In the Spotlight
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“In the Spotlight,” Ensign, June 2002, 78–79

In the Spotlight

BYU President Elected to National Education Board

Elder Merrill J. Bateman, a member of the Seventy and president of Brigham Young University, was recently elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). NAICU represents more than 900 private colleges and universities on policy issues with the United States federal government.

Primary Teacher, 90, Has Taught Three Generations

After continually serving for more than 50 years in her ward’s Primary, Eva May McCallister, 90, was honored at a recent gathering by dozens of her former and current Primary students. A member of the Copperton Ward, South Jordan Utah Glenmoor Stake, Sister McCallister has taught three generations of children, including those from less-active families and families of other faiths. Among the children Sister McCallister helped to activate are many returned missionaries and several bishops and stake patriarchs.

Latter-day Saint Wrestler Has Perfect NCAA Record

Cael Sanderson wrestled 159 times during his collegiate wrestling career at Iowa State University and came off victorious every time. His wins made him the first wrestler ever to achieve an undefeated record and to take four U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association titles.

A member of the Iowa State University Branch, Ames Iowa Stake, Brother Sanderson completed his college career on 23 March with a 12–4 victory in the 197-pound weight class of his fourth NCAA tournament. He has also been voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of all four NCAA championships and awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy (the equivalent of U.S. football’s Heisman Trophy) three times. Twice he has received Academic All-American honors. Cael, who grew up in Heber City, Utah, hopes to compete in freestyle wrestling in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Cael’s father, Steve Sanderson, says wrestling “has pretty much been a family affair.” Brother and Sister Sanderson coached and assisted their four sons in their high school wrestling, in which all four brothers won state championships.

Sister Eva May McCallister (center, front) poses with some of the hundreds of people she has taught during her continual 50-year calling as a Primary teacher in her ward.

Church member Cael Sanderson is the first wrestler ever to win four NCAA championships.