It’s been said that a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step. This month, some 2,600 seniors of Canyons District high schools will end this part of their educational journey by confidently advancing across graduation stages and toward the direction of their dreams.  Two of those students, Jordan High’s Tallyn Grossaint and Hillcrest High’s Abel Hagos took vastly different paths to arrive at Graduation Day. But their struggles, both physical and emotional, forged their steely determination to succeed against the odds. While the teenage Tallyn was raising his little sister because turmoil in his family often left them…
The announcers at graduation ceremonies of Alta and Brighton High schools will have several opportunities to get the last names of three families correct. It might not be so difficult to correctly pronounce the last names of “Davis” or “Cooper” — but they’ll have three chances to get “Folau” just right. A trio of triplets are set to graduate June 5, 2019 from Canyons District schools. Three sets of triplets — one at Brighton and two at Alta — are among the estimated 2,600 students who have earned enough credits to be awarded a high school diploma as part of…
If the trophy cases at Brighton High could talk, they would have a lot to say about the courage, commitment and collegiality it takes to win championships. “Stand Together” is the Bengal motto, and together the students at Brighton have achieved a feat unmatched by any other high school in Utah: 120 team state championship titles. It’s an impressive number, especially considering that the school has only been around for 50 years. Only one other high school in Utah has come close enough to breach the 100 mark. “One-hundred-twenty championships in 50 years is unparalleled. There are schools just in…
At first glance, the students in Jonathan Hale’s class at Sprucewood Elementary look like they are engaged in their art lessons just like any other fourth-or fifth-graders. They are gathered around their projects, weaving fabric on a loom, painting creations they’ve made and working with different materials — but the true masterpiece they are building isn’t made out of acrylic and cotton. Their true achievement is working with each other.  Hale’s students are participating in a “peer partner” research program that pairs students from a general-education class at Sprucewood Elementary with special-education students from Jordan Valley, Canyons’ school for students…
Canyons District’s sporting students are logging big wins academically and athletically. In a year during which students have, thus far, claimed 12 state team and individual championship titles in Utah High School Activities Association-sanctioned activities, 80 students representing all five of CSD’s comprehensive high schools have also earned Academic All-State Honors. This includes the most recently-announced awardees in spring sports, a whopping 33 of them (listed below). The All-State Award is granted to student athletes, artists and scholars who are the best in their respective activities and committed to high academic achievement.   Boys Tennis Carter Davis, Alta Mark Godfrey,…
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