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Hillcrest High Graduate Meets Her Maker Culture at MIT

Jayashabari Shankar is a student driven by curiosity and creativity, and she found at Hillcrest High the freedom to pursue both. When she wanted to take four science classes, instead of three, her advisers said, “no problem.” When a section in her biology book stirred questions, her teachers encouraged her to find the answers. Nothing was […]

Utah Chess Champion Plots His Next Move

With the rise of online gaming, chess is experiencing something of a renaissance — and at the top of his game in this newly competitive arena is Alta High senior Aurelius Mlynar.  What started as a fun pastime about 10 years ago has become a source of pride for Mlynar who at the age of […]

Jordan High Mountain Biker in Hot Pursuit of His Dreams

Justin Allen has always liked sports, especially the grueling sport of mountain biking. The Jordan High senior proudly represented the Beetdiggers at the state mountain biking championships this year and routinely finishes among the top 10 varsity cyclists in Utah. But if you ask Allen’s peers and teachers to describe him, they’ll tell you about […]

A Valedictorian’s Perspective on ‘Putting Yourself Out There’

After taking full advantage of what high school has to offer with academics and activities, Katelyn Simmons has a super bright future ahead — which explains why the ambitious go-getter and AP Capstone Diploma candidate has bittersweet feelings as her time at Brighton High wraps up. “I’m really excited for what’s to come and all the […]

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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