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Centenarians

Dagmar Severson, a member of the Holladay 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Holladay Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday on March 8 with family and friends. She was born in Oslo, Norway, and joined the Church at age 17. She moved to Logan, Utah, in 1914, and her husband-to-be came over from Norway in 1915. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 4, 1916. Sister Severson has held many positions in the Church, including fulfilling four temple missions and serving as a visiting teacher for 45 years. She has three sons, two of whom have passed away, 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

BRIGHAM CITY, UTAH

Annie Gertrude Jensen Iverson celebrated her 102nd birthday on Feb. 28. A member of the Brigham City 5th Ward, Brigham City Utah Box Elder Stake, Sister Iverson was born Feb. 28, 1891, in Bennington, Idaho, the fourth of eight children of Mads Peter and Anna Christina Hansen Jensen.

As a young woman she served in the Western States Mission. She and her husband, the late Joseph Wilford Iverson, lived on a farm in Tremonton, Utah. They were married in the Logan Temple in 1920. She has been active in the Relief Society and Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She has five children, one who is deceased, 24 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Riding champion

LAYTON, UTAH

John Nalder, a member of the Layton 24th Ward, Layton Utah East Stake, was recently crowned Canadian Old Timers Bareback Bronc Riding Champion. He was raised in Raymond, Alberta, and traveled to Canada to try his luck at winning the championship buckle.

100 percenter

SIERRA VISTA, ARIZ.

David L. Spencer was honored recently for being the first graduate at Fort Huachuca U.S. Army military intelligence school to ever receive 100 percent on all transition course tests. He serves as first counselor in the elders quorum of the Sierra Vista 5th Ward, Sierra Vista Arizona Stake.

Attends forum

SEATTLE, WASH.

Brian Johnson, a member of the Seattle 9th Ward, Seattle Washington Stake, recently attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Security and Defense in Washington, D.C. Brian was among 350 students from across the United States to attend the forum. The students learned about national defense and global security systems, and met with leaders from the Pentagon, U.S. Department of State and Central Intelligence Agency.

Poetry published

SMOLYAN, BULGARIA

Iliana Gideva, a member of the Church in Smolyan, Bulgaria District, recently had seven of her poems published in the Literature News, a prestigious literature newspaper of Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a top student at the Ivan Vasov Language School in Smolyan and hopes to have her work printed in other publications.

Wins film award

PROVO, UTAH

Steve Olpin, a BYU senior and a member of the Provo 37th Ward, Provo Utah Bonneville Stake, recently won one of six awards at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Ind., and a cash prize of $10,000. The purpose of the festival is to promote family values in filmmaking. His 28-minute documentary film featured the life of ceramic artist Joseph Bennion and how his work is connected with God, family and the earth.

`Up and comers'

VANCOUVER, WASH.

Two members have been named among 12 people as the best healthcare administrators by Modern Healthcare, a healthcare journal. They were named 1992 "Up and Comers" at the organization's sixth annual recognition event. Vance Fager, vice president of Brim Healthcare in Portland, Ore., and Rulon Stacey, chief executive officer of St. Vincent General Hospital of Leadville, Colo., were honored from a field of nearly 50 candidates, all 40 years or under. Both men graduated from BYU. Brother Fager is a member of the Vancouver 1st Ward, Vancouver Washington West Stake, and Brother Stacey is a member of the Leadville Ward, Golden Colorado Stake.

Competes in nationals

IOWA CITY, IOWA

Jacob Smith recently finished 38th from among more than 300 runners at the National AAU Cross Country Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. To qualify for the national finals, he placed first in the 11-12-year-old division at the Iowa State AAU Cross Country Championships with a winning time over the three kilometer course of 12:41. Jacob is a deacon in the Iowa City Ward, Cedar Rapids Iowa Stake.

Multiple missionaries

LANCASTER, CALIF.

Four members of the Robert and Beverly Westberg family, El Dorado Ward, Lancaster California East Stake, are currently serving as full-time missionaries. Richard serves in the Santiago Chile South Mission, Nancy serves in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission, and Janell and Darrin are serving in the South Africa Capetown Mission.

Top fundraiser

KATHERINE, AUSTRALIA

Moriah Eden Rogers was the top fundraiser in the Northern Territory for the Multiple Sclerosis Read-a-thon. Moriah, 9, raised $898 and won a trip for two to Brisbane for her efforts. She sought many sponsors, read many books and collected donations for more than a month. She is a member of the Darwin 2nd Branch, Australia Adelaide Mission.

Reservist of year

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF.

David Lindelof Thomas, a member of the Petaluma 2nd Ward, San Rafael California Stake, has been named Marine Reservist of the Year for Northern California. He was honored in a ceremony at Alameda Naval Air Station by the United States Navy League based in Alameda.

Award winner

RAYMOND, WASH.

Lani Wadsworth, Laurel president in the Raymond Ward, Elma Washington Stake, has been named a United States National Award winner in business education by the United States Achievement Academy. She was nominated by her former business education teacher.

Miss Rodeo Wyoming

LANDER, WYO.

Michele Green of the Lander 2nd Ward, Riverton Wyoming Stake, has been named Miss Rodeo Wyoming 1993. She is a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, majoring in special education and elementary education. She is a past member of 4-H and the Wyoming State High School Rodeo Association.

Teacher of year

CARMEL, IND.

Gail Schwoebel of the Carmel Ward, Indianapolis Indiana North Stake, was recently selected as Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She is known for teaching through actual involvement and using science to teach life skills.

Team wins title

WAUSAU, WIS.

Two members of the Stevens Point Branch in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission were part of their high school cross country team that took its fifth consecutive Wisconsin Valley Conference title. Willie Churchill, a senior, placed sixth overall in the contest and LeRoy Loomis, a sophomore, placed 18th.

Contest winner

McALLEN, TEXAS

Amanda Merwin, 7, a member of the McAllen 1st Ward, McAllen Texas Stake, won a statewide drawing contest, sponsored by a fastfood restaurant. Her artwork now appears on the side of kids meal bags. Elementary schools across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma competed to design the bags. Amanda's drawing was one of the four winning entries. She drew a pillar of four ballerinas.