Fourteen-year-old Olympic hopeful Denise Parker has always been determined to get what she wants and willing to do the hard work it takes to accomplish her goals.
Her target is to win a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. So she spends several hours daily training for a spot on the U.S. Archery Team.But as a second-grader, her goal was simply to join her girlfriend in the highest-level math class. Standing between herself and that goal were the multiplication tables she had yet to master.
So during the summer between second and third grade, often while her peers were outside enjoying their vacation from classes, the young Parker pored over her multiplication tables, using flash cards to test herself.
Her efforts paid off, and today she is studying geometry in the eighth grade at Bingham Middle School, having already breezed through first-year algebra. Parker ranks math as her second favorite subject in school, right behind gym class.
Parker, with the help of her family, is working hard to make her dream of becoming an Olympic champion come true. But the Parkers can't pay all of their daughter's training and competition expenses themselves.
The Deseret News has established a fund in Parker's name to raise money for those costs. All contributions will be administered through the National Archery Association to maintain her amateur status.
Contributions should be mailed to the Denise Parker Olympic Fund, c/0 Key Bank of Utah, Salt Lake City UT 84189-0021, or can be deposited at any of Key Bank's 30 locations throughout the state.
For more information, call 237-2135.