A Salt Lake businessman has been elected president of the local chapter of International Footprinters Association.

Sam Granato, vice president of Granato Foods, was voted the top leader of the organization, a fraternal civic group of business people and law enforcement officers.

Elected as vice presidents were Salt Lake County Attorney David Yocom and Treasurer Art Monson.

ALSO IN THE NEWS: Four Utah high school students have been named winners of National Merit scholarships.

Jeffrey Simmons, Skyline High School, and Julia A. James, Uintah High School, Vernal, won $2,000 scholarships sponsored by the national organization.

Meghan R. Busse, Bountiful High School, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by International Business Machines Corp. Stephanie J. Bennett, Davis High School, won a Bristol-Myers Fund scholarship for $2,000.

Three Utah winners of a literacy essay contest will compete on a national scale.

They are Suzanne Phipps, 16, Granger High School; Brittany Thayne, 11, Lone Peak High School; and Meisja Guymon, 9, Draper Elementary.

A panel of eight judges representing education groups chose the winning essays in the Project Literacy/Utah contest. The project is supported by a grant by Sylvan Learning Centers of Utah.

The three Utah winners will compete for a grand prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. They also were honored locally as guests of the Utah Jazz and at a VIP dinner. They were introduced at halftime and received autographed basketballs from the basketball team. They also received computers from Sylvan Learning Centers of Utah.