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PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH

Business

- Richard Madsen, ZCMI chief executive officer and vice chairman, is one of 12 winners in Financial World magazine's 21st annual Chief Executive Officer of the Year Awards competition. Brother Madsen, president of the Salt Lake Mt. Olympus North Stake, was selected by his peers for executive excellence in leadership and business achievement. He was a bronze medal winner in Financial World's 1994 CEO of the Year competition.

Music

- Richard Kirk Moore of the Memphis 2nd Ward, Memphis Tennessee Stake, had his piano composition entry for the 1994-95 school year chosen "Best Overall" in the state by the Tennessee PTA Cultural Arts Committee. He was selected for the honor from among entries in four divisions (primary, elementary, junior high and senior high). A freshman at Germantown High School, Richard titled his entry: "Elegy: A Tribute to Beethoven - One of the Greatest Musical Discoverers." Last year he placed first in his division and in the top 16 nationally in the same contest. A bassoonist, he is a member of the Germantown High School Varsity Band. He is an honor student.

- Matt Cavanaugh of the Sitka Branch, Alaska Anchorage Mission, performed with the ACDA National Honor Boys Choir in Washington, D.C., in March. The only member of the 163-member choir from Alaska, Matt was chosen through an audition last summer. The choir sang in Constitution Hall for nearly 3,000 people. Matt is an 8th grader at Blatchley Middle School.

- Leah Marie Brayton, 13, was chosen to be a member of the Oake National Children's Honors Choir. Director Christine Jordanoff led the choir in rehearsals and a performance in Minneapolis, Minn., in March. Leah was one of 120 singers selected through an audition-tape process. She is a member of the Fargo Ward, Fargo North Dakota Stake.

Centenarians

- Fern H. Lake of the Rigby 5th Ward, Rigby Idaho Stake, turned 100 years old March 8. She was born in Harrisville, Utah, to Martin Dennison and Lilly Harris. She married James Morgan Lake in the Salt Lake Temple in 1915. He died in 1980. Sister Lake served with her husband in the Idaho Falls Temple, where she was assistant matron, for 14 years. She has four children, 18 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

- Ida Palmer Nielson of the Blanding 4th Ward, Blanding Utah West Stake, turned 100 years old March 13. She was born in Corrales, Mexico, to James and Myrtle Olive Black Palmer. She left Mexico with her family when she was 17 years old. She married Joseph Edward Nielson in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 24, 1914. He died in 1963. Sister Nielson has held several Church callings and served a stake mission with her husband. She has seven children, 32 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren and lives in the home where she has resided for the past 73 years.

- Otto Klietz of the German Speaking Ward, Salt Lake Central Stake, turned 100 years old on March 12. He was born in Halberstadt, Germany, and joined the Church in that country in 1946. After he was arrested for holding Church meetings in his home, he emigrated from East Germany to the United States with the help of Mission President Walter Stover because of fear of further persecution over his religious activities. After his first wife, Martha, died, in 1970, he married his second wife, Maria, who died in 1980. His third wife, Charlotte, died in 1991. He has four children. Brother Klietz served for 17 years as finance clerk in the German Speaking Ward.

Academics

- Shawn Jones of the Lincoln City Ward, Dallas Oregon Stake, finished first in Oregon state competition for the Elks National Scholastic Foundation Scholarship. He started at the local level in the competition and has won $6,700 in scholarship money. A senior at Taft High School, Shawn is president of Future Business Leaders of America and president of Future Family and Community Leaders.

Scouting

- Greg Bredthauer, a Cub Scout in the Farmington 18th Ward, Farmington Utah South Stake, who is the recipient of a heroism award for rescuing his cousin from an icy creek, was among American youth who met March 13 with President Clinton to report on Scouting activities during 1994. Greg, 10, rescued Dylan Nelson, then 2, last year from a creek near Pinedale, Wyo. In Washington, D.C., as part of a seven-member delegation, Greg represented some 4.2 million youth who participate in Scouting in the Report to the Nation, which is traditionally presented to the president and members of Congress. He is a fifth-grader at Reading Elementary School in Centerville, Utah.

Athletics

- LeGrand Sakamaki, 17, won the 1995 National Junior Weightlifting Championship in the 130-pound class at Savannah, Ga., in March. He was chosen Outstanding Lifter of the meet. LeGrand snatched a new Junior National record of 242 pounds and cleaned and jerked 292 pounds. The total of 534 pounds was a Junior National record for the 20-and-under age division. It was Legrand's fourth Junior National title and the second year he was chosen as Outstanding Lifter. He will represent the United States at the World Junior Weightlifting Championships in Poland in July. LeGrand is a priest in the Ainaola Ward, Hilo Hawaii Stake.

- Christian Niccum and his partner won the gold medal in the doubles luge competition at the Junior World Championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., in February. Christian, a member of the Woodinville 2nd Ward, Bothell Washington Stake, also took the gold in the overall Junior World Cup competition with his partner, Matt McClain. Christian, who started competing at age 12, is a member of the U.S. Junior Luge Team.

- Seth Shamp of the Essex Ward, Montpelier Vermont Stake, recently led Mount Mansfield Union High School to its first-ever Vermont state basketball championship and then was named Division I Player of the Year. Seth, a 6-foot, 5-inch tall 17-year-old senior, scored 12 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in his school's 43-40 win over St. Johnsbury in the championship game.

Professional

- Machael B. Shea of the Hazeldale Ward, Cedar Mill Oregon Stake, has been elected Western Region President of the American Compensation Association, a not-for-profit human resources association of more than 16,000 employee compensation and benefits practitioners. In the capacity of region president he will also serve a two-year term on the association's national board of directors. Brother Shea is the corporate director of compensation for Legacy Heath System in Portland, Ore.

Pageants

- Teri Clark of the Freedom Ward, Thayne Wyoming Stake, has been crowned Wyoming's 1995 Junior Miss and will enter the national competition in Mobile, Ala., in June. A senior at Star Valley High School, Teri is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the student council. She is a cheerleader, track and basketball competitor, and has played the string bass with Wyoming's all-state orchestra.

Contests

- Danny Inkley of the Chase Lane Ward, Centerville Utah North Stake, was honored in Washington, D.C., in March as second place winner in the national "Voice of Democracy" contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The award included a $15,000 scholarship. Danny, a senior at Bountiful High School, was one of 53 high school students from across the United States hosted by the VFW in the nation's capital for a week.

Government

Allison Mary Sessions of the Loomis 1st Ward, Rocklin California Stake, was recently appointed as a Congressional Page in the United States Congress. She was sponsored by California congressman John Doolittle. While in Washington, D.C., she attends the Oakton Ward, Oakton Virginia Stake, with the congressman's family. Allison is one of 66 congressional pages. A junior at Del Oro High School before her appointment, Allison now attends high school at the Library of Congress. Her school activities have included swim team, student government, art club and school accreditation team.