A gridiron standout at Brighton High will dash onto the national athletic stage this January when he suits up to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the country’s premiere high school football game. 

During a Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 assembly at the high school, Osa Masina, who was last year’s All-Tribune MVP, received his official invitation and a jersey for the bowl, which will be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

“Football, like the Army, provides young Americans with training, discipline and experiences that make them mentally, emotionally, and physically strong.  It takes a special person to be a soldier, just as it takes a special athlete to be selected as a U.S. Army All-American,” U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joe Schaffner said during the assembly.

“U.S. Army All-Americans not only possess these strengths of a soldier, they live the Army values:  loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage,” Schaffner said.  “They are dedicated, motivated and know how to be a member of a team, as well as a leader.” 

Students, parents, patrons and Bengal supporters packed Brighton's gym to witness the official invitation and jersey presentation for Masina, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 233-pound outside linebacker who is listed as a five-star recruit on Scout.com.    

Masina spoke briefly at the event, expressing thanks to his parents, coaches and his “brothers” on the Bengal football team, which has a 27-8 record with Masina as a starting player.  “I love Brighton High,” he said, “and I wouldn’t trade (this time) for anything in the world.” 

The Jan. 3 bowl, which will be broadcast on NBC, pits the country’s best 90 prep players in a classic east versus west matchup.  Last year’s bowl, its 14th anniversary, drew a crowd of some 40,000 fans for the second year in a row.

As a result of Masina being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, BHS head coach Ryan Bullett is invited to travel to San Antonio and attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience that focuses on leadership, football and physical development.  The invited coaches also attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show and the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.   

One of Masina’s best characteristics as a player, Bullett said, is that “he doesn’t care who gets the credit.” To Masina, the coach said, it’s about being committed to the progress of the team as a whole. 

For 14 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has served as the pre-eminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. In all, 274 former bowl players have been selected in the NFL draft, including 69 first-round selections and one overall No. 1 pick.

International Honors for Silver Mesa Elementary

Felicitaciones, Silver Mesa Elementary. The Canyons District Spanish Dual-Language Immersion school received the prestigious International Spanish Academies designation during the International Conference on Immersion Education in Salt Lake City last week.

“It is quite an honor to be designated an ISA school,” Silver Mesa Principal Julie Fielding said. “Our teachers are amazing and are well-deserving of this recognition.”

ISA is an international cooperative educational project between schools in the U.S. and Canada and the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. It aims to develop quality bilingual education programs promoting high academic standards for all children, provide multicultural education, and foster international relations and understanding.

The program identifies, recognizes and provides resources to enhance the efforts of exemplary programs dedicated to teaching Spanish language and culture. The Embassy of Spain supports these exemplary ISA programs through specialized visiting teachers, conversation assistants and providing professional development opportunities for educators, as well as study abroad opportunities for educators and students alike.

“Our students, whether they are in the immersion program or not, have the opportunity of learning about the Spanish culture, doing art, practicing greetings, and exploring Spanish holidays and customs.  We are excited and grateful for this distinction for our school.”

Silver Mesa is the second Canyons District school to receive ISA model-school designation. In 2012, ISA recognized Alta View Elementary for excellence in its Spanish-English Dual-Language Immersion Program.  

Both schools hosted visits from the Embassy of Spain’s new Education Counselor, Maria Jose Fabre Gonzalez, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. During the visit, the Counselor, who offices in Washington, D.C., was joined by representatives of the Spanish Embassy in Los Angeles and the Utah State Office of Education. Her tour of the Sandy schools was hosted by Canyons District Spanish Dual-Language Immersion Specialist Ofelia Wade.

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  • Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

    Headlines Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

    Around Canyons
    Live on 2News: How to help kids eat healthy foods? CSD's Sebasthian Varas has tips
    http://www.kutv.com/features/features/studio-guests/stories/Sebasthian-Varas-Healthy-eating-51980.shtml

    Girls Soccer: Brighton beats American Fork to advance to 5A State Semifinals
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58530189-190/brighton-class-goal-quarterfinals.html.csp

    Football: Brighton outlasts Jordan in 3OT thriller
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58526478-190/brighton-jordan-kafentzis-conversion.html.csp
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613247/High-school-football-Brighton-beats-Jordan-78-76-in-wild-triple-overtime-game.html

    Football: Corner Canyon remains undefeated following last-minute comeback
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58526487-77/canyon-corner-cross-woods.html.csp
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613198/High-school-football-live-stream-Undefeated-Woods-Cross-hosts-undefeated-Corner-Canyon-at-7-pm.html

    Football: Bengals v. Beetdiggers match the most epic in state history?
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58530283-190/jordan-bullett-record-brighton.html.csp

    DNews Prep of the Week: Brighton's Robbie Hutchins
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765661551/High-school-sports-Preps-of-the-week.html

    Corner Canyon No. 2, Alta No. 3 in Cycling League race at Snowbasin
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613209/Healthy-racing-drama-at-Utah-High-School-Cycling-League-race-4.html?pg=all


    Utah
    SAGE release delayed; are student reports too complex?
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58520256-78/report-sage-state-students.html.csp 

    NCLB deadline approaches, but are our students proficient yet?
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613320/Its-2014-Are-all-our-schools-proficient-yet.html


    Opinion
    NEA, UEA leaders: Best school reform ideas come from educators
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58533065-82/teachers-utah-educators-students.html.csp
    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

    Headlines Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

    Around Canyons
    Live on 2News: How to help kids eat healthy foods? CSD's Sebasthian Varas has tips
    http://www.kutv.com/features/features/studio-guests/stories/Sebasthian-Varas-Healthy-eating-51980.shtml

    Girls Soccer: Brighton beats American Fork to advance to 5A State Semifinals
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58530189-190/brighton-class-goal-quarterfinals.html.csp

    Football: Brighton outlasts Jordan in 3OT thriller
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58526478-190/brighton-jordan-kafentzis-conversion.html.csp
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613247/High-school-football-Brighton-beats-Jordan-78-76-in-wild-triple-overtime-game.html

    Football: Corner Canyon remains undefeated following last-minute comeback
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58526487-77/canyon-corner-cross-woods.html.csp
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613198/High-school-football-live-stream-Undefeated-Woods-Cross-hosts-undefeated-Corner-Canyon-at-7-pm.html

    Football: Bengals v. Beetdiggers match the most epic in state history?
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/tribpreps/58530283-190/jordan-bullett-record-brighton.html.csp

    DNews Prep of the Week: Brighton's Robbie Hutchins
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765661551/High-school-sports-Preps-of-the-week.html

    Corner Canyon No. 2, Alta No. 3 in Cycling League race at Snowbasin
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613209/Healthy-racing-drama-at-Utah-High-School-Cycling-League-race-4.html?pg=all


    Utah
    NCLB deadline approaches, but are our students proficient yet?
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865613320/Its-2014-Are-all-our-schools-proficient-yet.html


    Opinion
    NEA, UEA leaders: Best school reform ideas come from educators
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58533065-82/teachers-utah-educators-students.html.csp
    The Utah State Office of Education has delayed the release of SAGE testing results by one week. The results now are scheduled to be released by the state on Monday, Oct. 27.

    More information about SAGE, including FAQs and resources for parents, can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage.
    A gridiron standout at Brighton High will dash onto the national athletic stage this January when he suits up to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the country’s premiere high school football game. 

    Osa Masina, who was last year’s All-Tribune Football Most Valuable Player, on Monday, Oct. 20 will receive his jersey for the bowl, which will be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome. Bowl officials will present the jersey during a 1:30 p.m. assembly in the gymnasium at Brighton High, 2220 E. Bengal Blvd.

    Students, parents, patrons and Bengal supporters are invited to the jersey presentation for Masina, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 233-pound outside linebacker who is listed as a five-star recruit on Scout.com..    

    The Jan. 3 bowl, which will be broadcast on NBC, pits the country’s best 90 prep players in a classic east versus west matchup.  Last year’s bowl, its 14th anniversary, drew a crowd of some 40,000 fans for the second year in a row.

    As a result of Masina being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, head coach Ryan Bullett is invited to travel to San Antonio and attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience that focuses on leadership, football and physical development. The invited coaches also attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show and the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. 

    For more than a dozen years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has served as the pre-eminent launching pad for America’s future college and National Football League stars. In all, 274 former bowl players have been selected in the NFL draft, including 69 first-round selections and one overall No. 1 pick.

    Your children are growing up. 

    To help start conversations about health, wellness, and the maturation process, Canyons District has developed an informational program for students and their parents.

    Fifth-grade boys and girls and their parents are invited to attend maturation programs by professional presenters. We encourage all parents and their children to attend these free events together so conversations can continue in the home.

    The aim with this program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that previously were held at each individual school, is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved maturation instruction districtwide.

    Please plan to join us at one of the maturation programs for fifth-grade boys and girls in Canyons District:

    For Boys
    • Feb. 11 — Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 18 — Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.

    For Girls 
    • Feb. 10 — Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.
    • Feb. 19 — Eastmont Middle, 10100 S. 1300 East, 7-8 p.m.