A native of Salt Lake City has been named valedictorian of the 1991 graduating class at the College of Eastern Utah.

Birgitta Humphrey completed her coursework at CEU with a 4.0 grade point average.Humphrey graduated from Salt Lake's South High School in 1970 but was unable to enter college at that time. She worked for several years in retail stores and credit offices before being hired by First Interstate Bank in 1978, a position she's held for 11 years. She and her family moved from Salt Lake City to Moab in 1984, and then later moved to Price wher she decided to enter CEU.

"I attended CEU and continued to work full-time at First Interstate," she explained. "My successes at CEU is directly related to the support of my husband, Terry, and the patience and cooperation of my employer."

Besides her college and working careers, Humphrey is an active community member, participating in several local organizations. She has served on the Carbon/Emery Council of the American Institute of Bankers for the past three years and has been involved in the local efforts of the March of Dimes. She also regularly participates in training offered through her employment at First Interstate to improve her banking skills.

"I am also involved in several groups that are working to improve and repair the damage to our Earth," she added. "I feel strongly that every one of us needs to take action in order to reverse the damage already done. We must care for our Earth and preserve it for our future generations. It is the only home we have."

Humphrey, who is called "B" by most of her friends and acquaintances, is nearly as busy during her leisure time as she is at work. She has won blue ribbons for dolls and quilts she's created and is currently learning the art of the spinning wheel. An avid reader, she also finds herself at home in the outdoors - camping, hiking, swimming, white-water rafting and skiing (both downhill and cross country).

"I hate the television and feel it is directly related to many of our country's problems," she proclaimed.