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The awards keep rolling in for Brighton High football star Simi Fehoko.   

Just this week, Fehoko, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior wide receiver who hauled in 59 receptions for 1,495 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, has been announced as the Gatorade Utah Player of the Year and one of six finalists for the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year Award.

Fehoko, who has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Stanford University in fall 2016, is now being considered for Gatorade’s national Player of the Year Award, which will be announced later this month. He also will find out if he’s been selected as the Army Bowl’s top player during an awards show on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in San Antonio. For 16 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. 

Student athletes from Canyons District have captured Gatorade’s annual award three times since 2012. Former Jordan High quarterback Austin Kafentzis won the recognition in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.  Fehoko, the state record holder in his career receiving yards; career receiving touchdowns; and single-season receiving touchdowns, is the third player from Brighton to earn the recognition in football.

In the Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 announcement of the finalists for the top Army Bowl player, here’s what Bowl officials said about Fehoko, the No. 1-ranked player in Utah and a Top 40 wide receiver: “Fehoko possesses the hands, movement and competitiveness to take him to the next level. The Stanford commit has the skills to track the ball in the air and utilizes body control to make acrobatic catches. He broke two Utah receiving records this year, and has the best per-game receiving yards average (136.5) in Utah high school football history. His athleticism has not only proven true on the football field, but also on the basketball court as a four-year varsity basketball player.”

Such NFL stars as Andrew Luck,Odell Beckham Jr., Jamaal Charles and Ezekiel Elliott made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Five U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni were drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 35,687 to the Alamodome.

The Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 bowl will be televised live on NBC. 

Fehoko is the third Brighton High Bengal in seven years to be selected to play in the Army Bowl. Ricky Heimuli played in the 2010 game and current University of Southern California Trojan Osa Masina suited up for last year’s game. 

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 16:35

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Open enrollment begins in CSD; permit application window closes Feb. 19
Canyons District schools will accept Standard Open Enrollment Applications for the 2016-2017 school year until Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.  The application window has been open since the first week of December. 

Students who want to attend a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries must submit these applications, which can be accessed at any Canyons District school.

Applications should be submitted directly to the school where the child would like to attend.

Once a school administrator approves an open-enrollment permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and the permit is not revoked. Permits must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.

The open-enrollment permit requests can be submitted at most CSD schools.The exceptions are Corner Canyon High and Willow Springs Elementary, which have been placed on moratorium status by the Canyons Board of Education. This means students who don’t live within the schools’ boundaries, if they aren’t already enrolled, won’t be allowed to enroll for the coming school year.

Questions? Please call the Canyons District Office of Planning and Enrollment at 801-826-5092.

Monday, 30 November 2015 16:00

Headlines Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

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Beetdiggers, Bengals cheer on Food Bank donations live on 2News Day of Thanks (see 7-minute mark)

Midvale Elementary addition gives teachers, students space of own
Football: Brighton four-star recruit Sione Lund commits to Stanford

Girls basketball preview: Brighton seeks to defend championship; Jordan, Alta seek to climb ranks

Boys basketball preview: New team for Brighton; Alta, Corner Canyon contenders; Hillcrest shows potential

DNews' boys basketball region rankings: Alta No. 2
Brighton High football standout and state record-holder Simi Fehoko on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 received his jersey and an official invitation to play in the Jan. 9, 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl — the most prestitious prep football game in the country.

Only the country's best 90 players are chosen to play in the bowl, which is televised nationally on NBC. Fehoko is following in the tracks of some amazing athletes: Last year, now-USC Trojan Osa Masina was selected to play in the Army All-American Bowl. In 2010, Brighton's Ricky Heimuli also was invited to the big game.

Fehoko, who has committed to Stanford, also stands to snag another high-profile honor at the prestigious gridiron contest. He's been listed on a 16-player roster of the identified candidates for Player of the Year. The honor will be awarded to the year's No. 1 player during the game.

At the event on Tuesday, the soft-spoken Fehoko thanked his coaches, teammates and the school administration for all their support as he's chased his athletic and academic dreams.

Brighton Coach Ryan Bullet, who received an invite to attend the bowl's coaches camp, said Fehoko's contribution to the Brighton team goes beyond his ability to score.

"He is positive. As a coach, that is refreshing," Bullet said. "Here you have a pretty high-profile kid who could've asked why he wasn't getting the ball all the time .... and he just wanted the team to win."

Brighton's football team, Bullet said, won 29 games with Fehoko as a starting player.

Bullet says Fehoko is a dedicated player who shows up to practice ready to dig deep and inspire other players to do their best.

"Last year," Bullet said, "I thought Brighton had the best player on the (Army All-American bowl) field. I feel the same way this year."

At Tuesday's event in the gymnasium, the school also received a special designation: Former Philadelphia Eagle Reno Mahe presented a commemorative golden football to Principal Charisse Hilton.

The ball signifies that Brighton is a Super Bowl Honor Roll Community, a designation received because Mahe graduated and got his football start at the Cottonwood Heights school. The honor comes as a result of the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary this year.
Chris Eppler is known in Canyons School District as a champion for the environment. Now, CSD's Energy Conservation Specialist has caught the attention of the Utah chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Eppler has been chosen as a recipient of the 2015 Energy Champion Award. The award recognizes his outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of energy efficiency. Eppler’s efforts have saved taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in reduced energy bills and “resulted in better learning environments for thousands of children,” according to the Association. Eppler will be recognized and give a presentation of Canyons’ accomplishments at a luncheon hosted by the organization in celebration of his achievement.  

Eppler's efforts also extend to water conservation -- and training for tomorrow's conservationists. Eppler and a team of students in summer 2015 received water conservation training from the Irrigation Training and Research Center at California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo. The students learned how to track water usage data and use the information to adjust sprinklers and water cycles to save CSD tens of thousands of gallons of water. The efforts were supported by a grant from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. Eppler's work subsequently was recognized by the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development as an "Energy Success Story."
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 18:13

Headlines Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

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Brighton students raise funds for 2-year-old cancer patient

Six Canyons elementary schools are raising the bar for health and nutrition, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Altara, Oakdale, Brookwood, Peruvian Park, Draper and Sprucewood elementaries have received the HealthierUS School Challenge bronze-level award from the USDA. The schools received the award for their efforts to improve the quality of foods served, provide students with more nutritious food choices, and enhance their physical activity program. 

In recognition of their achievement, the schools will receive a HUSSC award plaque, banner to display, and $500.

To date, 20 of 29 CSD elementary schools have earned at least a bronze-level certification in the HealthierUS School Challenge. The award is “a great accomplishment and shows the school is committed to helping their students have a healthier lifestyle,” Dana Adams, senior specialist with the Utah State Office of Education, wrote in a congratulatory letter.
Monday, 23 November 2015 18:13

Headlines Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2015

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CSD Dual-Language Immersion to continue in high schools

Midvale Middle student Teisa Mahe wins county library meme contest, $1,000 scholarship 

Alta, Hillcrest athletes named to Deseret News' All-State Girls Soccer roster
The Canyons Board of Education voted unanimously to approve high school boundary adjustments aimed at balancing enrollments at all Canyons District high schools, slowing future growth at Hillcrest and Corner Canyon High Schools while minimizing disruptions to students and families and maintaining as many academic programs at each high school as possible.

The Board's action on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 followed a yearlong study by a Facilities Committee, which was made up of parents and principals from all parts of Canyons District and assembled to give recommendations to the Board on short- and long-term school facility needs districtwide. The Board approved four of the five Facility Committee recommendations in its vote.

The new boundaries will take effect at the outset of the 2017-2018 school year and affect incoming freshmen. The timing is aimed at giving students, families and schools sufficient time to prepare. The new boundaries include the following:

• Moving a section of the District, which is roughly the area west of State Street, north of 9000 South and south of 8400 South, into the Jordan High boundary;
• Moving an area, which is south of 11400 South, west of Lone Peak Parkway and north of 12300 South, into the Alta High boundary, and;
• Moving the area roughly the area south of 12300 South, north of 14600 South and west of I-15 into the Alta High boundary.

The Board will grant an allowance for students living in the areas mentioned in the proposed boundary changes. Those students would be able to stay at the school where they are currently enrolled, and their younger siblings, who would be entering the ninth grade, would be allowed waivers to attend the same high school as their older brother or sister.

The Board has taken public comments on the proposal since it was presented to the Board Oct. 6, 2015. The vote occurred following the Board's third reading and public discussion of the proposal.

Board of Education Second Vice President Nancy Tingey said the action is fiscally responsible and provides a viable avenue for future growth in the southern area of the District. Corner Canyon High, like many Utah high schools, currently has portable classrooms to accommodate students. The Board did not entertain changes to portables or the building as part of its discussion or vote.