“In the Spotlight,” Ensign, Apr. 1995, 69
California’s Twenty-ninth Assembly District has named Bette Worthen of the Visalia Fourth Ward, Visalia California Stake, its 1994 Woman of the Year. Sister Worthen, who received the honor during a special ceremony on the assembly floor, has worked in the office of assemblyman Bill Jones for twelve years.
Utah Governor Michael Leavitt has appointed the state’s first director for Polynesian affairs. Fineasi M. Nau of the Bonneville Fourth Ward, Provo Utah Bonneville Stake, will work closely with the governor’s Polynesian Advisory Council to build unity and solve problems within the Polynesian community, as well as increase awareness of one of the state’s fastest growing ethnic populations.
The Penn State Nittany Lions men’s volleyball team, coached by Tom Peterson, recently won the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship. Brother Peterson, a member of the State College Ward, Altoona Pennsylvania Stake, has coached at Penn State for six years. He was also named Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Susan Tjarks of the Mitchell Ward, Sioux Falls South Dakota Stake, was recently selected as one of the one hundred most influential women in South Dakota. Sister Tjarks, who has lupus, serves on the Mitchell School Board and has spent hundreds of hours in community service.
Members of Parliament from both parties recently honored sixteen-year-old Mark Grant as the Most Outstanding Prime Minister in the national Motorola Youth Parliament Competition. Mark, a member of the Nuneaton Ward, Coventry England Stake, attended a special reception at the House of Commons, Westminster, London, to receive a prize.