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Five Draper Park Middle School students have earned state awards for their creativity in essay-writing and video creation. The seventh-grade students in Utah Studies teacher Rick Bowman's class won top prizes in the seventh- through ninth-grade division of the Utah Water Conservancy Contest. The awards are as follows:

Essay Division:

- First Place and $250 cash award: Lauren Williams
- Second Place and $100 cash award: Preston Woodward
- Third Place and $50 cash award: Jason Casey

Video Division:
- First Place and $250 cash award: Brooke Meyers
- Second Place and $100 cash award: Luke Hayes

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Students enrolled ingrades 4-12 within the water District's eight counties were invited to submit a poem, essay or video pertaining to the contest's theme: "Starting Small. How kids can help their families conserve water." The top three winners in each category received a cash prize.

More than 1,500 students entered the contest.
Friday, 17 January 2014 14:13

Headlines Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Around Canyons
Live on 2News: Science Fair 101: Explore what you love, CSD's Rachel Hill says
http://kutv.com/news/features/guests/stories/vid_2291.shtml

Draper Park student essay honored in Martin Luther King contest
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57406821-78/winners-essay-video-junior.html.csp


Utah
Trayvon Martin's mother to U. audience: End racism with respect
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57406276-78/martin-fulton-events-king.html.csp

Granite contest seeks student-designed bus ads
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865594274/Granite-contest-seeks-student-designed-ads-for-school-buses.html


National
Obama urges action on improving college access
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765645789/Obama-urges-action-on-expanding-college-access.html

Report: Early-college high school grads more likely to earn college degree
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/college_bound/2014/01/college_completion_rates_higher_for_early_college_graduates.html

Pre-K coming to Hawaii?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/early_years/2014/01/hawaii_poised_to_add_pre-k_to_states_offerings.html

Wisconsin considered rural educator retention plan
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rural_education/2014/01/wisconsin_considers_rural_educator_retention_plan_studies_schools_challenges.html

N.M. guv: Roswell shooting victim improving
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57405903-68/students-face-injured-kassetas.html.csp

Will Comcast, Kahn Academy partnership help kids in need?
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865594252/Comcast-and-Kahn-Academys-partnership-for-education-will-it-really-help-needy-kids.html

First Lady turns focus on education
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/15/first-lady-turns-focus-on-education/


Opinion
Trib: Utah schools need more counselors
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57391178-82/students-counselors-schools-utah.html.csp

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The back-to-school season this year will be particularly exciting for students at Corner Canyon High and Butler and Draper Park middle schools. Along with the usual newness of the first day of school — new teachers, new lockers, new textbooks, new friends — they will have something else to look forward to: new schools.

Canyons District is celebrating the opening of these schools with ribbon-cutting celebrations. The public is invited to the following events:
Each school has cutting-edge amenities and technology to give students the best opportunities in building a college- and career-ready education. Corner Canyon, 12943 S. 700 East, the first public secondary school to be built in Draper, boasts state-of-the art science labs, a 3,300-seat capacity gym that meets NCAA standards, and a 120-seat lecture hall.

Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, which is also making history as the first public middle school in Draper, has three academic wings that house high-tech classrooms, a fully integrated media center with a TV production studio and a 700-seat auditorium, to name a few of the school’s exciting features.

Butler Middle, 7530 S. 2700 East, has a gymnasium with an elevated indoor running track and fitness rooms dedicated to dance and strength training, a 1,000-seat auditorium theater made possible, in part, by a financial contribution from Cottonwood Heights , and an expanded cafeteria and spacious commons area.

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