Tucanos Top Ten


By utahvalley360.com

Alexis MacNeill, of Orem, was the first American to win the prestigious Welcome Trust Scholarship to study in England. As part of the scholarship, Alexis will work on a master’s degree at Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology in London. In August, she graduated from BYU with a 3.9 GPA at the age of 20.


Provo grandmother Margo Weaver won a luxury children’s playhouse from a raffle ticket she had purchased for The Center for Women and Children in Crisis summer fundraiser. Coincidentally, Weaver was saving up money to buy a playhouse for her eight grandchildren when she purchased raffle tickets for the fundraiser. Upon hearing she was the lucky winner, Weaver generously donated all the “playhouse money” she had previously saved to the center.


Erica Glenn, a 17 year-old student at Pleasant Grove High School, founded The DreamMaker Theatre Workshop for people with disabilities after she discovered how much they loved performing. The company made its debut in August, when a group from the Lindon Care and Training Center performed an original musical for the residents of the Alpine Care Center.


Dr. Mitchell Pratte has recently been made the team doctor for BYU. Pratte is also the team doctor for UVSC, the Provo Angels, and has his own family practice.


Carly Tooke, the first attendant to Miss Utah and current Miss Utah Valley, represented the state at the National Sweethearts Pageant in Hoopeston, Ill., in August. Tooke won third runner-up overall and was the preliminary winner in the swimsuit category.


Lehi residents Melissa Jenkins and Summer Richards both won prizes in the “Helping my Community Be Drug Free” contest. Jenkins’ grand prize-winning essay discourages drug use and is titled “Drug Free Utah!” Richards won for her drawing of two pizzas. One pizza was an unhealthy pizza with drugs for toppings and the other was a pizza with good toppings.

Spencer Larson, 12, of Springville; Zachary Hopkins, 14, of Highland; and Ryker Watts, 14, of Alpine have been chosen as finalists in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. The three students visited Washington, D.C., in mid-October to compete for more that $100,000 in scholarships and prizes and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientists of the Year.” Larson, Hopkins and Watts beat out almost 2,000 other entries nationwide to place in the top 40.


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