Utah Valley State of Success


Provo’s ERIKA GRITTON won second place in the Utah Valley Spelling Bee. Forty-nine students from four counties competed in front of a 200-person crowd.
Erika barely missed first place but received a dictionary to commend her on her accomplishment nonetheless. Erika is in the eighth grade at Ivy Hall Academy in Provo.

JERY ELISON of Orem received the Ragan Theater showcase Merit Award from UVSC for his outstanding work in theater in the community. At 75, Jery has directed or acted in more than 100 productions in the past 50 years and currently works with the Orem High School theater students.
Most recently he directed “The Christmas Carol” at the Hale Center Theatre in Orem.

KIRAN BAKER of Eagle Mountain appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” singing a traditional family song, “If I had a donkey.” Kiran said it fulfilled one of her life-long dreams. She was ecstatic when Letterman called her out of the audience on her birthday to rehearse the song on national television.

American Fork’s CAROLYN ANDERSON was honored by Forbes Elementary School Principal Larry Dean for her dedicated work as a crossing guard. Carolyn has been keeping children safe as they cross the street for 25 years — there hasn’t been a single accident on her shift. Carolyn has to stop traffic on three streets and typically crosses 20 children at a time. She helps teach younger children pedestrian safety.

KENT MILLER of Springville was one of three Utah students to win the 34th Annual All-State High School Art Show. Kent will go on to compete in an all-expenses paid national art contest in Washington, D.C., in June. Kent also received a $3,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.
Kent’s piece was selected from a group of 783 entries from 77 schools. Kent is a senior at Springville High School and is looking forward to attending school in Georgia.

The Utah County Cattlemen’s Association honored TED LARSON of Spanish Fork for his contributions to the industry and his long-time commitment to raising cattle.
Larson received the Outstanding Heritage award at a special banquet in March. Ted was born and raised in Spanish Fork and loves the land and has enjoyed several decades in the cattle industry.

PAM TURLEY of Springville received a $2,500 tech award from Best Buy to sponsor the technology club at Sage Creek Elementary where she teaches. Pam heard about the award and had a hunch to apply for it but never expected she would win the much-needed money. The technology club helps students interested in graphic design and programming get started with the basics. The money will go toward purchasing new computers, software and training.

Lindon’s 11-year-old gymnast JENYEV COLEMAN just received her 81st career first place award. JenYev trains by herself for six hours a day and is coached by her mom and dad.
The Coleman family moved to Lindon from Alaska to increase the quality of JenYev’s competition. Jen Yev has continued to win all of her competitions since the move. She performs difficult skills that many college and elite gymnasts perform.

MONAHAN GRAYMOUNTAIN of Payson was selected as one of the top 10 teen chefs from around the nation. The competition, sponsored by the Art Institute of California, is now in the semi-final stages. The winner of the semi-finals will go on to the international cook-off in June. Program Director Julie Lindstrom was a member of the applicant review process and said Monahan’s entry definitely stood out.
“We’re pretty sure Monahan will be successful regardless of the results of the competition,” Julie says. Monahan is a senior at Payson High School.

Janise Gaudette of Highland was named first runnerup in the Brazil-Utah beauty pageant, which qualifies her to represent Utah in the Miss Brazil USA pageant in Miami in June.
Janise was born in Brazil and her parents moved to Utah when she was six.


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