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Wins grand prize

RENO, NEV.

Courtney West, 15, of the Mt. Rose (Nev.) 2nd Ward, won the grand prize in the McCall's Pattern Company's national Sew and Show contest. She combined several dress patterns for her winning combination. She has been a two-time state winner in the Make-it-Yourself-With-Wool Contest.

Weather watcher

COALVILLE, UTAH

C. Bryant Copley, a high priest in the Coalville (Utah) 1st Ward, received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Copley was honored for his "continued and faithful and diligent service as the volunteer weather observer at Coalville since 1949." He has been gospel doctrine teacher, with few interruptions, since 1929.

Oldest cager

REXBURG, IDAHO

Cory Kidd of the Rexburg (Idaho) 3rd Ward, is one of the oldest players in junior college basketball. At 33, he's a first-year player at Ricks College. After being away from college basketball for more than 14 years, Kidd, a father of four, hopes to become a basketball coach.

He's the first

FRESNO, CALIF.

Dr. Brent R. Ekins of the Fresno (Calif.) 9th Ward, was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Sierra Society of Hospital Pharmacy, which represents hospital pharmacists in central California. Ekins, the first non-dispensing pharmacist in the organization's history to be given the award, directs the Fresno Regional Poison Control Center of Fresno Community Hospital and Medical Center.

Government honors

ANNANDALE, VA.

Larry D. Morey, first counselor in the Annandale Virginia Stake, received the Larry D. Boucher Award for outstanding integrity and efficiency in public service. Morey, assistant inspector for investigations in the Department of Health and Human Services, directs a nationwide staff that conducts investigations of criminal wrongdoing. He also was selected to receive the Law Enforcement Leadership award.

Dedicated therapist

LANSING, MICH.

JoAnn V. Bush, spiritual living teacher in the Sterling Heights Ward, Bloomfield Hills Michigan Stake, received the Outstanding Occupational Therapist of 1987 award from the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association in ceremonies here. Sister Bush is senior clinician at the Rehabilitation Institute of Detroit.

A top husband

Steven Philpott of the Newark (Ohio) Ward, was one of 25 Husband of the Year finalists and won a trip to Hawaii, with his wife, Gale. He was selected as one of the finalists on the basis of a letter that Gale, who is blind, wrote about her husband.

National record

PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH

Jared Passmor, 9, of the Manila 4th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Manila Stake, set the national record in the long jump competition in his age group at Hershey's Track and Field Tournament in Hershey Pa. He leaped 7 feet, 9 3/4 inches to beat the old record by 2 1/2 inches.

Multiple missionaries

The following families have three or more missionaries serving:

- Blaine Yorgason, stake mission president in the Highland Utah Stake and his wife, Kathy, have daughter Tami serving in Manchester, England, and sons Nathan in Phoenix, Ariz., and Steven in Oslo, Norway.

- Pres. Richard V. Pedersen, first counselor in the Idaho Falls Idaho Ammon West Stake, and his wife, Janice, have daughters Kristin in Okayama, Japan, and Lynette in Curitaba, Brazil, and son Todd in the Dominican Republic.

- Elder Clarence H. and Sister Joyce C. Tilley are serving in Rochester, N.Y. and their son Jeffrey is in Arcadia, Calif.

- Richard and Julia Hirsch of the Provo Utah Edgemont South Stake have sons William in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Terry in Melbourne, Australia, and daughter Heather in Vancouver, British Columbia.

- William R. and Clarina Ruesch of the Trona (Calif.) Ward have daughters Michele serving in Manchester, N.H., and Cynthia in Taejon, Korea, and son Michael in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wins national title

RALEIGH, N.C.

Tyler Bushnell, 10, wrapped up an undefeated cross country racing season recently by winning the Junior Olympics National Cross Country championship for his age group and was named an All-American. His brother, Jason, 16, finished 21st in his age group to make the All-American team. Another brother, Whitney, 9, earned All-American honors by finishing 25th, while sister, Natasha, also competed. They are members of the Philomath Ward, Corvallis Oregon Stake.

Four are presidents

POCATELLO, IDAHO

Newell Packer and the late Eleanor Foxall Packer of the Pocatello (Idaho) 32nd Ward, have four daughters serving as Relief Society presidents; Bonnie Stowell in the Bellevue (Wash.) 6th Ward; Carol Miller in the Pocatello (Idaho) Tyhee 37th Ward; Marlene Packer in the Sacramento (Calif.) Foothill Ward; and Janice Hunsaker in the Murray (Utah) 5th Ward.

Outstanding teacher

BORON, CALIF.

Richard M. Clark, high councilor from the North Edwards Ward, Palmdale California Stake, was selected Kern County Teacher of the Year. Clark is known as a versatile teacher whose efforts in math curriculum have better prepared students for high school and college math courses.

Top executive

DALLAS, TEXAS

Rick Smith, elders quorum instructor in the Laurelgen Ward, Bakersfield California Stake, received the 1987 California League Executive of the Year Award in Dallas. Smith is general manager of the Bakersfield Dadgers Class A baseball team. The team drew 38 percent more fans in 1987 than in 1986, the largest increase among the country's 56 Class A teams.

Saves energy

LAS VEGAS, NEV.

Gerald N. Leavitt, storehouse keeper for the bishops storehouse here, won the 1987 National Energy Efficiency Award in Housing. A former bishop of the Las Vegas (Nev.) 35th Ward, Leavitt also received the same award from Nevada's governor for the building programs of a concrete homes company he owns.

Shooter excels

CEDAREDGE, COLO.

Roger Lowry, first counselor in the bishopric of the Cedaredge (Colo.) Ward, won two national titles at the National Police Revolver Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Lowry, district wildlife manager in the Colorado Division of Wildlife, was crowned as National Police Shotgun Champion for 1987. Using a .38 caliber gun, the 47-year-old Lowry also won the national conservation officer pistol competition for the second time in three years.

Young legislator

RIDGEFIELD, WASH.

Stan Butterfield, 29, of the Salmon Creek (Wash.) Ward became the youngest and only LDS member of the Washington House of Representatives. He was appointed recently by the county commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz counties in southwest Washington. Butterfield lost to incumbent Linda Smith last November by less than 2 percent, but was appointed to take her place when she became a state senator. He is a communications consultant.

Author interviewed

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Janet Reakes, professional genealogist and a author of 10 books, was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company for one of its reports covering Australia's Bicentennial Celebration. Sister Reakes, a member of the Bankstown Ward, Sydney Australia Mortdale Stake, regularly appears on Australia's largest national television variety show, The Ray Martin Midday Show.

Versatile clogger

AIKEN, S.C.

Kelly Lee, a 13-year-old Beehive in the Aiken (S.C.) Ward, recently was named to the 1987 All-American Clogging Team by the American Clogging Hall of Fame. Kelly was selected for her versatility.

Leads Boy Scouts

CHEYENNE, WYO.

Leo C. Smith, high councilor in the Cheyenne Wyoming Stake and a former president of the Houston Texas Scout Stake, has been elected president of the Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America. As the highest ranking volunteer in the council, Smith will help oversee 14,500 Scouts in northeastern Colorado, eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. He is president of the Wycon Chemical Company in Cheyenne.