“FYI: For Your Information,” New Era, May 1986, 40
Three members of the Cleveland Ward, Kingwood Texas Stake, graduated with honors from high school.
Lea Anna Foote led the way by being named valedictorian of her graduating class. She enjoyed participating in drama and in the band and was honored by being named to the all-county and all-region bands. She also received academic achievement awards in physics, homemaking, and composition. In church, she was active in the presidencies of her Young Women classes and in seminary.
Leisa Helms, also from the Cleveland Ward, graduated with honors from her high school and was awarded a scholarship for her scholastic achievement. She also participated in Future Homemakers of America, Beta Club, and DECA, an employment program.
Benny Dale from the Cleveland Ward, was also an honor graduate. He was active in sports, lettering in football, basketball, and tennis. He was named Most Valuable Player on the tennis team. Benny was active in his quorums and was recently called as elders quorum teacher.
The Kingston Ward, Albany New York Stake, really has learned to go the extra mile to succeed. With no gym in which to practice in their meetinghouse, many of the young women have to drive more than half an hour to basketball practices. But for the second year in a row, they have taken the regional championship.
The girls basketball team demonstrated not only their skill but good sportsmanship and love for each other. When they were congratulated by the stake, it was said of them, “You displayed fine sportsmanship and team effort. The team well represented the stake, and we are proud of you.”
Julie Ann Casos, 16, received two scholastic awards upon completing a year of high school. She was awarded the Home Economics II Academic Certificate of Merit. She also received an Outstanding Student Medallion based on grades, participation, and enthusiasm from the girls’ physical education department.
Julie is a member of the Winnemucca Second Ward, Winnemucca Nevada Stake. She is the second counselor in her Young Women class.
Even though Tara Durden is just 13, she is achieving some great success in her academic endeavors. She was awarded the spelling superiority, and was named outstanding science and history student. She also won an essay contest, writing on patriotism.
Academics is just one area in which Tara succeeds. She also plays the piano and organ. In a city competition, she was awarded one of the few superior ratings given.
In school sports, Tara has played on the basketball team; and in her ward, she plays on the volleyball team. She is also a school cheerleader.
Tara serves as the ward organist and as first counselor in her Beehive class in the Sherman Ward, Plano Texas Stake.
Arlyn Anderson of the Kingsland Ward, Jacksonville Florida East Stake, received the Communications Department Award upon his graduation from high school. He also served as the Speech Club president. In addition to his school activities, Arlyn received his Eagle badge and served as patrol leader during two Church encampments.
Rosanne and Richard Gardner of the Kailua Second Ward, Kaneohe Hawaii Stake, were honored as the valedictorian and salutatorian of their graduating class.
Both were active in the band, math league, German club, and National Honor Society.
Rosanne received a four-week, expense-paid trip to study in Germany because of her high scores on a national examination sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German.
Richard and Rosanne are both four-year seminary graduates.
John Nelson, of Lodi, California, received the Scout of the Year award for his area at the National Eagle Scout Association annual dinner.
John was cited because of his Eagle project. The Lodi cemetery offices had burned, destroying the records of those interred in the mausoleum. John’s project was to record all the names, birth and death dates, and location on cards. Some of the work involved having Japanese characters translated. After the information was alphabetized, it was typed, microfilmed, and microfiched.
John is an honor student and has received special awards in chemistry. He has also lettered in band and track. He was first assistant in the priests quorum in the Lodi Third Ward, Lodi California Stake.
Stacy Hardy of the Wright Branch, Gillette Wyoming Stake, placed first in the performance category in the Wyoming History Day contest. She won for her original dramatic presentation as the wife of a doctor at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. She flew to Washington, D.C., to compete with other first-place winners from all over the United States.
Stacy was also the recipient of a scholarship to the Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, for a summer honors program.
Stacy was secretary of her National Honor Society chapter. She has been editor, as well as photographer, for her school’s yearbook. She was also active in varsity volleyball and track, drill team, and speech and drama. She played baritone saxophone in the jazz band and the flute in concert band.
The Molalla High School seminary class, taught by Dianne Chelson, earned enough points to be named the number one class in a poll conducted in the Portland Oregon Region. The status was achieved by earning points for attendance, memorization, reading, and locating scriptures. The ten students in the class were in first place when the poll began and held that position for five months.
The Molalla class also won their stake scripture chase competition. They went the extra mile and memorized all 40 of the year’s scriptures.
Kay Markworth has been very active in her school during her high school years. She was chosen as a student-body officer every year, concluding with serving as senior class vice president. She was also elected Homecoming Queen. She played on the softball, basketball, and volleyball teams. She received an award for maintaining the highest grade-point average as an athlete.
As a member of the community, Kay was selected as first princess in the Miss South Gate contest.
Kay served as the Laurel president in the South Gate Ward, Huntington Park California Stake.
The Hyde Park Ward, Chicago Heights Illinois Stake, has some fine young men to look up to, literally. With only four young men available to make up the basketball team, they looked for a way to have a team for competition. The ward members asked some friends to join with them, and the result was a winning combination.
Eddie Britton, first assistant in the priests quorum, was the captain of his high school football team. But he showed real skill with the round ball as well. Eddie, plus lead scorers Leon Harvey and LaMonte Thompson, and teammates played an undefeated season. They went on to win both the stake and regional championship.
The young men found that basketball was an excellent way of introducing the gospel to their friends. Playing together on a team also cemented friendships and established good relationships within the community.
Kelly Kennedy of the Marlborough Ward, Boston Massachusetts Stake, has a diversity of talents. Not only is she a good athlete, but she is an accomplished artist.
As a participant in track, Kelly has been the Tri-Valley League champion for two years. She has also been named an all-star. She plays volleyball, and her team has made it to state three years in a row.
As for her artistic talent, she has been in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Show, and her art work has been exhibited in the town hall for the past two years.
Kelly is the Laurel president in her ward.
C. Ralph Taylor of the Richmond Second Ward, Richmond Virginia Stake, has excelled in many areas. He was a straight-A student in high school and graduated with honors.
He also has had perfect four-year attendance at seminary. He not only never missed, he was always on time and picked up two other students each morning as well.
His seminary teacher said of Ralph, “He is an exceptional student both in seminary and at Monacan High School. He knows how to set goals and priorities to lengthen his stride.”
Tamara Johnson of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a talented musician. She plays the guitar and piano and plays with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with her high school chorus and the ward choir.
Tammy is also interested in acting and has appeared in Oliver Twist.
Tammy served as secretary in the Young Women in the Springfield Ward, Hartford Connecticut Stake.
Tana Call of Webster, Minnesota, has excelled in both gymnastics and track. She became the Minnesota state high school gymnastics champion by placing first in uneven parallel bars, the balance beam, floor exercise, and all-around. She has been the conference and regional champ three years in a row.
In addition, Tana holds the school track records in the high jump and 100-meter hurdles.
Tana was the president of her Laurel class in the Burnsville Second Ward, Minneapolis Minnesota Stake.
Kimberly, Korry, and Kameron Kieffer made local history 17 years ago when they were born. Recently, all three have been serving in leadership positions in both school and church.
Kimberly was the secretary on the yearbook staff. She also served on the seminary council. She enjoys playing the flute and piano. In addition, she served as first counselor in her Laurel class.
Korry was elected student-body vice president. He maintained high grades and played on the football and soccer teams. He enjoys playing the violin. He has served as deacons and teachers quorum president.
Kameron was elected as the student-body business manager. He earned high grades while playing on the football and soccer teams. He played French horn in the symphonic band. He has served as counselor in the deacons and teachers quorum presidencies.
The brothers and sister are in the Orem 99th Ward, Orem Utah Windsor Stake.
No man is happy who does not think himself so.