Jace Brinkerhoff, of Spanish Fork, was picked by Utah Baseball Academy Blue to play in the 2004 USA Junior Olympics Baseball Championships in Peoria, Ariz. Utah’s team placed 20th out of the 72 teams at the tournament.
Lehi’s James A. Cox won two gold medals at Utah’s Summer Games in Cedar City. James is only a recreational horseshoes player, but he earned one gold medal for pairs with his son Eric and the other gold medal in the individual horseshoe competition.
Mitzi Brandt, of Pleasant Grove, is the only two-year certified dyslexia therapist/specialist in Utah. She formed the Dyslexia Center of Utah with her daughter Shelly Hatch and teaches dyslexic students to read. Mitzi is also a board member for the Utah Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Orem’s Hannah Harkness, age 10, received the Utah Symphony Outstanding Performer Award 2003-2004 for achieving a superior rating at all three Piano Encore Festivals this year, including the Ensemble, Junior Solo and Concerto competitions. Hannah was also awarded second place for her acapella clogging performance at the Buena Park Clogging Competition in California this summer.
Jenni VerHoef, owner and director of Utah Valley’s Pride & Passion Clogging Company, placed first overall in the Master Female Solo category and was also awarded second place in her division for Acapella at the Southwest U.S. Clogging Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., this July. Jenni lives in Orem.
Paisley Standifird, Utah’s Little Miss Preteen Queen, recently represented Utah at the world finals scholarship competition, where she won second alternate to the world queen, competing in interview, team/group activities, modeling and talent, with talent and interview making up 75 percent of the overall score.
Kya Durrant, Utah’s Little Miss Baby Petite Queen, represented Utah at the world finals, where she was one of the top 10 finalists to the world crown, competing in interview, playtime and modeling. Nearly 200 girls attended the world finals, held this year in New Orleans.
Three Utah Valley musicians were selected by the Faith Centered Music Association for PEARL awards at the June gala in Salt Lake City. Sam Cardon received Pearl awards for his writing and production talent for “Go Bring Them In” and “By the Hand of Mormon: Selections From the Original Music Production.” Merrill Jenson was chosen as the Pearl award winner in the Sacred/ Classical Instrumental Album category for “High on the Mountain Top,” which he also co-produced.
Ryan Shupe won the songwriter Pearl award for his album “Hey Hey Hey” and best contemporary album award with his band and their album “Hey Hey Hey.”