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Josh Caroon, playing the part of Hercules, and McKailey Hart, playing the part of Megara, act out a scene in Kauri Sue Hamilton School’s production of “Hercules.” (Jordan School District)

electronic device. “It just means the world to him just to be able to be a part of something, part of a show, and he loves to have a main part,” Janette Barton said. The audience erupted in applause during one of Tyler Barton’s main scenes where his character taught Hercules, played by Josh Caroon, and other characters how to battle demons. Adults wearing black helped students do fake pull-ups, crunches and bench press foam weights to prepare for encounters with enemies. Tyler Barton’s mouth gaped open wider and wider throughout the scene, which

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his mom said indicated his excitement at the audience’s response. In a subsequent scene, Hercules uses what he’s learned from Phil’s training to battle a multi-headed Hydra monster. Teacher’s aids and other school staff rolled students in strollers onto the stage. Each student had a purple tablecloth draped over his or her chair with a hole cut out at the front for his or her head. Teachers held up cutouts of purple monster heads, creating the illusion that these students and teachers were part of the same gigantic beast. Growling sounds played over the speakers

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ore than 200 special needs students ages 5 to 22 told the story of “Hercules” to spirited audiences at Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton on April 5 and 6. For an entire week, regular school activities came to a halt as all students, teachers and staff members rehearsed the play from 10 a.m. until the end of the school day. “It’s hard on the school because it is a lot of work, but it is my favorite time of year,” Maddie Nelson, the school’s music therapist and creator of the production, said about the long-standing “spring fling” school play. “I know it is a lot of staff’s favorite time. It gives people a little bit of rejuvenation to go toward the end of the year.” It’s also an activity that the students look forward to. “It gives them an opportunity to have a typical children’s experience of being in a play, even if the work is mostly done hand-over-hand with adults often doing the movements for the students,” Nelson said. Complete with full costumes, makeup, set and props, the elaborate musical took shape as students, many of whom were wheeled onto the stage in wheelchairs, danced and acted to portray the story of a young Greek god named Hercules who falls to earth. Hercules must realize his own identity to save the world from danger. A couple students spoke into microphones during the performance, but most actors and actresses, who have varying verbal capabilities, used an electronic program called TapSpeak to deliver their lines. When these students pressed a button on a tablet, a pre-recorded message played over the loudspeaker system. Janette Barton’s 10-year-old son Tyler played the part of Phil, Hercules’ trainer. She said she was touched that the school made sure he could express the lines himself using an

as Josh, in the role of Hercules, used a plastic sword to try to slay the beast. Realizing the monster couldn’t be defeated so easily, he bent down, grabbed fake rocks and threw them at the purple mound of students and teachers. Josh pumped his fists in the air at the end of the fight, denoting that the beast had been defeated, and the audience cheered. Later in the plot, Hercules finds himself falling in love with a sassy girl named Megara. Megara begins to realize her feelings for Hercules and sings the song “I Won’t Say I’m in Love.” Playing Megara, McKailey Hart, gripped the microphone with fervor and tilted her head back as she sang along with the song from the Hercules soundtrack. McKailey missed a few words in most sentences to laugh or offer the audience a gawking smile, but she belted out each word of the last sentence clearly: “At least out loud I won’t say I’m in love.” The soloist received the second-loudest cheer of the play, topped only by the closing scene in which Shakira’s “Try Everything” played as some of the school’s youngest students jumped up and down and danced. Simultaneously, bubbles soared through the room and adult supervisors set off confetti cannons. Some parents, neighbors and other viewers, including Nelson, shed a few tears at the end of the performance. “I feel like I cry every year when I watch, but I definitely think just watching the kids get so happy and actually seeing the response of the audience to their performance is probably the best part,” she said. “These kids come out of their shells even if it’s just for the two minutes they are on stage because they see that people care about them.” l

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he wind rushed and rain poured outside Unified Fire Authority Fire Station 123 in Herriman on March 25, but it was inside where community members encountered harsher elemental conditions. With tables, labels, a disaster simulation kit and some imagination, the fire station banquet room transformed into a mountain town in the midst of an earthquake. More than a hundred volunteers and community members responded to the hypothetical earthquake by following procedures outlined in the kit. “It’s kind of like a Monopoly game,” said David Chisholm, a volunteer with the Salt Lake County CERT Coordination Council that organized the event. “We are going to simulate all the kinds of activities that would take place in an earthquake but in a fun way that’s effective.” Volunteers sat at tables that lined the exterior of the room. Each table was identified as a different resource center—such as the American Red Cross shelter, the mayor’s office, a press office, a food bank, a medical center and a religious organization building. Participants responded to happenings in the simulation by performing tasks at these stations to stay alive and well in the role-play. Each participant was given a different role and life scenario during the game, complete with a name and family situation. When the earthquake struck, participants experienced various consequences, from losing a pet to losing a house. Earthquake repercussions continued, as participants were invited to draw “action cards,” which expanded their characters’ storylines and gave them more tasks to complete. Barbara Cross ran into some trouble after drawing her second action card. “It said all of our food was gone,” Cross said. “That was fine because we went to the food station, but what was really concerning was we had nothing to feed the baby even from there.” In the packet, Cross found a baby doll, which means she was responsible for taking care of the infant throughout the simulation. She walked around from station to station until she found the donation management center, which agreed to give her baby food and diapers. “(The simulation) just really makes you think about all the little things you need to have ready in real life,” Cross said. The line to the Red Cross booth filled up as more and more participants reported injuries and asked for shelter. The donations management center, nonprofit food center and faith-based organization’s food supplies dwindled as they handed out slips of paper that were designated as certain kinds of food. Volunteers at the booths and participants alike started taking their roles seriously as the simulation turned from less of a game and to more of an exercise, participant Luke Burningham said. Burningham, 19, originally came to the disaster simulation because his friend invited him, but he said he began to grow empathetic for his character’s situation. “I was part of a low-income family, and I lived in a trailer before we lost our place to live and ran out of supplies,” he said. Burningham realized the story of his character was something that could potentially happen to him, so he said he wanted to keep supplies on hand in case of a disaster.

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Community members swarm the American Red Cross booth set up within the Unified Fire Authority Fire Station 123 during a simulated earthquake. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

Burningham wasn’t the only person who got into character during the fake earthquake. The simulation prompted stress and frenzy, like something that would occur during a real natural disaster. Ron Maestas, who was pretending to be the manager of the resource center, dragged a real member of the press away from the resource center midinterview. Once he realized the goof, he apologized. “I didn’t realize that (she was) actually writing for something, but in a real disaster situation, you wouldn’t be able to talk to people like that,” he said, admitting how seriously he took the simulation. Occasionally two volunteers playing the role of mayor and governor would interrupt the chaotic rush of people going from booth to booth to stand at the pulpit in the front and center of the room to announce updates about the town’s conditions and instruct people of appropriate responses. “I am preparing to activate the national guard and the engineering units, and we’ve requested FEMA to bring in all available resources and monies for you, our great citizens,” said Mike Weist, playing the role of Governor in the first scheduled interruption. “Please let us know if we can do anything for you.” Overall, the simulation was an experience that participant Darby Mack said she hoped her family would remember. She brought three children to the activity. “We’re going to take this information home and discuss it together, and come up with plans,” Mack said. Chisholm said he encourages all families to have a four-day supply of emergency supplies. These kits should contain water, sanitation, clothing and food. “You never know when a disaster could happen, so it’s good to be prepared,” he said. l


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A series of unfortunate events: Homeless shelter site selection By Kelly Cannon & Travis Barton | editor@mycityjournals.com

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he events and decisions that led up to the selection of the various homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake County are filled with frustration, confusion and outright hostility. The issue of what to do with the growing homeless population in the county and where to put them has been met with several different solutions, none of which everyone seems to agree upon. However, the final decisions on where to put homeless resource centers were made and many neighborhoods and communities are about to change. Announcement of New Homeless Resource Shelters On Dec. 13, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council announced the locations of four 150-bed homeless shelters around the city that would also serve as resource centers. The locations were: 653 E. Simpson Ave. (2300 South), 275 W. High Ave. (1400 South), 131 E. 700 South, and 648 W. 100 South. The selection was announced without any public comment and are the result of a two-year selection processes. The mayor and council said the decision was made without public input because they wanted to avoid pitting neighborhoods against each other. However, they promised to hold open houses to gain feedback from the community. “A process that would pit different communities in our city against each other and tear our city apart as we try to affect change, was not something we felt comfortable doing,” Biskupski told residents at a Sugar House Community Council meeting. The idea behind the four sites was to provide services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment and job training while drawing people away from The Road Home shelter in downtown Salt Lake City, which is scheduled to be closed. City officials said the smaller shelters would have a minimal impact on the neighborhoods with no drug dealing allowed near the sites and high levels of security.

However, not everybody was happy with the decisions. Sugar House Rebuts Instead of empathy, the decision was met with outrage, most vehemently in Sugar House where one site was set for 653 E. Simpson Ave.—across the street from a residential neighborhood that would replace four local businesses. Residents poured into city council meetings, open houses and the Sugar House Community Council meeting to voice opposition to a decision made behind closed doors. City officials maintained they did so to avoid pitting neighborhoods against one another. “The way the city’s handled this, it’s building nothing but resentment from most of the community,” said Chris Sveiven, who lives 75 feet away from the proposed site. Biskupski pleaded with residents to embrace the resource model that would disperse the homeless population and “stop subjecting them to easy access by drug dealers.” She also urged compassion for “families that need to be embraced by us, that need a little bit of help.” Residents, however, felt the model was too risky. “You’re asking us to take a leap of faith,” resident Shane Stroud told Biskupski during the community council meeting. “This isn’t a leap of faith, this is a gamble and the costs of that gamble are extremely high.” Stroud added if the center didn’t work as intended, repercussions would last decades. Legislative Take Over On Feb. 24, the four shelter plan was scrapped with two proposed sites dropped—including the Simpson site—and a plan was developed to build a third site somewhere in Salt Lake County. Legislation was passed on March 9 that appropriated more than $10

million to help build the resource centers and removed local cities from having any formal say on the mater. That legislation also required Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to recommend a site to the state’s Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, or risk losing the money. March 10 saw five homeless sites selected—three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake, with two additional South Salt Lake sites added on March 21. What ensued was three weeks of what McAdams deemed would be a “robust but abbreviated” process to include public input with four open houses and one public comment session. West Valley City and South Salt Lake Fight Against Site Selection West Valley City officials repeatedly decried the sites selected, citing the stress it would place on fire and police departments, the unproven service model and overall rushed process. “It’s complete vapor,” said WVC City Manager Wayne Pyle of the planned service model during an open house on March 18. He said these resources being talked about are “great ideas and we’d love to see them implemented” but doesn’t feel they are fully formed with no plans, funds or specifics. “In our mind what we have is this shelter being moved from downtown to West Valley or wherever with a lot of good intention, but not anything in terms of an actual plan to prove that it’s gonna be any different than where it is right now,” Pyle said. The county has studied homelessness reforms for over two years according to McAdams. Resource centers are designed to serve specific populations such as single women or single men. Parts of the design also include sleeping areas, on-site case managers to help with specialized services such as job or behavioral needs, food continued on next page…

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services and security space for a police officer. All would be provided inside the center. The plan would be different from The Road Home shelter on Rio Grande where occupants must leave to utilize surrounding services. Shaleane Gee, director of special projects with Salt Lake County, told residents at an open house that the center would be like an “emergency room facility. A resource center in the sense that it teaches you how to leave homelessness.” West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow said if the model’s different from past ventures, why wasn’t that sold to the public. “We’re all reasonable people, and if it’s so great, why can’t you do it at Rio Grande right now? And prove to us that it works. We’ll line up asking for it, may even bid for it,” Bigelow said. McAdams told media and residents on March 21 that the model is similar to Volunteers of America’s Youth Resource Center or the YWCA, both in Salt Lake City, that provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children. City officials continually stressed the burden WVC already carried with its 33,000 affordable housing units and Kelly Benson Apartment complex which provides permanent housing for chronically homeless. “It’s unethical to ask our residents to carry even more. We happily carry our burden, but we can’t do it all,” said WVC councilman Lars Nordfelt at the March 18 open house. On March 22, residents and representative from both South Salt Lake and West Valley City met with the members of the Homeless Coordinating Committee at the state capitol to argue their cities were not suited to handle the proposed homeless shelter sites. McAdams began the meeting by trying to assure residents that they are listening to the public and understand their concerns. “I know the news about this effort to find a location for the homeless resource center has been unsettling and stressful to homes and businesses in South Salt Lake and in West Valley City. I know there are concerns about drugs and crime and property values, loss of economic opportunity,” McAdams said. “I know this is not because of your lack of compassion for people who are met with the crisis that comes with not having a roof over your head or a safe place to sleep at night.” South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood addressed the committee, saying her city and its residents are compassionate and solution oriented but the homeless shelter site selection process has forced them to oppose the shelter in their community for several reasons. Wood said the site selection process has been too rushed, less than fair and less than transparent. “What’s the point of public meetings and site evaluation committee if the sites have already been chosen behind closed doors?” she asked. She also pointed out that as one of the smallest cities in the county, South Salt Lake is already overburdened with regional and county services residents are forced to support. This includes two county jails, two juvenile detention centers, an 88-bed facility for the chronically homeless, a regional sewage treatment plant and a solid waste transfer facility. Wood reminded the committee none of these services pay property tax toward the city. Wood also opposed the resource center model because there is no guarantee it will work. “We have no confidence that the new location will solve the problem. In fact, it feels like we are simply moving the problem south,” Wood said. “The resource center model is too new and there is no funding arrangement in the legislation to offset the community impacts.” Many residents who spoke at the public hearing explained how neither South Salt Lake nor West Valley City would be a good fit for the homeless shelter sites. One South Salt Lake resident said that unlike other cities, this is not a case of “not in my backyard.” Rather, their yard is already full. Another South Salt Lake resident said the city is a great place for the county to put things they don’t want. Residents have been very accommodating but “enough was enough.” Disaster in Draper On March 28, two days before the committee was set to make a selection on the new sites, Draper Mayor Troy Walker shocked residents by announcing he was offering two potential sites for consideration within his city limits. One site would be a portion of the Utah State Prison location, which is scheduled to be moved to Salt Lake City. The other site was at 15001 Minuteman Drive.

GOVERNMENT Draper was the first city to willingly offer sites for a homeless shelter. “It’s the right thing to do, it’s the Christian thing to do. It’s the thing that will set us apart and make us the people we are,” Walker said. However, the Draper residents were having none of it. Nearly 1,000 residents showed up to an open house on March 29 at Draper Park Middle School. The meeting was supposed to be an open house-style meeting where residents could fill out cards with their comments and learn more about the sites. When residents found out there was no public comment to be made, a handful hijacked the meeting, forcing the school to open the auditorium and provide a microphone. The majority of residents who were opposed to the homeless shelter sites cited concerns over increased crime and drugs, putting strains on the police department and lowering property values. Residents took turns airing their grievances, shouting at anyone in support of the site. This included Lawrence Horman, a homeless man who asked for compassion for people like him. He was booed off stage when he called for patience. Another resident who explained she had worked with homeless teens in the past said she was mostly angry because she felt the decision was sprung upon residents but she was in favor of the sites in Draper. She was also booed and yelled at. The meeting turned hostile when Walker and McAdams took the stage, with many residents screaming abuse at the public officials. Walker tried to explain his point of view but was met with only screams of derision. Residents threatened Walker with impeachment and lawsuits, claiming corruption and deals made behind closed doors. Others called Walker out for the alleged mistreatment of Councilwoman Michele Weeks, who claimed to be left out of the announcement. Weeks told the crowd she had only found out about the sites during the press conference and she was just as shocked as residents. “They have not included the Draper residents,” Weeks said. “We have a lot of questions that need to be answered before we volunteer two sites.” The nearly four-hour meeting, which mostly consisted of Walker and McAdams sitting silently on the stage while residents spoke their minds, ended with Walker rescinding his offer of the two sites. “You folks don’t want it,” Walker said, “so we can’t in good conscience say we want it here.” Final Decision On March 31, McAdams announced the decision to put the third homeless shelter in South Salt Lake at 3380 S. 1000 West. That day, Wood held a press conference to address residents about the decision. She said there are concerns about the site, including the fact it’s close to the Jordan River, a newly developed community on the west side of the river and longtime residents along 1000 West who have fought to keep the nearby agriculture zone intact. “Needless to say, we are disappointed. We are frustrated and we are angry. Our neighbors and businesses have stood together, residents have come out and we have fought this fight together. I thank you for that,” Wood said. “As a community, I think we expressed our concerns well. I think we had a compelling reason as to why we were not the site for the homeless resource center. I’m not quite sure where the communication breakdown was or why it didn’t matter.” Wood explained McAdams made commitments to South Salt Lake to help ease the blow. These commitments included significant investments in open space and transportation, improvements to the Jordan River and new amenities like a library. Most importantly, McAdams told Wood that construction would not begin until legislation was passed next session that would provide some kind of continued funding source for the resource center. “We feel that gives us some time and we’re going to take advantage of that time to address some critical issues to make sure the impact on our community is as small as it can be,” Wood said. Wood also told residents she and the council are promising not to raise taxes. “You are not subsidizing another undesirable regional use in our community,” Wood said. “That’s a commitment that we’re making right now.” Wood called the selection a “lethal blow” to the community of South Salt Lake. “We are angry and we continue to be angry,” Wood said. l

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Bluffdale student advances to National Spelling Bee By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com S-C-A-U-P That’s the word that could have inhibited Matthew Delis, 14, from winning the 2017 Wasatch Regional Spelling Bee—his last shot at making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “I had never heard of this word before, and they gave me a definition, and it was a diving duck,” said Matthew, a two-time third-place speller in the region. “I was just sitting there thinking, ‘What?’ But I tried not to lose my patience.” The pressure was on. The eighth-grader knew this would be his last regional bee because of the contest’s age cap. After asking the pronouncer to repeat the word and divulge the language of origin, Matthew made an educated guess. “The vowels are really tricky in a lot of the words you don’t know, so I just slotted the letters into the word inside my head. I just changed them out,” Matthew said. “I tried to see which one looked the best in my head and just hoped it was right.” To his delight, he was right. He advanced to subsequent rounds where he said the words were challenging but no match for “scaup.” He confidently spelled the winning word “rosemaling” in the final round against runnerup Meimi Teeples, who went to the national

Matthew Delis and Meimi Teeples go head-to-head in the final round of the Wasatch Regional Spelling Bee on March 25 at Hillcrest Junior High School. (City Journals)

spelling bee in 2015. Matthew became regional champion after five years of participation in the bee. “I was a little bit surprised, but I was also happy and relieved that all my efforts had not gone to waste over five years of my life,” he said. “I looked down from the stage and saw my parents smiling at me. They were really happy, too.” Matthew’s parents played an instrumental

role in his region win on March 25 because without them he would have given up after last year, he said. He described his second third-place win as “defeating,” but with the encouragement of his family, he decided to try for his last year of eligibility. He’d need to win the school and regional bee to accomplish his goal of making it to Washington, D.C. for the national competition. In addition to studying the 1,000-word

list distributed to all spelling bee participants, Matthew memorized the meanings of prefixes, suffixes and root words and tried to understand common spelling patterns among words with the same language origin. The Sandy teen, who attends Summit Academy Independence in Bluffdale, practiced every day, often declining opportunities to play video games or go on outings with friends, so he’d have enough time to sharpen his skills. “I wanted to win it, and that was just something that I thought I was able to do, so I just kept trying,” he said. “There’s obviously those people that could go in there and just win it the first time, but for me, it took a lot of experience.” In addition to studying words, Matthew mentally prepared for the bee by envisioning high-pressure situations and coming up with ways that he could keep calm. He said this proved helpful when he stood in front of parents, students and judges on the Hillcrest Junior High School stage for the region bee. Although nervous, Matthew said he was able to wait patiently for his thoughts to form before he uttered letters. Although the competition will be amplified at the national bee, which runs from May continued on page 9…


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Local group thrives in new age of a cappella music By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

Herriman Harmonyx performs at Herriman City’s annual Christmas concert. (Deb Taylor/Herriman Harmonyx)

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t may be a new day for a cappella music. Current pop culture trends have steered the vision of a cappella groups away from barbershop quartets and toward singing groups that master the art of creating instrumental sounds with vocal chords. A cappella group Pentatonix has more 13 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 240 million views of its most popular video. Yet another film in the “Pitch Perfect” series about a collegiate a cappella group will hit theaters later this year, and the “Sing-Off” competition series for voice-only musicians lasted for a five-season run. And while all of this is unfolding on a national and international level, the trend of producing music—percussion, harmonies and melodies—all using human voice techniques has trickled into the local scene, too. While local group Herriman Harmonyx predated some of the pop culture a cappella icons (it’s been around since 2011), it has benefitted from the new era’s buzz. “Community members have seen it more mainstream, and there’s kind of been this trend, so more people are receptive of the music we are doing,” said Harmonyx member Don Allphin. Occasionally, locals will recognize Harmonyx members in the grocery store or other public venues and offer compliments, which Harmonyx members said is rewarding. The group, whose 10 members are from southwest Salt Lake County—mostly Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and Taylorsville—is a volunteer-based. While it is sponsored by the Herriman Arts Council, the performers do not make money for their performances. Deb Taylor, who’s been with the group since it started, said the recent popularity of a cappella groups has brought the Harmonyx an influx of song requests. “I get a lot of people from our community reaching out and saying, ‘I think the Harmonyx need to do this song’ or ‘I would love to hear you do this one or do that one,’” she said. “We get a lot of requests from things they have heard, whether it is Pentatonix doing it or just another any song that they maybe haven’t heard as an a cappella song. We try to make that happen when we can.” Heightened interest in contemporary pop a cappella has increased the demand for a cappella arrangements, according to Allphin, making it easier to find music parts than it was in previous years. Still, it’s not possible to find ideal 10-part

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Herriman Harmonyx poses for a picture all dressed for their 2017 Valentine’s cabaret show. (Deb Taylor/Herriman Harmonyx)

arrangements of every song. That’s where Brent Rindlisbacher comes in. Rindlisbacher, a Harmonyx veteran, has created numerous a cappella arrangements for the Harmonyx. The modest musician said his arrangements are “always greeted with mixed reviews,” but his fellow group members disagree. “Brent’s songs are the hardest, but they turn out amazing,” Liz Cox reassured him. “They are just very technically difficult.” Upon request, Rindlisbacher has been working on an arrangement of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” which the singers will perform at the Fort Herriman Days festival on June 24 at their usual time—just before the headliner performs. In the weekly rehearsals leading up to the performance, other members of the group have helped Rindlisbacher edit and tweak the complex composition here and there, getting it ready for showtime. But what some call weekly rehearsals others call “weekly goof-offs.” “Most of us, I think it is safe to say, are attention deficit.,” Taylor said. “We are all over the place. Liz is really good. She has been our music director for just over a month, I think, but she keeps us on track.” “It’s good because I used to teach junior high choir, so I’m really good at keeping people under control,” Cox said in response, as four others in the group laughed in agreement. And even though the group’s “craziness” keeps them from concentrating from time to time, it’s also what makes their performances memorable, Allphin said. Allphin still remembers when Herriman Harmonyx performed at Taylor and Rindlisbacher’s workplace for Christmas a few years back. The group had created a holidaythemed script, and Allphin played an elf and wore tights to look the part. In addition to wearing costumes, the group invited the company CEO and COO to dance with them on stage. Interacting with audience members and bringing them up on stage is something that sets Herriman Harmonyx apart from other musical groups, according to group member Nate Bartlett. In the choir’s main concert each year, its Valentine’s cabaret, the members try to get the audience to participate in the show, he said. The Valentine’s cabaret is what prompted the creation continued on page 8…

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of the Herriman Harmonyx eight years ago. Julie Reed, a former Herriman Arts Council member, had a vision of organizing a citysponsored romantic date night for couples around Valentine’s Day, so she hosted rigorous auditions for an a cappella choir that would perform at the event. The three-hour auditions required sight reading, along with solo and group singing. Taylor admits to being intimidated by the other female competitors. Coming from a musical instrument background, she said she was doubtful about making the cut. Rindlisbacher expressed similar memories about the audition. “There were only five guys auditioning, but there were only four parts,” he said. “I was so nervous I couldn’t even stand it.” But he and Taylor made it through the audition and into the group despite their own insecurities. Several years after those initial auditions, Reed moved, but Herriman Harmonyx group members decided to keep the group alive without a director. “We still do the cabaret every year, but we’ve changed it a little bit from her original vision of romantic and sweetness to a kind of crazy comedy with lots of satire,” Taylor said. The valentine’s cabaret takes on a new

theme and a self-written script each year. This year the cabaret was based off the TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” The 2016 valentine’s cabaret titled “Night of the Loving Dead” had a zombie apocalypse theme. The storylines weaves songs from many genres into one story. The newest member of Herriman Harmonyx, Jeanette Herrera, who joined the group in late March just missed the Valentine’s cabaret but merged into the group in time for its April 4 “Star-Spangled Banner Performance” at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. She said the experience brought back memories of singing all over the world with choir and musical theater groups more than 17 years ago. The soprano has a bachelor’s degree in music dance theatre from Southern Virginia University, but she said she gave up all a cappella and musical theater style singing about 10 years ago when she became a single mom. “I gave up musical theater just because you need to commit like three months in the evening at a time if you are going to do a professional show, and I just couldn’t do that for my babies,” Herrera said. Herrera has continued to get her music fix by contributing lead vocals to her band Rhythm Addicts, which performs at bars,

corporate events and weddings, but she said she’s grateful to return to her music roots by singing with the Harmonyx. “I think what makes us unique is because we bring all the party right here in our body, so these men, they do the percussion,” she said. “We do everything, so we don’t have to bring the drums and guitar—they are all of that. They are the rhythm section, and it is just beautiful. I think there is an element that no other band can have.”

Several other Harmonyx members also expressed their gratitude that the community group gives them an avenue to share their talents. In addition to Allphin, Rindlisbacher, Taylor, Cox and Bartlett, other Herriman Harmonyx members are Andy Rasmussen, Hilary Bagley and Andrea Taylor. The group is currently looking for a tenor voice. Interested persons may contact Allphin at 801-400-7172. l

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28 to June 3 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, Matthew said he’ll be prepared. He’s already studying the national word-list and searching through books filled with prefixes, suffixes and root words. “I don’t feel all that nervous about it because I have done this so many times,” he said. “Especially after this win, I am like, ‘OK, I made it here, and I am just going to do my best, study hard and just live the experience of the National Spelling Bee.” And while he’ll be too old to pursue future spelling bees, Matthew is planning to fill his craving for academic competition through other means. “I think I’m going to focus more on technology, robotics, that kind of thing and start getting ready for next year’s science fair, like start considering projects that I could possibly do,” he said. “I’m going to think of problems that the world has and how I can fix them.” l Wasatch Front Regional Spelling Bee Winners: First Place: Matthew Delis, Summit Academy Independence Campus Second Place: Meimi Teeples, Provo Unlimited Progress at Provo High School Third Place: Cassie Rust, Oak Canyon Junior High

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What it’s like to be a city council member By Tiffany Webb | t.webb@mycityjournals.com

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f anyone has ever wondered what its like to be a city council member, look no further. To be a city councilperson means that no day is like the last. A day is always contingent on the agenda presented on the Thursday before a city council meeting. There can be quiet days or days where cell phones constantly ring and email notifications seem to never cease. With regular city council meeting agendas and city planning commission meeting notices going out for review by the council, how do council members juggle an influx in calls and emails along with their other daily jobs? Some usually set a goal to answer all calls and emails within 24 hours, while others may be able to answer them as they come. According to Councilman Brent Johnson of District 5, a council member must be ready to change depending on what is on the agendas. “Even though planning commission meetings are not directed to us as a council, I find out almost immediately when those notices go out,” Johnson said. Each council member has to be flexible because what may be important to one person may not be important to another. Council members prepare for the city council meetings by going over the agenda that was sent out for review by City Recorder Virginia Loader. If there are questions about the content, a call is usually placed to the presenter or facilitator of the content. Many other questions could come up that are legal questions or general questions. These are usually directed to the city attorney, Ryan Carter, or the city manager, Lance Blackwood. Councilwoman Tricia Tingey of District 2 said she will also go over the planning commission meeting minutes to see what

The city council honors LaVon Usher. (Riverton City Communications/ Riverton City Facebook Page)

may come up for the city council in future meetings. “I will typically take their advice (the planning commission) as well as my constituents to make a decision,” she said. However, most decisions that have to be made are pretty straightforward. According to Tingey, the fiscal ones are the easiest. “If you don’t have the money, you don’t have the money,” Tingey said. The decisions that directly affect the councilperson’s district tend to be the hardest decisions, according to Tingey. Many council members wish residents were more involved. This way, they could get a feel for what the people want and make decisions that would appease their constituents. “I wish more people would take that active mode in politics,” Johnson said. “My constituents can tell me of the different things going on. And I wish more would be involved so that decisions

could be made based on the people’s decision.” Even though making some decisions for the city can be tough, there are other things council members find fulfilling. “I love the people,” Tingey said. “I love talking to the Scouts about their merit badges that they are working on and working with Healthy Riverton.” Johnson loves other aspects of being a part of the city council as well. “Watching something go from infancy to maturity is what I enjoy the most. It’s the sense of accomplishment,” Johnson said. City council positions are not full-time positions; they all hold another job outside of the elected positions. These jobs aren’t always government related. Some council members’ jobs can rage from being teachers to working on infrastructure and zoning in other cities. Even the mayor’s position for Riverton City isn’t a full-time position. There are no qualifications needed to be involved in government prior to running to become a member of the city council, Many council members gathered experience from their jobs or other means. One thing that is apparent however, is the need to be a people person. “The city is a people business,” Johnson said. Council members serve four-year terms. If residents want to run for council, there are three positions that will be up for election: District 3, District 4 and the mayor position. According to rivertoncity.com anyone seeking candidacy must file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the city recorder during office hours between June 1 and June 7. There is a filing fee of $50.00. l

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The Riverton City Council and some city staff move dirt at the groundbreaking of Mountain View Village. (Riverton City Communications/Riverton City Facebook Page)

possibly be used for. They, of course, wanted whatever was built, aligned with Riverton City’s values. The intent of the landowners was to originally have mostly single-family homes with a small-scale commercial designated area. Two employees, however—city manager Lance Blackwood and Jeff Hawker—felt this site could be a larger-scale commercial site. Applegarth and the city council visited a new style shopping center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. This trip was what fostered the idea of what city officials and staff wanted to develop on this large, empty piece of farmland. Tingey’s effort to move the project forward Roy Tingey, who was part of the 2003 city council where he served for more 10 years, was a pioneer in the development of this project. Tingey wanted to remain on the council until the project was completed but sadly passed away in 2014. His wife, Tricia Tingey, was appointed to his position to fulfill his remaining term on the city council. Tricia Tingey was then elected in 2015 where she has resided as councilwoman to Riverton’s District 2 ever since. With the help of Tricia Tingey, the council, city staff and Applegarth, Roy’s vision was finally accomplished in getting this property developed. “We are grateful for Roy’s leadership to make this project Possible,” Applegarth said in a prepared statement. Current update According to Trace Robinson, Riverton’s public works director and engineer, a necessary bridge going over the nearby canal was completed on April 4. Bids have also been opened up on the road and intersection coming from Mountain View Corridor. Construction on the road and intersection should start in early May; this is to be completed before October. The first phase will be starting in April. Dirt is starting to be moved to level the area out. The infrastructure is a piece of the project that is continually being worked on. The retailers for the project are still unknown. Tenants that will go into the Mountain View Village will have the opportunity to announce their intention to move into the Mountain View Village quarterly, according to Bruning. l


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Bluffdale students raise money for deaf school in the Dominican Republic By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com Taya Miner, 17, returned to her Bluffdale school activities with a renewed sense of purpose after volunteering at an orphanage that served 200 children in the Dominican Republic. “I definitely started to appreciate what I have more,” she said. “People seemed very happy and unified there, and although I don’t envy the conditions they live in, I learned that when times get hard, I can still be happy. It’s an outlook, not a situation, that makes the happiest people.” Miner said she wanted to help these people who changed her life, so when it came time for her school, Summit Academy High, to select a beneficiary for its annual Bears Give Back charity drive this March, she suggested Project Andy, a project sponsored by the Charity Anywhere Foundation. Through the project, her family friend Christy Benedict is working to gather $15,000 to build a school for deaf children in the Dominican Republic. A 17-year-old Dominican named Andy inspired the project. Andy makes a living by picking up blue stones, called larimar, on the beach and selling them to tourists. He has limited occupational options because he hasn’t been taught language, reading, math or science fundamentals. There aren’t any schools near Barahona, where Andy lives, that cater to deaf

students. This leaves Andy and the 40 other deaf people in his village without access to education. After hearing Andy’s story from Miner, student government officers selected Project Andy as the Bears Give Back 2017 charity. “We are all getting our own education right now, and we believe everyone deserves that,” Student Body President Josh Augenstein said. “We have a school, and while it is a small school, it is a nice school, and we wanted to give someone else a chance to have what we have.” With a student population of 520, the student officers set a goal to raise $9,000 for Project Andy throughout March. Through weekly fundraising activities, the students brought in a total of $8,626.49—a school donation record. “It provided us with an opportunity to do something more than just seven hours of school in a day,” Augenstein said. “We’re usually all part of our different clubs or teams, but this charity was something that everyone became a part of. We had a solid month of the whole school coming together.” Each day of the school week, students were invited to participate in Bears Give Back events. On Mondays, student body officers

Summit Academy High School raised nearly $9,000 for charity Project Andy, inspired by the 17-yearold Dominican in this photo. (Project Andy/Charity Anywhere Foundation)

stood outside with tarps and buckets before and after school. Students could “chuck their change” onto the tarps and into the buckets to donate. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students could pay to play video games during lunch, and on Wednesdays, students took turns running the school’s weekly charity bake sale. Fridays, however, prompted the most donations. Summit Academy requires a uniform, but on Fridays students could pay to “dress down” and wear other types of clothing to school.

“Penny stalls” also took place on Fridays. “Students bring the pennies and other change they have to school to donate, and then the teachers have to count all of it before they can start class,” Augenstein said. “It’s pretty fun.” In addition to these recurring events, Summit Academy hosted a Boondocks night, community yard sale, family movie night and three-on-three basketball tournament—all with proceeds benefiting Project Andy. Unlike years past, Summit Academy actively invited neighbors and community members to attend these bigger events. “I’m so grateful that the whole school and others got on board with this charity,” Taya said. “I think it’s bound to be a valuable experience for all of us.” Summit academy’s donation will go toward building the $15,000 school that will be under the jurisdiction of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Education, according to the project website. The deaf school will become a selfsustaining part of the local school district and will eventually provide programs not only to the deaf but also to children with other special needs, such as blindness. To find out more about Project Andy, visit projectandy.com. l


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Fort Herriman orchestra receives highest award possible at state festival By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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ort Herriman Middle School’s advanced orchestra progressed to the Utah Music Educators Association State Festival and achieved the highest rankings possible. “They really deserve it,” orchestra’s teacher and conductor Amy Stutznegger said. “They do their best every day—no matter if it is a competition day or not, but it was nice to see them perform so well.” Judges selected Fort Herriman’s advanced orchestra to participate in the two-day festival held March 14 and 15 at Libby Garner Hall at the University of Utah after listening to blind audition recordings of orchestras throughout the state. Because Fort Herriman’s audition was one of the top six picks, the group was asked to perform on the second day where professional musicians adjudicated not only the group’s practiced pieces but its sight reading too. After receiving superior ratings in both categories, the Fort Herriman orchestra was one of two state-qualifying groups to be awarded the sweepstakes recognition, the highest designation at the festival. “We’re proud,” Kale Wilkinson, a ninth-grade bassist in Fort Herriman’s orchestra, said. “Our intonation, our dynamics and our body language were so much better this year than ever before.” Many of the musicians in Fort Herriman’s orchestra have been playing together for three years, which Rachel McNeill, a ninth-grade violist, said added to the company’s joy when they scores so well at state. “It’s all about doing things together,” she said. “If we suck—we sucked together. But in this case, that didn’t

The Fort Herriman Middle School advanced orchestra poses for a picture at the 2015–17 Utah Music Educators Association’s junior high state festival. (Amy Stutznegger/Fort Herriman Middle School)

happen. We were really good, and that’s a reward to all of us that we could be a good, collective orchestra.” The orchestra worked for months to sharpen the three pieces they would bring to the state festival: “Eureka!” by Keith Sharp; “Jupiter,” by Gustav Holst, arranged by Deborah Baker Monday; and “Serenade No. 9 Finale,” sometimes referred to as “Posthorn,” by Wolfgang Mozart, arranged by Sandra Dackow. Stutznegger encouraged the students to focus on dynamics and phrasing more than ever before, Rachel said.

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What emerged was music that created a story for audience members, according to cellist Maddy West. “In ‘Jupiter’ I could actually picture the stars and constellations coming at me because we created those emotions with our playing,” she said. “‘Posthorn’ is so jumpy and fun that I could picture people dancing to it.” The three pieces embodied very different music styles. “Eureka” consists of two contrasting themes that delve into fiddle and Celtic styles. “Jupiter,” the most popular movement from Gustav’s “The Planets” composed in the early 1900s, encompasses a more classical feel and includes a hymn melody. “Posthorn” was written for a celebration and involves fast-paced rhythms. The students worked to portray both a powerful yet delicate voice to their pieces in an effort to “preserve the essence of the pieces,” Kale said. Scoring high in the judges’ books became less important than portraying and interpreting the pieces accurately, Stutznegger said. “They really loved the music, and that transferred into their playing,” she added. “That’s something that will live with them long after we stop playing these pieces.” Most of the advanced orchestra students are moving on to high school next year and won’t be playing with the Fort Herriman orchestra, but Stutznegger said she hopes to carry the success of this year on to the next. Maddy said she’s planning to do the same. “State was a very strong experience for us,” she said. “It’s something that we can reflect on as we move forward with playing.” l

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Summit Academy debate secures third consecutive state championship By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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ummit Academy High School’s 24-member debate team won the 2A state championship for the third year in a row despite its high number of freshmen and sophomores. “A lot of our debaters who were on the other winning teams went off to college, so it was really cool to see these new students come in and surpass last year’s team, even with less experience,” debate coach Scott Pettit said. “There wasn’t a single debater that did not contribute to our win.” Last year, Summit Academy won the state championship by 20 points, but this year that gap increased to 35 at the March 10 and 11 state event. The team claimed the highest scores on five of the seven event categories against 13 other schools. Several Summit debate newcomers won their respective events. “It really shows that our work is paying off as we continue the tradition of the debate teams before us,” Conner Benjamin, a sophomore and team leader, said about the win. Conner chalks up the team’s success to his coach and the time the team spends working on its events. The debate students take a debate class during school hours but also spend most weekends together from October to March, where they celebrate when their teammates succeed and commiserate when things go awry. The team practiced against nearby 5A teams to gear up for its region and state competition, where it faced its 2A rivals. The team members don’t let debaters from the bigger schools—Alta, Bingham, Corner Canyon and Herriman—scare them, but they see the benefit in going against fierce competition, Pettit said. “It’s helpful to punch against a higher weight class,” Conner said. “This year was great preparation for what is to come.” Next year, Summit Academy High will advance to Class

Summit Academy High debate team members shows off their third consecutive state championship trophy. (Scott Petitt/Summit Academy High School)

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They learn how to develop opinions that are informed instead of merely perceived.” The students also learn how to explain topics to people of different personality types, professions and educational backgrounds, which is a skill that transfers to essay writing, job interviews and casual conversations, Pettit said. “I’ve learned that when I am presenting to someone who is a lawyer, I might say things differently than if the judge is just somebody from the team’s mom,” Mae Long, a freshman on the team, said. “Audience is important.” Because Summit Academy’s high school debate team has been so successful, Pettit started a junior high team for Summit’s feeder schools. The school also started offering the Advanced Placement Capstone program this year. The AP Capstone program invites students to take AP Research and AP Seminar classes as part of the program to receive an AP Capstone Diploma, a certificate that recognizes academic excellence for taking and passing college-level courses and tests in high school. The research and seminar courses “are basically debate classes,” Pettit said, because they require students to research and present arguments like they would in debate. Pettit said he’s excited to see more students become involved in debate through these programs and eventually use the knowledge they have gained to influence others for good. “I know this is going to sound cliché, but if this is the future of our country—looking at these young men and young women who are so passionate about the world and about other people—then we are in a good place,” he said. “These are the future business leaders of our world.” l


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erriman Elementary’s Cael Packard, 11, didn’t know his hobby would set him up for a win at his school’s geography bee and qualify him to compete at the state level. While other kids spend their free time at school drawing or reading fiction novels, Cael’s mother, Kami Packard, said Cael is more likely to read an atlas or information book from cover to cover. “I don’t know how to explain it,” the fifthgrader said. “I like geography.” Cael competed against 101 other fourththrough eighth-graders in the preliminary round of the Utah Geographic Bee, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Bee, at the Thanksgiving Point Ashton Gardens Visitor Center in Lehi on March 31. From national parks to bodies of waters to traveling abroad, each set of questions the moderator asked had a new theme, keeping the participants on their toes. “What is the term for a wetland where water covers the ground over long periods of time—marsh or regolith?” The moderator asked Cael. “Marsh,” Cael said, receiving one point for answering correctly. Cael was also asked open-ended questions where he was invited to identify the name of the European country that hosted an award ceremony in Stockholm and state the name of the small country that’s bordered by Mozambique and South Africa and has a king as its head of state, among other trivia. At the end of the preliminary round, Cael claimed three points out of a possible eight— not a high enough score to make it into the top 10 but still a good enough score to feel accomplished, he said. “I felt pretty proud of myself because I am the first person from my school in 19 years to go to state,” he said. “I will try for next year and see how far I get.” But two other students from Cael’s district did make it onto the final round: Kyle Anderson, a sixth-grader from Jordan Ridge Elementary,

and Carver Bryan, an eighth-grader from Oquirrh Hills Middle School. The final 10 contestants headed to the spacious Garden Room where their table workspaces were separated by wooden dividers. Students used maps and visual aids to answer some of the questions in the final round. The maps were not labeled with words but instead with numbers. Students had to identify which number corresponded with the site the moderator described. One of Kyle’s questions asked him to identify the site number and state in which sea turtles nest at Cape Lookout National Seashore. He gave the answer “1, Alaska,” but the correct answer was “7, North Carolina.” One of Carver’s questions asked him to give the site number and state name of Cumberland Island National Seashore, a barrier island. He guessed “7, Virginia,” but the correct answer was “21, Georgia.” Because the bee allows each contestant to miss one question, the Jordan School district boys had the opportunity to stay in a few more rounds. Carver ended up tying for eighth place. Kyle went on for two more rounds, tying for fifth. “I would have liked to do better, but I am fine with what I did.” Carver said. “I didn’t see myself getting to the finals, and I am really excited that I got there.” Seventh-grader Ankit Garg from Bear River Charter School in Logan won the Bee for the second time. He placed 16th at the national bee last year. Ankit’s family has a history with the geography bee. His sister Gauri Garg won the state bee in 2014 and 2015, which means the family has held the state championship title for the past four years. Ankit will represent Utah at the national competition at National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 1417. l

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eventeen Jordan School District teachers were recently named “outstanding educators” by the district’s foundation. They were surprised with the honor by Superintendent Patrice Johnson, their principals and Jordan Education Foundation members. “It was a total surprise,” Monte Vista sixthgrade teacher Alicia Rasmussen said. “I didn’t see it coming. I walked into the library, and there was a line of people there starting with the superintendent all congratulating me, giving me balloons. I had to let it absorb what was happening.” Rasmussen and 16 other teachers throughout the district were honored April 27 at a banquet where each teacher was presented an award and $1,000. Jordan School District Superintendent Patrice Johnson said she looks forward to the day when the “prize patrol,” goes from school to school to surprise the honorees. “It’s the best day of the year when so many schools have recognized outstanding educators who lift young people,” she said. “Every year, this gets bigger, and every school is filled with gifted teachers who are deserving of this award. These teachers are being recognized for their heart, and why they do what they do is all for

Susan Locke from Columbia Elementary reacts to being named an outstanding educator by the Jordan Education Foundation. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Cindy Horrocks, a teacher at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, gets a hug from Principal Bryan Leggat after winning an award. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

South Jordan Elementary fifth-grade students react to teacher Kaylee Todd being named outstanding educator of the year. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

the love of the kids.” Rasmussen said she appreciated being recognized for her efforts. “A lot of teachers could receive this award, as we all put in a lot of hard work,” she said. “I’m grateful that my hard work is recognized and that I have the support of the parents, administration and community. I care about the kids, and not just those in my grade, but the entire school.” Rasmussen is also a member of the collaborative leadership team and coordinates the school’s spelling bee and

Walk with Wishes service project for Make a Wish Foundation. Her principal, Meredith Doleac, said Rasmussen fit the rubric of helping with student academic growth, showing excellent instructional practices and having an impact on student life. “One of the things that stands out about her is her leadership and involvement in our school,” Doleac said. “She has lead Walking for Wishes ever since we started it. She has organized activities for students, such as

contacting the Salt Lake Astronomical Society and having them bring huge telescopes to our school one night so sixth-graders who were studying about space could have a stargazing night. She has built trust with students and has made a positive impact on students’ lives.” After Monte Vista, the “prize patrol” traveled to South Jordan Elementary to surprise fifth-grade teacher and student leadership adviser Kaylee Todd. Todd’s students and other fifth-graders had continued on next page…


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just finished performing an assembly program when the “prize patrol” said they were there to present the outstanding educator award. “The kids started chanting my name, and I tried to hush them, but they just kept going,” she said, recalling feeling embarrassed as she stood against the multi-purpose room wall. However, unknown to her, the students nearest to the “prize patrol” saw Todd’s name on the file. “I just love these kids. This is all just so amazing,” said a nearly speechless Todd. Her principal, Ken Westwood, who was bordering on tears, recalled when he first met her. “She was a student teacher, and I was a principal here in my first year, and you could just see she had a way with students—an electric connection—from the beginning,” he said. “She is loved and respected by parents and kids alike.” However, outstanding educator awards can only be given to teachers who have taught at least five years, so the nominations from parents and peers had to wait, Westwood said. “It’s more than just being loved,” he said. “She also had her students getting 96 percent on the CRT (standardized tests) in language arts and math. The proficiency rates were the highest in the DWA (direct writing assessment) and SAGE (standardized tests). Everything about her is extraordinary.”

Jordan Education Foundation Director Steven Hall said this year the organization received 55 applications—one from each school. The committee, made up of five Jordan Education Foundation Board of Directors members and three community members, reviewed all the nominations to select this year’s recipients. All nominees received a plaque and gift basket, and the top 17 teachers were honored at the award banquet. “It was neat to read all the quotes and comments from parents, students and principals, but it was really hard to judge,” Hall said. “We want all these teachers to know that someone notices them and cares. The kids absolutely love what these teachers have done for them and who they mean to them.” Other educators who were recognized at the award banquet include Columbia Elementary’s Susan Locke, Copper Mountain Middle’s John Schneggenburger, Fort Herriman Middle’s Michael Farnsworth, Heartland Elementary’s Leslie Fiskell, Herriman Elementary’s Sarah Burton, Joel P. Jensen’s Cindy Horrocks, Kauri Sue Hamilton’s Laurie Tovey, Oakcrest Elementary’s Randi Frehner, Oquirrh Elementary’s Lisa DuVernay, Riverton Elementary’s Ashley Calhoun, Riverton High’s Katherine Borgmeier, Rose Creek Elementary’s Christina Stout, Southland Elementary’s Allyson Pulsipher and Westvale Elementary’s Sandra Burton.

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relatively young boys soccer team at Riverton High School is learning together to create opportunities to score on the pitch. “We only have six seniors, so I figured this would be a growing year,” Silverwolves head soccer coach Paul Moizer said. “We have struggled to score goals but are working together in practice to create those opportunities.” The team is averaging fewer than two goals per game. Seniors Ben Milne and Micah Hammond lead the team with three goals apiece. Hammond has scored 27 goals in his career at Riverton. Moizer said creating more chances will increase the team’s scoring. The Silverwolves opened the season with a 2-1 home victory over Copper Hills. They scored in the first half when Jose Pineda found the back of the net. Hammond sealed the game with his goal in the second half after Copper Hills had tied it. Despite the season-opening win, they reeled backwards with three straight losses to Brighton, West Jordan and Murray. A 2-2 tie with American Fork and a 1-0 win over Lehi gave the appearance of a turn in the right direction. Despite the apparent turnaround, they lost in a big way to Herriman on April 4. “The season has been up and down so far,” Moizer said. “I thought we were improving and playing better until we played Herriman. We lost badly and did not play well. It showed we are a young team.” Herriman controlled the game tempo. They scored early and often and led 3-0 at halftime. One more goal in the second half closed the game’s scoring. The Silverwolves lost 4-0. A quick scheduling turnaround placed

Senior Micah Hammond has been a lead goal producer for Riverton’s boys soccer team. (Dave Sanderson/ dsandersonpics.com)

the teams playing each other just three days later. In the second matchup, Herriman again prevailed, this time 2-0. “I feel like we have not played anything close to our potential,” senior defender Devin Madsen said. “We have a lot of talent and are much more capable than what we have shown so far.” At goalkeeper, the Silverwolves have split playing time between senior Braden Anderson and freshman Jarom Hyde. Anderson is in his first season as a varsity keeper. Moizer said he has improved from where he was last season and continues to be better. The defense has been hampered by injuries. Senior Collin Horman has missed most of the first eight matches, while Madsen has had nagging injuries holding him back. “Me and Collin have been friends on and off the field for about three years,” Madsen said. “We have done some extra things together after practice with our new keepers. We try to help with when and where to play the ball. I feel like we have been solid in the back so far this year.” Region 4 has been a minefield for its members this season. Each team has at least one loss. Playoff positioning could come down to the final week of play. “Our region is very tough this year,” Moizer said. “Top to bottom, I think it is stronger than it has ever been. At the end of the day, I think anyone could come out on top.” Riverton won its only state title in 2014. The state playoffs are scheduled to begin May 16. l

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erriman City receives its police services through the Unified Police Department (“UPD”). Residents who have lived in Herriman for years may remember a public safety fee on their water bill to fund the police services. That fee was changed to a tax in 2012 when the Herriman City Council at the time chose to join the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (“SLVLESA”). SLVLESA became the taxing authority and exists solely to provide funding for certain municipalities, including Herriman, to the UPD. One elected official from Herriman serves on the SLVLESA governing board, along with representatives from other jurisdictions. We also have one seat at the UPD Board to oversee law enforcement operations. (See http://slco.org/slvlesa/ for more information.) Over the past few years Herriman has experienced remarkable population growth. Along with that growth, additional tax dollars have been collected for law enforcement services. At times the city administration and elected officials have been concerned with whether police officer allocations have kept up with the population growth. Elected officials from neighboring Riverton City have had similar growth concerns and have initiated the process of separation from SLVLESA, though they intend to remain with UPD. They learned state code would have required a vote of the residents to change their taxing authority. This legislative session, Representative Dan McCay sponsored House Bill 229 which created multiple paths for a municipality to separate from SLVLESA, including the option for a city council to make the decision to separate without a vote of the people if certain conditions are met. Why does this matter to Herriman? Your city elected officials regularly evaluate the relationships we have with entities that provide municipal services to Herriman City. We are in the initial exploratory steps to determine if it would be in Herriman taxpayers’ best interests to separate from SLVLESA, the taxing district. If the choice is made to separate from SLVLESA, police protection would be still be provided by UPD through a contract negotiated directly with UPD. Steps to this separation process may include negotiations with SLVLESA administration and board members, a feasibility study, and public

hearings for Herriman residents to express their opinion on the potential separation. A vote of the taxpayers is still an option under the revised state code. The primary benefit of leaving SLVLESA would be the ability to directly negotiate a contract through UPD which would provide the city with direct control of collected tax revenue. The city could therefore have more influence over increasing new officer allocations when growth occurs. Herriman elected officials would be directly responsible for setting the tax rate. This direct oversight would provide more control over the timing of any tax increases, recognizing inflation and the cost of officer benefits and retirement programs are likely to rise each year. Depending on how the tax collection method would be structured, that inflation could be offset with other revenue sources such as sales tax revenue. However, we recognize other city revenue sources are lean and are already encumbered with other governmental service demands. Possible repercussions of leaving SLVLESA would include the loss of a large service district to absorb potential economic fluctuations. As a larger taxing district, SLVLESA can more easily bond and provide facility construction and other capital expenses whereas the city would have to carry this debt burden if we were to separate from SLVLESA. Without SLVLESA as a taxing entity, money collected for law enforcement services could be mingled with the city’s general fund instead of being preserved in a dedicated fund. Having sole control of the funding, elected officials could be pressured to prioritize other city operational needs over providing law enforcement services. Alternatively, the council could explore options to set up a special fund or local district to ensure funds remain separate from other city accounts. It is our desire as your elected officials to listen to your viewpoints regarding a potential withdrawal from the SLVLESA taxing district. We will continue to thoroughly study the issue and share information with you as the process evolves. Please visit https://www.herriman.org/ elected-officials/ for our contact information and let us know your thoughts. l


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Milo Gutierrez wins 141 Golden Gloves state title, heads to regional tournament By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

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ilo Gutierrez was crowned a Golden Gloves Utah State Champion boxer at 141 pounds on March 11 at the Sorenson Multicultural and Unity Fitness Center in Salt Lake City. Gutierrez, a Herriman resident who trains at Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym in South Jordan, won the title bout against another fighter who trains and is represented by Fullmer Brothers. Gutierrez will be fighting in the Golden Gloves Regional Tournament as a state champ. In 2016, Gutierrez fought in the regional tournament as an unopposed state champion. In the 2016 regional competition, he won his first fight and lost his second, getting feel for the tournament in the process. The first bout was against a fighter from Wyoming. Gutierrez claimed the fight was a tough one. “He beat me up pretty good, but I didn’t give up and got a good body shot on him, and it really changed the fight,” Gutierrez said. “I won.” The second fight wasn’t as close, as Gutierrez lost to a fighter from Idaho named Reilly Thomas in the regional final. Gutierrez was disappointed but felt as though he gained a few things. “I really got a feel for the tournament,” he said. “I know what to expect this time around.” Gutierrez took a break late in the winter to spend time with his family for the holidays but hit the gym hard to begin 2017. The boxer said he has kept his weight down and has gotten a

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Boxer Milo Gutierrez, of Herriman, who trains out of the Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym in South Jordan, won the 141-pound Golden Gloves state title. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

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Providence Hall baseball team enjoying first-ever season By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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is unique. We try to put the best nine players out there every day. There are no egos on this team.” Boynton and fellow senior Mack Beck have combined 4-0 records and have 43 strikeouts in 35 innings to lead the Patriots. Beck has signed a letter of intent to attend Western Nebraska after graduation and continue to play baseball.

“We feel good with how we have played,” Wilson said. “Right now, we are a 2A school, and next year we move up to 3A. The competition will just get better against some of the schools from down south.” In their first official game, the Patriots lost to American Leadership 10-9. After that, they reeled off eight straight victories, including avenging their only loss, 17-0 on April 3.

They play their home games at West Ridge Academy (5500 Bagley Park Rd, West Jordan). “We are the school on the hill, and there is no place for a field,” Wilson said. “We had to find a place to play. West Ridge Academy plays 1A baseball in the fall. It works out perfect for us to use their field in the spring, and we worked out a great agreement with them. We are going to continue to work with them as they build a new field.” Sophomore Ben Morales leads the team with 13 stolen bases. He is hitting .537 and has 24 hits. His older brother Thomas has been a key contributor at third base. Thomas leads the team with six doubles. “This is a group of kids that just want to play baseball,” Wilson said. The Patriots are in first place of the 2A North Region. They defeated second place Summit Academy April 7, 6-5. They held off a four run rally and then captured a single run in the bottom of the seventh for the victory. They lost their first game ever, avenged that loss later in the season and then reeled off nine straight victories. The team hopes to advance to its firstever state tournament. The 2A state tournament is scheduled to begin May 6. l


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eproductive Care Center is the first private infertility clinic in Utah and has been in business for over 20 years. RCC meets all the most advanced requirements and guidelines for its labs and physicians, making them completely state-of-the-art. Reproductive Care Center has five board-certified physicians who are members of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), as well as a nurse practitioner, all dedicated to helping couples grow their families. All physicians, embryologists, lab technicians and nurses at RCC are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and continually train and educate themselves to ensure that they are at the forefront of the reproductive technology advances. Although assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been practiced for decades, the advancements have changed the way it’s being done. Instead of simply trying to obtain conception with as many embryos as possible, competent specialists at RCC focus on helping a couple achieve a single healthy baby, which increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and minimizes the risk of pre-term births. RCC physicians also conduct research and studies to stay ahead of the curve. Dr. Andrew K. Moore, an infertility specialist at the clinic, recently completed a major research study that showed a strong correlation between healthy habits combined

with couple’s therapy and its improvement on natural conception. With all the success that Reproductive Care Center has achieved, it hasn’t always come easy.

Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. For a long time, infertility was a topic that was not discussed openly. Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. Patients seek out a specialist much sooner than before because they know it is available and acceptable. Another major challenge is that most insurance companies do not offer infertility treatment benefits. While they do often cover consultations and diagnostic treatment, they do not

typically provide benefits for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Legislators are looking at how to improve coverage, but in the meantime, RCC has worked tirelessly to provide affordable treatment options to patients including income-based discounts, military discounts, financing for IVF, multiple IVF Cycle package discounts, and a 100% Money-Back Guarantee IVF Program for qualifying patients. “We understand that so many of our patients, especially those that need IVF, are having to pay for it out of pocket,” said Rachel Greene, the marketing coordinator at RCC. “It is a difficult hurdle to jump and we do as much as we can to accommodate.” Resolve.org, a national organization, has pushed the discussion of infertility to the national level with legislators and insurance companies. They initiated the National Infertility Awareness Week which was April 23-29. RCC participated by offering daily giveaways and providing a free seminar. RCC also sponsored a date night hosted by Utah Infertility Resource Center, a local counseling and support resource with whom RCC has chosen to partner. RCC is focused on providing compassionate and quality care to their patients. Reproductive Care Center has affordable consultation prices and are ready to see new patients in all their locations, visit www.fertilitydr.com to learn more. l


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Flipping out over the cost of summer entertainment

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re you at your wallets end when it comes to family entertainment? It can be hard to find something all age ranges can enjoy. Plus, for some of our area’s more popular theme parks, it seems as if we have to mortgage the house just to gain admission, and on top of the high prices, they add insult to injury and charge just to park the car. If your wallet is already having a panic attack over the expense of your upcoming summer vacation, now is the time to discover the latest craze that is catching on at your favorite park. It’s disc golf. It’s easy to try; it’s fun for all ages---and it’s my favorite word---FREE. As more and more Utah parks are adding courses, it’s becoming easier than ever to enjoy a pleasant afternoon at a nearby of location or take a journey to see some of our amazing scenery. I recently I stumbled on a course at Brighton Resort. To make the most of this experience, here are some things to keep in mind when gearing up to flip out. 1. Take a look at a map: As the popularity of disc golf expands, many online sites offer detailed maps of courses and distance markers. Some sites include scorecards, too. 2. Bring extra discs: At the risk of sounding a tad irreverent and even insulting to regular players, my dollar store Frisbee worked just fine when a water hazard was likely to

claim my Frisbee. So, while a Google search will offer an enormous amount of fast, slow, left and right turning discs, they are somewhat expensive. It’s around 24 dollars for a set of three discs, while its helpful to own disc golf gear, and there are a large variety of recommended discs, a few extra bargain discs won’t detract from the game. 3. There are no amenities at disc golf courses: Keep in mind you will be at a public park. The services are limited. If you are hoping for a cart or a snack shack, you will probably be disappointed. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring plenty of water and plan a picnic lunch for your game. 4. Bring your friends: This is an occasion where the more involved creates a merrier time. It’s a good idea to honor the foursome format, but the sky is the limit on how many groups can be a part of the fun. Keep in mind, however, the rules of golf etiquette are still in full swing. Don’t barge into the games of other people, be quiet when players tee off, don’t allow your dog to sniff around other people’s stuff —you get the idea. I have found disc golf to be a good way to relax, get exercise and enjoy areas of Utah I would not have visited otherwise. Oh, and did I mention it’s free. Visit the www.discgolfscene.com for a list of Disc Golf locations.

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he owners of the Forever Cheer studio found each other through a mutual love of cheerleading. A courtship ensued, and it continues today through a business, coaching and giving back to the community. “We both cheered in high school, college and on all-star cheer teams,” Ulbby Dyson said. “He grew up in Kentucky; I was in California. We both started teaching in gyms, and he came to California to teach at a rival gym to mine.” Reggie and Ulbby Dyson met at a cheer competition in California. He asked her to breakfast; she was four hours late for their first date because she was so nervous. They fell in love, were married and later moved to Salt Lake City and established Forever Cheer in 2013. The Dysons wanted to be their own bosses and teach the sport they loved. They found a building in West Jordan (6792 Airport Road) and established a cheerleading business for all levels. “Our oldest daughter suffered from infantile spasms, a type of seizure,” Ulbby said. “We were told at 9 years old she may never walk or talk. We kept working with her; one in five kids come out of it completely; she has not yet. Sitting at Primary Children’s (hospital), we realized that a lot of families and kids miss out on opportunities that we have had.” The Dyson’s decided if they ever had their own gym they would provide a place where special athletes could go, perform and even go to competitions. The special athletes category is new around the country. Several states offer first and second place awards to these teams. Team Passion Special Athletes trains on Wednesday evenings at the Forever Cheer gym. They perform an all-star routine just

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The Copper Hills cheerleaders won the fight song division at the state cheerleading competition. (Ulbby Dyson/Forever Cheer)

like any other team, choreographed with stunting, tumbling and dance. Several volunteer trainers help the team. “We started with two special athletes, and we had six coaches on the floor with them,” Ulbby said. “We would tell the kid (volunteers) they could go home because we did not have enough athletes, but they said no and continued to come and help. We have volunteers from Herriman, Riverton, Copper Hills and West Jordan high schools.” The studio offers tumbling, cheer and open gym classes with

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