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November 2015

Official Skyridge merchandise is now available!!

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We’re excited to announce that we have Official Skyridge merchandise available for purchase for a limited time only. In order to guarantee delivery by Christmas, purchases must be made by MIDNIGHT on Tuesday, December 2. All proceeds from the purchases will go to support Skyridge programs. This online portal is a ONE TIME ONLY opportunity. We will be opening our own online store in the coming year. PLEASE remember that for the 2015-2016 school year, all students are Lehi Pioneers. We request that you be sensitive when wearing this awesome gear and avoid wearing these items to LHS events. https://skyridge.itemorder.com/sale

Head Counselor Hired

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Counseling: Lynn Meek

Lynn MeekLynn Meek will be the head of the Counseling Department. For the past 24 years, he has been a counselor at Lehi Junior High, spending more than 20 of those years as head counselor. Prior to that, he taught social studies courses at Lakeridge Junior High. He loves playing and coaching sports, and spent five years coaching freshman basketball for both boys and girls, and many years coaching community recreation teams in soccer, basketball, and flag football. He has a bachelor’s degree from BYU in social studies education, and a master’s degree from BYU in educational psychology: counseling and guidance.

Meek grew up in Preston, Idaho. He and his wife, Heidi, have four children and have lived in Lehi for the past 21 years. In his free time, he likes reading, gardening, hiking, Scouting, and spending time with his family.

Meet the Skyridge Coaches Night

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Join us on Wednesday (November 18) at 6pm at Lehi Junior High School to meet our recently announced coaches. Come meet our coaches for baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cheer, cross country, drill team, golf, football, marching band, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. We’ll start in the auditorium for a brief introduction of each coach, and then we will move to the cafeteria so that students and parents can have the opportunity to interact directly with the coaches and ask questions. We hope to see you there!!

Volleyball Coach Hired

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November 13, 2015–Lehi, Utah Deanna Meyer

Deanna Meyer has been hired as the Head Volleyball Coach for Skyridge High School, currently under construction in Lehi, Utah. The school will open in August 2016.

Coach Meyer is one of the most successful high school volleyball coaches in state history. Meyer won five state titles with the Lone Peak program and finished second four other times. Her teams made 10 straight appearances to the semifinal round, and under her direction, the Knights placed in the top eight 14 times during her 16 years as head coach. Meyer has an overall coaching record of 366-164, including an impressive 46-12 record in state tournament competition. Meyer has been recognized as the 4A and 5A Coach of the Year, and has been named as the top coach by the National Federation of High Schools for Utah. Over her career Coach Meyer has coached 5 high school All Americans, and has had over 40 players move on and play collegiate sports.

As a student at Skyline High School, Meyer lettered in volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. During her time at Skyline, the Eagles took 1st, 2nd, and 4th in state volleyball tournaments. She received a full academic scholarship to the University of Utah, where she focused her attention on scholastics.

Though Meyer has had incredible and consistent success at Lone Peak High School, she is very excited about accepting a new challenge. She says, “I am excited about the opportunity to become a Skyridge Falcon and starting up a program at a new school. To be part of the founding teachers and staff and creating traditions and establishing a school community that brings out the best in everyone is a wonderful opportunity and challenge I look forward to undertaking.”

Skyridge Principal Joel Perkins is grateful to have Coach Meyer as part of the coaching team. He says, “Deanna is a very successful and established science teacher and volleyball coach. She brings great dedication to her craft and to her student athletes. Despite much success, she is a student of the game and is constantly looking for areas of improvement. She loves the student athletes with whom she works, and truly wants to help them succeed both on and off the court.”

Coach Meyer has a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s degree in science education. She currently teaches Chemistry and Earth Science at Lone Peak, where she also previously taught Biology, Astronomy, Meteorology, and Health Education. She credits much of her success as a coach to her husband John for his incredible support. The Meyers have three daughters and live in Cedar Hills.

Tennis Coach Hired

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November 12, 2015–Lehi, Utah

Lindsay Rawstorne has been hired as the TennLindsay Rawstorne croppedis Coach for Skyridge High School, currently under construction in Lehi, Utah. The school will open in August 2016.

Coach Rawstorne has been a tennis instructor for the past 25 years, and a tennis director for 23 years. He has coached players of all ages for club teams, state teams (Team Utah), and sectional teams (Zonals teams). He is a certified USPTA Elite Professional and has coached many nationally ranked junior players.

Rawstorne has played tennis for the past 40 years, starting when he lived in France. He collected four national titles before coming to the United States, and played collegiately for two years at Weber State University and two years for the University of Utah. His highest ranking was #20 in Singles and #11 in Doubles in the NCAA Division I. He also played briefly on the ATP tour.

Rawstorne is anxious for the opportunity to work with Skyridge student athletes. He says, “I am very excited for this opportunity to form a team of young players who want to achieve their best. Our players will be very well prepared and will have a great time training.”

Speaking about the philosophy he will bring to Skyridge High, Rawstorne says, “We will play the game of tennis the right way with integrity. Students will play for their teammates and represent our school with the highest standards. We will have a no-cut policy where everyone can be part of the team. Our team selection will be clear and based on merit; every player will have the opportunity to compete for a Varsity spot. I believe that hard work is always rewarded in some form.”

Skyridge Principal Joel Perkins says, “Lindsay is one of the most recognized tennis coaches in the western states. We are very excited about his desire to provide a positive tennis experience for all of his student athletes. He is an outstanding coach and recognizes the great importance of academics and school involvement for all students.”

Skyridge Athletic Director Mark Clinton says, “During the hiring process, the thing that stood out to me was that Coach Rawstorne has a deep understanding of closing the performance/potential gap. He feels that just being the best is not the same as giving it your best effort. He has the kind of experience as one of the finest teachers and professionals in the game. We look forward to his expertise in helping us develop our high school’s tennis teams and facilities.”

Rawstorne graduated with a bachelor degree in finance from the University of Utah. He is currently the manager/director of tennis at Ivory Ridge Tennis Club, located in Lehi, Utah. He has served on the USTA Junior committee for Utah and Intermountain for the past 10 years and is currently the chair for the Junior Competition Committee ITA.

Cross Country Coach Hired

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November 11, 2015–Lehi, UtahJamie Alvizo

Jamie Alvizo has been named as the Cross Country Coach at Skyridge High School, currently under construction in Lehi, Utah. The school will open in August 2016.

Coach Alvizo has spent the last three years as a Cross Country coach at Lehi High School, and for the last two years has been the head coach. In her first year as the head coach, the men’s team finished the 3rd in the state 5A State Championships, and the women’s team finished in 5th place. This year, the men’s team was able to move up to 2nd place.

Alvizo is a graduate of Lehi High School, where she participated on the varsity soccer, swim, and track teams, and was a member of the orchestra. Until recently, Coach Alvizo held the LHS record for the 800m, which was broken last season by one of her own students. She competed for Southern Utah University on their cross country & track teams where she attended on an academic scholarship. She was named the Women’s Cross Country athlete of the year in 2010 following her win at the conference championships. She was a member of the All Conference Team for cross country for four years, and All Region team for two years. She also qualified for the NCAA Western Regional’s for Track & Field in 2012 and 2013, and ran a personal best time of 16:08 in the 5000m and 4:48 in the mile.

Alvizo is an exceptional educator. She is in her third year as a teacher at LHS, where she teaches sections of general Chemistry as well as AP Chemistry. She says, “I have been honored to return to my old high school and give back to programs that were so good to me. I will truly miss being in halls and that I once attended and working with so many amazing people, but I am excited for the opportunity to carry Lehi traditions to Lehi city’s new high school.”

Skyridge Principal Joel Perkins is pleased to have Alvizo as a member of the faculty and coaching staff. He says, “We are extremely excited that Jamie will be joining us at Skyridge. She is an outstanding Chemistry teacher, as well as a great coach who is very enthusiastic about her sport. Obviously she has been extremely successful, as evidenced by the recent 2nd place finish by the boys team.”

In summarizing her coaching philosophy, Alvizo reveals the mindset that has been the key to her success. “I am a firm believer in the power of dreams and hard work. My athletes know how important goal setting is to me and making the plans to achieve those goals! There is nothing more rewarding as a coach than seeing the look on an athlete’s face when they have achieved something they have put their mind to.”

Coach Alvizo has a bachelor degree in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics. She and her husband Jhoan live in Lehi.

Drill Team Coach Hired

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November 11, 2015–Lehi, UtahKylie Ash

Kylie Ash has been hired as the Drill Team Coach for Skyridge High School, currently under construction in Lehi, Utah. The school will open in August 2016.

Coach Ash has been dancing for 19 years, including 15 years on a competition team. She graduated from Lehi High School where she was a member of the Pionettes team, and served as a co-captain her Junior year and captain her Senior year. During this time, she continued to dance at a studio, as well as on the Lehi Dance Company. She had the wonderful opportunity to perform in the 2002 Winter Olympics as a “Child of Light” dancer. She has also performed at “Stadium of Fire,” danced in the MTV movie “American Mall,” and appeared in several Disney Channel movies including “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 3, “The Hannah Montana Movie,” and “Minutemen.” After graduating from LHS, Kylie went on to dance for the Waukeenyans dance team at Southern Utah University, where she received recognition as one of the top ten collegiate dancers in the state.

Ash says it will be difficult to leave Lehi High. “Lehi is my home. I grew up in Lehi and graduated from Lehi High School. Seeing Lehi grow and progress is exciting. Leaving Lehi High School to work at Skyridge High School presents me with a great opportunity to be a part of something new. Building a legacy of greatness alongside my coworkers and teachers embodies who I am as an educator.”

Skyridge Principal Joel Perkins says, “Kylie is an amazing math teacher and drill team advisor. She brings great experience in maintaining a competitive drill team and we are confident that she will create a very successful drill team.”

Coach Ash will graduate this spring from UVU with a bachelor degree in mathematics education. She currently is an intern at Lehi High. She and her husband Clint reside in Lehi with their son.

Cheer Coach Hired

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November 10, 2015–Lehi, UtahCiera Stanley

Ciera Stanley has been hired as the Cheer Coach for Skyridge High School, currently under construction in Lehi, Utah. The school will open in August 2016.

Coach Stanley is currently the assistant cheerleading coach and choreographer at Lehi High School and has held that position for the last five years. She started cheering when she was 11 and did competitive all star cheerleading until she got to high school. She has coached all-star cheerleading for five years, and has experience in coaching levels 1-5. Last season, Ciera’s two all-star teams qualified for the prestigious competition “The Summit,” held in Orlando, Florida. Ciera is also a former Universal Cheerleader’s Association summer camp instructor, where she had the opportunity to teach high school cheerleaders from all over the state.

Stanley attends Utah Valley University, where she has been part of several performance groups including Mosaic Hip Hop Company and Synergy Modern Dance Company. She also teaches at multiple dance studios, teaching contemporary, jazz, and hip hop.

A graduate of Lehi High School, Stanley served as choreographer her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and served as captain her senior year. She also danced with the dance company and also served as a head choreographer. She says, “I have enjoyed my time coaching at Lehi High School and being part of their great cheer program. I am honored and excited to be part of Skyridge High School and for the opportunity to build a successful cheer program. I look forward to working with talented student athletes as well as other great educators and coaches in helping to support the athletic teams and raise school spirit.”

Skyridge Principal Joel Perkins says, “Ciera is an outstanding cheer coach and has great enthusiasm for involving all students in building school spirit at our school. She will also be instrumental in building our dance program at Skyridge. She is going to do a great job.”

Stanley expects members of the cheer squad to excel academically, as well as in their sport. She says, “I believe that cheer and dance can be a place that young athletes can learn valuable life skills. I expect the cheerleaders to work hard in maintaining their academics while we balance supporting fellow sports teams, supporting the community, and being a competitive cheer squad. I am 100% committed in helping young athletes realize their full potential and will provide a safe environment where they can express themselves and learn the value of working together as a team. It is important to me that my athletes graduate from high school having had a positive experience and feeling more prepared for their future.”

Coach Stanley is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in dance education at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi with her husband Zach. She loves spending time with family and friends, being outside in the sunshine, and feels like she is practically a permanent resident of Disneyland.

Meet the Skyridge Coaches Night

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Come and meet the Skyridge coaches on Wednesday, November 18 at 6pm at Lehi Junior High School. We will start in the auditorium with brief introductions, then we will move to the cafeteria for students and parents to have the opportunity to shake hands with and ask questions of the coaches. We hope to see you there!