Utah Valley State of Success


Jennie Creer King, of Spanish Fork, competed in this year’s Mrs. United States as Mrs. Utah. For her platform, Jennie collaborated with the Ballet West Outreach Program and the Utah State Office of Education’s P.O.P.S. program. She then implemented her own Goldilocks’ Adventure in Utah Valley elementary schools.


Nicholas P. Rust, of Orem, was chosen to represent UVSC in the recent Skills USA Fire Fighting Competition. In June, he attended nationals in Kansas City, Mo., where he took third place.


Springville’s Spencer Priest returned home from a vacation in Alaska as a proud fisherman after hooking a gigantic king salmon weighing 86.45 pounds. Spencer caught the king salmon in July during the fishing trip with his father, grandfather and younger brother.


American Fork’s Aaron Boldt was recognized by Kohl’s Department Stores with a $1,000 post-secondary education scholarship for his active participation in voluntarism in the community. Aaron volunteers at Courage Reins Riding Stables where he helps children with disabilities learn to ride horses. He also cares for the horses, cleans stables, acts as a mentor and lead volunteer, and helps train new horses. Aaron is just 12 years old and receives this reward as part of Kohl’s Kids Who Care program.


Carly Tooke, of Spanish Fork, was crowned Miss Utah County at the Miss Utah County Scholarship Pageant July 19 at Thanksgiving Point’s Show Barn. Carly will represent Utah County in the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant in June 2006. She has previously won the crowns for Miss Spanish Fork, Miss Utah Valley and Miss UVSC.

Glenn Alleman, of Springville, was presented with the Mayor’s Award in the Humanities by the Utah Humanities Council at a Springville City Council meeting. Glenn has been chairman of the Springville Historical Society for several years.


The Spanish Fork Ambulance recently honored Steven Dudley for his 30 years of service to the community. Steven joined the Spanish Fork Ambulance in 1975 and has continuously served on the night shift ever since, so as not to interfere with his daytime position as a middle school principal.


Spanish Fork’s Bob Backman received the Rotary’s Community Service Award for his commitment to serving those around him. He serves as branch president at the Utah County Jail where he selflessly gives of his time and compassion. Previously Bob was a math teacher and assistant principal at the high school.


Salem’s Holly Isaman competed this year in Chicago as Miss Utah International for the title of Miss International 2005-2006. The competition featured young women from across the United States as well as countries around the world. Holly serves with America’s Promise, an alliance for youth, and will promote this platform during her year as Miss Utah International.


Saratoga Springs’ David Crockett goes the distance as he competes in “ultra marathons” running upwards of 100 miles. He has competed in various parts of the country including Mount Rainer and the Grand Canyon. Since the commencement of his extreme hobby, David has lost 50 pounds and met his goal to get in better shape.


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