People in the Church


James Welch of the Palo Alto 1st Ward, Menlo Park California Stake, recently performed to a full house on the pipe organ at the Beijing Concert Hall in China. Brother Welch, the university organist at Santa Clara University, became the first American to give a recital on the newly installed organ built in Czechoslovakia. He also performed in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau while in Asia.- Clark Golden Dalton, 10, has been called to be the sacrament meeting chorister in the Apache Junction 6th Ward, Apache Junction Arizona Stake. Clark plays the piano and flute. He also enjoys singing and has won numerous scholastic achievement awards and served as the Jefferson Elementary School mascot.

Camila Komina, 16, won first place in her region and third in Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany) state "Youth Makes Music" competition. Camila, a member of the Hamm Ward, Dortmund Germany Stake, impressed judges with her soprano voice, singing arias by Handel and Mozart. The competition was sponsored by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Bob Winters of the Toppenish 1st Ward, Yakima Washington Stake, was inducted into the Washington State Football Coaches Hall of Fame last June. Brother Winters, who retired after last season as the head football coach at Toppenish High School, guided several teams to the Class A and AA state playoffs and won a state championship in 1989. He coached for 26 years.

Dan and Jeff Hoppie of the Huntington Beach 3rd Ward, Huntington Beach California Stake, played for the team that won the Colt Baseball World Series in Lafayette, Ind., this summer. The brothers' team went through the World Series undefeated, outscoring its opponents 45-9 in five games. Dan, 16, had a .529 batting average and Jeff, 15, hit .402. They attend Fountain Valley High School.

Rachelle Noble won state championships in the discus and shot put as a senior at Show Low (Ariz.) High School. A Laurel in the Show Low 1st Ward, Show Low Arizona Stake, Rachelle was also an all-star volleyball player as well as studentbody vice president. She will compete on the track and field team for Columbia University in New York next season.

Jess and Gage Grossman of the Fort Benton Branch, Great Falls Montana East Stake, helped lead Highwood High School to Montana state championships in football and basketball during the past school year. Jess, now a senior and studentbody president, is a receiver in football and forward in basketball. His brother Gage was one of only two freshmen to play on the varsity football and basketball teams last year.

Shirley Rannells of the Basin Ward, Worland Wyoming Stake, won four gold medals in swimming at the recent Montana Senior Olympics. She competed in the 70-74 age group. She took first place in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 1:28.01 as well as the 100 (2:51.71), 200 (6:21.95) and 500 (15:28.91) freestyle races. She also claimed a silver medal in the 100 backstroke. The swimming competition was held in an outdoor pool in Kalispell, Mont., with temperatures in the 40s.

Youth Leadership

Raul Torres, 15, was chosen to represent Utah at the North American Free Trade Agreement youth coalition meeting in Mexico City Sept. 5-11. He and the other youth participants were guests of the Mexican government and had a chance to meet Mexico president Carlos Salinas De Gortari. Raul's selection was based on leadership, community service and academic excellence. Raul is a member of the Valley Park 5th Ward, Taylorsville Utah Valley Park Stake. He has received several awards including the Chevron Personal Development Award, the Kiwanis Freedom Leadership Award, and Presidential Academic Fitness Award.

Amy Bice, 17, earned a $1,000 scholarship at Girls Nation in July when she was voted outstanding senator by fellow delegates. There were 96 girls from 48 states in Washington, D.C., for Girls Nation where they learned governmental procedures first hand. Amy, Laurel class president in the Rexburg 10th Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake, was also assistant to the president for policy development and minority floor leader at Girls Nation and met President Bill Clinton at the White House.


Trey Glauser of the Pittsburgh 6th Ward, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Stake, was selected as the recipient of the 1993 Pittsburgh Penguin Courage to Come Back Youth Award. The award, part of the sixth annual Courage to Come Back Awards, was announced by the St. Francis Health Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pa. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated the courage to overcome a devastating accident, illness or injury. Trey, 10, was born with osteogenesis imperdecta, a brittle bone disorder. He was born with four broken bones and has suffered 85 bone fractures in his life.


Jennifer Lee Hawkes, 20, is Miss Rodeo Utah. The reigning Miss Rodeo Ogden earned the state title at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo on July 24. Jennifer, a pre-med student at Weber State University, is a member of the West Point 1st Ward, West Point Utah Stake. She also received the horsemanship, personality and appearance awards.


Janet Frank Cortez of the Bryan Ward, Salt Lake Sugar House Stake, has been named "Young Careerist" by the Utah Federation of Business and Professional Women. She is a registered nurse at the University of Utah Medical Center. To earn the award, she advanced through local and district competition to the finals at the BPW/Utah convention in Park City. The award was based on career goals, community service and communication skills.

Michael B. Stephenson has earned an award for designing a procedure that enhances computer-aided design of numerous industrial products. The award, given by Research and Development magazine, recognizes the 100 most significant international technical products developed each year. Brother Stephenson is a member of the bishopric in the BYU 115th Ward, Brigham Young University 16th Stake.


Carol Elisabeth Thiemer Tobler Kmetzsch turned 100 years old on Sept. 2. She was born in Chemnitz, Germany, immigrating to the United States after living through World War I and World War II in Europe. She and her second husband, Leo W. Kmetzsch, served a mission in Germany in 1957-1959. She made a career as a licensed practical nurse.

May Lovejoy of the Jamestown (N.Y.) Ward, Erie Pennsylvania Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 15. She was born in Shelburne, Mass. She and her husband, the late Truax Lovejoy, have one daughter. Sister Lovejoy played the organ in ward meetings into her 90s and continues to attend sacrament meeting.


Jeanette Waite of the Ammon 6th Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Ammon West Stake, was one of 18 college students chosen to participate in the Poynter Institute of Journalism this summer. A sophomore at Ricks College, she is editor of the school's newspaper - the Scroll. She received an all-expense paid trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the institute where participants discussed new ideas in journalism.


Barbara A. Pixton received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award from the NAACP at its 18th annual Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Awards Dinner in July. A member of the Poulsbo 2nd Ward, Silverdale Washington Stake, she is a chief petty officer in the Navy. She was nominated for the award by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Keyport, Wash. The award is given to American military personnel who have distinguished themselves by contributing to military equal opportunity policies and programs.

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