Looking Back Canyons Students, Employees Earn Accolades for Academic, Athletic and Artistic Achievements

From athletic achievements to artistic performances, academic success, administrative excellence, and an abundance of accolades, the 2021-2022 school year will be considered one of the best ever in Canyons School District history.

One thing that made it extra special — actually, hundreds if we’re counting — was the fact that the Class of 2022 was the first graduating class to matriculate from kindergarten through their senior year as Canyons students. This year’s graduates began their educational career shortly after the District was officially created in 2009.

Here are but a few of the past year’s achievements worth celebrating:

  • Corner Canyon High’s Cody Hagen is named Utah Gatorade Football Player of the Year, Mr. Football and Utah Top Male High School Athlete.
  • Hillcrest, Corner Canyon win Sweepstakes Awards in their divisions at national Shakespeare competition.
  • Midvale Middle Principal Mindy Robison is named Utah Middle School Principal of the Year.
  • Alta View Elementary Principal Scott Jameson is named Utah Elementary School Principal of the Year.
  • Hillcrest’s Danju Zoe Liu is named Sterling Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, and U.S. Presidential Scholar.
  • Four students are crowned National Merit Scholars.
  • Three teachers are honored for earning Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education: Brian Cox, Indian Hills Middle (2020); Mindy Van De Graaff, Willow Springs Elementary, and Marie Smith, Crescent/Oakdale elementary schools (2021).
  • Two CSD teachers — Hillcrest High’s Clief Castleton and Corner Canyon’s Milo Maughan — are chosen by NASA to go to the stratosphere on world’s largest flying observatory. One more CSD teacher — Draper Park Middle’s Jenn Muir — is invited to attend the prestigious NASA-affiliated teacher-training program this fall.
  • Draper Elementary second-grader Mia Seaborn earns a National PTA Reflections Award of Excellence in Dance Choreography.
  • Canyons becomes the third school district in Utah to receive districtwide accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission.
  • Corner Canyon wrestler Brigham Bagley earns an individual state championship title in the 138-pound weight category.
  • Charger swimmer Karson Spencer (100 butterfly) and the relay team of Jaxson Barlow, Konnor Spencer, Ryan McNeill and Karson Spencer (200-medley relay) take first place at the 6A state swim championships.
  • Brighton swimmer Daniel Detjan wins the 200 and 500 freestyle events at the 5A state swim championships. His sports, academic, and other achievements earn him admission to the Air Force Academy.
  • Jordan High’s Karma Bateman is named Utah Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Administrator of the Year.
  • Canyons Technical Education Center’s Ben Crenshaw is named Utah ACTE IT Teacher of the Year.
  • Performing Arts Specialist Sharee Jorgensen is recognized as the 2022 Outstanding Music Educator for the Western Region by the Utah Music Educators Association and National Federation of State High School Associations.
  • Albion Middle School Principal Molly Hart is chosen to receive the 2022 Utah Music Educators Association’s Outstanding Administrator Award.
  • Alta High girls golf coach Gary Schneiter is named Utah Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
  • Alta High’s Mallory Goodfellow wins the Deseret News’ inaugural Humanitarian Award for 5A girls soccer.
  • Brighton High linebacker Lander Barton and Corner Canyon quarterback Devin Brown are selected as 2022 All-Americans.
  • Corner Canyon football ties a state record by winning 48 consecutive games en route to another appearance in 6A state championship game.
  • The Utah Science Teachers Association honors 16 CSD science teachers with top annual UTSTA honors in five categories: biology, physics, earth science, high school department, and 8th grade.
  • Blizzard the Yeti is introduced as the cool mascot of the new Glacier Hills Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2022.
  • Brighton High girls lacrosse coach Melissa Nash wins ProLook Sports’ Favorite Coach of the Year Award in a national vote, earning $25,000 in ProLook Sports product and $1,000 cash.
  • Brighton High’s Hardy Owen wins both singles and doubles titles at the Level 2 United States Tennis Association National Tournament in Oahu, Hawaii, in October 2021. He also takes first place at the 5A state tennis championships in first singles, joined by Bengals Parker Owen and Ty Parrish who take first place in second singles and third singles, respectively.
  • Alta High students Violeta Martinez (Juror’s Award: Best in Show) and Ethan Johnson (Congressional Award winner) receive honors at the prestigious Utah All-State High School Art Show.
  • Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, a Hillcrest High alumnus, is honored posthumously at the school for his honorable life and heroism after being one of 13 U.S. Armed Forces members killed Aug. 26 in Afghanistan.
  • Jordan High’s Counseling Team wins the coveted “FAFSA Cup” (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) from the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority Outreach.
  • Jordan High golfer Preston Cheney wins a regional tournament in San Diego to gain entrance to the Notah Begay National Championship.
  • Six Canyons football players — Corner Canyon’s Carson Compton, Cody Hagen, Noah Kjar, Jett Meine, and Micah Wilson; and Alta’s Ethan Jackson — earn Academic All-American honors from High School Football America.
  • Alta High’s boys soccer team wins the 5A state championship just hours after the seniors graduated. Alta Coach Mackenzie Hyer becomes the first female head soccer coach of a Utah state championship-winning boys team, according to the Utah High School Activities Association.
  • Corner Canyon’s boys lacrosse team wins the 6A state championship for the second consecutive year. University of Utah-bound Mason Quick is named Utah’s Mr. Lacrosse by the Deseret News, while Jon King merits 6A Player of the Year and 6A Playoffs MVP awards.
  • Corner Canyon’s Samir Cuevas (6A) and Alta High’s Carter Bell (5A) earn 2022 Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors for their respective classifications.
  • The Class of 2022 becomes Canyons District’s first start-to-finish cohort of graduates. These students started with us as kindergartners in 2009, our first year in operation.
  • Canyons District Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins is named Administrator of the Year by the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

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