park Lane)


ark Lane Elementary’s principal and his family know what it’s like to survive a hurricane. In 2008, Justin Jeffrey found his family living in their Houston home with boarded-up windows, without power and standing in lines for hours as there was a shortage of food as well as supplies for his then three-week-old baby. Hurricane Ike was then the second costliest Atlantic hurricane that reached category 4 before ultimately weakening prior to hitting the Texas coast, yet it still caused considerable damage. “Hurricane Ike was the last big hurricane that hit the area and my heart goes out to those in Houston, where I came from,” Jeffrey said after Hurricane Harvey swept through the area. “I still have friends there. One of them was rescued by boat and taken to a shelter where another friend reached out to him and helped. Not everyone has what they need so we’re collecting items for those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.” Hurricane Harvey, which hit the eastern Texas coast in late August, gave some areas more than 40 inches of rain, flooding streets, businesses, schools and homes. At one count, more than 30,000 people were displaced. Jeffrey said students were asked to donate items — diapers, wipes, air mattresses, toiletries, blankets, pillows, Gatorade, toilet paper, paper towels, pull-ups, backpacks of school supplies and more items — that will be needed by survivors. One boy even brought in a storage tub full of items for taking care of dogs.

Students were invited to bring items in by retired teacher Cynthia Buchanan, who learned Godfrey Trucking would donate a truck to take the much needed items. “When I learned that a truck would be going there and would take supplies, I knew the generosity of the school community would want to help,” she said. “I went to the school and got the immediate support of the principal who just moved from that area a couple years ago.” Within days, students had twice filled huge watermelon bins that Costco donated to collect the items, Buchanan said. “I went and helped unload the watermelon bins one day and the next morning, they already were overflowing. The school had sent home a message that went to parents’ phones on the first day, which was Friday before Labor Day. On Tuesday, a note went home. Principal Jeffrey announced in the morning after the Pledge of Allegiance: ‘Remember our friends in Texas.’ We’ve been able to collect so many items. Our community has big hearts,” she said. She said that parents talked to the kids about the stress the families have with the hurricane damaging their homes and schools. “The kids can turn on the TV and see what it’s like so they’ve been donating stuff that you don’t want to be without,” she said. Jeffrey said Sept. 6 that with Hurricane Irma right on the heels, the school community may continue to collect items that will be in need. l


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Sandy City Listed as One of the Country’s Best


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Sandy Snapshot • Lowest taxes in Salt Lake County • Maintaining high service levels with 90% of our residents reporting Sandy is a “good place to live” • Generating sales tax revenue by attracting a strong economic development base and creating high paying jobs locally • Among the lowest violent crime rates for cities our size • 5200 corporate, high-paying jobs have been created since 2014 • Earning budget awards for excellence in fiscal responsibility for nearly three decades

Money Magazine has designated Sandy City as one of the best places to live in the Country. This comes as no surprise to those of us who choose to live here, but I’m honored to have our city recognized for its success in having a healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life. Cities receiving this recognition all had a low crime rate, ethnic diversity and high median income. Sandy was praised for our job growth opportunities and high graduation rate. It’s impressive to think of all of the cities in the United

States, only 100 received this honor. I’ve often said we have a “Secret Sauce” in Sandy that makes us special and has earned us the reputation as one of the best-run cities in the State. We continue to have success because of the people — whether residents, city staff or elected officials. We all work together for a shared vision of creating a community that is truly the “Heart of the Wasatch”.

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Suicide Crisis Line discussions bring continued solutions

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By Aimee Winder Newton | ANewton@slco.org

ne year ago, I publicly shared the story of one of my sons having suicidal thoughts, and our efforts to get him help. Late one night last summer, my son came to me and told me “I want to die.” No mother wants to hear those words from her child. My heart ached as I tried to figure out what to do. He was in a dire situation and I was racking my brain on where to turn. As an elected official on the Salt Lake County Council, I couldn’t believe I didn’t know who to call. September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and over the past year I’ve learned a lot about this problem, as well as some of the ongoing efforts to fix it. I learned that suicide is the number one killer of teens in Utah. I learned (firsthand) the panic and fear that far too many parents feel when they desperately search for resources. And I learned we need a better way to connect these parents and individuals with crisis intervention resources to avert a tragedy. I’ve been fortunate to be able to serve on the state crisis line commission and work with Lt Governor Cox, state legislators, and mental health professionals to improve resources to those in crisis. We have been meeting for the past several months surveying the level of resources throughout Utah available to individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The commission has finished the first phase, and will

present the findings to the state legislature. There are more than 20 different crisis lines throughout the state, with varying hours of access and level of resource. Because of this, we are recommending a public messaging campaign promoting the national crisis phone number: 1-800-273-TALK. We want to ensure this number funnels to the local resources based on where someone is calling from. We are hopeful that federal legislation by Senator Hatch and Congressman Stewart will create a nationwide three-digit crisis line in the future. Areas of the state where local crisis lines aren’t operational 24/7, we’ll seek additional funding to bring them up to speed. We want to make sure that every caller in the midst of crisis is connected with a live person on the other end—not a recording. We also want to ensure that the people responding to calls are well-trained and sufficiently prepared to potentially save lives. Currently, Salt Lake County is serviced by a highly-skilled and dedicated team of professionals at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, better known as “UNI.” The people who take calls at UNI are consummate professionals. Not only can they help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, they can also be a resource to anyone who is struggling but not quite at crisis level yet. I had the opportunity to tour the UNI facility and I was impressed by

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Sandy artist well known for her mastery of nature


andy resident Kathryn Stats has made a name for herself as a premier plein air painter in Utah, combining her love of the outdoors with a love for color. “I’ve never claimed to be a plein air painter but nobody ever seems to listen,” said Stats, who is listed as a master contributor in Stephen Doherty’s new book, “The Art of Plein Air Painting,” released in September 2017. Doherty

Kathryn Stats paints the wide open spaces. (Kathryn Stats)

By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com is the editor for “Plein Air” magazine and includes lessons, interviews and examples of artwork from artists all across the country in the magazine. It was while working as editor that he met Stats and wrote an article on her artwork after she participated in a gallery show in San Antonio, Texas, where her work caught his eye. “He’s a wonderful painter and a really fine writer,” said Stats. “I’m honored that he included me in his book.” After participating in several conventions over the years, Stats has helped teach classes on plein air painting and believes that going out into the field is one of the best ways to make you a better painter. She says you are more likely to get the colors and the changes in mood outside than when painting from a photograph. “The best thing about working on location instead of from a photo is that you’re there for an hour or two and the light changes and the shadows change and things get better or worse. Things happen that would never happen if you are just passing by,” said Stats. Stats feels a special affinity for the red rocks of Southern Utah and loves how the color of the prairie mixes with original pioneer buildings and structures. She also loves to work in floral still-life when she gets the chance. “We’re very lucky in this area that we still have standing pioneer landscape and houses

and farms. Our landscape is gorgeous,” said Stats, who loves spending time in Moab, Torrey and the Grand Canyon. Stats’ love of art really took off after her husband was transferred to work in Brazil for what was supposed to be a permanent post but actually only lasted about a year. She bought an oil-paint set and would spend time painting postcards she found and copied watercolor books with pastels. This interest flared every time she met someone with art supplies. Originally, she said, her burning desire to paint was so her family would have something to hang on the walls of their house that wouldn’t make it look like a motel room. While some painters are able to finish a project out in the field, Stats finds that her goal is more about getting notes and references down and collecting information for a larger painting. She has trouble finishing because there are so many more projects to start. “I have stacks and stacks and stacks of beginnings of plein air studies,” said Stats. “I don’t ever aim to finish. I’d say a maximum of five in the last two years that actually got finished on location and I was quite proud of myself.” For the last three years, Stats has been part of a group of artists working with the Hockaday Museum in Glacier National Park to put on

a show honoring women painters of the Past, those who went out into the park under adverse conditions at a time when that wasn’t the sort of thing women did. Stats has been in the show for the past two years with three other women painters, representing the modern women who capture the park’s scenery and essence. The show took place on Aug. 11–12 and the Montana Film Commission donated resources to help support the project. Five women from the U.S. and Canada have been chosen to submit three paintings each for the 2018 show celebrating Canada’s anniversary. “It’s a big show and I was fortunate enough to be chosen for one of those people,” said Stats. After the Hockaday show, Stats planned to travel up through Glacier and into Canada to begin gathering ideas and information for the 2018 show. “There’s nothing like being on location,” Stats said. “When you’re out there in the middle of this space and there’s no one else there, you just feel like the luckiest person in the world.” For more information about the Timeless Legacy exhibit, visit http:// w w w. h o c k a d a y m u s e u m . o r g / i n d e x . cfm?inc=page&page=709&page_content=ATimeless-Legacy-Exhibit-and-Sale-at-theHockaday-Museum-of-Art l


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Canyons School District proposes bond for new schools, upgrades By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


nion Middle is just a few months from reaching its quinquagenary — or what most folks call its golden birthday — and like many of its neighboring schools, Union is beginning to show its age. On the Nov. 7 ballot, Canyons Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond to modernize and upgrade schools across Canyons School District. “Union is on the list of schools to be rebuilt if the bond initiative is approved by voters in November,” Principal Kelly Tauteoli said. “Union was built in 1968 and has not been reinforced to make it safe for children in the event of an earthquake.” In addition to safety, Tauteoli said students should have ideal setting for learning. Currently, the district is providing assistance in adjusting the temperature in its current buildings. “The district has been working with us to provide some relief for teachers and students in hot rooms. They have provided some swamp coolers and are looking at other temporary solutions. The new buildings the Canyons (School) District is building are climate controlled with a lot of natural light. These are the optimal conditions for classrooms. We want our students and teachers physically comfortable, so the focus can shift completely to learning,” she said. Nearby Midvalley Elementary is 60 years old, Hillcrest High is 55 years, Peruvian Park is 52 years and Brighton High is 48. These schools also are on the list to be torn down and rebuilt along with Edgemont Elementary or Bell View Elementary, if the bond passes, said Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney. “In June 2010, residents approved a $250 million tax-neutral bond that funded 13 major construction and renovation projects and we have kept our promise in improving those schools across Canyons District,” he said. “Now, we are asking taxpayers to approve this bond so we can continue our promise to upgrade more schools across our district.” The last of the 13 projects, the renovation of Indian Hills Middle, is underway and projected to be completed by the end of this current school year. Canyons School District, which began with the 2009–10 school year, serves about 33,000 students in Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy’s 29 elementaries, eight middle schools and five traditional high schools as well as other locations for specialized programs. Haney said similar to homeowners borrowing money in the form of a mortgage, the school district borrows to finance the design, construction, expansion and renovation of school facilities. He said the general obligation bond is the form of the lowest possible interest rate and with Canyons’ financial record includes a AAA bond rating, which will guarantee the district the best available interest rate. “Taxes won’t go up,” he said. Along with the rebuilding of schools, which will cost about $257 million, a new elementary school at a cost of $20 million will be built in West Draper. Renovations that will cost $38.5 million will take part in Alta High, including a new auditorium and gymnasium. Additional classroom wings estimated at $4.5 million will be added at Corner Canyon High. Offices will be remodeled at a cost of $2.7 million at Brookwood, Granite, Oakdale, Park Lake, Silver Mesa and Sunrise elementaries. And natural lighting, which will cost $3.1 million, will be added to 18 elementary schools across the district boundaries. Haney also said the cost of the buildings will be augmented with ongoing capital facility money. The projects were based on a

Union teachers, including eighth-grade English teacher Krista Edwards, use swamp coolers provided by Canyons School District to cool off in their classrooms. (Kelly Tauteoli/Union Middle School)

list compiled by architects in 2010, which addressed $650 million for improving facilities, he added. “These buildings are about kids. They spend a significant part of their days in schools so we want them to be safe, welcoming, well lit, clean, high-tech buildings across all parts of the district so every community in Canyons School District can benefit,” Haney said. Since Aug. 22 when Canyons Board of Education approved the plan to propose the bond, Canyons officials have met with neighbors, city councils and other leaders to answer questions about the proposal. At Ridgecrest Elementary’s 50th birthday bash, Superintendent Jim Briscoe passed fliers to attendees explaining the projects involved in the bond proposal. “I expect that these buildings will last longer than the previous schools, as we have improved architecture and engineering designing and updated maintenance,” he said. “I think we always will see a need for wireless (internet). We’re looking at the best investment for our buildings and our students, who are our future.” Briscoe also applauded the board of education for making a “tough decision” in proposing a second bond. Board President Sherril H. Taylor said Canyons’ commitment to its promise speaks for itself. “While we think our track record speaks for itself, we reiterate our pledge to provide modern and safe schools for our community while also serving as conscientious stewards of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “We have built so much momentum since our patrons graciously supported our previous facility-improvement plan, and we have great hopes the community will continue to work with us in our efforts to build up Canyons together.” l

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Young tennis team led by sensational junior By Ron Bevan | r.bevan@mycityjournals.com


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Alta junior Emily Astle leads a young girls tennis team as the number one singles player. Astle has two state titles already under her belt and hopes to add a third this season. (Ron Bevan/City Journals)


he ball hasn’t even been hit yet, but there is a bit of fear, a nervous trepidation, coming across the server as she looks across the net at her opponent, Emily Astle, perhaps the best high school tennis player in the entire state. Astle has already put herself in a position to pounce on the ball. And when it arrives, she attacks with an aggression that belies her youthful age. She looks like a seasoned college pro, and strikes the ball with a combination of precision and power that could be mistaken for a player much older. But off the court, Astle is still learning the nuances of driving a car. She is only a junior, but her tennis game is much more advanced than that. “She is an amazing player,” Alta tennis coach Kallie Rice said of Astle. “She not only has the power in her stroke, but she stays calm and poised throughout her matches. Even when she is behind in the count, she doesn’t panic. She just keeps to her game plan and finds a way to win.” Winning isn’t new to Astle, the no. 1 singles player for the Alta Hawks this year. She is the reigning 4A state singles champion, a title she won both her freshman and sophomore years. During those championship runs, she only lost one match. “A lot of players as good as she is and with the record she has tend to get a little full of themselves, like they are better than everyone else,” Rice said. “That’s not the case with Astle. She is one of the most humble people around, and is constantly helping others improve their games.” But Astle won’t be defending her 4A state titles this season. Alta moved back into the 5A ranks, where the competition is much stiffer. But Astle has her eye on adding a 5A title to her belt. She is currently undefeated in all matches. Astle has been on the radar of collegiate programs for years. She has already made her decision, and has verbally committed to playing for BYU in two years. Astle is just one of several underclassmen on the Alta Hawks team this season. In fact, there are only two seniors playing for

the Hawks: Ally Marquez and Tori Knight. Marquez is on the no. 1 doubles team with junior Sophie Emery, a duo Rice expects to see accomplish some goals this season. “Doubles is more of a strategy game than is singles,” Rice said. “There are plays you can draw up as far as positioning between the two players. Marquez and Emery work super well together. They complement each other’s playing style.” Knight handles the no. 2 singles position on the junior varsity squad. “She sets a great example for the rest of the team,” Rice said. “She runs after every single ball.” The Hawks look to Sarah Ovard for the no. 2 singles slot on the varsity team. Ovard, a sophomore this year, made it to the semifinals of the state tournament last season as a freshman. “Ovard is a player who works hard during the off season to improve her game,” Rice said. “We only have a month and a half with the girls as a team, so sometimes they can forget about their game for 10 months and not improve much. Ovard stays busy all year round and her game has improved so much it sets an example of what hard work can do for other players.” In the no. 3 singles slot is sophomore Brinley Horton. She did not play for the Hawks last year, having moved to Texas where she learned a different regional style of play. “Tennis up here seems to be a quiet game,” Rice said. “Down in Texas, the teams get noisy and cheer each other on. Not only did it make Horton super competitive, but she is our cheerleader. She has learned how to bring everyone on the team together.” In the no. 2 doubles slot are juniors Katie Winegar and Savannah Beck, two players who bring an aggressive attitude to the sport. “Sometimes doubles teams just wait for the other team to miss the ball,” Rice said. “These two try to win every point by playing formations.” l

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Alta returns to 5A football prominence By Ron Bevan | r.bevan@mycityjournals.com

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Alta senior quarterback Will Dana surveys the field looking for an open receiver. Dana leads an explosive Hawk offense that has already produced two 60plus scoring games. (Ron Bevan/City Journals)


hey say there is strength in numbers. That can be said about the Alta High School football team this year. “We finally have a good number of players to fill all the slots on the field with adequate depth,” Alta coach Alema Te’o said. “It took us a few years to get here though.” Alta was a powerhouse in 5A football about 10 years ago. The Hawks won two state championships and made it to the semifinals or finals several times. They developed a hot rivalry with Bingham at the time, and the matchups between the two teams were so popular it was moved for a few years to Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium just to handle the crowds. All for one high school game. But then Corner Canyon High School opened its doors in Draper in 2013. The new school cut Alta’s attendance nearly in half and took away a good chunk of football talent. Alta dropped down to the 4A ranks, and the once storied football tradition seemed to melt away. Te’o stepped in as coach in 2015 and began making changes. The resulting changes got the program back to an 11-2 record last season. Even with the impressive record, it was still a struggle for Alta last year. Due to injuries, there were only 27 players suiting up by the time the 4A playoffs rolled around. Alta would make it to the semifinals with two playoff wins before the shrinking numbers caused the Hawks to lose, 42-14, to Springville. “Our players just ran out of gas,” Te’o said. “We were asking so much of them by the end of the season.” But the school has rebounded from the loss of Corner Canyon students. This season Alta is back in the 5A ranks along with Corner Canyon. And the team is back to suiting up a full contingent of players, with over 60 student athletes on the team. “I think where we have come the furthest is on defense,” Te’o said. “We had a very good offense last year but now we have added a strong defense as well.” Te’o looks to a strong linebacker core to anchor the de-

fense. Seniors Mitch Medina and MJ Tafisi are the main linebackers Te’o sees as making a difference on the defensive side. “They are big and they are fast,” Te’o said. “They know how to read plays and get where they need to be. And while it is nice to have a tough-nosed defense, it is the offense that puts people in the seats. This year’s version of Alta football has the offense capable of impressing stalwart fans. The Hawks already have two games with over 60 points and another with 42. “We have a lot of weapons to turn to,” Te’o said. “We have a good group of running backs and some excellent receivers.” But the offense always centers around the quarterback. Will Dana handles the helm of the offense. The six-foot, 180-pound senior quarterback has a rifle for an arm, but will also beat you with the run. “He was our starting quarterback last season and his abilities earned him first team All State honors,” Te’o said of Dana. “He is great at decision making, and takes care of the ball very well.” Behind him at running back is Zach Engstrom. Built similarly to Dana – but with blond hair instead of brown — Engstrom moved to more of a running back role for his senior season at Alta. Engstrom was used primarily as a receiver the last two seasons. “He is physically well put together,” Te’o said of Engstrom. “He works hard in the weight room all year long.” Not only did Alta move up in class size this season, but the Hawks were also placed in what has been called one of the toughest regions. Besides Alta, two other teams have won recent state titles: Timpview and Jordan. Brighton challenged for the state title in 2013. “It is not going to be easy getting through region play,” Te’o said. “We have to take care business one week at a time. But I think the teams that leave the region and go on to state will go far.”l

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Jordan looks to new head coach to lead football program By Ron Bevan | r.bevan@mycityjournals.com


he loss of a veteran coach can sometimes be a daunting task to overcome for a high school program. It was a problem Jordan seemed to be saddled with when coach Eric Kjar moved from the Beetdigger program to Corner Canyon in the off season. Enter Kaleo Teriipaia, a first-year coach in the high school ranks. Teriipaia took over the reins at Jordan after helping coach the linebackers at Utah State. And his first order of business was to keep the ship sailing smoothly. “We have a lot of kids that came up through the ranks under Kjar’s program,” Teriipaia said. “They were a bit nervous at first. But they have had a winning program and I wanted to keep it going in that direction.” Kjar coached the Beetdiggers for eight years, taking the program back to winning prowess and a 2012 state 5A championship. He left Jordan with a 69-29 record. But thus far this season the Beetdiggers are thriving under their new coach. Jordon lost only once in the first four games of the season and have found ways to score both on the ground and in the air. Led by senior quarterback Crew Wakley, Jordan averages two touchdowns passing to every three rushing. In fact, Wakley has thrown as many passing touchdowns (nine) as he has rushed for himself. “Wakley is a big-time playmaker,” Teriipaia said. “He simply wants to win. He is the kind of quarterback that can sit back and wait for his receivers to get open or he can tuck the ball and go for yardage himself.” In his second season as the starting quarterback, Wakley has already thrown for over 1,000 yards in four games. He has rushed for 483 yards, leading all rushers on the Jordan squad. He led the team with 22 touchdowns rushing last season on 190 carries for 1,356 yards. “We have a dangerous passing game thanks to Wakley and his receivers,” Teriipaia said. “So we try to limit his rushes and keep him safe. But there is no limiting a running quarterback. He takes off if he sees the opening.” Jordan’s main running back this season is junior Jake Shaver. He has already posted five touchdowns of his own, muscling his way through the line looking for his own openings. Shaver is an all-around athlete. He plays shortstop for the Jordan baseball team in the spring. And although he is only a junior, he has already committed to a scholarship to play baseball for the University of Arizona. “He is consistent in every sport he plays,” Teriipaia said. “His is strong and a hard runner, which gives us a balanced attack. People can’t just think of us as a passing team anymore.” When Wakley goes to the air, he is usually looking for one of three receivers. Ethan Bolingbroke, Ben Lisk and Noah Hennings are usually on the receiving end of the passing

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game. Bolingbroke, a junior, leads all receivers in total yardage. Senior Lisk is about halfway behind Bolingbroke and senior tight end Hennings is next. “Bolingbroke isn’t the biggest receiver you will see out there, but he has great hands,” Teriipaia said. “His timing on the ball is very good.” And no team’s scoring would be complete without a good field goal kicker. Enter senior Emily Bluemel, who learned to properly kick a ball as a soccer player for her club team Avalanche. She put 59 points on the board last season for the Beetdiggers and is on pace to

match or break that mark this season. “She is a solid kicker who is consistent from 35 yards in,” Teriipaia said. “When it comes to point after touchdown kicks, you can’t find anyone better than Bluemel.” On the defensive side, Jordan is led by Latigo Liuzzi. The senior safety led all tackles last season with 89. He is aided by a variety of skilled defenders, notably sophomore linebacker Steve Street. “We have a very young team overall,” Teriipaia said. “The seniors we have are vital to our success, but we have players we can also build on for the future.” l


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Draper police officer takes on new role as city’s park ranger By Lexi Peery

Officer Ryan Clegg often patrols Corner Canyon and the surrounding areas with his truck or bike. (Jon Beesley/Resident)


raper Police Department Officer Ryan Clegg has been able to mix his love for the outdoors and mountain biking into his full-time police responsibilities. As the first park ranger for Draper City, Clegg spends his time patrolling Corner Canyon and the surrounding area. When the city decided to add a new position to the police

force, Clegg jumped at the opportunity. Since stepping into the role in early July, Ranger Clegg (as some residents jokingly call him) has added a police presence to the area that hasn’t existed before. “The issues we were having in the canyon were not being patrolled by our officers since we are understaffed and we don’t have the time to go way back into the open space,” Clegg said. “It also doesn’t make sense since we don’t have the right vehicles or equipment and a lot of officers don’t know where they are going because they are unfamiliar with the bike trails. You really have to be an avid biker or have a passion to be up there to know where you are going.” Some issues that have mostly gone unaddressed in the area include trespassing, vandalism, campfires, fireworks, violating trail rules and not locking up the gates at various trailheads at night. Clegg is addressing those issues in his new role. During the first year of his new position, Clegg knows the mayor, city council and police department will be watching closely to see what kind of activities have flown under the radar in the past. He’s hoping he’ll soon have someone else to work with “if I can show there’s a need for it.” Since becoming a Draper officer five years ago, Clegg has spent hours exploring the area on his mountain bike trying to familiarize himself with the area. He fell in love with the area because there are so many different loops and trails to take. Clegg works 40 hours a week and spends those hours in the mountains doing whatever he sees fit. Oftentimes in the cool parts of the day, Clegg can be seen riding his bike up and down

the trails, finding problem areas and making sure the various bikers, hikers and motorists don’t have any issues with each other. The rest of the time he’s on duty, he drives his truck around to the trailheads and other problem areas to patrol. “I just vary for the needs of the canyon. And I blend in with what really needs to happen,” Clegg said. “There are times that I need to be up there over the weekend during the evening hours because that’s when the juveniles are coming out or the crime is occurring.” Even though it may seem like a lonely job — patrolling the canyon for hours on end — Clegg has found that people in the area have taken an interest in him and what he’s doing up there. “I hang out at the trailheads sometimes just to talk to people. They’re interested in knowing what’s going on, why there’s a guy with a gun belt and about the new position. I’ve gotten a lot of questions and lots of positive contact,” Clegg said. “They’re happy to see me, which is different for me.” Clegg is in charge of the area from Orson Smith Trailhead — or the Northeast part of Draper — through Corner Canyon and Suncrest, into Alpine and Highland. “It’s a large area,” Clegg said. “Overall, it’s a fun job — I can’t complain. I get to get out on my bike and I’m always active, which is really nice. The hard part about this job is making sure you don’t overdo it in a day or week,” Clegg said. “You have to pace yourself and know where you’re going and for how long, and make sure you’re doing regular checks with dispatch to let them know where you’re at. But I enjoy my job and I love talking to the community.” l

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Beetdiggers hope to make noise in region soccer By Ron Bevan | r.bevan@mycityjournals.com


ll the signs are against them. They are too young. The teams are too strong in the region. None of that matters to the Jordan Beetdiggers girls soccer team. All that matters is playing their best on any given day. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. “We know we are in the region of death,” Jordan soccer coach Marli Martin said, using a World Cup soccer reference. “But if we step up and play to our ability we can compete in this region.” Martin is referring to the recently realigned 5A Region 7. The region includes soccer powerhouses Brighton and Alta along with upcoming Corner Canyon. The trio, along with Jordan, makes the region tough to pick out a favored team. Since only three teams advance to the state playoffs, one good team will be sitting at home watching and wishing a bounce had gone their way. “There is no Goliath, we are all good,” Martin said. “Everyone is beating everyone, so it may come down to the last week of soccer.” Indeed, Brighton, Alta and Jordan have numerous state titles under their belts. The only team midway through the season without a region loss is Corner Canyon, a newcomer of sorts to top-tier soccer. Alta has managed to beat Brighton but dropped its first game to Jordan. “It was a huge win for us to beat Alta,” Martin said. “They are such a great school and our cross-town rivals. We went in wanting to do each job individually and as a team. We wanted to win the 50/50 balls.” The Beetdiggers shut out Alta in the Aug. 31 contest, 2-0. “It was the funnest game I have ever coached,” Martin said.

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“Every tackle my girls made, every touch they got seemed to make them more enlightened. Hands down the girls deserved that win more than any other.” But the excitement of beating Alta may have played a part in the next week’s 6-1 loss to Corner Canyon. “A huge win like we had with Alta can either help or hurt a team,” Martin said. “I think we just got too relaxed thinking Corner Canyon wasn’t as good as Alta.” Jordan is relying on a very young soccer team this season. There are only five seniors on the squad, with only two getting significant playing time. “My big players are all very young this year,” Junior goalkeeper Erika Oldham protects the net for the Jordan girls soccer team this season. Martin said. Jordan relies on junior Erika Oldham to Oldham was in the net for all of her sophomore season and most of her freshman as well. (Ron protect the net as goalkeeper. Oldham is in her Bevan/City Journals) help stop opposing attackers. Although just a freshman, Monson third season as a varsity goalkeeper. She recorded four shutouts last season and already has half that mark this year. sees more minutes each game than all other players except the “She is very impactful to our game,” Martin said. “She is a goalkeeper. “I don’t think she has sat down for more than a few minutes huge piece to our puzzle.” Sophomores Kailey Brecke and Kaiya Jefferson lead the all year,” Martin said of Monson. “She may be young and not scoring attack for the Beetdiggers. Although young, both have the biggest defender, but she reads the game very well and protects the back line.” posted several goals for Jordan this season. The seniors on the team are Anna Jensen, Gabby Davis, “Brecke is a spitfire,” Martin said. “She is the type of girl that goes full throttle the entire game. She is dangerous in our Lena Lindsay, Nicole Freestone and Bryanna Miller. Davis and Lindsay see the most playing time of the seniors, but all are an attacking third of the field.” l Karlei Monson is one of the defenders Jordan calls on to important part of the team, according to Martin.


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bout one year ago, a team of then sixth-graders met with a wildlife biologist at Salt Lake City International Airport wanting to see how they could help. “I wasn’t sure what they were wanting to look at, but they were interested in seeing what we do,” said USDA wildlife biologist Bobby Boswell. “I showed them around, told them about our problems and issues at the airport concerning birds. A bit later, they came out with a prototype of a bird scare device. It was simple — a fan screwed to wood powered by a motor.” Since last fall, the team, nicknamed Bionic Porcupines 2.0, spent several months updating and altering the bird scare device now known across the country as the Bionic Scarecrow. It’s now housed in a toolbox that uses a car battery and marine fan to power a wind sock sewn out of rip-stop nylon. It’s a small, portable, environmentally friendly and effective way to scare away birds nesting around airports. While working with Boswell, the team learned more about bird strikes, popularized through the “Miracle on the Hudson” when a pilot safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009 after a bird strike took out the plane’s engines. The issue came to the forefront again this year with the movie “Sully,” based on that bird strike. “We discovered that the problem was larger than we realized at first because many airports are located on the birds’ migratory routes and habitats,” Abigail Slama-Catron said, who is a seventh-grader at Midvale Middle School with teammate Eric Snaufer. “We’re wanting to share our Bionic Scarecrows because they save lives — both the people’s and the birds’.” Salt Lake City International Airport At Salt Lake International, that means swallows nesting in culverts and geese and ducks landing on the nearby abandoned golf course and munching on grasshoppers in the fields, Boswell said. “I didn’t know if a small version would work to keep away the birds, but we tested the scarecrow in January. We had dispersed geese (by other methods) for 21 days prior, but for seven days when we tested it, the scarecrow kept birds away without us having to do any other method,” he said. Since then, the airport staff has been using three scarecrows the team has provided to effectively and efficiently scare birds from nesting or landing near the airport, ultimately reducing the number of possible bird strikes that could endanger birds and humans, Boswell said. “It has saved us up to 30 minutes nine times every day to leave the airfield and drive to the golf course to use pyrotechnics to scare away birds. We’re able to constantly scare the birds away during the day with the scarecrow and we’re able to do our work elsewhere,” he said. “I’ve learned to never underestimate anybody of any age. When they came, I didn’t know I’d be spending the last 11 months with them, but I’ve embraced every minute of it.” Seventh-grader Allison Drennan, who attends Beehive Science and Technology Academy with teammate Timothy Holt, said the team has built several scarecrows and want to share them with more airports. “We not only identified a need, but we created an answer — and it works,” she said. North America Bird Strike Committee Conference, Dallas With an invitation to speak and demonstrate the scarecrow, the team has been able to share the project with other airport officials. On Aug. 24, they spoke at the North America Bird Strike Committee Conference in Dallas and showed their device to about 300 wildlife and aviation specialists. “It was a very cool thing to do and we were able to expand our knowledge and connections,” Eric said. After presenting their device and explaining how it had been tested for eight months, they demonstrated it at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport Wildlife Administrator Cathy Boyles said the conference rotates through different airports so wildlife staffs can get hands-on learning and see the best practices

By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com demonstrated. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, progress has been made in reducing strikes of pigeons — the no. 1 bird that causes damage to airplanes — in the area after eliminating certain vegetation when a botanist discovered that a certain kind of seed was attracting both pigeons and morning doves. While pyrotechnics, changing vegetation and even introducing a programmed robotic bird are methods wildlife staff use or explore, Boyles said she supports all ideas brought to wildlife staffs in an effort to reduce bird strikes. “It’s the first time we’ve had kids take notice and want to help find an answer,” she said. “It’s very cool.” USDA Science Adviser Richard Dolbeer said bird strikes have been The team demonstrated the Bionic Scarecrow before the Utah State Board of Education in September. (Julie reduced through various methods. Slama/City Journals) “The number of bird strikes causing damage has gone down from about 500 Eric said that the honor is significant. nationwide in 2000 to 350 in 2015,” he said, adding that it’s typically “It’s a really big honor and our team has worked hard,” he said. larger birds that cause the most damage. “But it will really pay off when the scarecrows are out in the airport What the Bionic Porcupines 2.0 discovered, through a recent helping people.” Cornell University study, Eric said, was that random motion scares Sandy away birds. Dolbeer said that the team of 12-year-olds used that The Bionic Porcupines 2.0 returned to their homes in Sandy and knowledge along with answering the needs of their airport staff to back to school; however, they are continuing to spread the word introduce a method to effectively offer another solution. about their device. On Sept. 8, they took the project to the State “What this group of young people did is really a neat thing. Board of Education and received a standing ovation. They’ve introduced a practical method and learned the science In June, they shared the device with Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan behind it. It shows their commitment, and their practical application and the city council. is excellent,” he said. “These are four special students because someday, I know The Bionic Scarecrow will save airport officials money on they’ll save my life when I’ll be on an airplane,” said Dolan, who current, more expensive methods of scaring the birds as well as save also presented the students with a proclamation at a Sandy City airlines about $900 million per year in damaged planes, Timothy Council meeting. “They are very creative, forward thinkers who are said. doing our community a great service.” “We have a provisional patent so we’re able to produce more They also have been recognized at Beehive Academy of Science Bionic Scarecrows to help stop bird strikes at other airports and and Technology, Midvale Middle School, Midvale City Council and places around the world,” Timothy said, adding that the team can were slated to appear at Canyons Board of Education on Sept. 19. continue to make improvements and adjustments such as adding In February, the team took the prototype to the First Lego League solar chargers, motion sensors and remotes to work the device. state championship and won the most innovative Project award. The Abigail said the experience was beneficial. Bionic Scarecrow was named one of the top 60 most innovative First “It was eye-opening to hear how others were trying to scare Lego League projects in the world. away birds and see their inventions. We explained our Bionic In March, Abigail and Eric represented the team at the Salt Lake Scarecrow to all these leading officials and wildlife staff from North Valley Science and Engineering Fair where they won the elementary America, who genuinely were interested in our innovative method. division mechanical engineering category as well as special awards Now, many of them want to try it out at their airports,” Abigail said. from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the President’s Environmental Youth Award, Washington, D.C. Utah Department of Transportation. A few days later, on Aug. 28, the Bionic Porcupines 2.0 were In April, Abigail’s film on the project won the best middle awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award by the U.S. school documentary at the eighth Canyons Film Festival and she Environmental Protection Agency. was invited to submit it for the Colorado Environmental Film EPA Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education Festival. On April 15, they were joined by Allison’s older sister, Chief of Staff Tom Brennan said he has not been aware of a project Katie, and were awarded the best prototype at the Utah High School similar to this in the past 20 years. Entrepreneur Challenge. “My first impression is that these students problem-solved to find In July, they presented the Bionic Scarecrow to about 400 EPA a device that could use effective engineering and put it into practical scientists and officials at the regional headquarters, receiving a use that could dramatically reduce bird strikes,” Brennan said. “This standing ovation and positive feedback. could really save lives. When we look at students’ projects, we look “It’s great to be recognized for our hard work, but what meant for creativity and problem solving and this fits both.” the most was when we went to the airport to see our project actually EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn said the students work,” Abigail said. “We are making a difference in the world.” really struck a cord in the depth of their project and the way they The team’s accomplishments took their coaches Mark Snaufer were not only creative, but also communicated and created the and Ben Holt by surprise. partnership. “The team of 12-year-olds continuously surprised me when “The students were thinking outside the box and found new and they’ve been given the chance to show the depth of expertise and different ways to approach environmental problems,” he said. knowledge they have,” Holt said. l

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