Utah Valley State of Success


GREG PARK of Orem recently published “Veil of Darkness: Book One of the Earthsoul Prophecies.” Greg, a teacher at Timpanogos High School, teaches English, creative writing, science fiction/fantasy and Japanese. By sharing his experience writing “Veil of Darkness” with his classes, he has inspired his students to improve their writing.


MACGREGOR WHITING of Mapleton has been awarded a Sam M. Walton Community Scholarship. Macgregor graduated from Springville High School and attends BYU, where he studies business management as a sophomore. He received an associate’s degree in science from UVSC in April 2005.


Provo’s JENNIFER GULBRANDSEN represented Utah in the first Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant. She was awarded a $4,000 scholarship as fourth runner-up. Jennifer was also the preliminary talent winner for her piano rendition of Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor” on the second night of the competition. Jennifer is a freshman at BYU, where she studies political science and classical piano.


TIARE KEENO won the title of New York City Dance Alliance National Mini Outstanding Dancer in the female division. Tiare, who lives in Spanish Fork, competed against 58 other girls ages seven to 10 and took first place.


Alpine’s HELEN BUTLER displayed two quilts at the annual quilt show at the Springville Art Museum. Judges selected the best quilts for display. Helen is the mother of six and has an interest in antique quilts and china.


DANIEL NYLES ADLER of Orem beat out 2,000 other applicants to land an internship at DreamWorks Studios. Daniel studies business management with an emphasis in marketing at UVSC. He has previously interned in public relations at Excel Entertainment, the distribution company for “Saints and Soldiers” and “The Work and the Glory.”


Springville’s SPENCER LARSON is a national finalist in the Discovery Channel’s Young Scientist Challenge. Spencer completed a chemical analysis of Butterfield Creek to test for lead and arsenic contamination in the water. He will be competing with 39 other students in the final competition in Washington D.C.


Provo City Spokesperson RAYLENE IRELAND was awarded the Athena Award by the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Network. Raylene has served as Utah County Republican Party Chairwoman, as well as executive director of the Department of Administrative Services and the Department of Workforce Services.


The HOWARD BARNEY family donated $1,200 to the Spanish Fork High School snack shack and restroom fund. Howard, his wife, Nellie, and their six children all attended Spanish Fork High School and pooled their donations to help build the school’s snack shack and restroom.


Provo’s TERRI SMITH traveled to Louisiana to help care for thousands of animals left behind or lost after Hurricane Katrina. Terri worked in a temporary animal shelter that housed pets ranging from cats to horses and helped owners find their missing pets among the more than 5,000 animals at the shelter. Local veterinarians and Terri’s co-workers helped with donations.


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