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August 2018


In This Issue President’s Message Hall of Fame


Inductees Upcoming Reunions


UZMARIA Cardenas, class of ’75, began her career passing out menus in her father’s restaurant, the Red Iguana. Little did she know that one day she would be managing a west side restaurant known not just in Utah, but nationally, as the best Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande.


UCY, as she is known, is the daughter of Ramon and Liliane Cardenas. Although she grew up in the family restaurant business, she left Utah to pursue a career in which she trained and managed personnel for restaurants in six states. During Lucy’s time away from Utah, her mother and brother both passed away, leaving her father to manage an ever-popular, growing business. Lucy came home to take over the leadership and dayto-day activities at the Red Iguana and its sister restaurants.


ODAY, the Red Iguana has three locations in Salt Lake and serves over 800,000 people a year. This is the legacy of the Cardenas family, and the very heart of Lucy’s endeavors to keep the family business prosperous while honoring her family’s years of hard work and community contributions.


OR the past 12 years, Lucy has guided the Red Iguana restaurant as it has become one of the most decorated restaurants in Utah. Salt Lake Weekly has named it Best Mexican Restaurant multiple times over the years, and the Red Iguana has received numerous

Lucy Cardenas, 2018 Alumna of the Year Class of 1975 other honors as well. The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce named it Best Minority Business of the Year in 2010; the Governor’s Mansion Foundation Culinary Artist Award went to Lucy in 2006; and for five straight years the Harvard-based ICIC Foundation put the Red Iguana on the InnnerCity100 list of fastest growing businesses in the United States. Additionally, Inc. Magazine included the Red Iguana in its list of fastest-growing businesses. Other accolades have come from Fodor’s, USA Today and the New York Times. Also, not to be overlooked, the Food Channel’s “Dives and Diners” show did a sizzling feature on the Red Iguana.


HE success of this business is a tribute to Lucy’s determination to keep her family’s famous food not just a part of Salt Lake City’s west side where it all began, but at the other locations as well.


N her spare time, Lucy has served for the past eight years on the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Business Advisory Board. She also has been appointed to the Utah Multicultural Commission and is currently a River District Business Alliance board member.


UCY’S years at West High included activity in the Pep Club, which won Best Contest Performance and Most Original Titles in 1975. That same year, West won the state basketball championship.


ONGRATULATIONS to Luzmaria Cardenas and her employees on the success of the restaurant and to Lucy for her courage and loyalty to family, school and community.


Table of Contents

PANTHER PRINTS August 2018 2018 Alumna of the Year: Lucy Cardenas


Alumni Association President’s Message


Homecoming 2018


Letter from the Principal


2018 Hall of Fame Inductee: Dave Kindig


Upcoming Class Reunions


2017-2018 West High Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients and Donors


2018 Panther in the Community: Una Taufa


2018 Panther in the Community: June Hiatt


2018 President’s Award: Roy Lee Grover


2018 Athletic Hall of Fame: Merrell Brothers


2018 Honoary Alumna: Lisa Sandstrom


West High Graduate Taking Big Strides in Cross Country


2017-2018 Alumni Association Board Members PRESIDENT: Don Johnson (’62)

TREASURER: David Worthen (’60)

1ST VICE PRESIDENT: James Lunn (’05)

BOARD MEMBERS: Pat Toone Williams (’53) Sandra Underwood (’56) Pauline J. Camomile (’60) Linda Hale (’62) Vicky Collard (’63) Steve Asay (’71) Eric Romero (’83) Vicky Robinson (’82) Emily Berry (’05)

2ND VICE PRESIDENT: Christine Whitehead Lavulo (’91) SECRETARY: Jennifer Moench Kartchner (’90)

Bryce Williams (’05) Joseph Arrington (’05) Kelsey Price (’09) SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS: Reunions: Vicky Robinson (’82) Panther Prints: Kelsey Price (’09) Carol Wagner (’51) Electronic Communications: James Lunn (’05) Special Alumni: Marvin and Shirlene Hendrickson

West High Alumni Association President’s Message: Don Johnson


S most of you already know, we lost a great alumnus in May 2017. Ray Hale passed away. He was the epitome of what a great leader should be. His actions and deeds continue to have a lasting legacy on the Alumni Association. We will miss him immensely. Ray and his wife, Linda, have dedicated their lives to serving West High.

UT, I want to tell you that the Board will be left in good hands. Our present Alumni Board members are excited and more dedicated than ever to continuing to provide support in meeting the changes and challenges that the future might bring.







PEAKING of Linda, she decided to retire from OUR contributions and support are the her school job and the Alumni Board at the lifeblood that provides scholarships to end of the school year to pursue other interests deserving students. I ask that you give what that she has long desired to do. We will miss her you can. I know times are hard, but any amount, as well. She was the glue that held the Association whether it be large or small really helps. together on a daily basis. We wish her well. am honored to have served as the president of also will be retiring from the Board at the end this fantastic association. Take care and always of December 2018 to explore other interests. It remember as Ray Hale so often said, ONCE A has been a great ride and I really appreciate all the PANTHER, ALWAYS A PANTHER. dedication and help that the present board has provided me the past few years.



ROM all of us at West High School and the West High Alumni Association, thank you Linda Hale for your passionate years of services to the Panther community. Linda has served on the West High Alumni Association Board since it was founded in 1986, and she has been at the heart of our efforts to provide scholarships for graduating West High School seniors. We are honored to have her name on our Alumni Room at West High. We wish you luck in your future endeavors and on you LDS mission in South Africa. We will miss you! —The West High Alumni Association


WEST HIGH HOMECOMING WEEK 2018: September 17-22, 2018

West High School Homecoming 2018

West High School Homecoming Week takes place Sept. 17-21, 2018! Join us and return to campus to show your Panther pride and celebrate more than 125 years of scholars and champions.

Alumni Open House

This year’s WHSAA Alumni Awards include:

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21 10:15 a.m. - noon WHERE: West High School

Hall of Fame: David Kindig (’88)

Homecoming Game vs Murray High

Outstanding Panther in the Community: June Haiti (’05), Una Tafau (’02)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21 7 p.m. WHERE: Gean Plaga Stadium West High School

Alumni Awards Ceremony WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21 Football Game Halftime WHERE: Gean Plaga Stadium West High School

Alumna of the Year: Lucy Cardenas (’75)

President’s Award: Roy Lee Grover (’39) Honorary Alumai: Lisa Sandstrom Athletic Award: Cory Merrell (’02), Steve Merrell (’05), and Nick Merrell (’07) Join us at the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, Sept. 21, against Murray High School as we honor these awardees at halftime. For additional information about Homecoming activities, visit the West High School website at

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL: FORD WHITE through two other serious efforts to be added to the Salt Lake City community, I finally landed the best job in Utah.



TAKE great pride in this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal of West High School. Becoming a Panther has been a decade long journey for me as my dream was to work in an inner city school somewhere in America. This dream has finally been realized. Nine years ago, as a newly emerged administrator, I applied for an assistant principal position at West High only to learn that a more experienced internal candidate had received the position. Fast forward

ORN and raised in Michigan, I left the comfort of a small town to serve in the United States Marine Corps as a tank commander during Gulf War until I exited active duty to take advantage of the G.I. Bill, which allowed me the financial means to finish college.


Y love of teaching drove me to explore a passion I discovered as a mentor and teacher leader, operating internally to improve student achievement and support teaching and learning. This interest and desire to create improved systems of support for students swiftly led me into a second echelon of school leadership as an

administrator. I firmly held to a basic belief that all students can learn at high levels if provided the access, structure and encouragement to succeed. I have never waivered in this commitment and belief to act and provide the necessary material, emotional and educational support necessary for all to navigate the high school experience and become college and career ready.


STAND prepared, ready and willing to serve the West community with all the strength, vigor and drive that I’ve provided my own children. I enthusiastically look forward to the success that lies ahead for this great school. Lastly, 20 years of experience as a Utah educator has proven the timeless saying to be true, “Everyone knows someone who went to West.”


O Panthers!

— Ford White

West High Principal Salt Lake School District

CONTACT WHS Alumni Association


HETHER you’re looking to find an upcoming reunion, get involved, or make a donation, the West High School Alumni Association would love to hear from you! West High Alumni Association Room 215 241 North 300 West Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Phone: 801-578-8500 ext. 2150 Email: Website: Facebook:





ORN and raised in Salt Lake City, Dave Kindig is widely known for his work at his state-of-the-art custom shop, where automobiles are rendered, designed, built and restored into spectacular works of art. Creativity was definitely flowing through his blood from the age of five when he started taking apart Hot Wheels—chopping and redesigning them and putting his own changes on color wheels and the stance of the model cars.


VEN though Dave skipped college, he likes to say he has an engineering degree in Hot Wheels. It is said that car design is an art form with few true masters, but from concept and design to build and finish, Dave has led the field with his special skills and vision in crafting the most unique one-of-a-kind vehicles on the planet. In 1999, he built Kindig-It-Design with his wife, Charity, with a small investment and a dream to design and build custom vehicles in his own shop.

recognized and respected that Velocity Channel gave them their own television show, “Bitchin Rides.” Debuting in 2014 the show was an instant hit and put Dave in the upper stratosphere of celebrity auto enthusiasts. Dave’s TV show follows the everyday work of Kindig It Design featuring his dedicated team of automotive masters who have been customizing automobiles for customers across the world since the shop opened almost 20 years ago.


ONGRATULATIONS to Dave and Charity Kindig and their talented staff. Dave is an example of someone who set out on a course, took chances and accomplished his goals. His love for cars and drawing, along with hard work, determination and never-give-up attitude has helped him build one of the top custom automotive design businesses in the country.


HE Kindig team has had many accomplishments on the way—and so many of their projects have been featured in magazines and on TV receiving worldwide attention. Dave and his shop became so

Dave Kindig, WHS Hall of Fame Attended 1988

VOLUNTEER FOR THE WHSAA Board The West High School Alumni Association is always looking for dedicated alumni to join our board. The board is dedicated to forging and preserving lifelong relationships with alumni, students and the community. The Alumni Association provides ways for alumni to connect with one another through

reunions and Homecoming, volunteer at the school and give back to the Panther community. To learn more about volunteering as a West High Alumni Association Board Member, contact Board President Don Johnson at


Class of 1973

Class of 1998

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

was held August 14, 2018

65 Year Reunion

6:30 - 8:30 pm West High Commons Casual Dress $15 per person

RSVP by Aug 25:

Pat Haslam Toone or Cornelia Johnson Wilson

45 Year Reunion

6:30 pm Tucanos 162 South 400 West Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 Pre-payment required


Debbie Carlson

20 Year Reunion

See Class Facebook Page for details

Contact for future reunions: Fang Zhou

Class of 2003 15 Year Reunion

Class of 1978

No available information

60 Year Reunion

To be Announced, 2018

Class of 2008

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2018


Class of 1958 Contact:

Bob Matthiesen 801-272-3072

Class of 1968 50 Year Reunion

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

6:00 pm Millcreek Inn 5802 East Millcreek Canyon Rd. Salt Lake City, Utah 84109 $60 per person


Sharon Peake 801-647-4286

Class of 1969 50 Year Reunion

To Be Announced, 2019 Contact:

Lynda Baldwin

40 Year Reunion

Dani Murakami

10 Year Reunion

To be Announced Conatct:

Class of 1983 35 Year Reunion

To be Announced, 2018 Contact:

Brad Auger

Class of 1988 30 Year Reunion

was held June 13, 2018 Contact for future reunions: Saran Whiting

Class of 1993 25 Year Reunion

No available information

Jessa (Sandstrom) Freeman

Class of 2009 10 Year Reunion

To be Announced, 2019 Website:


Kelsey Price 801-718-6095

Submit Your Reunion

Please note that the WHAA newsletter is mailed out in August, please submit your reunion information by June 2019 to be included in next year’s newsletter.

Submit Your Reunion Victoria Robinson






HE Alumni Association recieves money O donate, visit our website from many generous sources and, email us at info@ donors for college scholarships. Donors that or write us at West support our West High graduates include High Alumni Association, Room 215, 241 the Kingsley Foundation, family groups, North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. graduation classes, as well as individual alumni throughout the community. SPECIAL thanks to Sinclair Oil Co. and Marv Henderickson for their E welcome and encourage donations continued support. Please remember any as an individual, family, graduating donation, whether it’s $10 or $10,000, can class, etc. Your interest in donating and help deserving West High School students supporting our ongoing efforts to provide attend college. students with scholarships is appreciated.


Did you Receive an Alumni Scholarship? Were you the recipient of a West High School Alumni Association Scholarship? If so, we would love to hear from you! Where are you now? What are you doing with your education? Please drop us a note to keep us updated and inspire others to give back. West High Alumni Association Room 215 241 North 300 West Salt Lake City, UT 84103 Phone: 801-578-8500 ext. 2150 Email: Website: Facebook:








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Arumy Fuentes

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L. Ralph Mechan & David & Connie Worthen Brent & Bonnie Beesley & Tracy Maxwell

Class of '62,'63,'87 & Thomas M. Endo Mark & Laura Willes & Jennifer Peterson Glenda Seelos & Sue Berg Scott Runia & Ella Kay Evans Carl Tippets & Danuel Stanger

Jerry Fenstermaker & Lisa & Steve Towner Gaylyn Larsen & Joan & Mickey Monahan

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Martina Martinez

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Ashley Mecado

Kingsley Foundation


THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DONORS 2017-2018 President's Club $1,000+ The Alumni Association greatly appreciates the generous contributions to our President’s Club. This level of donation is the primary source for awarding our scholarships to deserving students. Cheri & Brent Andrus

Linda & Frank Jr. Garner

Linda & Enoch Richard Smith

Brent & Bonnie Beesley

Marv Henrickson

Danuel Stanger

Grant & Susan Cannon

Carol Holding

David Streiff

Class of 1987

Betty Lorenz

Carl Tippets

David & Debbie Costanzo

Richard Nemelka

Jane Watterson

Becky Crowther

Jennifer Peterson

Mark & Laura Wille

Brian & Jeri Freckleton

David J. Saxton

David & Connie Worthen

Red and Black Club $200-$999 The Alumni Association appreciates the contributions to our Red and Black Club. This money plays a critical role in supporting our scholarship fund and helps deserving West High students, who may otherwise not have the necessary means to attend college. Donna W. Allan

Brian & Jeri Freckleton

Leonidas Ralph Mecham

Anagram International

Wallace Gatrell

Leone Medley

David Ashton

Maxine Giovacchini

Joan & Mickey Monahan

Joyce R. Avery

Leo William Goates

John C. Mulderig

William Baxter

Linda Hale

Peggy & Tim Newman

Sue A. Berg

Carol A. Hendrickson

Errol Remington

Ralph & Judy Burton

Richard Holmes

Victoria A. Robinson

Ann Denninghoff

Joan Howard

Scott Runia

George Dillon

Kathy Kershaw

Ronald P. Sartori

Louis Dunham

Larry Kershaw

Glenda Seelos

Thomas M. Endo

Don Larsen

Cameron Soelberg

Ella Kay Evans

Gaylyn Larsen

Michael Stephens

Jerry Fenstermaker

Don & Sue Lewon

Lisa & Steve Towner

Four-Ten LLC

Tracy Maxwell

Larry Winkelkotter

Gerald & Sharon McPolin

George Yost


CENTENNIAL 100 Club $100-$199 The Alumni Association encourages and invites all graduates and families to make a contribution to our scholarship fund. Those who contribute any amount support and maintain a lasting legacy. They help send a West High graduate to college. Remember all contributions are tax deducitble. Rebecca Amos

John Freed

Kay & Saeko Nakashima

Robert L. Askerlund

Mark & Mildred Hafey

Dale Nelson

William B. Backer

Don Hampton

Gloria Olsen

Richard Barney

Helen Harada & Family

Zack G. Papachristos

Ernie & Gerri Barten

Donna Hiatt

Dennis Peterson

Bob Beaudoin

Ronald Huber

Jay Phillips

Peter B. Bjorklund

Dennis Hutchinson

Linda and Lyn Powell

Phillip Boren

Paul & Danelle Jensen

Kathy Robinson

Garry & Sherrie Brewer

James O. Johnson

Nick F. Sefakis

Colleen Busenbark

Don R. Johnson

Linda Segura

Betty Calder

Leonard Koda

Galen Smith

Eugene L. Campbell

Carie D. Lloyd

Mike Smith

Stuart Cannon

Mary Bridgeforth Losha

Larry Stephensen

Ron Carlson

Ken & Pat Markowski

Fran Stultz

Roberta Christensen

Jim & Marie Mason

Jeff & Lori Takenaka

Johnathan & Vigdis Clark

Jim McKean

Barbara Taylor

Donald Coburn

Dennis & Linda McKone

Debra D. & Michael Thornton

Charles L. Crosby

Bill J. McPhee

Ryan & Becky Trimble

Joan (Barbara) Davis

Frank & Alice Miller

D. H. Van Langeveld

Karen Derrick

Beverly Minnis

Kathie S. White

Amy Dillon

Val & Pamela Morris

Ronald Whitehead

Jay V. Duerden

Ted Nagata

Cornelia J. & Ralph Wilson

Kim Eichers

Una K. Nakamura

Ruth Koehler Wollshleger

Jack Eichers

Archie Nakaoka

Jared & Kalleen Wright

Michael Fairclough

2018 Panther in the Community: UNA Taufa



ANY years ago, a little boy in American Samoa dreamed of playing football in the United States, and his dream took him from Samoa to Tonga to Hawaii. Eventually, that dream took Tutuila Unaloto Taufa, or Una as his friends call him, to Salt Lake City where he became a West High Panther between 2000 and 2002.


ORN in 1984, Una did not look like football material as he had a small frame and wasn’t as tall as some of the giants signing up for rugged football. However, Una was fast and smart and used his abilities to play great defensive end and linebacker positions.


NA was in his senior year and loving football when he suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury after diving for a fumble. After finding he was paralyzed from the neck down, Una was determined to get back on his feet. He spent the next four-and-a-half months in the hospital recovering from his injury.


FTER six months of not being able to move, he spent the next year with a walker before graduating to a cane. However, instead of letting life get him down, he decided to take a positive look forward.

LOOK forward to tomorrow because you don’t know what could be on its way,” Taufa said about how the accident shaped his outlook on life.

Una Taufa, Panther in the Community Class of 2002 FTER his time in the hospital, Una


got right into playing wheelchair rugby with the Utah Scorpions, who gave him the opportunity to continue playing sports and doing what he loves. He also made it a goal to help motivate his younger brother and sister to graduate from high school. In 2013 his brother, Langatoi, graduated from Highland High School, and in 2016, his sister, Vika, graduated from Castlemont High School.


N 2008 Una met the love of his life, Arianne, and they were married in 2009. The Taufas now have three children and reside in Orem, Utah. Una owns his own barber shop called Una’s Barbershop, which opened on June 18, 2014. Una has continued to support West High School and we are honored to add his name to the West High School Alumni Hall of Fame.



UNE Hiatt, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, attended West High School and graduated with the class of 2006.

HIV support groups and assisted the community with social issues such as teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, HIV testing and access to healthy and HILE at West High, June affordable food. was active in the West High band and participated in UNE now works as the school plays. As a student at director of policy and advocacy West, June always had a passion at the Utah Housing Coalition, for social justice and she later where her focus is on educating continued to explore that passion. people on everything they need



to know to be proactive and successful homeowners. June is still very active in her community and has made it her life work to advocate for underrepresented populations.


E look forward to seeing June continue to serve as an advocate for social justice.


S a student at the University of Utah, June became active in the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center where she directed the Campus AIDS Project through the Utah AIDS Project. She also served as the coordinator of social justice programs and eventually was promoted to the student vice president of the center. In her senior year at the University of Utah she became the director of community service through the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), where she worked with various community and non-profit agencies to meet campus and community needs. June earned a joint bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics in 2011.


PON graduation June joined the Peace Corps, where she served in Namibia, Africa, for 27 months. As a volunteer in the Peace Corps, June’s primary responsibility was to work with the Ministry of Youth, Sport, National Service and Culture. In this roll she helped businesses with basic business skills, assisted

June Hiatt, Panther in the Community Class of 2006




OY Lee Grover was born in 1921 in Logan, Utah, moved with his family to Salt Lake City, and graduated from West High in 1939.


OY spent his college freshmen year as an Aggie at Utah State, prior to attending ground school at the Civilian Pilot Program at the University of Utah during the summer of 1940.

working towards his degree.


E earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Accounting from George Washington University and later on was awarded a Master’s in Business Administration.

Corporation. At one point, as a civilian personnel administrator, he managed more than 700 people in Italy.


OY reflects about his wartime experiences in his memoir, Incidents in the Life of a B-25 Pilot, which can be found as an e-book online on Amazon, Goodreads and Google.


OOKING back at his time spent in combat, Roy writes, “Service in the military forces is a traumatic experience and shapes the lives of those involved. It is increasingly traumatic the more involved one becomes in combat with the enemy forces. Everyone involved in war is marked or scarred to some extent.”


ITH World War II on the horizon, Roy completed his sophomore year before applying for pilot training in the Army Air Corps (which soon became the U.S. Air Force) and enlisting November 1, 1941. Roy went through a grueling flight training programs in Visalia and Bakersfield, California, and Chandler, Arizona, graduating as a second lieutenant on May 21, 1942.


FTER receiving his wings, Roy deployed with the 38th Bomber Group to Australia, completing missions, raids and operations throughout the Pacific. During his time in New Guinea, he flew his B-25, nicknamed the Tokyo Sleeper, in 57 combat missions against the Japanese. For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.


FTER returning to the United States in October 1943, Roy trained combat crews and flew transport missions in the U.S., Europe and North Africa, while


OY married his wife, Dorothy, in 1947 and they have one child.

Roy Lee Grover Class of 1939


URING the course of his military career, Roy served as a pilot, comptroller, deputy base commander, and management analyst at the Air Defense Command in Colorado before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1964.


FTER his military service, Roy worked in the aerospace industry at several large corporations, including Rockwell International and Northrop


N 2014, Roy was one of 11 veterans honored by the University of Utah at their annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony.


HE Alumni Association is proud to salute Colonel Grover and to acknowledge his patriotism and service.



NCE a Panther, always a panther. As alumni, we are the West High School legacy. Through the West High Alumni Association (WHAA), we are part of a great high school and west side community that shaped our lives and enabled our dreams. Together, we aim to give back to deserving students at West High School so they too are able to follow their dreams.


GIFT in support of the West High School Alumni Association keeps us connected to our school, each other and community.


OUR generous gift honors your success as a graduate of West. The Alumni Association relies

on private funding to provide scholarships for in-need West High students to further build our school’s legacy as the home of scholars and champions. Last year, we were able to give more than 40 scholarships to deserving students.


LEASE join your fellow Panthers and make a gift to WHSAA today. Together, we can ensure that outstanding West High School students are able to pursue their college dreams today and for years to come.


HANK you for your support—you make our mission possible.

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HE Alumni Association is proud to add the Merrell brothers—Steven (Steve), Cory and Nicholas (Nick)—to the West High School Athletic Hall of Fame for their contributions to lacrosse.

— Steve —


HE eldest, Steve, made his mark in lacrosse and cross country at West High before graduating in 2002 with an honors diploma. During his senior season, Steve was captain of the West High team which won the Division B State Championship, and he was named First Team All-State as a defender.

H Steve Merrell, Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2002

E went on to play for the University of San Diego Toreros, lettering all four years of college, and he received All-Conference honors all four years while playing in the Western Conference Lacrosse League. The Toreros won the Division B National Championship in 2005 and 2006. Steve was named to the National Playoff All-Tournament Team in both years, and he was the Defensive MVP for the 2006 tournament. He was selected as First Team All-American in his senior year. Steve studied philosophy and earned a bachelor of arts from San Diego in 2006.


TEVE returned to Salt Lake and served as an assistant coach for the West High men’s lacrosse team in 2007. In 2008, he then left to continue his education at MacQuarrie University in Sydney, Australia, where he received his master’s in English literature.


FTER graduating, Steve returned to Utah and became the assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team at the University of Utah. Still not finished with his education, he received his master’s of education degree in 2014 from the University of Utah.

C Cory Merrell, Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005

URRENTLY, Steve is a middle school administrator at the Athlos Charter School in Herriman, Utah.


— Cory —


HE next Merrell brother, Cory, excelled in multiple sports at West, lettering in cross country, football, basketball and lacrosse. Cory was team captain of the football, lacrosse and basketball teams, received All-Region and All-State honors for football in 2003 and 2004, All-Region honors for basketball in 2005, and All-State honors for lacrosse in 2004 and 2005. Cory was also named the Statewide MVP at the Midfield position in 2005. During his senior year, Cory received the Hale Award, which is given to to an outstanding student athlete. When not competing, Cory served as the Associated Students of West (ASW) publicity officer. Upon graduation in 2005, he received an honors diploma, just like his brother Steve.


RECIPIENT of a West High School Alumni Association Scholarship, Cory attended the University of Utah, where he continued to play lacrosse all four years, serving as team captain in 2009 and receiving All Conference honors in 2008 and 2009. Cory graduated in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in sports science.


Nick Merrell, Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2007

N 2011, Cory became an assistant coach for the West High lacrosse team, and went on to become ICK attended the University of Utah with an the head coach in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He then academic scholarship, where he continued returned to the University of Utah to earn his master’s to played lacrosse for four years and was team in business administration, graduating in 2015. captain in 2010-2011. He was named to the Rocky Mountain All-Conference team as a senior. URRENTLY, Cory owns and operates his own business, The SandBar, a popular indoor/ FTER graduating with a degree in exercise outdoor beach volleyball center in North Salt Lake. sports science, Nick returned to West and followed Cory as the lacrosse head coach, leading — Nick — the team in 2014 and 2015. Earlier this year, Nick received a special Athlete of the Year award from HE youngest Merrell, Nick, graduated from the West High Athletic Department and the West West High with the Class of 2007, receiving High Alumni Association, for his multi-sport an honors diploma and an academic scholarship to achievements as a student-athlete. Currently, he the University of Utah. While at West, Nick was is a health insurance broker in Salt Lake and he also active in multiple varsity sports, as a member of coaches lacrosse at Olympus High. the cross country, football, basketball and lacrosse teams. In 2006, Nick was the football team captain ONGRATULATIONS to Steve, Cory and and MVP, and also was named to the football First Nick for their tremendous lacrosse careers Team All-Region and honorable mention All-State. along with their academic achievements. Nick was the team captain for basketball in 2006. In his junior and senior years, Nick was the lacrosse team captain, received All-State honors both years, and was named the statewide MVP for the midfield position.






2018 Honorary Alumna: Lisa Sandstrom graduates. All nine graduates were very involved in student government, leadership clubs, various sports and dance company. Clarissa, her youngest, will graduate this year.


OW Lisa works at West High School. Her grandkids come to visit and have lunch with her, just as she did with her grandma. She loves her job as the Family Resource Center director, helping meet students’ basic needs so they can focus on their studies.


ISA describes her job as “loving and caring for every person who walks into my office” and that’s exactly what she does! She is lovingly known as “Momma Lisa” to the students at West High.


S the director of the Family Resource Center, Lisa oversees a variety of services aimed at helping students succeed in school. Lisa is passionate for West High School students and their families, utilizing the Family Resoure Center to create a positive school community.

Lisa (left) with daugther, Beka (right). Beka is a West High alumna Lisa Sandstrom Honorary Alumna, 2018


ISA Savage Sandstrom was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. By the time she was 14 years old, she had moved 15 times and lived in four different states.


HEN her family visited Salt Lake, Lisa would spend hours at West High making crafts in the treasurer’s office where her grandmother, Marge Savage, worked. Because of this, she grew to love West High School, the Panthers and the school colors, red and black.


ISA graduated from Morgan High School in Morgan, Utah, where she was involved in student

government. She was on drill team, had the female lead in two musicals, and was a vocal soloist. She was crowned FFA sweetheart, dairy princess and Morgalla days rodeo queen. She most loved being on seminary council. Lisa met her husband Jeff while they were attending Brigham Young University. They subsequently moved to Salt Lake and Lisa felt like she had moved home.


ISA is the mother of nine children, seven in-law children, and the “Grandy” to 15 grandchildren. Six of Lisa’s children and all three of her sons-in-law are West High


ERVICES provided through the Family Resource Center include a food pantry, clothes closet, school supplies, after-school tutoring and more. Lisa and her Family Resource Center team strive to create a safe space for students and families, offering food from their pantry, warm coats, support to navigate the community, and people for students, parents and families to talk to when in need. Through her work, Lisa helps families navigate both the West High Community and the community at large.


ONGRATULATIONS to Lisa and her family. We thank her for her tireless efforts to provide support and give back to the West High community.


Grayson Murphy Class of 2013


top soccer player at West High School, Grayson Murphy switched sports and is now a top runner in cross country and track and field at the University of Utah. Murphy has been setting records in races in various venues across the United States while finishing her days at the university excelling as student. A three-time AllAmerican, Murphy was also a 2017 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic, 2016 cross country USTFCCCA All-Academic and a 2017 first team Pac-12 All-Academic.


ast season, she finished eighth in the NCAA cross country championships in November in Louisville, Kentucky with a time of 19:36.27. It was the highest finish ever by a Utah cross country runner.


ince she started running cross country in 2014, Grayson has had a goal of becoming one of the top 10 runners nationally. She accomplished that goal in November 2017 at the championships, the last race of her collegiate cross country career.


urphy graduated from Utah in 2018 as a decorated runner with a 3.9 GPA and degree in civil engineering. As one chapter closes, Murphy is already looking forward to the next as a professional runner. As she strives for new goals, she never will forget where she started and those who have been influential in her success. Grayson will soon end her career as a Ute, but as she continues running faster and higher she’ll always be a Panther.

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Panther Prints: 2018  

Our 2018 edition of the West High Alumni Association annual newsletter.

Panther Prints: 2018  

Our 2018 edition of the West High Alumni Association annual newsletter.