Remember how your parents got you up in the morning to go to high school and badgered you into doing your homework?
Remember how you pushed your children into studying for high school tests and kept telling them how important it was to graduate?Meet Dean R. Wheeler.
His parents left town last November, and he lives on his own and works to support himself while he is finishing his senior year at Granger High School.
Wheeler, 17, has a 3.94 grade point average, is president of his school seminary, captain of the school debate club, a National Merit finalist, a Deseret News General Sterling Scholar, winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Prize, Century III Leadership Winner at his school, vice president of his school's chapter of the National Honor Society, is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students and has won a host of other scholastic awards.
In addition to his school activities and working as a bus boy at a local restaurant, Wheeler is taking Advanced Placement English, AP calculus, AP physics, AP government, debate, seminary and directed studies - a program for students who want to do individual research projects. His project concerns the theory of light.
Wheeler plans to attend Brigham Young University in September and study chemistry, his favorite subject. When he starts, he will be nearly a junior, since he took a 12-credit chemistry course at the University of Utah last summer - he got an A - and has so many AP courses.
When he is 19, he plans to go on a mission for the LDS Church and then finish school when he returns.
His parents, Richard and Beverly, have eight other children. Wheeler said his father is a landscape architect and an aspiring actor who moved to Tucson, Ariz., to be in movies.
"My bishop helped me find someplace to stay - with a woman who has two children a little younger and a little older than I am - and she and my bishop have power of attorney to sign any papers in an emergency.
"When my parents moved, I decided to stay here and finish at Granger High since I was president of the seminary, which is a big job, and involved in so many other activities. I miss my parents and I call them regularly, but otherwise I am fine. I am so busy I don't have time to get into trouble."
Wheeler said he is proud of America and concerned about other people and is interested in helping people, his community and his country. He has been a delegate to Utah's Model United Nations and is on Sen. Orrin Hatch's Youth Advisory Committee.
Life is not all work and no play for Wheeler, who says his classes are his hobby. And he has a girlfriend, DeLaina Cales.
He says he worries about his generation and about Americans in general "because so many people think only of themselves and are not interested in helping others or getting involved in their community.
"There are a lot of competent people in my generation, though, and I think my generation will be able to solve whatever problems the world will throw our way." - Bruce Hills.
Reynold K. Watkins, professor of civil engineering at Utah State University, has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers to receive the Stephen D. Bechtel "Pipeline Engineer of the Year for 1988" Award.
Watkins was honored for research on buried pipes he's done over the past several years, using test facilities he has developed at USU.