March 2018 Education Profiles

March 2018 Education Profiles
Posted on 03/05/2018

Those Who Can, Teach

Brighton High visual arts teacher Jordan Brun practices what he teaches. When he isn't in the classroom, he's hard at work in the studio painting. His latest works, a multimedia series titled, "GARISH," were spotlighted recently by KSL-TV. Brun uses layers of UV-activated paint, which, when placed under "blacklight," reveal different images. He says his students, and their fearlessness, are a steady source of inspiration. "I truly believe that the visual arts are one of the more valuable endeavors one can dedicate their life to,” he told KSL. To showcase the work of his fellow arts educators, Brun is organizing a January 2019 exhibit titled, “Those Who Can’t” at the Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake. 

BHS Wrestler Takes State 

For two consecutive years, Brayden Stevens has dominated the 152-pound weight class at the state wrestling championships. The Brighton High senior was among two Canyons District wrestlers this year to take the winner’s podium. He is pictured here with Canyons District Board of Education leaders Nancy Tingey and Amber Shill during a meeting in which he as recognized for his accomplishments.

These Cats Can Swim! BHS Reclaims State Swimming Title

The 5A championship swim meet — which ended with the Brighton boys atop the podium — was "a dogfight" between the top-ranked teams, according to 5A Coach of the Year Todd Etherington, who also was recently honored by the City Council (see Page 11). Brighton is home to one of the most successful teams in Utah prep history, having earned 24 girls and 22 boys state swim championships over the past 46 years. Individual championship winners include:

          200-yard medley relay: Taua Fitisemanu, Jack Binder, Chase Miyagishima, and Quentin Tyler

          200-yard individual medley: Rachel Butler

          100-yard butterfly: Jack Binder

          200-yard freestyle relay: Eric Wagner, Quentin Tyler, Chase Miyagishima, and Jack Binder


All-State Athletes Excel in the Classroom, Court and Pool

Five Brighton Bengals have been presented Academic All-State Awards this winter for excelling in sports while maintaining high grade-point averages. The awards are announced each sports season by the Utah High School Activities Association with this latest round going to students involved in basketball, drill team, swimming and wrestling.

The following awardees boast a combined grade point average of 3.999:

5A Girls Basketball
Sidney Kaufmann, Brighton
Macy Raddon, Brighton

5A Boys Basketball
Adam Christensen, Brighton

5A Girls Swimming
Olivia Huntzinger, Brighton
Michaela Page, Brighton