They explored the world of academics and they achieved. They listened to the words of the master of ceremonies when he said regrets of not trying to achieve or explore are worse than failure.
But they have no regrets and they certainly are not failures. These are the winners of the 26th annual Deseret News-KSL Sterling Scholars of Central Utah.The world is full of people who have dreams but, sadly, most don't act on them, said Master of Ceremonies Shannon Ogden of KSL-TV News. But that is not true of the 40 winners and runners-up who were announced at recent awards ceremonies in Juab High School in Nephi. Ogden admonished the scholars to continue exploring areas of interest but advised them that failure is a part of life.
The excitement of those ceremonies is still vivid in memories of the Sterling Scholars. They're now back at their respective schools, rightly basking in their accomplishments, but perhaps even more important, continuing their final high school studies in preparation for graduation while eagerly awaiting their futures.
Richfield and Manti high schools captured the most awards. Richfield students accounted for four winners and four runners-up and Manti with three winners and six runners-up.
First place winners also represented six other schools, including Wasatch Academy, North Sanpete High School, North Sevier High School, Millard High School, Delta High School and Gunnison Valley High School. All of the 11 region high schools were represented with winners and/or runners-up award recipients.
The winners are:
Speech/drama - Winner: Don Farmer, Millard High, son of Kathy L. Farmer, Holden. Runners-up: Bruce Anderson, North Sevier High, son of King and Mary Anderson, Salina; and Heather Brinkerhoff, Wayne High, daughter of Duain and Debbie Brinkerhoff, Bicknell.
English - Winner: Jeffrey Wayne Nicholes, Wasatch Academy, son of Joseph Kent and Caroline Bell Nicholes, Mt. Pleasant. Runners-up: Launa Leaming, North Sevier High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Leaming, Redmond, and Analisa Coats, Millard High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Coats, Holden.
Mathematics - Winner: Natalie Jorgensen, Richfield High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jorgensen, Glenwood. Runners-up: Catherine Soderborg, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Soderborg, Ephraim, and Sabrina Simons, Juab High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Simons, Nephi.
Social science - Winner: Rebecca Wilson, Richfield High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Wilson, Richfield. Runners-up: Nanette Sorensen, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Sorensen, Manti, and Greg Giles, Millard High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Giles, Fillmore.
Science - Winner: Lyle Chamberlain, Delta High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Chamberlain, Oak City. Runners-up: Joseph L. Pruitt, Richfield High, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rick Pruitt, Richfield, and Tony Peterson, Manti High, son of Mary Ann Peterson, Manti.
Foreign language - Winner: Elizabeth Parnell, North Sanpete High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Parnell, Spring City. Runners-up: Teresa Carmody, Manti High, daughter of Tom and Candy Carmody, Manti, and Heidi Peterson, Richfield High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewain Peterson, Richfield.
Visual arts - Winner: Lisa Forsythe, Richfield High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marv Forsythe, Richfield. Runners-up: Sherry Black, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Black, Ephraim, and Tyler Storey, North Sevier High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Story, Salina.
Technology education - Winner: Amy Hintze, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hintze, Manti. Runners-up: Shawn Sorensen, Gunnison Valley High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Sorensen, Gunnison, and Daniel Johnson, North Sevier High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Johnson, Aurora.
Family, Consumer and Health Sciences - Winner: Andrea Cook, Richfield High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Cook, Richfield. Runners-up: Amanda Arnold, Mil-lard High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Arnold, Holden, and Elizabeth Blauer, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Blauer, Ephraim.
Business and Marketing Education - Winner: Erin Rasmussen, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rasmussen, Ephraim. Runners-up: Tara Parsons, South Sevier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mauri Parsons, Monroe, and Cassy Eppich, North Sevier High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Eppich, Salina.
Music - Winner: Karin Mei Li Inouye, Gunnison Valley High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Inouye, Gunnison. Runners-up: Valerie Jones, South Sevier High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jones, Monroe, and Suzanne Sitthichai, Richfield High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chatuporn Tan Sithichai, Central Valley.
Dance - Winner: Rhiannon Jorgensen, North Sevier High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Jorgensen, Salina. Runners-up: Tiffany Lovell, Delta High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Lovell, Delta, and Adrian Tuttle, Millard High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Tuttle, Holden.
General Scholarship - Winner: Charity Gardner, Manti High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gardner, Ephraim. Runners-up Cody Mickelsen, North Sevier High, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Mickelsen, Aurora; Lisa Ogden, Richfield High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Corwin Ogden, Richfield; and Angie Sperry, Juab High, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sperry.
Mark Anderson of Ephraim was chairman of the Sterling Scholars of Central Utah program, assisted by Mavanee Loftus, secretary, Rich-field, and representatives of the various schools.
Loftus said certificates and pins will be awarded during assemblies at each high school. Winners and runners-up receive cash awards provided by donations from individuals, businesses and groups in the region.
Nominees, winners and runners-up also receive scholarships from university and colleges in Utah and Ricks College in Idaho.
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