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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Anna DiSera, from Cyprus High School, practices before competing in the Sterling Scholar semifinals in dance at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Anna DiSera, from Cyprus High School, practices before competing in the Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar semifinals in dance at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan on Wednesday. The semifinal competition will narrow down nearly 1,000 nominees from the Wasatch Front Region to 210 finalists. From that group, 14 winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in the LDS Conference Center Little Theatre on March 9. Students from each high school are nominated in one of 14 categories — 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. Scholarships are awarded to the winner and two runners-up in each category.