Top 10 feature stories on UtahValley360 in 2015

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As we ring in the New Year we take one more look back at 2015.

We’ve had stories that made us laugh, stories that have touched our hearts and stories that have made us want to be better this year. Before heading into 2016, we take one last look at the top visited stories on UtahValley360 in 2015.

10. “Coolest Entrepreneurs: James Clarke

James Clarke was one of 10 coolest entrepreneurs listed in the winter issue of Utah Valley BusinessQ. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

James Clarke was one of 10 coolest entrepreneurs listed in the winter issue of Utah Valley BusinessQ. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

We have a lot of cool kids in Utah Valley and apparently James Clarke is the coolest of our coolest entrepreneurs as his story had the most hits and makes our top 10 list.

9. “Q Awards: BusinessQ presents Utah Valley’s top movers and makers of 2014

“We market mostly to women, but after ‘Shark Tank’ aired, we gained a lot of street cred with husbands. All of a sudden they were totally cool spending $60 on baby shoes,” said Susan Petersen, founder of Freshly Picked.

“We market mostly to women, but after ‘Shark Tank’ aired, we gained a lot of street cred with husbands. All of a sudden they were totally cool spending $60 on baby shoes,” said Susan Petersen, founder of Freshly Picked.

For the first year ever, Utah Valley BusinessQ named six categories of top businesses in Utah Valley.

8. “5 things I gave up to be a happier mom

Happy Mom

Our mommy column, “Because I said so,” fed us some medicine that wasn’t so hard to swallow in helping moms be happier.

7. “It’s Glorious: Highland songwriter created the ‘symphony’ made famous by David Archuleta

Stephanie Mabey said she was excited to hang out with David Archuleta at the premiere of “Meet the Mormons” — “so we could high five each other,” she says.

Stephanie Mabey said she was excited to hang out with David Archuleta at the premiere of “Meet the Mormons” — “so we could high five each other,” she says.

Highland resident Stephanie Mabey told us how it felt to hear here song become famous through another singer, David Archuleta, in the documentary “Meet the Mormons.”

6. ” Christmas in Fashion with InstaFamous Rachel Parcell

Rachel Parcell is a household name in the social media fashion world, and she’s also a household of local shout-outs. Sweet Tooth Fairy provided the cake and cookies for this Utah Valley Magazine photo shoot, while Gatehouse No. 1 lavished her Highland house in pure holiday. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Rachel Parcell is a household name in the social media fashion world, and she’s also a household of local shout-outs. Sweet Tooth Fairy provided the cake and cookies for this Utah Valley Magazine photo shoot, while Gatehouse No. 1 lavished her Highland house in pure holiday. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Fashion blogger Rachel Parcell was our Utah Valley Magazine cover girl for our holiday issue in 2015.

5. “School name, colors and mascot finalists announced for new Lehi high school

The new high school being built in northeast Lehi will open fall 2016.

The new high school being built in northeast Lehi will open fall 2016.

Before the new Lehi high school finalized its name, the finalists grabbed Utah Valley’s attention. In April 2015, the name school was officially named Skyridge High School Falcons with the colors of burnt orange and steel gray. The school will open in fall 2016.

4. “A Change of Space: Through 36 years and 8 redesigns, the NICU at UVRMC has kept families at the heart of the practice

Ashley and Tyson Gardner say Dr. Minton is “Grandpa Minton” to their four social-media-famous girls: Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline.

Ashley and Tyson Gardner say Dr. Minton is “Grandpa Minton” to their four social-media-famous girls: Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline.

In our September issue of Utah Valley Magazine, we talked to Dr. Stephen Minton — who delivered the Gardner Quad Squad — about the changes at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s NICU. Look for the Gardner quadruplets on the January 2016 cover of Utah Valley Magazine.

3. “Team C: Scott Sterling scores big for Studio C

The 10 teammates and one referee (producer) of Studio C hit the viral goldmine with “Top Soccer Shootout with Scott Sterling,” which came out in November and quickly became the sketch comedy group’s top-viewed video of all time. Top row from left: Jeremy Warner, Jared Shores, Natalie Madsen, Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Stephen Meek. Front row from left: Adam Berg, Matt Meese, James Perry, Stacey Harkey. (Photo by MaryLyne Linge)

The 10 teammates and one referee (producer) of “Studio C” hit the viral goldmine with “Top Soccer Shootout with Scott Sterling,” which came out in November and quickly became the sketch comedy group’s top-viewed video of all time. (Photo by MaryLyne Linge)

BYUtv’s “Studio C” graced the cover of Utah Valley Magazine in January 2015. The story online came in as our No. 3 most-viewed news story.

2. “Lone Peak High students celebrate prom second week in a row for student with mental illness

Lone Peak High School juniors Tyler Hanks and Audrey Rhodes arrive at Audrey's prom event. (Photo courtesy Midge Rhodes)

Lone Peak High School juniors Tyler Hanks and Audrey Rhodes arrive at Audrey’s prom event. (Photo courtesy Midge Rhodes)

When Lone Peak High students got together a week following prom to host another prom for a student with mental illness who couldn’t attend the school’s prom, we knew we had one of the most heartwarming stories of the year.

1. “11 facts and photographs of Springville’s new Wayne Bartholomew Family Park

The Wayne Bartholomew park opened in Springville in June 2015. (Photos by Candi Higley)

The Wayne Bartholomew park opened in Springville in June 2015. (Photos by Candi Higley)

As part of the Art City Days celebration in June, Springville opened a new park complete with a beach, volleyball nets and open space for games.

Also read our “Top 10 LDS stories in 2015” and “Top 5 sports stories in 2015.”

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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