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Chamber Honors Local Businesses By Tori La Rue |

A representative from SnappConner PR accepts the Outstanding Chamber Partner 2015 trophy from the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce. –South Jordan Chamber


Stone Criddle won a $500 scholarship from the chamber of commerce and was presented with a giant check at their gala and awards banquet in February. –South Jordan Chamber

he South Jordan Chamber of Commerce honored four local businesses and two Bingham High School students at their annual chamber gala and awards banquet on Feb. 17. “The mission of the chamber is ‘to advocate for, educate and strengthen the business community of South Jordan,’” Holly Heffron, chair of the chamber, said. “So, in conjunction with that, we like to recognize outstanding businesses for their efforts in the community.” At the banquet, known as the Vision Dinner, the chamber recognized Market Street Grill as the 2015 Community Hero, SnappConner PR as the 2015 Outstanding Chamber Partner, the City Journals as the 2015 Outstanding Small Business and Holmes Homes as the 2015 Outstanding Large Business. Each of these businesses was awarded a trophy. School counselors at Bingham High selected Stone Criddle and Shay-Leigh Hart for the chamber scholarships for being the most improved male and female student at Bingham High School over their high school years. Chamber representatives presented Stone and Shay-Leigh with $500 checks. Market Street Grill won the Community Hero award over the two other nominees — Jeff Carr, chief of South Jordan Police, and the Jordan Education Foundation. Market Street helped the chamber collect more than $1,500 in donations for the second annual Christmas for Kids program, and the restaurant’s general manager, Chris Buhler, joined the chamber board in 2016, Heffron said. “They were also our number one supporter at the Taste of South Jordan, and they won the Best Overall award at that event,” Heffron said. Last year was the first year of the chamber’s Taste of South Jordan event in September, where local restaurants set up sample stations at Heritage Park to offer residents a taste of some of the most popular items on their menus. Market Street plans to assist in the 2016 event as well. “We try to participate as much as possible,” Nicho Almy, manager for the South Jordan Market Street Grill, said. “Here’s to a better and brighter 2016 partnership.” Almy said Market Street Grill has some upcoming service

The chamber of commerce honored Market Street Grill as their Community Hero at their annual Vision Dinner. –South Jordan Chamber

projects in the community that “are still in the works” and won’t be announced for a few more months. SnappConner PR’s press releases about the chamber resulted in increased attendance and revenues at chamber events, which is one reason they won the 2015 Outstanding Chamber Partner award, Heffron said. Their marketing led Taste of South Jordan to be highlighted on TV, and the firm’s vice president oversees the chamber’s marketing committee, she said. Barbara Breen, representing Rio Tinto Kennecott, and JenkinsSoffe of Funeral Homes were the runners up for the partner award. While Culver’s and Sweet William Floral Design were nominated as the Chamber’s Outstanding Small Business, the chamber presented the award to the City Journals for the South Jordan Journal. “They support the community by not only publishing 11 community newspapers, but they send a weekly email with happenings all along the Wasatch Front,” Heffron said. “They support many community events as well as the South Jordan Chamber, and this year they have provided one of their staff members to be on our board.” Holmes Homes secured the spot as the chamber’s Outstanding Large Business. Gordmans, Kisco-Sagewood Retirement Community and Legacy Retirement were the other nominees. “We love building in the city of South Jordan, and our business standard has been able to rise through our partnership with the city and the chamber. It’s made us a better builder,” Jason Nageli, vice president for sales and marketing, said. When the housing market was in a downward spiral in 2008, all of Holmes Homes’ projects were in South Jordan, according to Nageli. Still more than half of the Holmes Homes’ business is in South Jordan, and they’ve created 1,500 homes in Daybreak alone, amounting to one-third of the homes within that community, he said. “It’s an honor get this recognition that we are doing things right in the right cities with the right people,” Nageli said. “With the help of South Jordan City and chamber, we’ll keep pushing the envelope for architecture for generations to come.” The chamber’s next Vision Dinner will be in Feb. 2017. l

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SJPD Wants You to Become a Citizen Cop By Sandra Osborn |


ver wanted to ride in a police car? Loved “Cops” or “NYPD Blue”? If you ever dressed up as a police officer as a child or simply want to learn more about police work, the South Jordan Police Department (SJPD) invites you to attend the 2016 Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy is a nineweek course that gives insight into the public service of the police department. Offered from April 28 through June 28, the academy meets on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is free of charge to members of the community who live or work in South Jordan. Officer David Adams is in charge of this year’s Citizen Police Academy. He first encountered the program as an attendee back in 2008. He was a South Jordan resident working on his criminal justice degree and wanted to learn everything he could about becoming a police officer. “I got to know some of the officers and was impressed by their professionalism and their service for the community,” Adams said. After his degree, he made his way back to the SJPD. He worked as an intern for the

city and eventually got hired as a police officer. He currently works with community outreach, teaching DARE in schools and at the Citizen Police Academy in the spring. “Building trust is vital to having a safer community. As one of Sir Robert Peel’s nine principles of policing states, the police is the public and the public is the police. We don’t exist without the public. They make what we do possible,” Adams said. “One of our core values at the SJPD is transparency with the public. The Citizen Police Academy is one way in which we can be transparent as to what our role is as police officers in the community. By spending time with us, residents have the opportunity to see who we are and what we do day to day,” Adams said. Participants of the Citizen Police Academy can expect to learn about patrol and traffic operations, crime scene investigations, and get behind the scenes on detective work. Topics also include peace officer liability, drugs and gangs, school crimes, the crime victim program and court operations. The program is set to be an exciting hands-on experience. By way of training

at the police department, participants also have workshops on arrest control, defensive tactics, SWAT and firearm safety. “We want it to be fun, informative and interesting,” Adams said. “We start by going over the laws and the responsibilities of the police officers, but we try to limit class time and rather spend time working through scenario training. We go over traffic stops, patrol responsibilities, shooter and nonshooter scenarios. We tour the Dispatch Center. In the past, we have had a day at the shooting range. Participants get to use sim guns, which look and feel like real guns but fire paint rounds.” The academy culminates with a fourhour ride-along with a police officer. Participants must pass a basic criminal background check to participate in the

officer ride-along. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate at a graduation ceremony with the chief of police, the mayor, and the city council present. “I encourage people to apply. We are excited to get to know more of the residents and have a better understanding of their needs,” Adams said. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Class size is limited to 25 participants and meets at the South Jordan Police Department at 1600 West Towne Center Drive. Applications and more information are available online at http://www.sjc.utah. gov/police/CitizenPoliceAcademy.asp or at the South Jordan Police Department. Application deadline is April 15. l

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City Council Ratifies $38 Million Bond By Sandra Osborn |


he South Jordan City Council ratified the Daybreak Assessment Bond despite Mayor Alvord’s efforts to pause or revoke it. The bond was approved by the former city council in a special meeting held on Dec. 22, 2015, and was set to ratify and begin disbursement of funds in March 2016. The Daybreak Assessment Bond is a contract between South Jordan City and Kennecott Land for $38 million to develop 1100 acres along the southwest end of the Daybreak development. The plans call for 7,000 homes, including 2,800 apartments and 1,000 condos, with the rest being single-family homes, according to the latest figures by Kennecott Land. “Those home unit counts do not change whether we do or not do a bond,” Ty McCutcheon, vice president of community development at Kennecott Land, said. According to Kennecott Land, the bond will help accelerate commercial development — an important part of the city’s future tax base that will help reduce pressure on residents to pay for city services. It will not burden current residents of Daybreak or other parts of the city. Under the parameters of the bond, it will be paid for by future development. Leading up to the vote, the mayor sought to engage the residents. He voiced his concerns for the acceleration of high-density housing. Residents filled the council chambers leaving standing room only at the meeting on March 1. But as the residents spoke, support for the bond outnumbered those against 2:1. Resident Sam Winkler called the council to keep in mind who is affected when making these decisions. “My father just passed away and my mother is looking to move into a townhome. Does that mean she can’t live in South Jordan? My daughters, before they get a decent job and live in an apartment, they can’t live in South Jordan?” Winkler asked. “Density aside, it is just a financing tool, paid by Kennecott instead of by me, the resident,” Jonathan Ward said in support of the bond. “While building the infrastructure mainly will relieve traffic in Daybreak, it will not on Bangerter,” resident Paul Bateman said against the bond. “Our city is against high-density housing. Do what your constituents want.” After listening to the residents, the mayor made a final plea. “This bond is going to accelerate the density,” Mayor Alvord said. “Recent Y2 survey results have consistently

shown high-density housing growth is opposed by a large majority of residents. We have a responsibility to represent the people.” The council members took a moment to explain their decision before casting their vote. “The density is coming. There is no changing the density,” Councilmember Shelton said. “The bond allows us to do it in a way that is not piecemeal but planned out. The infrastructure will be a benefit to our residents today. This agreement gives us the opportunity for commercial development we may not otherwise have.” “The staff and the former council studied and were very deliberate about the bond,” Councilmember Marlor said. “We elected a council who on Dec. 22 made an agreement with Kennecott. I support the motion and vote that were made. I intend to keep those promises.” “If we revoke this bond, the cost to the residents is high. If we were going to revoke the bond, we should have engaged with Kennecott when we took office. It is not practical at this time,” Councilmember Harris said. “Besides, is it worth delaying the infrastructure? The city does not have extra money to do this. If the bond goes through, then the cost doesn’t fall on the taxpayer.” “I am not a proponent of high density, but our city needs to keep its word,” Councilmember Zander said. “If we don’t, other businesses will not choose to reside within our boundaries. Facilitating this ratification will strengthen our road structures and water systems. That is key. If we want to be partners with Kennecott Land, we need to be congenial and trustworthy.” “I am concerned about growth and the speed of growth. South Jordan is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. We are going to make it grow faster. I am not okay with that,” Councilmember Rogers said. “If this accelerates development along the Mountain View Corridor, I hope it incentives UDOT to extend 201. It would be extremely unfortunate if they don’t.” The ratification of Resolution R2015-83 concerning the bond on Daybreak Assessment Area 1 passed 4–1, with Councilmember Rogers casting the dissenting vote. “We have a strong long-term partnership with South Jordan City, and we appreciate the support they have provided us over the years. We view the bond as another partnership with the city to accelerate investment, growth and development in the southwest part of the valley,” Kyle Bennett, Kennecott Land’s communications representative, said after the ratification. l


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he Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Event Center in South Jordan may be seeing some changes in the near future. The county’s community services budget evaluation in November revealed that some costly safety upgrades are needed to keep the park running, and it’s already one of the most expensive community service areas in the county, Alyson Heyrend, county communications director, said. The park and event center brings in about $1 million in revenue but takes $2 million to maintain, which leaves a $1 million deficient covered by the county, said Daniel Hayes, general manager for SMG, the private company hired by the county to manage the park and center. “We are trying to figure out how to maintain the facility in an acceptable manner while managing the money we are spending of taxpayer dollars for recreational purposes,” Heyrend said. The county council and county community services are exploring the following four options for the facility: operating the facility status quo, expanding the use of the facility, reducing the equestrian park size and repurposing the park. If they operated the park status quo, the county would maintain the current programs the facility provides and invest the money needed to ensure safety within those services, Heyrend said. Another option is to expand the outreach of the park. Currently, the facility focuses on servicing local and state equestrian groups, but if this option were selected the county would focus on getting national and regional equestrian groups to travel to Salt Lake County’s facility, Hayes said.

Typically, there’s more than 100 events at the Equestrian Park and Event Center each year, and there’s room for more, according to Hayes. National and regional equestrian groups usually book their events three to five years in advance, so there wouldn’t be a huge overlap in availability days. The county’s also considering reducing the equestrian focus at the park and event center. If the facility focus was shifted, some of the current equestrian offerings of the park would no longer be available, Hayes said. Instead of equestrian services, some of the facility would be repurposed for sports field space, Callie Birdsall, communication manager for country parks and recreation, said. The county council and community services are looking into completely repurposing the park by getting rid of the equestrian atmosphere and putting in sports fields. At this point the facility would become a regional park with a field house, Heyrend said. Hayes said he doesn’t think any of these options would require the county to move the Salt Lake County Fair. As a separate project, the county is looking into alternative options of places to have the county fair, Birdsall said. “We always consider all viable options, but the most logical location is the Utah State Fair Park,” she said. Hayes said the location of the county fair and future of the Equestrian Park and Event Center will be discussed at county council meetings in the near future, although exact dates are still unknown. Residents can see upcoming county council agendas here: council-agendas/ l


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ew council members Patrick Harris, Brad Marlor and Tamara Zander were sworn in Jan. 5, replacing Mark Seethaler, Chuck Newton and Steve Barnes respectively. They join Mayor Dave Alvord and council members Don Shelton and Christopher Rogers, who are on their terms’ second year. This new and vibrant team has started the year with a bang. The first three months together brought in hot agenda items, from open space and water issues, to the Harvest Sun parcel dispute, to the controversy over high-density housing and the assessment bond. The city council and mayor have exciting years ahead of them as they carry out or amend their campaign promises and balance constituents’ requests with what is in the best interest of the city. Here is a brief introduction to the shoulders that will carry South Jordan’s future for the next few years: Mayor David L. Alvord is a local dentist and owner of Oquirrh Mountain Dental. He is passionate about politics and resident involvement in government. He ran his campaign platform on lowering South Jordan taxes. He guides his decisions on three principles: confining government to its proper role, showing respect for property rights and developing honesty in government funding, according to his campaign website, “It’s important to have an efficient government,” Alvord said. “We can achieve better efficiency through being frugal and keeping an eye on expenses.” District 1 Councilmember Patrick Harris is the president of the Oak Hills Homeowners Association and a regional director for a large insurance company. He is an expert on risk analysis and has worked making decisions with multimillion-dollar ramifications. During his campaign, Harris expressed concerns about high-density housing, lowering taxes and curbing wasteful spending. “I will work hard to encourage wise economic growth and to keep our taxes low,” Harris said. “We need to develop businesses on our commercial land and not rezone for high-density apartments.” Although District 2 Councilmember Brad Marlor is new to this council, he is a veteran to public service. Previously, he has served in South Jordan’s city council, planning commission, Economic

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Daybreak Elementary Fourth-Graders Examine Extreme Weather By Julie Slama |

Daybreak fourth-graders Ellie Smith, Kara Mason and Kaylie Macaluso display their extreme-weather projects. — Julie Slama


aybreak Elementary fourth-grader Ellie Smith didn’t know much about hurricanes before February. Now, after doing her extreme-weather report, she knows the eye of the storm can cause severe damage and even death. “I didn’t know about them and thought it would be good to research about it,” she said, adding that her research first started with books and looking online. In the course of her research, she learned her neighbors had relatives who had lived through a hurricane. That led to learning about it from them, seeing photos of the house full of sand, palm trees swaying in the wind and damage on their street after the storm passed. She used photos they gave her, along with some she found online, to create a mobile as part of the extreme-weather project her teacher Tawna Pippen assigned. “It’s a four-week individual project on extreme weather that includes both a written and oral project as well as a presentation,” Pippen said. The assignment for both Pippen’s and Megan Calder’s class included researching how this form of weather differs from “normal” weather, how the weather begins or forms, how it affects the land and people and how common it is. They also needed to include examples of the weather in Utah, and if it hadn’t occurred here, to explain. As Ellie learned with her project, Utah is land-locked and hurricanes require warm tropical weather. The students were to present their findings in a three-minute oral presentation and a one-page written report. They were also make a presentation of what they learned. These ranged from PowerPoints and posters to dioramas and mobiles, like the one Ellie made. Classmate Kaylie Macaluso chose to do her project on blizzards. “I kind of knew what they were

since we live in Utah, but I didn’t know that much about them,” she said. “I like snowstorms where I can build snowmen and go sledding, but this isn’t like that.” She learned that the severe winter storm comes about with winds and blowing snow. “It can cause traffic to slow way down and can even be deadly. People have froze when they’re covered in snow,” she said. In her report, Kaylie included what people should do to prepare for blizzards. “They should pack flashlights, coats, water, food and blankets in the car just in case,” she said. Fourth-grader Kara Mason decided to make a diorama for her illustration of a thunderstorm. She used cotton balls for clouds, pipe cleaners zigzagging from the clouds as lightning bolts and little branches of plastic trees, paper and clay to create a background that included trees. “It took about four days to make it,” she said. “I wanted it to show what thunderstorms are like.” In her project, Kara explained how hot and cold air mix to make the storm, how hail can be part of it and how it all starts with a spark of electricity. “About 20,000 storms go through the world daily. They seem to happen a lot in Utah so I wanted to learn more about them and what makes them. There can be hail as part of the storm — some of it as large as tennis balls,” she said. While listening to other classmates, the girls realized they learned about other weather, such as what sleet is, that cyclones can kill and that the cracking on the ground occurs during droughts. “It’s been really cool to learn more about all the different kinds of weather we experience here in Utah and across the states. I didn’t realize what all we have and how it occurs until we did this project,” Ellie said. l

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School District Builds South Jordan School from Capital Reserve, Reviews Bond Proposal By Tori La Rue |


he Jordan School District Board of Education is seeking feedback about their proposed Five-Year Building Construction Plan before deciding on an official bond amount for the November ballot. “We’re trying to be good listeners. This is a community effort,” Susan Pulsipher, president of the board, said. “We want to know what the majority of the community thinks should happen prior to voting on the bond for the ballot. We want it to reflect the will of the community.” Pulsipher said the new schools are a need. Copper Hills High School has the highest student population in the state, with Herriman High School tailing closely behind in second place, according to data released by the school board. “People keep having babies, so we need more rooms, but after the last bond went up in a blaze of not much glory, we sharpened our pencils and looked deep at our finances,” Kayleen Whitelock, board member, said during a West Jordan city council meeting. The draft of the school board’s construction plan proposes the building of eight new schools — four elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school — including five schools in the South Valley area, one elementary school in South Jordan and the complete rebuilding of West Jordan Middle School. The district listened to resident comments about frugality and cut back on maintenance and other operation costs in order to fund two elementary schools entirely on capital reserve, Steve Dunham, communications manager for the district, said. The total construction cost for both schools is projected between $29 and $35 million, a more than 17 percent decrease from the cost of the district’s newest school — Blackridge Elementary — according to Pulsipher. “There’s a lot of reasons why the bond failed last time, but the district has now shown us that they can build two schools without bonding,” parent Allison Arsenault said. “Unfortunately, they can’t do that for all of the schools, but it’s still incredible.” Arsenault said she’s a proponent of the new schools and of a building bond because

she’s seen how cramped quarters affected the quality of education her children received. Arsenault’s children attended East Lake Elementary School when the student population was close to 1,400. The teachers’ lounge was being used as a classroom, and the school stage was being used as a teachers’ lounge, she said. Arsenault of South Jordan was on the Elementary Design Committee, a group formed by the district to give recommendations on how the new schools should be built. The committee toured schools in the state and decided which features of schools should and should not be included in the new schools, Arsenault said. The committee liked the building designs that put safety first, had natural lighting and made good use of collaboration areas, Arsenault said. Overall, the committee liked the layout of Fox Hollow Elementary School the best, and recommended the district pattern their new buildings after it. The district’s secured land for the two elementary schools that are being funded on capital reserve at 10200 South 5000 West in South Jordan, tentatively known as the Creekside Elementary School, and at 12390 South 5690 West in Herriman, tentatively known as Anthem Elementary School, Pulsipher said.   Construction on these two schools will begin during the 2016–17 school year, and they will open in the 2017–18 year, according to the building plan. The bond amount that will be proposed to fund the other six schools is yet to be determined, but, according to Pulsipher, the school board will determine the details of the bond before May, and it will be on the November ballot. The draft of the building plan estimates that it will take between $208 to $247.2 million to construct these schools, not including furnishings. Residents may review the building plan by searching for “Five-Year Building Construction Plan” on www.jordandistrict. org, and may contact the school board with feedback using the board members’ contact information located under the Board of Education tab on the same site. l



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Elk Meadows One of Top Fundraising Schools for American Heart Association By Julie Slama |


n late February, Elk Meadows Elementary had already surpassed $9,000 and still was trying to reach its $10,000 goal of raising funds for the American Heart Association’s Jump for Heart program. Elk Meadows is in the top 10 in the state in raising funds, said Cassidie Fenton, American Heart Association youth market director. “In the 17 years they’ve participated, they’ve raised $138,584 to help people with heart disease and strokes,” she said. Fourth-grader Chris Tysinger was last year’s and this year’s student who brought in the most donations. “Last year, I brought in $325 and this year, $450. I just ask people to make donations online to save people with bad hearts,” he said. “My grandpa has had three heart attacks and I hope we can help him.” Teacher and organizer Whitt Lovell said that last year more than $12,000 was raised. Like the students, he participates in the fundraising by throwing a dinner party where everyone contributes at least $10, including his wife who helps host the event. “I’ve known people who need the help,” Lovell said. “My nephew was born with a hole in his heart and it takes tons of money to have surgeries to repair damage. He’s now older, married and has kids of his own. We want kids to know how they can help people survive and to learn to give and reach out to someone else.” Students who raise at least $50 will have the opportunity to meet heart survivors and eat lunch with them, Lovell said. Fenton said that the Jump for Heart program, usually held during February’s American Heart Month, is designed to educate students about eating healthily and exercising and raise awareness about heart diseases and stroke. It also is a chance to promote healthy lifestyles. “We hope students are getting excited about exercising and find an activity they enjoy to keep their own hearts healthy,” Fenton said. “We’ve had about 65 percent of those who have come in personally know someone with a sick heart and wanted to be able to help them.” Lovell agrees and teaches students jump-rope tricks so they can have fun

Elk Meadows third-grade teacher Whitt Lovell has taken part in the American Heart Association’s Jump for Heart for 17 years, jumping alongside students in 16 of them. — Julie Slama

trying them during the event. “Some kids can just do these amazing tricks. It’s awesome to see them. I teach them in third grade during P.E. class as they’re usually good enough with the jump rope then to be able to learn them,” he said, then demonstrated back crossovers himself. He taught himself back crossovers in two hours while practicing in the garage years ago. Lovell has participated 16 of the 17 years, missing last year after a hip injury. During the Feb. 24 event, students demonstrated midget jumps, cross to saddle, front, side, saddle, back, skier jumping, heel-to-toe polka and others in addition to long-rope jumping. Teachers, like Brad Perry, also participated. “It’s good for the students’ health to keep moving, eat healthy and learn about keeping their heart healthy,” instructional aide Anna Reyes said, who, along with instructional aide Veronica Corleto, participated. “We want students to stay active,” Corleto added. Fourth-grader Bryn Peterson likes doing crossovers and midgets best. “I jump rope at home and at recess, but today, I’m wanting to help people who have bad hearts by jumping,” Bryn said. “It’s a fun way to raise money for them and helps my heart when we do Jump for Heart.” In addition to Elk Meadows jumping on Feb. 24, and other tracks repeating the activity on March 18, Monte Vista planned to hold its Jump for Heart events during the week of March 11. South Jordan Elementary will hold its Jump for Heart event on April 22 and Jordan Ridge on May 29. l

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Motivational Speaker Hank Smith Highlights South Jordan Elementary Purple Ribbon Week By Julie Slama |


unching on potato chips may seem like a strange method to make students aware of bullying issues, but it is one that South Jordan Elementary students understood. During the presentation by motivational speaker and BYU professor Hank Smith, he told students not to be bystanders, but rather upstanders in making a difference. The illustration he uses is “don’t crush my chips.” The presentation was followed by a class discussion about what it means to “don’t crush my chips” while munching on potato chips, Purple Week organizer Jessica Harris said. “We want students to unite and realize that words can have an impact and while they may not be hitting someone, words can crush them and bully them,” she said. Purple Ribbon Week, or bullying awareness week, came about after Harris talked to Principal Ken Westwood about bullying at the school. “Every school has a bullying issue so we’re not alone,” Westwood said. “It’s not any worse than any other school, but any time there’s an issue, it needs to be addressed.” Harris said that being proactive comes about with

education. “We don’t have a problem with beating up here, but we do have a bullying problem when someone is left out or being called names. Many kids aren’t even aware of what a bully is,” she said. After a faculty survey resulted in an overwhelming majority of teachers supporting the awareness campaign, the annual event began four years ago with one day full of activities. Then it was extended and included safety awareness. Now, it is its own event held over three days twice during the spring, so all tracks can participate. Smith addressed students March 21 and is scheduled to repeat his address in later March. “We hope that students learn to be an upstander by speaking up about bullying issues, not leaving someone left out of activities and finding the courage and confidence to let people know. Students can pay a compliment and include their peers in activities,” Harris said. Other presentations on March 21 included showing the video by rapper MattyB and singer Olivia Kay’s rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” “It shows a girl with Down syndrome getting bullied. We want the kids to know that by showing kindness, they

can make a difference in someone’s life,” Harris said. The theme of the first day was “It’s Up to You To Show Your True Colors,” and students are encouraged to wear colorful socks and crazy hair. During lunch, students will make handprint pledges on a kindness banner. The theme of the third day, March 23, was “It’s Up to You to Show Kindness.” There was a kindness Easter egg hunt, where paper eggs were hidden throughout the school. When an egg was found, there was a kindness task written on it and students completed the activity. Afterward, students wrote their name on a slip of paper and turned it in for the end-of-day drawing. “The task might be to invite a friend to play, give someone a compliment, smile and show they care. We want students to become more aware of other people’s feelings and differences,” she said. Students were also encouraged to wear a hat and were told, “Don’t be an egghead; show someone you care.” “Kids don’t always show they care about one another. They don’t think about others because they are so selfconscious. Just by doing something simple, can brighten someone’s day,” Harris said. l

SPORTS Middle Schooler Bikes His Way to Eight National Titles

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t the age of 14, Joey Foresta is as fast at mountain biking as most professionals, Mike Kelley, Joey’s coach, said. Joey has won eight national titles, and hasn’t lost a race in two years. He’s the fastest amateur racer in the country, according to Steve Spencer, Joey’s sponsor. Joey’s biking career began early. He rode a bike without training wheels at the age of 3 and started racing BMX at the age of 4, Steve Foresta, Joey’s dad, said. Most kids don’t begin mountain biking training until they are about 15 years old, Kelley said, but when Kelley’s son Cody, Joey’s best friend and role model, began to focus more on mountain biking than BMX, Joey switched his focus too. Joey was 8 years old at the time — seven years younger and less trained than Cody. “It was amazing to see Joey be able to keep up with my boy at a really young age. We really had to slow him down,” Kelley said. “We wanted him to be that fast — we just didn’t want him to be that fast yet, because we didn’t want him to wreck.” Joey said he’s wrecked plenty of times, but Kelley said that even so, he’s crashed

fewer times than anyone he’s ever coached or met before. Foresta said his son’s coordination on a mountain bike is unbelievable. “Honestly Joey is just gifted when it comes to biking,” Foresta said. “He’s not really good at other sports. He’ll walk up the stairs and get hurt, but when he’s on his bike, I’m not worried. He has those skills.” Joey competes in two areas of mountain biking — downhill and dual slalom. In downhill, each participant races down the same track one at a time. The bikers’ times are tracked, and the person with the shortest time wins. In dual slalom, two bikers simultaneously race two different tracks that are parallel to each other, and the racer who reaches the bottom first wins. These two categories of mountain biking are Joey’s favorite because they allow him to go fast, and speed is his specialty. “It’s a really crazy feeling, especially on trails where trees are close together,” Joey said. “It’s awesome when you are just inches past the trees.” Dual slalom is a great fit for Joey given

his BMX background because he’s used to racing next to his competition. Joey said mountain biking differs from BMX because it requires more strategy, whereas BMX is all about going as fast as you can. “A lot of it, when you are going over rocks, is trying to stay light on your bike and not slam into the rocks,” Joey said. “A lot of it, too, is finding the balance between going too fast and going a good speed.” Joey said his favorite race was one of the national championship races in North Carolina because it was pouring rain the whole trip. He said it changed the terrain, giving him the type of riding experience he’d never had before. Joey, a freshman at South Jordan Middle school, said he doesn’t have time for any extracurricular activities with the school because of his biking schedule, but he said he doesn’t mind that too much. He and his sister, Sophia Foresta, train with a personal trainer on most nights of the week. Joey said it’s great to have something he and his sister can do together. Both siblings excel in their chosen sports. Sophia, 16, is a two-time national champion BMX racer.

Joey Foresta, 14, bikes down a mountain. –Joey Foresta

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South Jordan Teen Featured in ‘Sports Illustrated’ By Tori La Rue |


ophia Foresta, 16, walked in the door after training at the gym to find her father talking on the phone to someone from “Sports Illustrated.” They said they wanted to feature her as their High School Athlete of the Month. “I was so excited. I was like, ‘“Sports Illustrated” wants to feature me? The actual “Sports Illustrated”? The real one?’” Sophia said. “I was so stoked. All I could say was, ‘Oh my gosh’ over and over again. It’s insanity.” Despite being a two-time national BMX champion, Sophia considers herself a typical teenager with a hobby she’s passionate about. When she’s not on the track or in the gym, Sophia, who maintains a 3.91 GPA, can be found studying for school. She said the attention she’s received from the “Sports Illustrated” article, which ran in February, was “pretty crazy” and “weird” because she said BMX isn’t a sport that’s usually highlighted. Bingham High School honored her for her athleticism in front of the student body on March 9. “Nobody at school knew what I did. I can’t tell you how many people thought I raced motorcycles,” Sophia said. “It’s just different now to be seen at school as ‘that athlete’ instead of ‘that girl that’s always doing her homework.’” BMX, or Bicycle Motocross, is organized bicycle racing around a dirt track, complete with jumps and hills. Sophia races at the highest level of amateur racing — expert. At the Grand National competition in November, she won the race for her age division, beating 52 of the fastest 15- to 16-year-old girls in the country. She also won the national No. 1 Armature cup, beating the best female racers of all age divisions in points. Sophia said she didn’t start out beating the other racers when she began racing at age 6. “I was definitely at the bottom of totem pole,” she said. “I took forever to get around, but I was an athlete naturally, so it wasn’t long before I was able to do pretty well at nationals.” Steve Foresta, Sophia’s dad, said it was hard not to worry, watching his little girl out on the track during her first races, but he said he came to realize it was no more dangerous than her riding in a car on the interstate. Mike Kelley, who coached Sophia for eight years, said Sophia is remarkable because she was able to break out of the stereotype that girls couldn’t be as fast or as

good as boys at BMX. He said the difference between most girl racers and boy racers is their level of commitment to the sport. “I trained Soph like one of the boys. I told her, ‘If you want to excel you have to quit riding like a girl,’” he said. “Within two years she was beating me to the timer. She became one of the best out of the gate.” At that point, Sophie started “winning so much it was almost scary,” according to Kelley. He said she’s someone that younger female riders look up to and pattern their riding off of. Sophia’s an impressive athlete because of how she conducts herself, not just because she wins, Steve Spencer, her sponsor said. When sponsoring, Spencer said he looks for riders who are approachable over those who are unstoppable on a bike. He said it’s amazing that Sophia is both. “She is humble, she’s so friendly and she’s always willing to help others out. She’s a great role model for others to follow,” Spencer said. “She wants to work with the deaf racers at the track, so she’s taken it upon herself to learn sign language.” Sophia takes American Sign Language at Bingham High School and said it’s her new passion. “I love the deaf community that I’ve met through BMX racing, and I love being able to better communicate with them through sign language,” she said. Sophia said she expects her racing career to extend long into the future. “I have some pretty big goals. Like every kid, I want to be in the Olympics,” she said. “Currently I just mentally prepare, allowing myself to picture that I could be there for the Olympics, because it’s a far way off.” Sophia is too young to compete in this summer’s Olympics, but she has a fair shot at making it into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Kelley said. Her short-term goal is to become a pro racer. She could have become a pro racer this year, but declined the opportunity, wanting one more year to prepare for what she called “the big leap.” For now, Sophia said she’s happy where she’s at and she’s happy about where she is headed. “I’m happy about my successes because the biggest reason for the things that I have done and the things I’ve achieved is because of my family and friends,” she said. “After all, I’m really just riding around on a little kid bike, and it’s pretty fun.” l

Sophia Foresta (left) poses for a picture with another BMX racer. –Sophia Foresta Sophia Foresta, 16, races at the Grand Nationals where she took No. 1 for girls all-around in her age division. –Sophia Foresta

Sophia and Joey Foresta, brother and sister, ride their bikes together as kids. Both of them, now teens, hold national titles in biking sports. –Steve Foresta

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ocky Mountain Care, the leading transitional rehabilitation community in the Western United States, has appointed David N. Sundwall, M.D. as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Sundwall will provide dedicated leadership as the organization moves into its next level of development. He will focus on improving our overall abilities, quality of care, best practices and quality measures. Dr. Sundwall is currently a Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and has considerable experience in the health care field, including having served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Health for six years (2005–2011). In this capacity, he has the responsibility of overseeing 1,000 employees and managing a $2 billion budget. His leadership will be invaluable as RMC continues to position itself as a leader in the industry, offering high-quality programs for all people entrusted to their care. RMC is known for creating an environment that treats patients and family members with kindness, integrity, respect and dignity. As CMO, Dr. Sundwall will provide medical oversight and expertise to the Rocky Mountain Care’s Medical Directors and deliver strategic guidance on the implementation of innovative clinical programs to position RMC as a trailblazer in health care. His leadership will build on the more than 20 years of individualized care that has earned RMC

the reputation of being a trusted member of the communities they serve. Dr. Sundwall has considerable experience in health policy and administration at the national level. He lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 24 years , working in both Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government, as well as in leadership positions in the private sector. Throughout his career, he maintained a medical license and volunteered in public health clinics, providing primary care to medically underserved populations. Dr. Sundwall has served on a number of boards and councils throughout his career and is currently on the Board of Directors for Senior Whole Health (based in Boston, Massachusetts), the Maliheh Free Clinic, the University of Utah School of Dentistry National Advisory Committee, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Health and Safety Committee, David Eccles School of Business Masters in Health Administration Advisory Council, and the Salt Lake Advisory Board for Zions Bank. He is board certified in internal medicine and family practice, and works as a primary care physician in a Utah public health clinic two half-days each week. In 2014, Dr. Sundwall was chosen as Utah Doctor of the Year by the Utah Medical Association and was honored by a proclamation by Gov. Gary R. Herbert at the state capitol. l


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Father and Son Hit the Ice By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals


ce hockey became the Telford family sport when Jason Telford was 6 years old. “My father and I started playing about the same time, and I got the bug after he got the bug,” Telford said. Telford played through his teen and early adult years, but at about the age of 21 he got married and later attained a job as an airline pilot. He got caught up in family and work matters, leaving no time or money for hockey, but his passion for the sport lived on, he said. When life calmed down, Telford found himself hitting the ice again. This time, Telford’s 6-year-old son Taylor came along, echoing Telford’s hockey experiences with his own dad. Soon Telford found himself encompassed in the sport once again. He was coaching Taylor’s hockey teams and teaching his younger sons, Marcus and Tucker, how to play the game. “I’ve come to realize if you take any kid with skates and stick a stick in his hand, they have the same experience — they like it,” Telford said. “It’s fun because it makes it easier for us to enjoy a sport together.” One of the family’s favorite activities is to watch hockey games together, whether that means watching and supporting family members in their own games, or cheering on the family’s favorite professional team — the Colorado Avalanche. While Telford’s wife and 19-year-old daughter don’t play the sport, they are still avid supporters and hockey fans.

Telford and Taylor, now 17, just wrapped up an impressive season with the Bingham High School hockey team, Taylor said. Telford led the team as head coach and Taylor led the team as team captain. For the first part of the season, the team went undefeated. They placed second in their division and third at state. “It’s the best season we’ve had since I started on the team as a freshman,” Taylor said. “It’s like our team just boomed this year.” Taylor thinks the team bonded this year because they spend a lot of time together, even when they are not at practice, and because of the help they receive from their coaches. “My dad’s not the yelling type, but when he does yell, it gets to you,” Taylor said. “He knows when and where to yell, but most of the time he trusts you and lets you do your thing.” Telford’s training is especially influential for Taylor. “It’s the best thing in the world having someone you know personally who trusts you, coach you,” Taylor said. “It puts a lot of pressure on me with him being the coach, but it’s really motivating. After the games he’s pumped about how well I played.” His dad won’t lecture him when he has an off game. Telford waits for his son to bring up his concerns about the game before giving his advice. “He’s been there and knows how it feels to mess up on the ice,” Taylor said. “I’ve got to be careful he doesn’t get special treatment, so I remove myself as a father figure when he’s on the ice,” Telford said. “But it’s fun to be involved with your son. It’s a situation where we enjoy doing the same things that each other likes to do, so we get to spend time together.”

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Taylor Telford swipes the puck at a Bingham High School hockey game. –Taylor Telford

Kevan Guy, assistant coach, said he doesn’t notice Taylor getting any preferential treatment. He said that Telford is knowledgeable, and he passes that onto his son, which helps his son to be one of the best on the team. When the father-and-son duo watch professional hockey games on TV, Telford will occasionally pause the games to teach Taylor about their positioning or about what the team is doing. Taylor said this helps him develop skills for Bingham games because the game is “90 percent mental.” Taylor’s hoping to play hockey for the University of Utah after high school graduation. “My dad’s been coaching my teams since I started, and I haven’t played a season without him,” Taylor said. “I’m honestly kind of nervous to play without him coaching at the college level.” Although his dad won’t be there to coach, Taylor knows his dad will continue to be his biggest supporter and fan as he progresses to the collegiate level. l


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