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Kristen McGowan, Magna, met with Wayne Owens last month in Washington D.C. during a special seminar.

- Kristen McGowan meets with Wayne Owens:Kristen McGowan of Magna met last month with Rep. Wayne Owens in Washington, D.C., as part of a weeklong Union Carbide Washington Workshops congressional seminar. There were 148 students from 29 states involved in the program, which gave students a firsthand look at how the national government works.

- Virginia Croft honored by St. Marks:

Croft is a new volunteer at St. Mark's Hospital, and although she has been there only a short time, she has been willing to fill in at the last minute and has done so many times. Co-workers say she has a wonderful sense of humor and is a delight to work with.

She makes the public feel welcome and is very helpful with incoming patients.

- Denise Johanesen honored:

Denise Johanesen earned the "Courtesy Is Contagious Award" for May from the Utah Public Employees Association. She is an administration secretary for Salt Lake County Aging Services.

- Miss Salt Lake Scholarship Pageant:

Julie Ray Peacock was crowned the new Miss Salt Lake Valley in a contest at Evergreen Junior High. Melissa Taylor was the first runner-up, and Dawn Carol Webber was the second attendant.

Peacock is a former University of Utah student and is the daughter of Lois and Hal Ray Peacock. Taylor is the daughter of Scott and Sandy Taylor. She plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall. Webber is the daughter of Marie Webber and attends the U.

Peacock will end her reign by competing in the Miss Utah Scholarship Contest in June 1992.

- Semifinalist for Teen Magazine's "Sportsgirl of the Year."

Sara Gardner, 15, Clearfield, was recently named a regional semifinalist for Teen Magazine's "Sportsgirl of the Year" award.

Her track and field abilities have made her eligible to compete for a $10,000 scholarship. She is one of 288 semifinalists, chosen from among 1,000 entrants.

- College/graduation briefs:

Linda Merrill, Salt Lake City, was among 2,300 graduates last month from the University of Pennsylvania . . . Caryn Egbert, daughter of John and Judie Egbert of Salt Lake City, has been placed on the president's list for her outstanding achievement this past spring at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. . . . Richard Daniel Fuller of Salt Lake City received his bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University this past spring . . . Michelle Jacqueline Melendez of Salt Lake City re-ceived her bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, last month . . . M. Susan Beck and Elizabeth B. Willis, both of Salt Lake City, received their diplomas in May from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. . . . James F. Scott II, Kaysville, recently graduated cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.. . . Lara Patricia Ott, Salt Lake City, was named to the dean's honor list at the University of Mississippi this past spring . . . Pennilyn Higgins, Salt Lake City, was on the dean's list at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., this past spring . . . Sanjay B. Suthar of Salt Lake has graduated from the Ross Medical School on the island of Dominica . . . Catherine Renee Leining of Salt Lake made the Dean's List at Duke University this past spring . . . Bonnie S. Thigpen of Salt Lake has been hired as a resident assistant at Ball State University for the coming academic year . . . Glenden B. Brown of Salt Lake received the bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College in Iowa this past spring . . . Janine Merrill of Bountiful and Richard Martinez of Salt Lake were two dental students named to the spring Dean's List at the University of Iowa . . . Maureen Diedrich, Salt Lake, graduated from Saint Mary's College during May . . . Susan White of Salt Lake has been accepted for admission to Cottey College (Nevada) next fall . . . Kandace Prisbrey of Salt Lake was honored by the University of Idaho's Phi Upsilon Omicron honorary society this spring . . . Jennifer Lee Johnson of Salt Lake received a degree in commercial aviation from Memphis State University last month . . . Matthew Griffin and Leah Duran, both of Salt Lake have received scholarships to attend Carroll College in Montana next fall . . . Kristin Elaine Loebbecke of Salt Lake graduate from Whitman College last month . . .

- National Scholar/Athlete Awards:

The U.S. Army Reserve recently named the top National Scholar/Athlete Award Winners in this area: Quen Cannon and Libby Romney from Highland High School . . . Jim Hoggan and Jolyn Frohlich from Olympus High . . . Justin Weidaver and Deena Terashima from Cottonwood High and Richard Bassett and Amanada Miller from Viewmont High School.