Utah’s Class of 2018 excels in AP testing
25.5 percent of Utah seniors earned college credit or college placement because of strong performances in AP exams, according to a news release from the Utah State Board of Education.
The national average was 23.5 percent.
The high success rate was due to Utah seniors scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams 67.7 percent of the time, the fifth-highest rate in the country behind New Jersey (69.1 percent), New Hampshire (68.8 percent), South Dakota (68.4 percent) and Connecticut (68.3 percent).
Also, according to the release, Salt Lake City School District and Cache County School District were both named to the College Board’s 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll, “which recognizes districts that have increased access to AP for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.”
Bank of Utah announces advancements
Eight Bank of Utah employees have received new titles, according to a news release from the Ogden-based bank.
The advancements include:
Colby J. Dustin, named senior vice president, enterprise risk
Brian S. Stevens, named senior vice president, information technology
Colleen Schulthies, named senior vice president, general counsel
Jon W. Croasmun, named senior vice president, corporate trust manager
Douglas J. Reichman, named vice president, foreign exchange manager
John T. Gonzales, named vice president, mortgage team leader mortgage
Brian J. Young, named vice president, mortgage area manager
Timothy D. Roberts, named assistant vice president, mortgage loan officer
HUD awards $10 million for Utah homelessness
Homeless programs in Utah are getting another boost from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this time in the form of $10,903,263, according to a news release.
The announcement involves renewal programs and new programs.
HUD announced $10 million in grants for Utah homeless assistance programs last month.
HUD also recently awarded $608,683 for programs in the state to help families reach self-sufficiency.
MATHCOUNTS competition held at Weber State
The Northern Utah contests of the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series were held Saturday, Feb. 9, at Weber State University.
MATHCOUNTS, a national program created in 1983, aims to improve math skills among U.S. students with a focus on middle school students.
Overall, 64 students across 15 schools participated at Weber State.
Truman Harris from South Davis Junior High took first place, Ryan Wood from Valley View Elementary took second and Gordon Kjar from Mt. Logan Middle School placed third.
The rest of the Top 10 were as follows:
Julien Grijalva (4th, St. Joseph Catholic School); Tyson Wood (5th, Valley View Elementary); Tysen Silverstien (6th, Centerville Elementary); Samuel Hansen (7th, Mueller Park Junior High); Andrew Hammer (8th, St. Joseph Catholic School); Colby Thornton (9th, Centennial Junior High); and Aiden Gabbitas (10th, Burton Elementary).
St. Joseph Catholic School took first place as a team while Valley View Elementary placed second and Centennial Junior High finished third.
The state competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, in Salt Lake City, while the national competition will be held from May 11-14 in Orlando, Florida.
Two state reps recognized by Trapper Trails Council, BSA
The Trapper Trails Council presented 40 Silver Beaver awards to adult leaders for their service and two of the recipients this year were members of the Utah House of Representatives.
Stephen Handy and Lee Perry were both recognized Friday, Feb. 8, at Box Elder High School.
Handy, who was born in Ogden but has lived in Layton for 40 years, represents District 16, which includes east Layton, part of Clearfield and Hill Air Force Base.
Perry lives in Perry and represents District 29, which includes southeastern Box Elder and northwestern Weber counties.
Both earned the Eagle Scout award.
Cellular Sales store opens in Ogden
The largest independent Verizon Wireless retailer by volume has opened its first store in Ogden.
Cellular Sales, located at 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue, opened on Jan. 26. It’s Cellular Sales’ sixth store in the state.
“We are proud to continue our expansion within the great state of Utah,” Cellular Sales Regional Director Colby Smith said in a news release. “Giving our customers accessibility to a wonderful face-to-face experience is our goal with our new Ogden store.”
Raptor Inventory Nest Survey needs volunteers
The Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) is seeking volunteers desiring to learn about the eagles, hawks, falcons and owls in Utah.
Training workshops are scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, March 2, in Salt Lake City.
According to a news release, “RINS offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to become involved in a long-term raptor nest monitoring project. The RINS organization collects and manages vital data regarding the nesting ecology of eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey and owls.”
Little is required except interest.
“The only requirement is that you enjoy Utah’s outdoors, particularly remote areas, and possess a desire to help the magnificent birds of prey,” according to the release.
For more information on workshop location, times and training, call 801-554-0807.
Utah’s Hepatitis A outbreak is over
Public health officials say a two-year long Hepatitis A outbreak in Utah is over.
According to a news release, there have been no new cases reported in the last 100 days, two incubation cycles for the liver disease.
The outbreak started on May 8, 2017, and the last case was reported on Oct. 26, 2018. 281 people were infected and three were killed during the outbreak, the release said.
Free mental health classes in Davis County
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering classes starting March 5 at the Intermountain Bountiful Clinic, 390 N. Main St., according to a news release.
A family-to-family education program and a peer to peer class will be held.
The family-to-family education program is a free 12-session “education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness,” while the peer to peer class is a 10-session course “for adults living with mental health challenges,” according to the release.
The classes are confidential, once a week for two hours and are taught by trained Peer Mentors who themselves are in recovery.