People in the Church

All-American goalie

SAN JOSE, CALIF.Heather Moles, 17, a member of the Almaden 1st Ward, San Jose California South Stake, was recently named an All-American goalie on the All-American High School Hockey Team. Heather is one of 23 players in the United States to receive such recognition from the United States Field Hockey Association. She was nominated as the top player candidate from California by local and state nomination officials. Heather has been goalie on the varsity team at San Jose High Academy for three years and was the most valuable player for 1989 and 1991. She has also qualified for the All-league First Team every year.

Earns top prize


Lillian Hagmann, 11, a Merrie Miss in the Fredericksburg Branch, San Antonio Texas Stake, earned top prize in the San Antonio Light newspaper's fifth annual story writing contest. The newspaper had 1,172 entries in the contest, which required youth to submit the endings to a story called "David and the Alien Queen." Her story was printed in a section of the paper.

Committee chairman


W. Reid Hansen has been selected as chairman of the National Membership Committee for the National Association of Life Underwriters. He also received the life achievement award from the Utah Association of Life Underwriters in 1991. He has been in the life insurance business for 28 years. He is a high councilor in the Farmington Utah South Stake and lives in the Farmington 2nd Ward.

Elected as mayor


Paul Murphy, who was serving on the Molalla City Council, has been elected mayor of Molalla. He is a counselor in the bishopric of the Molalla Ward, Oregon City Oregon Stake. Bishop Scott Birk was elected by the city council to fill the seat vacated by Brother Murphy.

Essay contest winner


Joseph Twelves of the Mira Mesa 2nd Ward, Penasquitos California Stake, was named grand prize winner of the Kodak/Alan Page Challenge in the Great Cities Essay Contest. He was selected to receive the prize from 23,000 fourth graders across the country. Joseph, a Cub Scout, won the contest for his reply to what an education means to him. California Congressman Bill Lowery awarded Joseph a resolution commending him on his achievement.

New president-elect


Ell B. Sorenson is president-elect of the Alaska School Superintendents Association. He is superintendent of Matanuska Susitna School District, the third largest school district in the state. Brother Sorenson is a high priest in the Palmer 2nd Ward, Wasilla Alaska Stake, and serves as district Scout chairman.

Cross country winner


Jeff Wilson of the Newbury Park 1st Ward, Newbury Park California Stake, won the California State Cross Country Division 3 title for the second time (he also won in 1991 when he set a record for the state meet in that division) and went on to place second in the Kinney National High School Cross Country Championships.

Member honored


Marie E. Northrop, a member of the Glendale 1st Ward, Glendale California Stake, has had a lecture series of the Los Angeles City Historical Society named in her behalf. Sister Northrop is a founding life member of the society, and served on the board of directors from 1976 to 1987. She is a noted genealogist and author.

Wins youth award


Tanya Johnson, a Laurel in the Buffalo Branch, Buffalo New York Stake, was selected as the recipient of the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award in Youth. She was honored for her exemplary acts and deeds of service in promoting brotherhood and sisterhood in the community. She is a leader in the "super buddy" program of the Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Top agent


W. James Johnston, bishop of the Pocatello 26th Ward, Pocatello Idaho West Stake, was selected as one of the Top Ten Agents out of 44,000 agents in Coldwell Banker's Sales Associates in two categories - the most transactions completed in 1991 and the largest number of personal listings sold in 1991.

Selected for team


Thomas Leon Adamson has been chosen as one of 15 young men for the East-West Ambassadors Soccer Team to represent the United States on the Europe Soccer Tours this summer. A Blazer in the Sand Creek Ward, Aurora Colorado Stake, Thomas will travel to Chicago in June to join the team, which will then go to Amsterdam for training with the National Holland Soccer Team for five days. The team will participate in the Gothia Cup Tournament, the world's largest soccer tournament with more than 1,000 teams participating. They will also play in the Dana Cup Tournament in Denmark and the Austrian Cup Tournament in Austria. Thomas was chosen for the team from soccer players in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

Pursues research


Dwight M. Walsh of the Eldorado Ward, Albuquerque New Mexico East Stake, pursues scientific research in optical engineering despite cuts in federal funding since he graduated from BYU in 1984. His efforts enabled him to present his latest research project to the International Conference for the Society for Optical Engineering in Los Angeles, Calif. He volunteers some spare time with the Circle of Hope Foundation advising Native American youth about careers in science.

New secretary


Richard L. Priddis, second counselor in the Pleasant Grove (Utah) 3rd Ward bishopric, has been elected secretary of Karaoke International Sing-Along Association. He is president of Priddis Music Corp., which manufactures vocal accompaniment tapes and distributes them throughout the United States and Canada.

Outstanding service


Dr. Leland P. Olkjer of the Valdez Ward, Wasilla Alaska Stake, was named Chiropractor of the Year by the Alaska Chiropractic Society. The award is given yearly to a chiropractor who has rendered outstanding service to patients and the profession. He was president of the society in 1991 and was appointed by Gov. Walter J. Hickel to the state Transition Advisory Team for the Department of Health and Social Services. He previously served four years on the Alaska Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Olkjer established Valdez Chiropractic Center in 1981 and has been an avid supporter and volunteer for the youth programs in the community and the Church.

Humanitarian service


Carl S. Borup of the Tremonton 4th Ward, Tremonton Utah Stake, recently received the Utah State Lions Club 1992 Humanitarian Service Award. While a member of the Tremonton City Council, he helped provide a community center for senior citizens and classrooms for community education. He has also served on committees to further the welfare of senior citizens. With his wife, Elizabeth (pictured with him), he has sponsored several Asian refugees, furnishing them with housing and employment.

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