People in the Church


Carrie Manion, 17, a senior at Grapevine High School, has been chosen to sing with the Texas All-State Choir. She was chosen for the honor through a series of auditions at the district, region, and area levels. She has also been selected to perform with the American Choir Directors' Association National Senior High Honors Choir at Denver, Colo., in March. Carrie sings in her school's a capella and jazz choirs. She is Laurel president in the Colleyville Ward, Hurst Texas Stake.


The Tom and Dorene Frost family, Boulder 2nd Ward, Boulder Colorado Stake, has four missionaries serving at the same time. Brother and Sister Frost are serving in the California Sacramento Mission, son Thomas Ryan is serving in the Ukraine Kiev Mission, and daughter Marna is in the Louisana Baton Rouge Mission.


John J. Hansen received one of five Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Chairman's Awards given worldwide for his contributions to the company. He was recognized for innovation for his efforts in developing a change in the process to eliminate an ozone-depleting chemical to a non-hazardous solution. Brother Hansen is the plant engineer for the OMC-El Paso division. He is a member of the El Paso 4th Ward, El Paso Texas Stake, and serves in the stake mission presidency.

Dennis C. Manning, second counselor in the Myton, Utah, 2nd Ward, bishopric, is the first Utah horseshoer to be inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by American Farriers Journal and the Kentucky Derby Museum. In addition to shoeing horses from the Uintah Basin and Wasatch Front at his blacksmith shop in nearby Ioka, Brother Manning has been an internationally renowned competitor, achieving individual and team success with the American Farriers Team in Europe. He was World Champion Horseshoer at the 1985 Calgary Stampede.

Jeffrey L. Anderson, bishop of the Austin Ward, Rochester Minnesota Stake, was installed as president of the Monument Builders of North America during the association's annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in January. The Monument Builders of North America is the world's largest association of professional memorialists. Brother Anderson is recognized as one of the top memorial designers in the country. He and his firm have won seven national and international awards for design, workmanship and public relations.

John H. (Jack) Zenger, first counselor in the Los Altos California Stake presidency, has been inducted into the HRD (Human Resources Development) Hall of Fame. The HRD Hall of Fame honors distinguished people in the field of work-related training and education. He and a partner package training programs, teaching interpersonal skills to supervisors and middle managers in companies of all sizes. Today, Brother Zenger's business is one of the largest management-training companies in the world with offices throughout the United States and Europe.

J. Wesley McKnight, Scoutmaster in the Heritage Ward, Salt Lake Granger South Stake, has been elected International President of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Education Association for 1994. DNA is the largest transportation education association in the United States. Brother McKnight is currently the moving manager and transportation specialist in the purchasing division for the Church.


Doris Scott of the Ft. Myers 2nd Ward, Ft. Myers Florida Stake, recently claimed the winners trophy in the United States Ballroom Scholarship championships, amateur division, at a national dance competition in Arkansas. The 75-year-old grandmother teamed with teacher/partner Carlos Salcedo at the event. She has been taking dance lessons for just over two years. Besides a 4-foot tall trophy, Sister Scott also won a scholarship to pay for dance lessons.


Steve Buck, 17, has received several honors after passing for 28 touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards, and rushing for 12 touchdowns for the Alta Loma (Calif.) High School football team last season. He has been named a Blue Chip Illustrated All-American, made the Super Prep Magazine All-Western Region team, and received honorable mention on the USA Today All-USA team. The 6-foot-4 quarterback has signed a letter-of-intent to play football at UCLA. Steve was also Player of the Year in the Mt. Baldy League, a two-time member of the California Interscholastic Federation Division 5 team, and a member of the All-Inland Valley team. He is a priest in the Hillside Ward, Rancho Cucamonga California Stake.

Shen Hua "Sheena" Song, a junior at BYU-Hawaii, won the Best of Balance award for volleyball from the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The award is presented annually to an individual in each sport who exhibits excellence as an athlete as well as a student. Sheena, an outside hitter, was captain of the 1993 Seasiders. In the classroom, she has compiled a 3.91 grade point average majoring in accounting and was named to the NAIA academic all-America team. She was baptized in 1992, a day after helping BYU-Hawaii to its second consecutive national championship, and is a member of the BYU-H 8th Ward, BYU-Hawaii 1st Stake.

Melissa van der Werf, 17, has been selected as an All-Star Cheerleader of the Universal Cheerleading Association. The All-Star Cheerleaders were invited to perform in a New Year's Day parade at London, England. Melissa is a senior at Cohasset High School in Cohasset, Mass. She is a member of the Hingham Ward, Hingham Massachusetts Stake.


Chad Petersen of the Creek View Ward, Kaysville Utah South Stake, has received a commendation from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Chad directed 20 people who worked a combined 199 hours on an archaeological stabilization project in the Albuquerque District of the BLM as his Eagle Scout service project. He has since moved to Fruit Heights, Utah, with his family. His citation was signed by BLM Director Jim Baca. It saluted Chad for directing the construction of check dams that helped control water flow that was destroying archaeological sites in the El Malpais National Conservation Area.


H. Ted Hansen, first counselor in the Yuba City California Stake presidency, was sworn in as a superior court judge in Sutter County, Calif., Jan. 21. He was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson. Brother Hansen has practiced law in the Yuba-Sutter area for more than 20 years. He served two terms as Sutter County district attorney from 1974-1982. He received a bachelor's degree from BYU and his juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.


Vincent Larson, a graduate of Firth (Idaho) High School, received a national entrepreneur award at the recent National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America. Vincent won first place in the National Entrepreneur Individual Event. About 3,000 secondary school students from throughout the United States participated at the conference in San Antonio, Texas. Vincent developed an organizational structure and operating plan for a small business. He is a member of the Riverview Ward, Firth Idaho Stake.

Julie Hesterman, a junior at Cottonwood (Utah) High School, was selected to attend the recent National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is a leadership development program for outstanding high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. A total of 350 students attended. During the six-day event, Julie interacted with key leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and the diplomatic corps. Julie enjoys singing, dancing, and playing the piano. She is a member of the Cottonwood 6th Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake.


Elsie J. Staska of the Fishers Landing Ward, Vancouver Washington Stake, received an Editor's Choice Award for 1993 from the National Library of Poetry. The award is presented for poems judged to be in the top 3 percent of all entries received. Sister Staska's entry was taken from her book of poetry titled Coming of the Dawn.

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