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Deseret News/KSL 2014 Sterling Scholar award winners

Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 9:38 p.m. MDT

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Name: Taylor Stevens

School: West Jordan High School

Parents: Necia and Martin Stevens

Scholarship: Ranks 26 of 479; overall GPA is 3.967; 29 composite ACT.

Awards and accomplishments: Editor-in-chief and news editor of the high school newspaper; member of varsity debate team and member of the National Forensic League; National Honor Society Service chair.

"Writing saved my life. Maybe that’s why I feel I owe it so much that I would drive out of my way for more. I have always hungered after it. From the time I was struck by the magic of the Harry Potter novels as a young girl I knew that I wanted to make others feel that power and connection. As I was planning on making this impact on others, I had no idea that my writing would have such an impact on me.

"I believe that a leader filled with passion instills within the rest of their group a sense of dedication to that same product, and I have always tried to make my staff feel as though we are working to a common goal."
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