March 2017 CH Student Profiles

March 2017 CH Student Profiles
Posted on 03/07/2017

Cottonwood Heights Golf Prodigy Eyes World Championship

This Canyon View Elementary student first picked up a plastic golf club when he was 18 months old, and he’s been practicing and winning tournaments ever since. At just 6 years of age, Wyatt Biagi has completed two seasons with the U.S. Kids Golf Championship. His natural talent and affinity for the sport have taken him as far as the World Championship tour, for which he hopes to qualify again this year. A two-time winner of the Salt Lake City Local Tour, Biagi also finished fifth out of 25 at the 2016 California State Invitational. 

 Budding Artist Blooms at Springville Art Show

Readers of this newsletter may remember Georgia Raddon’s iconic photograph of a sprig of pine that Canyons School District selected as one of two covers for its official holiday card. The 17-year-old Brighton High student continues to burnish her credentials as an artist. Another of her evocative photos (shown at right) won the Juror’s Award at the prestigious and competitive Springville Art Museum’s All-State Art Show. 


Brighton High’s Sterling Scholar Candidates Announced

For their academic achievements, their leadership skills and their service efforts, 14 Brighton High seniors have been nominated for the 2017 Sterling Scholar Awards. As candidates in the academic-excellence program, which is sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group, these Bengals will compete in various categories for scholarship prizes alongside 1,000 students from as many as 80 Utah schools:

Ryan Dalby – Computer Tech

Omid Rokhva – Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics

Porter Nelson – Mathematics

Julian Pellmann – Social Science

Nathaniel Waldron – Business and Marketing

Emily Hyde – Instrumental Music

Julianne Liu – World Languages

Samantha Morton – Vocal Music

Sage Dumas – Visual Arts

Alyson Cundiff – Family and Consumer Sciences

Stephanie Lutz – Dance

Jose Monterroso – Skilled and Technical/Sciences Education

Catherine Good – English


BHS Wrestler, Swimmers Earn Individual State Titles

Six Brighton Bengals recently captured state championships. Brighton's Brayden Stevens took the top spot at the 5A wrestling tournament. Several BHS swimmers also nabbed first-place medals at their 5A State Championship. Rachel Butler helped carry her 200 medley relay teammates Ava Binder, Brooke VanBrocklin and Anna Hibbard to victory. Bengal Jack Binder took first in the 100 M breast stroke. 


Register Now for CSD’s Tuition-based Kindergarten

For the second year, Canyons District is offering Supplemental Hours of Instruction for Kindergarten-age students in the 2017-2018 school year. The District plans to offer the classes at several locations in and around Cottonwood Heights: Bella Vista, Butler, Ridgecrest, Brookwood, Midvalley, Oakdale, Park Lane, and Willow Canyon elementary schools. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2017, to participate in the opt-in, tuition-based program. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and will receive nearly four additional hours of instruction every school day. Enrollees begin and end school at the same time as the school’s first- through fifth-grade students. The application window is open now through 11:59 p.m. on April 15. Cost for the program is $2,950 a year, and can be paid in monthly installments. There also is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $100. Financial-need scholarships are available for qualifying students. Application forms and more information can be found online at 


Bridging Cultures Through Language

Students at Butler Middle and Ridgecrest Elementary recently commemorated Chinese New Year, with featured food, art, crafts, and an authentic lion dance,  sponsored by the school’s PTA, the Utah Chinese Society of Utah and University of Utah’s Confucius Institute. Canyons School District’s dual-language immersion students have been putting in the classroom hours to perfect their Mandarin. Butler Middle students also welcomed the Year of the Rooster with classroom parties, dumplings and calligraphy activities. Ridgecrest sponsored a community festival that drew more than 700 people.