The cream of Utah's 30th annual Sterling Scholar field - 180 finalists in 12 categories of study - meet the judges for the second time Wednesday.

The young men and women, representing 44 high schools along the Wasatch Front, survived the first round of judging March 20 in Clearfield, Salt Lake City and Orem. Wednesday's judging will be held at Highland High School with interviews beginning at 3 p.m.More than 520 nominees from 46 high schools entered the 1991 program designed to recognize excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Judging is based on a portfolio, representing the student's achievements during the past four years, and personal interviews.

Five finalists from each region - for a total of 15 for final judging - in each category were selected.

Results of the judging will not be disclosed until April 10 during an hourlong televised ceremony at Cottonwood High School. The program will be telecast at 7 p.m. on KSL-TV, Channel 5.

During the ceremony, one winner and two runners-up in each category will be disclosed. Categories include English, speech/drama, mathematics, social science, science, foreign language, visual arts, industrial education, home economics, business education, music and general schol-ar-ship.

The Wasatch Front program is one of five conducted separately through-out the state. Others are held in northeast, southwest, southeast and central Utah.