At a special ceremony to recognize Hillcrest High’s 2016 IB graduates, retiring coordinator Dr. Brian Bentley described students who completed the notoriously challenging college-prep program this way: “They saw an opportunity to make more out of their educational experience and they took it, even though it meant making sacrifices.” Ninety-four students received recognition for their efforts; 38 IB diploma recipients, one career program recipient and 55 certificate recipients. These students graduated last spring from Hillcrest, one of a dozen schools in Utah approved to teach International Baccalaureate classes. The ceremony is held retroactively due to a lag time in the…
Alta senior Josh Davis is a force to be reckoned with both on and off the football field. He’s Alta’s go-to for carrying and running the ball, he’s scored 72 touchdowns and he earned 5,290 rushing yards as a Hawk. But Davis is also a dedicated student, with a GPA of 3.86, and he spends his time volunteering in the community and helping in a retirement home. In recognition of his accomplishments, Davis was selected as the 2016 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year. “The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement…
Her name is Dani Barton — but the Deseret News calls her Ms. Volleyball, The Salt Lake Tribune calls her Player of the Year and Gatorade has named her the Utah Volleyball Player of the Year. Barton’s success at Brighton caught the attention of the University of Utah so much that, starting in January, her teammates will be calling her a Ute. The senior graduated early in December so she could start playing volleyball in college as soon as possible. “She’s the best female athlete in the state, hands down. You could give her a ping pong paddle, and next year,…
Thursday, 22 December 2016 19:22

Olympic swimmer returns to BHS for pep talk

He competed in the 2016 Olympic Games against such history-making swimmers as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. While swimming for Brighton High, the 16-time prep All-American won four consecutive state championships and shattered 50 Utah swimming records. But Long Gutierrez confides that to reach those heights, he had to push through some low points when he doubted himself and considered hanging up his goggles for good. “Everyone has those moments when you look at the records board and think, ‘Wow, that guy is fast and fit.’ But what you don’t see is all the hard work behind it,” Gutierrez told…
Motivated, hard-working juniors at Alta High who are eager to get a jump on college at a tier-one, PAC-12 research institution — and who are willing to sacrifice a few summers to do it — were encouraged on Friday to apply for Step2theU, a novel program that will give a select cohort of qualifying students a chance to earn early college credit at the University of Utah. “I can’t stress to you how unique and how rare this opportunity is,” Principal Brian McGill told an auditorium full of interested students. “There is only one other high school in Utah with a…