Brighton High Artists Brightening the Holidays
Thanks to Georgia Raddon’s keen eye, a sprig of pine won’t ever look the same to the Canyons District community. The 17-year-old Brighton High student’s stunning photo of pine needles was selected as one of two covers for Canyons School District’s official holiday card, which is being delivered to hundreds of community and business partners. A second holiday card features the artwork of 16-year-old Kenzi Joko who submitted a watercolor of stockings hung by a roaring fire. Both artists captured the warmth and spirit of the holiday season perfectly.
Bella Vista Brings Tidings of Joy
Customers of the Cottonwood Heights branch of Zion’s Bank may have noticed the uniquely decorated Christmas tree in the lobby. The hand-made creations were a gift from third-grade students at Bella Vista Elementary who are pictured here performing at the bank’s lighting ceremony. In exchange, Zion’s made a small cash donation to the school.
Bengals Bring their ‘A’ Game
They excel in the classroom and on the court, track and field: Four Brighton High athletes were presented Academic All-State Awards this fall for excelling in sports while maintaining high grade point averages (GPA). The awards are announced each sports season by the Utah High School Activities Association. Brighton’s all-star athletes — among 19 within Canyons School District — boast a combined average GPA of 4.0.
5A Boys Cross Country, 4.0 GPA - Ryan Dalby
5A Girls Volleyball, 4.0 GPA - LeighAnne Taylor
5A Girls Soccer, 4.0 GPA - Sarah Fankhauser
5A Girls Cross Country, 4.0 GPA - Catherine Good
The Butler-Utah Jazz French Connection
"He's coming," students could be overheard saying, their mouths agape as 6-foot, 8-inch Utah Jazz player Boris Diaw entered Butler Elementary’s auditorium. Diaw could have said anything — or nothing, for that matter — and still been a crowd-pleaser. But this power forward happens to speak the language in which these particular students are immersed. He hails from the same area of France as the birthplace of two of Butler’s French immersion teachers, both of whom were on hand to watch Diaw interact with their students in Francais. Diaw requested the school visit, which was sponsored by the Utah Jazz.
Ridgecrest Sticks It to the Principal
While searching for an off-the-wall way to reward students for raising nearly $20,000 to benefit Ridgecrest Elementary’s PTA, Principal Julie Winfree discovered yet another use for duct tape. Winfree agreed to be taped to the wall in the cafeteria for all to see, a gesture that students found to be both entertaining and oddly motivating.
Barton Honored as Utah’s Top Volleyball Player
She finished the volleyball season with 418 kills and 71 blocks. She led her team in digs, and she landed 91 percent of her serves. But it's for her raw athleticism and drive, born from an obvious love of the sport, that Brighton High's Dani Barton was dubbed Utah's 2016 Ms. Volleyball by the Deseret News. The Salt Lake Tribune also named Barton as high school player of the year. Congratulations, Dani!