People in the Church


  • Jackie Booth, head coach of the New Mexico State University women's golf team has been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year. Sister Booth of the Las Cruces 1st Ward, Las Cruces New Mexico Stake, has just finished her third season coaching the NMSU Roadrunners. This year her team qualified for the women's West Regional Tournament and was ranked 13th nationally at one time. The golf team's graduation rate has been 100 percent since she became coach.
  • Roy Halladay, 18, was drafted 17th in the first round of the professional baseball amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in June. A member of the Standley Lake Ward, Arvada Colorado Stake, Roy led his Arvada West High School team to the 1994 state championship and within one game of repeating in 1995. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound pitcher compiled a 26-2 high school record with two no-hitters. He was twice selected as Colorado's player of the year and was a member of the High School Baseball USA All-America first team.
  • Ashton Buswell, 13, recently took first place in the 130-pound School Boy division at the National AAU Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo. A two-time Kansas state champion, Ashton is a member of the Topeka 3rd Ward, Topeka Kansas Stake. In the national competition which included a total of 2,000 wrestlers from 30 states, Ashton won four matches. He pinned one opponent and outscored the others 29-3. Wrestling for the Topeka Tornado Wrestling Club, he compiled a 48-1 record during the 1994-95 season.


  • Jolene Abbott, 14, was recently crowned Miss Colorado in the junior division of the America's National Teen-ager program. She will compete in the national pageant at Nashville, Tenn., in August. Jolene is a member of the Southglenn 3rd Ward, Littleton Colorado Stake. In the Colorado pageant, she received the Volunteer Community Service Award and was voted Miss Congeniality.


  • Robert Balmer, 13, was one of four members of the South Dakota state team that participated recently in the national Mathcounts contest in Washington, D.C. The competitors were tested in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, number theory and other topics. Robert, a deacon in the Rapid City 3rd Ward, Rapid City South Dakota Stake, finished in the top 200 nationally among 7th and 8th graders. More than 300,000 middle school math students participated in the competitions.
  • Lisa Marie Young, 17, won first place in the writing category at the National DECA Conference competition recently held in St. Louis, Mo. More than 10,000 students from the United States and Canada competed for national honors. Lisa, who also is an academic all-American in swimming, is a member of the Champions Ward, Cypress Texas Stake.
  • Melissa Beutler, 13, placed second in scenario writing at the International Future Problem Solving Competition at Providence, R.I., recently. She was the Indiana state winner in scenario writing and individual competition before moving on to compete against others from around the world. She finished ninth internationally in individual competition. Participants are given a problem that is set in the future and are asked to define it and solve it. Melissa, a seventh grader at Zionsville Middle School, competed against seventh, eighth and ninth graders. She is a member of the Zionsville Ward, Indianapolis Indiana North Stake.
  • LeeAndra Fuller Kroll of the Plano 2nd Ward, Plano Texas Stake, recently represented Texas Women's University as its delegate to the Student American Dental Hygienists Association national convention in Austin, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from the university in May after maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. At the convention she was recognized as "The Most Outstanding Dental Hygienist Student" by the Texas Dental Hygienists Association.


  • Debra Templin of the Newberry Branch, Columbia South Carolina Stake, has been named South Carolina Teacher of the Year. A sixth grade reading, math, science and social studies teacher at Newberry Middle School, Sister Templin will participate in the National Teacher of the Year competition in November. She was selected for her enthusiasm and innovative teaching methods.


  • Landon Elizabeth Taylor, 8, recently earned first place honors from the Michigan PTA for her original song: "Do You Dare." Landon's composition was part of the yearly creative arts "Reflections" program, sponsored by the National PTA. Landon, a member of the Southfield Ward, Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake, has been playing the piano for 31/2 years.


  • Kathy Barberich of the Caruthers Ward, Hanford California Stake, won first place for columns of general interest in newspapers over 100,000 circulation at the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Kansas City, Mo. Sister Barberich, a Sunday "lifestyle" columnist and youth editor at the Fresno Bee, received the award from Pulitzer Prize winning columnist William Raspberry.


  • Wynne Scott, 17, recently received the national Scholastic Art Writing Award for her short story titled "Head Trip." A member of the Palmdale 1st Ward, Palmdale California Stake, Wynne competed against 12,000 participants to win one of 10 gold awards. She will read a passage from her story in the Library of Congress at Washington, D.C., this summer. She is also musically talented; she sings and plays the violin.

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