Utahns will have an opportunity to meet the Deseret News-KSL Sterling Scholar Class of '89 when a special section is published March 21 with the names and photographs of this year's nominees.

Some 532 outstanding seniors from 45 high schools along the Wasatch Front will be listed in the section exclusively in the Deseret News. The students are nominees selected by their schools in 12 categories of study.Now in its 28th year, the Sterling Scholar Awards program recognizes the scholastic excellence of Utah's high school seniors. It was established by the Deseret News and KSL Inc., to focus public attention on the remarkable performance of the state's best scholars.

In addition to scholastic excellence, nominees are evaluated according to their citizenship and leadership as shown through portfolios and personal interviews.

Those listed in the section will face preliminary judging March 22 in one of three regional areas. The judging sites are Ogden High School for north region schools, Skyline High School for the central region and Timpview High for the south region. Each region has 15 schools represented.

On March 22, each nominee will be interviewed by two judges in the student's chosen category. After the judges have reviewed student portfolios and completed interviews, 15 finalists for each category - five from each region - will be selected for further judging April 5.

At that time three judges will determine a winner and two runners-up in each category. The judges' decisions will be disclosed during the Sterling Scholar Awards ceremony April 12.

All 180 finalists will be featured on the televised ceremony on KSL-TV, Channel 5, from Cottonwood High School.