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Good4Utah Schools: Brighton High School

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Brighton Bengals have a lot to cheer about. besides being a great school; the students are doing some extraordinary things.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Brighton Bengals have a lot to cheer about. besides being a great school; the students are doing some extraordinary things.

Senior Megan Moffitt said, "We are such a united team and positive."

Megan is talking about the Bengal Cheer Squad and two of their most important members: Brenna and Kira. Although both girls have Down Syndrome, they bring a sparkle to the squad during each performance.

Megan said, "They bring such a happy positive with them, you can't not be happy around them. They work so hard for the team."

The Cheer Coach contacted Brenna and Kira's families over the summer, with a very special invitation.

Kira's dad Mark Hooyer said, "We were invited by the cheering coach and the school."

The girls spent the summer working with the team, getting to know the girls and preparing for their transition to high school.

Hooyer said, "As parents, the opportunities for girls like ours to get involved are far and few between. To be invited to the team was a real special thing and she was excited."

That wasn't the only special invitation this summer.

Each of the new freshmen and sophomores that became Bengals for the first time this year, all 1,050 of them, had a special visit over the summer. Student Body Officers visited each of the new students.

Senior John Wahlen said the purpose of the visit was, "To make the freshman and sophomores feel special."

Can you imagine? Preparing for a new school year and a senior, knocked on your door!

Freshman Tyler Frost explained how great that was, "I thought it was cool! I was nervous, but after the visit I was comfortable and ready to go to school."

Speaking of new students, this year Brighton has more students than ever.

Senior Megan Estrada explained, "We got the freshman class that was new for Brighton, that was cool."

Canyons School District added freshman to all of their high schools. More kids, meaning the school's programs and special classes are bigger!

A huge benefit for the Drama Department. Alex Kohlnburn said, "It has been fantastic, our cast is bigger than the past."

Also a benefit for the band; Megan said, "I like that our bad is a lot bigger."



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