Marianne Cozzens of Powell, Wyoming, was named as the national president of Future Homemakers of America. Part of her duties will include traveling to Washington, D.C., to attend program planning sessions and to help set the policies and goals for the organization.
Marianne has been active on her high school’s drill team and speech team as well as in choir and drama. She completed four years of seminary and was in leadership positions in her Young Women classes in the Powell First Ward, Cody Wyoming Stake.
Tori Hunter of Naperville, Illinois, was elected to serve as her school’s student-body president. She has the distinction of being the first girl to have been elected to this position as well as the first LDS student to serve as student-body president.
Tori enjoyed being involved in student government. She has also served as a student officer, cheerleader, and member of the girls’ basketball and track teams.
Tori also served as first counselor in her Beehive class in the Naperville Second Ward.
Thirty-five youth from the Huntington Beach North California Stake danced their way down Main Street in the Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade. A crowd of 250,000 lined the two-mile parade route.
The LDS youth performed dances they had learned for a special dance festival held in the Rose Bowl. They already had bright colorful costumes for the dance festival which served double duty as the performers wore them in the parade. One observer was heard to say, “You need sunglasses to look at this group.”
Their float won first place in the youth division. The float consisted of a large flatbed trailer, decorated to resemble the Huntington Beach pier. Most of the youth rode on the truck doing their dance continuously for over an hour. Some danced in the street and greeted the spectators with handshakes and hugs.
Stake President Wesley Woodhouse told the youth shortly before the parade, “It is wonderful of you to ‘let your light shine’ and to share the months of effort that have gone into learning your dance.”
The youth were hot and tired at the end of the parade route but exuberant about the experience of giving of themselves to their community.
Laurae Cook of Canal Flat, British Columbia, is used to a life of service. She was elected president of her school, becoming not only the first LDS student but the first student from her town elected to that office.
Laurae has a beautiful singing voice and performs both in church functions and for the community. She is a volunteer hospital aide and teaches dance and gymnastics. In addition she is the spokeswoman for the students on the school board.
Laurae is active in her ward in the Cranbrook British Columbia Canada Stake.
Martin Robson is the first missionary called from the small mining town of Leigh Creek, South Australia. He is serving in Auckland, New Zealand.
Elder Robson came to this small town with his family five years ago. At that time there was no branch or unit of the Church organized there. Since then he has had many opportunities for missionary work and chances to hold different positions in the Leigh Creek Unit, serving under his father’s leadership.
Before leaving on his mission, Martin graduated from high school and seminary with honors.
Michelle Moulds of the Narrogin Branch, Perth Australia Southern River Stake, won the under-13 brass category for her cornet solo in the Central South Eisteddfod. She performed her solo in the winners’ concert held shortly thereafter.
Michelle is active in school. She was kept busy as head girl and has the responsibility of being Faction Sports captain. She sings in the school choir and plays in the combined schools concert band.
Michelle is a Beehive in her branch.
Born with a genetic defect in the joints which affected his ability to walk, Mark Powell has learned to face obstacles and achieve in ways that have surprised many.
Mark, a deacon in the Dallas Fourth Ward, Richardson Texas Stake, started playing the piano to exercise his fingers. Through hard work, he became proficient. Encouraged by school contests in composition, he began composing pieces for other contests. His piece, called “Dinosaurs,” for piano and synthesizer won the elementary division of the Music Teachers’ Association contest. He has also composed a piece called “Running Free” for two pianos, which also placed in composition contests.
Lynn Folsom is an excellent example of speaking out in defense of the Church.
In school one day while teaching about Utah, Lynn’s teacher said that Mormons were a cult and worshipped Brigham Young.
Lynn raised her hand and said that the teacher’s statements were not true. Lynn said, “We are not a cult. We believe in Jesus Christ and worship him. I am a Mormon, and I know.”
Lynn’s courage to speak out as the only Mormon in her class set a good example for other member missionaries in her area of the Florida Tallahassee Mission.
Lynn is active in the Starke Ward, Gainesville Florida Stake, where her father is the bishop.
Michael P. Broberg was elected student-body president of the Oslo American School in Norway. He and his younger brother and sister are the only Church members in the school.
Michael is an honor student, is active in sports, and enjoys playing the piano. He is president of the teachers quorum in the Oslo Third Ward.
Lisa Hill, 13, of Nampa, Idaho, was undefeated in the cross-country track season. She even finished one race first overall, defeating the boys.
As a ninth grader, Lisa was invited to run with the high school team.
Lisa served as the first counselor in her Beehive class in the Nampa Fifth Ward, Nampa Idaho South Stake.
There is never a dull moment around Deidra Johnson of the Columbus Second Ward, Columbus Georgia Stake.
Deidra is an ideal combination of academics, athletics, and something extra. She is one of the top-ranked players in her school in tennis. She plays shortstop for the softball team and plays point guard in basketball. She credits help from her older brother in developing her athletic abilities. “If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” says Deidra. “He let me tag along when he and his friends would be short a person for a game.”
In addition, she has been elected to her school’s Homecoming royalty every year and is on the honor roll. To top it all off, she attends seminary and is the first counselor in her Laurel class presidency.
Gordon Flake of the Window Rock Ward, Gallup New Mexico Stake, was ranked in the top ten in the nation in extemporaneous speaking in the National Forensic League Speech and Debate Tournament. He survived ten rounds of speaking, each time giving a six-minute talk on a new topic with only 30 minutes to prepare. He was eliminated in the semifinal round.
Gordon has participated in the national tournament before in team debate, and he and his partner placed in the top third of the participants.
Besides excelling in speech, Gordon was junior class president and spent several years on the student council.
In his ward, Gordon served as first assistant in his priests quorum. He also completed four years of seminary and represented his classmates on the program at seminary graduation.
Marcia Grandon of the Centerville Ward, Dayton Ohio Stake, has been involved in service both in school and in church. She was historian of her high school class and participated in the flag corps and on the volleyball team. She also studied piano as part of Wright State University’s gifted high school student program.
Marcia also served as Laurel President, Young Women choir president, and seminary vice president. Earning her Young Womanhood Medallion was one of the highlights of her year.
“I remember when I was new to the Young Women program, I looked to the older girls as an example on which to pattern my life,” says Marcia. “Now that I am one of the older girls, I really try hard to be a good example and motivator for my friends both at church and at school. Being a good example at school is a special challenge since my younger sister and I are the only LDS students in the entire high school.”
The priests of the Redondo Ward, Torrance California Stake, wanted to be prepared for their missions in all areas. They asked Sister Crook to teach a cooking class just for them. The results were tantalizing smells coming from the church kitchen every Wednesday night.
The purpose of the class was to help the young men learn to cook some quick and inexpensive meals which they could use on their missions and also learn some fun things to make like pizza and ice cream. As word spread about the class, more boys joined, including some inactive youth. The bishop and a member of the stake presidency got into the habit of stopping by each week to visit with the boys and to have a taste or two.
As their fame spread, the priests were asked to cook for the Relief Society sisters at homemaking meeting. Then the sisters prepared a recipe book with easy recipes for the boys to use on their missions. In fact, missions were often a topic of conversation during class. One of the highlights was when one inactive boy asked, “Do you know where I’d like to go on my mission?”
The cooking class was extended and expanded to include 13 priests. On the night of the final class, they cooked dinner for their mothers.
Peter Miller of Bozeman, Montana, was selected to receive an International Youth Year Award from the U.S. Secretary of Education. The awards focus attention on young Americans whose deeds and actions exemplify exceptional character and citizenship.
Peter was nominated and selected for his efforts in raising money for African famine victims by organizing a musical concert held in a Bozeman city park. The event featured 24 musical acts performed by students of Bozeman Senior High School.
Peter served as first assistant in his priests quorum.
Amy Olson of the Murray 29th Ward, Murray West Stake, was the national winner in the Pony Express Essay contest. She was invited to read her essay at a banquet celebrating the Pony Express Re-ride. Her essay was featured in the commemorative letter that was packed with the riders as they again rode on horseback across the West with the United States mail.
What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has.