Utah Valley State Of Success

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Tami Stanley, of Orem, has shown great perseverance. While attending school, it became necessary for Tami to undergo an amputation of her leg below the knee due to an injury. Then she had an additional revision surgery of her amputated limb. Despite the many obstacles, she recently graduated as valedictorian from the American Institute of Medical/Dental Technology.

Highland’s Shannon Babb has been volunteering since the age of 10. Now a senior at American Fork High School, Shannon recently won a Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for her work in the environment. The $2,000 scholarship was awarded to Shannon for curbing growth of non-native plants at the Timpanogos Cave and for her study of water quality in the Spanish Fork River.

The 2006 Silver State International Rodeo Queen is Jami Thacker of Lehi. She was first runner-up at the Utah High School Rodeo State Competition in June, which qualified her to represent the Utah High School Rodeo Association. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping in high school rodeos and is a cheerleader at Lehi High School.

Glen Smith, of Pleasant Grove, won a gold medal in the javelin throw in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George. Glen threw the javelin 138 feet while competing with 14 other senior athletes in the 60 to 65 age bracket. Glen is a life-long athlete, competing in track and field in high school and at BYU.

Lindon City Treasurer Kristen Colson was recognized for her involvement in the city budget when the city received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. She was also recently recognized as a Certified Public Finance Administrator by the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada.

Eagle Mountain’s Melinda Jessop made it into the finals of the Utah Idol competition. The statewide talent competition was open to performers 10 years old and up. Melissa is in the sixth grade at Pony Express Elementary School.

Lori Fowlke, of Orem, appeared on a national Canadian television show, “Marriage Uncensored,” to promote her book and DVD “Thinking Divorce? Thinking Again!” The show promotes healthy marriages. Lori’s book informs couples of the true consequences of divorce. She practices family law and recently completed her first term in the Utah legislature.

Pleasant Grove’s Jordan Marshall was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program. As a Commended Student, Jordan placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1 million students who entered the National Merit competition. Results are based on scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Jordan attends Pleasant Grove High School.

Michael Nagro, of Provo, recently published a paper on Shakespeare’s Henry V. The paper was one of 350 chosen from 3,900 submissions in the 2005 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. He worked on the paper for eight years. Michael is a 10th grade honors English teacher at Timpview High School. Michael graduated in English teaching from UVSC.

American Fork’s Bryce Robinson placed third in the botany division of the National Future Farmers of America Agriscience Fair in Louisville, Ky. He studied organic fertilizers and their effects on pinto bean plants. Bryce graduated from American Fork High School and attends the University of Utah.

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