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Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity and a provision in old age.

—Aristotle

Young Musician

Tracy Lynn Rivest enjoys music and hopes to use her interest in composition and performance in music therapy.

Tracy serves as a drum major in her varsity band. She was named as outstanding drum major at a music camp she attended. In addition to her music, Tracy volunteers to work with Special Olympics and at the local hospital. She also helps her mother with Parent-Teacher Association duties.

Tracy was also chosen as the Central Texas Miss T.E.E.N. She won the talent and volunteer service portions of the pageant.

Tracy is a counselor in her Laurel class in the Copperas Cove Second Ward, Killeen Texas Stake.

Adds Up

Things have been adding up right for Todd Roberts of Fargo, North Dakota. He has participated in a special program for students interested in improving their math skills. Todd was one of the top scorers from his state which entitled him to compete on a national level. He and three other students received a trip to Washington, D.C., for the competition.

Todd serves as home teaching companion to his father in the Fargo Ward.

Good Student

Taylor Flake of Misawa, Japan, recently starred in three public service announcements promoting good study habits which are being telecast throughout the Pacific on the Armed Forces Far East Television Network.

Taylor helped develop the television announcements in conjunction with his high school drama department. In addition to drama, Taylor is an honor student and has lettered in varsity tennis and basketball. He also enjoys hiking, and while living in Japan, has climbed several volcanoes, including Mount Fuji.

Taylor recently received his Eagle. For his Eagle Scout project, he organized a clothing drive to collect several hundred pounds of winter clothing and shoes for a Korean orphanage.

Taylor is a priest in the Misawa Servicemen’s Branch. He says, “It’s nice to know that whether you are living in a ward in Salt Lake City or in a branch in Misawa, Japan, the Church is still the same. Although not all the programs of the Church may be available in remote branches, these areas seem to have increased leadership and missionary opportunities for LDS youth.”

Special Girl

Balance is important to Brooke Stanton of Redmond, Oregon. She was named the all-around district gymnastic champion and was selected as a member of the high school varsity gymnastic team her freshman year.

But Brooke has balanced her interests. She participates in 4-H and plays on an all-star softball team. In school, she is a straight-A student and served as the freshman class president. In church, she served as second counselor in her Mia Maid class.

Saves Life

Joel Herd of Rock Springs, Wyoming, responded quickly and correctly when a fellow student began choking on something he swallowed while in the school cafeteria. Joel applied the Heimlich maneuver he learned in his Boy Scouts first aid classes. The obstruction was cleared, and the student resumed breathing. Teachers nearby were called over, but by the time they arrived, Joel had taken care of the situation.

Joel is involved in sports in school, including football, basketball, and track. He also attends seminary. He is in the Rock Springs First Ward.

A Step Ahead

Craig Lawson of the Northridge First Ward, Los Angeles California Chatsworth Stake, has proven to be an outstanding athlete and student leader.

Craig has won many national and international competitions in his age group in track and crosscountry running. He appeared in a national sports magazine as a possible up-and-coming Olympian.

At school, Craig served as student-body president of his junior high and is an excellent student. At church, he served as president of his teachers quorum.

Triple Winner

J. D. Williams placed first in three events in the Oregon State track meet for youth ages 9–14. In his age bracket, he won in every event he qualified for. He took the blue ribbon in the long jump and the 200-meter dash, and ran the anchor leg of the winning 400-meter relay.

J. D. is about to become a deacon in the Ontario Second Ward, Ontario Oregon Stake.

Top in Arts

Emily Pearson of Walnut Creek, California, was selected as one of 30 young theater students from across the nation invited to spend five days in Florida. She was a winner in the National Arts Recognition and Talent Search sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Emily auditioned with more than 5,500 young artists. She placed in the top 30 in the theater category. She also received an honorable mention in the music category. She enjoys performing and hopes to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Emily is a Laurel in the Walnut Creek Second Ward, Walnut Creek California Stake.

Super Missionary

Maria Reilly of Rochdale Second Ward, Ashton England Stake, is working hard on her goal of going on a mission. Already she has introduced the gospel to her mother and brother, a former boss, and five of her friends. She has also been enthusiastic about giving out copies of the Book of Mormon and telling others about the Church.

Maria graduated from early-morning seminary, where she did extremely well in scripture mastery.

First Eagle

Fleming E. Harumi of the Saipan Branch, Guam, earned his Eagle Scout Award, becoming the first Micronesian to ever receive the award. Fleming was introduced to the Church after he joined the LDS-sponsored Scout troop.

The award was presented to him in a court of honor conducted by the lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Fleming is planning to serve a mission next year.

Top Senior

Tamara Lee Stanko of the Franklin First Ward, Franklin Idaho Stake, had an outstanding senior year in school. She was active in Chamber Choir and Renaissance Club and served on the Executive Council. She was head cheerleader and mascot for her high school. She also had a leading role in the school’s musical production.

In addition, Tamara was chosen Miss Franklin County Junior Miss. She was one of six finalists in the state competition.

In her free time, Tamara studies the piano, sings, plays the clarinet, and enjoys sports.

Ward Pianist

Caroline Anne James of the Liverpool First Ward, Liverpool England Stake, is serving as ward pianist and as Laurel class president. She is working toward becoming a teacher and has passed her O levels in Art and English.

Caroline has had some excellent examples to follow in her four older brothers. All four served missions, and two have been married, both in the temple.

In addition to her schoolwork, Caroline is in her third year of seminary. She enjoys participating in Church activities such as sports and drama festivals.

Young Soloist

Tauna May of the Groveland First Ward, Blackfoot Idaho Stake, has won the Ruth Sayer Phoenix Young Artist Competition Award. She performed as a piano soloist with the Idaho State Civic Symphony.

Tauna commented about her performance with the symphony. “I auditioned for four years before being chosen as a soloist and, believe me, the wait was worth it. I love being an LDS youth because it sets us apart, makes us special. There are so many, many temptations in the way of our eternal goal. The Church is there; the plan is all laid out. All we have to do is follow it like we follow the notes and markings on sheet music; and our life, like our piece, will turn out beautifully.”

Tauna is an excellent student. She is on the school’s volleyball, basketball, and track teams. She has also served as president of her Mia Maid class.

Award Winner

Chrisanna Weech was awarded the $1,500 Holiday Bowl Garland Memorial Scholarship. The award is open to all graduating senior athletes in the San Diego, California, area.

The award is based on athletic skill, scholarship, leadership, extracurricular activities, an essay, and an interview. Although she stands just five feet, two inches, Chrisanna has played varsity basketball on her high school team. She has also participated in church sports and in city league soccer and softball. She was a member of Outdoor Club, Bike Club, Math Club. In addition, Chrisanna was on the school’s academic decathlon team and participated in National Honor Society and the California Scholastic Federation.

Chrisanna is Laurel president in the Poway Third Ward, Poway California Stake.

[photo] Tracy Lynn Rivest

[photo] Taylor Flake

[photo] Brooke Stanton

[photo] Craig Lawson

[photo] Emily Pearson

[photo] Maria Reilly

[photo] Fleming E. Harumi

[photo] Tamara Lee Stanko

[photo] Tauna May

[photo] Chrisanna Weech