Years of scholastic excellence combined with leadership and community service by many of the state's outstanding high school seniors will be in the television spotlight Wednesday, April 10.

The students, finalists in the 30th annual Deseret News-KSL Sterling Scholar Awards, will be honored during televised ceremonies at Cottonwood High School, 5715 S. 1300 East. Parents, families and friends will be on hand as winners and runners-up are announced in 12 categories.The hourlong program will be telecast live at 7 p.m. on KSL-TV, Channel 5, with 180 finalists, according to Terry Lamb, producer. The winning students were selected April 3 at Highland High School by three judges in each category.

Kent Norton, KSL-TV announcer, will be master of ceremonies and prominent Utahns will hand out the awards. They include Sharlene Hawkes, feature reporter for ESPN; D. Michael Stewart, Salt Lake County commissioner; Norma Matheson, former first lady of Utah; and G. Don Gale, vice president for news and public affairs, Bonneville International Corp.

Musical numbers will be performed by student groups from West, Highland and East high schools. Two 1990 winners, Debra Fisher, a home economics winner from West High School, and Martha Thompson, a music winner from Davis High School, will be hostesses for the event.