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he parade will go on, was the motto the morning of Sept. 18 as South Jordan continued its Summerfest celebrations despite the rain and wind. After not being able to hold the parade in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, community members lined the sidewalks of the equestrian center to support the almost 62 entries into the parade, including Mayor Dawn Ramsey, all members of South Jordan’s city council and more. City employee Brian Preece was the announcer for the parade. A change to this year’s parade was the parade’s route, which in the past started along 2200 West and turned right onto Park Road into the equestrian center and ending on Redwood Road. A free pancake breakfast was served starting at 7 a.m. and went until the parade began at 9 a.m. The parade began with a demonstration by motor units from the South Jordan police department, followed by South Jordan Fire Department fire trucks and emergency vehicles. In full force at the parade were students from Bingham High School. Everyone from the band, ballroom team, dance team, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys lacrosse and more. As so many students were involved in the parade, so too were their parents there to cheer and

The Bingham High School ballroom group performed a small dance sequence during the parade. All vehicles were required to drive at approximately five miles per hour. (Photo by Rachel Aubrey/City Journals.)

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Many neighbor cities participated in the Summerfest parade on Sept. 18, including West Jordan. (Photo by Rachel Aubrey/City Journals.)

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At Aspen Elementary, first principal wants all children to belong, learn, feel supported By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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lmost every morning before the school bell rings, Aspen Elementary Principal can be found in the gym on an elliptical machine or a treadmill. It’s not just to keep healthy, but it serves as her secret stress reliever. “I go to the gym every morning; it’s my therapy at $10 per month for my gym membership,” she said. “It just makes such as difference. If I can get up early and go to the gym, I can handle anything that day.” Since January, her stress level may have increased as she was helping to oversee the building of the new school, Aspen Elementary, in the Daybreak community. It wasn’t just the building of a school during COVID-19 when supplies are short or hiring of staff and faculty or getting computers, furniture or supplies in place before the first day of school. Williams was concerned about the well-being of her incoming students—some she had never met; some were coming from other school—during COVID-19. “This pandemic has been tough on kiddos, social media—even at the elementary level—and the media in general, everything that they’re exposed to has increased the anxiety that we see in our younger people. It’s just so important to teach tolerance, service and emotional healthiness,” she said. That’s why she wanted a wellness center at Aspen. “I’ve seen them be effective in other schools,” she said, adding that Aspen’s wellness room was used the first day of school. “We had a child that really needed to go in and take a break. I was grateful for it. Today’s kids just face obstacles that we just didn’t have.” Williams grew up in Moroni, where she remembers riding her bike everywhere. Even now, she returns to Sanpete County to see family and go to the hometown celebrations if she’s not camping in Wayne County, her husband’s home. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business, administrative systems, and while raising her five kids in West Jordan, she worked as a medical transcriber in their home. When her youngest son started third grade, Williams started substitute teaching and discovered, “I loved it, and I

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loved being in the classroom,” she said. She was hired to teach sixth grade at Terra Linda Elementary by day and at night, studied to get her certification as well as her math endorsement. “I loved teaching; I loved that they (sixth graders) were grown up and you can have some great conversations with them, but they’re still kids,” Williams said. “I loved the look in their eye when they got it.” When she realized her certification and endorsement counted toward earning a master’s degree from Southern Utah University, she went on to accomplish that. With the encouragement of a friend, she decided to become an administrator and got her certification from Utah State University. After eight years of teaching, Williams became an administrator for one year at Butterfield Canyon and Herriman Elementary. There, she was appointed to be Eastlake Elementary’s assistant principal for six months before that principal was moved so she stepped into his position for the past six years. Even though Williams is not studying to earn another degree, she still reads non-fiction books to learn. “Learning doesn’t stop once you get the degree,” she said, adding she expressed that to her own children as well. “I told them, ‘I’m a student as well, and we keep learning our whole life.’” At Aspen, she wants her students to feel that hometown warmth and support and desire to learn. “Our theme is ‘All belong, all learn, all succeed,’” she said. “We’re really making an emphasis on helping everyone feel welcome here and certainly, we have our academic goals as well.” That belonging builds a sense of community, she said, which was supported when everyone got to vote on the school colors—green and gold—and mascot—alligators — once school began. Students cheered, then created an alligator’s mouth opening and closing with raising and closing their hands together. Williams has her own goal as well: “Just being present—being at recess, being in the lunchroom, not being in

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Community turns out to support Eastlake Elementary at 10th fall festival

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or nine years, Eastlake Elementary has held a fall festival fundraiser, complete with a dunk tank, carnival games, inflatable fun, silent auction, dinner and a bake sale. In the past, the event has attracted families, raising $15,000 to $20,000 for the school’s PTA to sponsor activities and events. However, last year the event wasn’t held because of COVID-19. Instead, customized Eastlake masks were made available as the fundraiser for $20 each or 2 for $30, which netted $6,500, said PTA President Alison Neeley. With the return of the fall festival, during the continuation of the pandemic, Neeley hoped for a good turnout to bring in a typical amount for the school PTA. Instead, crowds flocked to the school, with more than 750 community members turning out. “It was busier this year,” Neeley said. “Last year with COVID, we weren’t able to do anything, so I think people were excited to get out and do something.” To run a grand carnival evening for the community, she relied upon others; about 250 people volunteered. “We reached out to the clubs at the [nearby] high school. Herriman [High] rugby team’s coach is amazing. He sends the boys on the team over to help every year,” she said, adding that middle school students also return to their alma mater to help and church youth groups and Scouts joined in to run carnival games. This year, students in Herriman High’s Chinese program held specific cultural-themed activities, such as making paper lanterns, practicing Chinese characters and using chopsticks to pick up small marshmallows and cereal not only for those in Chinese dual immersion program, but for all Eastlake students. “It’s a fun service opportunity because a lot of clubs in high school need some amount of service hours so I think they enjoy doing fun service,” she said. “My favorite part is just seeing people willing to help to create that experi-

Continued from front page events,” said South Jordan resident Cherie Denison, who along with her husband, BJ, were present at the parade to cheer and support their daughter, a member of the Bingham High ballroom team. There was plenty of school spirit present, with little thought to the dark clouds and gusts of wind. Nearby Herriman High School choir and basketball team participated in the parade. Local businesses participated, handing out coupons and novelties for parade spectators, such as Menchies, Beyond Limits Physical Therapy, Gracie Jim Jitsu, Mathnasium Math Bus, Locally Twisted and Flake Pie

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About 700 families supported this year’s Eastlake Elementary’s fall festival, which served as the school’s PTA fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Keppner)

ence for the kids, especially the teenagers. It’s really touching that they want to do that for the kids in the community and that they’re willing to help out with it.” Some people also helped the event by donating gift baskets or contacting local businesses to donate items. This year bidding items ranged from a Donavan Mitchell-signed Utah Jazz jersey, Hale Center theatre tickets, and Megaplex tickets to home décor items, Pampered Chef pizza stones, tutoring sessions, homemade quilts and photography, and professional organizing sessions and more. Students likely had the most fun with their $10 wristbands that allowed them to do almost all the activities that evening. Some opted to pay $1 per ball to soak nine different teachers in the dunk tank. “The kids love to see their teachers in the dunk tank and it’s really neat because the teachers, a lot of the times, let let the kids who don’t hit the target (with a ball), just run up and hit it anyway—every single time,” Neeley

said. “They’re amazing for doing that.” Families also could pre-order or purchase at the event some of the 240 chicken sandwiches or 160 slices of pizza, which proceeds also contributed to the fundraiser. At press deadline, the PTA was still tallying up the cash and electronic payments from the evening. Neeley said the funds are earmarked for PTA activities such as Red Ribbon Week, literacy, Battle of the Books, DARE shirts, kindergarten orientation, sixth grade party, spelling bee, teacher appreciation, teachers’ dinners during parent-teacher conferences and school field trips. However, this year, Eastlake’s fall festival also was a time to bond. “The kids loved it,” Neeley said. “They were so excited. I had a lot of comments that people were just thrilled and just so grateful to do something fun. I think it went really well and it was extra crowded this year with people making it a priority.” l

Company. To bring a little diversity to the parade, the TeHamata Polynesian dance group from Riverton, as well as the Karpaty Polish Folkdance ensemble was present at the parade. The Salt Lake City-based Karpaty ensemble brought traditional dances from Poland as well as Polish treats to pass out to spectators. There were city floats from the neighboring towns of West Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, Murray, Draper, Riverton and Bluffdale. The float representing the host city of South Jordan was themed with the Pacific Islanders in mind, focusing on their journey and discovery of new places. The wording on the side of the float read “To-

day’s adventure is calling.” Special events coordinator for South Jordan, Natalie Domino said that she was pleased overall with how many people showed up to watch the parade even in the rainy weather. Although typically held in June as a kickoff to the summer months, this year’s Summerfest was pushed back to September due to COVID-19. The celebration instead culminated in the close of summer. The Summerfest ran all weekend long with a carnival of rides and games, free shows and demonstrations, and food trucks and vendors. l

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AAI adds new equipment to expand engineering lab to include metal work By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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his school year, American Academy of Innovation students will be able to work with metal, thanks to new equipment that was purchased for the school’s engineering lab. The school acquired a tabletop five-axis CNC, full three-axis metal mill, articulated bandsaw, full metal lathe, a drill press, laser cutting for etching and several hand tools. “It’s the equivalent of small machine shop, but through working with the equipment, students will learn how things are built or made,” AAI Director of Technology Robert Warren said. “It will give our young people the opportunity to look and understand the complexity of things differently and that’s a win.” In the lab, students will have the ability to machine complex parts, cut gears, and make items that may reduce costs or save time. Warren can envision the school’s robotics team using the engineering lab machinery to help build an engine or math and science students appreciating the complexity of engineering parts. AAI has 3D printers they have used in the past, but Warren said that with the metal engineering equipment, “they can look at a chunk of metal, see its potential and realize that they can create something that will come out of it. It’s just a whole different way of thinking and that’s another way our students can

learn, understand and appreciate.” Before high school students can use the equipment, Warren said they will be trained so they understand what to do and how the machinery works. They also will be watched as they work on projects during the school hours or afterschool, if arranged with a supervisor. The first projects using the equipment will be simple, Warren said. “Students may make their own ruler, so they’ll learn to look at the metal and its thickness to learning how to cut and shape it to being able to etch it,” he said. “In time, we hope to have more structure projects.” For example, last year he said that one senior rebuilt his car from the engine to the body to the upholstery. “If we had the equipment last year, maybe he would have sat down and designed an even better part for his engine instead of just ordering one off Amazon. Then, he could have made his own part with this equipment. It really opens up possibilities,” Warren said. The equipment cost about $30,000 and was purchased with both state funding and land trust funds, Warren said. While there has been some delay in receiving the equipment as the supply chain was impacted by delays AAI senior Mikayli Cannon and junior Kannon Crosby unpack a or shutdowns during COVID-19, some machinery arnew lathe that will be used in the engineering lab. (Photo courtesy rived and was being set up as of press deadline. l of AAI)

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Hawthorn students to trick-or-treat for literacy tricks By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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awthorn Academy is taking a twist on typical trick-or-treating and on the traditional school parades. On Oct. 28, students and their families can opt to wear costumes at 6 p.m. to trick-ortreat to classrooms on both the West Jordan and South Jordan campuses to learn tricks to boost their literacy skills, said school media coordinator Whittney Clark. “It will be a fun family literacy night to get together and encourage reading,” she said. “We’ll teach skills and have resources available to the families.” The school book fair will be held in the library. In addition, Salt Lake County Library System will have student library cards available with parent or guardian signature. “We want students and families to walk away with how to have more ideas to embrace reading and have the opportunity to have a book in their hand. As a librarian, a big part of what I do is to keep readers motivated and making books available and accessible,” Clark said. Once students have a book in their hands, she encourages at least 15 minutes of reading daily for younger readers and at least 30-45 minutes for older students. “It’s also important as students begin to read that they listen to others’ read, whether it’s parents, a library story time, or even an audio

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book,” she said. At Hawthorn’s library, she will share stories by reading to students, introduce new authors to students, point out new books and discuss stories to relate them to their community and world. “I want them to try this or tell me why they liked a story or how it relates to their world,” she said. “The library is for them to enjoy reading and discover new worlds.” This year’s library theme is “Books Create Magic in Our Life” and she plans to show students the magic of the literacy world through books. Clark plans to share with them “The Magician’s Hat,” written by former NFL New England wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Mitchell, and then, watch the “magic” of tie-dying as colors spread in the water to guide their lesson. She also plans to share with them “The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field,” by Scott Riley, which shows how others had the passion to build a practice field “magically” on floating milk cartons in Thailand so they could play soccer. “It’s a fun way, like the trick-or-treating for literacy tricks, to open up our world and keep kids reading,” Clark said. l

During the family literacy night on Oct. 28, Hawthorn Academy will hold a book fair as it did in September 2019, as seen here. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Welby Elementary welcomes students to school in new Wildcat Den By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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or a couple days this past summer, Jordan School District maintenance painter Carlos DeSiqueira first outlined, then painted Welby Elementary’s mascot and “Home of the Wildcats” on a classroom wall. “I updated the old logo, making the Wildcat a little better in the face with his eyes and making his ears more pointed,” he said. DeSiqueira, who had a career as a political cartoonist in Brazil before moving to Utah, also has painted the lion at West Jordan Middle School, a raptor at Rose Creek Elementary and the airplane in the gym at South Valley. He also is known for painting the west mural on the outside of South Towne Mall. “Welby’s was a little more complicated than some of the others,” he said. “I had to get it to be the right size, and I was working off a little piece of paper about five inches. I think it turned out well, and it’s something I enjoy doing; I hope the kids like their mascot on the wall.” That classroom then was transformed into the new Wildcat Den which can be used for grade-level performances, visiting field trips, vision screening, picture day, student testing, teacher professional development, faculty meetings or other collaborations, said Principal Aaron Ichimura. “We can actually thank COVID for this,”

he said. “Before the pandemic hit, we had ordered Chromebook mobile labs for all classrooms. With the need to have them during the pandemic and continuing now, we fast-forwarded to being 1:1 on devices. The result is that we didn’t need our computer room, which as a lab, is bigger than a typical classroom. Our desktops were at the end of their lifecycle, so we decided to transform our lab into our Wildcat Den.” It even has a sign by the doorway that says, “Welcome to the Den,” added by school custodian Emily Christensen. “It’s a room where we can instill school pride in our students, parents and community,” Ichimura said. He has worked at some other schools where they have had a room for small group presentations or to hold grade-level activities so he thought it would be beneficial at Welby. “It will be nice to have grade-level activities in a dedicated room, so we don’t have to use the gym,” Ichimura said. “And in the case of this pandemic, we haven’t had the ability to use it because of needing to spread out students for the cafeteria.” Former Assistant Principal Allyson Stovall then suggested calling it the Wildcat Den and included the mural in the classroom. Ichimura said that during the summer

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Welby Principal Aaron Ichimura welcomes students on the first day of the school in the school’s new Wildcat Den. (Ana Cerezo-Berbel/Welby Elementary)

not only did they have time for DeSiqueira to paint, but they also replaced the carpet, which was cut to computer desks, which were replaced by folding tables and chairs. “We’re trying to make the room versatile so it can be used for several different purposes,” Ichimura said. The first use of the Wildcat Den came

when the principal welcomed students by grade level on the first day of school to introduce them to the room and to go over school rules and expectations. “Everyone loved the mural; he is a talented painter,” Ichimura said. “He did it all by hand, and the kids just loved it.” l

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Paradigm celebrates 15 years of embracing individualized instruction By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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n 2006, Paradigm leased a Sandy office space to open its doors as a charter high school. Warehouses served as its cafeteria and gym, and that first graduating class had just nine students. This past spring, Paradigm celebrated that 15th anniversary with alumni, including some of the 80 to 100 who annually have graduated in recent years. The alumni returned to the South Jordan school building, which now offers education for seventh through 12th grade school students. “We had a couple hundred people come and former students from all the years were represented,” Paradigm Director Fernando Seminario said, adding they reminisced and reconnected while looking at school photos, yearbooks, trophies and memorabilia for students and talking to staff and teachers. Last year’s SBO president Enoch Endemano attended the reunion, listening to people talk, seeing former friends and paging through yearbooks. “I have a brother who was there at the beginning and my parents help founded it (Paradigm), so it was fun to look through the yearbooks and find people who I remembered from being a small child and were a lot bigger than me back then,” he said. It was his brother, Seth, who was amongst the first students enrolled at Paradigm. About the same time, Seminario was hired as a Spanish teacher. The Endemanos, Michelle and Ed, had served on its founding board, embracing the Thomas Jefferson methods for education, a vision shared by Celia Johnson, who would become Paradigm’s first director. “It was her vision,” Michelle Endemano said. “She held open meetings, invited her friends and explained her thought pattern. We were familiar with the Thomas Jefferson method so because of that, we were all over it. We participated in the original brainstorming, creating a vision and participated in the hiring board.” Seminario said a group of about 20 homeschool families who were looking for school options for their high school students and not finding what they wanted met for about two years before starting the school. Paradigm was one of the first charter high schools in Utah. “Back then, the classrooms were essentially cubicles, an open office space separated by tall bookshelves. We used to joke students could take three classes at once,” he said. During this time, Seminario was studying to earn his graduate degree in public administration. He planned to leave the school to complete an internship

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in the field, but then the opportunity came to teach part-time so he could gain his internship experience in the school. Believing in the mission and not wanting to leave, he went on to be the vice principal for about seven years. It was during this time that Seminario had a lasting impact on Seth Endemano, Seth’s mother said. “He (Seminario) was really a good mentor and as an administrator, it wasn’t really his job description. He really impacted our Seth; he had a huge impact on him and was able to navigate some very, I would say, treacherous waters. It wasn’t his (Seminario’s) job to individually help these kids that he does, but he does it for anybody who needs his help, that’s the kind of impact he’s had on students and the school, that willingness,” she said. In 2008, the school moved into its current building and in 2013, it expanded to include a preparatory school for seventh and eighth grades. Around this time, Seminario became the director. “Our tagline is that our students learn how to think, not what to think,” he said. “Our students, who we call ‘scholars,’ discover things and find out things on their own with the help of our teachers, or ‘mentors,’ who guide them through the discovery process. It was a founding philosophy for our families and it’s still what is taught.” This way, students are empowered and take ownership for their education, Michelle Endemano said. “Paradigm has invited and trained our children to learn to think, not what to think, but to be able to—how to go about thinking,” she said. “So, they’re good critical thinkers.” As her children have sought higher education, “they have done very well in college because they have a real personal stewardship in their own educational process and in every part of their life,” she said. Seminario said families play an important role in Paradigm’s culture. “Families are the primary educators; the school is a resource to fulfill the scholars’ goals. We work with them to find a pathway for their scholars’ success with individualized instruction. We know every scholar learns differently and has differing goals. We offer different modes of learning, based with scholar-led learning, and work together to determine a model that works best for them.” For example, the Endemanos’ daughter, Emma, who is part of the school congress, is planning to graduate this year, after her junior year in school. “I’m graduating early to get an early start on my future education,” Emma said.

Paradigm graduates return to celebrate their former school’s 15th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Paradigm Schools)

“Paradigm is really good at helping to accomplish what you want and well as making sure that you still are able to learn all that you should be able to learn. They’ve been really supportive in helping me figure it all out. I’ve loved the environment and just how it’s such as great community there and how your mentors really want to help you succeed in what you want and they’re willing to put in the effort.” Some scholars may attend only halfday in school, Seminario said, so Paradigm offers flexibility in their class scheduling. “We’ll hear any idea a family has and try to make it work out,” he said. Michelle Endemano said that Paradigm works with students at their own pace, whether they graduate early, go the traditional speed or have kids who need extra accommodation or help. “They have a few fifth-year seniors and that’s OK. It really is,” she said. “Because to have to learn to a test and just get those kids to learn to a test, doesn’t help them with life skills. It doesn’t help them to be successful out in the real, grown-up world. So, the way they can pivot to help build successful people out of their scholars is really impressive.” Seminario also said many families prefer the smaller class sizes of about 20 students so they can stay “motivated and not get lost academically” in larger, public high schools. Overall, the school has 415 in high school, up from 370 last year. There are about 65 students in seventh and eighth grades. The school also offers the applica-

tion-based Jefferson Scholar program which allows students to complete state curriculum high school credits as they study topics they choose. The program isn’t a lecture format from teachers, rather, the scholars select a topic they want to learn about, research it and present it in one of several ways to their peers and mentors. In the coursework, Paradigm also encourages students to learn from original sources and materials. “When we talk about the Constitution, we have students read the Constitution, not a textbook with a description of it. We want our students to read original works, use original sources and rely on the masterpieces when they study,” Seminario said. As a school, he said, they have become a community, reaffirming their mission daily together. The students accept their “shared responsibility to create a free society and a better world” through their individualized learning, their engagement in conversation of ideas, their resiliency in overcoming challenges, their responsibility for their actions and ability to live in gratitude. “It’s inspiring and affirming,” Seminario said. “It’s powerful; it’s beautiful. I think people thrive here who can really align with those formative statements we recite of what our beliefs are here at our school and everything we do has to align with that kind of mantra, that declaration.” l

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Wahsatch Rendezvous differs in cross-country format, attracts teams for more than 30 years By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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hen varsity cross-country runners line up for the Wahsatch Rendezvous, it isn’t a sprint out of the mass crowd to jostle for position. Instead, there are seven varsity boys’ and seven varsity girls’ races with each race commencing every half-hour. The format has each team’s top runners enter the No. 1 race, the No. 2s in the No. 2 race and so on. “I like it because the format is different,” said Hillcrest High cross-country coach Scott Stucki, who has coordinated the meet the past six years. “If a team is deep, then usually your sixth and seventh runner don’t score and this gives those varsity runners a chance to win a meet and a chance to medal, where they don’t usually do. It forces the runners to rely on themselves than following the pack.” This year’s Wahsatch Rendezvous was Aug. 28 at the Cottonwood Complex, the same location where the meet originated. The top five varsity runners in each race and the top 20 JV runners each received a medal. The top three teams won trophies for males and females. While Hillcrest High didn’t win, they have had recent winners. In 2019, Anthony Davies won the No. 1 boys race and in 2018, Zac Hastings won. In 2017, Cat Webster won the girls’ top race. In 2008, the Huskies won the boys’ team race, Stucki said. Stucki, who has been the Huskies’ head coach since 2014, coached before that alongside John Olsen, who after being head cross-country and track coach was Hillcrest’s athletic director and now is the school’s international baccalaureate director. It was Olsen’s uncle, Willie Cowden, who was Brighton High’s cross-country coach for 15 years, established the race and organized it until he died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 52. Brighton continued to host the meet until Hillcrest took it over to continue it because Stucki liked the meet format. It’s a format that isn’t commonly seen, but now it has popped up in meets in Montana, Florida and Illinois. Olsen, who ran the meet as the No. 1 runner for West High in the 1990s, remembered his uncle and aunt running the meet. His aunt, Becky, would have a stopwatch in her hand. “It was just so different than anything else you did during a season, so it was kind of fun to see how you’d stack up against other No. 1 runners,” he said. “You approached that race differently than the traditional cross-country race. It’s a different challenge; you didn’t want to get left in the dust by every school’s No. 1 runner, so it was sort of this little bit of added pressure.” Olsen also remembered, both as a run-

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ner and a coach, the race lent itself to faster times as racers would set their own paces and with more teammates were watching them, there felt more emphasis to finish in top spots in the race since every placement scored. “It was a different mindset. When you’re going up against all the No. 1 kids or No. 6s, use this opportunity as a chance to approach the race differently—you’re going to have them in sight the whole time, keep them close. Being in a smaller than typical race, you have a chance to focus in on certain runners that you want to go after,” he said. Back in his high school days, Olsen would train alongside Brighton High runners in the summer, following his uncle’s workouts—some which high schools continue to use today. “He instilled this love of running, just the sheer joy of running into his athletes. It wasn’t that get into your face, run faster. You ran for the love of it, for the joy of running and that was what he was about,” Olsen said, adding that it was definitely Cowden who was the No. 1 reason he got into running. “When I think of someone who just loves life, Willie is the first person who comes to my mind.” Cowden’s wife, Becky, said her husband taught English at Brighton and had a love of language and literature as well as the area. So, when he wanted Brighton to have its own invitational, he drew upon his passions to name it the Wahsatch Rendezvous. Becky Cowden said her husband named the race after the Native American spelling of Wahsatch, a Ute word for a passageway in the mountains; there also was Shoshone Chief Wahsatch. Although the spelling commonly now is seen without the H, she said that “it’s just neater, more unique.” She also said that he used the term rendezvous as it refers to what the area mountain men did. “They got together as a gathering of people and that’s what the race is, a gathering of people from all over the state. It’s just better than calling it the Cottonwood Park race.” Jeff Arbogast, who was Bingham High’s longtime cross-country coach and now is the school’s golf coach, said his team regularly ran in the Wahsatch Rendezvous that started in the late 1980s. “It took a couple years to catch on, then the word spread that you got to come do this; it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It became a meeting ground not only for good teams, but also for a way coaches could do more than get their team on a bus, get them off, run and get them back. There were tactics involved; there’s thinking involved. It was a new take on cross country.”

Arbogast said coaches would use tactics, switching around their runners—which was legal— trying to win the meet. “Back in the day, the top teams at that time were Viewmont, Mountain View and Bingham; Brighton was tough, but those three schools were nationally ranked in the top 20. There was one point, one year around ’89, ’91, ’92, where all three schools were ranked in the top five in the United States,” he said. “It was quite a battle. Willie had his hands full because we all loved the race because he had come up with that really unique and interesting format.” Brighton, who always was competitive, won the meet several times after many of the other top runners at those three schools graduated, Arbogast said. The Wahsatch Rendezvous also attracted teams from throughout the region, including teams from Idaho and Wyoming, he said. “Back in the early days, there weren’t as many invitationals, so it got national prominence when these teams ran,” Arbogast said, adding that the field may be of about 30 teams, so the JV race, which was held in traditional meet fashion, would have a mass start of 600 runners. “It was a big deal. The whole park was pretty much buzzing.” l

At the Wahsatch Rendezvous, the unique format has seven varsity races for girls and boys resulting in only a handful of runners in each race, as seen here at this year’s meet. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Cross country 5A, 6A divisional race date changes; new venue set for state meet By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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hen 5A and 6A cross country runners line up on the start line at Lakeside Park for the divisional meets, they will have the opportunity to have their full varsity teams. In what is considered the qualifying meet for teams as well as individuals for the state competition, organizers had worked with coaches to determine a good meet date. For this year’s meet, it was voted on for Oct. 13—the same date as the statewide PSAT college entrance exam. The PSAT date likely wasn’t communicated to coaches or put on school calendars, so organizers were not aware of the conflict, said Randy Quarez, 5A representative for track and cross country with the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. “This has happened multiple times in my 24 years of coaching,” he said. “I used to have it happen with region cross country meets.” Quarez said that the conflict also could be that coaches discussed the date more than one year in advance, so it could have been the testing dates weren’t yet released at that time to high school counselors. Typically, high school sophomores and juniors take the PSAT standardized test administered by the College Board. The test measures readiness for college, serves as a practice test for college-entrance exams and is a determination for National Merit scholarships. Once learning about the conflict, Quarez quickly reached out to others in the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. After checking the park availability for the alternative date, Oct. 12, the meet date was changed so all student-athletes could participate.

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

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

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

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South Jordan listed in top 50 cities to live By Rachel Aubrey | r.aubrey@mycityjournals.com

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n a recent report put out by “Money” magazine, South Jordan was ranked among the top 50 places to live in the country, coming in at No. 27. A team of two editors, six writers and Witlytic research firm bestowed this recognition to the city in September based on nine categories: cost of living, economic opportunity, diversity, education, amenities, health and safety, housing market, income and personal finances and quality of life. Daybreak resident Heidi Tagliaferri said the safety factor of living in South Jordan has been important for her family of four. She credits that safety to the sense of community she has experienced among her neighbors. “I have loved living in South Jordan,” Tagliaferri said. “I feel safer in South Jordan than almost anywhere I have ever lived.” Founded in 1859 by early settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, South Jordan now boasts a population of approximately 80,765. The city of South Jordan offers a variety of outdoor amenities such as city parks, county parks, 9 miles of walking and hiking trails, and fishing ponds. The city is home to successful private enterprise such Merit Medical and Ultradent, the latter recognized by Fortune Magazine’s as

one of the best workplaces in manufacturing and production. “I’m not surprised that our city is being recognized,” said Councilwoman (district 4) and business owner Tamara Zander. “Our city is being run so well. We’ve got a really stable city government; we’re doing our best to keep things very balanced.” In 2017, South Jordan residents elected its’ first female mayor, Dawn Ramsey. “South Jordan is an amazing place to live because of our resident’s commitment to the community,” Ramsey said. “Together we work hard to maintain our beautiful city and preserve our quality of life, while also planning for sustainable growth. It is no surprise that others are recognizing what a wonderful place South Jordan is to live and raise a family.” According to “Money,” cities and town were considered based on populations ranging from 25,000 up to 500,000. The largest city considered had a population of more than 457,476 residents and the smallest had a population of 25,260 residents. In addition, there was a goal to highlight places where people could afford to live with extra weight being placed on cost of living, economic opportunity and housing affordability. South Jordan got its name as an effort to

Mayor Dawn Ramsey participated in the cities Summerfest parade, waving and tossing candy to spectators (Rachel Aubrey/City Journals)

organize a branch of the West Jordan Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The residents living in the area in 1935 voted to incorporate and become a city as a way to receive funding by way of a federal grant to afford a water tank to store water for residents living to the west. South Jordan is home to Bingham High School, which opened its doors to students Sept. 9, 1908 (originally located in the town of Bingham and later moved to South Jordan

in the early 1970s) and has since fostered a reputation of excellence in academics and sports that continues to this day. Residents can look forward to the Pumpkin promenade at Heritage Park, Oct. 22, 23 and also the popular Light the Night event in December. To stay up to date with events and activities or to learn more about the city resources, visit www.sjc.utah.gov. l

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South Jordan pumpkin patch named among best in U.S. Rachel Aubrey | r.aubrey@mycityjournals.com

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etting hundreds of strangers roam your property may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for the Mabey family, the more the merrier. The Mabey pumpkin patch, owned by Janet and Steven Mabey, was recognized by online review site Yelp as one of the best pumpkin patches in the United States. “We were really excited by it and very surprised,” owner Janet Mabey said. Since 1884, the farm has been a part of the Mabey family. The pumpkin patch has been significant part of the community, inviting families to come and take fall pictures and pick pumpkins. While the Mabey’s don’t charge admission,

the cost to purchase a pumpkin varies by size and by color. There are approximately 47 varieties of pumpkins on the 14 acres of farmland. All of these pumpkins are planted by hand and the weeds are pulled by hand at least once a week. The family grows corn and alfalfa. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun,” Janet Mabey said. The pumpkin patch began welcoming guests Sept. 25 and will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Oct. 30. “We encourage families to come,” Janet Mabey said. “We want families to experience

the peacefulness of the farm.” According to the USA Today article, Yelp identified the top pumpkin patches across the country then ranked those by factors such as total volume and ratings of reviews posted to Yelp between Jan. 1, 2001 and Aug. 9, 2021. The following pumpkin patches from the western states were also included on the list: Venegas Family Farms in Ontario, California;

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is fun.” The website asks the potential applicant to submit quality photographs to be evaluated. The site’s management like high-caliber sports action shots. After being accepted each photographer is able to send in high school sports shots to be viewed and purchased on the site. Argyle helped supply photos for the Valley Journals (now City Journals) when he started and now promotes his own site and skills. “I look down the list for teams that have not had submissions recently,” Argyle said. “Then I go to those games. As the season goes along, the list gets smaller and smaller. I like to shoot football and basketball mostly.” His interest in photography began nearly 50 years ago. He learned from his father and likes to pass the interest on to others. He has taught classes at the University of Utah and worked with several news agencies. Shooting sports action shots can be difficult, but being in the thick of the action and still getting a good picture is challenging. “I got tackled head-on once—had just enough time to curl up my camera and roll through it,” he said. “I did not get hurt or damage any of my stuff. This has been so much fun.” Traveling to games is a perk of the job too. “I made a trip to Richfield that was beautiful,”

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Scouting BSA continues to positively influence young men and young women even when facing challenges

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n late 2019, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made an announcement that it would no longer be a chartering organization for the Boy Scouts of America for the 11- to 17-year-old age range. Known for its emphasis on “duty to God, duty to country,” the BSA, now called Scouting BSA, still continues to meet locally. Scouting for both young men and young women has continued to play a role in teaching young people the 12 values that are part of the Scout Oath and Law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, brave, clean and revenant. “We are around,” said Bruce Chapple, a charter organization representative in troop 3851. “This is still a good organization, and we’re big into service. Even while performing service, some troops have encountered challenges. The greatest of which has been locating a chartering organization, or a sponsor, and also a safe environment in which to hold weekly meetings. When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided it needed a more global and diverse program for ages 11 to 17, troops no longer had access to indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. Troop 3851 in South Jordan is chartered by the Firefighter’s Union, which doesn’t have a physical location for the troop to meet in. This challenge is felt by Scoutmaster Glen Thorne, whose troop meets every Thursday, and has provided service back to the Firefighter’s Union, helping wash fire trucks when possible. “The community doesn’t know how to support Scouting,” Thorne said. Thorne admitted that ultimately, he wants to see the boys in his troop take care of each other and learn to follow the Scout Oath and Law. He hopes his troop will learn to become good citizens. “We want these kids to know how to make decisions in life that measure up to the Scout Oath and Law,” Thorne said. For troop 1111 in South Jordan, however, security was found in their charter American Heritage School. Scoutmaster Clint Bennion, who began forming the troop in September 2019, had the good fortune of establishing a partnership with AHS after learning that school board members Elsha and Steve Yorgason had a former scout in their family. For Bennion, the challenge has not been places to meet but people to help. Without the adult support that once came from callings extended by the church to help guide the youth, it has been challenging at times finding adult leaders. However, Bennion admits that seeing the older youth step up and take on leadership roles and model that behavior for the younger Scouts, is what makes scouting so worthwhile. “You want the youth to get that leadership experience,” Bennion said. “For the older boys [or girls] who have been doing this a while,

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By Rachel Aubrey | r.aubrey@mycityjournals.com they can become better leaders in the future.” South Jordan resident Stephanie Johnson is a current Scout mom to son Brigham and past Scout mom to Eagle Scout Logan. She has seen firsthand how beneficial the scouting program has been for her sons. “I love the program,” Johnson said. “I love what it teaches the youth; these are values every human needs.” Johnson acknowledged that Scouting has given her son and other young men a chance to be responsible for lots of aspects of Scouting, including planning activities, carrying out meetings and so forth. Johnson serves as troop treasurer as well as fundraiser chair for troop 3851. While many feel that the decision to allow girls to participate in scouting is what led the church to withdraw from the Scouting BSA program, many current scouting leaders feel positively about the decision, many of whom are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “If people took the time to understand, they would realize that this is a cool thing,” Bennion said. Despite girls being allowed to join Scouting, Scouting BSA troops for ages 11 to 17 years are separated into boy led troops and girl-led troops; they are not co-ed the way the Venturing program is. Nearby girl-led troop 7092 was formed in April 2019. Although listed in West Jordan, there are approximately 20 girls spanning from Magna to Herriman participating. The troop is chartered by the Flying Tigers Parents Association. Julie Bendixen is a committee member over advancement for the troop and also mother to 12-year-old daughter Sierra, who grew up with older brothers and witnessed them participating in scouting. Bendixen admitted her daughter would attend all scouting activities with her brothers, even participating in some merit badge certifications. She now can earn recognition and badges for her efforts. Not just earning merit badges, the girl-led troops are held to the same standard of conduct (Scout Oath and Law) as the boy-led troops, which Bendixen said should not be gender specific. “Why should only boys be taught these values?” Bendixen said. Scoutmaster for troop 7092 Autumn Jennings said that despite having plenty of adult support, they too have faced the challenge of a place to meet often times using leader’s houses. Prior to COVID, the troop met at Summit Senior Center, providing a place to meet physically and plenty of opportunity to do service for the residents and the facility. Jennings, a Sandy resident, and her 12-year-old daughter Ellie, make the weekly trek across the valley to attend scouting meetings every Thursday. The troop also does a monthly campout as well as outdoor weekend

Troop 7092 hiked Three Sisters Lake above Brighton in August (Photo courtesy of Autumn Jennings).

activities when possible. For Ellie, the friendships, the outdoors and the activities have left quite an impression. “I want my daughter to stay excited about scouting,” Jennings said. During the month of September, troop 7092 spent time working towards an archery merit badge. The troop has also advanced three girls to date to the rank of Eagle. To achieve the sought-after Eagle, a Scout must complete 21 merit badges, 13 of which must include: • first aid • citizenship in the community • citizenship in the nation • citizenship of the world, • communication • cooking • personal fitness • emergency preparedness • lifesaving • environmental science or sustainability • personal management • swimming or hiking or cycling • camping • family life

In addition to earning merit badges, a Scout must be active in the troop for six months as a Life Scout, which is someone who lives the Scout Oath and Law in their everyday life and is recommended by someone who has observed their behavior. A project must also be completed, in which a potential Eagle Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership in the form of service to the community. Johnson’s son Brigham chose to collect items to benefit the Forever Young Zone at Primary Children’s Hospital. Not only a project to get him to the rank of Eagle, Brigham has seen just how much good the hospital has done to help his own family. In the past four years, his two younger sisters have had eight surgeries between them. He set a goal to collect 500 items by Sept. 30. “Our family has come to appreciate that facility very much and the work that they do there for children,” Johnson said. To find a troop to join near you, visit beascout.scouting.org/, or for more information about opportunities to support Scouting, visit www.utahscouts.org/donatenow. l

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Salt Lake County parks continue to be a well loved resource

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his past month I had the opportunity to meet with a constituent to walk around Swensen Valley Regional Park and hear issues of concern. I brought our Parks and Rec team along and we were thrilled to have the Mayor also join us. Our parks have been well loved the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for opportunities to get out of the house. Community park spaces are a convenient, accessible place for residents to improve their quality of life. Proven benefits from time spent in parks include improved mental health, decreased blood pressure, and increased physical activity levels. Furthermore, parks improve air and water quality and can even increase property values. Many residents have said they enjoy the benefits of outdoor spaces in the company of their dogs. Dogs are allowed at all Salt Lake County parks provided they are on a leash which is controlled by the owner. In addition, there are other dog parks around the valley such as Millrace, Tanner, Sandy, Cottonwood and West Jordan Off-Leash Dog Park. The County also has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service's Millcreek Canyon that allows dogs off-leash on the canyon trails on odd numbered days. Salt Lake County maintains more than 70 parks throughout the valley, ranging from small neighborhood parks to large regional parks, In 2020 Salt Lake County experienced a record

Aimee Winder Newton Salt Lake County Council | District 3 number of people utilizing parks to recreate or as a respite from “home offices.” Currently, the number of people visiting Salt Lake County parks remains higher than pre-COVID numbers. County staff had the challenge of main-

taining the parks with high usage while also facing a reduction in our operation budget. Both the county general fund and the TRCC (tourism, recreation, culture, convention) fund were forced to take drastic cuts which impacted Parks and Recreation’s level of service. Revenue from the TRCC fund comes from tourism - restaurants, car rentals and hotels. You can imagine how much this fund suffered during COVID when convention centers were not operating. Park visitors may have noticed drier grass in the parks this summer. Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation implemented water conservation practices during the current drought conditions. Watering times in all parks, especially in passive areas that don’t get as much

foot traffic, were reduced. The grass has been allowed to go dormant in order to reduce water consumption. Yellow is the new green, right? Additionally, irrigation systems have been upgraded to smart irrigation systems over the last few years. Smart irrigation systems monitor the weather and the moisture content in the ground to provide data on exactly how much water is needed in each park. As the seasons change, I hope you’ll take advantage of the many personal and community benefits that are offered by our County parks. For a complete list of park locations, services, and amenities, please visit slco.org/parks.

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Local school districts join mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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ordan, Canyons and Murray are amongst the hundreds of school districts that have joined a mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., claiming that they deceitfully and intentionally marketed their products to children. This has led to an increase in e-cigarette use amongst youths, statistics reveal, so in the mass-action lawsuit, they are wanting to hold the company responsible and seek damages for the “vaping epidemic” on school campuses around the country. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said, “vaping is a really big problem in our schools.” “We have a lot of kids who vape, a lot who don’t necessarily know how bad it is,” she said. “They are companies using different flavors and marketing, aimed at youth, and it caught on and became popular at a lot of schools. We (Jordan Board of Education) recognized that it’s a problem and need to hold Juul accountable. The problem is they weren’t forthright and transparent about what was going on. There’s high levels of nicotine in vape products, (which are) highly addictive and it was not marketed that way.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg agrees. “We need to call a spade a spade,” he said. “Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe ‘it’s a cool thing.’ If this puts a stop to marketing unhealthy products to children, I’m happy to support it.” Jordan District approved the legal service agreement on Aug. 24 as they joined the mass-action lawsuit. Canyons joined in Sept. 7, and Murray, Sept. 9. Granite’s school board has studied the litigation, said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. “The Granite School District has recognized the harmful effects of vaping on our youth,” he said on Sept. 17. “The Board of Education and district administration has studied the associated litigation and is inclined to participate.” Vaping products, known as e-cigarettes or mods, are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid to create an aerosol vapor which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Since the user inhales and it doesn’t emit the strong odor associated with conventional combustion cigarettes, and they are designed to resemble USB flash drives, keychains or lipstick tubes, youth often have them in plain sight, even plugged into a laptop, officials say. According to 2020-21 statistics collected by Jordan School District, 90% of the tobacco violations in the district’s schools were infractions against vaping, with only 10% for regular cigarettes.

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We need to call a spade a spade. Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe it’s a cool thing. — Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg

A Juul device, plugged in like a USB flash drive, is seen charging in a computer, making it unrecognizable to many teachers or parents. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/Salt Lake County Health Department)

Educators and officials are concerned about youth vaping in the mass-action lawsuit; seen here is a Juul starter kit. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/ Salt Lake County Health Department)

“Vaping is just so prevalent these days,” said Sharon Jensen, Jordan District’s student support services consultant. Jensen said that youth see vaping in social media or have greater access to it, even getting it from family members as 56% say their parents or other close adults are nicotine users. Sometimes, even adults are unfamiliar with the harm and addiction from e-cigarette use, including that it can hamper long-term adolescent brain development, according to Utah Department of Health research. In a 2021 report, it states Utah’s youth vape at nearly twice the rate of Utah’s adults. Jordan’s statistics reveal that the majority are regular users. Last year, of the students caught with tobacco, 98 were directed to attend an online first-offenders class for nicotine. Of those students, 18% used nicotine 26 days-plus in the last month—“basically daily,” she said. Another 11% used it between 13 and 25 days in that past month. Most students who vape are teens, she said. Of those 98 students assigned to the online class, 25% are age 13. Another 24%

are 14 years old. Six percent are age 12 or younger, making the greatest amount, at 45%, in high school. “Often they vape on the job and their outside-of-school-life is much more colorful than their in-school-life,” Jensen said. Those statistics are in line with the state, according to the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment that showed 12.4% of eighth graders tried vaping; 25.5% of high school sophomores; and 32.1% of high school seniors. In Canyons District in 2019, there were 219 school office referrals, first-time and/or repeat referrals, for e-cigarette use or possession, up from 35 referrals in 2010. Justin Pitcher, who has served as an administrator in Canyons District in the Midvale and Cottonwood Heights communities at both elementary and secondary levels, said vaping is “definitely a concern.” “If it’s happening in high schools, then it’s happening in elementary; the frequency is different,” he said, saying there are fewer younger students caught with devices although all age levels may have access to them despite administrators taking them away. Jensen said that Jordan District policy is to collect and lock up Juuls and other violating products; they can be returned to an adult in the family. She’s hoping their first-time user classes as well as well as the END—Ending Nico-

tine Dependence—course for regular users will help youth identify the harm it does to their bodies. “What we want our kids to do is to learn and to quit,” Jensen said. There is no fee for the classes as Jordan District has a state SAFE (Supporting America's Families and Educators) grant which it dedicated to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. However, hundreds of school districts nationwide are wanting Juul to foot the bills for public resources being used to pay for the current and future costs. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California Federal District Court by the Frantz Law group, is a mass tort lawsuit where damages for plaintiffs, or in this case, school districts, are calculated individually. Therefore, multiple plaintiffs can be awarded differing amounts of damages for the amount of its past and future damages. Those costs can range from providing information and resources to students regarding the negative impacts of vaping, student services or counseling, or installing vape detectors. “It’s not really about getting money as much as sending a message,” Miller said. Millerberg agrees: “I don’t expect a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s more of a moral stance than anything else.” l

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Bingham football wins region opener at Herriman after a tough preseason By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com

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he Bingham Miners football team showed in their season opener why they’re still considered one of the top teams in Region 3, and a contender in Class 6A by dismantling a good Herriman team 27-10 on Friday, Sept. 17. The Miners struggled through a tough preseason schedule with a 2-3 record overall, winning two of their first five games in commanding fashion before playing three of 6A’s best and losing each of their last three preseason games. But at Herriman this past Friday, the Miners (3-3) sent a clear message to the rest of Region 3 that the league title still goes through Bingham High School. In the shadows of the Oquirrh Mountains, junior quarterback Dallen Martinez started off the evening running for an 18yard touchdown, however, a missed twopoint conversion gave the Miners just a 6-0 lead after one quarter. Herriman would answer with two scores, a touchdown and a field goal to put the Miners in a 10-6 deficit after three quarters of play. The story of the game through the first 36 minutes was defense. The Miners had six of their eight

sacks in the first three quarters, and got an interception from senior defensive back Davis Peterson, opening the floodgates for a Miners comeback in the fourth quarter. The visitors did what they’ve done all year long, using a ball controlling offense that likes to chew up clock to get their first touchdown since the first quarter, a Havea Foto 1-yard plunge with 11:24 left that with the PAT from senior punter/kicker Nate Chamberlain gave the Miners a 13-10 lead. It was a lead the Miners would not relinquish for the rest of this picture perfect Friday evening amid these Oquirrh shadows, tacking on a 32-yard run from junior Braxton Gregory to go up 20-10 after the Chamberlain extra point. The Miners would close out their season opener in style with a 50-yard sprint for a touchdown from senior running back Saia Lomu, extending the lead with the Chamberlain extra point to 2710 with 3:20 to play and a 1-0 record in region play, one that came over one of their area rivals. l

Locals to compete in national championship this October By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com outh Jordan’s Kyle Kugler and Lun Dai divisional champions. (Pictured, from left to were part of the Utah Men’s 4.5 tennis right – Jason Nielsen, Danny Owen, Kugler, team who won the Intermountain Sectionals Jon Penman, Rod Horton, Brian Kasteler, in Denver, Colo. defeating Nevada 2-2 – be- Jason Hardin, Parker Enloe, Kris Rosander, ing declared the winner having won an ex- Eric Enloe and Brian Hardin) Also on the tra set – Idaho 4-0 and Colorado 3-1. The squad are David Archer, Martez Banks, squad went 5-3 in winning the Men’s 40+ Riley Booker, Lun Dai, Jeff Easton, Jeremy tennis league this summer to qualify for sec- Harman, Benji Rideout, Peter Matus, Ryan tionals. They now move on to the National Peterson and Kris Rosander. (Photo courtesy Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. Oct. 15- Jon Penman) 17 where they will compete against 15 other

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By Rachel Aubrey | r.aubrey@mycityjournals.com

n Aug. 28, Live Daybreak sponsored the first-ever dragon boat race on Oquirrh Lake. Teams of approximately 16 to 20 sat side by side in a 40-foot dragon boat and paddled 200 meters in a straight line from one end of the lake to the other, in an event that checked all the boxes for the values that Live Daybreak strive to embody, including connecting, lifelong learning, embracing arts and diversity, and heathy living. All teams were invited to do a practice on the lake on the proceeding Thursday and Friday and were introduced proper paddling techniques and commands to use on race day. “Daybreak likes to do unique things that are original,” recreation Manager Sandra Gierisch said, “This is the first time ever a dragon boat race has been held here in Utah.” Those wanting to participate in the race were asked to pay a team fee prior to race day, $700 for corporate teams, $500 for community teams and $300 for student teams. All the entry fees were donated to the Asian Association of Utah, a nonprofit organization that provides immigrants and refugees with social services such as English as a Second Language classes, counseling, interpretation and translation services, and help for victims of human trafficking. More than $10,000 was donated in total. “We like to do different events that make people more aware of culture,” Gierisch said. Live Daybreak brought in Canadian vendor Great White North, who facilitate dragon boat races all across the United States. Nineteen teams competed in all, and the qualifying races began at 9 a.m. To ensure safety of participants, a professional steersperson was on board each boat, along with a team drummer, who was in charge of helping each team keep pace as they paddled. Beginning at 9 a.m. with seven qualify-

ing races, each team got to race against one to two opposing teams. The winning team in each qualifying race then raced against the winner from another qualifying race in a semi-final. The overall winners for the day’s competition were Zander Realty. Daybreak resident Stephanie Clark joined with friends and neighbors to create the Ladies of Eastlake team. Clark was excited to participate in a Daybreak activity that was both physical and for a good cause. The Ladies of Eastlake took 10th overall. “I liked that it was for a charity,” Clark said. “It was an opportunity to get together.” Two of the competing teams included students from Skyridge High School in Lehi. Chinese Language teacher Aaron Andersen brought students enrolled in upper-level Chinese language courses to paddle in the race. The entry fees for the students to be able to race were paid for by Utah Valley University, with whom Skyridge has a concurrent enrollment program for Chinese language. The Chinese 5 AP class took fourth overall, and the Chinese 3 and 4 class took sixth overall. “We didn’t know what to expect coming into this,” Andersen said. “It was nice to have a Chinese connection to this type of event.” Community members had the opportunity to participate in cultural activities while the dragon boats raced. Millcreek residents Henry and Jeanette Luu brought their knowledge and passion for the ancient Chinese art of writing known as calligraphy. With a paint brush and black watercolor, husband Henry, guided participants on how to do simple brushstrokes to write their names in Chinese. Cultural performances began with a number by dancers from the Salt Lake City Ballet, Chinese Dance Division. Under the direction of head instructor Cora Chan-Lazalde. Formerly Salt Lake Chinese Dance Art, Chan-Lazalde founded the group

Members of the Chinese Dance Division of the Salt Lake Ballet perform a graceful number for on-lookers. (Rachel Aubrey/ City Journals)

in 2007 to be able to share and teach her passion for Chinese dance. The dance company integrated with the ballet in 2018. “I’m very big in sharing Chinese culture,” Chan-Lazalde said. “An event like this will help a lot of Chinese people born in America to embrace their heritage, and for those who are from America, to understand the Chinese culture.” For more information and schedules about Live Daybreak events, visit www. mydaybreak.com/happenings.php. For more information about the mission and services at the AAU, visit www.aau-slc.org. l

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Home at The Pit is again where the heart is for Bingham volleyball By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com

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he Pit, as it’s affectionately known, has historically been a tough place for Bingham High School volleyball opponents to come to. In recent years, it’s been that way, too. Before the Bingham High School volleyball team went 12-13 overall last season under now-former head coach Melissa Glasker and had a 4-4 home record during their worst season in several years, the Miners had a 7-1 record overall in 2019 inside their home gymnasium. They also made a deep state tournament run in 2019, bringing back those memories when state titles were an expectation. The Miners had an identical record at The Pit in 2018 as well, going 7-1 in all home matches under Glasker. Tradition has always been a big deal at Bingham, and a big part of keeping that legacy alive comes from the sizable home advantage that the Miners have held on their court. Andrew Romero has assumed the head coaching position in place of Glasker who spent 14 years at the school, and though Glasker will be missed, the Miners appear to be heading back toward their winning

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ways in The Pit. Overall, the Miners are 9-5. But of those nine wins, it is The Pit that is again showing itself to be that fortress that nobody wants to play in if they aren’t wearing Bingham colors. The Miners record at home at press time is 4-0. What’s even more impressive is that this 2021 team has swept all four opponents by identical 3-0 scores inside The Pit. Away from home, however, has been a tad more difficult for a Bingham volleyball team that has been swept 3-0 in four of its matches. The road is clearly where the Miners need to improve as the season continues. But, it is clear now that Region 3 play gets underway, The Pit is again where the heart is for the Miners who are 2-1 and have seven seniors led by tri-captains Bella Breinholt, Josie Gerritsen and Breegan Huntsman. Breinholt had 16 digs in the Miners win at Herriman on Tues. September 21, while Gerritsen had three blocks to go with 16 kills from Huntsman in a home sweep over crosstown rival Riverton Thursday Sept. 16 at The Pit. l

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