There is one "Category" that is not being included and that is
athletics. If you have Dance and Music, etc, why not Athletics? Granted, the
UHSAA has an academic All-State award, but the Sterling Scholar award is in a
different class althogether and offers scholarship money. I would think the
critera to win the Sterling Scholar award in Athletics would be not only
academic performance, but also outstanding performance in the area of athletics.
It seems that there are likely some outstanding students (even 4.0) students who
play a sport or multiple sports on an extremely high level who are being
over-looked. Amy Donaladson and James Edwards and the gang, how about using your
influence to get this changed?
@ Gondos 2/7/11, 7:19 AM.Do you mean a Sterling Scholar award for each and
all high school sports: like one award for football, one award for basketball,
one award for baseball, and so forth; not to mention the runner ups at different
positions. You get the idea!Sorry, that would be next to impossible
in my view. That inclusion would dilute the categories and destroy the current
Sterling Scholar system of its purposes. Just leave it alone, as it is.
Gondos, I can't seem to find the source, but I recently read an article on
this website that talked about how the idea of the Sterling Scholar came about.
An employee of either Deseret News or KSL decided that students who displayed
excellence in sports and traditional athletics received quite a bit of public
recognition from the community. Academics, however, did not. They wanted a way
to publicly recognize ACADEMIC excellence so that even the intellectual all
stars could get some public recognition. To provide athletics as a category
would completely undermine this goal and make the Sterling Scholar just another
run-of-the mill High School award. Like you mentioned, there's already the
Academic All State award to honor athletes who excel in school.
And in addition, those students who are excelling at such high levels of
athletic competition are already getting scouted out for full-ride scholarships
and would not need the Sterling Scholar fund.
I think this award should also invite students of all private high schools in
the state of Utah to compete, so the winners are TRUE Utah high school Scholars.