April 2018 Educational Profiles

April 2018 Educational Profiles
Posted on 04/03/2018
Each month, Cottonwood Heights shares profiles of students and educators in our community who shine inside and outside the classroom.

The Bengals Take a Bite of the Big Apple

Brighton High’s Model United Nations team, which has claimed the state title 19 out of the past 20 years, traveled to New York last month to compete in the National High School Model UN contest. Some 5,000 students from more than 125 countries across six continents participated in the competition, which provides students the opportunity to present international policy arguments in the U.N. General Assembly Hall. The Bengals did not take home a trophy this year, but they left the Big Apple enriched by the experience and the unique exposure it afforded.

Water Conservation App Carries Butler Middle Student Lego Championship

In just three years, a group of young inventors who call themselves the “Bionic Porcupines III” has won two major awards and created two revolutionary systems to solve big problems. Last year, the group — including Carter Lechtenberg of Butler Middle — was lauded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an invention that scares birds away from airports. This year, a water-wise app they devised, carried them from the 2018 Northern Utah State First Lego League Championship to the World Championship in Houston, Texas, in April. The app they created uses smart meters installed by Sandy City to monitor how much water a home is using, with a fun twist. First, if users decrease their water usage, they can donate the savings to a list of charities designated by Sandy City. Second, the app allows homeowners to create simulations to see how a smart sprinkler or other water-wise techniques will affect their water consumption. 

BHS Senior Named a ‘Sterling Scholar’ in Speech, Theatre and Arts

Brighton High’s Sofia Rahaniotis has a 4.0 GPA, ranks first in her class, is senior class president — and was recently named Utah’s Sterling Scholar in the Speech, Theatre and Arts category. Sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL-TV, the Sterling Scholar competition honors students “for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah.” Rahaniotis was among three Bengals and 11 CSD students to be named finalists. A member of the Brighton’s nationally-recognized Model United Nations team, she was awarded Brigham Young University’s Model United Nations Distinguished Delegation Award and Peer Award. Congratulations to Rahaniotis and her peers: Emily Fryer, a finalist in the Family and Consumer Science Education category; and Lindsay Hill, a finalist in the Instrumental Music category.