Two outstanding vocational education instructors were honored recently during the state Distributive Education Clubs of America meeting in the State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

B. Roger Allen, DECA sponsor and marketing instructor at Cyprus High School, received $1,000 as the high school teacher of the year, and Desiree Cooper received $500 for her excellence in teaching university-level classes at Weber State University.Allen is past president of the Utah Association of Marketing Educators and is involved in several vocational education groups.

Cooper is a member of the DECA national Post-Secondary Council and has been rated in the top 10 percent of Weber's faculty by students and peers.

J.C. Penney Co. sponsored the cash awards and also a general merchandise category of competition among high school students.

Other sponsors included Utah Advertising Federation, Sears, Utah Bankers Association, Smith's Foods, Muzak, Sizzler Restaurants, Matrixx Marketing, Nordstrom, 7-Up, Hardees Restaurants, Northwest Pipeline, Delta Air Lines, Phillips 66, DECA, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola.

About 100 students who won in state competition will represent Utah in national competition Saturday through Wednesday, April 20-24 in Denver.

- Brian M. Cook, son of Merrill and Camille Cook, Salt Lake City, has been awarded a 1991 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. The $42,000 three-year stipend will support his doctoral studies in physics.

Cook also has received a full-tuition scholarship and a $13,000-per-year graduate research assistance award from the California Institute of Technology to pursue his doctorate. He will attend the California school beginning in September of this year.

A graduate of Highland High School, he will graduate in May from Yale University, New Haven, Conn., with an honors degree in physics.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"If we're going to hire soldiers and have those soldiers on our front line, we want to make sure they're on our side. I don't know if they're philosophically on our side." - Rep. Reese Hunter, R-Salt Lake, questioning whether attorneys hired by the state to defend Utah's tough abortion law support the new legislation (see story on B1).

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