The Cache County School District has exceptional students that are being recognized on a statewide level. Students from Ridgeline, Mountain Crest, and Sky View High School were selected as candidates for the Sterling Scholars Scholarship Program.
The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group created the Sterling Scholar Program to recognize outstanding seniors, as well as to award them cash scholarships and tuition waivers. The Sterling Scholar website states, “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.”
Each school from around the state was able to nominate 14 of their students to compete in a variety of school subjects/categories such as math, science, English, dance, etc. The state semi-final competition accepted 900 students and their portfolios. At this competition, their portfolios were judged and all the students were interviewed, narrowing down the 900 students to 210 finalists. These finalists will have one more round of interviews, which will then narrow the margin to three students in each of the 14 categories. These three students will be the winner and two runner-ups.
Although cash scholarships are awarded only on the state level, all nominated students will benefit. As they prepare their portfolios, students are creating incredibly diverse resumes and scholarship application materials which they can use all year to apply for different scholarships. Additionally, being able to list that a student’s academic performance was at the very top in a particular area in their school makes an impressive accolade on any application.
Below are pictures of the Sterling Scholar candidates from Ridgeline, Mountain Crest and Sky View High Schools, along with quotes from school personnel who helped prepare them for this achievement.
Ridgeline High School
“I encouraged the students to participate in the Sterling Scholars program because of the opportunity to show the community and the state what great things these students have accomplished in high school. It also gives the students the opportunity to participate in a statewide competition and practice their interview skills.” - Jennifer Whipple, teacher
“Honestly, I could tell you something inspirational about each one of the students in this picture of our MCHS Scholars. I watched each of them stretch and grow; from our English Sterling Scholar who developed even more impressive and inspirational writing on her blog, to the business candidate who effortlessly created a smoother method for our school to automate school announcements. I witnessed our music (vocal and instrumental) Sterling Scholars as they perfected their numbers, and watched our art applicant post a YouTube video of herself making ceramics, that had appealed to countless viewers within the first hour as they enjoyed watching her skill at the wheel. The applicants for dance and social sciences, who have already won other statewide contests in their areas, were still constantly striving to improve interview and application skills. Every one of our applicants has inspired me as I have had the honor of working with them.” - Kim Sorensen
“Our Sterling Scholars are incredible! Anyone who feels pessimistic about the world should read these students portfolios. What I’m saying is, we’re in good hands! Sky View has always excelled at the Sterling Scholar competition. Last year we sent 13 students down to compete, and had seven returning finalists, with our English candidate taking the State title. This year, we sent 13 students down to compete and we have five finalists. They had their final interviews on Tuesday, March 2 and we have high hopes for placing.” - Faun Taylor, administrative assistant