West Valley April 2016

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April 2016 | Vol. 2 Iss. 04


Parents Enjoy Reading to Kids at Truman Elementary By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com

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Father and daughter happy to be reading together. –Dawn W.

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Parents Enjoy Reading to Kids at Truman Elementary By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


round the country, parents are going into schools and reading to their children with events ranging from Mommy and Muffins and Goodies for Grandparents to Dad’s Doughnut Day. In West Valley City, at Truman Elementary, parents participated in Parents and Pastries. At Parents and Pastries, parents are able to come before school and read a book out loud to their kids or vice-versa. Along with reading, the parents and child can grab a muffin or a donut to eat while they engage in learning and reading together. “Reading is very important,” PTA President Becki Pulley said. “And it’s a fun way to get the parents and the students involved with reading.” In fact, statistics show when parents read to their children it helps in language development, among other things such as building wordsound awareness in children. It also builds motivation, curiosity and memory skills that children need. “It’s an opportunity to get the parents into the school and read to their kids,” Rachel Harvey, who is in charge of the event, said. The event at Truman has been going on annually for around five years. The PTA found out about the event from other schools and found how much of a success it was. At Truman, many parents do show up and read to their kids, and their kids absolutely love it. “I know the kids love it when they get their parents at the school. They love to show off what they’re learning in school,” Harvey said. The PTA isn’t even the group that keeps bringing it to the school every year. The student council at Truman has been a fan of it and has really urged the PTA and school to make sure it gets done every year. According to Aha Parenting, “Most children learn to read naturally once they develop the preliminary skills. Your goal is not to help him sound out words but to encourage a love for books—both pictures and stories.”

A mom reads to her daughter. –Dawn W.

Letting children see you read is an easy and effective way to get them wanting to read, and it doesn’t just have to be a book. Read a newspaper or a magazine while you’re in a waiting room, or take a book with you; it’s a way of setting an example for children. It’s a way of training children to think that’s what they’re supposed to do. Setting goals for your children to read more and rewarding them for doing so can also be another big motivator. Take a child to the bookstore or library to pick out a book they want and continue to let them read the series if they’re interested. If it’s not a book they want, ice cream or a new toy can be the incentive. Truman Elementary is making reading something that is fun to do together. Parents can make reading an experience and something children can enjoy. Hold their hand and cuddle up with them; do a different voice for each character or share your favorite book with them. Students at Truman Elementary look forward to reading with their parents, and Parents and Pastries has shown that reading can be fun. l

Diabetes Fair Brings Awareness to West Valley By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


esidents from around the valley gathered at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center on Feb. 20 for The Diabetes Healthy Living Show, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Different hospitals and organizations had booths set up to help people with diabetes learn how to be healthy, active and live well with the disease. In fact, according to University of Utah Health Care, “diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million people; 18.8 million have been diagnosed, but 7 million are unaware that they have the disease.” The fair offered free testing and also testing of blood pressure from St. Marks Hospital. Along with booths were seminars on cooking and exercise routines on how to keep people who have diabetes healthy. The cooking seminars included ways to make easy healthy breakfasts and lunches and having dinner-ready recipes. “People think just as long as I can take this medication I can eat whatever I want to,” Christy Clayton, the office manager for Endocrinology of Utah with Dr. Miriam Padilla, said. “Diabetes is something that is ultimately controlled by a healthy lifestyle,

diet and exercise. A lot of people can get their sugar down, and a lot of people think that it’s all about just not eating sugar.” Dr. Padilla held a Diabetes 101 presentation and presented it in Spanish, as a majority of those who attended were Hispanic. Studies show that more than 10 percent of Hispanic Americans (2 million) have diabetes and are twice as likely as non-Hispanics to have diabetes. With Hispanics, obesity and physical inactivity are the main risk factors of diabetes among Hispanic Americans. “It brings awareness,” volunteer Sydney Dopita said. “They can see the different opportunities that they have for things they didn’t know were available.” Sponsors from the Tour de Cure – Utah were there to help people get registered for the walk, run or bike race coming up in June and also helped people get into shape to help manage their diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, regular physical activity is important to managing diabetes, along with regular meal planning and taking medications. “When you are active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin, so it can work more

Tour de Cure helped people register for a race in June. –Natalie Mollinet

efficiently. Your cells also remove glucose from the blood using a mechanism totally separate from insulin during exercise,” the ADA website said. Many of the sponsors were there to help people at the events know which foods were good to eat and which foods to avoid, including representatives from Harmons, who showed off a rack full of different vegetables, noodles and recipes that were diabetes approved. Even though many believe that eating too much sugar is the cause of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends avoiding intake of sugar-sweetened drink to prevent diabetes. To learn more about controlling diabetes or to find a doctor nearby, visit the American Diabetes Associations website at diabetes.org. l

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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 halfdays 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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New Citizen, New Beginnings By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


fter 17 years of working and waiting for citizenship in the United States, Anahi Munoz, 27, and a West Valley City resident, got her card, social security number and opportunity to be a member of the United States of America. When Munoz was 10, she and her uncle came over the border from Mexico so she could be with her mother, who was in Park City. Munoz said she doesn’t remember much of the day she came to the United States for the first time, but she remembers being scared. “I remember it was scary because everyone was saying how people die and how it’s hard coming to this country illegally. It was a scary feeling, but I felt it was good opportunity to follow my dreams,” she said. Munoz met with her mother, who had been working to get her over here. “It was a nice experience being able to see my mom. She wanted to have a better life for me and not being able to see her and for her not being able to see me, it was hard. But she wanted to provide,” she said. Through her years, Munoz moved from Park City to Heber and then to West Valley

where she attended Hunter High School and graduated in 2007. Munoz was able to learn English in school. Munoz met her husband in Salt Lake City. “He was the youth leader, and he asked me out,” she said. Munoz first thought that when he asked her out that it was church related and thought it was kind of odd. She later realized it was a date, and she kept going out with him. Eventually, he asked her to be his girlfriend and then his wife. After they were married, in order for Munoz to get her residency, she had to go back to Mexico. “It was scary because I had to be away from my family,” she said. “I gave birth to my oldest son in Mexico, and I was literally raised in the United States, so when I went back to Mexico it was scary. I didn’t know how to live over there because even though the U.S. wasn’t my country, I was from Mexico.” Munoz lived along the border of Mexico so her husband could come over and visit her when he wanted. She had to stay in Mexico for three years before returning. She said it

A Naturalization Ceremony. –Salt Lake City Library

was a relief to come back. “It was really nice,” she said. “It was just like, ‘OK, I’m back now,’ but now I felt it was more like freedom. Before, I was just waiting for something to happen so I could go back to the U.S. So when I came back it was like, ‘OK, I’m doing it right now, and I don’t have to hide from nothing.’ It was a relief.” Later, after returning, Munoz and her husband had another son, and she planned to become a citizen. On Feb. 18, that happened. “It was really nice,” Munoz said about the ceremony. “It was actually emotional because a lot of people have tried to come in and that dream fails because they died or something happened to them on the border, but I actually made it and I’m here.” Munoz had a lot of gratitude in her heart while she stood on the stage with other immigrants who were also becoming citizens. She though back to her mother and what she

had to do to get her daughter here, and she also had gratitude toward God. Now that Munoz has her citizenship, she can finish nursing school. She had taken all the classes for it, but when she went to take the test, she didn’t have her social security number. She wasn’t allowed to take the test. But now she’s determined to finish school. Munoz wanted other immigrants and current residents to know that things will work out and to be accepting of new immigrants. “Never forget we all have a purpose in life,” Munoz said. “If God wants us to be here in the U.S., he’ll bring you here. The U.S. should be proud of giving our citizenship and know that we aren’t a bad influence but are doing good things. Bring good things to this country, have faith in God and know that things are going to be better. For people waiting for residence and waiting for citizenship: it will get better.” l

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Utah Cultural Celebration Center Displays Works of Women Artists By Rachel Molenda | rmolenda@cityjournals.com - FLORENCE E. WARE AWARD, Katrina Berg, Get You to The following artists were given awards during the exhibits Those Mountains opening reception, which was held at the gallery on March 10: - AAUW of UTAH BEST OF SHOW, Fiona Phillips, In Cognito

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- AAUW AWARD FOR THE UNIVERSALITY OF WOMEN, Anne Morgan-Jespersen, Tell Me What You’re Telling Me


- JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD, Paige Anderson, Once Upon a Dream

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- AAUW PAST PRESIDENTS’ MATURE AMATEUR AWARD, - STUDENT MERIT AWARD, Ariel Peterson, Asian Bonytongue Vivia Kay Baldwin, Serenity The Utah Women Artist Exhibition boasts 75 works by women artists living in Utah. —Rachel Molenda

While more than half of visual artists are women, a mere 28 percent of female artists were given solo shows throughout the last decade, according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The American Association of University Women of Utah has been stepping up since the 1980s to create space for women artists in the Beehive State to showcase their work. “The ratio of women to men was very low,” Marylin Shearer, of art venues for women, said about artists in 1981, when its woman-focused art show was first conceived. “The real purpose [of this art show] was to give these women who were wonderful artists and opportunity to show their work.” The organization’s biannual exhibit has returned to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley for another year of showing off the talents of Utah women. This year’s theme is “The Universality of Women,” Shearer said. Seventy-five works of art hang in the Celebration Gallery, each selected by juror Leslie Anderson. Anderson, curator of European, American and Regional art

at the Utah Museum of Fine Art, chose from more than 160 artworks submitted for consideration. “I was examining the technical virtuosity and the technical skill of the artist and the creativity of each piece. And really I found that there was an incredibly diverse offering,” Anderson said of the submitted work. From watercolors to textiles and sculpture, the exhibit, which opened March 10 and will run through April 19, features a range of talents. Michael Christensen, visual and performing arts director at the center, said, “Not every visual art exhibition has to be culture with a capital C.” The purpose of the Utah Cultural Celebration Center “is to respond to community initiatives and help facilitate something for a group of people when they say, ‘Hey we need a place to be able to do the things that we do,’” Christensen said. While some art exhibits might focus on a particular theme or medium, viewers might be wiser to look beyond subject matter at this show, according to Christensen.

“It makes you look at the exhibition a little bit differently, again, to think about a collective community group of women and how you can come to an understanding of what it might be to be a woman artist and a woman artist here,” Christensen said. Anderson’s focus on art created before the 1900s draws her attention to the lack of representation of women in the arts during that time. Most artists became such by way of education. Those women who were successful—as much as a woman could be during that time—mostly came by their training because they were the daughter of an artist, Anderson said. But curators now are increasingly aware of those disparities in the art world and are taking greater measures to examine their collections and how they can better highlight women artists. “The job is really to see what we can present in our collection and also kind of tell the story, convey the trials and triumphs of these early women artists,” Anderson said. The AAUW of Utah’s focus is on empowering women, especially in leadership, Shearer said. The arts are as

important to the organization as seeing women take up greater space in science, math and technology. The group also focuses on engaging women in politics and providing scholarships. “The organization tries in any way they can to support women, show them opportunities that are out there and broaden their opportunities,” Shearer said. Christensen added that the gallery in West Valley is meant to be a place where someone can “have an arts experience that’s comfortable.” “All of it is meant to bring an arts experience to people who aren’t going to be able to get downtown, who aren’t going to get up to UMFA for an exhibition for whatever reason,” Christensen said. The Utah Women Artists Exhibition is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Special arrangements can be made for alternative hours visits and group tours by visiting www. culturalcelebration.org/exhibits.html. The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is located at 1355 West 3100 South in West Valley City. l

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West Valley City Kicks Off its Free Public Wi-Fi By Rachel Molenda | rmolenda@cityjournals.com

West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle announces the start of public Wi-Fi in the city’s parks and facilities. The first network was up and running in February at the West Valley Family Fitness Center. —Rachel Molenda


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ore of West Valley City is connected since the launch of its public Wi-Fi service. The city opened its first hotspot at the West Valley Family Fitness Center in February and will bring 16 parks online by the end of this month. “I think all of us have observed over the last few years the need for increased Internet access and the ability and the advantages that brings, whether that’s in terms of business, whether that’s in terms of all the things that we count on, and we just assume we’re going to be able to do,” City Manager Wayne Pyle said during a press conference. West Valley plans to have free Wi-Fi for residents and patrons in all 22 of its parks by the end of 2016. WiFi can be found now in West Valley at the following locations: West Valley Family Fitness Center, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City Hall, Centennial Park, Parkway Park, Fassio Park, City Park, Country Meadows Park, West View Park, Bridle Farms Park, Maple Meadows Park, Woodledge Park, Meadowlands Park, Falcon Crest Park, Back Nine Park and Hunter Ridge Park. The network runs off of fiber optic lines the city officials have been building for a number of years as part of its participation in UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency. West Valley City is one of 11 cities in Utah that have opted in to open Internet access. City leaders promise high speeds at 100 MBPS, so residents can complete virtually any task they wish, from streaming to checking email to games, Pyle said.

UTOPIA Director Roger Timmerman said human behavior is changing what’s required of public Wi-Fi. While high speeds may not have been needed in the past, today’s Internet user wants a quick connection to complete a variety of tasks and networks need to be able to handle high usage. “People come to the fitness center, and it used to be, ‘I will go do any of these activities,” Timmerman said. “And now these activities have some sort of connectivity tied to it. So the people doing cardio up here, they’re watching Netflix on their tablet, right?” Public Wi-Fi will benefit the city, as well, Pyle said. In addition to providing the public with access, West Valley City can use the Wi-Fi for its own events, like the annual softball tournament. West Valley City spokesman, Samuel Johnson, could not say exactly how much money has been put into the project, but said, “Each park take a few thousand dollars to set up and run.” Pyle said the biggest benefit of the project will be bringing Internet access to residents who may not currently have it. “Unfortunately for a lot of people, they just don’t have access to technology,” Pyle said. West Valley has the goal of bringing Internet access to all its residents, and UTOPIA plans to expand its network to more than 2,700 homes by the end of the year. Follow the project at www.wvconnect.net. l

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he West Valley City Council unanimously voted in the partnering of South Valley Services and The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition with the Lethality Assessment Program. The Lethality Assessment Program, or LAP, helps law enforcement coordinate with victim service providers to improve and reduce domestic violence homicides in Utah. LAP helps police officers to ensure victims of domestic violence get the help and support they need. It provides 11 evidence-based questions that law enforcement and victim advocates are trained to use to help connect those at greatest risk with essential victim services. The program is modeled after a similar program in Maryland. The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) received funding from the Utah government and proceeded to train the West Jordan Police Department, which then helped train the West Valley City Police Department. “We’re really excited for the partnership because they’re [West Valley City] the largest law enforcement agency. We feel like we’ll be able to reach out to at-risk families with the partnership,” Jennifer Oxborrow, the executive director of UDVC, said. Law enforcement now has a better way to help those who are victims of domestic violence get the help they need so police aren’t going back and forth from the same house. The 11 questions help police officers identify what kind of help the victim needs. “It helps them recognize the lethal violence risk,” Oxborrow said. “It makes them know where the lethal violence is in a family and helps them work with the family in a different way and reach out to the family and see the different options.” “It’s simple protocol,” Lethality Assessment Program Coordinator Maggie Bale said. “And it’s easier than what they were doing already, and it makes it simple. It connects with services, and law enforcement feels like it’s doing something and not leaving and hoping it doesn’t happen again.” Studies show that in 2015 domestic violence-related death accounted for 47 percent of all homicides in Utah and at least

three domestic violence related suicide per month. Sixty-three percent of homeless women and 40 percent of homeless families in Utah are victims of domestic violence, and through LAP, those percentages can be reduced. The program has helped victims engage in counseling, calling domestic violence hotlines, finding legal help for protective services along with many more improvements. “Our partnership with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and Utah South Valley Services through the LAP program has given officers new tools through which they are better able to assess the threat of continued victimization in situations of domestic and intimate partner violence,” Police Chief Lee Russo said in regard to the West Valley police and the program. “And, armed with this new tool and support network, we have a real opportunity to support the needs of victims and break an often continuing cycle of violence.” “West Valley wasn’t a part of the initial funding, but they are our biggest partner going forward,” Oxoborrow said. The program started in West Valley in early January, and in the short time the program has been implemented, police have been able to quickly identify a lot more victims and connect them with the help they need. “There’s a lot of negative media around law enforcement,” Bale said. “This program is positive and it works toward prevention. It’s exciting, and it gets police excited.” The services provided to families will be done by the South Valley Services that provides safe shelter and supportive services to families that have been impacted by domestic violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who may be, you can contact the West Valley Police Department at 801-840-4000 or South Valley Services at 801-255-8361. l

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West Valley to Begin Construction on Skate Park By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


n March, the West Valley City Council met to discuss a resolution on who will be building West Valley’s new skate park at Centennial Park, a project that has been 14 years in the making. The council voted on having Stapp Construction build the skate park at a bid of $1,208,497. Included in the bid amount will be $81,833.52, a contingency fund to use for any necessary change orders, making the total money being put into the park $1,290,330.52. “The West Valley Skate Park has gone through three mayors and two revisions, plus years of negotiations,” Josh Scheuerman, a community advocate, said. “There is potential to be the largest and best skate park in Utah, but now it’s up to the contractors to make it so.” Scheuerman has really been pushing to get this park started since day one, back when he was around 25 years old. He has worked with different government offices and has helped get support from the community. “Many youth, parents and former skaters (in their youth) have been requesting and supporting the development of a skate park for many years,” Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Astill said. “They have met

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with staff and attended City Council multiple times for over 10 years.” Shortly after the 2002 Winter Olympics, Scheuerman approached then-Mayor Dennis Nordfelt to help fund a skate park. Scheuerman came to find out that the there was already funding started for a skate park by the Zoo, Arts and Parks program in the city. The park was getting ready to be built in 2004, but funding was pulled from the park. The skate park was put in the bottom of the city’s project list, but in 2010 another opportunity presented itself: Proposition 3. If passed, it would fund 17 new parks, 27 miles of trails and a 4- to 7-acre community village square, and included the funding for a skate park. “At the time, I skateboarded around my neighborhood and various others, distributing pamphlets that detailed the improvements and conveying the message that we were ‘investing in the future generation and the open spaces in West Valley City,’” Scheuerman said in a letter. Unfortunately, for Scheuerman, the public voted against the increase in property tax, and the proposal was voted down.

With the park finally being funded, Scheuerman feels this will be a great place for teens to hang out. Skateboarding has been a sport that has been looked down upon, but with so many elementary schools, junior highs and high schools, it was felt that a skate park may be a good alternative for teens and kids to hang out and to try something new. “This is a good option for the kids to do,” Scheuerman said to the city council. “It’s something that will encourage them, help build their self-esteem and give them something to do, too.” The population of West Valley of people under 19 makes up 35 percent of the population, and it is growing. “At some point in the timeline of the city skate park construction, it was determined that a passion for skateboarding is a cause for concern and should be monitored. Those inclined to skateboard haven’t fallen into traditional sports, but they possess the same heart and desire to perform—no different than any other athlete that gives 100 percent to their craft,” Scheureman said. “We hope the park is well used and gives the young citizens of the city a place

Skate Park shirts that Scheuerman made in support of the park. –Josh Scheuerman

to call their own,” Astill said. “We hope it’s a place where they can be themselves and feel comfortable without fear of being kicked out because of their skateboards.” And as of March 9, Mayor Ron Bigelow authorized and executed a contract with Stapp for the skate park. The park is slated to be built by mid June according to Scheuerman, and it will have its own unique features. “We’re very excited to have one and feel it will be well used,” Astill said. “It will serve a substantial part of our city population.” If you’d like to donate to the park, you can go onto westvalleyskatepark.org and purchase a brick that says “West Valley Skatepark Donation” on it. The proceeds will help fund the skate park. l


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April 2016 City Council Members: • Ron Bigelow, Mayor • Don Christensen, At-Large • Lars Nordfelt, At-Large • Tom Huynh, District 1 • Steve Buhler, District 2 • Karen Lang, District 3 • Steve Vincent, District 4 Public Meetings: City Council meetings are held the first four Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Study meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. prior to the regular meeting. Planning Commission meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. City Phone Numbers: Main Number.................801-966-3600 Police Dispatch..............801-840-4000 Fire Department............801-963-3336 Emergency.....................................911 Fitness Center.................801-955-4000 Garbage.........................801-963-3334 Storm Water Utility...........801-963-3334 Code Enforcement.........801-963-3289 City Hall Address: West Valley City Hall 3600 S. Constitution Blvd. WVC, UT 84119 City Hall Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.wvc-ut.gov

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Hunter Teacher Uses Colors to Teach Math By Natalie Mollinet | natalie@mycityjournals.com


evon Cooper is one of many fine teachers at Hunter High school, but principal Craig Stauffer said Cooper has taken his math teaching to another level. This is helping not only Cooper teach, but it’s helping the students understand one of the hardest subjects: math. Cooper loves exploring beautiful, scenic Utah and explores from the Wasatch Mountains down to the national parks. She’s looking to explore Bryce Canyon this summer and loves her ski time at Alta. When Cooper isn’t discovering Utah, she’s in the classroom working hard to help her students understand a really tricky subject for many. “Math has a bad reputation when it comes to students and their parents,” Cooper said. “I try to teach math differently to create a new perspective. I teach in color.” As far as most people know, math is full of numbers and letters, including Greek letters, that have no meaning to the non-math population. Cooper found this new way of teaching by finding research done on the brain and how using color can help people associate problems with

the color. “My inspiration to teach in color comes from brain research and learning techniques,” she said, “I have learned that it helps visual learners with connecting color to the math and kinesthetic learners with something tangible to change up in their notes.” Math is a very left-brain subject, and when it comes to arts the right brain takes control. For students that use their right brain more, using color can help them organize their thoughts better and help them understand where the teacher is coming from when they’re explaining a math problem. For example, with matrices, the teacher will use certain colors for different sets of numbers to help the student know which number multiplies with each number. It helps the student organize and visually see where the teacher is working. “My students take notes in markers, crayons and highlighters,” she said, “I teach them songs if I have one over the topic, and I try to give them ways to relate to the math.” According to studies, being good at

math isn’t a natural thing. A survey done in 2010 conducted by Change the Equation found that three out of every 10 Americans consider themselves bad at math. Studies also showed that people who think they’re bad at math have had an early belief that they are bad at math and never will be good. The person then starts to believe they’re bad at math and that they were born with it and therefore won’t put the effort into trying to build the ability to be good at math. With Cooper helping her students learn math in this way, students are able to see math isn’t a scary thing and they are able to do it, even the students that feel their strength comes from arts. “Color is a right-brain strength, and math is the left-brain strength,” Cooper said, “And any pathways to connect the two sides creates deeper understanding and stronger connections.” Cooper teaches four secondary math classes, and she teaches a wide age range of students at Hunter. She is impressed with her students and their newfound dedication to learning math through this new way of learning.

Students homework working with graphs. –Devon Cooper

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magine standing in front of a room full of classmates and friends who are competing in the spelling bee. Through the pressure and the practice, Academy Park Elementary found its three best spellers in the school, fifth-grader Gabriel Vigil, who took third; fifth-grader Brooklyn Walker, who took second; and Andy Tran, a sixth-grader, who took first. At Academy Park, each class has its own spelling bee, sending their top three spellers to the grade-level spelling bee. From there, the top three winners in each grade went on to participate in a schoolwide spelling bee. Being the firstand second-place winners, respectively, Andy and Brooklyn will now compete in another spelling bee, competing against students grades 4–8. “I’m very proud of the two students who will be continuing on,” Alisha K. Larson, the teacher at Academy Park Elementary who’s over the spelling bee, said. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know both of them, and I have watched how hard they have worked for this.” Brooklyn is a very ambitious fifthgrader already dreaming of becoming a teacher and working hard to learn everything she can. When she’s not in the classroom, she’s drawing. Brooklyn worked hard on getting ready for the spelling bee and got some help from her best coach: her parents. “My mom and dad helped me prepare,” she said. “I prepared by studying the word list every night.” She said she’s excited about her win, and she feels great and so proud of herself.

She was nervous standing on stage, but after feeling nervous and excited all at the same time, she’s feeling proud of what she’s accomplished through studying. Andy is very much like your typical sixth-grader. He likes to play basketball, watch TV, read and play video games. When he grows up, he wants to become an engineer and is already practicing that trade by building with Legos. Andy, however, had to put his mind to the book to prepare for the competition; he said that he prepared for the spelling bee by studying the words and memorizing them every single day. “My family helped me by encouraging me when I didn’t feel like studying,” he said. A lot like Brooklyn, Andy was nervous at first standing in front of everyone, but he was more worried about messing up and not making it to the final round. “Near the end, I felt more confident about myself,” he said. Even though Andy may have had to give up his Legos and video games to study for the spelling bee, he’s very proud of the work he put into it and is excited about the outcome. “I felt very proud of myself for working hard to win,” he said. “I’m glad I’ve made my family proud.” This is actually Andy’s second year winning first place at Academy Park, and he hopes that he’ll do well in regionals this year. “These two are such great kids,” Larson said. “I’ve really enjoyed working with them.” l

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Hunter Swimmer Wins Third State Title By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


alking the halls of Hunter High School in relative secrecy is a three-time high school state swimming champion. Senior Claire Jackson captured her final title at the 5A Utah State Swim Meet Feb.11. “Claire pays attention to the details of swimming,” Wolverines head swim coach Shawn Marsing said. “She is absolutely committed to the process and to her sport. She has an extreme passion for the sport. In four years at Hunter, I do not think she has ever missed a practice.” Jackson swam the 100-yard freestyle in 52.36 seconds at the state meet, her fastest time in high school competition. She jumped out to a nearly .5 second lead in the first 50 yards and coasted to the victory. This was her second 100 title in three years. She also placed second in the 50 free, just three-tenths of a second behind Westlake’s Kenzie Ford. “She has a lot of potential. I am

excited to see what she does in the future,” Marsing said. Jackson has signed to continue her career at the University of Utah after her high school graduation. “I think Claire is going to a very good program,” Marsing said. “[Utah]is swimming against elite level swimmers. The women at Cal and USC have an opportunity to win NCAA championships every season.” Jackson began swimming competitively at around age 8. She swims club level with the West Valley Seawolves. She is scheduled to compete in the Western Sectionals in Seattle, Washington, March 18–19 (after press deadline). “Claire did what she was told,” Marsing said. “She was told she was good enough for pre-competitive teams and then later told to go onto swim team. After that, she fell in love with it all. I believe that club swimming is more important to the development of a swimmer if they

want to swim in college. High school teams teach them to go fast, but longer strokes come in club.” In 2015, Jackson placed first at the state championships in the 500 free. She finished nearly seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. “Hunter had a great season,” Marsing said. “Every one of the swimmers improved. We had several rookie swimmers. We had kids that at the first practice I thought I needed to jump in to save them. By the end of the season, they were competing.” Senior Anthony Hovey placed 16th at the state meet in the 100 fly and 18th in the individual medley. He was a team captain along with Jackson. “I like the lessons swimming has taught me over the last decade,” Jackson said. “It just feels so natural for me to be in the water. I am proud of what I accomplished. My coaches are another reason I really like swimming.” l

Claire Jackson, a senior at Hunter High School shows off her state championship medal. –Claire Jackson


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‘Rat’ Wins State Wrestling Title By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he 126-pound 5A state wrestling championship match was decided by one point, despite the winner’s broken ankle in the match’s final minute. Hunter High School senior Antonio “Rat” Ruiz was carried off the mat by his coach, Terry Allen, and despite the pain he knew he had won his family’s first state wrestling championship. “My ankle hurt, but I was super pumped. I think it felt numb and warm, but my mom was freaking out and crying,” Ruiz said. Ruiz led his state championship match 7-1 entering the final minute. As he engaged with Brighton High sophomore Brayden Stevens, he felt his ankle get caught underneath him. He said the pain was incredible and immediately fell on his back into a near fall position (almost a pin). “I was on my back and had to push off with my heel and leg to get rolled onto my stomach,” Ruiz said. “I knew if I could build a base and stall it out I would be OK. I knew if they stopped the match I would be disqualified for my injury because I knew I could not stand up.” The injury cost Ruiz four points, but he held on for the 7-6 victory. “My grandpa helped support me so the referee could raise my hand, and then coach Allen carried me off the mat,” Ruiz said.

Hunter High School’s Antonio Ruiz paused to take a picture with his grandfather and his state championship bracket. –Britton Pike

Ruiz had wrestled Stevens several times over his career. Ruiz said it was always an even match. His state championship capped off the tournament for the Wolverine senior. Ruiz defeated Mountain Crest freshman Jace Dart 10-1 in the tournament’s opening round on Feb. 10. He faced another Mountain Crest wrestler, senior Karthner Knight and beat him 9-4 to qualify him for the second day of the tournament. Knight was the division champion and finished third in the weight class. On day two of the tournament, Ruiz faced Pleasant Grove sophomore Matthew Zorn and defeated him 13-3 to put him in the championship match. “Rat is a hard worker,” assistant coach Derek Jensen said. “He would stay after practice and work on his weakness. He even would work on figuring out ways to beat his opponents’ best moves. He knew one of his opponents was good at the fireman carry (a move diving at the mid section and flipping them on their back). He practiced defending that for a week so he would be ready.” Ruiz finished fourth in the state tournament his junior year and won one match in the state tournament his sophomore year. “Hunter has been a great experience,” Ruiz said. “I learned and helped build the program. I learned to work hard even if I did not have a partner to wrestle.” l

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he final horn has sounded, and the high school basketball season is over for another year. West Valley schools fell short of their goals but had important wins. All three local high school boys basketball teams missed advancing to the playoffs. “We lost a lot of close games,” Hunter head coach Rob Collins said. “When we started the year, we wanted to be realistic. We set a goal to make the state tournament, but we really thought we could win our region.” The Wolverines lost 10 games by 10 points or less this season. They had opportunities to win each of those games. They were just two wins short of the playoffs, finishing in fifth place in Region 2. In their next-to-last regular season game against Syracuse, they fell behind 39-26 at the end of the third quarter. Hunter forged a fourth quarter comeback but fell six points short. This loss eliminated it from playoff contention. Jaleel Holdford and Mckay Meidlinger led the team in scoring each averaging nine points per game. Granger head coach Jason Chandler was disappointed early on this season. He said the team had several winnable games. “We lacked some experience, but that is not an excuse. We really needed to out work the other teams to win the games,” Chandler said. The Lancers finished the regular season with a 1-11 Region 2 record. Their only victory was by one point over West in January. Anel Alagic led the Lancers in scoring averaging 9.9 points per game. The Cyprus Pirates boys team struggled this year and only had two victories. The Pirates opened their season with a four-point win over Granger but could not garner any success in Region 6, finishing seventh. Brooks Marshall led the Pirates in scoring this season with 13.4 points per game. The Pirates participated in two holiday tournaments this season; the Panther Classic (at West High School) and The Riverton Holiday Classic. The Pirates girls team did not have much more success than the boys did. They, too, only won two games. Lomi Aiolupotea led the team in scoring, averaging 5.8 points a game, Ashley Flater

Hunter senior Mckay Meidlinger scored 224 points this season for the Wolverines. –Kolbie James

had 4.6. Hunter and Granger girls basketball teams both missed the playoffs. In a realigned Region 2 the Wolverines and Lancers faced a formidable challenge. Layton finished in first place in region and cruised through the state tournament to earn a state championship. Granger’s girls finished the regular season with a 3-9 record in sixth place. The Wolverines were one place ahead of the Lancers in fifth finishing with a 4-8 final record. Granger’s all-time leading scorer, Melisa Kadic, finished her senior season with 363 points and averaged 17.2 per game, Lizzy Peterson averaged 7. Jennifer Burnham led Hunter in scoring this season. She averaged 12.6 points per game. Kimauri Toia finished with 179 points and averaged 8.9 per game. l

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Nine Tips for Saving Money at the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland


isneyland: it’s Utah’s favorite theme park. With the exception of California, It’s estimated that more people from Utah visit Disneyland per capita than from any other state, but it’s expensive. Setting the whopping cost of admission aside, it’s not uncommon to see folks spending a king’s fortune on food and merchandise. Disney is a magical place for the kiddos, but the real magic for adults is figuring out how to pay a visit without breaking the bank. It’s been a while since I visited Disneyland, so I turned to some of the frugal moms that write for Coupons4Utah.com and travel expert Krista Mayne from Wasatch Travel for some money-saving advice to help you save on your next Disney trip. Here are their tips and tricks for saving money at the most magical place on earth. #1 — Check with a travel agent before booking. When you purchase a package, many airlines offer bulk airfare discounts when combined with either a hotel or car or both. Travel agents have access to these for you. Going off-season and staying in an off-property resort can yield the highest savings. #2 — Check for group rates. Disney offers various discounts for military members, college students, credit union members, corporate and government groups, teachers and youth groups. #3 — We find the three-day hopper pass to be the best ticket value, as it allows you one early entrance into one park.

This means you can ride some popular rides before the crowds pick up. We suggest spending one full day at Disneyland, one day at Disney’s California Adventure Park and one day going between parks to visit anything you missed or want to see again. You don’t have to use these days consecutively, so add a few beach days in between. #4 — Make use of the hotels shuttle service. Disneyland charges $17 a day to park in one of their parking lots or structures. Multiply that by three and you’ll be spending $51 just to park. Parking for oversized vehicles and vehicles with trailers comes in at $22 to $27 a day. #5 — Buy souvenirs before you go. You’ll save a ton of money by purchasing T-shirts, character pjs, drink cups, etc. before you go to Disneyland. For extra fun, hide your treasures from your kids and sneak them out during the night as a gift from the magical fairies. #6 — While Disney’s official policy says it does not allow outside food or drinks, Disneyland does allow most food and water or juice items in small, soft-sided coolers. A few things they will not allow are hard-sided coolers, glass containers, large coolers or alcoholic beverages. Fountain drinks and water bottles inside the park are upwards of $3 each, but ice and water are free anywhere that sells food and drinks. Counter meals are considerably less expensive than eating at table service restaurants. Adults may order kid meals

at counter restaurants, which are a surprisingly generous amount of food.  #7 — Purchase a Premium Disney Character meal as part of your travel package, which is valid at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration, Ariel’s Grotto or Goofy’s Kitchen. If you use it for one of the dinners rather than breakfast or lunch, you will save the most money on your meal. #8 — If you are a Chase Disney or Star Wars Visa or debit cardholder, you will get extra perks, such as 10 percent off select food purchases in the parks. Chase Disney debit cardholders can meet at a secret place for special alone time with Disney characters. For information visit https:// disneydebit.com/vacation-perks. #9 — Use coupons. You can save on local restaurants and shops by couponing. Purchase a membership to the Orange County Entertainment Book to use on your vacation. Visit http://www.coupons4utah.com/Entertainment.com for details. Also, check your hotel for local coupons, which are oftentimes found in in-room magazines. ADDED VALUES To find out more about the available travel packages for Disney, contact Wasatch Travel. Mention Coupons4Utah in the City Journals for a free personalized gift for your children. Krista Mayne can be reached at 435-709-8656. Thanks to our coupon-clipping moms of Coupons4Utah Holly and Chelsi for the additional tips. l


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