Friends Finish Copper Mountain Middle School Race Proving They Have Unbreakable Bond & That Human Kindness Wins Every Time

What happened during a race at Copper Mountain Middle School on Thursday is proof that human kindness can always carry us through the most challenging of situations.

Rykien Evans and Nate Wegwitz both decided to participate in the school’s annual one-mile run called the “Running of the Colts.” The seventh-graders are good friends. Nate was going to run the race, Rykien who has Arthrogryposis and has had more than 20 surgeries in his life, would race in his wheelchair. Both friends were ready to give it their all, determined to make it to the finish line. But suddenly there was an issue. Rykien’s wheelchair got stuck in a divot of dirt and wouldn’t budge, however, thanks to his friend Nate, the race wasn’t over.

Nate ran to the rescue, lifted his friend out of the wheelchair and kept right on running, carrying Rykien in his arms.

Some other students retrieved Rykien’s wheelchair and he finished the race with Nate pushing him across the finish line, where both received their medals. It was a heartwarming moment proving the two boys have an unbreakable bond and that human kindness wins every single time!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the “Running of the Colts,” and to Rykien and Nate for showing us all the power of friendship.

May 28 Board Meeting Update

You are invited to a meeting of the Board of Education of Jordan School District on Tuesday, May 28 at the JATC South Campus, 12723 S. Park Avenue, Riverton, Utah. The study session begins at 4 p.m. The Regular Board Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Patrons may view the general session online at

The May 28 Board meeting agenda is now available on our Board meetings page. Policies that will be discussed include Administrative Policy DP374 Employment Background Checks and Board Policy GP118 Midterm Vacancies on the Board. You can also use the following links to the printed and detailed agendas.

Supercast Episode 246: She Has “A Way with Words,” Daybreak Student Competes in National Scripps Spelling Bee Championship in Washington, D.C.

Superintendent with Sophia MontanaYou could say she has “a way with words.” We’re talking about Sophia Montana, a 6th grade student at Daybreak Elementary School.

On this episode of the Supercast, find out how Sophia managed to win the Utah Regional Spelling Bee in a tough five-hour competition propelling her to compete in the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. How is she preparing to go up against the best in the U.S.? Listen and find out.

Hair Salon Opens Inside West Jordan Middle School Offering Low-Cost Cuts to Struggling Students & Members of the Community

It is a first of its kind in Jordan School District and will help students and members of the community who struggle to afford the cost of haircuts. Students in the Barbering Program at JATC South will operate a hair salon inside West Jordan Middle School catering their cuts to students and others. The school saw a unique need after students were found cutting one another’s hair in restrooms to save money. So, a local hair salon, B Space Salon, stepped in and generously donated the barbering chairs, sinks, mirrors, and all other equipment needed to open the in-school salon called the “Lion’s Mane.”

The salon will give Barbering students valued hands-on experience with real clients and it will fulfill a need at West Jordan Middle and in the school community. Operating hours are still being determined, we will share that information when it is available.

Congratulations Jordan School District 2024 Class of Retirees

They have made a huge impact in the lives of thousands of students throughout the course of their careers, and now they are beginning a new chapter in their own lives. The Jordan School District 2024 Class of Retirees were honored during a special dinner and celebration sponsored by the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

A total of 93 employees are retiring this year and together they have devoted 1,814 years to Jordan School District. The longest serving retiree in this year’s class is West Jordan High School Psychologist, Kevin Damron with 41.75 years of service.

A huge thank you to all of our retirees. You have devoted countless hours to students and their education, and your work has made a huge difference in Jordan School District. We wish you the very best in your retirement, you will be missed.

A special thanks to Connor Elggren and Miles Jeppson for performing at the event! You were both amazing.