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David and Elaine Bylund and their seven children - Carma, 20; Eric, 17; Michelle, 15; Kevin, 13; Jenny, 11; Kristen, 8; and Emily, 5 - were recently honored as the Exemplary Family of Omaha at a reception hosted by Mayor P.J. Morgan. They will also receive national recognition as part of the Great American Family Recognition Program for their award. First Lady Barbara Bush serves as honorary chairman of the program. The Bylunds - members of the Rockbrook Ward, Omaha Nebraska Stake - were chosen for their strong values, teamwork, individual growth and community service. Brother Bylund is a Scoutmaster in their ward and Sister Bylund is stake Young Women president.
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.
Roger Evans Baker of East Brunswick, N.J., is spending the 1991-92 academic year in Portugal after receiving a Fulbright grant to do research and study European community law. He is a 1991 graduate of the BYU Law School, and served as a missionary in Portugal. He is a member of the Setubal Ward, Setubal Portugal Stake.
MIDWEST CITY, OKLA.
Cheerleaders from Carl Albert Junior High School in Midwest City swept a 57-team field of cheerleaders from throughout the nation to win the National Cheerleading Association Championship by 33 points. The competition was held in Dallas, Texas. Teresa Wilkerson, sponsor of the group and a member of the Midwest City 1st Ward, Oklahoma City Oklahoma South Stake, led the group to the championship. Two young women on the team are also LDS, living in the same stake. Maria Taitano is in the Midwest City 1st Ward and Jennifer Wagner is in the Midwest City 2nd Ward.
Team claims title
Gerald Hekekia, women's volleyball coach at Eastern Arizona College, coached his team to the National Junior College Athletic Association Volleyball Nationals where the team won the Women's National Volleyball Championship. The team has been rated number one or two in the nation for six years, and finally won the title this year. Five of the 12 girls on the team are members of the Church. Hekekia is a member of the Thatcher 1st Ward, Thatcher Arizona Stake. His coaching assistant is his son, Bruce, a recently returned missionary.
Serves on panel
Steven Terry has been selected by the National Science Foundation to serve on its 1992 review panel for the Teacher Enhancement Program. He is a member of the Rexburg 4th Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake, and is on the Ricks College mathematics faculty. He has served three terms as a vice president in the American Mathematical Association.
WEST JORDAN, UTAH
Norman D. Riggs has been appointed State Coordinator for Retired Teachers, a division of the American Association of Retired Persons. He will coordinate activities for the 13 retired teacher units across the state. He is a member of the Mountain View 4th Ward, West Jordan Utah Mountain View Stake, and serves as a supervising ordinance worker at the Jordan River Temple.
LeGrand Sakamaki, 14, a teacher in the Kilauea 2nd Ward, Hilo Hawaii Stake, won the National Junior Weightlifting Championship in the 114-pound class. The competition was for lifters 20 years old and under. LeGrand's total of 379 1/2 pounds included a 214 1/4 pound clean and jerk, which won him the title. He plans to participate in the Senior National Championships.
Grant L. Tolley, high councilor in the Edmonton Alberta Millwoods Stake, was recently chosen as one of 27 national finalists in the "Prize for Economy in Government" contest, sponsored by the Fraser Institute, an economic think tank based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His proposal, selected from among almost 800 received from across Canada, recommended several reforms to the government budgetary process. Part of the honors included a trip to Ottawa, Canada's capital, to present his proposal to the federal Ministers of Finance and Privatization.
David Oyler, a member of the Arlington Heights 1st Ward, Schaumburg Illinois Stake, traveled to Russia and Sweden as part of TEAM USA to compete in powerlifting contests. TEAM USA won team competitions against both countries and Oyler won his weight class, super heavyweight, in both competitions. He also had the highest lift total of all the participants in the Russian meet.
Three LDS youth were among those who recently attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. April Atkinson of the Lehi 14th Ward, Lehi Utah North Stake, Erin Guinn, of the San Pedro Ward, Palos Verdes California Stake, and Alberto Barros of the Rose Park Center Ward, Salt Lake Rose Park Stake, were chosen to attend the six-day conference for their academic achievement, leadership and citizenship. They were among 350 high school students from across the nation to attend the conference, sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. During the conference they met with key leaders and news makers from the three branches of government, the media and the diplomatic corps.
RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO
Kris Fisher, a 15-year-old member of the Richmond Hill Ward, Brampton Ontario Stake, placed fourth in the 50-meter backstroke at the National Senior Swimming Championships held recently in Winnipeg. He placed in the top eight in other backstroke competitions (the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes) as well. Kris earned a spot on the national youth swim team for his efforts. The team will compete in an eight-nations meet in Sweden this month. He has also been invited to attend the Olympic trials in Montreal in May. Kris made headlines last year when he set a national age-group record of 58.98 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke. The previous record of 59.58 seconds had been set by Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury in 1983.
Margaret Farley Bailey, a member of the Tyler 1st Ward, Gilmer Texas Stake, and a cytotechnologist at the University of Texas Health Center here, recently received the STAT Lab Award at the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Cytology. The award is given each year to a cytotechnologist chosen by his or her peers in recognition of service in the field of cytology, which is the study of cells, their origin, structure, function and pathology.
Brian Ray Harrow, 12, recently returned from playing in the U.S. Amateur Chess Team Championship East, playing as a Collins Kid in the mostly adult event. Ranked 12th in the nation in his age group, he was invited to compete by John Collins, former coach of world class chess player Bobby Fischer. Some 840 players on 210 teams participated in the event. Brian's team won Top Team 1800-1899. Brian also holds three state titles in Utah. He was State Elementary Chess Champion 1991, State Junior High Chess Champion 1991 (won in the 6th grade) and Utah Scholastic Co-Champion in 1991. He was also a runner-up for the 1991 All-American Chess Team. Brian is a member of the Willow Creek 5th Ward, Sandy, Utah Willow Creek Stake.