CCSD students shine in Sterling Scholar Competition

 

Eva Jones is the English Sterling Scholar winner

 

Congratulations to Eva Jones of Sky View High School and Lucy Williams of Green Canyon High School! Jones was chosen to receive the region's English Sterling Scholar award and Williams was selected as a runner-up for the Sterling Scholar Award in instrumental music.

 

Eva Jones honed her impressive portfolio through years of hard work and commitment to academic excellence. Notably, she has excelled in English through various endeavors, such as her contributions to the school newspaper and the creation of the Quaranteen Times. Her leadership shines through her role as the team captain of Sky View's cross country team.

 

Jones has shown significant community involvement by earning her black belt in karate and teaching younger children, volunteering at local women's groups teaching self-defense, and tutoring at Birch Creek Elementary School. Her varied interests, from art and athletics to her passion for English and active community involvement, showcase why she was selected for the prestigious award.

 

The Sterling Scholar program fosters academic excellence by granting scholarships and publicly honoring exceptional high school seniors in Utah. Candidates are evaluated based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, and community service. Recipients of the award also qualify for additional scholarships and tuition waivers at many universities throughout Utah.

 

Jones felt elated as her name was announced at the award ceremony on April 18th. “The highlight of my experience was being chosen as the English Sterling Scholar winner. I was floored, and frankly, I still am,” she said, explaining that the scholarship has opened many doors for her to pay for college and serve a religious mission. 

 

“I am very grateful for what this organization has done for me, and the doors it opens to help high schoolers reach their goals,” said Jones. 

 

Heidi Favero, Sky View High School’s English teacher and Sterling Scholar advisor, said Jones is “determined and committed to academic excellence, and [that commitment] has helped her to achieve this honor.” 

 

Lucy Williams

 

Lucy Williams, a senior at Green Canyon High School, was selected as runner-up for the Sterling Scholar Award in instrumental music. “We are so proud of her accomplishments and are thrilled that she placed as runner-up in the Wasatch Front Sterling Scholar competition,” said Juli Meikle, Sterling Scholar coordinator. Williams, whose primary instrument is the French horn, also plays the mellophone for Carolina Crown, a competitive world-class drum corps and overall world champion in 2013. She will attend the University of Cincinatti’s Conservatory of Music to major in French horn performance. “Not only did she place in the KSL Sterling Scholar competition this year, but she was also awarded the John Philip Sousa Band award,” expressed Meikle. “She also won the Outstanding Improv Soloist award at the State Jazz Festival.”

 

Once a student has been selected as a Sterling Scholar nominee for their school, they embark on an eight-week journey to create a digital portfolio that reflects their accomplishments and character. This phase allows them to showcase their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. “Based on the portfolio, judges select a minimal number to move on to the semi-final interview. At this stage, judges have viewed the student portfolios and now get to meet and interview the students,” described Favero. “Our students compete with the Best of the Best at their schools. All students interviewed in the Finals will be asked to attend the Awards Ceremony where one individual is selected from each category as the Winner.”