February 2017 Around Town 4

Giveaway Winners

Draper Lifestyle hosts giveaways on our Facebook page. Recently, Amy McMullen won a Jetty Blue Cruiser from Gold Coast Skateboards and Sufhan Majid won a gift card to Even Stevens. To enter a giveaway and win cool prizes, check us out at Facebook.com/DraperLifestyle.

Opportunity Knocks at 
Jordan High’s Career Day

At Jordan High’s Career Day in December, students met with professionals from more than 40 organizations, giving them a taste of what it’s like to work at a veterinary clinic, a local theatre, or an architectural firm.

Such experiences are invaluable, and made possible by the generosity of the many industry leaders who step up to volunteer their knowledge, skills and time, said Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan at a kick-off breakfast where he stressed the vital role that professional mentors had in his career. The Jordan career fair was one of three sponsored by Canyons District this year. Similar events also were staged at Corner Canyon and Brighton.

If the idea is to expose students to careers they might like, career fairs also help students rule out jobs that aren’t a good fit, said Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “These adults are here because they’re passionate about what they do,” Briscoe told the student participants. “Please listen and take advantage of their advice. They have something to share with you of value.”

Briscoe urged students to put aside any preconceived notions that they may have about their desired career paths and keep an open mind. “You have to be the one to decide what you want to do in life”—and better now than before you’ve spent four years at college in studying the wrong subject, he told students.

Sub For Santa Reaches 
11 Draper Families

On Thursday, December 22 the Draper City Police Department and local staff from Proofpoint joined forces to give back to the local community by supporting Sub for Santa. Sub for Santa is a local Christmas charity that provides gifts for children, elderly, and disabled in the Utah County area. Over 30 volunteers from the DCPD and Proofpoint purchased and wrapped toys, household essentials, clothing and other necessities to provide 11 families in the Draper community with a holiday celebration. Proofpoint Inc is located in Draper at 13997 South Minuteman Drive Suite 300.

Pedaling Her Way to 
World Championships

Heather Horton is a force to be reckoned with. Put her in a race, in the water, in mud, on a steep mountain, on a bike, with an injury, against people from all over the world and she’ll still win.

At the Xterra World Championship in October in Hawaii, Horton took first place in her age division, 15-19, racing against competitors from France, Japan, New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, and all across America, Canada and the rest of the world. She swam one mile, biked 20 miles and ran six miles in 5.5 hours.

“It was slow, but it was raining a lot and I had to walk my bike six miles in the mud,” says the 16-year-old Alta junior. Horton started mountain biking three years ago when she joined Alta’s Mountain Biking club. She won the state championship as a freshman, a junior-varsity title, and took first place this year at four Xterra races on her way to winning her division at the Pan Am Tour, which took place in Utah in September. Bikers from all over the world came to the Beehive state to compete in the off-road triathlon.

Horton usually trains with her father, who is also an avid mountain biker, by biking four times a week. Her favorite trails are in Corner Canyon in Draper, but she drives to Park City once or twice a week for variety. “I like my team and I love mountain biking,” Horton says. “It’s pretty when I ride and I feel really good when I’m riding on my bike.”

Sweeto Burrito

Sweeto Burrito is a new fast casual restaurant in Draper. They are revolutionizing customer engagement using an innovative mobile-based loyalty program. This multi-year effort is part of the company’s continued focus on providing a connected and truly unique customer experience. Sweeto Burrito’s customers can earn rewards by simply paying as usual, using a branded smartphone experience developed through a partnership with Thanx. “While many restaurants and retailers are stuck using the same old-fashioned, cumbersome loyalty programs they relied on a decade ago, Sweeto Burrito is taking a different approach, understanding that technology can be a powerful tool for reaching their customers in new, meaningful ways,” says Thanx CEO Goldstein. The loyalty program launched in Draper on January 2, 2017.

Alta’s Josh Davis is the Gatorade Player of the Year

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 and exemplary character, distinguishes Davis as Utah’s best high school football player,” the Gatorade organization wrote in a news release about Davis’ recognition.

Davis is the third Gatorade Utah Football Player of the year to be chosen from Alta in 32 years, and the fourth in the Canyons District. Previous winners include Brighton’s Simi Fehoko, who won the 2015-2016 award, and Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis, who won in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.
The coveted title is one of many claimed by Davis over the years. The 6-foot, 170-pound running back is a two-time pick for KSL-TV Game Night 4A MVP and the All-Tribune team. This year, he was named to The Tribune’s All-State Team and was dubbed an MVP by the Deseret News. If that wasn’t enough, Davis was hand-picked for the USA TODAY High School Sports’ 2016 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Utah Football Team.

Davis has been credited with helping to revive Alta’s storied football program, and push his team to the Class 4A semifinals this year. He scored 28 touchdowns in his senior year and finished the season with 2,645 yards, breaking the state single-season record for all-purpose yards and averaging 203.5 yards per game. Davis is so fast he even qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash at the state track and field championships last spring.

“The kid can run inside, he can run outside, and he’s so explosive, so you can’t get a headshot,” Alta coach Alema Te’O told the Salt Lake Tribune. “Plus, he blocks well, he catches the ball out of the backfield, he’s a threat on special teams — he’s by far the best running back I’ve ever been associated with in my career at the high school level.”

Davis graduates this year, but fans may soon be able to see him take the field for one of the many colleges that have reportedly extended him offers, including, Air Force, Army, Weber State and Southern Utah.