People in the Church

Selected delegate

SAO PAULO, BRAZILAlexis Williams was selected as a delegate to the second South American Model United Nations Conference held recently in Caracas, Venezuela. Her school was one of 20 South American high schools participating in the conference. Alexis is the daughter of Frederick G. Williams, mission president of the Brazil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission. They are members of the International Branch, Sao Paulo Brazil Taboao Stake.

Miss Pennsylvania


Noelle Mamone, 16, was named Miss Pennsylvania American Coed from among 78 other girls competing for the title. She then went on to compete in the national finals in Hawaii. She is a member of the Greensburg Ward of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake.

Attends institute


Ron Schnackenberg, first counselor in the Meeker Colorado Stake presidency, was one of 20 mathematics teachers from across the country chosen to participate in a three-week leadership training institute at Boston College, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Pres. Schnackenberg was trained to be a member of a leadership team that will instruct groups of teachers in summer programs at one of six designated universities during 1993 and 1994.

Among top ten


U.S. Congressman Dick Swett, D-New Hampshire, has been honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees. He has also been named one of New Hampshire's 10 most influential people of 1992 by Business New Hampshire magazine. A member of the Concord 2nd Ward, Concord New Hampshire Stake, Brother Swett was recently re-elected to a second term in Congress in a district that is traditionally Republican.

Serves internships


Tonya Lee Johnson of the Ben Lomond 7th Ward, North Ogden Utah Ben Lomond Stake, has been selected to serve two internships with the U.S. State Department. Her first internship will be with the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., and the second will be with the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. She is a senior at Weber State University and serves as Relief Society president in her ward.

State champions


Two brothers, Shawn and Greg McFarland, were part of their high school varsity football team that took home the Class 4A state title. Shawn, a junior, was a starter in the backfield, and Greg, a sophomore, played on special teams. Their older brother, Chris, was part of the high school's 1990 state championship team. He is currently serving in the Idaho Boise Mission. All boys have maintained high grade point averages and been involved in student government, in Scouting and other Church activities. They are members of the Tangue Verde Ward, Tucson Arizona Rincon Stake.

Teen anchor


Erin Wooten, a member of the Randolph Ward, San Antonio Texas East Stake, has been selected to be one of four anchors on a teen cable news show to air in San Antonio. The show, "S.A. Teen Connection," is aimed at reflecting the youth of San Antonio and giving local teens a news show they can relate to, one that is produced and written for and by high school students. Erin, 17, will be a sportscaster on the program.

International scholar


Michael Benson, a graduate student at St. Antony's College, Oxford, was recently selected for a 1993-94 Rotary International Scholar-ship. He is in his second year of studies at Oxford where he is pursuing a doctorate in modern Middle Eastern history. Brother Benson, a member of the Oxford Ward, Reading England Stake, is also a member of the Oxford University basketball team.

Attends inauguration


Rebecca Grund, a member of the Sandy 2nd Ward, Gresham Oregon South Stake, and a senior and student body president at Sandy High School, attended the presidential inauguration for Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. She took part in the inaugural festivities as a delegate to the 1993 Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.

Company honored


Philip C. Dixon, bishop of the Franklin Ward, Franklin Tennessee Stake, is founder and president of a consulting company which was recently honored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. The company was selected as one of the 1992 Music City Future 50, which recognizes Middle Tennessee's fastest growing firms.

Elected to board


Debi Hartmann, 40, Young Women president of the Hauula 4th Ward, Laie Hawaii Stake, has been elected head of the Hawaii State Board of Education. Her term expires in November 1994. She previously served for two years as vice chairwoman. She is principal of the Kahuku LDS Seminary with 467 students, and is a student herself at BYU-Hawaii.

Participates in camp


Ben Pickens was among a group of 32 young men selected nationally to participate in the U.S. Swimming EAGLE Select Camp held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. To qualify for the spot, swimmers had to swim faster than a nationwide "Select Camp" consideration time published annually by U.S. Swimming. He is a member of the Bayside Ward, Fremont California Stake.

Sets records


Harrison Benner, 72, a high priest in the San Diego 8th Ward, San Diego California Stake, set four new national records and took first place in the 148 3/4-pound weight class for 70-year-olds and older at the Masters National Drug Free Powerlifting Meet. He set a national squat record at 259 pounds, bench press at 203 1/2 pounds and deadlift at 330 1/2 pounds. Total weight is 793 pounds. The records qualify Brother Brenner as a national team member and give him the opportunity to attend the World Master Championships in Sydney, Australia, this year.

Commended student


Christina Phelps, 16, has been named a Commended Student in the 1993 National Merit Scholarship Program. Christina won the award by placing among the top 5 percent of more than 1 million program entrants. She is a member of the Plainview Branch, Lubbock Texas Stake.

Most valuable player


Amy Steele, a Laurel in the Greenwood Village Ward, Willow Creek Colorado Stake, has been named Most Valuable Player of the 6A State Volleyball Tournament and the Denver Post Player of the Year. Last spring she was named to the United States Volleyball Association's Rocky Mountain All-Star Team.

Wrestling champ


Sam Page, a teacher in the Vale 2nd Ward, Nyssa Oregon Stake, took first place in the Western Regional Freestyle Wrestling Championships in the 120 pound, 13-14-year-old class. He had previously won the Oregon State Freestyle competition. He is also undefeated in his two years at Vale Middle School, winning first place in year-end tournaments.

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