Robinson, who last year won a PTA/KUED Golden Apple Award for Outstanding School Administrator, is such a cycling machine that last month he earned a spot on the victory stand at the 2013 LoToJa Classic, a 206-mile race that wends through Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The race, the longest one-day, USA Cycling Association-sanctioned race in the country, begins in Logan and ends at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
The former college-club baseball player finished No. 1 in his division and 20th overall in the race, which is mostly for amateurs. “My goal was to get under 10 hours,” says Robinson, who has been racing for three years. “I ended with 9 hours and six minutes. It’s going to be hard to improve on that.”
For the win, he was given a laptop bag full of goodies, including a golden trophy, ski passes to the Jackson Hole resort, discount coupons to stores that cater to cyclists, a $200 voucher for next year’s entry fees, headphones — and a gold-colored LoToJa bumper sticker.
“If it’s gold in color,” Robinson says, "Then those are the winners. You see those things (on cars), and as a cyclist, you long for them.”
Students, teachers and parents at Lone Peak also have honored him for the first-place finish. While his playground prowess is well-known among students, the school’s PTA presented him with an honorary “Golden Sneaker” award. Golden Sneakers are given to students who demonstrate their physical fitness through a series of challenges.
This isn’t a pedestrian award, however. He was given gold-painted sneakers complete with sparkly gold shoelaces, and says he’ll wear them when the students participate in Golden Sneaker activities.
Robinson, who always wears a helmet when riding, says cycling is the “most mind-clearing activity” in his life.
“I process the day — everything that’s going on at work, students that I want to help, teachers that I hope to inspire,” he says. “That’s when I come up with by best ideas. That’s what is so nice about the bike. Even though it’s time-consuming, it’s refreshing, it’s good and it’s freeing.”
The Cross Country Meet includes the top three girls and top three boys from each grade in each of Canyons' eight middle schools. Competitors run a 1.6-mile cross country race at the Eastmont campus. Trophies will be awarded to both boys' and girls' grade-by-grade divisions; individual winners will be awarded medals. This year's race will be one for the books, as it's the first time sixth-graders can participate as a result of grade reconfiguration.
The Canyons Middle School Intramurals Program launched in 2009 to promote healthy lifestyles and gauge interest for future competitive sports programs. Competitions have included cross country, chess, 3-on-3 basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, and soccer.
"We all have our outlets. This is my passion," Atkinson said of the theater. "I want to teach kids there is ... a healthy outlet for them. They need a place where they can go and express themselves, live in another person's shows, and cope with their own lives through these other characters. Theater makes you a better human being, because you are understanding people from a different perspective."
For her dedication to the performing arts and excellence in education, Atkinson was named the 2013 UHSAA Theater Teacher of the Year. The award is provided to an honoree by his or her colleagues in Utah public schools. It follows Atkinson's Best Director honors at the 2011 Utah High School Musical Theater Awards, and the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the Utah Advisory Council of Theater Teachers (UACTT).
Atkinson has taught theatre education, stage technology, film studies, debate and speech at schools including Bear River, Brighton, and Highland high schools. She has served on boards of the Utah Theatre Association and the UHSAA, and has helped to organize and execute state and region drama competitions. Atkinson also founded the Utah Advisory Council of Theater Teachers, an organization that promotes professional development, networking and sharing among school theater teachers.
"I'm a huge advocate for teachers – for theater teachers, especially," Atkinson said. "We love our students, and I want teachers to feel supported, so we have a place to be and we are not alone."
As counselors, CSD employees Diana Heath and Rebecca Vasquez can help patrons and employees with insurance questions and provide one-on-one assistance on options for affordable health care, including CHIP and Medicaid.
The CSD Nutritional Services Department’s Pan Sale is from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 and Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The annual event, which is open to CSD employees as well as the public, will be in the Professional Development Center of the Canyons Support Services Center, 9361 S. 300 East.
Available for purchase: New commercial-quality kitchen utensils made for home use. Shoppers can pick up new stainless steel mixing bowls of all sizes, commercial grade cookie sheets and heavy-duty measuring cups.