Students Wow Lawmakers with Art in Competition at State Capitol

Student Artwork at State CapitolLawmakers were surrounded by some pretty incredible artwork this week as students from around the state participated in the annual Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition. Several JSD students, like Annie Bearden and Adam Anderson, took part with art that amazed everyone who stopped by to admire the wide variety of works. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to display their talents and compete for scholarships. It also gives lawmakers a chance to recognize the hard work of so many artistic young people, which they did during an awards ceremony in the Senate chambers.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

South Valley Student Gets Sweet Surprise of a Lifetime Meeting the Cake Boss

Kimmie Hugging the Cake BossKimmie Hansen is a first year student at the South Valley School where she gets to enjoy new experiences every day. Kimmie was also crowned Utah Miss Amazing in a pageant designed to build confidence and self-esteem in young women with disabilities. However, the thrill of a lifetime came for Kimmie over the weekend at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City where she came face-to-face with someone with whom she has been a huge fan for a very long time, the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro. He was in town to speak at the conference and when the Cake Boss found out about Kimmie, he wanted to personally meet her and tell Kimmie how much he loved her and appreciates the support. When asked if she had any questions for Buddy, Kimmie said she has a hard time rolling out fondant and was wondering what the ‘trick’ is to doing it flawlessly? The Cake Boss said a big machine helps him out but Kimmie should keep on trying and like anything in life, she can find success.

Happy Valentines Day from ‘Heart’land & Majestic Elementary Schools

Students Holding HeartsEverywhere you looked there were hearts at Heartland Elementary School today. The same was true at Majestic Elementary as students shared their love of learning and admiration for teachers and other school staff on this Valentines Day. It is a day to let all educators and classmates know how much you care, how much you love being at school and sharing some sweet treats along the way.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

JATC Students Win Best in State for Designing ‘Pocket Closet’ App

Phone With Pocket Closet AppThey wanted to help people organize clutter in their closets and make it available to the visually impaired as well. So, a JATC team of students from Bingham, Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and Murray High designed what is called the ‘Pocket Closet’ app with an accessibility feature so anyone can use it. The app lets you know exactly what you have in your closet at any given time, manages your clothing inventory, lets you know the last time you wore something and even has a donation feature if you want to get rid of some things you no longer wear.

The students entered the app in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge and they won! That means the JATC student entry was best among all middle and high school entries in the state. They received $5,000 prize and a tablet for every team member. Now this talented team is in the running for the App Challenge Fan Favorite award. The Fan Favorite award winner will receive $15,000.

You can help the JATC team win Fan Favorite by texting POCKET to 22333 by midnight on Feb. 14.