Feb. 2018 Education Profiles

Feb. 2018 Education Profiles
Posted on 01/31/2018

16 Student Artists Advance to State Arts Competition

Among the Canyons District students to win the Utah PTA’s 2017-2018 Reflections contest are 16 talented Cottonwood Heights-area artists. Students submitted music, visual arts, photography, literature, dance and film entries under the theme, “Within Reach.” Two winners were chosen per category and honored at an awards banquet on Jan. 9. Winners of Excellence Awards will advance to the state level of the competition.


Brighton High:
Autumn Jones, 2D
Miles Anderson, 2D
Izabella Kershaw, 2D
Tyler Daynes, Music

Butler Middle
Brynn Ellefsen, 2D

Bella Vista
Eliza Johnson, 2D
Makayla Paxton, Film

Reese Marino, 2D

Canyon View
Alexander Turchenko, 3D
Kael Brammer, 3D

Baya Rasmussen, Literature


Bella Vista
Camry Steed, Dance

Butler Middle
Cai Grover, Music
Kate Williams, Photography

Brighton High
Alyse Searle, Photography


Brighton Student Selected for Normandy Trip

Morgan Mehrley, Photography A Brighton High student has been accepted into a program that will culminate with a trip to France to honor a soldier who fought in the Normandy Invasion. Jacob Simmons was selected after a rigorous applications process, which also requires the oversight of an educator. Albion Middle teacher Eden Ellingson, who taught Simmons during his time at the middle school, agreed to join Simmons in the educational journey. Only 14 other teacher/student teams were chosen to participate in this year’s Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute-funded endeavor. A June research trip to Washington, D.C., will precede the expedition to Normandy. While in France, they will tour Omaha and Utah beaches, as well as museums, sites of historic battles and the Normandy American Cemetery. Simmons’ research into the life of a Normandy-battle veteran will be published on the organization’s website, NHDSilentHeroes.org.


BHS Swim Coach Named Utah’s 5A Coach of the Year 

He has nurtured Olympic qualifiers and dozens of regional and state champions — and for the second time in three years, BHS swim coach Todd Etherington has been named the Utah High School Activities Association’s 5A Coach of the Year.

Congratulations to Coach Etherington and all the Bengals swim team for their success over the past years, and years to come.