People in the Church


-A team of BYU students placed 19th in the recent Math Association of America Putnam Mathematics Competition, a national contest for undergraduate students. John Robertson, a senior from Provo, placed 98th; Jeff Anderson, a sophomore from Salt Lake City, placed 102nd; Todd Easton, a senior from Provo, placed 122nd; Wes Luo, a sophomore from Provo, placed 234th; and Clark Barrett, a sophomore from Provo, placed 351st.

David Whittaker, of the Cherry Hill 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Cherry Hill Stake, received a Fulbright Fellowship for the 1993-94 academic year. Brother Whittaker, who is on the BYU Harold B. Lee Library faculty, was selected to go to the David and Mary Eccles Centre at the British Library in London for 12 months.

Kory Luker of the Taylorsville 24th Ward, Taylorsville Utah North Central Stake, was among 350 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from throughout America chosen to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Washington, D.C., March 9-14. The students spent the week at some of the country's most prominent and technologically advanced medical institutions.

Church service

Four sons of Gary Bikman and Sheila Cooper-Bikman of the Stirling 2nd Ward, Raymond Alberta Canada Stake, are serving missions. Elder Jeramy Cooper-Leavitt is in the Utah Ogden Mission; Elder Jonah Cooper-Leavitt, the Washington DC North Mission; Elder Joel Bikman, Nevada Las Vegas Mission; Elder Jonathan Bikman, the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission.


Tory Bailey, 18, of the Heyburn 1st Ward, Rupert Idaho West Stake, broke the high jump record at the national Simplot Games at Idaho State University in February. His jump of 7-1 broke the old record of 73/8 set in 1990. And on May 21, he broke the Idaho high school A1 high jump record, also with a jump of 7-1. He repeated as state champion. He is a senior at Minico High School.

Matthew Hecker of the Frankfort Ward, Lexington Kentucky Stake, recently won the state high school wrestling championship in the 171-pound division. He also won the state dual championship for his division. In addition, his team from Woodford County High School won the state team championship.

Ryan Townsend of the Pflugerville Ward, Austin Texas Stake, placed third in the recent National Cheerleaders Association mascot competition in Dallas, Texas. Ryan, who will be a senior next year, is Pflugerville High School's mascot Black Panther.

Jerry Hekekia, women's volleyball coach at Eastern Arizona College, was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coach of the Year at the annual convention in Albuquerque, N.M. Brother Hekekia of the Thatcher 1st Ward, Thatcher Arizona Stake, coached the Lady Gila Monsters to 2nd place at the 1992 NJCAA national tournament in Tempe, Ariz. They were the 1991 defending champions. Education

Loren G. Burton, superintendent of Granite School District in Salt Lake City and a member of the Cottonwood 10th Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake, was named to the 1993 Executive Educator 100 in the February issue of The Executive Educator, an education publication. This is a blue ribbon listing similar to the Fortune 500 or Forbes 400 for business and industry.

Wade Provo, a professor of French at Rockford College in Rockford, Ill., is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Foreign Language. He was cited for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of foreign languages. He is a member of the Rockford (Ill.) 2nd Ward.


David Hansen of the Turlock 2nd Ward, Turlock California Stake, received Universal Foods Corporation's Professional Contributions Award for his development of a virus free garlic. Brother Hansen is manager of the garlic program at the company's Dehydrated Products Division's Turlock Calif., operation.


Mireille Dumouchel, 8, of the Montreal Ward, Montreal Quebec Mt. Royale Stake, won third prize and $30 for her entry in the drawing contest "Living and Learning in Harmony," sponsored by the Association of Moral and Religious Educators of Quebec.


Michael Arsenault, 17, of Oakridge 1st Ward, Farmington Utah Oakridge Stake, has earned all possible merit badges offered by the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America for a total of 131 badges.

Fred Peck of the Soda Springs 1st Ward, Soda Springs Idaho Stake, was honored with the distinguished Heroism Award from the National Court of Honor. Brother Peck, Scoutmaster of Troop 501, received the Honor Medal With Crossed Palms Award.

Brother Peck and another man were creating a fire break in a field in August 1992 when a lightning-caused fire overtook them. There was space for only one bulldozer to safely escape, and Brother Peck waved the other man through. Brother Peck received extensive burns.


Maj. Gen. John Matthews of the Crescent 26th Ward, Sandy Utah Crescent West Stake, was recently elected as president of the National Guard Association, to serve a two-year term. He is adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.

International affairs

Richard Judd of the Grandview 9th Ward, Provo Utah Grandview Stake, joined with the Citizen Ambassador Program's Electric Utilities Technology Delegation to Vietnam April 18-May 2. Invited by the Vietnamese Ministry of Electrification, the electric utility specialists participated in technical meetings and discussion sessions, institution and facility visits, site visits and informal gatherings with colleagues in Vietnam. Brother Judd is manager of Utah Municipal Power in Spanish Fork, Utah.


Stacie Ann Perkins of the Mesquite 1st Ward, Bloomington Utah Stake, was named Nevada Miss T.E.E.N. and recently represented the state in the national pageant where she placed high in scholarship and in talent, performing a piano solo.


Bureau of Reclamation managers Dale F. Imlay and LeGrand Neilson were recently presented the Department of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award. Brother Imlay of the Boulder City 3rd Ward, Henderson Nevada Stake, is chief of the Lower Colorado Region's Financial Management Division. He was honored for his contributions to the Reclamation's financial management program. Brother Neilson of the Boulder City 1st Ward is regional supervisor of water, land and power. He received the award for his contributions to Reclamation's water service contracting program.

Neal P. Stowe of the Wasatch 4th Ward, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake, was recently elected president of the National Association of State Facilities Administrators, whose members are senior facility administrators directing design, construction and maintenance for all types of state facilities. Brother Stowe recently served as chairman of the National Committee for Public Architecture of the American Institute of Architects.

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