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Spanish Fork’s Carly Lynne Tooke, age 20, was crowned Miss Utah Valley last November. For the past three years she has been working as a board member and educator for The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill based in Utah. She created one of NAMI’s intervention programs titled “It’s OK — How I Feel Today” for elementary school children and teachers.

Timpanogos High School’s Kristin Richards of Orem was named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. Kristin is a four-time all-state player and a two-time All-American. She is considered the No. 1 recruit in the nation.

Orem resident Lauren Jenson, 9 months, was chosen as one of the four finalists out of 225,000 total applicants in the GAP national modeling contest.

Mariellen Staley, 80, of Provo went to Brownsville, Texas, to be honored for the 50th anniversary of the Clinic for Disabled Children, which Staley founded. After her own child needed therapy and nothing was available she opened the clinic. The people in Brownsville have raised the money and doctors have donated their time to help more than 5,000 children with physical, occupational and speech therapy at no cost to parents. Staley came to Utah in 1969.

Provo High’s Marisol Rivera was crowned Miss Hispanic Utah.

After two years of posting reviews on books, CDs and videos on Amazon.com, Mary Elizabeth Gwynn-Pilgrim is ranked in the top 125 reviewers, a position she has maintained for the last year.

Reviewers receive positive votes on reviews from other readers and staff, which translates into rankings.

Elaine McMeen Flake of Springville wrote the book “Your Family Reunion,” which features ideas about how to have a successful family reunion. She has also taught a popular BYU Education Week class on the subject.

The “City Cowboys” — Jared Moore, Alpine; Doug Osmond, Orem; David Hancock-Taylor, Bountiful; Doug Collins, Provo; Dustin Kenyon, Springville; Jamie Timm, Provo — all recently competed in the Colgate Country Showdown, the largest country music competition in the world. They were chosen out of more than 50,000 entrants to compete in the national finals in Orlando, Fla.

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