December 2016 Student Profiles

December 2016 Student Profiles
Posted on 12/01/2016

Pedaling their Way to the State Championship

Brighton High’s Mountain Biking team rode to victory this fall, claiming the State Championship in Division 2. Two of the team’s riders also won individual titles: Brayden Barlage took first in the girls freshmen category, and Ryder Jordin was the points leader, taking first among freshmen boys. Go Bengals! 

BHS Girls Volleyball Player an Under Armour All-American

Congratulations to Brighton High’s Dani Barton, one of 150 high school volleyball players nationwide to be selected to play for the Under Armour Girls Honorable Mention All-American Team. She was nominated by her coach and was chosen from a field of 600 players. Dani also recently signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Utah.

Brighton High Mock Election: Creating Lifelong Voters

Weeks before Election Day 2016, students at Brighton High filled out simulated ballots in a mock election that, according to organizers, has accurately predicted the outcomes of six of the last seven presidential elections. VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teens in Every State) was started in 1988 by two history teachers in Massachusetts, and includes teen voters from at least one public and one independent school in each state. Which candidate came out on top? Even though they did not predict the actual outcome, the Bengals chose Secretary Clinton, joining 50,000 of their peers.  

An Undersea Adventure

Cottonwood Heights residents driving along Bengal Boulevard on Nov. 3 may have noticed hundreds of pre-teens walking to and from Brighton High. The purpose of the afternoon stroll? a Butler Middle School fieldtrip to see Brighton theatre students perform “The Little Mermaid.” An under-water menagerie with elaborate costumes and glow-in-the-dark backdrops, the production was a stage designer’s dream, and a great educational opportunity for Bruins en-route to becoming Bengals. 

Merci! Butler Elementary Students Schooled in French Diplomacy

Delegates from the French Ministry of Education dropped by Butler Elementary in October to observe some of the school's dual-language immersion classrooms. Their visit happened to coincide with Halloween, providing them a taste of American popular culture. Students also had a chance to practice their French with some high-ranking officials, including Madame Claudine Schmidt-Lainé, Superintendent of France’s Grenoble Region. Principal Christy Waddell said the immersion program wouldn't be possible without France's support in finding guest teachers.