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Hauni, left, Christianne, Will and Michael Casper at "Jeopardy!" teen tournament.

LDS TEEN ON 'JEOPARDY!': Future BYU student Will Casper is following in Ken Jennings' footsteps.

Casper, a 17-year-old senior at Cornell High School in Basin City, Wash., will appear on the television game show "Jeopardy!" as part of the annual teen tournament in February.

"I was surprised when I got the call to come to auditions," Casper told the Tri-City Herald newspaper in Washington. "It was really crazy when they said I was going to be on the show."

Casper will study electrical engineering at BYU and plans to serve an LDS Church mission.

Jennings, who is LDS, totaled $2.5 million on the game show as part of an unprecedented run of success, winning 74 straight contests. He wrote the book "Brainiac," which Casper received as a Christmas present, according to the Herald.

Casper's debut appearance on the game show will be Feb. 13.

Taping for the show has already been completed. Casper's father, Ben, called the game show a "first-class operation" and said it was a great experience for the family.

KEARNS CELEBRATION: The Kearns Utah Stake will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a reunion Saturday. The event will be held from 2-8 p.m. at the stake center, 4260 W. 5215 South in Kearns. Planned activities include a cultural hall parade, recorded messages from former stake presidents, balloon animals for the kids, displays from each ward and refreshments. The organizing committee has also been compiling a list of members of the stake who served full-time missions. To include a name, call Joyce Paschell at 963-9072.

NOTRE DAME DIRECTOR AT BYU: Christian Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, will speak at BYU on Feb. 7. The lecture, entitled "Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers," is the fourth annual lecture from the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium and is open to the public. Admission is free.

DANCE PLANS: The Taylorsville Institute of Religion is planning a Valentine's dance on Friday, Feb. 15, from 8-11 p.m. at the institute building. The dance is "ladies' choice," and the attire is Sunday dress. To request a song, send an e-mail to [email protected].