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SILVERWOLF WINS GOLD MEDAL AT PAN AM GAMES By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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s a member of the United States Junior Olympic Team Riverton’s Dylan Gregerson traveled to Fortaleza, Brazil, and captured not one but two gold medals. Gregerson, a Riverton High graduate, qualified to be part of the Greco-Roman team in June at the world team trials in Indiana. His second-place finish at the trials earned him a spot as an alternate on the team; he was later asked to participate in the Junior Pan Am games this fall. “It feels awesome,” he said. “I went down there determined to win a gold medal in greco, and when I had the opportunity to go in freestyle too, I thought I would do what I can. It turns out that it was awesome.” He wrestled in the Greco pool at 63 kilograms. In the championship match against Irving Salazar Cabrera from Mexico, he jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and then maintained his advantage for the remainder of the match for the victory. Gregerson’s greco semifinal match was not nearly as close. He defeated Pablo Palma Monoz from Chille 11-0. In all, he wrestled four matches in the Greco tournament, and his opponents only scored four points. Greco-Roman wrestling has been included in the modern Olympics since 1896. It is the style of wrestling most practiced worldwide. It forbids holds below the waist. This restriction places an emphasis on throws because tripping or grabbing at your opponents legs is prohibited. Gregerson also captured gold at 61 kilograms in freestyle wrestling. “It was good to know that I can also wrestle with my legs,” Gregerson said. His freestyle championship match did not make it out of the first period. He outscored Marco Palmero from Canada 10-0 a tech fall (technical knockout). Freestyle is what is used at high school wrestling matches

Dylan Gregerson won two wrestling gold medals at the Junior Pan Am Games in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Dylan Gregerson)

around the state. Leg holds are permitted. Gregerson showed his versatility being the only wrestler at his weight to participate in both tournament styles. The United States team won nine gold medals in freestyle and captured the team championship. The team title was third of the tournament, as it also captured gold in Greco and womens wrestling brackets. “It was fun, and we went to the beach once,” Gregerson said. “I was glad I got to experience it. Brazil is a different place. I have been working at this since seventh grade. I am dedicated to my sport.” He has three brothers and is currently a freshman at Utah Val-

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ley University studying business management.. He is part of the Wolverines’ wrestling program and is training this season with the team. At press time, he was unsure if he might redshirt this season. Next season, he will participate in the u23 division (a move up in age division). He wants to make the world team along with his college commitment. He said he trains twice a day five days a week. “I got to make a lot of new friends, and I had some great coaches,” he said. “It was awesome to hold the American flag. I did not understand it at first, but then I realized that I was representing my country. It was awesome.” l

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Take your Frisbee somewhere else: Rosecrest Disc Golf Course shut down By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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s of Labor Day, Herriman city officials have closed the Rosecrest Disc Golf Course. The 18-hole course, set up along what was initially intended as trails for people to use, branches through various neighborhoods. Resulting damage to adjacent resident properties, such as broken fences from golfers climbing or forcibly adjusting them to retrieve their discs, caused the city council—with recommendations from city staff—to permanently close the location. “This was an amenity that’s causing problems for the people in the area instead of enhancing their area then why do we have it,” said Councilwoman Sherrie Ohrn during an August work meeting. It’s an issue that has lingered for some time, according to city officials. Similar complaints were brought to the council a few years ago. Solutions at the time were to place hole locations further away from neighboring houses and put up no trespassing signs. “Honestly, those don’t deter anybody,” Councilman Clint Smith said of the trespassing signs. Smith lives next to the now-defunct course. His backyard bordered the fairway of hole four. He said he once arrived home to find a gentleman walking into his backyard. “Our backyards are our sacred space,” Smith said. “I have my playground for my children, and I’ve come home many times to see our

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back gate left open. I want to be able to send, like any neighbor, their kids into their backyard to play there without worrying about somebody intruding into their space, a stranger.” Some golfers have left notes on Smith’s fence, and he said he then contacts them and leaves the disc on his porch. But others completely ignore the signage. “Unfortunately it is the few that ruin this for everybody,” Smith said. The “sacred space” of a backyard is also what concerned Mayor David Watts. “The issue and concern is the safety of the children because if we are getting to a point where we are comfortable with people hopping other people’s fences we have an issue,” he said. Watts was also concerned about the safety of the trespassing person, whether falling and injuring themselves or a homeowner pulling a gun on that person. “I don’t want to be the city that’s on the news because a disc golfer hopped the fence and got shot,” he said. But Watts wasn’t completely in favor of shutting down the entire course, wishing instead to close only the problem areas, notably holes 1–5. “Removing a section of it might give a wake up call to some of our residents,” Watts said. “If you can’t use this responsibly, then we can’t justify continuing to provide this service.” But city staff and other councilmembers

Instead of holes in the ground and clubs to hit balls, disc golf uses Frisbees and baskets. Residents won’t be able to use Rosecrest Disc Golf Course anymore after its baskets were removed. (Pixabay)

said if they only closed part of the course, then neighbors of other holes would increase their complaints. “The impact that some of the residents have experienced with it, I don’t think it’s fair to continue to put that on them,” Smith said. Smith also added, “I would like to keep this amenity in the city, (but) I think you have

to design that into a space right from the get go with that as the purpose in mind.” City officials’ plans are to do just that. The baskets (holes) will be stored until another course can be incorporated into the plans of a future park, according to an announcement on the city’s twitter page. l

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By Brett Jay Apgood | b.apgood@mycityjournals.com

n Aug. 24, Bluffdale held a ribbon cutting to open Westgate park. Westgate park is 3.67 acres and features a pavilion, playground, a basketball court and open space. The park follows closely with Bluffdale’s initiative to provide more parks for the community. “The city is trying to add parks with open spaces and trails to add connectivity for the community,” said Jennifer Robinson, who serves as senior planner. Westgate park was part of an overall project, which was amended and approved to include the Westgate portion of the project in 2014. “The developer provided a certain amount of open space for the project,” said Robinson.

The developer’s space was combined with the open space area of the park, which lies along Harmony Drive, was owned by the city. The developer for the park was Westgate Partners, LLC, which was represented by Dave Tolman. After getting approval, the next step was to begin designing how the park would look like. “It was really a combined effort with the developer and the city staff,” said Robinson. From the time of approval to the ribbon cutting, the park building process took about four years to complete. Bluffdale officials also opened the city’s second fire station that morning, which stands along 14895 South Noell Nelson Drive. l

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Enduro Challenge draws racing enthusiasts young and old to Herriman By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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iders launched themselves off jumps, drove over a teeter-totter, rode through rocky terrain, raced one another and thrilled the watching crowd during Herriman’s annual Enduro Challenge at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South) on Aug. 11. The event also featured a new LED video board where the audience could see parts of the race not

visible to certain sections of the stands. “This event just keeps to getting better and better each year,” Brett Wood, city manager for Herriman City, said in a press release prior to the event. “Due to the high level of excitement, impressive riders, as well as our challenging course, we have seen a dramatic increase in attendance with each

passing year.” The Enduro Challenge featured motocross, ATV/UTV, tough truck and balance bike races for kids ages 2–4. Challenge groups included Mini-MX for ages 4–13, pro/expert, ATV/UTV, tough truck, veterans and an amateur open. “Thanks to the longtime support of our Enduro sponsors, Edge Powersports and Staker Parson

Companies, as well as the course design constructed by our Herriman city staff, we have been able to put together a first-class motocross event that meets the thrill-seeking intensity that rider’s crave and spectators’ desire,” said Tami Moody, Herriman’s public information officer. l

Riders catch big air during their qualifying race around the track. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Young riders laugh and smile during the balance bike races for kids ages 2-4. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Racers take off in the 3-year-old division of the balance bike race. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Riders catch big air during their qualifying race around the track. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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LIVE with the Mayor: a new way for Riverton residents to stay informed By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

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n keeping with Riverton officials’ campaign to foster engaged and informed residents, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs has been dramatically increasing the city’s official social media usage, most notably through use of Facebook’s livestreaming capabilities and the production of numerous informational videos. It started with the Mayor’s Minute, a weekly one- to two-minute video where Staggs gives residents a quick briefing on current city events. But August also saw the introduction of LIVE with the Mayor, a longer 30-minute interview between Staggs and a local leader, livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube to all the city’s followers. “We hope to do one per month with a business or community leader to talk about issues that might impact or be of interest to folks here in Riverton,” said Riverton Communications Director Casey Saxton. “We’ve been doing mayor’s minutes for the last few months,” said Staggs, “and we felt like it would be a great idea to invite some business and community leaders into the mayor’s office and just have a conversation about some of the things they’re doing and how they might impact all of our residents.” The first guest to be LIVE with the mayor was Congresswoman Mia Love, who represents Riverton City and all the other residents of Utah’s 4th congressional district.

Love was elected to Congress in 2015 and served as the mayor of Saratoga Springs for four years before that. She has three children, ages 18, 15, and 11, who watch her every move on social media. “I told my kids I would be doing this, and they were like… ‘Don’t embarrass me!’” Love laughed on the video interview. “I guess it’s better that they’re watching me than anybody else in Washington.” Prior to the interview, which took place Aug. 28, residents were invited to submit any questions or concerns that they would like Staggs to present to Love, a practice that will be continued with future installments of LIVE with the Mayor. In the 33-minute interview, Love and Staggs touch on issues ranging from budget issues and the homecoming of Riverton resident Josh Holt, who was held prisoner in Venezuela for two years, to the current bitter political climate in Washington. “We see such a partisan divide right now,” Staggs said. “It’s kind of interesting being an elected official in a city—it’s a non-partisan election. But in congress, it’s just vitriolic.” Love agreed with this statement. “We need to get back to the place where we can say, ‘Look, we disagree on specific things, and that’s OK. We can talk about those things,’” she said. “Gosh, I disagree with my husband, maybe 50 percent of the time. He’ll

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RMR closes its track for the final time By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he 2018 summer racing season has come to a close. Rocky Mountain Raceway has closed the doors and locked the gates. It’s the end of an era for local motorsports enthusiasts. “I have had a storied career at Rocky Mountain Raceway,” Jimmy Waters said. “I was one of the first to make a lap on the track, and I hope to be one of the last. In the 20-plus years the track has been open, I have called it my second home. I am devastated by it closing. It will be like a part of the family is gone.” The multi-purpose facility hosted motocross, drag racing and oval track events in its final season. It has been in operation for 23 years. The Young Automotive Group owned and operated the track. Its closing marks the end of drag and oval track racing in the Salt Lake Valley. Racing in the state is first documented at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1912. Salt Lake City housed the fairgrounds track near downtown and Bonneville Raceways near the current RMR location. “I have had several family members that have helped me keep my cars running,” Waters said. “Then they have raced. I have grandkids in cars now. It is a family place for us. It is like one big family that we have had for several years.” Many oval track competitors arrive early for practice and stay late running the main event. Families can be seen in the pits area sharing pot luck dinners and racing stories.

“We can share parts and pieces, but when the green flag drops, we are all for ourselves,” Waters said. “We are all trying to do the best we can.” The Maverik Modifieds have had a tightly contested championship in 2018. Tyler Whetstone (No. 00) has clinched the season title. Former champion Lynn Hardy finished second. “Winning NASCAR championships in the early 2000s and winning the Sam Young Memorial weekend are some of my top memories,” Hardy said. “I met my wife at the track. A few of my relatives race. I think I have raised my kids at the track. It takes a lot of work and it is an accomplishment to win. I think the modifieds is probably the most competitive car class. When we put our helmets on we are not friends anymore.” Waters and Hardy both expressed interest in traveling to race. There are tracks near Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho, that host competitive racing series similar to RMR. Delta, Vernal and Rock Springs have dirt tracks that offer different types of oval track racing. “A lot of memories were made and good times had,” Hardy said. “I hate to see it go away. I think it was one of the best tracks in the western United States. There are lots of rumors, and I wish something could be built. I hope to participate in the Royal Purple Modified Series next year, but that means some travel to other

Lynn Hardy has been a past champion at the racetrack, but starting next year he will need to take his talents someplace else. (Action Sports Photography)

tracks.” The drag racers will need to go to Boise and Las Vegas for the nearest racing competitions. Heading into the final race weekend (after press deadline) Frank Santarosa leads the NHRA super pro division. Karl Martin leads NHRA pro. “Some of the younger kids started in quarter midgets and are now up competing,” Waters said. “The unfortunate part is not only are we losing one of the best facilities in the country,

but now the younger racers will need to invest more money to enjoy the sport. It is sad to see it go.” The 50-acre racing facility was sold in 2014 to Freeport West. RMR held a five-year lease on the property that finishes after this season. In a written statement RMR General Manager Mike Eames said, “I am proud of the 23 years and historic racing and family memories we’ve made.” l

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Best of Riverton photo contest winners revealed By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

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ack in May, Riverton City officials launched the “Best of Riverton Photo Contest” with the goal of having residents capture, through photography, the very best the city has to offer. More than 120 residents submitted photographs, which will be used to tell Riverton’s story in the city’s future marketing and communications efforts. “We were sure happy with the winning photos,” said Riverton Communications Director Casey Saxton. The contest, which ran through Aug. 3, was part of Riverton officials’ overarching campaign to increase community participation and

involvement. “We’ve recently adopted a vision statement: While preserving our past, citizens, families, businesses and leaders unite in building a community where we can live, work and play. And those are our categories: live, work and service, and play,” said Saxton. One overall winning photograph was selected from all the submissions, as well as a winner from each of the three categories. The judging committee members were not able to see the names of the various photographers, which led to one local photographer winning prizes in two separate categories.

“Picking the Right Club,” by Riverton resident Denise Johnson, took first prize, earning Johnson a $300 award. “The overall winner was perhaps the hardest to choose,” Saxton said. “We had some really great photos competing for that, including the category winners, but this one was really the standout from the committee’s perspective.” Resident Jacob Shamy took the two $100 prizes for both the live and work/service categories, with his two photos “Sunset Flowers” and “Friday Night Fun.” Resident Jenifer Miller’s action shot “Riverton Baseball” won the play category, also with a $100 prize.

“These were all just taken with an iPhone, weren’t they?” joked Councilmember Brent Johnson, as the winning photographs were revealed at a city council meeting on Sept. 4. The winning photos will be hung, with attribution, in City Hall and posted on the city’s social media accounts. “Citizen involvement is a priority for the city,” said Councilwoman Tricia Tingey in an official city press release. “We want residents to be able to have a hand in telling Riverton’s story by participating in the photo contest.” l

“Picking the Right Club” won first overall prize of the city’s “Best of Riverton Photo Contest.” (Denise Johnson)

“Sunset Flowers” took first prize in the live category. (Jacob Shamy)

“Riverton Baseball” earned first prize in the play category. (Jenifer Miller)

“Friday Night Fun” took first prize in the work/service category. (Jacob Shamy)

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A lifelong love for singing By Brett Jay Apgood | b.apgood@mycityjournals.com

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inging has always been a big part of Lupe Archuleta Bartholomew’s life. “When I was a child, we met the (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) missionaries in Honduras,” Bartholomew said. “I went to choir with my sisters all the time and that is where my love for singing started.” After that experience, Bartholomew and her sisters continued to attend church choir and even competed in some singing competitions. After they moved to the United States, she and her sisters soon got married. One of her sisters, Marianne, sent her a video of her 6-yearold singing a Michael Jackson song. “I was in tears, and I said I want to do that with my kids,” Bartholomew said. She then formed a group with her five children and began teaching them how to sing. “I was teaching them to sing because singing can touch lives,” she said. She stressed that the idea behind teaching her kids to sing was to bless others and not to get famous. She recounted on Christmas nights that she would take her children and go sing to the neighbors. After her children had grown up, she married Dave Bartholomew, whom she had been dating for about a year and a half. About four years later into their marriage, she began realizing that she missed teaching singing. “She kept saying I want to teach kids how to sing; I miss it. I miss teaching my kids,” said Dave Bartholomew. “Then I said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’” They spent about a year planning, and then

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the following year, they started teaching students in Kaysville and Layton. Currently, the teach in Riverton, Murray and Layton. Archuleta Performing Arts has now been open for about two years. The Bartholomews have seen how singing has impacted the children’s lives. One example they gave was about two students, who on the first day would not look anyone in the eyes. “Now when they sing on stage, they look at the audience, they have straight posture, they have a twinkle in their eyes and they just go for it,” Dave Bartholomew said. “You can tell they learned self-confidence.” The class is for children ages 3–18, who are beginner and intermediate singers. There is no audition required because they believe that every child has the potential to become better and work on their self-esteem. “We make it an environment where there is no finger pointing or laughing,” Dave Bartholomew said. “It is a team or cooperative effort. They all support each other.” The reason why the children improve their singing abilities and their self-esteem is due to a lot of dedicated practice. The children will learn to sing Christmas songs as well as famous pop songs. They have also catered to specific students’ interest, such as learning how to sing opera. They hold a few performances a year, where the students are able to perform on stage. The classes range from about nine to 20 students per class, and they have about 100 students total in the program. l

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Riverton introduces new volunteer committees to increase community participation By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

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iverton officials have created five new volunteer committees to aid elected officials and city employees in tackling projects and making decisions. “These committees, we felt like would be a strong initiative to engage and inform residents—more so, to give more residents the opportunity to participate in our local government,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “There are so many talented people that are willing to give back to their community, and it is our hope that these committees will provide opportunities for more people to get involved and make a difference.” The committees, established by the city council through Resolution No. 1834 this year, will play an important role in advising the mayor and other city leaders in key areas. Each committee will consist of seven voting members who will meet at least quarterly. City staff members will support each committee, and several city council members have also expressed interest in attending committee meetings. “I’ve got to say, both the quality and Riverton created five new volunteer committees to help city officials in making decisions. (Pixabay) the quantity of the applicants was amazThe emergency preparedness com“This is a good area for the public ing,” said Staggs. “We have some incredmittee is perhaps the committee that to be involved, not just on helping curate ible residents here in our community. earned the most discussion from the city these events, but also a big component of We’ve always known that, but the fact that council at its strategic planning session at it, I think, is fundraising,” said Staggs. we have so many that are willing—that The transportation committee, for are not just high quality, but also so many the beginning of the year, and a chunk of that are willing to volunteer in these vari- the city budget has been set aside for just now, only has one member—the council only approved the creation of a transporous capacities—is something that I think this purpose. “We’ve found that this is an area that tation committee very recently, so applispeaks volumes about our community.” There are currently five committees we need to try to bolster a little bit,” said cations haven’t been open for as long. Jon that will each focus on one of the follow- Staggs. This committee consists of James Gilchrist is currently the lone member, ing topics: economic development, parks Huntington, Michael White, David Al- though he will hopefully have others joinand recreation, community events, emer- mond, Todd Gover, Lynn Nunes, Nichols ing him before too long. Richey and Steve Merrill. “Riverton has a long-standing tradigency preparedness and transportation. The community events committee, tion of volunteerism,” said Councilwoman The economic development commitcomprising Scott Reid, Pam Henderson, Tish Buroker. “Our first canals, roads and tee will focus mainly on the revitalization Jessica Davie, Lara Huff, Dennis Page, park would not have been built without of Riverton’s downtown area, as well as looking at the city’s fiber optic inter- Stephanie Walsh and Kevin Michels, will citizens working together toward a posinet project and other projects. The cur- likely focus most of its energies on the tive common goal. Continuing to provide rent members are Matt Wilkinson, Andy Riverton’s annual Town Days celebration, citizens with opportunities to participate Pierucci, Todd Jensen, Doug Harris, Clark though it will provide feedback and help actively will foster increased cooperation develop the city’s other events as well. and support of our citizens.” l Harvey, Terry Webb and Matthew Renlund. The parks, recreation and trails committee consists of Jason Judd, Brian Morris, Howard Nuttall, Scott Jacobson, Tasha Sylvester, Wesley Ellis and Kendall Payne. “The main idea here is to inventory the park space that we currently have, see if it’s adequate for all the sports organizations or www.serenityfhs.com the passive trails and activities 12278 S. Lone Peak Parkway, Suite 103 that our residents want and currently enjoy, and then also to take Call us 24 hours a day: a look at some of the new develBeau Warenski Peni Malohifo’ou opment,” said Staggs.

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This halftime routine was anything but routine By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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pecial needs students from Kauri Sue Hamilton School dazzled football fans during a halftime show at a Riverton football game with a one-minute dance to Meghan Trainor’s tune “Better When I’m Dancin’” from “The Peanuts Movie.” “I think anyone that witnessed that probably feels pretty emotional tonight—I know I couldn’t hold it together,” said Brynn Perkins, Riverton High School dance company director. The performance was collaboration between the Kauri Sue students and 83 members of Riverton High School’s drill team, dance company and cheer squad. “I think the coolest thing I witnessed is these kids can do hard things,” said Perkins. “Sometimes, I think we don’t think they can, and then you give them the opportunity, and they rise and they do it.” The choreography for the show was adaptable to abilities ranging from students who could mimic all the moves, to some able to just follow the arm movements with assistance, to one student who just joined in for the ending bow. The routine incorporated visual and tactile stimulation from purple pom-poms, which some students were reluctant to relinquish after the show. Perkins said she has always emphasized to her students that everyone can dance and that it can be a part of anyone’s life.

“Having them witness the effect that movement and dance and music can have on these kids has been humbling and really amazing for them to see,” she said. The experience inspired dance company member Gentry Rose to appreciate her ability to dance. The senior said she gained a better understanding of her own movement by slowing down and helping others explore theirs. “I’m definitely more grateful for it,” said Rose. “I’ve been dancing since I was 3, but I feel like I’m still learning things from these kids because I wouldn’t have ever done something that way because I don’t have the limitation that they do.”. Another Dance Company dancer, Mikayla Milligan, said the students were fun to be around. “All these kids are incredible people, and I just feel lucky to have them rub off on me,” said the senior. “They’re OK with who they are. They are who they are, and they love life.” Kauri Sue Principal Rita Bouillon said many of her students love dancing. They responded well to the dancing and movement games the dancers played during the three rehearsals held in the weeks leading up to the big performance. The high-school students that participated in the halftime show are eager to visit the school again soon.

Dancers from RHS’s dance company, drill team and cheer squad perform with special needs students. (Jet Burnham/ City Journals)

Haylee Lamb, a junior on the drill team, plans to volunteer more often now that she knows the students there. She didn’t know what to expect at first and wasn’t sure how she would communicate with the mostly nonverbal students. She found they could communicate through dance. Riverton’s Peer Leadership Team regularly volunteers at the school. Other teams, classes and organizations have also volunteered their time with the students. The Riverton High School football team recently spent a day volunteering at Kauri Sue. “The boys loved it; they didn’t want to leave,” said coach Jody Morgan, who previously worked in special education. He wanted his players to realize football is a gift, that not everyone has the ability to do what they get to do. Morgan was pleased to see these “cool” kids so engaged with the special needs students.

“The main takeaway I got is our kids just want to be good people,” said Morgan. His team captains came up with ideas to involve their new friends in high school activities. “We want to get to know these kids, get them out to our games, have them start experiencing part of high school life that they don’t have the opportunity to,” said Morgan. The players designed T-shirts for Kauri Sue students to wear to receive free admission to Riverton games. One student was invited to be an honorary captain and participate in the coin toss at the Sept. 7 home game, the night the dance group performed. “It’s good for both schools to come together to celebrate these kids that don’t get the same opportunities that a regular high school kids does,” said Morgan. l

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ational Junior Honors Society members at Providence Hall Jr. High School have been improving their school, one project at a time. Now they are ready to improve the Herriman community and, ultimately, the world by saving one life at a time. “Our NJHS looks for things that are missing or that aren’t working, and we devise a way to alter it and create workability around it,” said adviser Kevin Rocque. “We start out at the school level, and then we go out into the community, and then we look to ultimately impact the world.” Last year, NJHS members looked around the hallways of Providence Hall Jr. for a project. “We noticed our school was trashed,” said Anna Cloward, a seventh-grader. “There was so much paper and trash strewn along the hallways. We decided to come up with a project to encourage students to pick up trash.” Members devised incentives for students to clean up after each other. They planted a special piece of trash—one with a golden ticket (golden tape) hidden inside it—in random locations throughout the school. Students who picked up the trash and found the golden ticket were rewarded with candy. To keep students motivated, NJHS members also created a game called Trashy Words. Each day, a letter was hidden in a piece of trash. The letters filled in the blanks of a “trashy word” displayed on a hallway bulletin board. As letters were added, students guessed what synonym for the word trash was being spelled out. The incentives worked. “I saw a lot of students hunting for trash,” said Anna. The outcome was a clean school. “Our principal and janitor were singing our praises,” said Rocque. Another issue they tackled was lack of respect for the flag. NJHS members noticed their peers had become complacent about the Pledge of Allegiance. Each morning, a student body officer led the school in reciting the pledge. It was rushed and sloppy; many students weren’t even bothering to stand. “It was a chore in their minds,” said Madelynn Weber, an eighth-grader. “So, we were trying to make it less than that and more re-

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By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com spectful.” NJHS held an assembly to introduce their Patriot Honor project, inviting Maj. D.J. Gibbs from Camp Williams to speak to the student body about patriotism. “Major Gibbs pointed out who we’re really disrespecting,” said McKenzie Capito, an eighth-grader. “I think that added more context and depth to it because I don’t think they realized when you’re disrespecting the flag, you’re disrespecting everybody who’s fighting.” Now, NJHS promotes patriotism and respect with regular mini-lessons. Students’ attitude toward the Pledge of Allegiance has improved. “I have seen a huge improvement,” Anna said. “I haven’t seen one person stay sitting down for the pledge.” As an SBO, McKenzie often leads the school in the morning Pledge of Allegiance. “We’ve started allowing a lot of time for students to stand up now,” she said. Allowing five to seven seconds has eliminated the clamor of students’ chairs overlapping the pledge. Anna said that moment creates an awkwardness that deters students from remaining seated. The big project for this year (that will continue into the next few years) is “Don’t text your name on a tombstone,” a campaign to reduce accidents caused by distracted drivers. The members are currently brainstorming ideas to distribute a visual reminder, such as a tombstone-shaped sticker to encourage drivers to silence their phones before they get behind the wheel. They are inviting the community to get involved. They will first reach out to Providence Hall High School and ask their NHS to spread the word to teen drivers there. Ultimately, the students are hoping to solicit support from local fire and police departments to distribute the reminder stickers. They hope to work with car dealerships, as well and, possibly, to invite fast food restaurants to market meals in driver-friendly packaging. “I think it’s just simple things that can lead to a big effect,” said Anna. The students feel that if their campaign can prevent just one person from driving distracted or save even just one life, it will be worth it. “Just affecting one person, we can end up

McKenzie Capito (pictured here) and Reigna Johnson received 2 of the 11 scholarships awarded to Utah students by the National Honors Society. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

affecting the entire world,” said McKenzie. “Making one person realize how important our flag is, making one person realize how important it is to have our school clean—they’ll tell their friend about that, they’ll talk about it, they’ll know it in their hearts, and it will spread.” Rocque loves to sit back and watch his students develop, execute and promote their projects. “I design everything around these kids getting an extraordinary experience with lead-

ership and making a difference in the world,” he said. Rocque said the National Honors Society prepares students for college and leadership experiences. Last year, two of his students received $500 scholarships from NHS for their extraordinary work. “These kids are amazing,” he said. “We’re dealing with some powerful future leaders here. They’re going to make a huge difference in the world.” l

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Football teams see a decrease in participation By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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igh school football teams around the Salt Lake Valley are encountering a similar problem. The number of athletes participating in the sport is on the decline. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Utah’s participation in tackle football has decreased by nearly 4 percent the past two seasons. Currently, 107 schools field teams; 8,944 boys and 16 girls are playing. “We are only down about 10–15 athletes, but nationally, the sport is experiencing a decrease in participation,” West Jordan head coach Mike Meifu said. “I think there are several things that are driving our numbers down.” Player safety has become a concern among parents and participants alike, but it is not the only contributing factor. “Our son got hurt,” West Jordan football booster Shelley Oliverson said. “He had a concussion, and his doctor told us to watch him and make sure he was ready to get back on the field before we let him. It made us wonder if it was worth it.” Teams track concussions by documenting the occurrence date, the players rehabilitation and their return to the game. Beyond that many teams have developed preventative programs. “We teach correct tackling and are diligent in protecting these kids,” Meifu said. “We have also worked on warm-up activities that are known to prevent injuries. We love our football

family and do not want anything to happen to them.” Sport specialization has also become a contributing factor. Two years ago, Copper Hills High School coaches reported only one athlete that participated in more than two high school sports. Certainly, there are things to gain by focusing on one sport—an offseason or perhaps a chance to play collegiately—but kids lose by specializing. Growing bodies can become overly stressed because of repetition, which can lead to injuries. Playing multiple sports leads to better muscle, motor and skill development. It also promotes general athleticism, balance, speed and agility, according to a 2017 ESPN report. Kids who spend too much time on one sport risk tiring of the sport all together. Football friends will naturally be different than swimming friends and karate friends. Participating in multiple sports allows them to share experiences with different people and learn from different coaches, said the same ESPN report. “At our school, we have kids that should be playing football,” Meifu said. “Some of it is the time and commitment. I have had kids tell me they are not playing because they cannot afford it. I try to help them and find ways to subsidize that.” Adults tend to point to student transfers as a possible decrease in participation. In the age of open enrollment an athlete can choose to at-

Teams in the state of Utah have seen a four percent decrease in the number of participants. (Shelley Oliverson/WJ football)

tend a school that he feels has a program more suited to his needs as an athlete. This shifts participation from one school. “Society has changed, and there are a number of things a kid can do to give them satisfaction,” Hunter High head coach Tarell Richards said. “Football pushes kids to physical limits, with no guarantee of success. We have kids that we don’t even get a chance to coach. They have taken their talents somewhere else.” Successful programs are encouraging their teams to work year round on becoming better.

While the coaching staffs strive to build relationships with their players the year round participation and conditioning has improved. “A positive of all of this is that our sophomores and freshman are getting coached by our varsity staff,” Richards said. “They are learning our way of the game early in their high school career.” The best programs have coaches that make the sport fun, encourage positive relationships and have high expectations to assist the players to reach their potential. l

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Ghosts, goblins and monsters…Oh my! The not-so-scary Halloween activities in the area By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com

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hile most children look forward to Halloween, some are scared by the creepy masks that hang on hooks in the local stores or the zombies that are placed on front doorsteps. Younger children, in particular, may not like the scary aspect of Halloween but still want to participate in the activities. The good thing is the Salt Lake area has a lot of activities for families that are not-so-scary, so everyone can participate. Here is a list of some of those activities. WitchFest at Gardner Village: The notso-spooky witches have flown into Gardner Village and will be on display until Oct. 31. There is no cost to walk around the village and look at the witches and go on the witch scavenger hunt. The “Six Hags Witches Adventure” is $6 per person (ages 1 and older) and includes: a giant jumping pillow, an area where kids can climb through spider webs, and a place to test their skills at the Maze of Mayhem. This adventure begins Sept. 28 and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Halloween from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). This is located in the lot west of Archibald’s Restaurant. Gardner Village also offers select dates where visitors can eat breakfast with witches. Enjoy a warm breakfast buffet and have your picture taken with the Gardner Village witches and watch as they perform some fun witchy spells. Ticket prices

are $16 for the breakfast. Check their website at www.gardnervillage.com for specific dates and information. Gardner Village is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 1100 W. 7800 South in West Jordan. Herriman Howl: Herriman City hosts this fun free event for kids of all ages on Monday, Oct. 15 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the J. Lynn Crane Park. There will be prizes, activities and games. Trunk or Treat begins at 6 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk. There will also be a mad science show starting at 6:45 p.m. Other activities and areas include: a pumpkin patch (pumpkins for sale), food trucks, Restless Acres, Treasures of the Sea, Hocus Pocus, Wizarding World and Stella Live Fortunes. The food truck lineup for that night will be: Corndog Commander, Kona Ice, and South of the Border Tacos. The J. Lynn Crane Park is located at 5355 W. Herriman Main Street, just south of City Hall. Trick or Treat Street at The Utah Olympic Oval: On Friday Oct. 19, the Utah Olympic Oval will host Trick or Treat Street, a huge, free indoor trick-or-treating event. Treats and prizes will be distributed from sports clubs, local vendors and other community groups. In addition to trick-or-treating, children (12 and younger) can also ice skate for free that night (skate rental not included). Rates are $6 for adults (13 years and older) and $3 for skate rentals. The

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Utah Olympic Oval is located at 5662 Cougar Lane in Kearns. Haunted Hollow in Draper: Get your little ones in their costumes and bring them to the Galena Hills Park in Draper on Monday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. for some free Halloween family fun. There will be carnival games, prizes, a pumpkin patch, live entertainment, candy, and more. Galena Hills Park is located at 12452 S. Vista Station Blvd. in Draper. Halloween Bash in Riverton: For two nights, Oct. 29 and 30, Riverton City hosts an outdoor family friendly Halloween event. Activities include: scavenger hunts, the Troll Stroll where you can get candy and prizes around the park, a mini-spook alley, spooky stores and the annual search for The Great Pumpkin. The event begins each night at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The Search for The Great Pumpkin begins at 8:30 p.m. each night. This free event is held at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W. 12600 South. Little Haunts at This is the Place Heritage Park: During Little Haunts, little boys and ghouls can visit This is the Place in their costumes and go trick-or-treating, hear stories from the Story Telling Witch, go on pony rides or train rides, and make crafts. Ticket prices are: $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 3-11 and children 2 and under are free. The Little Haunts event is held Oct. 13, 18-20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the Place Heritage Park is located at 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. in Salt Lake City. Garden After Dark at Red Butte Garden: The theme for this year’s Garden After Dark event is Oaklore Academy of Magic. Come be a part of this magic academy where guests will learn about the magical properties of real-life plants from around the world, select a magic wand, learn all about magical

creatures, and dig into herbology. After picking up an Oaklore student manual at the amphitheater, visitors will be given a school map, class schedule and extra credit activities they can do between classes. Class subjects include: Wand Theory 101, Potions Lab 202, Charms 303, Magical Creatures Studies 404, Herbology 505, and even a final exam that has something to do with trying to ban the mischievous Myrtle Spurge who seeks to cause trouble all around the Academy. Ticket prices are $14 or $11 if you are a Red Butte Garden member. This event is Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Red Butte Garden is located at 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City. Boo at the Zoo at Hogle Zoo: Boo at the Zoo is where children (12 and younger) come to the zoo and go trick-or-treating in their costumes at booths scattered throughout the zoo. They provide trick-or-treating bags or you can bring one from home. This popular event is included with regular zoo admission (or free with a zoo membership) and is on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular zoo admission for adults (13 to 64 years old) is $16.95, seniors (65 and older) $14.95, children (3 to 12) $12.95, and 2 and younger are free. BooLights at Hogle Zoo is on Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 17-20, and 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. BooLights includes a train ride at night, not-soscary light displays of a graveyard, pirates’ lair, the land of spiders, walk through Bat Cave, and a labyrinth-themed maze with puppets. Also included is the performance “Spiderella.” Prices are $12.95 for adults (13 and older), children ages 3-12 are $9.95 and toddlers 2 and under are free. Papa Murphy’s Pizza offers a discount coupon (while supplies last) when you buy any size pizza you will receive a coupon for a buy one regularly priced adult ticket to BooLights and receive one child ticket free. l

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Outbreak of kindness in Utah schools By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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avigating the lunch room can be intimidating for teenagers, especially those who feel like they don’t have friends. Several Utah schools are initiating prosocial programs this year, encouraging students to notice those sitting alone and invite them to join table. “Teenagers tend to just focus on what’s in front of them,” said Jolynne Ward, Bingham High School hall monitor, who founded the prosocial Golden Gate Club. “But once they remove that and they look to see who else they can elevate, all of a sudden they become happy.” Programs such as the Golden Gate Club/ Initiative and similar Be Kind/Be the Change campaigns promote spreading kindness and finding happiness through connecting with peers. Student leaders, chosen for their natural gregariousness, invite others to sit at their designated lunch table so no one eats alone. But it doesn’t stop there. The whole faculty is engaged in the Be Kind campaign at Fort Herriman Middle School. Teachers teach mini lessons on social skills, such as how to introduce yourself, how to start and maintain a conversation and how to give sincere compliments. “Each month, the whole student body will have a challenge to connect with one another along the lines of social relationship building,” said school counselor Becky Hunsaker. Challenges will invite students to meet five new people they’ve never talked to before, have three actual conversations with someone they don’t usually talk to and take a break from social media. During the month of October, Fort Herriman students will create a “mile of kindness” paper chain, each link documenting a kind act performed. Principal Cody Curtis said Copper Mountain Middle student leaders plan to keep their Golden Gate Initiative going all year long with activities such as Fist Bump Friday, kindness

challenges, meet and greets, positive sticky notes campaigns and promoting kindness on social media. “We really wanted to bring a positive vibe to the school culture this year,” said Curtis. “We want it to define us.” Students who have joined the Golden Gate Initiative look to their pledge as a reminder to incorporate prosocial skills into their daily actions. Students who sign the pledge are encouraged to display it in their locker or at home where they will be reminded to smile at everyone, be inclusive and strive to make someone’s day, every day. “The pledge changes the vibe of the school one person at a time,” said Golden Gate co-founder Mike Hughes, assistant principal at West Hills Middle. He has seen introverts become extroverts and bullies become buddies. He said Golden Gate provides students with ideas of how to reach out past their comfort zones and meet new people. “Kids are looking for a reason to be nice to each other but they don’t really know how at this stage,” said Hughes. Schools choosing proactive approaches such as kindness and inclusion are hoping to prevent negative factors that contribute to high suicide and depression rates in teens. Ward stresses that Golden Gate focuses on accepting and including others, not deterring or preventing behaviors like bullying or suicide. However, Hughes has found the net result of the club’s influence does affect those outcomes. “We are prosocial, but the effect of prosocial means less bullying and less suicides,” he said. He has seen improved behaviors at West Hills Middle where students used to ignore or even laugh at someone who had dropped their binder in the hallways. Since implementing the Golden Gate Initiative, students now stop and

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be proactive with a positive message. “Really, it starts with choosing kind for yourself—being kind to yourself, being kind to others and having that mentality in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and to spread goodness and cheer throughout the community,” said Hunsaker. l

Copper Mountain Middle student leaders are spreading kindness in their school. (CMMS)

Golden Gate Club began when Bingham High School cheerleader Savannah Vigil looked past her own troubles and reached out to befriend a lonely peer—it saved her life. Administrator Mike Hughes and hall monitor Jolynne Ward invited the whole school to do the same. The prosocial mindset spread to nearby schools. “The goal is world domination,” jokes Hughes. Golden Gate is in—or in the process of being in—12 local schools (as well as one in Australia and interest for one in Japan.) Vigil is amazed by how far-reaching the prosocial movement has become even though she knows it is the littlest things that can make the biggest difference. “No matter how small an act of kindness you give, it could change somebody’s life and be huge to them,” said Vigil.

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eet Intermountain Riverton Hospital’s new administrator, Todd Neubert, MSN, RN. Todd has worked for Intermountain for more than 23 years. He started as a nurse and then became a nurse administrator. In his most recent role as administrator of Intermountain Homecare he managed a team of 500 caregivers who treat an average of 2,000 patients each day. Todd is a seasoned leader with a broad and deep understanding of hospital operations. He embodies the Intermountain values and has demonstrated an ability to consistently meet goals in the areas of safety, quality, patient experience and caregiver engagement. Todd is particularly skilled at building collaborative relationships and fostering a positive, innovative team culture. He’s

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helped implement continuous improvement initiatives to reduce unnecessary healthcare costs. Todd earned his bachelor’s in nursing at Brigham Young University and a master’s in nursing from Walden University in Minnesota. He speaks Spanish.

Todd has lived in the Salt Lake area for the past 25 years. He is married and has two grown children. He runs with his children and enjoys traveling. His wildest dream is to hike Mount Everest…well, maybe just to base camp. l

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ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult.

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10. Never accept rides from strangers. Stranger danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around

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Emergency drills don’t have to be scary

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chools hold regular drills for responding to emergency situations such as fire, severe weather and active shooters. The shrieking alarms and flashing strobe lights are meant to get the attention of students during an emergency, but even the eerily silent lockdown drills can be frightening for students. Administrators and teachers conduct the drills in ways they feel will best benefit their students. “We’re thinking about how to train students and give them some information without freaking them out or causing panic,” said Caleb Olson, assistant principal at Sunset Ridge Middle School in West Jordan. Carolyn Bona, principal at Midas Creek Elementary in Riverton, believes the purpose of drills is to practice what to do, not to instill fear in the kids. For lockdown drills, instead of telling the students they are practicing for an intruder in the building, Bona uses a less frightening scenario—a dog accidentally came into the building, is scared and confused and may bite someone. Teachers tell the students that everyone needs to stay quiet and safely out of the way until authorities catch the animal. “We’re still practicing and doing the things we need to do, but we’re not taking away a child’s innocence for a drill,” Bona said. When the school is notified of a possible hazard in the neighborhood, only Bona’s teachers know the specifics. “I don’t necessarily tell my kids what’s go-

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By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com ing on,” Bona said. “We do a shelter in place, and we continue what we’re doing. I don’t think they need to be worried about something that probably will never even affect them.” At many schools, special arrangements are provided for students who are easily upset by the drills. “We try to be sensitive to those needs,” said Buddy Alger, assistant principal at Bluffdale Elementary. “But at the same time, we want students to be prepared in an emergency situation.” Teachers are aware of specific students in their classrooms who may need a more in-depth debriefing or a warning before the drill begins. Midas Creek has several students who are called out of class before a fire drill begins. Some are on the autism spectrum, and some have severe anxiety and can’t cope with the piercing sound of the alarm. Bona takes these students outside where they can experience the alarm at a less jarring volume. Administrators say parents play a role in preparing their children for understanding the reason for safety drills. “I think it’s important for us to be very careful of what we say, especially with those little ones that don’t really understand, ” said Abe Yospe, principal at Columbia Elementary. He encourages parents to have conversations with their kids about the drills. “They know their kids a little better than we do and what is going to scare them and what’s going to help them understand,” Yospe

said. \ Natalie Bradford is a parent of students ranging from age 7 to 15. “I don’t think my kids are scared [during drills] because we talk about it with them at home, and they already know what to do,” she said. Michelle Kilcrease, assistant principal at West Hills Middle, believes frequent drills take the fear out of real emergency situations. While teaching in Seattle several years ago, she experienced an earthquake. Unprepared by practice drills, her students panicked. Kilcrease, who had had frequent earthquake drills in Utah, quickly and calmly instructed the students on what to do. “It was just automatic reaction,” she said. “Oh, earthquake? This is what we do. Intruder in the building? This is what we do. That training takes over the panic because you do have a plan, and you know what to do in that situation.” Lance Everill, emergency operations manager for Jordan School District, believes the training they receive in school helps kids know how to react to emergencies that can occur anywhere. “These are life skills they can take with them out into the world,” he said. While most people think of active shooter scenarios, there are a variety of reasons for a lock-down at schools. Everill said schools have dealt with mountain lions, snakes and plane crashes on their

Students know what to do in an earthquake drill. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

property. There have also been gas leaks, intruders, fires and bomb threats. “It’s important that we not just focus on one emergency but that we work on lots of different ones so if any of those possible scenarios occur, we are better prepared to respond,” said Everill. Utah law requires elementary schools to hold one drill each month, alternating fire drills with another type of drill. Secondary schools are required to hold a minimum of six emergency drills each year. Many schools also participate in the Great Utah Shakeout earthquake drill each spring. l

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What makes a state champion in Utah high school sports?

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all is an exciting time for high school sports. Every team starts with a clean slate and a new senior class of leaders eager to leave their mark on their school. Ask any coach and they’ll be positive that their team has made big improvements from the previous year and are ready to compete for region and state championships. But in reality, some schools have almost no chance of winning a championship in any sport. It’s no secret that competitive balance isn’t a very prevalent feature of high school sports. Some schools are really good. Others aren’t. But what makes the difference? The size of the school? The coaching? The program’s history? Money? All these factors contribute, but some are much more important than others. To figure out which are the most important, we took all the schools that currently compete in 5A and 6A and counted the number of state championships they have won in the last five years across all team sports. Then we compared those totals to various criteria like enrollment, graduation rates and levels of wealth. Enrollment Obviously there are different classifications in Utah high school sports, from 1A to 6A, that are largely based on enrollment. A team from 6A is always going to be better than a team from 1A because you’re going to have more athletes when pulling from a pool of 2,000-plus students than when pulling from a pool of a couple hundred students. But what about within a single classification? Do

Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com schools with a higher enrollment have an advantage over smaller schools within the 5A or 6A divisions? Not really. In 6A, the school with the highest enrollment, Granger High School, hasn’t won a single state championship in the last five years. (Enrollment numbers taken from publicschoolreview.com.) And in 5A, the top 50% of schools in terms of enrollment account for 36 state championships, while the bottom 50% account for 45 state championships. Graduation Rates People often think about athletics and academics as two completely different spheres, perhaps even antithetical to one another (as in the old nerd vs. jock stereotypes). But it turns out there’s a strong correlation between graduation rates and on-the-field success for Utah high schools. Of the 24 schools with a graduation rate of 92% or better, only five have failed to win a state championship in the last five years. Of the 20 schools with a graduation rate of 91% or worse, half of them have failed to win a championship in the same span. And the top 50% of schools by graduation rate account for nearly three times as many state championships as the bottom 50% (100 to 35). Those numbers didn’t surprise Rob Cuff, the executive director of the Utah High School Activities Association, the governing body of Utah high school sports. “Your best students are usually also your best athletes,” he told the City Journals. “I think they go hand in hand.”

Schools with higher graduation rates often perform better in sports as well.

The top 25 percent most affluent 5A and 6A high schools have more state championships than the rest of the schools combined.

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Cuff also said that the UHSAA committee charged with handling reclassifications has considered incorporating graduation rates into their decision-making progress. Of course, correlation does not equal causation. Perhaps there is a third factor that contributes to both athletic and academic success. Wealth of Student Athletes Wealth is a difficult metric to measure for a school body. School boundaries don’t often align with the areas (cities, counties, zip codes) for which you can access public data like median household income. Instead, like others who have considered this same question, we looked at the rate of students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a “federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.” To qualify for the reduced or free lunches, families need to be under a certain poverty level. Schools that participate in the program report the percentage of their students that take advantage of the program, making those reports a relatively convenient method of comparing affluence between schools. Of the high schools competing in 5A and 6A, those with a low percentage of students using the NSLP program have a large advantage when it comes to sports. The top 25 percent of high schools in terms of wealth (as measured by NSLP participation) have 10 times as many state championships as the bottom 25 percent of high schools, and more than the bottom 75 percent combined. There also aren’t as many outliers as when considering graduation rates. Having a graduation rate of 95 percent or above is a strong indicator of success (the three schools with the most state championships all have graduation rates of 95 percent) but it’s no guarantee, as two other schools with graduation rates of 95 percent did not win a single state championship over the five years. However, when it comes to affluence, there isn’t really an exception. Of the 12 schools with a 15 percent NSLP usage rate or less, every single one has won multiple state championships, with the two most dominant schools being at the very lowest rates of NSLP usage. Conversely, of the 21 schools in which 25 percent or more of the student body uses the NSLP program, over half did not win a single state championship in the last five years. If one were to choose a single metric to predict which Utah high schools will win the most state championships in 2018, this is it. It’s not ideal for competitive balance that the least affluent schools have little to no chance of being in the best in the state, but competitive balance isn’t the end goal for UHSAA. “I think it’s important to maintain a level playing field,” said Cuff, “but our mission is all about participation. If teams are fielding sports teams and students have the opportunity to play, that’s the most important.” So as much as each high school student athlete is full of hope and as much as any coach thinks they’re going to finally turn their program around, in all likelihood the same schools will continue to win championships and everyone else will get the proverbial participation trophy. l

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all is officially here and with fall break coming up, it is a perfect time to get out and explore new places while the weather is still good. If you’re in town for the two-day break, explore some places that are not in your backyard, but are close enough to make a fun family outing. Here are a few places all about an hour’s drive or less from the Salt Lake area. Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park: Step back into time at a prehistoric dinosaur park where more than 100 dinosaur sculptures inhabit the grounds of this eightacre outdoor dinosaur park. Hours at the park are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults (18 years and older), $6 for seniors (ages 62 and older), students (ages 13-17) are $6, and children (2-12 years old) are $5. Dinosaur Park is located at 1544 E. Park Blvd. in Ogden. Visit www.dinosaurpark.org for more information. Treehouse Children’s Museum: Fun and learning go hand in hand at this great children’s museum in Ogden. The center of the museum is a giant 30-foot-high treehouse kids can climb and explore. Some of the other exhibits and play areas include: the big red barn workshop, a large map of Utah, adventure tower, king and queen thrones, an American map, and the Oval Office. The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday night they stay open until 8 p.m. They close at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission prices are $8 for children ages 1 to 12; $5 for children 13 to 17; and 18 and older are $5. The Treehouse Children’s Museum is located at 347 22nd Street in Ogden. Visit their website at www.treehousemuseum. org for more information. Heber Valley Railroad: About an hour’s drive from Salt Lake County, families can be in the clear, mountain air in Heber. Not only is Heber a great small town to explore, the Heber Valley Railroad is a perfect outdoor activity for fall break. The Pumpkin Train runs from October 4-29. Ticket prices include a 40-minute train ride on the Heber Valley Railroad. While enjoying the scenery, guests will be entertained by costumed characters who ride along on the train. In addition to the train ride, guests can select a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, get a Halloween sticker, a pumpkin cookie and a trip through the not-so-scary haunted train car. Ticket prices are $15 for children 3 and up (including a pumpkin), and $3 for those 2 and under (including a pumpkin) or free for toddlers who do not want a pumpkin. To reserve your ticket for a train ride, visit www.hebervalleyrr. org. Cornbelly’s: Located in north Utah County is the “The Greatest Maze on Earth.” Known as Utah’s first corn maze, Cornbelly’s is filled with activities for all ages. New this year are two additional corn mazes. The main maze will take guests about 30 to 45 minutes to navigate through the circus themed eight-acres of

pathways. New this year is a ride on the grain train which takes guests through Candy Corn Acres maze. And for those children who want to try a corn maze but aren’t brave enough to try the main maze, the Kiddie Maze is a perfect five-minute adventure where kids try to find the gummy bear interactive game inside. Other activities at Cornbelly’s include: the corn cob beach, princess playland, hayride, rat rollers, gemstone mining, giant jumping pillow, giant slide, animal band and a rat maze. Cornbelly’s also has other haunted attractions for an additional cost. Cornbelly’s is located at Thanksgiving Point and opens on Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 3. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Ticket prices (not including tax) are $12.95 per person for weekdays and $16.95 for weekend. They are located at 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. Visit mwww.cornbelly’s.co for more information. Halloween Cruise: Where can you take a cruise not too far from home during fall break? Only about 45 minutes from Salt Lake is CLAS Ropes Course in Provo where families can take a Halloween cruise down the Provo River and see over 100 carved pumpkins along the river banks along with spooky holiday decorations. Each 25-minute round-trip cruise ride is hosted by a pirate who tells spooky stories. Watch out because guests might even encounter a pirate attack on their boat. Ticket prices are $8 per person ages 3 and older. CLAS Ropes Course is located at 3606 W. Center in Provo by Utah Lake. The first boat leaves each night starting at 6:30 p.m. and then about every 30 minutes. The last boat ride leaves at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. Visit www.clasropes.com for more information. l

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Bingham, Herriman, Riverton teachers compete for $1,000 in healthy heart challenge By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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nitially, Bingham High teacher and career and technical education coordinator Pepper Poulsen admits she was scared. Now that she’s into the groove, she’s super excited. “I initially didn’t know what I was fully getting into but knew I needed help getting me going to be healthy,” Poulsen said about her application into the 2018 My Heart Challenge, which gives her a chance to compete against 13 other high school teachers in the Salt Lake Valley in an effort to strengthen her heart health and reduce her risk of developing heart disease. “It’s gotten me motivated to improve my health and teach my family first and then share what I’ve learned with the school,” she said, adding that she packs healthy snacks and a lunch daily now. “I’ve been on every diet under the sun, but I wanted to make a lifestyle change to be healthy. We don’t always eat healthy. We eat a processed dinner or fast food, but now I know I’ll make time to prep dinner ahead of time and have everything ready to go to cook. I’m learning how a busy, working mom does all this for herself and her family.” Poulsen also has been using her treadmill, watching movies on Amazon as she gets in her steps in the evenings after working and supporting her three children after-school in competitive soccer. “It’s ‘me’ time, and I’ll be consistent in logging in my time,” she said. “I’d like to add in weight-resistance machine as well. I’d like to change the culture in our school, from adding more healthy snack options at faculty meetings to integrating the challenge with our HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) students and their competitions.” During the 100-day contest, teachers receive individual coaching and counseling from the heart specialists at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, from exercise and diet to counseling and cardiologists. They meet for seven nutrition classes as well as a dietician at a grocery store, they log their exercise and fitness and are tested for blood pressure, weight, body fat and other health markers. Through the challenge, teachers will record their progress on social media and invite their school to participate alongside through special projects. The winning teacher will receive $1,000 earmarked for the school, said Jess Gomez, challenge organizer. “We did this program with elementary principals a few years ago, and their school activities ranged from a walking program during recess to a scavenger hunt involving all the grades,” he said.

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In addition to elementary school principals in 2013, the challenge, in its sixth year, has reached city mayors, firefighters, families and nonprofit organization employees. Physician Assistant Viet Le said teachers were selected intentionally. “These teachers are like principals, role models for students and the community,” he said. “We want them to be healthier and then share with other teachers and students and their families to enhance fitness and healthy lifestyles. Our goal is to reach the entire school and community.” Le said the heart challenge is more than just correcting lifestyles. “It’s about prevention,” he said. “We want to keep patients out of the hospital and to have an active part in their health care. We want them to lead a healthy life first and foremost.” Herriman High School teacher and coach Dan McLay said being a role model for his students was part of his motivation for applying to participate in the challenge. “I try to be an example for kids in everything I do, and this was a way I could show them we should look at what we eat, not stay up late playing video games, but to take an active approach to our health,” he said. Before the challenge, McLay lost 77 pounds on his own before hitting a plateau. “On the email that was sent, I saw it was a good opportunity to learn new ways of eating, working out and changing habits. I’ve cut out most soda pop, watched my sugar intake and cut down my portions, but I’m learning more now,” he said, adding that after breaking his back nine years ago on a four-wheeler and reinjuring it in a car accident, he was sidelined and gained weight. “I’ve always done strength training, but now I’m doing more cardio — stationary bike and elliptical machine.” Those changes in his life, McLay would like to share with students — not only on social media “the medium kids use” — but also with introducing a student club, “Healthy Living Club.” He also wants to review foods served at the cafeteria to implement healthier foods, if necessary. As coach of the baseball team, McLay has plans to get his team on board this fall by leading them to nutrition changes as well as workouts in the weight room. “I don’t want this to be a four-month challenge but a practical, life-changing plan that I can sustain and my students can change in their lives as well,” he said. Riverton High’s Robert Rooley, who

130 Years OF TRUST Riverton High’s Robert Rooley is one of three Jordan School District teachers competing in the 100day Heart Challenge. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

played competitive baseball, basketball and football for his Montana high school, said when he hit age 40, “things stopped working the same way; I began hurting and gaining weight.” He, too, is on a life-changing path to leading a healthier life. While he admits his wife is “a great baker,” he knows he will have to set limits on eating her baked goods. “More than anything, I know I’ll have to have portion control and be motivated to lead a healthier lifestyle so I have more energy,” Rooley said. “I’ve started to get up at 5 a.m. to use the treadmill and rowing machine. I’ll add in the gym soon and follow an app for lifting program for my core and strength.” Rooley said one brother jumped on the healthy lifestyles track before him and has a goal to join him in the Spartan Challenge at Lake Tahoe next year. He wants to set an example for his children and hopes to motivate his other brother to become more active in taking care of his health. “I tend to gravitate to anything convenient, and I can see the kids at school doing the same thing,” he said. “We need to make healthy choices. I know I’ll bring that in more when I teach the ‘chemistry of life’ unit.” While the $1,000 will be awarded after the challenge is complete in December, Rooley would like to have it go to Silver Rush, Riverton’s December drive that usually donates it to an organization in the community. “We have donated it to kids with heart issues or some health-related organization in the past and this seems fitting to help those kids out as well,” he said. Intermountain Medical Center CEO Blair Kent appreciates the teachers’ enthusiasm in sharing their knowledge. “Our goal is for everyone to manage their own health and become passionate about it,” he said. l

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t’s the most won-der-ful time of the year! It’s spooky time! Halloween is my favorite holiday. In my opinion, we don’t have nearly enough occasions to dress up in costume and eat candy. Almost every year, I start planning my costume early. I’m one of those people that need my costume exact to every last detail. I’ve even bleached my hair to make sure the long blonde hair I needed for my costume was accurate. Wigs are way too expensive. Unfortunately, not spending $50 to $200 on costumes at the pop-up Halloween stores can only be off-set by time. Spending the time to create your own unique costumes can save loads of cash. Head to your local Michaels craft store or JoAnn’s fabric store for all the knickknacks and fabric you will need for your costume. Coupons are always available for Michaels, make sure to visit their website and download that coupon before you head to the store. JoAnn’s usually has coupons available on their website as well. I wouldn’t say I have a talent for sewing, which is why I love visiting JoAnn’s. In the middle of the store, an entire table of pattern books and file cabinets full of patterns to choose from awaits. My suggested process is to spend some time looking through multiple books to find the perfect pattern, pick the pattern from the corresponding cabinet, and then go look for the appropriate fabric. For accessories, like bracelets, hats, shoes, facewear, etc., shop around early. I generally like to go online and screen-shop through sites like Amazon and eBay for the perfect iteration of the accessory I’m looking for. I have two different extensions on my Chrome browser that automatically compare prices throughout the internet. If I’m lucky, they will

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cheerleader, Super Girl, a lion, a pumpkin and several witches. (Sidenote: A witch costume in 1990 consisted of a long black dress, a long black cape, long black hair, a black hat and a broomstick. Now a witch costume is a black miniskirt, fishnet stockings and a push-up bra. I have no idea how to fly a broom in that outfit.) Speaking of slutty clothes, my daughters were often pushing the envelope when it came to modesty. According to my daughter, her belly dancer’s shirt was too long, so (when I wasn’t around) she rolled it up several times to display her 10-year-old abs, and the gypsy Esmeralda’s blouse kept “accidentally” falling off her shoulders. Daughter number three used her Cinderella costume as a method of seduction as she walked up and down our driveway in her slappy plastic high heels, flirting with the men building the garage. Did I mention she was four? During another Halloween, she wanted to be Darth Maul. I made her costume, painted her face, but refused to put horns on her head. She grew her own devil horns a few years later. By Oct. 20, all my intentions to create the perfect Halloween costume for each daughter devolved into madness

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