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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. —Sir Francis Bacon

Going for a Job Interview

Making a good impression on a job interview can be a matter of good manners. Here is a little bit of advice to remember when you are called in to interview for a job.

—Dress nicely but conservatively. No matter what type of clothes your employer or other employees are wearing on the job, dress in nice clothes for the interview without being inappropriate.

—Be on time. Plan ahead so you have plenty of time to arrive, find the correct office, and maybe take a drink of water. Allow a little extra time in case you get lost.

—Stand and put out your hand to shake hands with the interviewer. Remain standing until he or she motions for you to sit.

—Make and maintain eye contact. Look directly at the interviewer while talking. Speak up clearly and with confidence.

—Ask questions about the company. Wait until after you have a job offer before you ask specific questions about salary and vacations.

—At the end of the interview, stand when the interviewer stands. Thank him for his time and shake hands. Ask when you might expect to hear about the job.

—Write a short thank-you note (typewritten). Thank the interviewer for his time and for the chance to learn about his company. Tell him you look forward to hearing from him.

Academic Honors

Barbara Padgett of Morgantown, West Virginia, has received several awards for her outstanding academic record in high school. Barabara was selected as a semifinalist in the United States Presidential Scholars Program. She was also selected to participate in a statewide program for gifted students for four weeks in West Virginia’s Governor’s Honor Academy. Barbara volunteered as a candy striper at the local hospital for three years. She also lettered in track and cross-country. In her ward she served as president of her Beehive, Mia Maid, and Laurel classes.

Two Sports

Michael John-Tate, 16, of the Winchester Ward, Southampton England Stake, has represented his school in every sport. His specialty, however, is English football. He has been invited to apprentice with the Southampton Football Club on a two-year professional contract. He combines weekly team practices with studying for his G.C.E. school exams, completing his seminary work, and being involved with a junior basketball team.

In addition, Michael received a national honor when he was chosen to enter trials for the England Under-17 Football Team.

Matthew Roberts of Wokingham, Berkshire, England, spends time perfecting his golf game. He works as a caddy, which gives him an opportunity to play often besides meeting many famous golfers.

Matthew is also interested in computers, and upon completing his schooling, he was offered a job by one of Britain’s leading computer firms. Matthew served as first assistant in his priests quorum.

Dedicated Girl

Gilinda Bailey of Placerville, California, was dedicated to attending seminary. She graduated from four years of early-morning seminary with perfect attendance. The one day she was out of town and might have missed, she contacted the local stake and attended early-morning seminary in the town she was visiting.

Gilinda played on her high school varsity volleyball and basketball teams. She was named most inspirational player on her basketball team.

In addition to her church and sports activities, she has earned excellent grades. She also served as president of her Laurel class in the Placerville Ward.

Academic Team

Dale Abersold and Doug Creer, both priests in the Lacey First Ward, Olympia Washington Stake, were two mainstays of their high school’s academic decathlon team. These two young men lead their team in winning the Southwest Washington Regional Tournament and to take second in the state competition.

Dale received a gold medal in speech, silver in essay and fine arts, and bronze in mathematics and science. Doug won a gold medal in social studies and a bronze in essay, language, and literature.

Math Whiz

David G. Landon of the Salt Lake Center Ward, Salt Lake Rose Park Stake, has done extremely well in math competitions. As a seventh grader, he achieved the highest score in a math exam given to all math students in his class and the students in high school.

David earned his Eagle Scout while he was age 12, earning his On My Honor award as well. He was elected assistant newsletter editor for the extended learning students at his school.

David serves as president of his deacons quorum, and on the stake youth council.

Youth Scientist

Brent Beal of the Toledo Ward, Centralia Washington Stake, was selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp held in West Virginia. He is one of two students from his state invited to attend on the basis of high achievement in science or math. Brent was also a state finalist in the Westinghouse science talent search and participated on his school’s knowledge bowl team.

In addition, Brent was on the varsity basketball team and in choir, band, and Alpine club.

Two Brothers

Rex and Scott Burnett are brothers on the same varsity wrestling team in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are both Eagle Scouts. Rex, a senior, has four years of perfect attendance at early-morning seminary; and Scott, a junior, has perfect attendance for three years.

They are members of the Tulsa Fifth Ward, Tulsa Oklahoma East Stake, where Rex is president of his quorum and of seminary.

First Place

David Call, 14, of Safford, Arizona, placed first in a state math contest in his division. He earned a plaque for himself and another for his school. He made an impressive showing against students in high grades as well.

In addition, David took first place in an algebra contest held by the Arizona State University Engineering Department. Both contests are challenging for math students in the state, and to win both is impressive.

David also enjoys participating in sports and Scouting. In his first year of high school, he has earned an academic letter for a straight-A grade point and an athletic letter for wrestling. David serves as president of his teacher’s quorum in the Safford Fifth Ward.

Smiling Mormon Girl

LaDawn Murphy has become known as the smiling Mormon girl who likes everything.

At an awards ceremony at her school, LaDawn was recognized for her involvement in many activities. She served on the student council; was on the high honor roll; played on the girls’ varsity basketball, volleyball, track, and softball teams; and was on the varsity cheerleading team.

LaDawn attends the Escola Americana de Campinas in Brazil, where her father is serving as mission president in the Brazil Campinas Mission.

Essay Winner

Jim Hamilton, 12, of Lompoc, California, really knows how to express himself on paper. He won first place in an essay contest sponsored by the PTA. He placed first in the city and in the county competition.

Jim is a good student. He plays the coronet and is active in Scouting and in his deacons quorum in the Lompoc Third Ward.

National Ranking

Travis Gittins of Hyrum, Utah, took first place in the nation in his weight class in wrestling. He participated in the All Star Tournament at the University of Pittsburgh.

Travis maintains a balance in his life, maintaining good grades and enjoying sports. He was an all-state linebacker on the football team, and he plays catcher in baseball.

Travis also served as president of Hyrum seminary, which includes 1,200 seminary students.

Two from Nevada

Joyce Valentine of the Dayton Branch, Carson City Nevada Stake, was named as salutatorian of her senior class. She also served as the Laurel class president.

Jodi Scott is active in music. She has played the flute for three years in her school band. She is also a straight-A student. She serves as Beehive class president in the Dayton Branch.

Magic Moments

You know what to expect at girls’ camp—tents, outdoor cooking, dirt.

During a week spent in the high mountains of southern Utah, girls and leaders from the Las Vegas East Stake found something more, something magic. They discovered in each of their fellow campers something special to love.

Mary Beth Long, a first-year camper, came to camp reluctantly, but that soon changed. “Our camp leaders are crazy. You should have seen what they did!” What they did had something to do with a zany sense of humor and red licorice in their ears. Somewhere between flag ceremonies and foil dinners, magic touched Mary Beth’s heart, and she knew her leaders loved her. “I will never be the same person I was before girls’ camp,” she exclaimed.

Becky Roller had cerebral palsy as an infant, and it left one leg twisted. At camp, that was all but forgotten. “It’s one place where everyone treats me as an equal,” she said.

This year Becky’s goal was to complete the fourth-level certificate. “The five-mile hike through the mountains was the biggest challenge,” she admits. “In a marshy spot I fell and couldn’t get up, but my friends came back. They wouldn’t leave me.

With the help of her friends, she made it. It was one more magic moment, and the magic of the moment was love.

[photo] Photography by Jed Clark

[photos] Michael John-Tate; Matthew Roberts

[photo] Gilinda Bailey

[photo] Brent Beal

[photo] Rex and Scott Burnett

[photo] David Call

[photo] LaDawn Murphy

[photo] Jim Hamilton

[photo] Travis Gittins