Southwest Sterling Scholar winners announced

Published: Monday, May 13 2013 6:07 a.m. MDT

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Southern Utah University hosted the 35th annual Southwest Utah Sterling Scholar competition and awards banquet in Cedar City on April 11.

One hundred and eighty-seven students representing 17 high schools and five school districts competed in the competition.

Each of the finalists was judged on scholarship, leadership and citizenship as well as personal achievements, awards and their interviews with the judges.

The three judges in each category came from the local community, Dixie State College and SUU.

After the competition and judging, a banquet was held in honor of the finalists and their families.

SUU President Michael Benson was the guest speaker. He encouraged students to continue to aspire to be the best that they could be, using his own experiences as a lifelong educator.

Jim Johnson, superintendent of Iron County School District, was acknowledged for his years of service and upcoming retirement. Also honored were past Sterling Scholar coordinator Marsha Shaheen and past committee member Superintendent Shane Erickson for their years of service in the Sterling Scholar Program.

After the banquet, an awards program was held.Winners and runners-up received a sterling silver pin or charm along with a cash prize.

Colleges and universities in Utah offer scholarships to both the winners and the runners-up. Several local legislators also contributed to the scholarship fund.

The fifteen categories of the competition included: Agriculture Science, Business and Marketing, Computer Technology, Dance, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Foreign Language, General Scholarship, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science, Speech and Drama, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education and Visual Arts.
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