I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming. … This all sounds very strenuous and serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it’s no longer so. I feel happy—deep down. All is well. —Katherine Mansfield
Student of the Year
Brooke Bunker of the Chesapeake Ward, Baltimore Maryland Stake, was selected as sixth-grade Student of the Year by the faculty of her middle school. Her selection was based on academic achievement, sense of responsibility, cooperation with peers and school staff, and school spirit.
Brooke also enjoys playing clarinet in the band.
David G. Lewis of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was awarded a plaque from his high school for having the highest average in math in his class. He was also on the honor roll all year.
David loves sports, swimming, and fishing. He is one of two LDS students in his junior high school. He is a teacher in the Chattanooga Second Ward and has enjoyed attending his first year of seminary.
The youth of the Southglenn Second Ward, Littleton Colorado Stake, took a personal interest in helping furnish the nursery for the Denver Temple. After all, the temple was literally next door.
The youth chose to build and furnish a dollhouse. They planned the project carefully and, with the help of a ward member, built a sturdy wooden dollhouse. Each class and quorum was assigned certain rooms to decorate and furnish.
The Laurels and priests were assigned to put wooden siding and shake shingles on the outside. It was a challenge to cut and fit each piece properly, and it became a weekly activity.
As each group took a special interest in doing their best on the dollhouse, they had a little side benefit. They learned some points about coordinating colors, arranging furniture, and cooperation. After a thousand hours of labor, the dollhouse was put on display at the ward before it was presented to the temple presidency.
Jillaine Wibiral of the San Andreas Ward, Lodi California Stake, has varied interests that have led to a well-balanced life.
Jill, as her family and friends call her, was an honor roll student throughout her high school career and graduated with honors. She was active in Future Business Leaders and sang with a jazz performing group that performed as a benefit to the community.
In addition, Jill played three sports each year, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. She played on the championship volleyball and basketball teams.
In her ward, Jill served in her Young Women classes as well as serving as seminary president before graduating as a four-year student from the seminary program.
Math and Science
Brian Bailey, a teacher in the Roanoke Rapids Ward, Goldsboro North Carolina Stake, is pursuing his interest in math and science. He was among 200 sophomores statewide selected to attend the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He was selected based on grades, essays, teacher recommendations, and aptitude test scores.
Brian is active in several school clubs and sings with the chorus. He serves as the teachers quorum president in his ward.
Jill Seawell of Salisbury, Maryland, was honored for her athletic ability and her participation on her school teams. She was voted Most Valuable Player for volleyball, and she was the only underclassman voted to the first team all-conference for volleyball and baseball.
In basketball Jill tied the school single game scoring record of 43 points and broke the record for single season total points. She was the first junior and second player in school history to score over 1,000 points.
In addition to sports, Jill served as junior class president. She was the secretary in her Laurel class and president of her early-morning seminary class. She says, “The Church has taught me the importance of keeping my body in good condition, and my mind keen and alert.”
Jill is a member of the Salisbury Ward, Wilmington Delaware Stake.
Sally Hales is following in her brother Christopher’s footsteps, both in sports and in service to their school. Both have served as senior class presidents and both graduated from early-morning seminary. Sally was an outstanding runner on the cross-country team, and both have been valuable additions to their church basketball teams.
Sally served as Laurel class president, and Chris is serving as a missionary in the Mexico Torreon Mission. They are from the Binghamton Ward, Ithaca New York Stake.
Peaks to Paddles
Summer means Summiteer outings. The culmination of the Campcrafter program offers young women a chance to face a new challenge. Summiteers in Bremerton, Washington, took to the water in canoes while the Summiteers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, climbed Pikes Peak.
The Bremerton Washington Stake took advantage of the beautiful lakes in their area when planning their outing. They chose Lake Ozette to explore by canoe. They discovered the beauties of nature and the power of prayer in helping them overcome some difficulties.
The Colorado Springs Colorado Stake tackled the trail to the top of Pikes Peak. It was the first Summiteer trip ever attempted by the stake for Young Women. Although the young women were aware of the difficulties, they found the stamina and strength to make the top and received a great sense of accomplishment and love for nature.
Walk for Cameron
The youth of the Tallahassee Third Ward, Tallahassee Florida Stake, organized a special Walk-a-Thon in an effort to raise money for the Cameron Paige leukemia fund. Little four-year-old Cameron and his family are members of the Tallahassee Second Ward.
The youth made arrangements for a safe route. The group made an early start to avoid the heat and set a brisk pace to avoid any early-morning traffic. At the end of the route, reporters were waiting to record their efforts.
The youth concluded their walk with a dip in a local spring and a picnic. As the group compared blisters or more serious reactions to the exercise, they were more sympathetic to the pain and discomfort that little Cameron experiences.
Michael Woodhouse of the Oakley Third Ward, Oakley Idaho Stake, was selected to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study in England. He recently graduated from the College of Idaho in Caldwell.
Michael served a mission in West Germany. He is a member of the Oakley Third Ward, Oakley Idaho Stake.
Michael Theriot, a teacher in the Baton Rouge Second Ward, Baton Rouge Louisiana Stake, has won top honors in the Louisiana Mathcounts Competition. He took first place at the state level in both individual and special topics competition.
He led his state Mathcounts team to the national competition.
Rated No. 1
Tiffany Hall of the Mt. Vernon Branch, Columbus Ohio Stake, received a number one rating at the All Ohio State Music Contest playing the clarinet. She was also selected to play the B flat and E flat clarinets in the Columbus Ohio Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Tiffany served as president of her Laurel class.
Super Youth Day
The youth of Calgary Alberta West Stake planned a big day devoted to service. The project included holding car washes in several locations and donating the money collected to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. But the weather had something to say in the matter. Their plans were not only rained out; they were snowed out.
Instead of washing dirty cars, the youth turned their brushes and buckets to the windows and baseboards of two chapels. After a thorough job, they turned the rest of the day into a fun time with food and volleyball.
The Super Saturday activity concluded with a banquet and special speaker. In the testimonies borne by several young people, they mentioned learning a vivid lesson about being flexible and dealing with life’s disappointments.