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Is everyone about ready for Spring? The Walker Productions team is excited to bring you the Spring edition of the Orem Connection Magazine. We are currently working on a brand new website: www.oremconnection.com. Keep checking back for updates on what is happening in the arts, recreation, and education arenas right here in Orem. We will also be launching a facebook page to help keep you informed through the wonderful world of social media! How about an update on our family? Thanks to our friends at Utah Valley Magazine, Eden (11) was recently named one of Utah Valley’s Fab 40! (Go get a copy and read all about it!) She and her business partner, Connor Mercer, have launched a youtube channel called crazycoolmovies as part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy with the Utah Valley Chamber. Her first video was a parody called ‘What Does the Reindeer Say’ and she is currently working on her next video, ‘Paint the Town.’ Hunter (5) and Caleb (1) are, well, boys- making messes and having fun. We’ll be adding to the family around October of this year as we are now expecting (wait for it....): TWINS! We are excited to share this wild adventure with all of our friends and neighbors here in Orem.

Photo by Glen Ricks Photography

Arts Star Awards...............................................................6

Mountain View High School.................................... 24

Arts Calendar..................................................................12

Mountain View High Calendar of Events.......... 25

Orem Public Library Calendar................................ 14

Orem High School........................................................ 26

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Orem High Calendar of Events............................... 27

Chamber Calendar of Events.................................. 17

Timpanogos High School......................................... 28

Recreation - Orem team wins!................................ 18

Timpanogos High Calendar of Events................ 29

Orem City Recreation Program Sign Ups.......... 20

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About the cover: Cover photos courtesy of the SCERA Center for the Arts, Steve Clegg and Utah Valley University School of the Arts (photography by Jesca Cluff). Produced by: Josh Walker

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Honors awarded for arts contributions Individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to Utah’s arts in a variety of categories were recognized for their achievements at the ninth annual Star Awards event held Feb. 22 at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem. The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival received the event’s biggest award - the 2014 Star Award. Author Gerald Lund received the Lifetime Achievement honor. Awards were also be given to Randy Boothe for theater, Rick Nye for visual arts, Caleb Chapman for music, Paul Winkelman for dance, Gaylen Rust as Friend of the Arts, Buddy Youngreen as Advocate of the Arts, and the Hahne Family for volunteerism. America’s Freedom Festival received a special

recognition award. “We recognize that the scope of talent and commitment to the arts in Utah is tremendous, and the Star Awards are a way of calling attention to their achievements and applauding their talent and dedication,” said Adam J. Robertson, SCERA President and CEO. Gerald Lund Lifetime Achievement Lund earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology at Brigham Young University. Later, he did additional graduate work in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles and studied Hebrew at the University of Judaism. He joined the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

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Saints in 1965. His career with CES spanned 35 years. During his time as an institute teacher in Southern California, Lund began doing research on the prophecies of the Second Coming. Many people suggested he write a book; he did so, submitting it to Bookcraft Publishers. “The Coming of the Lord” was published in 1971 and has been in continuous print for 40 years. Since then Lund has published more than two dozen books and has contributed numerous other articles to church magazines, seminars and symposia. Buddy Youngreen Advocate of the Arts Buddy Youngreen has been involved in more than 200 major live theater productions during the last 54 years. While chiefly a director, he has also produced, written and acted in many of these theatricals. Following his graduation from BYU with a degree in dramatic arts, Youngreen began his career as an associate professor at the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts. He also obtained a master of fine

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arts degree from Pacific Western University. Youngreen initiated Utah’s Sundance Summer Theatre in Provo Canyon and also developed the Pink Garter, Diamond Lil and Barndoor theaters in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and the Ouray and Goldbelt theaters in Colorado. For a short time, Youngreen was under contract to Warner Brothers Studios. Youngreen has also been involved in a secondary lifetime work regarding the history of the LDS Church. His books and articles about LDS founder Joseph Smith, Joseph’s wife Emma and the Smith family have been published and widely distributed. Gaylen Rust Friend of the Arts Gaylen Rust has always been around and enjoyed music, but nothing pierced his mind and soul as did a spontaneous visit to New York City with his friend Dr. Craig Jessop. As director of the National High School Choir competition at Carnegie Hall in April 2009, Jessop invited Rust to the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see what Galen Rust music students were capable of doing. Rust saw young people filled with the joy and excitement of music and performing at exceptional levels and, as a result, he developed Legacy Music Alliance. This network is designed to help public and private teachers encourage the next generation of students and engage communities in realizing how life-changing and powerful music education can be. Legacy Music Alliance has since donated hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout Utah to junior highs, high schools, colleges and community groups. Caleb Chapman Music Caleb Chapman’s incredibly unique combination of skills as a producer, educator, author and performer have marked him as a rising star in the music industry. His bands, comprised of musicians ages 12-18, are regarded as some of the finest in the world. They have received a

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is featured on recordings by dozens of artists.

combined 22 DownBeat Awards since 2005 and have shared the stage with more than 200 guest artists, including a substantial list of Grammy winners. They have also performed and/or recorded with members of such wellknown bands as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band and Journey. Chapman’s flagship ensemble, the Crescent Super Band, has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. In 2011, Chapman was named the John LaPorta International Jazz Educator of the Year, one of the highest honors in music education. He has been named Utah’s Best Educator and Best Music Educator by Utah Best of State and was a finalist for the first-ever Grammy Music Educator Award which will be presented in 2014. Chapman is an active saxophonist; his playing

Paul Winkelman Dance Paul Winkelman is a two-time U.S. National American Style Ballroom Dance Champion and a five-time member of the U.S. Formation Championship Ballroom team, and he has directed national championship formation teams for 25 years. In 2002, he was the assistant choreographer for the Emmy Award-winning Salt Lake City Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He was also a choreographer for the 2004 Athens Greece Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII Preshow and Halftime, and the Disney film “High School Musical 3.” Winkelman has directed and produced more than 50 major theatrical productions. On the international

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stage, he has directed two American performance tours to China. He has taught for more than 28 years, including 12 years as a school counselor. He is currently the program coordinator for the UVU Ballroom Dance Program and the director of the UVU Ballroom Dance Company.

Paul Winkelman


Randy Boothe Theater Randy Boothe is executive producer and associate dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. For 37 years, he has served as artistic director of the Young Ambassadors, leading tours to 49 countries. In 2011, he received the Utah Governor’s Mansion Artists Award for artistic contributions to the State of Utah. His work was also formally recognized at the Centennial Celebration for Utah’s Statehood. Boothe has directed BYU’s Lamanite Generation, Sounds of Freedom and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as nine Homecoming Spectaculars and numerous musical theater productions. He served as a theatrical consultant and show development team member for the EPCOT Center and the Magic Kingdom in California and Florida. In addition, he directed Disney’s All-

American College Singers, Dancers and Show Band. Many of his former students are now performing on Broadway, with national touring companies, on television and film, in regional theaters, at theme parks and for cruise

Randy Boothe

lines. An arts advocate for Utah’s school children, Boothe is in his ninth year on the Nebo Board of Education and is chairman of Utah’s MATC Board of Directors. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Boothe co-directed the production “Light of the World” with a cast of 1,500 in 17 performances for audiences numbering more than 300,000. In 1997, he directed the Sesquicentennial Spectacular “Faith in Every Footstep,” which featured a cast of 6,000 in Cougar Stadium. He directed “Remembering the Prophet Joseph,” a 200th anniversary celebration about Joseph Smith in the BYU Marriott Center. He also directed “Luz de las Naciones” and “Tesoros de las Americas,” the 2004 and 2006 Hispanic celebrations in the LDS Conference Center. For 30 years, Boothe has directed

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music at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. Under his direction, the Young Ambassadors Singing Entertainer Workshop for high school students has provided training for thousands of young performing artists. He produced and directed for Promised Valley Playhouse in Salt Lake City for seven seasons. Rick Nye Visual Arts Rick Nye is a highly acclaimed professional photographer who captures nature’s exquisite beauty as well as the vivid emotions found in wedding days and family portraits. His unique approach to photography has earned him state and national recognition for his work; he is a two-time recipient of Kodak’s highest award, the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award for Photograph-

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Rick Nye

ic Excellence. His studio has officially represented the Miss Utah Pageant and he has contracted assignments from clients such as General Motors, Volvo, The Osmonds, and Ventura Media. He has been published in The Professional

Photographers of America and in The International Library of Photography. Several of his photos have garnered awards from the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association, where he also served on the board. The Florida EPCOT Center accepted one of his photographs to hang in the EPCOT Art Museum. His studio was also selected as the Best Photography Studio in Utah Valley. Nye received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in communications and visual arts and taught basic, portrait, and commercial photography at Brigham Young University as well as managed the university’s photo lab and photo studio facilities. Nye’s ability to pre-visualize the final photograph has played an important role in his success as a photographer. With that print in mind, he manipulates the scene —whether it be a family portrait session or flowing waterfall — through complete light control, camera and lens settings, composition and print presentation. These elements must all work in harmony with each other in order to produce what he had already artistically created in his mind. The Hahne Family Volunteer The Bob and Karen Hahne Family of Orem are a strong and united group, with parents who lead by example when it comes to community service. The couple has six children, four of which are adopted: two Navajo daughters, a son from Korea and a partHispanic son with Down syndrome. Karen co-founded Kids on the Move, an early intervention program for kids with special needs, and also founded the Parent Education Resource Center where she still volunteers. She served on the Orem Public Library Board as a board member and as board president and also served on the Orem Human Rights Commission for several years. SCERA is a huge part of Hahne family life, and Bob has volunteered


Award for America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre in the year 2000. The desire for continued growth has led the festival and Southern Utah University to join forces in order to build the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Groundbreaking for this center will take place in March of this year with completion in 2016. The center will include a new outdoor Shakespeare Theatre, a studio theatre, the Southern Utah Museum of Art and an artistic and production facility.

The Hahne Family

at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre and SCERA Center for the Arts for many years as an usher. Because of their love for the arts, Bob and the kids spent hours hanging signs throughout the city to help pass the CARE Tax, which supports local arts organizations. The family also loves the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and have volunteered there for countless years. Bob and Karen’s children followed in their parents’ footsteps, volunteering at SCERA since the 1980s. Now, 30 years later, the couple have two granddaughters, Jannessa Hahne and Jezi Kalu, who currently volunteer their time behind the concession stand at the SCERA Center for the Arts every Friday night. Their son Reed doesn’t let his Down syndrome keep him from making significant contributions to the community. A talented actor, Reed has been in more than 20 community theater productions around the valley. Reed and his parents served a performing arts mission for the LDS Church in Nauvoo, Ill., and returned twice to be in the Nauvoo Pageant. Reed served on the Developmental Disabilities Council for six years and was also on the governing board of the National Youth Leadership Network for six years, a national organization for youth with disabilities. Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014 Star Award The Utah Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1961 and presented its first season in 1962. The festival was started in response to two influences: summer tourists desiring more evening activities after visiting the area’s national parks and a young actor’s desire to produce great theater - Festival Founder Fred C. Adams. The festival is now hailed as one of the world’s foremost regional theaters and attracts more than 130,000 patrons from throughout the nation to a five-month season of plays and musicals. The Greenshow, backstage tours, literary seminars, production seminars and play orientations enrich the memorable festival experience. The Festival won a Tony

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MARCH Through April 12: Musical, “Big River,” Hale Center Theater Orem March 3-8 & 17-22: “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” 7:30 p.m., UVU Noorda Theatre March 7: “Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat,” 7 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts March 8: Nashville Tribute Band, 9 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts March 13: National Youth Storytelling Festival, 7:30 p.m., UVU Noorda Theatre March 14: Kevin Kling and Syd Lieberman in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Timpanogos High School. March 17: Utah Youth Symphony, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater March 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 & 29: Musical, “Honk,” 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts March 25: UVU Wind Symphony concert, “Fiesta,” 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater

March 27-29: Short Attention Span Theatre, 7:30 p.m., UVU exBox Theatre March 21 & 22: Spectrum Dance Collaboration Showcase, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater March 22: Miss Orem Pageant, 7 p.m., Mountain View High School March 27 & 28: “Now You See Us,” showcase of hip-hop dancers from Utah and Salt Lake Valley, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater March 31-April 5: “Farley Family Reunion,” 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts APRIL April 1: “Festival of Fools” featuring the UVU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater April 3: “A Tribute to Youth,” a sideby-side concert with Mountain View High School musicians and the UVU Symphony, 7:30 p.m., Mountain View High School

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April 5: Utah Premier Brass, 7:30 p.m., UVU Grande Ballroom, Sorensen Student Center April 10-26: “The Taming of the Shrew,” 7:30 p.m. (matinee April 26 at 2 p.m.), UVU Noorda Theatre April 10, 11 & 12: Capstone Showcase Dance Concert, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater April 11 & 12: “Mirth, Myth and Magic,” a collection of fully staged opera scenes, 7:30 p.m., UVU Centre Stage (Sorensen Student Center) April 14: “The Kitchen Sink” featuring Percussion UVU, Wolverine Steel and the Green Man Group, 7:30 p.m., UVU Sorensen Center Grande Ballroom April 14 & 18: “Letters to Myself,” 1 p.m., UVU Noorda Theatre April 18- May 10: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 7:30 p.m. (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays), SCERA Center Showhouse II


April 18: “Celebrate” featuring the UVU Men’s and Women’s choirs, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater April 20: Free inspirational musical fireside, “In His Name,” 7 p.m., SCERA Center Showhouse II April 22: “Composing My Thoughts” featuring the UVU Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Orem April 24-June 14: Musical, “Peter Pan,” Hale Center Theater Orem April 24, 25 & 26: “Hello Broadway,” UVU Ballroom Dance Company, 7:30 p.m., UVU Ragan Theater MAY May 6 & 7: SCERA Youth Theatre’s Spring Music Review: “Let’s Go to the Movies,” 7 p.m., SCERA Center Showhouse II May 15, 16 & 17: “Once Upon a Time,” Utah Regional Ballet, 7:30 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts

VISUAL ARTS CALENDAR March 1-April 1, SCERA Center for the Arts Gallery 101: BFA Exhibition Laura Romero March 7-April 27, Third Floor UVU Library: “Landscapes, A Sense of Place: Jose Maria Velasco” March 25-April 26, Woodbury Art Museum: Student Art Show and Bachelor of Fine Arts Final Projects - Featuring new works by Utah Valley University students and graduating seniors from the UVU Department of Art & Visual Communications. April 14-20, Fifth Floor Gallery, UVU Library: BFA Exhibition, “The Demono of Corrath,” Justin Mayhew April 1-30, Orem City Rotunda: BFA Exhibition, “An Escape,” Forrest Dalmer April 14-28, UVU Student Center Grande Ballroom Commons Second Floor: BFA Exhibition, “Undiscovered,” Jennifer Smith and BFA Exhibition, Julie Webb

April 25-May 16, UVU Student Center Grande Ballroom Commons Second Floor: “Refracted Light,” Megan Skye Parry May 2-17, Fifth Floor Gallery, UVU Library: BFA Exhibition, “The Wonders Around Us,” Travis Adamson May 16-May 31, UVU Student Center Grande Ballroom Commons Second Floor: BFA Exhibition, Michael Denning May 17-31, Fifth Floor Gallery, UVU Library: BFA Exhibition, “Illustrators Extraordinaire,” Jessica Weaver, Brandon Bolader, Sarah Kelsey and James Poai Ongoing: Orem Heritage Museum, exhibits of artifacts from the history of Orem City. Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Library Calendar March 6, 7 p.m. - Created Equal Series Discussion: The Loving Story March 7, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “From Russia With Love” March 7, 7 p.m. - Wasatch Ballet Performance March 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Mountainlands Community Health Center Workshop March 8, 2 p.m. - Tumbleweeds Film Festival Screening: “Nocturna” March 10, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “Goldfinger” March 10, 7 p.m. - Brigham Young University Young Company performance of “Cymbeline” March 11, 7 p.m. - Research Revolution: Fire, Wildlife and Aspen Forests. Discussion of the aspen forest and its future. March 12, 7 p.m. - Research Revolution: Rockets 101 (discussion about rocket flight and NASA’s new Space Launch System) March 12, 7 p.m. - WeNooch Society. Historical society meeting focusing on treasuring hunting expeditions. March 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Harnessing the Power of Images with Steffani Raff. This is a Timpanogos Storytelling Festival pre-conference intensive workshop with storyteller Steffani Raff. This is a

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ticketed event, visit timpfest.org. March 13, 7 p.m. - “Impossible to Translate but I’ll Try - True Life Stories.” Free performance by storyteller Noa Baum. March 14, 7 p.m. - Learn more about the art of film with BYU film professor Dean Duncan. March 17, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “You Only Live Twice” March 17, 7 p.m. - Bean Museum Animal Show March 18, 7 p.m. - Research Revolution: Crime Solving and Forensic Science. Learn about forensic science from Utah Crime Lab Director Jay Henry. March 19, 7 p.m. - Research Revolution: Tumor Targeting Drugs. BYU chemistry professor Barry Willardson discusses the future of tumor-targeting treatments for cancer. March 20, 7 p.m. - Rich Mind, Poor Mind. Martin Hurlburt reveals key findings that can dramatically improve financial decision making. March 21, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” March 21, 7 p.m. - Champion West Karate: Kids Self Defense (for children ages 5-12) March 22, 1 p.m. - Auditions for Timpanogos Storytelling Festival’s Liar’s Competition. Visit timpfest.org to register. March 22, 1 p.m. - Daughters of the American Revolution meeting March 24, 1 p.m. - Research Revolution Kids: Chemistry Magic Show March 24, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “The Spy Who Loved Me” March 26, 7 p.m. - Research Revolution: Super High Mileage Cars. Jerry Bowman discusses BYU’s car that runs 1,300 miles on a single gallon of fuel as well as the future of fuel-efficient vehicles. March 27, 7 p.m. - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Monthly meeting for industry discussions and writing critiques.


March 28, 6 p.m. - “The Family Farm in Mountain Communities” Essay Contest winners read their winning essays. March 28, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “License to Kill” March 29, 4:30 p.m. - Cantorum choral ensemble presents “The Lamentations of Jeremiah” March 31, 5 to 9 p.m. - Utah’s Biggest Liar Contest March 31, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “Casino Royale” April 1, 7 p.m. - Best Books of 2013. Join children’s library staff for an evening celebrating the best children’s books of the year. April 2, 7 p.m. - Utah Baroque Ensemble Student Scholarship Recital April 3, 7 p.m. - BYU Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band concert April 3, 7 p.m. - Timp Teller Meeting: Building a Story From Scratch April 4, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “Casablanca” April 7, 7 p.m. - UVU Chamber Music Concert April 8, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes Kick-Off - Luche Libro. Email nrobison@orem.org or call 801-229-7389 for questions and registration. April 9, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes: Local Writer Book Sale April 9, 7 p.m. - WeNooch Society. History society meeting, public invited. April 10, 7 p.m. - Bill Evans Presents: The Banjo in America. Banjo expert Bill Evans takes his audience through banjo history. April 11, 7 p.m. - Dean Duncan Presents. BYU film professor Dean Duncan discusses film. April 11, 7 p.m. - The Journal of Best Practices: Author David Finch. New York Times bestselling author David Finch discusses his experiences as an adult with Asperger’s syndrome. April 12, 2 p.m. - Tumbleweeds Film Festival Screening: Best of Fest April 14, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “A Matter of Life and Death” April 14, 7 p.m. - Utah Lyric Opera Easter Messiah Sing-Along. Author Tim Slover provides narration about Handel and the creation of his famous oratorio as Utah Lyric Opera soloists and a chamber orchestra perform highlights appropriate to the Easter season. The audience will sing along with the choruses. April 15, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes: Playwriting Panel. Utah playwrights Eric Samuelsen, Melissa Leilani Larson and Wendy Gourley participate in a question and answer session about crafting powerful theater. April 16, 7 p.m. - Carol Lynch Williams Teen Writing Workshop. Space is limited; RSVP to nrobison@orem.org or call 801-2297389. April 17, 7 p.m. - UVU Chamber Orchestra concert. April 18, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “The Bridges of Madison County” April 21, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “All That Heaven Allows” April 22, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes: Nonfiction. Scott Abbott and Sam Rushforth discuss their book based on a bike trek on the Great Western Trail. April 23, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes: Young Adult Fiction Panel. Matthew J. Kirby and E.J. Patten discuss crafting a bestselling young adult novel. April 24, 7 p.m. - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Monthly meeting for industry discussions and writing critiques. April 25, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “Amour” April 28, 6:30 p.m. - Film Screening: “Vertigo” April 29, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes: Fiction Panel. Sara Eden and Greg Park discuss the elements that go into creating fine fiction. April 30, 7 p.m. - Orem Writes: Poetry Panel. Fine tune your poetry with poet Laura Hamblin.

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Utah Valley Chamber Chat

University Mall expansion a boon for Orem Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Val Hale and Executive Vice President Donna Milakovic speak about the expansion of University Mall and the economic impact of this innovative project in Utah Valley: Hale: If one were to compile a list of the five most significant, landscapechanging economic development occurrences in Utah Valley over the past century, the development of the University Mall in Orem would certainly be included. The mall has had a huge economic impact on both Orem and Provo and the county in general. Provo’s Center Street was the epicenter of retail and business in the county until the Woodbury family chose to build the mall in nearby Orem. Almost immediately, shoppers and other retail

businesses flocked to Orem. Now the Woodburys are taking another bold step that will prove as beneficial to Orem as the original mall announcement. They have big plans to pump millions of dollars into an expansion/renovation of the mall. But this won’t be merely fixing up the existing facility. Their plan is to create a “City Creek” type development with renovated retail space plus office and residential space located around the mall. They are even talking about adding a park and another street running from 800 East to State Street. This project is sure to have a huge financial impact on Orem just as the original mall did when it opened. Further, and almost as important, will be the creation of a “downtown” feel,

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which Orem currently lacks. It will help draw back to Orem shoppers and business people, many of whom have been going elsewhere in the county for other retail and office venues. Milakovic: I am tempted for the sake of argument alone to point out the possible downside of having a “City Creek” type mall in Orem. There will inevitably be a decline in local small business success in the retail market with a super mall in Orem. It is true that traditional “mom and pop” shops suffer when bigger businesses move into town. That being said, I believe that there is room in the marketplace of our growing county for all kinds of businesses. There are still plenty of Main Street locations in surrounding communities to support local enterprise and when those businesses are successful and grow, the new mall renovation will allow them a local space to grow into. We cannot stop progress because it may make life difficult for some while it makes life better for many others in the community. I agree with Val that the economic boon for Orem with a high-end mixed office, retail and residential mall would be huge. We have seen projections on the numbers of people moving into Utah Valley over the next 40 years and just as the mall has grown and changed in the last 40 years, I expect that it will grow and change and even become a destination stop for many visitors over the next decades. It would be a shame to allow shortsightedness to hold back our county when we have always been known for the visionary entrepreneurs who made daring strides to create jobs, better the world and grow the economy of Utah Valley. The Woodburys are just such visionaries.


Calendar of Events March 5: Utah Valley Job Fair, noon to 3 p.m., Utah Valley Convention Center. Come and meet employers who are looking for employees in Utah Valley and see what jobs are available. Approximately 70 employers will be exhibiting at the event. Open to the public. March 7: Friday Forum, 8 a.m., Utah Valley Convention Center. Utah Valley has many wonderful nonprofit organizations that do a lot of good. This Friday Forum will feature some of our chamber non-profits as well as chamber members who are engaged in making the community a better place. Business meeting, register at thechamber.org now.

March 20: Women’s Business Network Luncheon,11:30 a.m.1 p.m., Corporate Alliance. Join women from around the valley for this monthly luncheon. March will be a Nothing But Networking event with Corporate Alliance. Business event. March 28: Pillar of the Valley, 6-9:30 p.m., Utah Valley Convention Center. The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has selected Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, and the late Ray Noorda as its Pillar of the Valley Award recipients for 2014. They will be honored March 28 at the fourth-annual gala to be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Open to the public, register now at thechamber. org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

March 8: Eggs and Issues, 7:30 a.m., IHC North Plaza, Clark Auditorium, 500 West and Bulldog Blvd., Provo. Meet with legislators for breakfast and discuss important issues affecting business in Utah County. Open to the public.

April 4: Friday Forum, 8 a.m., Utah Valley Convention Center. Business meeting, register now at thechamber.org.

March 13: YEA! Investor Panel, 5 to 8 p.m., SCERA Theater, Orem. Join us as the YEA! students compete for funding during the Investor Panel. Open to the public.

April 30: Great Kid Awards. Two seventh-graders from each junior high school in Utah Valley will be honored at this event for being great kids. Open to the public.

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Orem team wins national tournament A slow pitch softball team based in Orem proved it was the best of its class in 2013 and is working toward again competing at the championship level this year. The Clegg Steel/Desert Falls/Easton Slow Pitch Softball Team won first place in the D Class of the United States Specialty Sports Association World Tournament held in Florida in September of 2013. The Orem team ended up winning first out of the 172 teams competing in its class at the tournament. “We knew that if we didn’t have any letdowns or any bad games that we’d have a chance to go really high,” said Steve Clegg, the team’s pitcher and also a sponsor of the team. The team’s 12 players and manager live in various areas of Salt Lake and Utah counties and are very experienced at their sport. Four members of the team have won the USSSA tournament before. Clegg himself was on a team that won the tournament in 2003 and he has been in the top five several times as well. The team is made up almost completely of former college baseball players. This experience and the talent level on the team helped

them rise to the top. “This group was really close and a really fun group,” Clegg said. “There were guys who had tried for years and years to do it and it felt really good to accomplish what we had set out to do.” The USSSA is the largest organization in the country for slow pitch softball and the most prestigious, Clegg said. The organization has sanctioned tournaments throughout Utah and the country. Softball teams earn a place in the world tournament through attending other tournaments and winning, which earns them points. If a team wins the right tournament, it earns a free paid entry into the world tournament, something that the Orem team was able to achieve last year. Clegg said his team had played in and won tournaments in St. George and other areas of Utah during the season leading up to their USSSA win. The team basically comes together just for tournaments, with the team’s members getting their softball practice in as they play in their local city leagues. Some of the members play together in the same local leagues.

Chiropractor treats problem, not symptoms Chiropractor Steve Grammer is seeing a growing trend of patients realizing they are taking too much medication to treat their symptoms, not their disease. In his practice, Grammer instead finds the cause of the problem and corrects it so the body can heal itself. “I try to empower the patient in that they’re the ones that are going to help themselves get better,” he said. Dr. Grammer, who operates Leading

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Edge Family Chiropractic in Lindon, uses a unique methodology that reduces stress on the brain stem, allowing patients to experience pain relief and natural healing of the body. Unlike more traditional chiropractors, he treats his patients with a technique that centers on the top two bones in the neck: the atlas and the axis. Known as an upper cervical chiropractor, he focuses on this area because of the intimate relationship these bones have with the brain and the brain stem. Every nerve in the spinal chord enters the brain through the atlas. If the atlas and axis get out of alignment, they put pressure on the brain stem, which is the center of all autonomic systems of the body such as breathing, hormone production and digestion. While he doesn’t cure illness, Dr. Grammer works to remove the interference so the brain and body can communicate effectively and healing can begin. “I’ve seen it change people’s lives,” Dr. Grammer said. “When you unlock that ability for your body to communicate and heal itself, your ability to heal is limitless.”

As part of his examination and analysis before treatment begins, Dr. Grammer utilizes thermoimaging and X-rays to determine down to the millimeter if adjustment is needed and, if so, how much adjustment. He avoids the traditional twisting of the neck often associated with chiropractic treatment, and his office has rooms where patients lie down for 20 minutes after their adjustment, making their bones more likely to stay in the correct place. Dr. Grammer opened Leading Edge Family Chiropractic at 155 S. State in Lindon in September of 2013 after obtaining his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and practicing in North Carolina. A desire to be closer to family led him to Utah. Patients’ first consultation and examination are free at Leading Edge Family Chiropractic. Visits are reasonably priced and membership plans offering an unlimited number of adjustments per month make Leading Edge Family Chiropractic even more affordable. The office can be reached at (801) 471-0670 or visit www.leading-edgechiro.com.


In the world tournament, Clegg’s team won its first eight games, but lost its ninth game to a team from Southern California. However, it was a double elimination tournament, and the California team had already lost a game. The 10th game matched the two teams up again and the Orem team came out the winner, earning it the championship title. Clegg said his team is still together and competing in tournaments again. They will have to play in a higher class this year, but they intend to keep playing and attend the 2014 USSA World Tournament this September.

The Clegg Steel/Desert Falls/Easton Slow Pitch Softball Team won first place in the D Class of the United States Specialty Sports Association World Tournament in September of 2013.

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Orem Recreation League Sign Up Information Visit www.oremrecreation.com to find information regarding programs offered by the Orem Recreation Department as well as schedules, prices, ages, etc. Registration for all activities is available online (unless otherwise specified) or at the Orem Fitness Center, 580 W. 165 South, Orem.

ADULT SOFTBALL   Registration for adult basketball is being accepted on a team basis only through March 29. Games begin the week of Monday, April 7, and are played Monday – Friday. Leagues to be offered include: men’s double header league (double headers played one night per week - team fee is $600), men’s single game leagues (a single game played one night per week – team fee is $350), women’s leagues (team fee is $350), and coed leagues (team fee is $350). All games will be played at Lakeside Park, 1850 W. 400 South, Orem. Teams are required to provide their own uniforms. For more information, call (801) 229-7158.

GIRLS SOFTBALL (RECREATION LEAGUE)   The Orem youth girls recreation softball program is available to

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girls in grades 3-9 (girls should sign up in the grade that they are in during the 2013-14 school year) with separate divisions for 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9 grades. Registration will be accepted until March 30. Teams are formed by neighborhood areas. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The season begins May 20 and will end around the last week of July. Games are played at the Orem Elementary softball fields. The $47 registration fee includes a team T-shirt. Bats, balls and batting helmets are provided but each participant needs to have a softball glove. Hats and softball cleats are optional (no metal cleats allowed). Volunteer coaches are needed for this program. For more information, call (801) 229-7455.

GIRLS SOFTBALL CLINIC   There will be a FREE Girls Softball Skills Clinic on Tuesday, May 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Orem Elementary softball fields. The MVHS Softball Team will be instructing on fundamentals such as pitching, hitting, fielding and base running, with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship and fun. Each participant should come dressed to play softball and bring a softball glove. Coaches and parents, there will be some great ideas for you too! For more information, call (801) 229-7455.


GIRLS SOFTBALL (ACCELERATED LEAGUE)   Registration is accepted until April 13 on a team basis only for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16/18U teams. Fee is $550 per team and each team MUST be registered with ASA to participate in this league. Play begins the week of May 5 (double headers will be played once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays). Each team is guaranteed 10 games (eight league games and a double elimination tournament). Game balls will be provided. All other equipment is responsibility of team; equipment must be ASA approved. For more information, call (801) 229-7455.

throughout the county. Season begins June 21. Fee for 3-4 grades is $55, fee for 5-6 grades is $65 and fee for 7-9 grades is $75. Fee includes a team jersey and games. Participants are required to have their own stick and mouth guard. Volunteer coaches are needed for this program. Call (801) 229-7167 for more information.

“MAY MADNESS” GIRLS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT   The Orem Recreation Department will be hosting a fast pitch softball tournament in 2014. Dates for the 10U and 12U tournament are May 9-10 and 14U will play on May 16-17. Games will be played at Lakeside Sports Complex (400 S. 1850 W., Orem) and other sites as needed. Fee is $375 per team and each team must be registered with ASA to participate. Format is pool play to a double elimination tournament (each team will be guaranteed to play four games). Awards given will be based on the number of teams that register. Game balls will be provided. All other equipment is responsibility of team; must be ASA approved. Registration must be received two weeks before the tournament is scheduled (unless tournament fills before then). For more information, call (801) 229-7455.

YOUTH BASEBALL   Registration ends April 13. T-ball is for boys and girls ages 4-6; Coach Pitch is for ages 6-8; Machine Pitch is for ages 8-10 (age determined by April 13, 2014). There is an overlap in age between the two, so sign up your child according to his or her skill level where they will be most comfortable. Games will be played on Saturday mornings. Fee for T-ball and coach pitch is $27; fee for machine pitch is $32. Fee includes a team T-shirt, hat and seven games. Balls, bats and a tee will be provided but each participant needs to have a baseball/softball glove. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, call (801) 229-7167.

ADAPTED T-BALL   Adapted T-ball is designed for boys and girls ages 5 through 25 with mild to moderate mental and/or physical disabilities. This program teaches the basic skills of baseball with emphasis on fun and teamwork. The $30 fee includes a T-shirt and a trophy for each athlete. Games will be played on Saturday mornings at Westmore Elementary School (1150 S. Main, Orem) beginning May 31. Registration will be accepted at the Orem Fitness Center from April 14–May 17. Registrations may also be mailed to the Orem Fitness Center, Attention: Mark Lindsay, 580 W. 165 South, Orem, Utah 84058. Volunteer coaches are needed for this very rewarding program. For more information, call (801) 229-7167.

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LITTLE ATHLETES CAMP   Little Athletes Camp is open to boys and girls ages 5-8 who are new to sports – or just want to practice their skills! At camp, children will be instructed in the basic skills and techniques of baseball, basketball, football and soccer. While skills and drills will be taught, teamwork, sportsmanship and fun will be emphasized. The registration fee is $30 and includes a camp T-shirt. This camp will be held on April 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4-5 p.m. in the north gym at the Orem Fitness Center. Register early; camps fill fast and camp size is limited. For more information, call (801) 229-7167.

TINY TOTS CAMPS   Tiny Tots Sports Camps are open to boys and girls ages 4-5 (they must already be 4 years old to participate). During these clinics, participants will be instructed in fundamentals of various sports. Team work and sportsmanship will be emphasized, and of course there will be lots of fun! Session #2 will be held March 3, 5, 10 and 12 and session #3 is April 7, 9, 14 and 16. All classes are held in the north gym at the Orem Fitness Center. Registration fee is $30 and includes a camp T-shirt. For more information, call (801) 229-7167.

YOUTH FISHING   The Orem Recreation Department has teamed up with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to offer a community youth fishing program. This program is open to all youth ages 7-13 years old. Registration ends April 5 and the fee is $20. Participants will learn

casting, knot tying, proper use of fishing equipment, fish biology and diversity, aquatic ecology, water cycle and quality, fisheries management and ethics, fishing opportunities in Utah, and most important- FUN! Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for six weeks starting April 17 and ending May 22. Each class is two hours, with the first half hour instructing kids on the above mentioned topics and the last one and a half hours spent fishing. Classes will start at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. Some classes may be held at the Lindon Boat Harbor. An adult instructor will be supervising and working with the participants in groups of five. This is sure to be a great chance to experience Utah’s fabulous outdoors. Volunteers are needed for this program. For more information, call (801) 229-7158.

YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS   Classes are taught using the latest United States Tennis Association teaching methods. Registration is open to youth ages 7 to 17 and adults 18 and over. Students need to provide their own racquet and appropriate attire. Class will be one hour twice a week (M/W or T/Th) for three weeks at Windsor Park (1250 N. 200 W.). Session 1 begins the week of April 7 and Session 2 begins the week of April 28. Fee is $24. For more information, call at (801) 229-7158.

OREM YOUTH TRACK CLUB   Come join the Orem Track Club! The track club is for all youth ages 7 to 14. Registration is now open and will be accepted until

Moms in Cahoots for family fitness Cahoots Fitness founder, Megan Murff, noticed a big gap in the available fitness options in Utah—realistic solutions for moms! Moms care deeply about health and fitness, but how are they supposed to exercise while caring for little ones all day? Murff made it her mission to create a solution and launched Cahoots Fitness this February here in Orem. Cahoots Fitness provides separate and simultaneous classes for moms and kids; so moms enjoy a guilt-free workout in a judgment-free environment with other

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moms just like them, while their kids (ages 2-5) participate in gymnastics, yoga, music, dance, and sports classes (daycare is provided for infants). Mom&Infant workouts are also offered. Moms can bring their kids and try a class for free. See the complete class schedule at www. CahootsFitness.com. There are a variety of options to fit schedules and budgets, from an all-inclusive monthly membership to pre-paid punch cards. Pricing is available on the website: www.CahootsFitness.com. Cahoots members love this new solution for family health and recreation. “My little boy looks forward to ‘exercise days’ at Cahoots at least as much, if not more, than I do,” says one mom. Check out what they have to offer at 1300 West Center St, Orem, UT 84057 or call 801-669-0089 for an appointment.


program fills. Events offered include sprint and distance running, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and relays. The fee for this program is $60 ($70 for non-residents) and includes a team T-shirt and participation in practices and meets. Practices will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday (except if a meet is scheduled that day) beginning April 15 at the Timpanogos High School track. After school ends in May, practice will be held from 9-10 a.m. The season ends approximately the second week of June. Participants should wear good running shoes. Volunteers are needed for this program to assist with meets. For more information, call (801) 229-7455.

EASTER EGG HUNT (sponsored by UCCU & Ken Garff)   Bring your whole family for a fun FREE Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19! This event will be held at the Mountain View High School Football Stadium and the west lawn of the Orem Fitness Center. Hunt is for all children ages 0-11. Hunt starts at 9 a.m. SHARP! For more information, call (801) 229-7167.

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 Fees: Adults $4, children ages 4-13 and senior citizens (age 55+) $3. Track only admission: $1.25. Family Night admission (Mondays from 6 to 10 p.m.): $15 per family   Fitness center amenities include: swimming pool, basketball gym, racquetball and wallyball courts, weight room, cardio equipment area, aerobics studio, spin room, firearms range, indoor track, child care and pro shop. For more information visit www.oremrecreation. com. After a two-week closure, the newly renovated locker rooms at the Orem Fitness Center are now open. The locker room renovation was completed as part of a $3.2 million project that is adding a new indoor pool area onto the fitness center and renovating the center’s current pool area. The new pool will include a water slide, a lazy river channel, a shallow area for young children with two play structures and an area for water aerobics and swimming lessons. All other areas of the fitness center are open as well with the exception of the pool, which is still undergoing construction. The pool is expected to be completed this May. “We’re excited because we’re always had a very good fitness pool and competitive pool, and now we’ll be able to have some fun” with the new recreational pool, said Karl Hirst, director of recreation for Orem City. The project is being funded through Orem’s CARE tax. For more information, visit the Orem City website, www.orem. org.

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High-tech experiments, equipment part of Biotechnology class at Mountain View High A science course at Mountain View High School in Orem has students using high-tech equipment to unlock secrets at the genetic level and prepare for the jobs of the future. Nearly 40 students are currently enrolled in Biotechnology, a class first offered at MVHS in 2010. Taught by Mary Greer, the course instructs students in the science of using living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products; to make or modify products by taking a gene from one organism and placing it in another organism to obtain a specific result. For example, biotechnology has been used to make plants more nutritious or resistant to pests as well as create drugs for use in human medical treatment. “These kids are learning the skills and reasons behind the methods that biotechnologists use to biotech labs all over the country.” Greer said. Biotechnology is as old as making yogurt but the technology used today is fairly new - only about 30 years old - but Utah seems to be a hotbed for biotech firms, she said. Utah Valley University is now offering a biotechnology bachelor’s degree, and Mountain View High biotech students can earn college credit through UVU as part of their high school course. Students can also take an exam at the end of the year which, if passed, earns them a certificate allowing them to work in a lab using biotechnology equipment. “The state and the universities see a need in this area,” Greer said. “Utah seems to be a good place to go if you want to find a job in biotech.” Greer was finishing her doctoral degree in molecular biology at Brigham Young University when Dr. Jim Price from UVU approached her and asked if she would be interested in offering a biotech class at Mountain View. Greer took up the challenge and now her students routinely help local university and college professors with their research, rotating to a different project every half year.“What we’re trying to do here at Mountain View is give kids an authentic scientific experience … and experience how unlike the textbook describes the scientific process,” Greer said. Currently, the MVHS biotech students are working on a joint project with UVU and Salt Lake Community College, hunting for the DNA sequence Halorubrum salsolis, a halophile (salt-loving) bacteria living in the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. The bacteria have a resistance to UV light along with other very interesting characteristics. This species has never been sequenced and finding the genome (and ultimately specific genes associated with those char-

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Mountain View High School students Amanda Butler and Nathan Standing work in the lab as part of the school’s Biotechnology class. acteristics) may prove important to product development in the future. Through efforts by UVU and SLCC, Mountain View High was able to benefit from an National Science Foundation grant which paid for much of the expensive and highly specialized scientific equipment now housed in the MVHS biotech classroom as well as technical support from UVU. The equipment ranges from analytical balances and micropipettes to a machine that can make millions of copies of DNA sequences. “These kids have an opportunity to work with equipment that you often don’t find at the lower level of undergraduate work and rarely in a high school,” Greer said.


The equipment also provides students with the opportunity to learn science through the best method possible: experimentation. At MVHS, biotech students spend a lot more time in labs than in lectures. “It means very little unless they actually do it,” Greer said. MVHS senior and biotech student David Manzo said he

decided to take Greer’s class after taking a summer biotech class at UVU and enjoying it. That class was more lecturebased, and Manzo said he has enjoyed the hands-on experimentation in his Mountain View course. “We actually learn why we do what we do,” Manzo said. “I like it because not only am I doing it, but I can see how it works.”

Mountain View High School Calendar of Events For a complete list of events, visit mvhs.alpineschools.org. March 10: No classes March 13, 7 p.m.: Instrumental Concert March 18, 7 p.m.: Choir Concert March 24, 4:30 p.m.: Bruin Crew Dance, Dining Hall March 28, 8:30 p.m.: Black Light Stomp April 7-11: Spring Break April 17, 7 p.m.: Orchesis Concert April 19: Prom May 1, 7 p.m.: Ballroom Concert May 2, 8:30 p.m.: Ballroom Concert May 7, 7 p.m.: Jazz Night (senior feature)

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Internships help students prepare for future Students at Orem High School are exploring their future career options on the job with the help of local businesses. Between 50 to 75 students participate each year in the school’s internship program, which has students working alongside firefighters, teachers, dentists and other professionals. The students earn high school credit as well as obtain a glimpse of what it might be like for them to work in a certain occupation. “The idea with the internship program is we want to give students that have an idea about a career that they have an interest in an opportunity to explore that career by doing an internship with the community,” said Neil Wakefield, work-based learning coordinator at Orem High.

Students interested in doing an internship sign up for an OHS class called Critical Workplace Skills. At the beginning of the semester, Wakefield meets with students and finds out their career interests, then goes out into the community to try and find businesses that match those interests and are willing to take on a high school intern. Students spend a total of four hours per week at the non-paid internships. Wakefield said fields like medicine, veterinary science and elementary education are consistently popular with students, and he has ongoing internship opportunities in those fields. Some students have more unusual interests, but Wakefield tries his best to accommodate them. One student has an interest in archeology, and Wakefield said he was able to find her an internship in

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Orem High School student Miranda Utley works at Christiansen Dental as part of the Orem High internship program. that field with Brigham Young University. Another student had an interest in becoming a funeral director, and he was placed with a local mortuary for his internship. Many students report having a fantastic experience at their internship that helped them realize it was something they wanted to do as a career. Sometimes, however, students find out that a career they thought would be a good fit isn’t the one for them. Either way, it’s a good opportunity for students, Wakefield said, whether they gain confidence in following a career path or avoid spending time and money in college on an option that doesn’t work for them. “This is such an amazing program for these kids. It literally can change their lives,” Wakefield said. Before beginning their internships, students spend the first two weeks of the semester preparing to spend time on the job. Wakefield said they learn how to write resumes and cover letters and talk about how to relate with others and to avoid doing things like talking on their personal cell phone. Seminars are held for students during the semester as well that discuss subjects such as labor laws, teamwork, conflict resolution and


dressing for success. At the end of the semester, the students report on their internships and do mock job interviews with guest professionals invited to the class. “It makes them much more prepared for when they sit in an interview for real,” Wakefield said. The Orem internship program is open to juniors and seniors and similar programs are offered through other local

high schools. Orem High is trying to attract more students into the program; Wakefield said he would like to see between 100 to 150 students doing an internship each year. “It’s just an amazing opportunity for a student to say, this is something that I’m really interested in as a career, but there’s only so much I can learn through reading about it in a textbook or seeing it on TV,” Wakefield said.

Orem High School Calendar of Events For a complete list of events, visit ohs.alpineschools.org. March 10, 7 p.m.: Drama Starving Actors’ Showcase March 17-21: Mr. Orem Week March 18, 7 p.m.: Instrumental Concert March 19, 7 p.m.: Freshmen Parent Night March 21, 7 p.m.: Mr. Orem Pageant March 24-28: Blue and Gold Week March 28, 8 p.m.: Spring Fling Dance March 31-April 4: Spirit Week April 7-11: Spring Break April 16-19 & 21-22, 7 p.m.: Musical, “Crazy for You” April 23, 11:50 a.m.: Senior Panoramic Picture

April 24-25, 7 p.m.: Dance Concert May 3, 8 p.m.: Junior Prom May 9-10, 7 p.m.: Ballroom End of Year Concert May 16, 7 p.m.: Senior Dinner Dance May 20, 7 p.m.: Drama Senior Showcase May 21, 7 p.m.: Spring Choral Showcase May 22, 6:30 p.m.: Awards Night for Seniors May 23, 5 p.m.: Band Concert May 28, 2 p.m.: Graduation Practice May 28, 7 p.m.: Orchestra Concert May 29, 10 a.m.: Cap and Gown and Yearbook Distribution May 30, 12:30 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony at UVU May 30: All-Night Graduation Party

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School aims to have all feel valued, accepted During the last week of February, about 225 Timpanogos High School students were immersed in activities teaching them to find common ground with their peers while embracing differences, to step out of their comfort zone and include everyone in the campus community. The activities were part of Challenge Day, a national program that sends representatives to schools to conduct day-long seminars for students that help youth learn the possibilities of connection through the celebration of diversity. Three sessions were conducted at THS, with about 75 students in each session. “It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had,” said THS senior Tanu Aupiu shortly after completing Challenge Day on Feb. 25. Through the event, he gained new insight into his peers, learning that he is not the only one in his school with certain problems; others are having similar challenges as well. “They’re like my brothers and sisters now,” he said. While it is an amazing experience for students, Challenge Day is just one aspect of THS’s effort to help all students on campus feel valued and included at Timpanogos High, said THS Principal Theron Murphy. About three years ago, faculty and staff members met together and decided that emphasizing this idea of inclusion was something that would improve the school. As a result, the following was added to the school’s vision statement: “Our vision is that all students value, respect, and accept others’ unique individuality and know that they too are valued, respected and accepted for who they are.” Since then, there has been a change in the school’s atmosphere, Murphy said. When he asks students what they like about their school, the response is

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Timpanogos High School students participate in Challenge Day activities. often that they feel safe, included and valued. “I think that’s something we’re really proud of,” Murphy said. “Although we’re not perfect, that’s really becoming a strength to our school.” This is the second year in a row that Challenge Day has come to THS, but the school has pursued its goal to help all feel valued and respected in many other ways as well. Challenge Day is sponsored by the THS Aware to Care Coalition, a committee made up of faculty and administration members and student leaders that exists to help overcome substance abuse through creating an environment of acceptance, trust and understanding. This coalition also sponsors THS’s Multicultural Week, which is filled with activities celebrating different ethnicities and their differences. Emphasis on inclusion on campus starts as soon as students walk through the door; at sophomore orientation, students spend half a day learning what it means to be a THS Timberwolf and being acclimated to the school’s culture. On Valentine’s Day, all girls in the school received a long-stemmed

carnation delivered by a male student. Murphy said this was an opportunity to let the young women in the school know they have value. Another recent event held to further this mission was an anti-bullying assembly presented by THS junior Bri Ray. A singer/songwriter, Ray had written a song about her experiences with helping people who were treated poorly, which led to her doing a presentation for a youth group. Ray now regularly does anti-bullying assemblies at local schools. Students at THS are good at accepting whatever makes an individual unique, Ray said. “You can talk different, you can walk different, whatever, but there will always be a place for you,” she said. Promoting an inclusive, safe campus has more than just social benefits. Murphy said if students feel comfortable and valued, they are more likely to go to class, strive for better academic results and lean on each other for support. “It invites high levels of learning,” Murphy said, adding that the school is seeing the number of failing grades go down while AP class enroll-


ment remains strong. A grant was used to bring Challenge Day to the school for two years, but the school would like to find a way to continue the program, said THS health teacher Byron Tanner,

who acts as the school’s liaison with the Challenge Day organization. “The whole mission of Challenge Day is to help individuals feel loved and accepted,” and that fits in well with Timpanogos High’s mission, Tanner said.

Timpanogos High School Calendar of Events For a complete list of events, visit ths.alpineschools.org. March 14, 7 p.m.: Drama Improv Show March 17-21: Primary Elections Week March 20, 7 p.m.: Senior One-Act Plays March 24-28: Final Elections Week March 28, 8 p.m.: Elections Stomp March 31-April4: Spirit Week April 7-11: Spring Break April 22, 6 p.m.: Student Council Dinner April 25-26, 28-29, 7 p.m.: Musical, “Into the Woods” May 1, 7 p.m.: Jazz & Percussion Concert May 2, 7 p.m.: Improv Show May 3, 8 p.m.: Prom May 8 & 9, 7 p.m.: TDT Dance Concert

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