It is an award that students across the state were hoping to win, but just four were selected and Caleb McDonald was one of them. Caleb is a 6th grade student at Welby Elementary School and he was named the first recipient of the Utah STEM Action Center’s Innovation Award. The award is given in partnership with the Utah Jazz. Caleb was chosen because of his leadership in STEM at Welby Elementary. Last year, he served as captain of the school’s First Lego League Team called the ‘Coders’ and he took that role very seriously. Caleb was there before and after school working on the team’s robot design and programming. He also helped his teammates accomplish goals and learn more about robotics. Caleb’s robotic coaches say he is very good at motivating others and encouraging them to do their best.
As part of the award, Caleb received tickets to a Jazz game and was invited down to the court at half time to be recognized as the first Innovation Award winner.
Congratulations, Caleb. This is an amazing accomplishment and we are proud of the work you do with other students.
Students saluted veterans from all branches of the military during a special patriotic program at Hayden Peak Elementary School. Throughout the program called “Freedom is Not Free” parents and grandparents who served or are currently serving our country were thanked for their sacrifices and service.
Visitors to Hayden Peak were greeted by flag-bearing Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at the entrance to the school and thanked for their service.
The program began with a rousing rendition of “You’re a Grand Old Flag” as students paraded onto the stage with flags waving. Then, students led the audience in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “This Land is Your Land,” “God Bless America,” a medley of the military songs affiliated with each branch and other patriotic songs. Students also read poems and performed short skits to honor the proud vets.
The program is a great reminder to all of us what a special opportunity Veterans Day is to offer our gratitude to all those who serve.
It was a Patriotic Program that brought tears and cheers as students sang their hearts out to honor military veterans. Students invited family members and friends who serve or have served in different branches of the military to attend and sit on stage. Each grade performed a patriotic song to thank the service men and women for their sacrifices in order to protect our freedoms. At one point, the entire student body saluted the veterans, gave them a standing ovation and all together sang “I’m Proud To Be An American,” which brought tears to many in attendance.
Thank you to the men and women of our armed forces and to schools like Midas Creek for taking time to honor them for Veterans Day. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.