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Jaguar Fans Notice Balance in Team By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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The Jaguars leading scorer Jacob Lowery has hit 11 three pointers and grabbed 55 rebounds so far this season. 窶電sandersonpics.com

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Devoted Jaguar Fans Notice Balance in Team By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Junior point guard Collin Larson drives by a Riverton Silverwolves player in the Jaguars 56-45 victory Dec. 15. –dsandersonpics.com

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he intense concentration on the face of West Jordan Jaguars boys head coach Scott Briggs can give the teams fans a look at the passion the coach and his team have for the game. The Jaguars have opened the season with 10 wins and only three losses. One look at the stat sheet highlights its balance. Not one, but five players average seven points or more per game. They have only three seniors on their roster and the coaching staff is constantly adjusting the lineup to give its team the best chance to win. “Coach Briggs loves paying attention to details,” former player Spencer Nisson said after a victory over Herriman in 2013. The attention to detail carries over to the student body and fans. Many are decked out in Jaguar basketball gear, and stand yelling constant coordinated cheers with knowledge of the game and an understanding of what the team is striving for. “There is an air of excitement that rings through the halls of school when our team is winning, but that is not my favorite part about West Jordan. It comes from the pride and love for West Jordan that goes way past the scoreboard. We will continue to show love for our school no matter the outcome,” West Jordan student body president Lindsey Walker said. The cheering did not stop even after a disappointing loss to cross town rival Copper Hills on Jan. 8, 63-45. As the game finished the fans chanted, “We love WJ.” “There really isn’t a star and that is what makes them fun to watch.

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Any given night, any given player will step up. They play so well together,” Walker said. In the Jaguars 13 games this season, they have had five different leading scorers demonstrating its balance. Jacob and Jordan Lowery lead the team in scoring. Jacob is averaging 10.6 points per game and Jordan has 10.3. Against Copper Hills the Grizzlies jumped out to a 20 lead in the first quarter. The Jaguars continued to play their style of basketball cutting into the lead, but they were not able to get on top. Darian Nebeker led the team with 15 points in the loss. Nebeker is second on the team in rebounds he averages 4.1 per game. On Dec. 30 in the Autism Awareness Holiday Tournament at Olympus High School he scored 18 points to help the Jaguars to a 64-57 victory over Murray. The Jaguars trailed by two at halftime, but held the Spartans to seven points in the third quarter to pull out the victory. Junior Collin Larson has averaged 3.0 assists per game and against Riverton he led the team with 17 points in the 56-45 victory. The competition in Region 3 will be daunting. Copper Hills has held a Deseret News top five position most of the season; Bingham, Brighton, Cottonwood, Taylorsville and Jordan all have formidable programs. To qualify for the state tournament, the Jaguars must finish in fourth place or better. The state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 1 at Weber State and Utah Valley Universities. l

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Big Band Jazz Showcased at Viridian Center By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com

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udience members were in for a special treat on Jan. 9 at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. A beautifully decorated venue featuring a silvery sheer fabric backdrop lit vertically with strings of lights set the stage for the show. The concert was part of the “Excellence in the Community Concert Series.” Founded in 2005, it is a 501-C3, non-profit organization, sponsored by ZAP, Larry H & Gail Miller Family Foundation along with other charities. “We are a startup, grassroots do-it-yourself organization. We are trying to make more of a deal of Utah musicians, using quality music to enhance the community. This gives kids the chance to hear different kinds of music, before they get steamrolled by the system. We do this once a month here [at Viridian] and once a week at the Gallivan Center,” Jeff Whitely, managing director for the concert series, said.

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Snow College. Nelsen Campbell, trombone, played with the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Birch Creek Music Academy and attends Snow College. David Halliday, saxophone, has a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from BYU and a master’s in jazz performance and composition from the U of U. He is a professor at the U of U, instructor at Westminster College and faculty member at SLCC. This program included songs influenced, written or performed by Louis Armstrong and Amy Winehouse. Some of the selections included, “Blue Again” (Jimmy McHugh), “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” (Kalmar/Ruby/Hammerstein), “Sunny Side of the Street” (Jimmy McHugh), “The Gypsy” (Billy Reid), “La Vie En Rose” (Edith Piaf/ Marguerite Monnot), “Freight Trane” (Tommy Flannagan), “Someone

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The show was Tom Young Septet, a jazz band. It was the first time the band actually performed together, but that wasn’t obvious because those in the band “gelled well” together as they played. Each member of the septet brought a diverse and impressive musical background, which added to the end product of the performance. Tom Young, trumpet and vocals, was raised in New Canann, Conn., where he began studying classical trumpet at age 12. He was mentored by Harry Connick, Jr. and is a student at Snow College and member of bands, The Hot Club of Zion and No Limits. Philip Kuehn, bass, started playing jazz at the age of 12. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz studies from Juilliard School. He performed at the White House and Kennedy Center with the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Steve Lyman, drums, studied at The New School in New York City in 2005. He studied with legendary drummers Ari Hoenig, Jim Black and Nasheet Waits. Kurt Reeder, piano, began studying jazz at age 12. After earning a bachelor’s degree at BYU in jazz studies, he went on to earn a master’s degree in jazz performance from California State University. Currently, he is teaching at Pioneer High Performing Arts School and at UVU. Rahsaan Pickett, guitar, played with his school jazz band and earned The Jazz House Kids’ Scholarship. He is currently enrolled in

to Watch Over Me” (Gershwin), “Know You Now” (Amy Winehouse), “Save it Pretty Mama” (Don Redman/Denniker/Davis) and “What a Wonderful World” (Bob Thiele/George David Weiss), as well as a few original selections by Tom Young. The program had a big band sound along with some classic jazz. Each member of the septet had his turn to showcase his talent with a solo at various times throughout the program. The concert was also attended by a group of swing dancers whom enjoyed dancing in a pre designated area, along with other audience members that was specifically lighted for the purpose. Concert attendee, Donna Frey, comes often with George and Louse Frey. “We come every second Saturday of the month. It is fabulous. They are all so wonderful and it is something to look forward to every month. These [concerts] are close by, local and the turn out is getting better and better,” she said. The director, Whitely, encourages the community to look for upcoming concert events to be held at the Viridian Events Center. Feb.13 - City Jazz Big Band, “Valentine’s Dance;” March 12 - Cross Strung, “Saint Patrick’s Celtic Celebration;” April 9 - Thurl Baily & Wasatch Jazz Project, “A Salute to Frank Sinatra;” and on May 14 - Utah Opera Resident Artist for “Once Upon a Time.” l


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Hometown Heroes Save Middle School Student By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com

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ric Price, assistant vice principal at West Jordan Middle School, heard the call over his radio for someone to call 911 on Oct. 14, 2015. He found out where a student was having trouble. He rushed to the gym, where the incident was occurring and saw Skyler Nelson laying on the floor. Skyler had been doing warm-up laps around the gym when he collapsed. “Skyler has been known to be a jokester, so at first they didn’t know what was going on. Once they figured out it was more serious then Skyler just playing around, the students went to Coach [Nakagama], who put a call out on the radio for help,” Price said. Price thought at first that Skyler might be having a seizure. Price said that another teacher, Lucia Evans, was vital in putting Skyler into recovery position and making sure his airway was open. Quickly, they realized that Skyler didn’t have a pulse, so he started CPR on him. “I have been CPR certified several times before, but we had a refresher course about 10 school days before the incident occurred. The requirement is that we have several people on the campus that are CPR certified. We had 13 teachers, 10 days prior, stay after school and get CPR certified,” Price said. During the initial CPR, Skyler started to come to, but then returned once again to his earlier state of cardiac arrest. “One thing I would say to anyone who has to help, is to get someone else there so that they can verify what you are doing is right. The first person there is going to be in shock and trying to figure out what is going on,” Price said. Price and Officer David Hood switched off doing compressions. They continued until the paramedics Royce Parsons from the West Jordan Fire Department and Dave Mau from Unified Fire Authority arrived on scene and took over for them. Price said after the incident the teachers and staff at the school were debriefed.

“Hindsight is 20/20; you are always looking at what could’ve been done better. We did what we thought should be done at that time and he is with us. If this were to happen again, we would want to be even more prepared,” he said. The police officer on the scene went over minute by minute what happened. He went over the things they did right, as well as made suggestions for improvements for the future if something like that were ever to happen again. “It is always a learning experience. Skyler is doing pretty good; he was back within a couple of weeks. He got a defibrillator, and we went to visit him at the hospital. According to his parents, [Skyler] didn’t know he had a condition until then. He had something wrong since birth, but it just manifested itself here at school. We are glad it did it here instead of somewhere out on the street, and that we were prepared,” Price said. An open house for Skyler was held on Dec. 1. It was sponsored by the West Jordan Fire Department. Those invited included the media, West Jordan City officials, administrators and teachers from the school and paramedics. Skyler had the opportunity to meet and thank his rescuers. Price, principal Dixie Garrison and Hood received an “Extra Mile” award from the city, at the event and a Certificate of Recognition from the West Jordan Fire Department. Two and a half months later, Skyler has almost completely recovered, looking like a typical ninth-grade student with his curly brown hair, t-shirt and jeans. He spent eight days in the hospital back in October when he received a pacemaker for his cardiomyopathy. The American Heart Association came and visited him at the school and gave the “Heart Saver Hero” award to the teachers and administrators whom helped Skyler during school announcements. “It did change my life. I’m trying to feel different every day, not the same,” Skyler said. l

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Students at West Jordan High School performed “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” choreographed by Rowland Butler and directed by Chandler Bishop.

hen Chandler Bishop, West Jordan High School’s Theatre and English Language Arts teacher, took on the job of directing the school’s musical, he had an ace up his sleeve that would take the school musical to another level. Renowned choreographer Rowland Butler is a personal friend of Bishop’s father and was thrilled to help out. “When I took on the direction of West Jordan High’s musical, I asked Rowland if he would be willing to choreograph the big production numbers for ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’,” Bishop said. “Not only did he agree to be the choreographer, he also agreed to come and teach a tap workshop for students interested in polishing their skills before the auditions.” Butler, a co-founder of Ballet West, was a resident choreographer for Pioneer Theatre for 14 years, a professor at the University of Utah in theater and the owner of Butler Dance Academy. He was also the director of the dance program at the Tuacahn High School until 2005. At the young age of 76, Butler has not lost the spring in his step and is still running programs for the High School of Performing Arts. “Once I got involved [with “Thoroughly Modern

Millie”], I was so surprised at the talent out there,” Butler said. “The kids worked so hard for me. They were wonderfully talented, good teenage kids. The show went beautifully. This show can be difficult because the best music is part of the first act, so I had to attack the show in a different way to keep the show moving up hill.” Bishop brought a lot of experience to the stage as well. Bishop had directed several plays in New York City where he lived and worked in theater for 16 years. The duo was quite the team and the musical came off without a hitch. The students involved had a great time and learned a lot, and the audience’s responses were positive and energetic. “I absolutely loved playing the title role in this show,” Miranda Underwood, senior at West Jordan High, said. “I have grown immensely as an actress and singer, reaching heights that once seemed unattainable to me. I am very grateful to Chandler Bishop and Rowland Butler for working closely with me and helping me discover these exciting places. If I could do it all again, I definitely would. ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is one of the most enjoyable shows I have ever taken part in, and the memories will stick with me forever.” l


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Police Academy Engages Residents of West Jordan By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com

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esidents from the community sat at long tables in a classroom at the West Jordan Justice Center on Jan. 14. Each had been given a thick black binder of information they’d be going over in the 13-week-long training from 6 - 9 p.m. each week. The comprehensive and interactive instruction would cover a different area of the police and justice system each week. Just as the class was beginning, an individual walked in and demanded to speak to Barbara Tatangelo, crime prevention specialist. He said loudly that he wanted to know why he hadn’t been accepted to the program. She responded saying that he was a two-time felon and asked him to step out into the hall. Class members seemed a little surprise at the altercation. Quickly, attendees realized that what had just happened wasn’t real when they were asked by the officer conducting to write down a brief description of the man. He explained that this was one example of what the class would experience, firsthand, in the next few months. The West Jordan Police Department, according to its website, wants residents to understand how officers protect and serve West Jordan residents, visitors and business owners. The department believes residents who understand police roles can be more supportive of police activities when more information is made available, which, in turn, provides greater peace, safety and quality of life.   Roger Davies recently observed firsthand an incident that occurred on his street with the police department and SWAT team. When he saw an article in the paper about the class, it prompted him to apply. “I just want to learn the interworking of the police department and find out about volunteer work,” he said. One way to accomplish this is through The Citizen Police Academy. Ten years running, it has provided a way through for

Crime prevention specialist provides instruction for Citizens Police Academy.

citizens to receive a working knowledge of the police department. It is designed to foster a closer relationship between the police and the community. The Citizen Police Academy classes are very popular and only 24 people are accepted for each session. They are offered twice a year in January and August. There are no fees or charges to attend. Those who are accepted are expected to complete the full-course and 98 percent actually do finish. Qualifications are that applications are 18 years old or older and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Classes are held in the West Jordan Justice Center Community Room at 8040 South Redwood Road. Included are four field trips to the Valley Emergency Communications Center, 9-1-1 Dispatching Center, Salt Lake County Jail, a firearms range

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and SWAT Team scenario. Those participating in the academy come from all walks of life. “I just wanted to get involved in the community. I’m fairly new to West Jordan and have lived here for one year after moving here from Idaho. I hope to get out of the class, the functions of the police department,” Tempi Harris said. Those in class will get an overview of the West Jordan Police Department organization, how it is structured, how officers are recruited and trained and be introduced to police divisions such as homicide, traffic and crime scene investigations, K-9 Units, SWAT, firearms, gangs and narcotics. Accepted applicants will be able to go one on one with officers and experience handcuffing, personal defensive tactics, crime scenes and go to a working crime lab. They will be engaged with simulated “Sim-Gun” scenarios with actors acting as criminals and practice firearms safety with a video simulator, as well as go on a four-hour ride along with a West Jordan police officer. “I watch the news media where you are given one picture and that is why I’m here. I’ve lived here 45 years and want to know and to have a better understanding [of] police officers,” Roland Watley said. Instructors include police staff and officers as well as from non-WJPD divisions and agencies. On the last day of class, members will participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate of completion. Then they can participate in the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). This enables them to act as a volunteer in many police department divisions as the need arises.  Another chance to participate will be in August. For those interested, visit the police department at 8040 South Redwood Road, seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. for an application and background check information. l

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ach Thursday, the West Jordan Exchange club meets at 7:30 a.m. to have their weekly breakfast meeting. This meeting’s guest speaker was Gwen Knight, a third district CASA Program Coordinator, for the West Jordan City office. She was there to promote awareness to the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She hoped that the Exchange Club would help spread the word about much needed and appreciated volunteers to the organization. The Exchange Club of West Jordan has three main purposes. The first is to raise awareness of and prevent child abuse, the second is to promote patriotism, and finally it is to help instill community pride. “We have a rich culture here in this particular chapter. I love what this group does and how it contributes to the city,” Michel Erdman, 2016 president elect, said. Officials of the organization are president Jennifer Campbell, pres. elect Michel Erdman, secretary Paul Evans and treasurer Don Findlay. They, along with other members of the club and with the help of the community, have planned a few primary events in 2016 that support their three part mission including the Ace Scholarship Awards, Child Abuse Awareness Field display, Comcast Cares Day the Western Stampede Dutch Oven Fundraiser and the Flag Day Flag display. In March, they will be presenting $500 ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award Scholarships sponsored by the Dannon Company, Western Division, to a few deserving high school students that have been nominated by their teachers for overcoming significant changes. The Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Fields are another one of the projects that the exchange club focuses on each year. This is in the form of a “Healing Field” which will display about 1000 flags in Veterans Memorial Park (1985 W. 7800 S.). It will serve as a visible reminder about child abuse in our community. On April 30, they will participate in Comcast Cares Day. They encourage the community to participate in the day of service to

clip, plant, paint and spruce up West Jordan City. They want to remember that they need other people and groups such as scout and church youth groups, neighbors and neighborhoods, as well as businesses to mark the date. There will be various service projects throughout the city to choose from. The Exchange Club also displays flags on June 6 in Veterans Memorial Park. The display is in conjunction with the library’s summer reading kickoff party. The club is in charge of washing, mending, caring for and storing the flags. They also set them up and take them down. In July, Dutch oven food, made by exchange members, is sold at the rodeo to help with fundraising for the club. It is a much needed element for the success of the club. At the city council meeting on Oct. 28, Kim Wells, public information officer, commented on this project and explained how each year the City of West Jordan joins with other cities across the nation to recognize individuals who have created positive change in their community. “Through their extra mile efforts in volunteerism, and service, we recognize that one good deed makes a difference. West Jordan is once again participating in this nationwide movement and has proclaimed Nov. 1, 2015, as Extra Mile Day. Brad Baker, West Jordan Exchange Club member, raised thousands of dollars at the Western Stampede rodeo and Demolition Derby. These proceeds went toward preventing child abuse. Brad was generous with his time, and has sacrificed more than a little sleep to promote child abuse prevention. Thanks for your help fighting this evil,” she said. During the West Jordan Parade, the members also enjoy passing out hundreds of American flags to promote patriotism. “I love being involved with the community especially those who are in this group with the projects we participate,” Don Findlay, retired school teacher and member of the club, said. This club is always looking for new members. Find out more by emailing westjordanexchange@gmail.com. l


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est Jordan lost its first mayor at the end of last year and with him a link to the city’s history—a reminder of how far the city has come and how much it’s stayed the same. Dr. Bruce Egbert died of natural causes in his daughter’s home at the age of 84 on Nov. 15, 2015. Born June 19, 1931, Egbert graduated from Jordan High School and went on to get a degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, according to his obituary in the Deseret News. Egbert is survived by his wife and children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, some of who still live and work in West Jordan. A chiropractor, member of the West Jordan Boxing Club and a pilot, Egbert was also West Jordan City’s first mayor from 1966–1973. As the city’s first mayor, he was also West Jordan’s eighth and last town board president. The title was changed to mayor when the city was reclassified as a third-class city in July 1967 because it had reached a population of over 1,200 residents, according to “A History of West Jordan.” Egbert served West Jordan for two terms, but was not reelected for a third. The mayor is remembered as “one of the most innovative, controversial achievers who has served the city in a leadership role,” according to “A History of West Jordan.” The Egbert administration faced many challenges as the world changed, and the community was forced to balance keeping up with the times with growth and maintaining tradition with West Jordan’s farming populations. As Egbert pushed growth to improve West Jordan’s financial situation, opposition to the mayor increased. However, his push for growth brought 23 new industries to the city, which, according to “A History of West

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Bruce Egbert was a chiropractor, member of the West Jordan Boxing Club, a pilot, and West Jordan’s first mayor. He died of natural causes on Nov. 15 in his daughter’s home.

Jordan,” “brought praise from the council and some citizens, who appreciated the financial benefit to the city.” Not all of Egbert’s moves were considered controversial. The mayor brought in the city’s first garbage truck, and the salaried position of city manager came about under his administration, according to “A History of West Jordan.” Overall, Egbert will be remembered as a “tireless worker whose efforts moved the community forward, ofttimes against the strong resistance of some factions in the city,” according to “A History of West Jordan.” Graveside services were held Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. l

alt Lake City has one of the worst freezethaw cycles in the United States—meaning more potholes and higher costs as cities scramble to fill the holes to improve public safety. The City of West Jordan is no exception. West Jordan’s department of public works fills approximately 1,400 potholes each year, according to Tim Peters, public services manager. Potholes occur due to Utah’s seasonal freeze-thaw cycle, which causes water to seep into cracks, loosening the asphalt on the roads. The water then freezes at night, turning to ice and creating more cracks. As temperatures rise, the ice melts and the sizes of the cracks increase. “As the pavement section weakens, it does not support the vehicle load from above and the pavement and sub-surface deteriorate,” according to documents from the city’s public works department. “When the asphalt and the sub-surface weaken, the asphalt breaks in pieces and potholes appear.” Potholes can occur even during the warmer months, but because of Utah’s freezethaw cycle, which is one of the worst in the continental United States, according to the public works department. The heaviest potholes occur in winter and spring, Peters said. This is because “the more it freezes and thaws the more the water can seep into cracks and expand during freezing, causing the road to move and actually pop out of its original shape,” according to public works documents. With over 855 lane miles, the public works department has had its hands full trying to fill the potholes in West Jordan roads this winter—an important job, since potholes can cause damage to vehicles and even lead to car accidents. From 2009 to 2014, half of all car owners across the United States experienced damage to their cars due to potholes, according to data reported by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Not all potholes are due to the freeze-thaw cycle, although it certainly adds to the pothole problem, and potholes can occur even in warm climates and in Utah summers.

Therefore, “the effort and resources to combat the issue vary almost as much as our weather,” Peters said. However, when temperatures rise above freezing, Peters said he generally plans on sending out two crews consisting of two to three employees to patch potholes two to three days a week. “When those crews do go out, they generally place 1.5 to 2 tons of patch material per day,” Peters said. “Unfortunately, during this time of year [wet weather, cold temps] the patch is temporary and will need to be made permanent with hot mix asphalt later in the spring when conditions permit.” The road maintenance doesn’t come cheap for the city. The cold patch asphalt costs about $125 per ton and hot mix asphalt costs $48 per ton, according to Peters. However, Peters said the city is at an advantage because its supply of asphalt comes from an asphalt plant located in West Jordan. Residents who are concerned about road conditions can report potholes located in West Jordan City at (801) 569-5700, and the public works department will create a work order. l

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New City Councilmembers Take Oath of Office By Taylor Stevens | taylors@mycityjournals.com

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our city council members took their oaths of office before a full audience in the City Council Chambers on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. “I solemnly swear that I will support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Utah and the laws and ordinances of the City of West Jordan, and I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity,” repeated each council member. The newly instated council members are Chris McConnehey from District 1, Dirk Burton from District 2, Zach Jacob from District 3 and Sophie Rice from District 4. Each council member was sworn in individually and gave remarks to the audience afterward, thanking both their supporters and their families and considering the democratic process. “It is an honor to stand here and pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, because that is something that I love,” Jacobs said during his remarks. Jacobs and others also used their time at the podium to urge the assembled residents to either remain or become active in the West Jordan community.

“However you choose to be involved, the fact that we get to be involved is something that a lot of the world doesn’t have the privilege of saying they [have],” Jacobs said. This is the first time the city has ever done a swearing in ceremony this way. According to state code, new council members should be sworn in at noon on the first Monday in January—but City Recorder Melanie Briggs wanted something different. “I took it upon myself just to decide that we were going to make it special for the people who were elected,” Briggs said, noting that having an evening ceremony allowed for more community involvement. After the ceremony, the city hosted a reception to give residents the opportunity to mingle with their new council members. Two of the four council members sworn in have never before had a seat at the dais—new blood that some hope will bring new direction to the politically tense environment at city hall over the past year. “I haven’t felt this good about the direction the city is heading since 2008,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said. “I truly believe that, and I’m really excited.” l

Councilmembers Chris McConnehey, Dirk Burton, Zach Jacob and Sophie Rice took their oaths of office on Jan. 4 in the City Council Chambers.


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West Jordan Remembers Fallen Officer Ronald M. Wood

Copper Hills Provides 46 Families With Holiday Gifts

By Taylor Stevens | taylors@mycityjournals.com

By Aimee L. Cook | aimee@mycityjournals.com

Copper Hills High School raised money to provide gifts for families in need at Christmas time.

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est Jordan remembered the sacrifice of Officer Ronald M. Wood, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 18, 2002 on the same day last November. Wood was killed when he was ambushed while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect, according to a news release from the West Jordan Police Department. Losing an officer in the West Jordan community is raw but rare. A total of 121 Utah officers have died in the line of duty, according to the non-profit organization Officers Down

Memorial Page, which aims to pay tribute to these officers. Of those deaths, two were in West Jordan. Wood was the second police officer to have lost his life in the West Jordan Police Department. Officer Tom Rees was killed in a training accident on February 23, 1986. The city recognized Wood’s contribution as one not only to the city, but also to the continuation of democracy. “May we always remember the police officers who have lost their lives to protect our way of life,” said the news release. l

he students and staff at Copper Hills High School realize the importance of helping those in need in their community, especially at Christmas time. Together, they raised $25, 206.45 during the month of December and were able to provide 46 families with gifts for Christmas. “Every year our students have a sense of accomplishment and especially those students that shop and deliver,” Scott Adamson, teacher at Copper Hills High School, said. “They see first hand the need and gratitude of those being served.” Throughout December, students and clubs accepted direct donations and sold items to collect money. Student body officers walked around with buckets and collected money, while other clubs had food stands at lunch time that sold a variety of treats and food carts. “A favorite of the students was the ‘Muffin

Man,’ which was a cart of muffins that would go around all month and sell muffins for a $1,” Shae Ramos, sophomore, said. “You could tweet the ‘muffin man,’ your class number and they would come by. The last thing we did was a jail cell that was put up in the commons. People could pay money to put someone in, and the person would have to pay the same amount to get out.” After all the items are checked off the list for the families, the school uses the remaining funds to pay it forward somehow. “Money that is left over, which is not much, we then use to kick start the next year and also help out the community when a need arises,” Adamson said. “For example, earlier this year we donated $1000 to Joyful Welcome, the organization in West Jordan run by the mayor’s wife to benefit our young mothers at Jordan Valley Hospital.” l

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he Utah School Counselor Association (USCA) selected West Jordan High School counselor Holly Bell as the 2015 recipient of the Human Rights Award. The award is given to a person who has been involved in sponsoring outstanding human rights projects or activities. Bell works with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community at the school, helping them feel safe and supported as well as advising and advocating for them. Bell did not set out with the intention of working with the LGBT community, it came to her.

By Aimee L. Cook | aimee@mycityjournals.com “Students started talking to me about their challenges and experiences,” Bell said. “I did research and attended workshops that revealed some startling realities. There is a lot of work to be done. The statistics show that LGBT students are bullied more than other students. I feel like students in our school are very accepting and inclusive, and I don’t feel like there are many students who feel unsafe or bullied. In the big picture the reality is that 41 percent of LGBT students have attempted suicide. That is a crisis that cannot be ignored and we all have to make an effort to bring about major changes.”

West Jordan High School Counselor Holly Bell was awarded the 2015 Human Rights Award for the dedication to the LGBT community she works with at the school.

And change is exactly what she is making. Doing her job has allowed Bell to face her own fears as well. She has had to overcome the fear of speaking out about a controversial subject and has helped other students do the same. She has dedicated her time to helping students feel accepted and loved for who they are. In turn, the students have been an inspiration to her as well and winning the Human Rights Award was a thrill.

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“It is one of the greatest achievements and acknowledgments that I have ever received,” Bell said. “Every person has a right to be happy, and my definition of happiness involves being validated by others and allowed to be who you are without ridicule or judgment. The reasons behind the award validate the courage it has taken for me to speak out for a misunderstood and marginalized group of individuals. I didn’t need to have the award in order to continue to do what I am doing, but it is nice to be validated by my peers that this work is important.” Working with the LGBT community has its challenges and Bell faces them head on. Often people make assumptions about her personally, and the very topic itself tends to make people uncomfortable. But Bell feels that the challenges she faces is nothing in comparison to what the LGBT students face everyday, especially the students with little or no support outside of school. “We have long known how talented and caring Holly is, and it brings us joy to see her publicly recognized for what she does,” Eve O’Neill, head counselor at West Jordan High School, said. “We are so proud to have a Human Rights Award recipient on our team, taking care of our students.” l

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the county is doing to operate efficiently and save money. We also asked ourselves what are the quality of life conditions we would like to see for children, adults and families who live in the county. Our discussion produced four broad categories: Healthy People – county residents are safe, have a place to call home and are healthy. Some of the indicators we will track include the crime rate; the number of homeless individuals and children in the county; the number of children who lack health insurance; and the percentage of teens who are physically active. Healthy Places – county residents have clean

air and clean water; they participate in and have access to recreation, arts and culture; and have transportation choices that are safe, efficient and meet their needs for commuting, school and recreation. Expanded Opportunities – county residents have access to good-paying jobs in the private sector; children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn; youth graduate from high school; and businesses have the resources they need to expand into and compete in global markets. Responsive Government – county residents deserve a government that operates efficiently and effectively, including a 9-1-1 emergency response system that gets life-saving personnel

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Enchanting Yule Ball Delights Harry Potter Fans By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com

“I found out about this event from my library in Herriman. It is awesome. I wasn’t expecting this. My favorite thing was seeing the characters,”

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itches, wizards and teen muggles gathered together to celebrate Yule, Harry Potter style, at the West Jordan Viridian Event Center, Jan. 15. They were attired in both formal wear and cosplay to enjoy the evening from 6-10 p.m. Salt Lake County Library Services and Utah Humanities, in partnership with Salt Lake City Steamfest, Winter Faire, Geek Magazine and the Rocky Mountain Muggles provided this free event for teens ages 12-19. It provided Harry Potter fans an opportunity to participate in themed activities and classes, performances, visit Diagon Alley and dance to a live DJ. “I found out about this event from my library in Herriman. It is awesome. I wasn’t expecting this. My favorite thing was seeing the characters,” Miles Davis, a teen at the event, said. Carrie Rogers-Whitehead was in charge of the event the event. Together with the teen advisory board, they started planning the Yule Ball back in October. “A lot of the work comes from the teens whom help plan it. It’s their event. We have a beautiful space here at the Viridian, so that helps a lot with the cost. This year, Utah Humanities are sponsoring us and Spy Hop is doing our Horcrux signs. We also have Geek Magazine and others here promoting our event such as The Salt Lake County Library Services. We also have, coming up, two more big teen events: ToshoCON (teen Anime) July 29-30, and Hackathon on Mar. 29 (a STEM event/ tech fair) sponsored by Google Fiber,” she said. Parents were invited to use the library after hours while

their teens enjoyed a magical night out with music, dancing, costumes, games, prop photo opportunities and hanging out with their favorite Harry Potter characters. They were engaged in creating crafts, visiting with Shadow, a great horned owl and Marshmallow, a barn owl. “This event is really cool. It is over the top and realistic. We just finished a scavenger hunt and when we came in they sorted us into houses. They have a class schedule. I’m excited – I can’t wait to learn all this magic,” Brooklin Haight said. Learning magic was easy with that night with “Defense against the Dark Arts” classes including, “The History of Magic.” Teens could also learn to make a potion with university students and professors from Westminster College who were there demonstrating experiments and guiding them. Some of the potions available for the students to concoct were “Summoning a Shriek,” “Call of the Serpent,” “Transfiguring Ink,” “Snape Slime” and “Exploring Elixir.” A Westminster student, Asylbek Zhamserkeev, (acting as a wizard professor), made various potions that produced a chemical reaction. He is part of this chemistry college club that travels around to events with their professors. For the not weak at heart, the “Care of Magical Creatures Class” included handling snakes, lizards, tarantulas and other magical creatures provided by Skymasters Wildlife Foundation. Divination classes included getting a taro card or palm reading provided by Andrea and Pegasus Rasband.

“What I’m doing here is helping all the beautiful kids here tonight find out a little bit about their future. Whatever comes up for that person, I use the cards that work,” Pegasus said. Teens from a Provo team were competing in a house event of Quittich and there was a tasting of butter-beer for refreshment. “Dark Lord Funk” provided a special musical presentation in the dancing hall. On one end of it was a special “Forest of Dean” display of white lights on artificial evergreen trees and white lit deer. On there other end was a stage and huge screen set up displaying teens dancing, projected from a roving cameraman. True to life, Harry Potter characters, from the Rocky Mountain Muggles group, were there to mingle, add to the atmosphere and provide photo-ops for the teens. Eric Allan Hall came dressed up as Remis Lupin and John Robison as Mad-Eyed Moody. David Bird, a librarian for Salt Lake County Library, operator of Geeked Out Events and president of Rocky Mountain Muggles came dressed as a death eater. “We are helping out the library at this event. We are a charity costume club. We dress up for non-profit events, like this one or a Make-A-Wish event coming up. We try to bring the magic of Harry Potter into people’s lives. We have been here for each of the four years of this event,” he said. With over 1500 estimated teens in attendance, it was a considered very successful event by organizers and they plan on holding it again next year. l


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Top row from left to right: Chris McConnehey, Dirk Burton and Sophie Rice. Bottom row from left to right: Jeff Haaga, Kim V. Rolfe and Chad Nichols

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City Council Strategic Planning Session Sets the Course Just as many of you set goals at the beginning of each year, so does the City Council. Each January we meet for a two-day strategic planning session where we hear from the different city departments and then set goals and priorities for the city manager to structure the budget around. We just concluded our 2016 planning, and I feel like it was a very productive session where many items of importance to our community were discussed. If you’re interested in listening to the discussions, the audio of the meeting is on the city’s website at WJordan.com. Each time I go through this process, I’m reminded of the many people and programs that are behind the city’s ability to provide services to our residents. Some functions are more visible to the public than others – like police, fire, roads and water – but there are numerous support functions that keep the day-to-day operations of the city running like purchasing, payroll, human resources, engineering, information technology, administration and more. It’s an exercise in balance and compromise as we decide where to focus our resources. We don’t always agree on everything, but we do agree that we want our community to be safe, clean and a great place to live and do business. Exactly what to focus on in 2016 is still being refined, and once we narrow down the list to a handful of priorities, we will vote on it in a Council meeting and share it with the community. We are fortunate to have a community with plenty of land left for development and many new projects underway. But with this growth and potential growth, comes the need for planning. Not only do we need to determine what we want our community to look like as it continues to develop, but we also need a plan to pay for the needed services and infrastructure to support it. Setting a fiscally sound budget and staying within it is always a top Council priority. Some of the things we have directed staff to research and bring back to the Council for possible action include: • New rec center • New public works building (the current one is 40 years old and designed to serve the city when we had far fewer residents) • Police – more officers are needed to keep up with our growing city • Improving our parks • New cultural arts facility • Budget – how to best pay for it all without raising taxes One place to get an overview of the different projects that are taking shape in our city is to take a look at our development video. You can find it on the city website in the quick links or on the city’s West Jordan YouTube Channel. It’s a new year and a fresh start. I’m looking forward to working together to make 2016 a great year for the City of West Jordan!


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Upcoming Jordan River Trail Closure A section of the Jordan River Trail between 7000 South and Winchester is scheduled to be closed sometime in February to accommodate three projects: 1. 7000 South storm drain project (construct a storm drain outlet to tie into the Jordan River) 2. Bridge replacement at approximately 6600 South 3. Resurface 2,000 feet of trail beginning at Winchester and running to the south Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. Details will be posted on the city’s website at WJordan.com and on the West Jordan – City Hall Facebook page.

Tooth Decay, Obesity, and Type Two Diabetes . . . Oh My! Submitted by the Healthy West Jordan Committee According to Dr. Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist from Public Health England, children are including way too much sugar in their diets. This excess sugar consumption is leading to tooth decay, weight gain and potentially serious health problems in children as they grow older. It is estimated that children ages 4 to 10 years of age are consuming 48.5 lbs. of added sugar a year. To address this growing health concern, Dr. Tedstone and her team have developed a Change4life campaign that includes a free “Sugar Smart App” to raise awareness of how much sugar we consume in our food and drink daily. This app works for more than 75,000 popular products by scanning the barcode to reveal the total sugar in that product. This app illustrates the sugar content in pictures of sugar cubes for ease of use and even offers a quick guide to help parents find alternative products that are less harmful to the health of their child. It can be surprising to discover how much sugar you consume on a daily basis. One small carton of juice can include more than five cubes of sugar. Dr. Tedstone strongly encourages parents to swap sugary drinks for a low-sugar drink, water, or even low-fat milk. It’s time to get sugar smart. Please visit www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx for more information regarding the Change4life campaign.

The Healthy West Jordan Committee implements goals to ensure West Jordan is a city in which each resident can live a healthy, productive life in a clean, safe environment. The Committee meets at City Hall the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. They are currently sponsoring the “Way to a Better Life” contest that kicked off Jan. 19 and runs through April 26. Email info@wjordan.com for more information regarding the committee.


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Rachel’s ‘Revelations’ on display at the Schorr Gallery When hip surgery immobilized her for nearly two years, Rachel Coleman found herself imagining beautiful images that became the subject of many sketches she created while bed ridden. When Coleman recovered, these sketches became the inspiration for her paintings. Her work is on display at the City Hall Schorr Gallery and can be enjoyed through March 11. Born in Payson, Utah, and the ninth of 10 children, Coleman experimented in the arts from a young age, but it wasn’t until she was 24 and recovering from surgery that she found her artistic voice. Coleman imagined colorful depictions of everyday life that seemed to come from another reality. She filled her sketchbooks with scenes of interpretive emotional fantasies. She would dream about revelations from the Bible as latent images, which eventually became the source of much of her work. Along with her full-time career in digital marketing, Coleman maintains an art and photography studio in her home and is always looking for people to share her love of art. The Schorr Gallery is located on the third floor of City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road, and is open during business hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Winter Parking Ordinance Winter driving weather is upon us! Remember that West Jordan City Ordinance 7-3-10 prohibits parking a vehicle or semitrailer upon a street when it is snowing or snow is on the street from November 1 through April 30 of the following year. Violations will result in citations issued. If left snowbound for more than 48 hours, the vehicle is subject to impound. Residents can also help our plow drivers by removing vehicles, trailers, and garbage cans from the street. Here are some tips to help you drive safely in snowy conditions: • Set your alarm clock to start your day earlier and plan on twice the normal commute time. • Clear the top of the car, the windshield and the windows of all snow and ice before driving. • Always bring warm clothes and extra water in the car with you. • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. • Double the amount of space you would normally put between you and the car in front of you. • Brake and accelerate slower than normal. • Do not slam on the brakes, if you can help it. • Know that many people are nervous when driving in winter weather and use caution when passing. • Stay 50 to 100 feet away from an active plow truck.

Volunteers Needed for Victim Assistance Program If you want to make a difference for women and men who are experiencing domestic violence, West Jordan Victim Assistance Program (under the direction of the City Prosecutor’s Office) is just the place for you to get involved. Contact us about participating in our victim advocate volunteer training. On-call volunteers are trained to offer support, guidance and resources to victims and survivors of domestic violence. No experience necessary, just a clean record, empathy and willingness to learn and commit some time to our program. Training will start in March. If interested please call 801566-6511 or email ceciliab@wjordan.com.

Solar? Recycling? Conservation? Sustainability Committee Needs You The Sustainability Committee is currently seeking to fill a few vacant slots. The committee meets every third Thursday at City Hall from 7-8 p.m. and recommends specific solutions to the City Council that protect the environment and save money for West Jordan taxpayers. They have recently helped promote the LED streetlights, water conservation programs, landscape ordinances, solar energy, recycling and other projects. Come help brainstorm and find real solutions that make a difference in your own community. Email info@wjordan.com or call 801-569-5156 for details.


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hey find themselves at the top of the state basketball rankings with a huge target on their backs, but the Copper Hills boys basketball team is enjoying the experience and striving for more. “We feel good about the way we are playing. Our confidence is at an all-time high. We have had great opportunities to play in great tournaments, both here in Utah and in Florida. We beat a rival [Bingham] and think we can use our preseason as a spring board for the season,” Grizzly boys head coach Andrew Blanchard said. The Grizzlies opened their 2015-16 season undefeated in their first 12 games. That stretch included a three game tournament in Orlando and a Utah Elite 8 tournament victory in American Fork. “We try to keep all of this in perspective; the outside stuff does not really matter. We try to keep it together as the 17 kids on this team and go game by game,” Blanchard said. The Grizzlies’ first game back from the holiday break, Jan. 4, was a tough contest against Hunter. With approximately two minutes remaining in the first quarter, senior point guard Preston Sanchez went down with what appeared to be a painful ankle injury. Sanchez spent the remainder of the game on the end of the bench with crutches at his side. The team seemed to be shaken by the

injury to one of its star players. Hunter outscored the Grizzlies in the second quarter by three and trailed 41-38 at halftime. “When one of our teammates falls, we all need the next man to come in and play well. My first shot went down and I just kept throwing them in,” junior Stockton Shorts said. Shorts scored 13 points in the second half for the Grizzlies as they pulled away for the 77-57 victory that night. “I think we are playing really good basketball. We share the ball as a team and are playing up tempo,” Shorts said. Sanchez was able to return for the Grizzlies very next game. He scored 11 points and had three assists in the Grizzlies 63-45 victory over the Jaguars. “It is not easy to keep all of our players happy with their playing time. We have eight seniors that all want to win. If someone gets injured, it is next man up. We think we have a good chance to be region champs and play on into the state tournament,” Blanchard said. The Grizzlies have important region home games Tuesday Feb. 9 against Bingham, Friday Feb. 12 against Taylorsville and they close out the season Friday Feb. 19 against Jordan. The state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday March 1 at Weber State and Utah Valley Universities. l

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ravel and tourism in Utah has a sunny outlook going into 2016, being named on Fodor’s list of top places to visit, and our ‘Mighty Five’ National Parks at the forefront of this year’s 100 year celebration of the National Parks Service. We have been noted as one of the fastest growing states more than once, and are among the new wave of leaders that have long championed a future of sustainable business, travel, and preserving our outdoors. So what does the future of transformative travel look like for us, and what are we doing about it?

As someone who has been in the industry of marketing and tourism for over ten years, one of the things that dragged me down the most, seemed out of my control. The multi trillion dollar travel industry consumed resources, communities, and was more of a cultural voyeur than a caregiver. The hidden costs of tourism are real, including unfavorable economic and cultural effects in host communities. So I started thinking, “If you can’t change a situation, change your mind.” This shift lead to an inspiring trek in the highlands of Sapa, Vietnam getting to know the history and lives of those behind tourism. As chance would have it, my change of mind, and a fierce desire to create a social return, started an international partnership that supports the education of women and children both in Utah and Vietnam. Women have long been underserved in the business sphere, impacted by tourism, and have less access to capital and training. Even though they make over 85% of household purchasing decisions, and are starting new businesses at twice the rate of their male counterparts. It’s time for a change in thinking. The initiative to launch the cause based social in March, benefiting

Miao & Co. Ethical Imports, hopes to bring more transparency and support for social enterprise, transformative travel, and an open discussion with an informative impact panel during the event. I feel we all have a desire to build trust in our communities and create powerful connections that shift ideas towards the social good. This event is an chance to join a growing voice to create travel plus social good. Where profit, tourism, enterprise and conservation co-exist. In March leading entrepreneurs, the Utah.Gov, WTC Utah, and Women’s Business Center will be among other panel members who will share their expertise, support and share business goals that impact our bottom line in local and global tourism. We all have choices and experience setbacks, but it’s how we handle them that really determines the course of our lives. It’s about doing work that is fulfilling. Changing something I can control, like providing impact in our local communities and fundraising, has made all the difference for me. I can bridge gaps between transformative, ethical tourism and the connection of millions of intelligent and motivated travelers who are bombarded with profit oriented branding that leaves a disconnect. The Give Bold Benefit social is open to the public with, RSVP on the evening of March 8th, where we can all create a transparent world of travel that leaves more than just a footprint. RSVP to saltlakecity@travelsocialgood.org to reserve your tickets.This event is created with the special support of sponsors: Royal House Management, Latitude 38 Luxury Adventures, Women’s Business Center, Five Wives Vodka, CORT, Utah.Gov, WTC Utah, Cottonwood Journals and many more.

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Jaguar Girls Build Confidence on the Court By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

West Jordan’s Siki Suguturaga (#20) has become a leader on the court for the Jaguars. She is a three-year starter. –dsandersonpics.com

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he West Jordan High School girls basketball team is on the verge of attaining the goals they have set for the season. “We have played well enough defensively to win many of these games. Our struggle is our

confidence on offense. We really need to keep working on building confidence in our shot. We certainly do not quit or stop. We have had the leads, it comes down to believing we will and can score,” girls head coach Carlson Boudreaux said. The Jaguars have a team goal to hold their opponents to 10 points or fewer a quarter. They have done that in eight of their first 11 games this season. Despite allowing Copper Hills to score 71 points they have averaged holding their opponents to 40.7 points per game. “I am proud of these kids. We could hang our heads and pout; these girls do not quit. They keep playing hard,” Boudreaux said. Senior Siki Suguturaga leads the team in scoring averaging 10.8 points per game. She was one of 15 Utah prospects announced as nominees to participate in the 2016 McDonalds All-American game March 30 at the United Center in Chicago. McDonalds will finalize the roster later this season. She was one of 760 athletes nominated across the country. “That [being nominated] is pretty cool. I was not expecting it, but I feel really honored. It is crazy to think that I could play on TV,” Suguturaga said. Boudreaux hopes Suguturaga does not feel

Junior Emily Turner (#22) prepares to box out against Riverton. –dsandersonpics.com

any pressure to play better than she is capable because of the honors. “I am worried about her this season [Suguturaga]. She is a captain and one of the leaders of our team. She is a great kid and always ready to shoot. All of the teams in our region know about her. They are not double teaming her, but they are taking away her lanes. They know what to expect. She needs to play well for us to do well, and that is a lot of pressure,” Boudreaux said. The Jaguars will also rely on contributions of other players to compete in Region 3. Breann Bennett has stepped forward as the team’s point guard. Boudreaux said she is the fastest player

in their region. The team’s top rebounder is 6’2’’ senior Sierra Coombs. “I would take these kids with me anywhere. This is a great group of kids, they are resilient,” Boudreaux said. l

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West Jordan February 2016  

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Vol.16 Iss.2