Sanpete Sterling Scholars to

represent schools as top scholars

 

By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Mar. 1, 2018

 

Thirty-four Sanpete County high school seniors have been nominated for 2018 Sterling Scholar awards by their schools.

Manti High and North Sanpete High have 15 nominees, and Gunnison Valley High School has nominated four scholars.

The Desert News/KSL Broadcast Group contest honors outstanding public high school seniors in 15 different categories. (A nominee may be nominated in only one category). Along with academic achievement, the Sterling Scholars program recognizes the nominees’ leadership and service efforts.

The program is conducted in five regions throughout the state. Sanpete schools are part of the contests Central Utah Region. Participating schools are Gunnison Valley, Manti, North Sanpete, Delta, Juab, Millard, Piute, South Sevier, North Sevier, Richfield, Tintic, Wayne and West Desert.

From Gunnison Valley High School, four students have been nominated: Michael Hansen, Visual Arts; Carolyn Donaldson, Music; Kamree Tucker, General Scholarship; Kylee Keisel, Dance.

Manti High School has nominated 15 students: Alexis Jaussi, Dance; Denali Baker, Family & Consumer Sciences; Kristin DeLeeuw, Science; Jasmine Alcala, Agricultural Science; Killick Mickelson, Computer & Information Technology; Alex Stevens, Trade & Technical Education; Breanna Hedelius, Mathematics; Katelyn Allred, English & Literature; Justin Bawden, Speech & Drama; Regan Rouska, Visual Arts; Kjerstin Birch, Business & Marketing; Emily Frischknecht, Music; Timothy Krzymowski, World Languages; Warren Hess, Social Science; Jensen Wood, General.

Fifteen students at North Sanpete High School have been nominated: Tyler Blackham, Business & Marketing Education; Emily Barker, Family & Consumer Sciences; Trevor Ence, Mathematics; Emily Hill, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Makade Talbot, English & Literature; Madisyn Allred, Computer & Information Technology; Kailee Burgess, Dance; Thomas De Groff, Science; Anna Staker, General Scholarship; Mason Mayo, Agriculture Science; Christian Sanchez, World Languages; Hannah Ostraff, Visual Arts; Wesley Madsen, Trade & Technical Education; Allyssa Ericksen, Social Science; Trevor Olson, Music.

Sterling Scholar nominees submit a portfolio online (and in some categories, exhibits) and are judged on scholarship, category scholarship, leadership, and community service/citizenship prior to being interviewed by the judges. Interviews for the Central Utah Region competition will be held on Thursday, March 15.

A presentation ceremony where the winners and first and second runners up will be recognized will be held at Richfield High School that evening. The winners and runners-up in each category receive cash awards. Several Utah colleges and universities also offer scholarships to both winners and runners-up.

The categories students can be nominated in are English & Literature, Speech/Theatre Arts/Forensics, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, World Language ,Visual Arts, Computer And Information Technology, Trade And Technical Education, Agriculture Science, Family And Consumer Sciences, Music, Dance and General Scholarship.

North Sanpete High excels at Sterling Scholar awards night

 

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

3-24-2016

 

RICHFIELD—At the Central Utah Region Sterling Scholar Awards held on March 15 at the Sevier Valley Center, Sanpete County students won seven out of 15 categories.

North Sanpete High School took the most category wins, with three in total.

“It’s always a privilege to work with such amazing students, but this year was especially rewarding,” Ben Cox, counselor and Sterling Scholars coordinator for North Sanpete, said, “They really went in as underdogs, and we didn’t expect to do as well as we did, but they proved they are excellent. I’m extremely proud of them.”

Natalee Walker, daughter of Dan and Marli Walker of Spring City, was the winner in English and Literature and has a 3.6 GPA.

Larissa Beck, daughter of Wade and Judy Beck of Fountain Green, was the winner of Dance and maintains a 3.9 GPA.

Abinadi Swapp, who has a 3.9 GPA, was the winner of Computer and Information Technology and is the son of Jon and Anne Swapp of Mt. Pleasant.

North Sanpete also had four runners-up: Hannah Talbot in Speech and Drama, Landon Beebe in Trade and Technical Education, Jessica Farnsworth in Music and Gaby Reyes in World Languages.

“I think there’s great value in this program—not just because students win and get scholarships but because it encourages them to do things they might not normally do and to serve in ways that they otherwise might not,” Cox said.

Manti and Gunnison Valley high schools also did well in the competition.

Manti had two winners: Jared Christensen in the Trade and Technical Education category and Alexa Vernon in Art.

Five Templars earned runner up as well: Sierra Mickelson in English and Literature; Kristlyn Peterson in Mathematics, Kayden Stevenson in Science, Jonathan Barton in Speech and Drama and Shayla Greene in General Scholarship.

Gunnison Valley High School had two category winners: Cassandra Hansen in Family and Consumer Sciences and Josie Sorenson in Agriculture Science.

The Central Utah region of six counties included candidates from 14 high schools, and North Sanpete had 14 candidates this year, Manti also had 14 and Gunnison Valley had four.

The Sterling Scholar Awards began in 1962 in Salt Lake City to honor excellence in high school seniors, and the awards program spread to all of Utah soon thereafter.

Quite a few higher education institutions in the state offer scholarships to Sterling Scholars.

For instance, Snow College offers a full-tuition resident scholarship for two years or four semesters to all regional category winners in any Sterling Scholar category. For regional category runners-up in any Sterling Scholar category, a $1,000 per semester scholarship for two years or four semesters is offered. However, this scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with an academic scholarship.

For comparison in the region, Delta had nine finalists (winners and runners-up), South Sevier five, North Sevier four, Juab three, Millard three, Richfield three and Wayne two finalists. North Sanpete and Manti both had seven finalists, and Gunnison Valley had two.

Photos of the finalists and additional information are at www.sterlingscholar.org.

North Sanpete High School’s Sterling Scholar competitors won top spot in more categories than any other school in the county during the Central Utah Region Sterling Scholar Awards (back row, L-R): Abinadi Swapp, winner in Computer and Information Technology; Natalee Walker, winner in English and Literature; Hannah Talbot, runner up in Speech and Drama; Landon Beebe, runner up in Trade and Technical Education; Larissa Beck, winner in Dance; (front row) Jessica Farnsworth, runner up in music; and Gaby Reyes, runner up in World Languages.

North Sanpete High School’s Sterling Scholar competitors won top spot in more categories than any other school in the county during the Central Utah Region Sterling Scholar Awards (back row, L-R): Abinadi Swapp, winner in Computer and Information Technology; Natalee Walker, winner in English and Literature; Hannah Talbot, runner up in Speech and Drama; Landon Beebe, runner up in Trade and Technical Education; Larissa Beck, winner in Dance; (front row) Jessica Farnsworth, runner up in music; and Gaby Reyes, runner up in World Languages.

 

GVHS winner Josie Sorenson in Agriculture Science.

GVHS winner Josie Sorenson in Agriculture Science.

 

Manti High School had two category winners at the Central Region Sterling Scholar Awards: Jared Christensen (left), in Trade and Technical Education, and Alexa Vernon (right), in the Art category.

Manti High School had two category winners at the Central Region Sterling Scholar Awards: Jared Christensen (left), in Trade and Technical Education, and Alexa Vernon (right), in the Art category.

 

GVHS winner Cassandra Hansen in Family and Consumer Sciences.

GVHS winner Cassandra Hansen in Family and Consumer Sciences.