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Academics

- Kent Walther of the Anchorage 6th Ward, Anchorage Alaska Stake, was recently honored as the winner of one of two Alaska AP State Scholar awards. The award, presented by the Alaska Department of Education, is in recognition of college-level achievement on advanced placement examinations. Kent is currently attending Harvard University.

- Scott Turner of the Radford Branch, New River Virginia Stake, recently scored a perfect 1600 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, a college entrance exam. Scott, 18, is in his fourth year of seminary and is 1st assistant in the priests quorum presidency. He is the first student at Radford High School to record a perfect score on the SAT.

Athletics

- Camille DeLoach of the Union 12th Ward, Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake, swept the karate Super Grands World Games VI in San Antonio, Texas, in January. She took first place overall in karate forms and sparring against competitors from around the world. She competed in the 18-and-over women's black-belt division. She operates a karate studio and manages the karate careers of her five children.

- Marty Duffin of the Missoula 1st Ward, Missoula Montana Stake, and Brian Toone of the University Ward, Missoula Montana Stake, played for the University of Montana football team in the NCAA 1-AA National championship game recently. Montana beat Marshall 22-20 to win the title. Duffin, who served in the Brazil Brazilia Mission, and Toone are both defensive linemen.

- Logan Twitchell, 16, finished sixth in the 90-pound division at the 1995 Silver Gloves National boxing tournament at Marquette, Mich. Logan started suffering from asthma when he was 6 years old and had to be hospitalized several times because of it. However, he began boxing, competing in local and out-of-state tournaments. He has won many California Silver Gloves titles and has also won tournaments in Nevada and Utah.

Military

- Douglas Olauson, a member of the high council in the Silverdale Washington Stake, has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy. He is only the second member of the Church to reach that rank as a Navy chaplain. Brother Olauson became a chaplain in 1979 and has a master's degree in counseling and psychology from BYU. He is currently serving at the Bangor Submarine Base.

Government

- Paul A. Larson of the Great Falls Ward, McLean Virginia Stake, recently received the Meritorious Achievement Silver Medal from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena. The medal is given for exceptional achievement that contributes to the mission or programs of the Department of Transportation. Brother Larson was honored specifically for outstanding leadership of staff charged with preparing benefit and cost analyses of Federal Aviation Administration Rules.

Pageants

- Tiffany Stoker, 21, is reigning 1995 Miss California. Her platform in the California pageant, part of the Miss America Organization, is C.A.R.E. for Teens. It stands for Commitment to Abstinence, Responsibility and Education. She developed the program to promote sexual abstinence among young people. She is a senior at BYU, studying communications and music. She was a soloist for the BYU Young Ambassadors. She is a member of the Orchard View Ward, Fresno California North Stake.

Scouting

- Andrew Hildebrandt of the Potomac South Ward, Washington D.C. Stake, was honored for his service to others by President Bill Clinton at a White House ceremony recently. Andrew earned the tribute by personally handing out clothes he had collected to patients at the Children's Hospital in war-torn Zagreb, Croatia. He collected the coats, sweaters, hats, gloves and other articles of clothing with the help of other members of his Boy Scout troop for his Eagle project. He also arranged with two airlines to have the donated clothing transported free of charge part of the way to Croatia.

Professional

- Robert Winward, director of publications for Weber State University, was recently appointed as one of five directors of the National Board of Directors of the University and College Designers Association. Brother Winward represents Region 5 West which includes 11 western states plus Alaska and Hawaii, and the western provinces of Canada. UCDA's mission is to "promote excellence in visual communications for educational institutions," he said. The association has more than 900 members. Brother Winward is a high councilor in the North Ogden Utah Coldwater Stake.