Accomplished high school seniors represent Cache Valley as 2017 Sterling Scholars

Seniors from four area high schools recognized as local Sterling Scholars. 

Throughout the state of Utah, the annual <a href=””>Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar Awards</a> recognize outstanding high school seniors each year who have made notable achievements in one of 14 academic and vocational categories including English, mathematics, social science, science, world languages, computer technology, skilled and technical sciences education, family and consumer sciences, business and marketing, speech/theater arts/forensics, visual arts, dance, instrumental music and vocal performance. 

“A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah,” the program’s website explains. “The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the program especially to focus attention on outstanding seniors in order to recognize them publicly as well as award <a href=””>cash scholarships and tuition waivers</a> from participating institutions.” 

Established in 1962, the Sterling Scholar Program is sponsored by <a href=””>Zions Bank</a>. Nominees who are selected as winners at each participating high school complete an extensive portfolio highlighting their achievements and advance to regional judging.

The Logan and Cache County school districts are in the Sterling Scholar Program’s Wasatch Front Region, North area. Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View high schools participate. Semifinal judging takes place for regional winners on Feb. 15, at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden. 

<a href=””>Logan High School</a>

“Logan High is extremely proud of our Sterling Scholars this year,” said Randy Cluff, Logan High School’s Sterling Scholar program coordinator. “They are so talented and hard working. Many of them are already achieving at a professional level in their fields. From all academic areas to visual, musical and technical arts, our students excel—but are yet to reach their peak. They are our next generation of leaders and creative minds.  Twelve of our 14 Sterling Scholars made it to semi-finals and we expect many of them to be on stage at the final awards ceremony later this school year. We sincerely congratulate our Sterling Scholars. Thank you for representing Logan High School so well!”

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From left: Andre Watson, Social Science; Ike Lyons, Computer Technology; David Kim, Mathematics; Raymond Li, Science; Emma Cardon, Instrumental Music; Kyle Ransom, Skilled &amp; Technical Sciences Education; Keely Toledo, Family &amp; Consumer Sciences; Kristina Carter, Vocal Performance; Diana Ortiz, World Languages; Madi Olsen, Business &amp; Marketing; Victoria Stafford, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Amylia Smith, Visual Arts; Winona Bhushan, English. (Not pictured, Shanae Larsen, Dance.)

Andre Watson, Ike Lyons, David Kim, Raymond Li, Emma Cardon, Kyle Ransom, Kristina Carter, Diana Ortiz, Madi Olsen, Victoria Stafford, Winona Bhushan and Shanae Larsen will advance to the semifinal competition next week.  

<a href=”″>Mountain Crest High School</a>

Kimberly Sorensen coordinates the Sterling Scholar program at Mountain Crest High School.

“I’m so excited about the success our students have had this year with Sterling Scholars,” she said. “We are so proud of them, and the program is beautiful because it celebrates these strengths and it helps these students to think about how they might use this area—whether it’s mathematics, world languages, instrumental music, visual arts—not only to serve their communities but also for a future career. It kind of hones in on specifically what they’re going to do in their future. I love the Sterling Scholar program!”

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Back row from left: Sabrina Ellis, Social Science; Emily Robinson, Dance; Hunter Watrin, Computer Technology; Mitch Adair, Mathematics; Sarah Daines, Instrumental Music; Michaela Leishman, Visual Arts; Caleb Newman, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics.

Front row from left: Weston Miller, Business &amp; Marketing; Cheyenne Brown, World Languages; Kirsten Jensen, English; Elizabeth Kenning, Vocal Performance; Kamille Osborne, Family &amp; Consumer Sciences; Branson Fonnesbeck, Science.

Sabrina Ellis, Emily Robinson, Hunter Watrin, Mitch Adair, Sarah Daines, Michaela Leishman, Caleb Newman, Cheyenne Brown, Elizabeth Kenning and Kamille Osborne will advance to the semifinal competition next week.

<a href=””>Ridgeline High School</a>

“The Sterling Scholar program is a great opportunity for the students to compete statewide in one academic area, as well as exemplify their service and leadership skills,” said coordinator Jennifer Whipple.  “These are amazing students who represent Ridgeline well.”

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Back row from left: Carson Pate, Skilled &amp; Technical Sciences Education; Logan Malmstrom, Business &amp; Marketing; Joseph Henderson, Vocal Performance; Payton Thomas (not participating).

Middle row from left: Elizabeth Sweeten, English; Tia Luther, Instrumental Music; Audrey Heiner, World Languages; Jessica Rush, Visual Arts.

Front row from left: Brooke Jacobsen, Mathematics; Abigail Hamblin, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Maleena Maxwell, Family &amp; Consumer Sciences; Talia Roundy, Dance. (Not pictured: Wesley Allred, Social Science.)

Semifinalists from Ridgeline High School are Joseph Henderson, Elizabeth Sweeten, Tia Luther, Brooke Jacobsen and Wesley Allred.

<a href=””>Sky View High School</a>

“Our Sterling Scholars excel in their category and then you look at their community service and all the leadership they’re involved in and you wonder when they have time to sleep,” said Faun Taylor, coordinator of the Sterling Scholar program at Sky View High School.  “They are dedicated, organized, extremely intelligent, and great community leaders who all deserve the spotlight. These kids are incredible!  When you read their portfolios you’re amazed at what they’ve accomplished already, and they’re still so young.   They make you feel like the future of the world is in really good hands. Every one of them are the ‘cream of the crop.’”

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Top Row Left to Right:  Madison Hancey, English; Hayden Christensen, Mathematics;  Holly Lemon, Social Science; Sean Cameron, World Languages;  Abbie Weight, Science.

Middle Row Left to Right:  Marissa Barlow, Family and Consumer Sciences; Carter Martindale, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Jamie Larsen, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education. 

Bottom Row Left to Right: Christian Clarke, Vocal Performance;   Madison Vanderwall, Instrumental Music; Josh Siler, Business and Marketing; Emme Lewis-Dance; Nathan Newell, Visual Arts.

Twelve of Sky View High School’s Sterling Scholars will advance to the next level.

A list of finalists in the 2017 Sterling Scholar competition will be published following semifinal interviews and judging on Feb. 15.  Final judging takes place on March 2, at Sky Ridge High School in Lehi. The 55th Annual Deseret News/KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Awards Ceremony will be held on March 9, at the LDS Conference Center Little Theatre in Salt Lake City.

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