PCHS working with Deer Valley to Provide Graduates with Celebration

Park City High School is partnering with Deer Valley Resort to give the Class of 2020 a chairlift graduate celebration on Friday, July 31.

“Deer Valley has generously offered this opportunity and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Park City High Principal Roger Arbabi. “This will be an unforgettable experience for our students.”

“We were heartbroken that we were not able to celebrate our graduates this spring. Unfortunately, we had to wait to plan something for late summer to safely honor our graduates,” he said.  “It will be a Park City graduation backdrop no other PCHS graduate has ever had,” Arbabi said.

A schedule and more details will be released as soon as possible to allow for families to make plans.

“Deer Valley very much looks forward to celebrating the Park City High School Class of 2020 this summer with a well-deserved chairlift commencement ceremony on the mountain,” said Deer Valley Resort President and COO, Todd Shallan. “We are happy to be able to work with their school administrators and be a part of recognizing these students and their achievements through such a unique and memorable experience.”

In addition to the Deer Valley event, PCHS graduates have the opportunity to take photos at Dozier Field today and Saturday (May 29 & 30) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Three different photo backdrops will be available on the football field for graduates and their families. To ensure safety protocol, graduates have signed up in advance so that no more than five at a time are on the field with their families. High school staff will be on hand to cheer for their students.

In a few weeks, graduates will be sent a Senior Tribute video. Graduates are uploading their pictures for this video highlighting their high school experiences. The PCHS Student Council provided a keepsake embroidered blanket that has been distributed to each senior in the Class of 2020. The Student Council is still accepting donations here.

Principal Arbabi and the PCHS staff thank the Park City community during this time. Due to their generous support, each senior received a sign in their yard and other recognition. “Thank you for inspiring them to finish the school year strong,” he said.

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For more information contact:

Principal Roger Arbabi, rarbabi@pcschools.us, 435-645-5650

9th Grader’s Playhouse Design is Finalist in Architectural Competition

Will Fleming

Treasure Mountain Junior High 9th-grader, Will Fleming, is a Grand Prize finalist in the inForm Architecture Student Playhouse Design Competition. The competition, open to K-12 students along the Wasatch Back, was to see who could dream up the best playhouse.

The rules?

– Maximum size of 10’x10’x10′

– It should inspire active play and/or learning. Designs should have a theme or design concept.

– Design by hand, computer model, physical model, or use all of these.

Will learned about the competition from his Park City High construction teacher Jordan Ulrich who assigned the design as part of his Intro to Construction Technology class.

“I had a lot of fun with it, and mostly designed it for myself,” said Will. He used Sketch-Up Online, a web-based computer modeling software to design his 3D-model playhouse.

His teacher Mr. Ulrich said this was a great alternative to hands-on learning during social distancing. “I am so proud of Will for his accomplishment despite the challenges associated with online learning and a project like this,” he said.

The community will be able to vote for Fleming’s design on social media. That link will be posted via the district’s social media channels in the coming days.

“This assignment was the highlight among all the challenges of the pandemic,” said his mother Ebony Fleming. “He hasn’t been to see his friends or go to school, so this assignment was a blessing. He really enjoyed it. He took his time and designed it the way he wanted to.”

Mr. Ulrich’s classroom is supported by donations to the Park City Education Foundation.

Two PCHS Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarship

Today (5/13/20) the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced two Park City High seniors have been awarded its National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Only 23 graduates statewide received the scholarship.

Lane Myshrall

Park City High’s National Merit Scholarship 2020 winners are:

– Lane E. Myshrall who plans to pursue a career in civil engineering

– Jon H. Troxel who plans to pursue a career in applied mathematics

Jon Troxel

The scholars were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.


Four PCHS Seniors Win Sterling Scholar Awards at Regional Level

Four Park City High seniors were named winners at last night’s (May 7, 2020) 48th annual Sterling Scholar awards ceremony for the Northeast Region. In addition, seven PCHS seniors were also named runner-ups. Students competed with top students from 18 high schools.

 Each student is required to present a portfolio of work in a specific category, be interviewed by judges, and advanced at the high school and finals levels. From finalists in each of 16 categories, and one overall Sterling Scholar winner is selected.

PCHS Sterling Scholar winners include:

– Sydney LaPine: English

– Sydney Senn: Science

– Annabella Miller: Skilled & Technical Science Education

– Mary Hurner: World Languages

PCHS runner-up awards include:

– Molly Gallagher: Business & Marketing

– Gabriel Sherman: Computer Technology

– Liam Hanrahan: Instrumental Music

– Jack Skidmore: Mathematics

– Siri Ahern: Social Science

– Emma Sundahl: Vocal Performance

– Eleanor Ball: General Scholarship

The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the Sterling Scholar program to focus attention on outstanding high school seniors. The purpose is to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions.

Sydney LaPine
Sydney Senn
Annabella Miller
Mary Hurner