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Athletics

- Melissa Boyle, a Laurel in the Hickories Ward, Eagle Idaho Stake, was named All-USA Honorable Mention by USA Today for her accomplishments in girls high school basketball. She also received all-conference and all-state honors in volleyball and basketball. She led her high school basketball team to the 1998 Idaho State Girls Championship.

Centenarian

- Orson Curtis Raymond started an auto and farm machinery repair business many years ago, and now in his 101st year, continues to be involved in the management and operation of his two repair shops. He was born in 1898 in Plain City, Utah, and moved to Menan, Idaho, with his family at age 9. He married Beatrice Miller in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 8, 1927. She died Jan. 24, 1998. Their posterity numbers two children, nine grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was a farmer, in addition to his repair business, and was active in civic and religious affairs. He resides in the Menan 2nd Ward, Menan Idaho Stake, where he celebrated his 100th birthday on Feb. 26.

Honors

- Jennifer Eschler was named by the Tandy Corp., as one of America's top 200 students for accomplishments in academics and community service. In addition to being valedictorian and associated student body president for her 1998 graduating class, she volunteers four days a week at a local elementary school to teach Spanish to fifth grade students. She was chosen by the Elks' Club as Oregon's "most valuable student." She is secretary in her Laurel class in the Coquille Ward, Coos Bay Oregon Stake.

- Timothy M. Neville of the Hailey 2nd Ward, Carey Idaho Stake, received the Idaho "Speech Arts Teacher of the Year" award. He has served as president of the Idaho Speech Arts Teachers Association and has been active in speech arts programs at the state level.

Academics

- Stephen Sturdevant, a priest in the Parkwood Ward, Austin Texas Oak Hills Stake, will represent the United States as part of a 15-member team in international competition at the Olympiada of Spoken Russian in Moscow in July. He qualified by winning the Texas State Gold Medal. The Olympiada program is a forum where students of Russian from 57 countries demonstrate language skills and compete for medals. The Olympiada is held every four years.