Persistence has paid off with a trip to Ireland for newspaper carrier Jennifer Lane, Deseret News winner of the 33rd annual Young Columbus competition.
Participating newspapers nationwide select their top carriers for the Young Columbus recognition.Lane, an Orem carrier who has been delivering the Deseret News for 10 years, came in second in last year's contest and was determined to compete even harder this year.
In fact, she was so determined to win that when her dad got word he was being transferred to California, she persuaded her parents, Charles and Jan Lane, that she and her mother should stay behind long enough for Jennifer to compete in Young Columbus.
Lane was also selected last October as Deseret News publisher for a day as part of the paper's observance of International Newspaper Carrier Week.
The 17-year-old carrier attends Mountain View High School, where she is on the honor roll. She is an avid tennis player, belonging to tennis leagues, and has placed second in the Utah Valley Tennis Classic.
To win the Young Columbus competition, Lane submitted 60 subscriber recommendations, as well as teacher recommendations and an essay on why she should be selected. She was interviewed by Deseret News Publisher Wm. James Mortimer.
Placing second among Deseret News carriers was W. Clark Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Jones, 8673 Snow Mountain Drive, Sandy.
Orville Paller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Paller, 1969 W. Ninth North, Salt Lake City, came in third.
Dallin Barton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barton, 232 E. 1250 North, Bountiful, was the fourth-place winner.
And rounding out the list of finalists was Sherman Hadley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hadley, 583 E. 17th South, Bountiful.