It was game 6 of the playoff series between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder and guess who took center stage for a fantastic, crowd-pleasing musical performance? Members of the Herriman High School band under the direction of Brandon Larsen with a little help from the Jazz Bear! Way to go Mustangs, what a proud moment on a national stage.
In addition to employers, a wide variety of colleges and trade schools were in the Valley High commons, talking with students and giving them the chance to learn about employment prospects and educational options. Future grads were able to walk away armed with materials to help them make good choices for their future employment or education.
Some of the organizations represented included Utah Transit Authority, Ameritech, Café Rio, Jacobsen Construction, CCI and Dixie State University, among many other institutions.
Students learned plenty from the industry professionals and schools to help them make an informed decision about their future plans.
It was a packed room full of some pretty amazing and hard-working volunteers and educators at the most recent Jordan School District Board of Education meeting. That’s because Region 6 PTA Director, Dawn Ramsey was there to present the 2018 Region 6 PTA Awards. It is a very impressive list of incredible people. Congratulations to the deserving award recipients!
Here are the categories and the winners:
- Support Staff
- Ruth Moore – Secretary, Copper Canyon Elementary School
- Debbie Cone – Custodian, Herriman High School
- Jodi Derrick – Mountain Shadows Elementary School
- PTA Involvement
- Kristine Hanks – Jordan Ridge Elementary School
- Marinda Jelinek – Mountain Shadows Elementary School
- Diane Stanley – Herriman High School
- Spirit of PTA
- Sheri Mattle – South Jordan Middle School
- Pam VanWagoner – Riverton High School
- Amy Stephens – Rose Creek Elementary School
- Courtnie Widerburg – Mountain Shadows Elementary School
- Spirit of Inclusivity
- Todd Hougaard – Jordan Ridge Elementary School, Acceptance Day
- Steve James and Jodee Packer – Bingham High School, Grad Night
- Casey Pehrson – Herriman High School, School Psychologist
- Utah PTA Development Award
- Sheri Mattle and Krystal Hansen – Bingham High School, Color Me Miner Fun Run
- Outstanding Volunteer
- Christine Esplin – Jordan Ridge Elementary School
- Beth Kunz – Riverton High School
- Shilo Wilson – Bluffdale Elementary School
- Brittney Eldredge – Herriman High School
- Lucretia Shatzer – Mountain Shadows Elementary School
- Outstanding Educator
- Michael Henriksen – Riverton High School
- Jessica Lord – Herriman High School
- Kristy Johansen – Copper Canyon Elementary School
- Joseph Milkanin – Jordan Ridge Elementary School
- Norlene Hamann – Mountain Shadows Elementary School
- Ryan Erwin – South Hills Middle School
- Annette Huff – Mountain Shadows Elementary School
- Outstanding School Administrator
- James Birch – Herriman High School
- Dr. Tiffany Cooke – Bluffdale Elementary School
The competition was fierce and not just among students. Southland Elementary School invited parents and faculty to join in their ‘Shark Tank’ STEM challenge using the engineering design process to design paper airplanes and present them to a board of ‘sharks.’ It was exciting to see parents and faculty engaged in the learning process alongside students. Winners were presented with trophies made by Mr. Gardner’s 6th grade students on the school’s 3D printer. It was a great night proving that learning can be a lot of fun!
When Bingham High dancers Adriana Marshall and Jessica Nash heard news of the tragic shootings in Las Vegas, they decided it was time to try and make a difference. Saddened by so much violence in the world, they took to their art form to send a message of love and acceptance. Together the two choreographed a dance called ‘Cherish This World.’ The dance begins with emotional words from a local mom who survived the Las Vegas attack. Then a dozen members of the Bingham Dance Company perform a powerful dance to the song ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love.’ Several Las Vegas shooting survivors are expected to be in the audience on Thursday when ‘Cherish This World’ will be performed as part of the Bingham Dance Company Spring Showcase.
Performances are April 26, 27 and 30 at 7 p.m. in the Bingham High School Auditorium.