“Although attending CHS for a short-time, I will always consider myself a part of the CHS class of 2002. I was fortunate enough to attend 7 years of elementary school with a great deal of my CHS classmates, and will always have a great love in my heart for my CHS peers.”
One week after completing her junior year of high school, Leticia completed high school early, and set-out to begin her academic college “career”. During what would have been her senior year in high school, Leticia immersed herself in college academics and theatrical acting.
Later, while working on two undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah (the first degree in Health Promotion and Education with a minor in Nutrition, the second a Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioral Science and Health) Leticia worked full-time for a local fashion designer, which had her touring the country for a duration of four years, helping with the production of runway fashion shows.
After completing undergraduate school, Leticia was accepted to the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work, where she completed her Masters degree in Social Work in early May of 2012. Leticia is currently working in emergency medicine.
Leticia has spent the last decade heavily involved in volunteer work within the community, and has since become a veteran public speaker within the city of Salt Lake. When not involved with work, Leticia enjoys spending time with family, which have now mostly migrated to the west coast; reading, conducting medical and social work-related research, going to yoga classes, cycling and participating in water sports.
Sometimes it seems like it was nearly yesterday, but then I look back and realize ten years have passed since we left Cottonwood High School.
I first traded in my black and gold for red when I started at the University of Utah, but I left classes for two years to serve as a missionary in the Georgia Macon Mission. When I got back to the U, I began to realize that I wasn’t as interested in Middle Eastern History as I had been, and I eventually drifted toward southern US history (although I wrote my senior thesis on the University of Utah during the 1960s…fun times).
My parents divorced in 2007, so I left forever the old Cottonwood neighborhood for campus life, and after I graduated in 2008 I moved in with my Dad in Bountiful. Not all was lost, however, since I began dating an attractive organist, Amy Carruth. In the meantime, I had four classes at Cambridge University, I returned to Georgia three times, stopped by South Carolina twice, and spent Christmas in Belen, New Mexico (Belen=Spanish for Bethlehem). I also saw the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the town of Drighlington in the UK where my Hepworth ancestors came from before moving to Utah.
I worked for the Marriott Library’s Special Collections for a few years and at one point was working full-time. Then the sliding economy bounced me back to part-time work. This accelerated my previous plans to go on to graduate school, and in 2010 I started at Clemson University in South Carolina to get a Master’s in History. Following that semester I married Amy, and after a few months back in Utah we moved to Athens, Georgia where she goes to the University of Georgia and I commute to Clemson. In January Amy gave birth to our first son, Joshua, who is too cute for his own good.
I cannot make it to the reunion since finances (not to mention my ongoing thesis work) will not allow it. I do hope everyone can enjoy it for me! I do not know what the next ten years will bring. Whatever comes, I hope I can face it with good humor and gratitude for what I’ve been blessed with.
-Jonathan D. Hepworth
After graduation, I went on to study history and political science at Westminster College. I was active on campus and was elected student body president my senior year. I also became a very active and frustrated member of the Utah Democratic Party, working on a number of local, state, and national campaigns. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in 2006, I compromised my dreams and went to law school at the University of Utah. While there, I spent a semester as a visiting student the University of Oxford, served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies, and was elected president of the Student Bar Association. I interned at the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office graduating in 2009. I currently practice in the areas of family law and LGBT advocacy, as well as the dark arts of criminal defense. In my spare time, I enjoy working out as little as possible, serving on the board of the Utah Pride Center, chairing the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, volunteering for different candidates and causes, and falling asleep watching movies.
Following graduation from Cottonwood, I went to Westminster College and studied developmental psychology. While at Westminster, I was elected as the Director of Clubs and Organizations, and had the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors, President of the College, Lt. Governor, and many clubs on campus. After graduating from Westminster, I went to the University of Utah to study substance abuse counseling. Since finishing the program, I had the opportunity to work at the Salt Lake County jail as a case manager for their substance abuse program, and then moved on to working with an outpatient treatment center where I am currently the Program Director and substance abuse counselor. When not working I enjoy volunteering, cooking, baking, traveling, and hang out with criminals. (Just joking on that last one.) In August, I will begin earning my master of social work at University of Southern California.
My name is Ryan Meeks. You might remember me as “Ryan Meeks”. Since high school, I have been nominated to be the most awesome person on the planet according to Ryan Magazine. My wife and I live in a ten story building, which we own. My favorite floor is the 8th floor because it has been modified to be a large paintball arena. I am the front man for the band Adept Android. We are expecting a baby in 3 weeks. I might not make it to the reunion because there is no filet mignon on the menu, but we will see. maybe I will make a surprise appearance.
Hey friends! If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, it’s my ability to procrastinate! Haha. Here’s a short bio in case you’re up late and looking for something to read. =)
After high school I jumped right into college, attending Westminster College in Salt Lake and graduating in the spring of 2006 with a double major in Clinical Psychology and Art Teaching. I jumped around a little from job to job after that -waitress, therapeutic preschool assistant, preschool through 1st grade teacher at Challenger, crisis counselor, etc. Currently I am in my 5th year of working at Highland Ridge Hospital -a mental health and substance abuse facility. I started there working on the crisis line, was promoted to supervisor, and eventually moved into administration. I’m the Administrative Assistant to the CEO now and also wear the hats of Payroll Manager and Accounts Payable Manager. I love the people I work with and enjoy the close proximity of my work, home (Cottonwood Heights), friends, and family.
A little over a year ago, in April, I finally decided it was about time I get married -especially since I had the perfect guy in my life who I wasn’t about to let go of! I’m happily engaged with a wedding date of August 5th – fast approaching! If I can figure out how to upload a picture, I’ll show you what my fiance looks like since unfortunately he won’t make the reunion – he’ll be in Myrtle Beach for his bachelor party!! =)
Why am I excited about the reunion? Why not?! I’m excited to see old friends I’ve lost touch with and reminisce about the “good ol’ days” of carefree teenagerdom; like: spinning coins on the lunch room table, ice cream shakes at Woody’s, early morning choir practice, late night play practice, all day drawing frenzies, prom dresses that were actually gown length instead of tu-tu sized, and when it used to cost no more than 20 bucks to fill up your car!
I’m not really planning my next ten years, just have a few hopes. I hope that there will be a child or two in there for me and that Chris (aka. the future husband) and I will get to visit some new places around the globe. I hope that I stay close to family, at least in heart if not in location. I hope, if nothing else, I can look back with no regrets.
If there is anything that Andrew has learned in the past 10 years, it’s to not take things so seriously, and that writing about himself in the third person is just so much more fun.
Though not a “people person” by nature, during his time at the University of Utah, Andrew became involved with student government and several student groups. He had several academic and extra-curricular accomplishments, including being awarded the Collegiate All-American Scholar Award (which he really didn’t deserve but accepted anyway because why the hell not). It was also during this time that he met the love of his life and shared their first kiss on the white rollercoaster at Lagoon. It was magic.
A year later she dumped him.
Like most people from his high school, Andrew graduated college when the economy was in the tank, and with a largely unmarketable degree, he thought he might as well go into teaching. Integrated Science for 7th and 8th graders, of all things. Though popular with students, Andrew was not so popular with fellow teachers and the administration. Since when is letting students watch The Office taboo? During this time, he also worked as a professor’s assistant at the University of Utah. He used this period to his advantage by working on his law school applications.
After picking up the pieces from his last relationship, he then met the woman of his dreams. She also dumped him.
Andrew decided to put things into perspective. He didn’t really like teaching, nor did he feel strongly about going to law school. Deciding to go back to his creative roots, he turned down a full ride scholarship to law school (don’t tell his parents!). He realized that life is too short to give up on his dreams to become a working writer. Enrolling in a graduate program at UCLA in screenwriting provided him with a new gamut for creative resources. After completing two screenplays and his first novel, he now plans to earn his M.F.A. in Fiction at either the University of Southern Maine or Seton Hill University. He is currently working on his second novel.
For the past three years, Andrew has worked for a national marketing agency, coordinating promotional events for all the major Hollywood studios. Through this, Andrew had the opportunity to work with George Lucas, Bill Gates, Davis Guggenheim, Danny Boyle, and the weird-eyed Cullen family of Twilight (who are, by the way, just as rude in real life as you’d expect). In 2011, Andrew joined the creative forces behind entertainment website ShowtimeShowdown.com and works as one of their primary contributors, writing various movie reviews and pointless articles. He hopes to revamp the website as soon as he usurps creative control.
Learning to write has taught Andrew to be on the constant search for inspiration. He has learned that this type of inspiration can hit not only with writing, but also with other business opportunities. While working at the Outdoor Expo to promote the film 127 Hours with Fox Searchlight, Andrew conceived a new pair of sunglasses specifically designed for the rugged outdoor enthusiast. He has worked with his business partner for the last year-and-a-half developing the design, prototype, and (exhausting) patent. They plan to go into production within the next year.
Andrew’s main regret since high school has been his limited travel experience. He planned to study abroad in Egypt, but the program was cancelled only weeks before his departure. He then saved for eight years for a trip to Europe, which he is now spending on a down payment for a house he plans to fix up. However, it’s only the 10 year reunion and those places he dreams of seeing aren’t going anywhere.
Though a lot of his main goals in life are still in pursuit, Andrew looks forward to attending the reunion and seeing his fellow Colts!