Making the News

Even though he’s only 13, Matt Worsham writes a column for the Provo Daily Herald and has interviewed celebrities such as Larry King, LaVell Edwards, Kurt Bestor, and Richard Paul Evans. But Matt’s disabled brother was the celebrity of one of Matt’s favorite articles, “Learning from My Brother, Daniel.” Matt serves as deacons quorum secretary in the Orem Second Ward, Orem Utah Stake.

A Musician with Tradition

Wanting to carry on a family tradition, 17-year-old Amanda Keawe learned her Hawaiian music skills from her grandmother, Auntie Genoa Keawe, who is famous for falsetto voice singing. “Somebody told me one time, ‘Someone needs to carry on your grandmother’s tradition. Because when she goes on, all her songs will be lost and we’re only going to have records,’” explains Amanda. “I would like to carry on the tradition.”

As Amanda performs in prestigious concerts in Hawaii and Japan, her grandmother sometimes joins her. “Every time I sing with my grandmother, I’m always the happiest,” says Amanda, a Laurel in the Auwaiolimu Ward, Honolulu Hawaii Stake.

Key Players

When Olive Fugal was released after 75 years as organist for the Woodbridge Ward, New Haven Connecticut Stake, her grandson, Tim Sancher, was ready to take over. Fifteen-year-old Tim, who had learned to play the organ from his grandmother, became the ward’s second youngest organist ever. The youngest? Grandma Olive, who became the ward organist at age 14.

Two other young organists, 13-year-old Kent Daniels of the Hailey First Ward, Carey Idaho Stake, and Freja Cross, 15, of the Normanhurst Ward, Sydney Australia Greenwich Stake, also play for their wards.

Glad Scientists

After discovering which grasses are less likely to produce allergenic molds, Preston Cardinet and Joshua Miller, both 12, were chosen to represent the state of California in the Bayer National Science Foundation Awards. Their discovery made it possible to plant in public areas grasses that are less likely to cause allergy-related health problems. Preston and Joshua are deacons in the Roseville Second Ward, Roseville California Stake.