The Sterling Scholar program was developed by The Desert News and KSL Broadcast Group as a way to highlight outstanding seniors and recognize them publicly. Through the program, students may be awarded scholarships and tuition waivers from a number of participating institutions.
Seniors recognized through the program present a portfolio of work in a specific category that is then reviewed by judges before the students undergo an interview process. There are levels, such as at their respective high schools, semifinals and finals, to advance through. In 13 categories, finalists are chosen.
From the finalists, one Sterling Scholar is chosen and recognized at an awards ceremony. Categories for the Southeast Region include English, Mathematics, Science, World Languages, Computer Technology, Skilled & Technical Science Education, Social Science, Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Sciences, Forensics & Speech, Drama & Performance, Visual Arts, Music and Dance.
The following are the Carbon High School Sterling Scholars: Tyler Yoklavich, Science; Parker Humes, Computer Technology; Trinalee Hatch, Drama & Vocal Performance; Aubrey Fausett, Visual Arts; Jon Banasky, Social Science, Natalia Hopes, Skilled & Technical Science Education; Jordyn Gagon, Business & Marketing; Shaubre Stockdale, Family & Consumer Sciences; Jewelianna Nielsen, World Languages; Alheli Pendleton, Forensics & Speech, Elley Cowdell, Dance; Alyssa Vincent, Music; Britlie Sharp, English and Samantha King, Mathematics.
These students will represent Emery High School: Jesse Braun, Mathematics; Keldan Guymon, Skilled & Technical Science Education; Levi Olsen, Social Science; Walker Woolsey, Science; Mason Faimalo, Business & Marketing; Deegan Minchey, Family & Consumer Sciences; Bailey Huggard, Forensics & Speech, Belle Bowers, Dance; Sydney Terwilleger, World Languages; Ethan Anderson, Drama & Vocal Performance; Kaydee Deto, Music; Grace Christensen, English; Hallie LeRoy, Visual Arts and Rebecca Carroll, Computer Technology.
A special note for this year’s Sterling Scholar’s is that this year, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation is donating a whopping $55,000 to the awards. It was stated that this money will go toward scholarships for Sterling Scholar statewide and will assist rural areas that possibly do not always receive scholarship funding in adequate amounts.
During the Sterling Scholars awards ceremony, one chosen student will receive what has been titled as the Gail Miller Community Service Award. This award honors the chosen student for their community service. Miller has always put great stock into education and wishes to further student’s education and passion for learning in any way possible.