Miguel Elias was born September 3rd, 1998 and departed this life on March 10, 2017, at the age of 18. He was a kind and lively spirit, who loved his peers as much as they loved him.
Although he was faced with physical limitations, Miguel didn’t let that get in the way of spreading his brightness and positivity throughout Logan High. He always lived life to the fullest, and never let anything get in the way of that.
Tashina Meaker, who has been his teacher throughout his time at Logan High, said, “Miguel may have been small in stature, but he had a giant presence in whatever environment he was in.” He also had an infectious laugh, and was always so grateful whenever someone assisted him.
"He never had trouble making friends because he was a people person, and he loved getting to know everyone. He definitely was a big part of Logan, and he will never be forgotten."
Martin Suasnavas, an 18-year-old Logan High Student, was born on September 29, 1998 in Quito, Ecuador. He came to the United States when he was only 11 months old with his mom and his two siblings, Edison, who was 12 at the time, and Stefany, who was 9. The government and economy were going down in Ecuador, and Martin’s parents wanted a better future for their kids.
Martin’s dad, Marte, left Ecuador first to settle in and find a house in the United States. Marte found himself a good enough job to support his family and a house big enough to fit his family, in Logan, Utah. He was able to make decent enough money to have a stable life for him and his family. Martin’s mother, Martha, was also able to find herself a good job to help her family.
“I remember my first day in 6th grade and in a blink of an eye it was my last day of middle school.”
Starting their season last March and continuing until last Thursday, the Logan High Hi-lo’s have been dedicated to making their season a success. Because drill is an all year sport, some of the girls expressed their excitement for their season to reach the end. But for the nine seniors on the team, they were desperately trying to slow it down. In the words of Emma Mcallister, “Although it has been a long four years, I have loved every minute.”
After being defeated by their rival Juan Diego High School in Region, the Hi-los pushed onwards to State to see if they could change the results. There they placed 2nd in Dance, 5th in Kick, and 4th in Military putting them in a fourth place overall ranking and Juan Diego at a second.
When sharing her thoughts, Charlize Laffoon said, “Although it didn’t feel very good to lose, I know we all did our best out on that floor, even though the judges may not have given us the rankings we thought we deserved. We still have a chance to beat them at Nationals.”
“This showcase has brought a lot of emotions. I’m really sad because drill has been my life.”