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West Jordan Journal

Copper Hills Welcomes National Tour

Oct 16, 2014 08:51AM ● By Marci Heugly

Kason Bowles, Kody Bybee, Tanner Anderson, Bryan Merkley and Jordan Hammond play guitar in one of the booths at the High School Nation Tour.

What do you want to be when you grow up? This age-old question becomes much more pressing when students enter high school. Copper Hills High’s administration wants to ensure that students know all of their options.

On Sept. 30 the High School Nation Tour music and arts festival visited Copper Hills to show how students could pursue music and the arts during high school and after graduation.

“It’s a group out of Los Angeles that is supported by some of the major music and arts companies throughout the country including Pioneer, Sony and Yamaha,” Assistant Principal Bryan Veazie said. “It’s basically designed to expose students to music and arts and the variety of professions and careers that they can be involved in.”

The tour set up booths on the fields just south of the school, with a main stage for performers.

“Drake Bell is the main artist today,” Veazie said the day of the event. “There will be concerts, painting, canvas stretching, and Paul Mitchell is here to talk about hair and makeup.”

Students were able to play guitars, talk to photographers and even test their acting chops by riding a motorcycle prop in front of a green screen.

“It’s not only an opportunity for kids to be exposed to music and arts, but also several of them will be receiving big prizes like a DJ turntable, art supplies or a guitar,” Veazie said. “In addition to that, the tour will provide the school with approximately $10,000 worth of music and art equipment.”

“The Tour contacted us,” Veazie said. “They liked the fact that we’re the largest school in the state of Utah, and that we have a very mixed socio-economic status and a very broad diversity range.”

The students were let out of school early to come out and participate in the festival.

“This is the first time it’s here in Utah, and we’re the only school in the state to get it,” student Victoria Correa said. “We’re pretty lucky.”