Judges in the visual arts category, impressed with the work of an Alta High School student, nominated Bradley D. Chidester for special recognition in the Deseret News-KSL Sterling Scholar Awards program. The nomination was reviewed by the selection committee and was approved for the honor.
"His work is very impressive, but within the context of his disability, it is incredible!" they said.Each year sponsors of the program look for deserving students who have surmounted difficult handicaps or demonstrated extraordinary achievement by overcoming accident or illness, social, material or environmental problems, or by achieving far above indicated ability.
Chidester, 17, is one such deserving person, according to the judges - Robert S. Olpin, University of Utah; Al Rounds, professional artist; and Charles Stubbs, State Office of Education.
"Brad has muscular dystrophy and is restricted to a wheelchair. He has minimum use of his body, yet through patience and tremendous desire to achieve, has developed his ability to a very commendable talent," said one Alta High School teacher. And the Sterling Scholar judges last week agreed.
A member of the National Honor Society, Chidester has maintained a 3.74 grade point average and ranks 91st in a class of 640. He has won awards in art contests, including the Springville Museum of Art, Utah High School Art Exhibit, Utah State Fair and district competition. He designed the "Welcome to Murray" sign in a recent design competition.
He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Chidester of Sandy.