The National Science Foundation announced the names of 558 teachers as state finalists for the 1999 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for teachers. Four teachers in each state are awarded the honor, which includes a Presidential citation and a $7,500 grant.

This year's finalists from Utah are:Jo Lynn Miller, mathematics teacher at Cottonwood Elementary School in Salt Lake City; Mary Lou Damjanovich, mathematics teacher at Bella Vista Elementary School in Salt Lake City; Verla Sperry, mathematics teacher at Altara Elementary School in Sandy; Terri Denney, science teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Tremonton; Carol Skousen, science teacher at Twin Peaks Elementary School in Salt Lake City; MeriLyn Stark, science teacher at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School in Park City.

Others include: Sandra Tanner, mathematics teacher at South Ogden Junior High School in Ogden; Dona Carling, mathematics teacher at Jordan High School in Sandy; Linda Smith, mathematics teacher at Fairfield Junior High School in Kaysville; Steven Cox, science teacher at Pine View High School in St. George; Helen Barker, science teacher at South Ogden Junior High School in Ogden; Eli Douglas Panee, science teacher at Oaks Canyon Junior Hgh School in Lindon; and Kay Katchuk, mathematics teacher at Green River High School in Green River.