West Valley May 2016

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May 2016 | Vol. 2 Iss. 05


Children Spread Child Abuse Awareness in Pinwheel Parade By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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The blue pinwheels represent the prevention of child abuse. Four hundred were planted in front of the school. – Travis Barton

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WEDNESDAYS 9 a.m. Taste “Buds” 10 a.m. Choir 10:30 a.m. Chair exercise Noon Lunch donation $3 12:30 p.m. Chess Club

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ChamberWest Welcomes New CEO By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


hamberWest, located in West Valley, is getting a new CEO – Barbara Riddle. ChamberWest is a nonprofit organization that helps improve businesses in West Valley. They represent several hundred businesses and provide them with quality events, training, networking and government advocacy, and their new CEO is set out to carry on that tradition and improve the company. Riddle’s dad worked for the Bureau of

“I’ve also had the opportunity to run campaigns for a congressional candidate, a Utah state senator, a county commissioner and a race for myself when I had the crazy notion of serving in public office.” When Riddle isn’t living her busy professional life, you can find her with family and friends either horseback riding, golfing, running or reading. Now that she has added CEO to her long

“Our board of directors is strong and represents a true cross-section of the business community.” Land Management, so she lived everywhere growing up. She’s lived all over the midwest, including Wyoming, Montana and Utah, and spent time in Virginia where she graduated from high school. She came back to Utah to attend college at Utah State in Logan, and from there started her career in the hospitality industry. “In my professional career, I started as a meeting planner for the Conference and Institute Division at Utah State,” Riddle said. She also served as president and CEO of the Davis Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

list of jobs on her resume, she plans on helping to improve the company and of course helping the businesses in West Valley improve. She wants to first feel out the city and get to know the people before making any changes and is excited to see potential changes. “Organization, strengths, successes and opportunities will be taken into consideration as I work with the board of directors to create a new strategic plan for ChamberWest moving forward,” she said. “As is true with any chamber of commerce, the strength of the organization

relies heavily on the committed volunteers.” According to Riddle, ChamberWest already has a strong board of directors and committee chairs, and she is excited to work with them. She knows how much time and effort they’ve already put into promoting the community in West Valley and the other cities ChamberWest represents – which includes Kearns, Millcreek and Taylorsville. “West Valley is the second largest city in Utah and still growing,” Riddle said. “It is important for businesses in our region to have a strong unified voice, a place where business owners and leaders can meet, discuss strategies and advocate for business-friendly policies.” Riddle comes with a lot of experience with nonprofit, quasi-government organizations in the private industry and feels qualified to take on the job as the new CEO. “Over the years, I’ve volunteered on many community committees and chamber committees and board of directors, board of governors, executive committees, legislative affairs and military affairs,” Riddle said. “This experience gives me a unique perspective that will allow me to work effectively with members of all types and sizes of organizations within the chamber.” Spencer Ferguson, chairman of the

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board for ChamberWest, is excited to work with Riddle and knows she’ll be good for the company. “I can honestly say that our future prospects have never been so bright,” Ferguson said. “Our board of directors is strong and represents a true cross-section of the business community. And now we have a CEO with an outstanding track record of taking organizations to the next level.” l


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Mr. and Mrs. William Calloway of Sandy annoucne with great pride the graduation of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth Calloway from Sandy High School. Claire graduated with honors and is lookign forward to attending Utah State University in the fall where she will be studying accounting. A reception to celebrate her achievements will be held at the 5th Stake House in Sandy at 1pm. While you’re under no obligation to give a gift, even if you aren’t attending a party and aren’t close to the family, a card of congratulations or a handwritten note is something the graduate will appreciate. Thank you and congratulations Claire. We love you!!

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Jordan Valley Medical Centers Awarded for Patient Safety By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com


ordan Valley Medical Center and Jordan Valley Medical Center — West Valley Campus were recently honored with the 2016 Women’s Choice Award, ranking as two of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. “This is another proud moment for our excellent staff at both hospitals,” Steven Anderson, CEO of Jordan Valley Medical Center and Jordan Valley Medical Center — West Valley Campus, said in a press release. “Every day, I witness, firsthand, the amount of dedication, compassion and thoughtfulness our teams provide to each patient in our care. Patient safety and trust are fundamental qualities to strive for in a health-care setting, and recognition like this only pushes our efforts forward.”

The two medical centers were part of the list of 472 award winners that represent hospitals that have exceptional performance according to evidence-based data. “Women and their families can choose Jordan Valley with the confidence to know that their family will be safe at that hospital,” CEO of Women’s Choice Award Delia Passi said. Empowering women with the education and tools they need to make smart health-care choices is the mission of the Women’s Choice Award (WCA) organization according to Passi, who called women the chief medical officers of their households. “We focus on women, because women make up to 94 percent of health-care choices,” Passi said. “Women say patient safety is their number one fear [when choosing health care].” Patient safety is defined as surgical complications and infection rates for this specific award, according to Passi. Hospitals who have won the Women’s Choice Award are ranked by 11 criteria reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Each institution has a low incidence of complications or problems arising from surgical errors and infections.

The data-driven awards are based on the following 11 measures: deaths among patients with serious treatable complications after surgery, collapsed lung due to medical treatment, serious blood clots after surgery, a wound that splits open after surgery on the abdomen or pelvis, accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment, serious complications, central line– associated blood stream infections, catheterassociated urinary tract infections, surgical site infection from colon surgery, blood stream infections and intestinal infections, according to the WCA website. Hospitals are eliminated from consideration for awards if they do not report on at least four of the surgical complication measures or four of the infection measures, if they have a patient recommendation rating in the bottom 25 percent nationally, do not implement safe surgery checklists or receive a CMS rating of “Worse than the U.S. National Rate” for any of the measures, also according to the WCA website. “Our methodology is objective and fact based,” Passi said. “We are the only organization that does not separate clinical care from the patient experience.”

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group of researchers recently released results from surveys conducted throughout the Salt Lake Valley, including West Valley City, about water in an effort to learn more about residents’ behaviors and perceptions as it relates to water. Melissa Haeffner, Ph.D. at Utah State University, said the research is meant to examine the impact of Utah’s urban growth and development on water, particularly along the Wasatch Front, the Jordan River, the Logan River and in the Provo River watershed. Haeffner called iUTAH’s research “unique,” in that researchers are pairing science with the social aspect of this urbanization. “We want to make the connection between what’s going on in our water sources with what is society doing. How is society using the water and thinking about water and water policy in the West?” Haeffner said. The household surveys were conducted during the summer of 2014 as part of innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydrosustainability—iUTAH. The five-year program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is in its fourth year and is collaboration between universities, government agencies, industry partners and nonprofits in the state to study all things water. In West Valley City, 60 percent of those selected households responded, which amounts to 103 total respondents, according to survey highlights. Survey results showed researchers that West Valley residents are aware of how much water use costs and how much they spend. But less than 40 percent reported they knew how much water they used. Ninety-seven percent of residents reported they water their lawns, 88 percent saying this could changed based on the weather. And while many felt they could do more to conserve water use, “a small minority” of residents reported actually decreasing use over the last five years, according to the survey.

While a third of West Valley City residents asked said they believe there is currently enough water supply, 39 percent said they are worried about supplies in the future. Eightynine percent of residents supported voluntary water restrictions—as well as 69 percent supporting mandatory restrictions in public spaces like parks and golf courses—in the event of short-term water shortages. Sixty-five percent of those who participated in the survey supported limiting future housing developments and reusing treated wastewater as part of long-term water policy in West Valley City. While Haeffner described this particular survey is considered a baseline, if issued repeatedly over a number of years, it could help explain to policymakers the way people are thinking about water over time. “Municipal leaders want to know what their constituents think. The cities that I’ve all talked to want more info from their citizens. They’re hungry for it,” Haeffner said. And researchers on the iUTAH project are eager to bring their findings to the public, Haeffner said. “[In] academia, we can try harder as scientists to bring our data back to the residents who offered their time to tell us what they think,” she said. Haeffner added that researchers are not in a position to tell cities what they should or should not do about water issues, but surveys such as this help gather information needed to address continuing growth along the Wasatch Front. “We know we live in a desert,” Haeffner said. “We know the population is growing. We know we’re growing; what we don’t know is what should we do about it. What are the options?” To learn more about the iUTAH household surveys, visit www.iutahepscor.org/ hhsurvey.l


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West Valley Fire Department Promotions By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


he West Valley Fire Department is excited to promote six of its members to new positions in the department. Nick Dodge and Aaron Kissell were both promoted to captain and Ken Tucker, Craig Shepherd, Nick Herzog and Bret Rosenkrantz were promoted to engineer. All these promotions take time and dedication to earn, and our fire fighters are proud and excited to receive these promotions. Rosenkrantz is from Bluffdale Utah, attended Riverton High, attended some college and is now a member of the West Valley Fire Department. “It was like a dream I always had to become a fire fighter,” Rosenkrantz said. “My dad was a fire fighter in Sandy and through the years hearing him talk about how much he loved it, I thought it would be fun.” He eventually went through the training to become a fire fighter and realized just how much he loved the training. He looks forward to going to work every day. As an engineer, Rosenkrantz is responsible for driving the trucks and calculating how much water needs to be pumped and how far the water needs to be pumped from the truck. “Right now my goal is to make it to captain and then from there I’ll be happy staying there for a while,” Rosenkrantz said. “But I can see

myself eventually wanting to go further than that.” Herzog, another fire fighter promoted to engineer, said he’s excited about the challenges that will help him grow. “You feel like you have to have a good handle on it,” Herzog said. “Me personally, I like challenge. You have to challenge yourself to learn and make sure that your skills are tip top.” The West Valley Fire Department gets the most calls from people in the valley. Many involve helping people more than fighting fires, but for Herzog, he enjoys never having a dull _MG_3038.jpg moment on the job. “We’re busy — we don’t just sit around,” he said. “We run a ton more calls and we’re usually pretty busy. Most of them medical calls.” Herzog said he wanted to become a fire fighter while he was in a program where he was an EMT. After that he worked at an ice rink driving the Zamboni; he knew he couldn’t stay there, so he went back to fire fighting in West Valley and has now been with the company for nine years. He hopes that with this new promotion he can continue to help and give the best care he can to the people in the city. “When the citizen calls, we want them to

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get people that won’t be incompetent,” Herzog said. “Just providing the best that will make their lives better is what I want to do.” Another promotion came for Kissell, who was promoted from engineer to captain, a position that involves testing, practicing in different scenarios and a lot of reading. He said he’s feeling good about the promotion and really enjoys being with the West Valley Fire Department. “We’re definitely not the largest unit, but I think unit to unit we’re working and doing calls and our department is by far busier,” Kissell said.




Kissell wanted to become a fire fighter after doing EMT classes, and once he started working for an ambulance company, he got to see first-hand what fire fighters do. He saw the challenges they faced and wanted to do what they did. He hopes to be a good role model and impact the residents in a positive way. “There’s enough negativity and hardships in the world. When people call they’re not having the best day,” Kissell said. “What I would like to do is help by impacting their life in a beneficial way to be positive. It’s kind of hard to put it into words, but I want to make the city better.” l


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Officer Rescues Stranded Teenagers with Flat Tires By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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t a time when there are sometimes negative feelings toward police officers, Det. Mike Lynes, of the West Valley Police Department, proved there are still strong relations between civilians and police. On March 16, Lynes saw two teenagers stranded on the side of the road near 3600 West and 2200 South with not only a flat tire but also a ruined spare tire. Lynes paid for the flat tire to be repaired at a local tire shop nearby and the teenagers were on their way back to school. Lynes said he spotted them as he was driving by. “You could tell the tire was blown, and they needed some help,” Lynes said. The teenagers had changed the original tire from driving over a nail when the spare tire “blew up” a few blocks later. Lynes, a member of the community response team, said the driver didn’t want to bother her mom at work, and she didn’t have any money to take care of it herself. “I know kids don’t have a lot of money, and I didn’t want to make her mom leave work and maybe not get paid,” Lynes said. “So I just thought let’s get it fixed for them, get them back on the road, and then they don’t have to worry about it.” With tensions sometimes high between police officers and civilians due to recent shootings and other incidents, Lynes said having quality relations with the community is more important now than it’s ever been. “Every police officer is nothing more than a human being,” Lynes said. “Like doctors, dentists or people working at McDonald’s—they all make mistakes. But lately it seems


whatever a police officer does becomes a big issue in the news.” Lynes said his primary job as a community response unit member is interacting with the community at safety fairs and neighborhood watch groups. “We meet with the community and try to explain that we’re no different than anybody else” he said. “There are going to be people who make the news every once in a while. But for the most part, we are just trying to make the world a better and safer place.” Lynes said more stories like his exist, but generally stories like this don’t sell in the news. Lynes said he was reading a report the other day about an individual who shot himself accidently. “Apparently one of the news channels had called, but when they realized it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the person said, ‘Oh, we’re not interested,’” Lynes said. Lynes said he experiences calls like that often where the news will lose interest if it’s not dramatic. “I just think right now in society that’s not what people want to hear; they want to see maybe the blood and guts and the bad stuff,” Lynes said. “And some of the good stuff we do gets pushed off to the side.” Lynes said he thinks the body cameras will help give better training perspectives for the police officers, but it will have some growing pains. “It’s like everything—it’s a roller coaster,” Lynes said. “One day, people like us; the next day they don’t.” l



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Heather Miller Wins PE Teacher of the Year By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Heather Miller, physical education teacher, displays her award in her office at Hunter Elementary School. Miller won the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award in March. —Travis Barton


eing rewarded for work in your profession is a stimulating experience. For Heather Miller, the physical education teacher at Hunter and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, the reward was a validation of hard work. Miller was awarded the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award by the Utah Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (UAHPERD). “I’ve been going to their [UAHPERD] conferences since college, so I knew about the award,” Miller said. “And in the back of my mind I always thought, ‘Oh, that would be a cool thing to get.’” Nominated by the supervisor of the elementary schools’ teachers, Miller said she was happy to be acknowledged for her commitment to her profession. “I feel like I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work, and it’s nice to finally be recognized for working hard,” Miller said. Kayla Mackay, principal at Hunter Elementary School, said the results of Miller’s hard work are evident through the classes of children she works with. “[Miller’s] got it organized enough that 32 kids can play in there fully engaged and [the kids] love it,” Mackay said. “I swear she knows all 560 kids’ names.” When Miller was in fifth grade, she had a PE teacher who was mean to a bigger boy having difficulty climbing a rope. Miller said that was the first time she remembers really wanting to be a teacher. “I remember thinking, ‘That’s not okay,’ and that kind of pushed me to be the type of teacher I wanted to be,” Miller said. Mackay said Miller has a presence that establishes what’s expected of the kids.

Miller established guidelines and routines at the beginning so her students would know what to expect. —Travis Barton

“The kids know, when they walk into the room, that [Miller] values honesty, hard work, respect and safety,” Mackay said. “She doesn’t harp on the negative; she praises those that are doing a good job.” “I don’t have a lot of discipline problems because they know what they’re supposed to do and what I’m looking for,” Miller said. “I have never heard her yell; I’ve never heard her talk in a disrespectful or harsh tone. She is so respectful,” Mackay said. Miller said she has a stricter management style that helps to inform the kids what’s to be expected of them. It’s an ongoing process, she said, which has taken her five years to establish into something that works well. “You have to set up a really good behavior system and expectations and consequences and then just stick with it,” Miller said. Miller has a penalty box set up in the gym, like in hockey, where misbehaving kids have to sit and watch the games being played, and a sunshine board where kids nominate each other for good sportsmanship or helping one another. “But having fun is my ultimate goal for them,” Miller, a Colorado native and BYU graduate, said. Miller utilizes different kinds of technology with her kids as well playing music through the speakers on the stage. “It’s playing hip-hop. It’s playing music the kids love,” Mackay said. “They move so much better when there’s music,” Miller said. Even more innovative may be the use of a GoPro during classes. The camera is strapped to a different child so Miller can both critique her teaching and potentially produce a highlight video

for the kids to watch at the end of the year. “I can also use it for self-analysis, like I showed it to these girls to show them how they were throwing and what could be fixed,” Miller said. Miller has a multitude of games at her disposal to play with the kids and even more variations to go with them, whether it’s pinguard, dodgeball or workout buddies, where she can teach the kids cooperation and team building by switching their partners constantly. Mackay said it’s been fun for her to see the kids play these activities on the playground during recess. “Anytime I see them at recess playing a game that we’ve learned so I know they still want to play it, that’s awesome, it’s really satisfying,” Miller, a former high school basketball player, said. The best part of Miller’s job may be a different kind of reward. After five years of teaching at these schools, Miller said it’s been so rewarding witnessing the development of the students year after year. “Watching them actually grow and improve, being a kindergartener who could barely skip to now they’re playing organized basketball and doing really well,” Miller said — “seeing that development has been really rewarding.” Winning the UAHPERD PE teacher of the year doesn’t mean Miller will be resting on her laurels. She said she intends to keep attending as many workshops as possible. “[The award] still motivates me to keep improving, whether it’s finding different games for them or learning a better way to do something,” Miller said. l

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uy Tran, a senior at Hunter High School, was selected from many different students from around the state to be the candidate for the Deseret News Sterling Scholar in dance. Huy has an amazing story of how he’s made it to this grand honor from being self-taught to being the only guy in the dance company at Hunter High. Huy is actually from Vietnam and moved to the United States when he was four years old. He said coming into West Valley and the U.S. was a culture shock for him. “I still remember kindergarten,” Huy said. “It was just taking on a new language, but I caught on pretty fast.” Coming from a very conservative background, Huy said it was hard to get into dance classes because his family believed that boys weren’t supposed to dance. “It was really hard to get support — that’s why I didn’t have funding for the dance programs,” he said. “I got several scholarships but I had to give them up because of family conflict. They didn’t quite understand.” Huy said he has always been kind of the oddball of the family, so fighting the kind of upbringing his family wanted of him always caused strain. Huy has always been involved with art, photography and music and is selftaught at the piano. Because his family didn’t support his dancing, he decided to teach himself. “I didn’t have access to studio programs like my friends,” Huy said. “So I primarily learned online.” It wasn’t until he got into Kennedy Junior High that he had an actual dance class. He learned to appreciate all forms of dance and see it as more than just entertainment. When he got to Hunter High School, he and his friend Andy were the first boys ever to

be in Hunter’s dance company. But being the only guy wasn’t unfamiliar to him; he was used to being the only guy in dance and art programs. “If I didn’t really love what I do, I would quit,” he said. “It’s really uncommon for guys to be in it. It’s sports; it’s a guy kind of thing. But at the high school level, people appreciate dance a lot more and appreciate the arts and the value of dance.” With all the forms of art he’s involved in, he picked dance to compete in for sterling scholar. He said that a few people were set to compete for it but he felt like he might have a chance. “I went for dance because it’s my forte,” he said. “All the arts I’ve done I’ve always been passionate.” Winning the state sterling scholar has been a big deal for him and he has seen opportunities open up to him, and said that meeting other students from around the state has really been great to see. “It was really nerve wracking,” Huy said. “I met some of my competition and everyone was so nice and talented. I wasn’t sure if I was going to win.” But when his name was announced as sterling scholar for dance, he felt amazing and was looking forward to what the future held for him in dance and other forms of art he has been involved in. “I just want to thank the sterling scholar judges for such an amazing opportunity, and for them to recognize not just me, but the other people who are going to make an influence in the world of dance.” Huy plans to go into business when he gets into college, but said he would still like the opportunity to continue to dance in college, and being recognized as a sterling scholar really helps. l


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Children Spread Child Abuse Awareness in Pinwheel Parade By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


n the journey to conquer child abuse, kids carried the torch during the Prevent Child Abuse Parade at Carl Sandburg Elementary. On April 8, children of Carl Sandburg Elementary walked in a parade around the school carrying blue pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention month. “This was phenomenal,” Principal Marilyn Laughlin said. Sponsored by the mayor and Salt Lake County Council, the event saw kids chanting “no more child abuse” as they highfived Aimee Winder Newton, Salt Lake County council member, during the parade. “That’s just so invigorating to watch those children do their parade and they’re yelling ‘no more child abuse’ and ‘save the children,’ so we love these opportunities,” Mary Lucero, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU), said. It not only excites Lucero, but she said it also incorporates the community at large. “It really gets the community engaged when they see the children get so emphatic and invested in it,” Lucero said. The PCAU offers an AdoptASchool program, where a company adopts a school for $2,500 to provide child abuse prevention education to an entire school, receive a 240 pinwheel garden and a sign in front of the adopted school for the month of April. Earlier in the week, the school planted 400 blue pinwheels in its front garden. Nationally, the blue pinwheel is a symbol for preventing child abuse. Laughlin said the week is utilized to celebrate children being safe. Carl Sandburg Elementary was chosen by the Salt Lake County Council for their AdoptASchool program after the school

The kids chanted “no more child abuse” and “save the children” as they walked around the school honoring Child Abuse Prevention Month. – Travis Barton

approached the PCAU requesting its help. “We just thought it was a good fit because they were so excited about getting this education,” Winder Newton said. “These wonderful, humble families really deserve that — it’s a great community,” Laughlin said. PCAU is the only provider approved by the state board of education to provide child abuse education in schools. “A lot of kids who are being abused don’t know that they are so [the education] is a really good thing,” Winder Newton, a PCAU board member, said. “We’ve all taught our kids to be afraid of stranger danger, but 90 percent of the time it’s someone they know and love and

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he Lancers are going to Nationals. And it’s their words that qualified them. Six members of the Granger High Debate team qualified for two different national tournaments occurring in Sacramento and just down the street in Salt Lake City. “It’s a really great opportunity for the kids,” Granger High School debate teacher Corey Tuckness said. Typically, debate teams are thought of as two groups going against each other. While that type of debate exists, there are around 20 different debate categories with the majority of them as individual speeches. Granger’s debate team focuses on the speeches or individual performances. Tuckness said to fill a state team requires at least 28 kids. He only has 20. “We don’t have that many, but the ones we do have are really good,” he said. Six of those team members will participate in the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament on June 12–17 in Salt Lake City, while three will travel to Sacramento, California, for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament on May 28–29. The six who qualified are Jelena Dragicevic, Angel Herrera, Leila Mujic, Nelson Lotz, Katreena Panotes and Sergio Ramirez, while the three also heading to Sacramento are Dragicevic, Lotz and Panotes. Team members qualified through each competition’s specific qualifying tournaments at Juan Diego and Jordan High Schools. Being part of the debate team carries special connotations for the kids, as it offers them the opportunity to speak about their passions. Dragicevic, Herrera and Mujic come from parents born in different countries. This plays a role in the speeches they share. Dragicevic, a freshman whose parents moved to America from war-torn Yugoslavia in 1998, said she appreciates having a national platform to share her message. “I get to use it to represent people from my country and the situation that happened with former Yugoslavia,” Dragicevic said. With the history of former Yugoslavia not common knowledge to people, Dragicevic said its important she has the opportunity to share it. “I think it’s really powerful that we get to share our frame of reference to people to at least know about it,” Dragicevic said. “Even though they might not agree, they can at least know the information, and it’s an honor to be in that position.” Dragicevic performs her speech on immigration in the declamation category where speakers deliver speech originally performed by someone else such as Martin Luther King’s “I have

a Dream” speech. Herrera, youngest in a family of five, performs in the oratory category where the speaker has to persuade the judges. Herrera’s speech is on funding for the arts, the personal story he wants to tell. Herrera, a self-proclaimed “theatre geek,” said he fights for the arts because of his experience. “I was in a gang, and I was doing these terrible things, and what saved my life was theater,” Herrera, a senior preparing for graduation, said. “If you give these kids something to do or something to be passionate about, they won’t do these things.” Herrera, who said he treats his speech almost like a slam poem, has won multiple awards in events throughout the year, all through telling his story about having a resource for kids to go to. Tuckness, a teacher of drama and debate for 42 years, said he feels really good about Herrera’s chances. “Very seldom has anyone from Utah won or made it very far,” Tuckness said. “But if anybody that I’ve had over 42 years has a chance to make it, its Angel.” Mujic’s parents also came from former Yugoslavia and performs her informative speech on global warming. Mujic, a freshman, said what led to her feeling passionate about the environment comes from her family life. “My parents love gardening, and I helped garden with them, and it just taught me to love the environment,” Mujic said. “It got me really passionate about it because I don’t like seeing people harm our environment simply because it gets them more money.” Mujic also participates in the impromptu category, where the speaker is given a topic then has two minutes to prepare their speech. Mujic has received topics anywhere from Brussel sprouts to the Zika virus. Infected with camaraderie, the team has spent the school year in the same class and together at various events. Even though their competitions are individual, Herrera said having the team around provides necessary stress relief. “As a group, we all come together and have jokes and laugh before our next round because that’s a stress reliever,” Dragicevic said. Amy Brewerton, a senior team member, said even though she isn’t going to Nationals, it’s special to be a part of this group. “Even if you’re not winning trophies, you’re still seeing other people succeed, and it makes you feel really good,” Brewerton said. “It’s just as satisfying as if it were me.” The team will compete once more at a rotary club event in May before they begin preparing for their national tournaments. l

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School Debate Team Fosters Academics By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

The Granger High debate team started three years ago. Photo courtesy of Jelena Dragicevic


t the age of three, babies are learning how to speak or run. The Granger High debate team, at the age of three, is collecting awards and qualifying its members for nationals. Three years ago, Granger High School started a debate team, bringing in Corey Tuckness out of retirement, who had almost 40 years of experience teaching drama and debate. “I enjoy it and when you have really good kids, you got to enjoy it,” Tuckness said. Those kids include senior Amy Brewerton and freshman Marian Figueroa, both joined the debate team this year. “I really needed to expand my comfort zone and get out of my shell,” Amy, joining in her last academic year, said. “I thought a lot of things needed to improve and this was a good way to do it.” Amy, who holds dual citizenship with Canada, suffers from two anxiety disorders and Tuckness said she’s come a long way from when she first joined in August. “She gave her first speech in August and she couldn’t finish it, she sat down and cried,” Tuckness said. Since then Amy has helped win some of the trophies the team accumulated throughout the year. “She came that far from not being able to talk,” Tuckness said. The debate team has provided a space for every member of its group to share their experiences. “We all have a story to tell and we want to tell it,” senior Angel Herrera said. Those stories have earned the team recognition from their competitions across the state, but the trophies aren’t what gives them fulfillment. “You don’t have to win trophies just to have success — sometimes all that matters is how the kid progresses,” Tuckness said. Freshman Jelena Dragicevic, who will be traveling to two national tournaments this summer, said the reason she does debate transcends competition. “I didn’t do [debate] because I want this trophy or that rank. I’m passionate about immigration — my parents were war refugees [from former Yugoslavia] — and I just love fighting for that cause,” Jelena said. “You win by fighting for your cause,” Angel, who will be participating in the national tournament in Salt Lake City this June, said. Just three years into existence, the debate team’s cause seems ready to expand next year as

the academic club puts together a council. Tuckness said a great thing about his students on the debate team is they approach their academics with the same tenacity as they do a competition. “They care about everything so much at such a high level — that that’s why they succeed,” Tuckness said. “Jelena will not accept anything in her classes less than 100 percent. She has to get 110 percent or she feels like she’s failed.” Members of the team identified multiple benefits of the club from a personal and scholastic level to the community at large. Marian said it really helps them prepare for state tests with writing and presenting while Amy said it allows you to work on so many skill levels at once. As for the community, Jelena said the success of the debate team demonstrates that good things come out of West Valley and should help negate any negative connotations with West Valley. “Our success as a team should go out there to show that more time should be invested for the rest of the school and bump up the reputation for West Valley,” Jelena said. Jelena said it hurts when people, not just on the eastern side of the valley, but those in your own neighborhood, district or school, say they can’t invest time in them or they come from low income so they can’t be that great. Freshman Leila Mujic, national qualifier, said that’s why their debate team has been so amazing. “It proves them wrong. It shows that despite where you came from …you can still be something great,” Leila said. Tuckness said Leila is the nicest person, with so much ability. “She has so much talent — she’s going to nationals and she’s only a ninth grader,” Tuckness said. Tuckness said Angel was offered a fullride scholarship to Westminster from one of their academic advisors when they heard his speech. Angel will actually be attending UCLA with plans to open up his own theater company. Six team members will participate in the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament June 12–17 in Salt Lake City while three will travel to Sacramento for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament May 28–29. To find out where the tournament will be in Salt Lake City, go to www.speechanddebate.org/ nationals. l

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heerleaders provide more to local high schools than pretty faces and pom-poms on the sidelines. The Hunter High School team won a United Spirit Association national championship and still has time to support the Wolverines teams. “We are really excited. It is the first time a Hunter cheer team has ever won something like this. It is a big deal for us,” second-year cheerleader coach Rikki Rindlisbacher said. The Wolverines participated in the national USA competition in Anaheim, California March 18–20. They brought home a first-place trophy in the coed varsity show, cheer novice division. They competed against nine other schools. The Wolverines qualified in a regional qualifier in December at Cottonwood High School. The competition judges look for appealing formations, exciting and enthusiastic dance routines, team pyramids, tumbling and stunt combinations. “I think it is cool to watch the team in their routines. The stunts like Grayson [Baker] doing a one man [a one-person lift] are cool. I can tell they got better all season,” Hunter sophomore Kolbie James said. The team practiced three days a week in the mornings starting in August. They cheer for football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, they timed swimming events and even performed at break of the wrestling matches. “I think the team does a lot for the school. I have an awesome group of kids. They all carry good grades and volunteer at many community events. I tell them that they can have the rest of their lives off, but from August to February they live at the school,” Rindlisbacher said. The team is comprised of three boys and 25 girls. During the third term, 22 team members had at least a 3.5 grade point average and six had 4.0s. “We have kids that are determined to do their best in school. Some of them are involved in other school activities. They still are driven and determined to do their best. These kids are so excited,” Rindlisbacher said.


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Hunter High School cheerleaders captured their first Spirit Association national championship in Anaheim, California. Photo courtesy of Hunter Cheer

The team found time in their busy schedule and lives to support one of their own team members, Teal Chubak. She was diagnosed with cancer before the school year began. The team rallied behind her, selling T-shirts and starting the hashtag #tealforteal in support of her. “The kids wore teal bows and wanted to remember their teammate. At the nationals many of the girls put the letter T on the bottom of their shoes. It helped them remember who they were performing for. It was exciting that Teal was able to go with us to California,” Rindlisbacher said. The team is already preparing for next school year. They held tryouts April 12–15 and will begin practices before the school year ends.. l

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unning in relative obscurity, the Granger High School track team has grown in six years from a mere 13 athletes to now more than 100. Its numbers are not the only thing getting better. The team’s finishes are also improving every time they compete. “Our season is going very well. Overall our relays have done very well. Every week our kids keep getting better and better,” Lancer head track coach Anthony Jefferies said. Senior Cinialy Talavera has flashed her brilliance in the girls 100 meters. At the Copper Hills Invitational on April 2, Cinialy finished second behind Herriman’s Kaysha Love, last year’s state champion. The following week, at the 19th annual Taylorsville Invitational, she fell by .01 seconds to North Sevier’s Peyton Torgerson. “She [Cinialy] has taken first or second in every single event this season. She has done soccer, cross country, basketball and track as a varsity athlete and she knows what it takes to be good,” Jefferies said. Cinialy also anchors the 4x100 relay team. They placed fourth overall at the Copper Hills meet. The team also includes Sydney Bell, Isis Oro and Inda Wani. They also placed fourth at the Taylorsville meet. “Overall our relays have done very well. I think the biggest thing is these kids knowing that they have coaches that care about them. We try to treat them like athletes that deserve the best. We try to have the best track apparel and attend the best meets,” Jefferies said. The Lancer coaches care about the athletes’ performance on the track as well as in the classroom and at home. Jefferies realizes many of his athletes are second parents to their siblings. Many have jobs that limit their time. “We constantly work with these kids. We know that if we give them the opportunities to succeed they will want to be part of this team. We care about them outside the lines. We worry about their grades and all the things going on in their lives. We have tried to help them find equipment and try to put them in a positive situation,” Jefferies said. The boys team has also seen success in its relay program. Bishop Tillman, Ismael Valle, Sidney Alofipo and Jeremiah Deegan finished 10th at the Taylorsville and Copper Hills meets.

Lancer senior Inda Wani cruised to a victory in the 100-meter dash at the Copper Hills Invitational. She finished 1.5 seconds ahead of everyone else in her heat. Photo courtesy of Greg James

“It is funny because our boys do better as a team and not individually. Just like the rest of the team our distance crew has doubled in size. Freshman Sarah Reynolds has finished in the top 20 every meet. In each of the last couple of weeks she has gotten better,” Jefferies said. Reynolds placed top 20 in the 800 and 1600 at both Copper Hills and Taylorsville. “Every week each kid has gotten better. Our main thing is to be better people. You may have lost the race, but you measure against yourself. Did you get better than you were the day before? I am very lucky to have several coaches and great kids that are helping our program succeed. It is a family of coaches and athletes getting better every day,” Jefferies said. l

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igger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, some pretty great things come in relatively small packages. Puppies, chocolate chips, Swiss Army knives, diamonds—all are things worthy of the prestigious small-package distinction. When it comes to beauty colleges, one also qualifies for that accolade: Francois D. College of Hair Skin & Nails. “I think the difference about us is not that we want to be the biggest beauty school out there, but that we want to give our students the best,” says Patricia Downward, founder and owner of Francois D. College of Hair Skin & Nails. “We are very family oriented. We don’t just prepare [students] to pass their tests, but to become successful professionals in the salon.” The college was founded in 1991 by Francois and Patricia. When Francois retired in 1998, Patricia couldn’t see the school—her love and her passion—in anyone else’s hands, so she and her husband purchased it. This year the college will commemorate its 25th anniversary of opening with much to celebrate, including a new location. Last fall they had the opportunity to relocate the school to Taylorsville, and they jumped on it, now being the only beauty school in the Taylorsville and West Valley areas, west of Bangerter Highway. Three programs are offered at Francois D. College: Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Master Esthetics. Students in these

programs have the opportunity to work with real clients in the college’s on-campus salon. They are able to provide stylish cuts, coloring, facials, makeup, advanced skincare, and other beauty services under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Hands-on training allows students to learn not only expert hairstyling, skincare, esthetic, and beauty skills, but also how to interact with clients and to communicate effectively. In addition to comprehensive cosmetology and esthetic skills, the college also educates students in practical business management to prepare them adequately for a successful and sustainable career, with the option to open their own salon or spa. “On my path to make my dreams a reality, I have gained so much knowledge and confidence thanks to Francois D. College,” says Whitney Dehlin, a current cosmetology student. “In addition, I have made friends who are now family.” For those who aren’t contemplating an education in cosmetology and esthetics, there is still reason to check Francois D. College out. They offer salon and spa services to the public at discounted rates—generally half of what someone would pay in a salon—for the reason that supervised students will be the ones performing the services. If you’re interested in going back to school, and wondering if training for a professional beauty career is right for you, the

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Mom… I’m Bored…. The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Entertain the Kids this Summer


an you believe it? Summer is almost here, that time of year where kids take a break from their structured routine and turn to the adults in their lives for entertainment ideas. What will you do to help your kids enjoy their time off? One only need to turn to Pinterest and Youtube to find dozens of Millennial Mama experts sharing all kinds of amazing ideas for summer fun. Turn an old rain gutter into a river, paint with flyswatters or, there’s always the old standby of making rainbow unicorn poop slime, (Google it) that’s not to be confused with rainbow unicorn puke slime. You’ll want to save that for another day. Parenting has become very precious to the digital generation. The pressure to have the perfect house, perfect marriage and perfect children seems to be stronger than ever. Leaving them feeling that in order to be a “good parent” they must create an utterly magical fairytale, and delightful childhood experience for their kids, right down to the bug bite sandwiches and peanut butter snails. Holy Crap! I get shaky hands, a sick panicky feeling and a stress rash just thinking about it. Staring at twelve long and unobstructed weeks trying to figure out how to keep the kids entertained so they won’t sleep too late, lose brain cells and ruin their vision playing computer games, or utter those dreaded words “Mom, I’m bored”. How can a parent these days possibly balance it all? Parents out there, I’m about to share with you a secret

trick, a plan of attack that moms for generations have been using for decades. A place so magical your kids will never forget it and will look back on it fondly for a lifetime. It’s a place where your kids will learn to build, socialize, exercise and dream all without your help. It’s cheap, easy to get to and will provide hours of entertainment. Are you ready for it? It’s called outside. Prior to the digital drama of today it never occurred to our moms to entertain kids non-stop, fund expensive summer activities or endeavor to create stimulating and crafty projects for brain development. Our mom’s simply said “get your butts outside” and we did. We built forts from broken branches, made city roads in the dirt for our matchbox cars, choreographed dance routines, made up songs and rode our bikes. It’s these very activities that allowed our minds to develop coping skills, learn for ourselves to be creatvie and dream the seemingly impossible. What better gift and life skills can you give a child than the ability to imagine, dream and build for them selves? This summer save yourself the fret and stress of building a bowling ally with coconuts or a carwash with PVC pipe and give them a pool noodle and pack of plastic cups from the dollar store and the gift of figuring out what do with them on their own. If we don’t remove easy entertainment from our children’s lives they will never learn the skills to create and l invent on their own.




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rom the moment I was born, my mom looked for ways to make my life miserable. Admittedly, I don’t remember anything before the age of 4, but I’m sure her pattern of behavior extended back to my birth. For instance, my mom insisted I play with my little sister, even though my little sister was a demon who wailed like a banshee whenever I pinched her. Mom had this harebrained scheme that being forced to play with my siblings would make us friends. (Okay, she was right on that one. My siblings are pretty cool.) But here’s another example of my mom’s ruthless conduct. After school I could only watch TV for ONE HOUR. That’s all. Once my 60 minutes of Zoom and School House Rock was over, I had to engage my mind with something “enlightening.” Mom would force me to listen to classical music or make me memorize a poem she taped on the fridge. (I still randomly recite “The Highwayman.”) And there were books she required me to read like “Jane Eyre” or the Nancy Drew series. She even made me write book reports. “But it’s Saturday! School’s over!” I exclaimed when she handed me the illustrated book of Shakespeare. “Learning is never over,” she’d reply. Now I can’t go anywhere without a book. Gee. Thanks, mom.

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