With November arrives Native American Heritage month, a time to remember, appreciate and celebrate the rich diversity of Native American culture and traditions. However, as President (or as some prefer to say, “Chief”) of Logan High’s Native Club and a regular performer at powwows, Moneek Denny makes a daily effort to preserve and share her culture as a Native American.
Part-Navajo and part-Cherokee, Denny has the unique experience of having lineage tracing back from two tribes with distinct backgrounds, including unique rituals and languages. “I usually introduce myself in Navajo first,” Denny said. “If anybody asks, then I will introduce myself in Cherokee.”
“All our ceremonies that are major are put in four days. The four days signify all four directions: north, east, west and south,” she explained. “We also have four colors: white, black, red, and yellow. Those are the tribe’s. If you are to go anywhere in the United States with the tribes, they have all those four colors.”
As the leader of Logan High’s Native Club, Denny aims to focus the club on educating natives and non-natives alike to be more well-rounded and informed about Native American customs and way of life. She hopes this club is beneficial to its members and helps combat the inaccurate stereotype that Natives lead antiquated lives. The club fosters a healthy environment for individuals to gain a better understanding of Native Americans’ roles in today’s society.
The vibrant stadium lights, the buzzing excitement from the stands, the sensational adrenaline rush on the field… all of this is just a regular Friday night for Logan High superstar Hunter Horsley. The latest in the Grizzly quarterback legacy, Horsley has been instrumental in maintaining his team’s impeccable undefeated region record through his sheer dedication and perseverance.
Recently, he was selected as the Player of the Game versus Park City, achieving 2 rushing touchdowns with 171 yards and 5 passing touchdowns with 179 yards. The senior has been deemed a formidable threat on the offensive front, with an impressive total of 2,009 rushing yards, only 6 interceptions, and 23 touchdowns throughout his high school football career.
“I love it,” said Horsley of football. “During the game, it’s all fun. It normally takes a series or two to get settled down and figure out what’s going to work, but then it’s just complete fun. [I’ve] played ever since I was a little kid, and I’ve loved the sport from the very first game to this day. I’m so honored to be a part of this tradition, to be able to wear the same jersey as the great ones.”
Every four years, Jewish athletes get to show off what they have been working and training for: The Maccabi Games, known as the Jewish Olympics to many. The Maccabi Games were created to help build Jewish pride world wide and bring more awareness to their Israeli and Jewish culture. Athletes are chosen from all around the world to represent their countries and strengthen bonds with other parts of the world.
To Logan High’s Tori Geller, a junior, the Maccabi Games are a chance to represent the United States at an international swim meet.
Geller humbly explained that she doesn’t think qualifying for the games was that hard. “All I had to do was be Jewish and breathe.”
Geller is the fastest girl on the Logan High swim team, has made it to state in individual events since freshman year and swam across Bear Lake when she was just 15 years old. It's obvious she's been doing a lot more than just breathing to get to the games.
When explaining what she is looking forward to most, “the free clothes” was the first thing that came to her mind.
Don’t be fooled by her nonchalant attitude, though, Geller is planning on swimming in Tel Aviv, Israel, next year as she attends their university. To stay updated with this young athlete, follow her Twitter @torigeller or tune in to the Maccabi Games December 26-January 6.