A Month in Pictures: May 2019

Gracie Tait, a fifth-grader from Ascent Academy's Lehi Campus, prays before performing with other fifth-graders during the second night of the 2019 Hope of America Student Showcase held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo. Every year for three nights, over 8,000 fifth-grade students from over 100 Utah schools come together in red, white, and blue to form the American Flag and perform patriotic songs with choreography.


I'm not going to lie, May was rough.

All the challenges I met last month when I became the photo editor and sole photographer at the Daily Herald got more encumbering as Utah County went into high gear with loads of things happening. Most notably were seven different state sports tournaments (with as much time spent in rain delays as playing games) and graduations for the more than a dozen high schools in our coverage area. Though I'm alone, I am fortunate to be able to hire local freelancer photographers to help carry the load.

What May boiled down to was maximizing how many assignments I could semi-reasonably get to in a day, and hiring freelancers for whatever holes were left. That resulted in me often focusing on front-page and less straightforward assignments and having freelancers cover sports. However, I still got a decent sampling of sports, since there were so many games to go around. Being the chief point of contact for visuals for freelance photographers, staff writers, editors and image sales as well as pursuing my own stories does leave me feeling spread quite thin. I had planned to hire a chief photographer in mid-April, but the retirement of our publisher and corporate dealings delayed the process. What I thought would be two weeks to a month of being solo has turned into seven weeks, and I am sure it will at least be another few weeks before I know if we'll even hire another photographer or not.

Besides the growing pains of being a new photo editor, the past month was very rewarding. A good amount of the assignments I photographed were meaningful and continue to remind me of how much I love being a newspaper photographer. My respect for photojournalism was deepened when I got out of town for a weekend and drove to Denver to attend The Image Deconstructed Workshop. The workshop revitalized my appreciation for the many different roles photography can play in connecting people and concepts, and made me think of ways to employ the visual arts as a career outside of traditional newspaper journalism. 

However, The Image Deconstructed (TID) primarily focused on the human role we as photographers play in connecting with those in front of our lenses, and thinking outside of ourselves to help to create the most honest, considerate images possible. This, out of everything else, is something I personally feel like one can lose working at a newspaper, especially with limited resources. It's easy to pump out images from assignments without really considering how profound our roles as visual storytellers are in communities. Even more profound than always thinking through – I mean genuinely thinking through – our roles, is reflecting on how considering our own identities is essential in the photographic process. While working I've so frequently thought of myself inadvertently in this neutral, sterile perspective in which to reflect those I photograph. While it is crucial to be fair and balanced in journalism, one must put themselves out there to engage with people and not act as if we are these invisible "flies on the wall". This kind of introspection has led me to pause and think of my approach to my work on a daily basis, and also dig more deeply into how I view myself and "who" I am.

Joshua Christensen processes with other soon-to-be graduates before receiving their diplomas during Westlake High School's graduation ceremony held Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Pleasant Grove head coach Darin Henry holds up the championship trophy as he celebrates with players after defeating the Lone Peak Knights 5-4 in nine innings during the UHSAA 6A Baseball State Championship game Friday, May 24, 2019, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

Kaylyn Shinners, widow of the late Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners, hugs Provo Police Sergeant Sean Ellefsen as he holds a plaque dedicated to her late husband during a memorial service held to honor fallen Provo police officers Monday, May 13, 2019, at Provo City Center. Officer Shinners was killed by a suspect he was investigating at a Bed Bath & Beyond in Orem on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

Elizabeth Chantry, a soon-to-be graduate of Timpanogos High School, eyes her music as she practices playing the flute Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at her home in Orem. Chantry is legally blind and has approximately 20/400 vision, due to a condition called dominant optic nerve atrophy, so she has to be very close to her music to make out the notes.

The American Fork River flows over rocks and logs just south of Tibble Fork Reservoir on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in American Fork Canyon. The increased water flow coming down rivers like the Provo and American Fork rivers after frequent rainstorms are a major safety concern, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Tony Gibson, a diving instructor and an owner of North American Divers, gets his breathing apparatus into place before a diving class held by his dive shop Thursday, May 9, 2019, at a private residence in Lindon.

Pleasant Grove defender Camden Read (3) embraces forward CJ Wiggins (14) after the Vikings fell to Weber 3-1 during a semifinal match in the UHSAA 6A Boys Soccer State Tournament between the Pleasant Grove Vikings and the Weber Warriors held Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper.

Lone Peak outfielder Trey Gambill (20) and Pleasant Grove shortstop Brock Watkins (2) react as Gambill is called safe at second base during the UHSAA 6A Baseball State Championship game between the Pleasant Grove Vikings and the Lone Peak Knights held Friday, May 24, 2019, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

Milo Yuan, 7, of Provo, waves an American flag as his mother, Katherine, adjusts his cap during Provo's annual Memorial Day service held Monday, May 27, 2019, at the Provo City Cemetery. Milo's father is a U.S. Army veteran.

Alan Farnes, of Provo, rides his bicycle on West Center Street while pushing along his sons, John, 5, left, and James, 3, in a ride-along trailer during Provo's celebration of Bike to Work Day held Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

A soon-to-be graduate sports a patch on his graduation cap during Provo High School's graduation ceremony held Monday, May 20, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Rachel Wilkerson and her husband, Richard R. Wilkerson, owner of Wilkerson Farm, work to secure a post-hole digger on the back of a tractor as their daughter, Priscilla, 1, checks out the equipment Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Wilkerson Farm in Orem. One of the biggest challenges facing farms and farmers in Utah County right now is the need and desire to build more homes for the growing population, and shrinking real estate for farms to subsist.

Lone Peak third baseman Cade Walker (2) tries to balance hats stacked on his head during an elimination-bracket semifinal game in the UHSAA 6A Baseball State Tournament between the Lone Peak Knights and the Syracuse Titans held Friday, May 24, 2019, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

A kitesurfer recreates as first responders contain the scene of a crash where a semi-trailer hauling propane rolled off State Route 189 and into Deer Creek Reservoir on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Provo Canyon. Highway 189 between State Route 113 and Wallsburg was closed for the rest of the evening to allow for a careful cleanup effort.

Scottie Meek, of Pleasant Grove and with the Salt Water Bunch, celebrates with gunfire as the train departs during a 150th anniversary of the "Golden Spike", or completion of the 1st transcontinental railroad across the U.S., held by the Heber Valley Historic Railroad on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Heber City.

Pleasant Grove pitcher Jackson Hill (1) slides across home plate past Lone Peak catcher Keegan Nitta (8) to tie the game 2-2 during the UHSAA 6A Baseball State Championship between the Pleasant Grove Vikings and the Lone Peak Knights held Friday, May 24, 2019, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

Eloise Hyde, 8, of Bluffdale, takes video of her surroundings before the train departs during a 150th anniversary of the "Golden Spike", or completion of the 1st transcontinental railroad across the U.S., held by the Heber Valley Historic Railroad on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Heber City.

Clare Oliphant, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in World War II, poses for a portrait Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at his home in Orem. Oliphant was born on June 11, 1919, and will turn 100-years old next month.

Timpanogos' Zach Jenkins (1) does a backflip to pump-up his teammates before the UHSAA 5A Baseball State Championship game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Cottonwood Colts held Friday, May 24, 2019, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

American Leadership Academy goalkeeper Marcus Haston (1) reaches for the ball, but Judge Memorial forward Dominic Arias (19) eventually scores a goal during a 3A state semifinal match between the American Leadership Academy Eagles and the Judge Memorial Bulldogs held Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper.

Diane Trotter, 71, of Provo, waits to perform with members of Jean's Golden Girls before the opening night of the 2019 Hope of America Student Showcase held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Timpanogos shortstop Davis Kirby (23) tries to psych-out Cottonwood outfielder Dalton Hodge (1) during the UHSAA 5A Baseball State Championship game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Cottonwood Colts held Friday, May 24, 2019, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

Afton Black does a "Spider-Man"-inspired pose as her name is called to receive her diploma during Provo High School's graduation ceremony held Monday, May 20, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Spanish Fork pitcher Briley Young poses for a portrait Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Spanish Fork Sports Complex. A senior, Young plans to pitch for Snow College's softball team in the fall.

A Month in Pictures: April 2019

American Fork senior Hannah Rogers, creator of BeenAsked.com, poses for a portrait Friday, April 5, 2019, at American Fork High School. The website aims to ensure all American Fork students get a date for dances by showing who does and doesn't have a date, and also provides coupons for dance-related purchases.


April was a lot.

I officially became the photo editor at the Daily Herald at the start of last week. Which is exciting!

I am looking forward to widening my role within the newsroom and thus getting to collaborate with more people with the aim of creating the best visual opportunities to make as great and representative of pictures as possible. I'll miss working with Evan Cobb, who spent a lot of his free time this month gradually easing me into his position at the newspaper.

However, becoming the photo editor does not mean that I'm putting my camera down. I wouldn't have taken the job if it took me out of what I love doing most: photographing daily life and events in communities. I will be photographing practically the same amount of assignments as I did while the I was chief photographer. I'll simply be adding more managerial and editing duties to my job description. It's been a pretty smooth transition, but being a one-man band is quite a challenge (Mad kudos to all those solo newspaper photographers out there). I knew producing great pictures and pitching solid projects has a big challenge to accomplish in making a good publication, but it was been humbling to see how deep the roots of a photo department go in a newspaper. Now I sit in two meetings a day (when I'm not shooting), work directly with reporters in cultivating visuals for most stories (and making sure the ball keeps rolling to get photo requests into our assignment system and photos into the paper before deadlines), ensuring we have visuals to fill the front page every day, managing the selling of digital sales of photographs, choosing photos for a weekly photo page, and keeping tabs on freelancers to get things done when I'm not around. I've just been at the helm for a few days, and I already feel very much in the thick of things.

All of these new duties have been a lot to handle sometimes, but I feel genuine, productive growth in "flexing new muscles" as it were. I've often said how much I enjoy taking part in the role newspapers play in covering communities, and getting to play a larger role within the newsroom itself makes me learn, and appreciate, how all of a paper's departments work together to generate a better end product.

Thankfully, I do not expect to be a one-man band for long. The newspaper and I are in the middle of hiring a new chief photographer – the process of which is also another matter to manage. Having applied myself to many positions for internships and jobs previously, it's been enlightening to be on the other side of a hiring process. Hiring has made me realize that so many factors besides a well-composed portfolio are important in picking a person.

Most of my brainpower this month went into learning the ropes of being a photo editor, but I still had to make sure the paper was filled with photos. Assignments were a bit sporadic this month. Sports have been at an odd draught on the schedule, and it feels as though it's the calm before the storm. The end of the academic year is often a whirlwind. Brigham Young University held its commencement ceremony to kick off the first of likely many graduations and post-season high school sports will hopefully start cropping up – both will add heavily to the daily mix.

In the middle of the month, my work laptop – which long had been slowing down – finally died, taking with it all high-resolution files of my work from the first half of April. Fortunately, the Daily Herald also began borrowing a 400mm lens from our sister newspaper (the Ogden Standard-Examiner) after ours broke last May. Unfortunately, that lens is not sharp – even when stopped down significantly.

Honestly, April was filled to the brim with all of the above and much more. Thankfully, turning 26 last month also provided me with the occasion to get together with many of my Utah friends. I hope to grow personally as much as professionally going forward, and look forward to working more "traditional" hours and seeing friends more often.

Slevin Kauwe, 10, of Saratoga Springs, spins upside down as he plays inside of a piece of playground equipment during the grand opening of Patriot Park held Friday, April 19, 2019, in Saratoga Springs.

Wenhao Mu, assistant conductor of BYU Women's Chorus and graduating with a M.M. in Choral Conducting, takes a selfie with the women's ensemble on his way to his seat during Brigham Young University's commencement ceremony held Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

A soon-to-be graduate scans the crowd as he makes his way toward his seat before Brigham Young University's commencement ceremony held Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Brigham Young University junior Abby Kimball hands out doughnuts on behalf of the university's alumni society before BYU's commencement ceremony held Thursday, April 25, 2019, near the Marriott Center in Provo.

Garret Shepherd, with the Utah County Public Works Department, flattens phragmites with a marsh master while Mount Timpanogos stands behind him Thursday, April 18, 2019, along the northern shoreline of Utah Lake in Lehi, Utah.

Michelle Conover, of Orem, tills dirt with her son, Jensen, 4, in their family's garden plot at Orem Community Hospital's LiVe Well Garden on Monday, April 22, 2019. Dozens of community members celebrated Earth Day by finding and clearing their plots at the hospital's gardens as well as tidying up the garden's grounds. "They commit to come, get healthy and enjoy it," said Laura Salazar, marketing and communications manager at Orem Community Hospital and chair of the hospital’s garden committee. The garden features 46 plots total: 43 are for community members and three are used for the hospital's caregivers and pediatric rehab. The plots, tools and dirt are free to use, but community members must apply to receive a plot. "It checks a lot of boxes, as far as wellness goes," said Salazar of the community garden. "It’s good exercise, being outdoors is good for you and the community that’s built at a garden contributes to your wellness as well."

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sing with a combined choir from Brigham Young University during the afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Church's Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustain the Church's leadership during the afternoon session of the 189th Annual General Conference held Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Church's Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Ruthie Cook, of Park City, hugs Peter Moosman, of Salt Lake City, while Katherine Herrman, of Bountiful, stands by before the morning session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Church's Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Patrick Willie, of Orem, performs in the men's fancy feather dance during the annual Utah Valley University Powwow held Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Connor Behr, a freshman studying molecular biology at Brigham Young University, poses for a portrait with a self-made dead air box Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at his apartment in Provo. The ultraviolet lights and housing are engineered to create a sterile environment for his experiments with slime molds to create insulin. His experiments, he hopes, will help mass-produce insulin and make it more affordable.

Joseph Black, 6, creates bubbles as his sister, Makena, 9, reaches for the bubbles while the two sit by their sister, Lily, 6, all of Eagle Mountain, and watch a college baseball game during the Uplifting Celebration for Autism held Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the UCCU Ballpark on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem.

Eliza Yeafoli, right, and her sister, Audrey Rock, work on creating baby burial gowns sourced from donated wedding dresses Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the home of Jessica Lindquist, their sister, in Lehi. The three sisters organized Heaven Bound Burial Gowns, which takes wedding dresses that are donated and turns them into burial gowns for babies.

Matthew Grant reacts as he's greeted by Brady Christensen, Utah County buildings and grounds division manager, while Grant and others eat near Code 7 Cafe on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork. Grant, 43, who has struggled with mental disabilities his whole life and was told he likely wouldn't live past adolescence, has been a part-time worker at the jail's kitchen for the past 21 years.

Spanish Fork shortstop siblings Brooklyn Pintar, a sophomore, and Andrew Pintar, a senior, pose for a portrait Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Spanish Fork Sports Park.

Lone Peak outfielder Tanner Nielson (7) grimaces as the third out of the inning is made as he heads toward home plate during a game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Bingham Miners held Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Lone Peak High School in Highland.

Jonah Bradshaw, 13, of Saratoga Springs, sports his own Brigham Young University baseball jersey with the help of BYU director of baseball operations Tuckett Slade during an exclusive draft day held for the teen by the BYU baseball team and Team IMPACT on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at Miller Park in Provo. Bradshaw has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, or AMC, which decreases the flexibility of joints and in his case drastically limits the use of his arms, hands and legs. 

Lone Peak catcher Keegan Nitta (8) throws to third base after Bingham pitcher Ace Felise (24) scored a run during a game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Bingham Miners held Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Lone Peak High School in Highland.

Brigham Young University men's basketball head coach Mark Pope hugs newly-announced assistant coach Nick Robinson after a press conference held to introduce three new assistant coaches on the team Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Marriott Center Annex in Provo.

A Month in Pictures: March 2019

A festivalgoer crowd surfs as a band performs during the Holi Festival of Colors held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork. An estimated 10,000 people from Utah and beyond attended the annual Hindu cultural celebration according to the assistant manager of the festival, Advaita Das.


Weather is warmer and days are longer as spring settles into Utah.

That means that more and more assignments take place outside and there's more natural light to work with, both allowing for more unique photo opportunities than many of winter's often indoor shoots. Winter sports also wrapped up at the start of March. Now, the academic school year has shifted into the latter half of its last semester – graduations and late-spring sports finals will be here before I know it.

March felt like quite a long month, possibly because of some stretches being unusually light on assignments and the last week being jam-packed. Most notably this past week, I got to brush off my food-photography skills for a few shoots for our quarterly food magazine (Taste of Utah Valley) and also photographed my first "color event", the Holi Festival of Colors (which my camera survived, after lots of pre-shoot preparations). Things felt more unpredictable than usual throughout March. However, the variety of assignments this past month was wonderful (features, news, sports, portraits, food and a photo story). 

On a different front, there's been changes developing at the Daily Herald (don't worry, nothing bad). As the month progressed I began spending more time preparing for these changes to take place. But, more on that next month.

American Fork's Isaac Johnson (33) tries to hold on to a pass in the paint while he's guarded by Davis forward Sam Arrington (13) and guard Trevan Leonhardt (10) during a semifinal game between the American Fork Cavemen and the Davis Darts in the UHSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Tournament held Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Attendees mill about before the Pillar of the Valley awards gala Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo.

Lillian O'Day, 12, of Provo, looks through a pair of glasses simulating what it's like to have glaucoma at the booth of optometrist Kristine Dunn during the Provo Girls Summit held Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Provo City Library. Female professionals showed hundreds of girls what their futures can hold at the third-annual job fair.

A chocolate-chip "pizookie" is pictured Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at The Wash in Provo.

From left, former Hillcrest Elementary School students and current teachers Adam Ashton and Lisa Almberg look through a 1988-1989 yearbook with fellow current teachers Sherry Grover and Joy Edwards during an open house held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Hillcrest Elementary School in Orem. The school will close and consolidate with another school at the end of this school year.

Brigham Young University infielder Carson Matthews (5) throws to first base for an out after fielding a ground ball during a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the Gonzaga University Bulldogs held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Miller Park in Provo.

Brigham Young University pitcher Jack Sterner (21) jokes with his teammates before a game between the Brigham Young University Cougars and the Gonzaga University Bulldogs held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Miller Park in Provo.

Keith Payne, chairman of the Utah Valley Trails Alliance, poses for a portrait at the Orem Bike Skills Trails Park located next to Mt. Timpanogos Park on Friday, March 29, 2019, in Provo Canyon. The Utah Valley Trails Alliance is aiming to help connect and maintain biking trails throughout Utah County.

Mohammad Altasan, of Orem, receives a flower as he leaves a prayer service during a community gathering held to support Muslims at the Utah Valley Islamic Center's Al Sahaba Mosque on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Orem. The gathering was organized by Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge in light of the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand the same day.

American Fork's McKay Smith (2) reacts after a foul with 1.4 seconds left and a slim point differential during a semifinal game between the American Fork Cavemen and the Davis Darts in the UHSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Tournament held Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden. The teams went on to play three overtime periods, with American Fork coming out on top.

A glass of boba milk tea is pictured Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at The Wash in Provo.

Tyler Richardson pays for an order using a digital self-order kiosk as he and Jess Holden, both of Provo, joke together Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at The Wash in Provo.

American Fork center Isaac Johnson (33) gestures to the crowd after the Cavemen defeated the Pleasant Grove Vikings 66-57 in the UHSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Championship game Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Lehi Fire Department recruit Brian Van Blerkom uses a hydraulic rescue tool, also known as the "Jaws of Life", to make entry into a car during vehicle-extrication training Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Lehi Block.

Community members, who declined to disclose their names, hug at the scene of an auto-pedestrian incident that killed a 6-year-old girl Wednesday, March 27, 2019, across the street from Vineyard Elementary School. Authorities later reported that the girl was Annie González, and that she had died at the scene from injuries sustained when she was playing on a scooter and collided with an SUV backing out of a driveway whose driver didn't see González.

Pleasant Grove guard Casey Brown (3) goes up for a shot while contested by Fremont's Ryken Nye (32) during a semifinal game between the Pleasant Grove Vikings and the Fremont Silver Wolves in the UHSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Tournament held Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.


Joseph Beltran, 17, of Provo, rides with fellow Independence High School junior Jaycee Doty, 17, during a snowboarding session held by Chill Salt Lake City on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Brighton Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Chill Salt Lake City is an after-school program that aims to improve the lives of at-risk youths both on and off the mountain, and has served over 1,000 Utah youths to date. Read more about this Monday Close-Up here: provodh.com/9gaku 

Joseph Beltran laughs as he jokes with Jason Beck, a volunteer mentor with Chill Salt Lake City, during a snowboarding session held by Chill SLC on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Brighton Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. "I get to watch their self-esteem improve and see them start actually believing in themselves," said Lynny Anderson, Salt Lake City coordinator with the Chill Foundation. 

Joseph Beltran, left, laughs with fellow Independence High School junior Alan Espitia, 17, as they participate in an activity involving Oreos while they and other Chill Salt Lake City participants are bussed toward Brighton Resort for a snowboarding session Monday, March 4, 2019. Each week, different themes are introduced to Chill SLC participants on their way to and from snowboarding. This activity aimed to teach participants patience and persistence by tasking them with getting the cookie from their forehead to their mouths without touching it.

Pennants from various colleges and universities hang in the hallway as Independence High School junior Joseph Beltran walks to an environmental science class Friday, March 8, 2019, at Independence High School in Provo. When Beltran graduates from high school next year, he plans to be the first in his family to go to college and aims to attend Utah Valley University.

Joseph Beltran takes notes on a historical documentary during a U.S. history class Friday, March 8, 2019, at Independence High School in Provo. "At parent-teacher conferences, every single time we go they want to help," said Joseph's father, Alex Arellano, of Independence High School. "They want to do whatever it takes to get them to succeed. It just depends on the kid if they want it or not."

Joseph Beltran kicks up the skateboard of his little brother Damian, 15, as they leave their parent's Provo home Tuesday, March 12, 2019, to go skateboarding at the Provo Recreation Center Skate Park.

Joseph Beltran clears a gap as he skateboards Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Provo Recreation Center Skate Park. "I do change my mind a lot in what I want to do, but I know that whatever I do I want to be great at it," said Joseph.