Congratulations to the Canyons District students who earned Academic All-State Honors through the Utah High School Activities Association for winter sports:

Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
  • Brighton— McCall Christensen, Alyssa Hirschi
  • Brighton — Alixandra Peterson
  • Jordan — Katherine Ann Metcalf

Girls Swimming

  • Brighton — Mylei Hong, Hannah Potter
  • Hillcrest — Erica Lynn Bennett, Kristi Vielstich

  • Hillcrest — Zamantha Sariah Mulder
  • Corner Canyon — Zane Edward Rasmussen
The artwork on the sunset-color hued posters heralding the upcoming 6th annual Canyons District Film Festival is the work of Jordan High student Dexter Holmes.

Holmes submitted this year’s winning entry in the poster contest for the 2015 festival, which is open to all Canyons District students and teachers.  

Holmes’ design, which features a red rock formation resembling a video camera, is being used on posters, fliers, websites and other materials promoting the April 16 festival. The event will be at Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East. 

Festival organizers recently announced there would be four levels of competition at this year’s cinematic competition  — elementary school, middle school, high school, and teacher.  Entries in the judged categories — Feature Film, Documentary, Animation, PSA, Newscast, Advertisement, and Teacher Film — are due March 19. 

Need a few tips to help prepare for the festival?  Visit the festival's website for information, resources, examples of previous winners, and instructions for the submissions of entries.   

Please note:  Film festival entries that break copyright, do not contain proper credits, or do not have proper media and information releases for each person involved in the film will not be considered for awards at the CSD festival.

The refrains of such famous songs as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “I Dreamed a Dream” are being heard in auditoriums throughout the District as high school casts rehearse for upcoming musical-theater productions.

This week, curtains will open on the first of the ambitious, award-winning, and much-loved Broadway blockbusters that are being produced by Canyons District’s five high schools. 

Brighton High's “Wizard of Oz,” based on the 1939 movie about a magical trip down a Yellow Brick Road, will be Nov. 6-8, 10 at 7 p.m.  A matinee also will be performed Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.  Cost is $5.50 to $8.50.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Alta High's “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” a tale about a window washer’s ascent in the business world, will be Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Cost is $8.25 to $15.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Corner Canyon High's “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Tony Award-nominated musical by the infamous Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, will be Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Cost is $8.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Jordan High's “Les Miserables,” the classic story of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, will be Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24, 7 p.m.

Hillcrest High's “In the Heights,” the Tony Award-winning musical about a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights, will be Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. This will be the first time the show is produced by a Utah high school theater department. Cost is $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Call the school at 801-826-6000 for information about tickets.

The Canyons Board of Education is interested in hearing from those who are directly affected by the policies and procedures of the District — the students.

To that end, for the second year, 10 students from Alta, Brighton, Corner CanyonJordan and Hillcrest high schools have been selected to serve on a CSD Student Advisory Board. The group’s main function is to provide input to the Board from a student’s perspective.  

The student board consists of two students from each Canyons high school. The members are selected through an application process. Council representatives are asked to attend the Board of Education’s semi-monthly meetings and discuss issues facing the elected Canyons Board. 

Members of the second Student Advisory Board are:
  • Alta: Jake Kohler and Maddie Dismuke
  • Brighton: David Warr and Carter Brown
  • Corner Canyon: Brady Thayer and Coleman Broman
  • Hillcrest: Allison Rimmasch and Anthony Cheng
  • Jordan: Kate Lesuer and Bronson Battaglia

"What you will bring to some of the discussions and decisions we make as a Board will be valuable," Board of Education member Nancy Tingey told the members of the student advisory group at a recent meeting. "Thank you for getting involved ... we will look to you for advice and counsel.”

Jordan High is starting the year on a high note by serving as a host to "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band.

The band, known as one of the best in the world, will perform at Jordan High School, 95 E. Beetdigger Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 20 as part of the group’s national concert tour.  The 7:30 p.m. event is free — but attendees must have tickets to enter the auditorium.

Jordan band teacher Brandon Cressall can be credited for bringing the band to the Canyons community. He reached out the musical organization, which is tasked by an Act of Congress to perform at the pleasure of the President of the United States, when he noticed that the band was planning to swing through Utah.  

He offered up Jordan’s 1,300-seat auditorium as a venue. The school’s auditorium and stage met the size requirements for a concert, he said, so the band’s leaders agreed to bring the band to town

“I think it’s a great opportunity for the community and it’s great for the state,” Cressall says.  “We don’t get a lot of world-renowned groups that come through … (This band) is on par with the New York Philharmonic.  It really is a great privilege to have them come here — and to do it for free.” 

Cressall says the band, when not performing for the president, travels the country, playing for the public. The stop at Jordan will be one of three in Utah during September. “They are really into being involved and being in contact” with public-education music programs, he said. 

Warning to those who plan to attend: security will be tight.  The high school has already been evaluated for security, no bags will be allowed into the auditorium the night of the event, and no video-recording or taping of any kind will be permitted.

“Once you’re in the group you are automatically an officer,” said Cressall.  “So we are looking at 110 high-ranking Marine Corps officers in the same place at the same time.”

Tickets can be obtained at Jordan High’s Main Office. But interested concertgoers can send the school a self-addressed stamped envelope in care of the U.S. Marine Band concert. Inside, please include your name and the number of tickets you’d like to reserve.  Only four tickets will be given per person.  If they run out of tickets, the envelope will be returned with a letter of regret.

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