Takes home gold
Jake Simmons, 12, a deacon in the Nampa 7th Ward, Nampa Idaho South Stake, rolled his way to five gold medals in the 10-12-year-old division of the Junior National Wheelchair Games. He won the 1,500-, 800-, 400-, 200- and 100-meter races - every event he entered, breaking national records in all categories. Jake, born with spina bifida, has been involved in wheelchair racing since age 9.
Teacher of year
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Christine M. Moore has been named the 1992 Utah Vocational Teacher of the Year by the Utah Vocational Association. Sister Moore, Young Women president in the Winder West Stake, received the award for promoting vocational education through innovative curriculum.
Danny Dyer, a teacher in the Durant Branch, Plano Texas Stake, recently was elected to the Technology Students Association Honor Society as a result of his performance in oral and written competition during the past two years. He placed first in written exams, and shared first-place finishes with two teammates in oral-bowl competition in four consecutive state and national meets.
Ryan Larsen, a deacon in the Arlington 1st Ward, Arlington Texas Stake, was a member of a Ft. Worth/Dallas Texas Metroplex select baseball team that won the Continental Amateur Baseball Association's World Series recently in Omaha, Neb. The Texas team played a team from Georgia for the national championship and won by a score of 5-2.
Euphrasia Foote Bingham, a member of the Safford 4th Ward, Safford Arizona Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 23. She was born in a hand-hewn log house in Glendale, Utah, the oldest of 11 children of Warren Rudolphus and Ruth Maxwell Foote. On March 17, 1909, she married Richard Bingham. They reared seven children, six of whom are still living. She has been a widow since 1950. Sister Bingham has 23 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
William E. Bronson, a high priest in the Astoria 2nd Ward, Longview Washington Stake, participated in the National Masters Track and Field Championships where he placed first in both the 100- and 200-meter race and fourth in the long jump and javelin. He then anchored the 4X100 meter relay for the Portland Masters Track Club, which placed second. He competes in the masters division, age 70-74.
Randy C. Tolman, field superintendent in the Southwest Division of Exxon Co., recently received the Environmentalist Conservation Businessman of the Year award. The award was presented by the Soil and Water Conservation Deptartment, Region 1, in Texas. Working as part of a team, he and teammates were recognized for accomplishments in soil preservation and improvements around oil and gas wellsites within an agricultural area. Brother Tolman is a Primary teacher in the Brownfield Branch, Lubbock Texas Stake.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
John Stephen Mikita, a member of the Stratford Ward, Salt Lake Highland Stake, was honored recently as an advocate for the disabled when he received the Muscular Dystrophy Association's first national personal achievement award. Brother Mikita, a Utah assistant attorney general, was honored by entertainer Jerry Lewis at the conclusion of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Brother Mikita has Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, a neuromuscular disorder and is recognized as an expert on the Americans with Disability Act. He was chosen to receive the award from among 50 state Muscular Dystrophy Association personal achievement award recipients.
Charles W. Sullivan, a high councilor in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Stake and a member of the Waukesha Ward, was named national "Outstanding Achiever of the Year" at the 1992 Development Educators meeting sponsored by the Credit Union National Association. He was cited for his role in educating people on financial and social benefits provided by credit unions.
Marilyn Ward, professor of media and educational technology at Western Illinois University, has been elected chairwoman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Committee for 1992-93. Sister Ward, Sunday School organist in the Macomb Ward, Nauvoo Illinois Stake, is serving her fourth year as a member of the committee, which includes 33 faculty representatives from public and private universities and colleges in the state.
Stephen M. Studdert, president of the Highland Utah Stake, has been appointed chairman of the Utah Statehood Centennial Commission by Utah Gov. Norman H. Bangerter. The 25-member commission is planning statewide events commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Utah's statehood in 1996.
Marc Bagby, a member of the Cheyenne 4th Ward, Cheyenne Wyoming Stake, spent three weeks this past summer as a science ambassador in the People to People Youth Science Exchange to the People's Republic of China. Outstanding science students and science educators from throughout the world are selected to participate in the program.
Top foster parents
Walter and Ilene Calhoun have received the 1992 Foster Parent Award for Outstanding Service from the Child Welfare League of America. They were chosen from applicants in 10 states to represent the Mid-Atlantic region. For the past 29 years, in addition to raising their biological daughter and three other adopted children, the Calhouns have raised more than 25 foster children. The Calhouns are members of the Huntington Ward, Mt. Vernon Virginia Stake.
Tanya McKinnon, 17, of the Randolph 2nd Ward, Kemmerer Wyoming Stake, recently achieved nationwide acclaim as the 1992 National High School Rodeo Queen. Forty girls from throughout the United States and Canada participated in the week-long contest. Tanya also competes in barrels and poles on her quarterhorse. This year she earned enough points to qualify for state finals in both events.
Hall of famer
AMERICAN FALLS, IDAHO
Geraldine Critchley, a member of the American Falls 2nd Ward, American Falls Idaho Stake, has been inducted into the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame. She was honored for her efforts in promoting, pioneering, and helping to establish athletic programs for girls of Idaho. Sister Critchley was the first female athletic director in the state responsible for both boys and girls programs. She has been a teacher at American Falls High School for 29 years.
Mark Hodes, 12, Stead Ward, Reno Nevada North Stake, recently won first place in the 9-12-year-old category of the "Cookie Bake-off" at the Nevada State Fair. He received a savings bond and gift certificate.