Ravell Call, Deseret News
FILE - Granger High School Sterling Scholar candidates talk while waiting for their turn to be judged during Sterling Scholar semifinals in West Jordan, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

"A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah," the program's website says.

Here's a look at the 2016 Sterling Scholar candidates, who represent schools throughout Utah: