Education Spotlights – December 2017

Education Spotlights – December 2017
Posted on 12/05/2017

Eight BHS Athletes Win All-State Awards

 These sporting students stand out in the classroom and on the field or court. Eight Brighton High athletes were presented Academic All-State Awards this fall for excelling in sports while maintaining high grade point averages. The awards are announced each sports season by the Utah High School Activities Association. These Bengals boast a combined grade point average (GPA) of 4.0: 

5A Football 

Brighton — Zachary Larson

5A Volleyball

Brighton — Brieann Ingles 

5A Girls Soccer 

Brighton — Brynnae Braun

5A Girls Tennis 

Brighton — Lauren Clark 

5A Cross Country 

Brighton — Claudia Caten, Emily Johansen,       William Duzett, Justin Richard


Two Teachers Lauded with Innovation Grants

Two Cottonwood Heights-area teachers have won Innovation Grants to fuel their ideas for enhancing classroom instruction. Butler Elementary’s Renee King and Butler Middle’s Bridger Huhn are among 17 Canyons District educators to win the competitive awards. This year, the Canyons Education Foundation received 55 applications totaling $327,000 in funding requests. King won $2,400 to purchase iPads for her resource classroom and Huhn received $9,255 to purchase virtual reality goggles for his science class.

A Transformative Experience for BHS Artists

 In preparation to create a mural for public display at their school, a group of Brighton High artists recently visited the ancient wall art and petroglyphs at Nine Mile Canyon. The trip, an educational journey through time, will serve as artistic inspiration for what will become a permanent monument to indigenous peoples. Brighton is the fifth Canyons District high school to create a Sacred Images mural. As has become tradition, Ute Elder and Spiritual Leader Larry Cesspooch gathered with students to bless them with an eagle’s wing before they entered sacred lands. This year, he also shared the Ute creation story and several other tales that have become part of Ute oral tradition over the centuries. As Dovie Thomason, the Kiowa Apache artist-in-residence for Brighton’s Sacred Images project, instructed students, “We will not be taking off, tearing into the canyon. That is not how we are going to approach these sacred lands.” Thomason and Cesspooch have been teaching Canyons’ students to see through new eyes, and to consider different ways of knowing the world around them. In January, when the mural is unveiled, others can all walk a little of that journey with them.