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Move over, Kelly Clarkston, there's a new idol in town.

Kelly Vogrinec of Jordan High has been chosen as the 2014 winner of the districtwide Canyons Idol competition. Vogrinec, a sophomore who was chosen out of 69 auditioning groups and soloists ages second through 11th grades, won the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Canyons Night at the Real Salt Lake game on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m. She also received a $500 scholarship from the Canyons Education Foundation, courtesy of Jordan Credit Union, in a surprise delivery to her school.

Contest runners-up also received a $250 scholarship. They are: Indian Hills' Brianne Crismon, second place; and Ridgecrest Elementary's Carol Wang, third place.

This is the sixth year of the Canyons Idol competition. Last year's winner, Lexie Walker, a student at Peruvian Park, has gone on to be featured on Good Morning America, the Queen Latifah show and the Stadium of Fire.

Vogrinec will follow in Lexie's footsteps by performing the National Anthem at 7 p.m. at Real Salt Lake's Canyons Night on May 17, where 46 Canyons Teachers of the Year will be honored at halftime. Congratulations, Kelly!


Kelly Vogrinec, our 2014 Canyons Idol, sang the National Anthem at the Real Salt Lake game on Saturday, May 18, 2014. Great job, Kelly!

The top high school marketing educator in the state is at Jordan High

Teacher Angela Short, who is celebrating her 20th year as an educator, recently received the 2014 Marketing Teacher of the Year Award from the Utah Association of Career and Technology Education Teachers. 

Short was surprised with the honor at a state conference held at the Davis Conference Center. “I had no idea. I was shocked,” she said. “I almost missed it. I stepped out to grab a sandwich and made it back with a second to spare.” 

Her family, though, had been told about the award by the event organizers — and arrived in time to see her accept the prestigious award. “They kept trying to hide, dodging behind pillars,” she recalls with a little laugh. Their behavior at home the morning of the event should have tipped her off, she says. Her husband questioned her hairstyle choice and her daughter insisted on picking out her outfit for the day. 

“I thought it was odd they were so interested in the state DECA conference,” said Short, who received a plaque for the honor. “I am thrilled with my plaque. I keep it right by my desk.” 

Short works hard to make her class fun. There are a lot of hands-on lessons. Students leave her class knowing how to bolster a brand, build customer loyalty and create retail displays that are eye-catching and convenient for the customer. She advises the students who run Jordan’s school store, where students can buy snacks and supplies. In all, they’ve been able to make about $10,000 from the store. 

“Honestly, the best day of my life is when we have a discussion in class, when we are thinking through things …and seeing the world in a different way. There is something so satisfying in that,” she said. “My goal coming in was that my students would know that I care about them. I never know if I am the only one who is saying a kind word to these kids. I take that very seriously. Once you get that, that the ultimate goal is to make the students feel loved and have a good spot to come to every day, then the test scores come.”
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The gridiron doubleheader Xfinity High School Football Challenge, featuring the Jordan High Beetdiggers, Alta High Hawks and two nationally ranked football programs, is set for Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

Jordan will square off against perennial national power Bergen Catholic of Oradell, N.J. at 7 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Alta will take on another New Jersey heavyweight, Allentown High School, at 2 p.m. 

If you can’t make it to the stadium, both games will be televised locally over Comcast cable systems, and air live on ESPN 700 radio and ESPN700Sports.com.

This is the third year Jordan and Alta have been invited to play in the Xfinity Challenge at Rio Tinto.  Get your tickets here!  

See the Deseret News for more about the Xfinity Challenge, previous games and how Jordan and Alta are expected to stack up against the New Jersey teams. 

Jordan High's gridiron squad is among the elite teams chosen to play this week in the first-ever Under Armour Brothers in Arms Football Classic, which was organized to assist a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the families of fallen soldiers.

As part of the series of games organized by the Brothers in Arms Foundation, and with sponsorship and support from Under Armour, Inc., and SigningDay, the Beetdiggers will square off against California’s Cathedral Catholic High School. Jordan’s game against the Dons will be Friday, Aug. 30 in San Diego, Calif.

The match-up is one of 25 that are being played by the country’s best prep football teams, including Maryland’s Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and Hamilton High from the Chandler Unified School District in Arizona. Some of the games in the charity event also are being featured on ESPN, Fox Sports 1Play On! Sports and Time Warner.

"Every day men and women of incredible character serve on the front lines to defend our freedom,” said Eric Beach, chairman of the Brothers in Arms Foundation and Classic. “These games will demonstrate a passion for sports in our young men and women and the incredible character it helps to forge for the rest of their lives"

Jordan, which claimed a decisive 40-12 win over Fremont last Friday, is ranked No. 25 in the country by MaxPreps.

Jordan High, led by quarterback Austin Kafentzis, won the 5A football championship trophy last fall.
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