Golden Eagle Wheelchair Star Rolls to New Heights

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Aimee Vargas, sophomore, is easy to spot in the halls of Maple Mountain High School. Aimee always has a smile and a warm greeting for her fellow students and faculty. Aimee was born with Spina Bifida which is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. Aimee has felt like she couldn’t do everything she wanted to do until now. She says, “I’ve always wanted to make something of my life and basketball is what makes that happen.” Aimee has been playing wheelchair basketball since the eighth grade, but just recently became part of the Wheelin Jazz.   The Wheelin Jazz is in the NWBA (National Wheelchair Basketball Association.) For the past eight months Aimee has been practicing for two hours each Tuesday evening with the Wheelin Jazz in Murray, Utah. Recently, Aimee met Carlos Boozer from the Utah Jazz. Aimee has one sister and a dog. Aimee’s post high school goal is to be a motivational speaker. Aimee is a great inspiration to all of us to get up and make our dreams come true, nothing can stop us!   To learn more about the Wheelin Jazz, visit their website at
By Shalice Henrie, MMHS Golden Eagle Globe