Nine area high school seniors were honored by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Footprinter's Association, Tuesday as outstanding young citizens.

The students have all been enrolled in the Sheriff's Assisting Youth law enforcement program at their respective schools and were chosen as outstanding youths because of their academic performance and citizenship. The SAY course curriculum includes instruction about the role of law enforcement in society, law, courts and the criminal justice system.Students were nominated by the deputies who teach the SAY course in their respective schools. SAY has been offered in local high schools to junior and senior students since 1975.

"We try to give them a good picture of what law enforcement is really like," said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Everett, who oversees the program.

Honored were: Brianne Garzarelli, Hillcrest High School; Matt Anderson, Bingham High School; Lisa Sundquist, Kearns High School; Shane Wood, Cyprus High School; Stephanie Schock, Granite High School; Greg Carroll, Skyline High School; Peter Aldous, Olympus High School; Lindsay Kidd, Cottonwood High School; and Dustin Hardman, Taylorsville High School.

Garzarelli and Sundquist were also honored with full scholarships to Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Sundquist, who said that nearly everyone in her family has attended SUU, plans to study law enforcement and hopes to have a career as a probation officer.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard presented the awards with the help of deputies at a banquet lunch, saying the youth were fine representatives of their generation. He also thanked their parents and school administrators for supporting the SAY program and their children.

"I can't thank each of you enough for everything you do," Kennard said. "You young men and women are the future of this county, of this state. Some of you may be deputies some day, one of you may be governor. But if you need a friend, look to that person next to you, to mom and dad, or that school administrator. These people care a whole bunch about you and and they'll be there to help you."