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Three Canyons’ students have received honors at the prestigious Springville All-State High School Art Show.

Brighton’s Georgia Raddon, Jordan’s Nicole Brooks and Hillcrest's Sarah Turpin each received the Juror’s Award of Merit for their entries into the 45th annual art show. The highly competitive exhibition features entries from high school juniors and seniors throughout Utah. Raddon and Brooks will receive a cash prize and special recognition at the Utah State Capitol on Feb. 22 for their entries.

Raddon’s AP Arts teacher required all 30 of her students to prepare entries to the contest, from which she selected four pieces of art to submit to the museum. After two of Raddon’s photographs were chosen to comprise Brighton’s four entries, the senior was surprised. When she won an award for her photo called “Pink Haze,” she was shocked.

“I wasn’t even really aware there were awards, and so when my teacher told me, I was like, ‘Really?’ ” Raddon said. “I was really excited.”

Raddon has always had an interest in photography, but she never considered herself to be very good, she says. She enrolled in an AP arts class to gain more experience — and the class inspired her to pursue the arts as a career after she completes college. Raddon already has a scholarship and plans to attend the School of Visual Arts in ManhattaIMG_0374.JPGn to study photography after she graduates this year. Her love of art stems from her desire to share her perspective with others.

“I like that I can help the world, or the people around me see the world that I see,” Raddon says. “I feel like I have a very different view or perspective of the things around me, and I think a lot of people don’t see that. So when I’m able to share that with people, it just makes me really happy.”

Nicole Brooks submitted artwork in last year’s art show at the Springville museum, as well as this year, which is an accomplishment of itself, the junior says.

“I wasn’t even expecting to have my piece get in, so it was a really sweet surprise to have it picked for an award,” Brooks saNicole_Brooks.jpgid.

Her motivation for her charcoal sketch of a human form came from her desire to share a story with others. Brooks participates in the Robotics Club at Jordan in her free time, and she decided this year to include an inner narrative with each piece she creates.

Over the summer, Brooks took an art class that featured a ballet dancer who held different poses for the students to photograph. One of his poses inspired Brooks, who drew the form with the story of Icarus in mind.

“I thought of telling the story of Icarus when I did it,” Brooks says. “But I’d also like people to see it and come up with their own stories to go with it.”

Sarah Turpin's art evokes a feeling or mood. Her watercolor and pen recreation of downtown Salt Lake captures a typical winter day — slightly overcast, no leaves on the trees, a little grey — but seeing the town throughTurpin’s eyes makes it appear magical. Under the grey, there’s a band of light. There’s movement, life and energy.

“I’ve done (watercolor) for most of my life,” Turpin said. “I didn’t start doing it a lot until I was in 8th grade, but I’ve always loved it.”

This is the second award Turpin has won at the Springville art show in as many years, but she was still surprised to receive the recognition. Aside from her love of art, Turpin also likes theater, her English classes and serving others. She spends an hour or two every Thursday helping people in the community who have special needs. “That pretty much sums me up,” Turpin says.

With her Springville creation under her belt, Turpin has already moved on to other artistic projects. She is currently rehearsing to perform as a member of the court and a student in Hillcrest’s production of Hamlet on March 17-20, and working on a series of 12 portraits for an AP class assignment. 
slcitysky.jpgAs part of the class curriculum, students create a portfolio of work, including a concentration project. For her undertaking, Turpin selected 12 refugees whom she interviewed and photographed. The project might not win any awards, but Turpin hopes it will touch the hearts of her subjects.

“I’m looking at their pictures and I’m making oil paintings of them,” Turpin says. “I wanted to do a project for them, because I’m giving them the portraits once I’m finished.”
Do the winter blues have you down? Would you rather disappear into Victorian England, consider the value of individuality, laugh about society’s pitfalls, pretend you are at the Globe Theatre or spy on the Salem witch trials from the comfort of a high school auditorium? Never fear, Canyons’ students are hard at work on this year’s lineup of Winter-Spring plays — and they’re ready to transport you to your destination of choice.

From “Hamlet” to “Urinetown,” each of Canyons’ high schools — and several middle schools — will be presenting a variety of musicals and plays beginning later this month.

“Our goal is to create a unique version of the world’s most famous play that will cause audiences to realize they can understand Shakespeare,” says the award-winning Hillcrest d16425746_3878946570826_6174560334808074503_n.jpgrama teacher Josh Long. Hillcrest’s production will feature three different versions of Shakespeare’s original script for a streamlined performance, transported into a modern setting, with digital screens surrounding the audience.

Long chose to present “Hamlet” as an additional challenge to his students, who are already four-time Shakespeare Competition champions and four-time State Champions.

Here is a rundown of CSD's theatrical productions:
  • Alta: The Crucible, 7 p.m. Feb. 22-25 @ Alta auditorium
  • Jordan High: Jane Austen’s “Emma,” 7 p.m. March 2-4, 6 @ Jordan auditorium
  • Hillcrest: Hamlet, 7 p.m., March 17-18, 20 @ Hillcrest auditorium
  • Corner Canyon: Urinetown, 7 p.m. May 17-20 @ Corner Canyon auditorium
Middle school performances: 
  • Draper Park Middle: The Lion King Jr. 7:30 p.m. March 7-11
  • Mt. Jordan Middle: Fame! Jr. 7 p.m. May 12, 16-18
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:41

110 CSD Students Advance to Regional Science Fair

What if California were to secede from the United States? Is a Brexit-style “Calexit” even legal? And how might the state’s departure, and the loss of its 55 electoral votes, influence future presidential elections? It’s this last question that piqued the curiosity of Brighton High sophomore Jenna Rupper — and that impressed the judges of Canyons District’s 2017 Science and Engineering Fair.

Rupper is among 110 finalists chosen from a field of about 300 to represent CSD at the Salt Lake Regional and Engineering Fair in March where she’ll compete for tens-of-thousands of dollars in college scholarships. If judges there are equally impressed with her data modeling project exploring the political ramifications of a Calexit, she’ll join a select number of students to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Like most scientific inquiries, Rupper’s started with a question drawn from observation or experience — in her case, from current affairs. Her favorite school subjects have always been math and science, but over the past few years she’s been intrigued by politics, particularly the data-driven journalism and opinion poll analyses produced by the blogging platform, FiveThirtyEight. “An independent group in California has been talking about withdrawing from the Union, so I looked at past presidential elections dating back to 1992 to see how they might have gone if California wasn’t part of the U.S.”
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Because California has more electoral votes than any other state, and has historically supported Democratic candidates, Rupper hypothesized that it’s absence would tip the balance of votes in favor of Republican Presidents. Using historical U.S. Census data and the University of Michigan’s Electoral College calculator, she re-calculated election results with California out of the equation.

Her data modeling produced an average 3 percent shift in electoral votes — not enough to flip any of the Presidential races. “California’s secession could still influence Congressional races and the balance of power in Congress, and it could have economic consequences for the country,” Rupper said. “But concerns about a Presidential shift in power might be overstated.”

If Rupper had more time, she says she’d like to re-run the data to test what would happen if electoral votes were apportioned the same way as Congressional seats.

The Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair will be held March 21-23, 2017 at the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium. The awards ceremony will be held March 24 at Olympus High School 4055 S 2300 E, Holladay, UT 84124. Here is a full list of CSD’s 70 elementary division and 40 junior and senior division finalists:

Altara Elementary
Hailey Richards
Luciana Bizek
Nora Wetzel
Ruby Gardner

Brookwood Elementary
Eli Baker
Walker Malmstrom
Natalie Morrill

Canyon View Elementary
Erin Chan
Luke Barlow
Jack Baird
Talmage Howe

Crescent Elementary
Mackenzie McKay
Marcus Evans
Taylor Gould

Draper Elementary
Easton Adamson

Granite Elementary
Peyton Seamons
Halle Terry
William Bohmholdt

Oakdale Elementary
Mateo Paul

Park Lane Elementary
Chantel Moore
Riley Roof
Kambri Butcher
Carissa Culberson
Preston Cheney
Mitch Stepan
Spencer Moore
Charlie Wanek
Ty Spillett

Peruvian Park Elementary
Edward Loh
Fiona Zara
Gabriel Williams
Jacob Arens
Katrina Rogecheva
Liliya Barashyan

Quail Hollow Elementary
Eva Chamberlain
Priscilla Smingler

Silver Mesa Elementary
Keyan Olson

Sunrise Elementary
Carson Wood
Elena Parker
Jaden Andrew Aguilon
Logan Bridge
Maryam Bassaid
Nayantara Nair
Nicholas Perrine
Savannah Sierer
Sterling Perry
Zach Tokita 

Albion Middle School
Anegilla Keefer
Anna Mitchell
Cara Cheatham
Chaitrali Samant
Charlie Caten
Adam Liu
Charlie Simmons
Riley Gillespie
Eli Rehmer
Cameron Johns
Mason Young
Erica McDermott
Eryn Huntamer
Fatima Zaidi
Garett George
Dillon Barney
Jayden Olsen
Grace Wong
Ashley Hill
Jared Kimball
Katie Kelly
Ashlyn Thomson
Olivia Vandersteen
Lakshmi Adiga
Lilly Cheatham
Allie Jager
Lindsey Peterson
Madison Goerke
Annabella Franco
Emma Nieporte
Nathan Hunter
Paris Freebairn
Paul Glade
Raunya Barakat
Ski Dalgleish
Vincent Van Leeuwen
Wyatt Rawson
Bryson Petzinger
Cassidy Kenney
Chesney Chin
MaKenzi Thomson
Drew Stevens
Easton Ashworth
Ellie Whitmore
Emily Villanueva
Emmaline Young
Hanna Sasivarevic
Hassan Alabbas
Isabella Grim
Katelyn Simmons
Ashlie Sperry
Maloree West
Mercedes Cole
Naiya Chamberlain
Porter Bach
Andrew Hill
Raegan Rutherford
Reagan Manwaring
Sam Clayton
Sarah Hunter
Sienna Christensen
Zane Wong
Jaron Hansen
Stewart Sonntag

Midvale Middle
Andry Joseph
Danju Zoe Liu
Eric Chen
Joel Larrabee
Matthew Simmons
Luke Cox
Ryan Chen
Warren Ellsworth
Lucas Bolster
Selena Yu
Urah Goh
Abigail GIolas
Wentao Zhang
Eric Snaufer
Abigail Slama-Clatron
Marianne Liu

Brighton High
Jenna Rupper

Hillcrest High
Alan Zhao
Alex Sun
Alexander Cheng
Jaehyun Han
Sai Parsawar
Wensen Zhang
Her name is Dani Barton — but the Deseret News calls her Ms. Volleyball, The Salt Lake Tribune calls her Player of the Year and Gatorade has named her the Utah Volleyball Player of the Year. Barton’s success at Brighton caught the attention of the University of Utah so much that, starting in January, her teammates will be calling her a Ute. The senior graduated early in December so she could start playing volleyball in college as soon as possible.

“She’s the best female athlete in the state, hands down. You could give her a ping pong paddle, and next year, she could be your state champ,” her Brighton High coach Adam Fernandez told the Deseret News

barton.jpg Indeed, Barton’s raw athleticism was apparent in more than one sport. She played on Brighton’s championship-winning basketball team as a sophomore,and made the state finals of the 100-meter and 400-meter dash on her first try running track as a junior. She comes from a long line of accomplished athletes: Two of her brothers play college football; her mother, Mikki Kane-Barton is a member of the U.’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame; and her father, Paul Barton played football and baseball at the U.

But inborn talent is nothing without discipline. What sets Barton apart from other outside hitters is her internal drive to improve and her never-quit attitude on the court, says coach Fernandez who had his eye on Barton from the time she attended the school’s volleyball camp in seventh grade, when she was already playing as well as his varsity team members. She didn’t let her coach down. Barton finished the volleyball season with 418 kills and 71 blocks. She led her team in digs and landed 91 percent of her serves. She is ranked No. 4 in Utah for her accomplishments.

“What I love most about volleyball is it’s more of a mental game,” Barton told Adam Mikulich at KUTV as she was highlighted as the Prep of the Week. “It tests your mental toughness and I just love being on the team.”

Now Barton has her eye on her next goal: competing in beach volleyball, which is a sport the University of Utah is adding to its roster in the spring. Of course Barton plans to win, but her dreams go even farther than that: she wants to win in the summer Olympics.
Thursday, 22 December 2016 19:22

Olympic swimmer returns to BHS for pep talk

He competed in the 2016 Olympic Games against such history-making swimmers as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. While swimming for Brighton High, the 16-time prep All-American won four consecutive state championships and shattered 50 Utah swimming records.

But Long Gutierrez confides that to reach those heights, he had to push through some low points when he doubted himself and considered hanging up his goggles for good. “Everyone has those moments when you look at the records board and think, ‘Wow, that guy is fast and fit.’ But what you don’t see is all the hard work behind it,” Gutierrez told members of his home prep team this week after practicing with the Bengals while on winter break from University of California, Berkeley. “Just believe in yourself. If you think you can do better, you can.”

Few swimmers enjoy as meteoric of a career as Gutierrez, who was recruited to swim for the top-ranked Cal Golden Bears on scholarship. But records, state titles and coveted scholarships don’t make the swimmer, he said. Some of the most valuable college swimmers, the ones who end up being team captains, are the walk-ons who grit it out each day to get better. IMG_2601.jpg

The same is true for academics. It takes effort to reap the returns, and swimming can help open doors, as it has for Gutierrez who enrolled at Cal with a 3.8 GPA and is studying bioengineering. Gutierrez didn’t start as Cal’s fastest or most experienced swimmer. Yet he stuck it out, and has performed well at nationals and at international events. In sports, training nearly always trumps talent, he says. “It takes pushing yourself every day, drilling and working on the details. …I go to practice each day basically wanting to beat my teammates and they do the same.”

Trust in yourself, trust in the process and trust in your coaches, Gutierrez added, motioning to Brighton Coach Todd Etherington who started working with Gutierrez when he was about 10 years old. “Coach Todd knows me better than anyone.”

Hard work paid off for Gutierrez this past summer as he realized his lifelong dream of competing for the Mexican Olympic swim team in Rio. Seeking more opportunities for their son, the Gutierrezes moved to Cottonwood Heights from Mexico when Long was 2. He finished seventh in his 100-meter butterfly heat, and though is time of 53.34 seconds wasn’t enough to qualify him for the semifinals, he says it was an experience he’ll never forget. Asked about his favorite Olympics moment, he said, it was the Opening Ceremony. “Walking out onto the field and just seeing all those people was amazing,” he said.
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