Tucano’s Top Ten


Alpine Mayor Phil Barker ran the St. George Marathon in conjunction with Kids on the Move, a Utah County-based early intervention program for families with disabled children. Phil ran the race for Seth, his 28-month-old son who has Down syndrome. Kids on the Move has significantly helped the Barkers with Seth during the last two years, and Phil pledged that for each mile he ran, money would be donated to Kids on the Move.


The Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division honored Patti Edwards with the “Women Making a Difference” award in September. The Women’s Division helps support the government and the arts while fostering pride in communities. Patti is the wife of BYU’s former football coach LaVell Edwards and has been a columnist for the The Daily Herald. She also wrote the book, “I Married a Football Coach.”


Daniel Green became the first Utahn to win a nationwide title for his weight class at a Muay Thai style kickboxing tournament in Orlando, Fla. Muay Thai kickboxing has more in common with Western boxing than Karate or Martial Arts, specifically in kicking and punching styles. Daniel is a 28-year-old English major at UVSC and participates in Muay Thai style kickboxing tournaments several times a year.


BYU students Preston Manwaring and Donald Wichern entered their paper on the “Intercranial Pressure Moniter” to the Conference for Medical and Biomedical Engineering Studies in Hong Kong.  There were 300 submissions to the conference, and Donald and Preston’s paper was one of 35 selected. The duo received second place in their presentation at the conference.


Orem photographer Stan McQueen provided the photo for the cover of a new romantic thriller novel set in Boston. The black and white photo is of a single pigeon on Revere Beach in Boston. The idea came from Stan’s love for the outdoors, or what he calls “lonely places.” Stan became interested in photography at a young age with his bathroom doubling as a darkroom when he was 12.


BYU’s Seth Packard landed a role in the Disney Channel Original movie “Buffalo Dreams,” which is currently filming at various locations in Utah including Antelope Island, the Uintah Mountains and Skull Valley. Seth is a philosophy major at BYU and plans to move to Los Angeles. The Disney Channel will premiere the film in early 2005.


Provo’s Dyanne Riley was chosen as the new assistant director of The Wasatch Chorale. She is the director of the Chamber Choir at UVSC and has been teaching music there since 1994. She is also the vocal specialist for the Chorale and Training School at Temple Square and trains new members of the Tabernacle Choir. In 2002-03, she received the Teacher of Excellence Award for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UVSC.


American Fork’s Harriet Vallen submitted a recipe to a Southern Living magazine cooking contest and became one of 15 finalists in the 2004 Southern Living Cook-off.  Her recipe for Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken has netted her $1,000 so far and a trip to Birmingham, Ala., where the competition will be held. Harriet became the designated cook in her family when she was only 12 and reads cookbooks like they are novels.


Orem’s Jenni VerHoef returned from the Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, with four gold, two silver and one bronze medal in clogging competitions. Her gold medal was for the overall female soloist a cappella. She had previously won the silver medal in her 22-year age division, and was thus eligible to compete in the finals and win the gold. Jenni is the owner of Utah Valley’s Pride and Passion Clogging Company.


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