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Carbon High School: Back row from left: Kayle Bingham, Visual Arts; Ryan Gagon, Mathematics; Luke Hansen, Science; Ashley Leautaud, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Center row from left: Tyler Pierce, Social Science; Katie Datzman, World Languages; Adriana Taylor, Music; Makara Morgan, Business & Marketing; Mersedez Clifford, English; Canden Stockdale, Family & Consumer Sciences. Front row from left: Kelsey Manual, Computer Technology; Bethany Prettyman, Drama & Vocal Performance; Jaylee Cox, Forensics & Speech; Mikelle Monson, Dance.

Since 1962, high school seniors have been honored for their academic excellence by being named Sterling Scholars. According to the Sterling Scholar website, “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.”

Due to the distance involved and differing academic circumstances, the program is conducted in five independent regions throughout the state’s 41 school districts and 29 counties. These regions include the Wasatch Front (North, Central and South areas), Northeast Utah, Central Utah, Southeast Utah and Southwest Utah.

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Schools throughout the state are invited to participate in the program each year. Winners are named in 15 categories: Agriculture Science; Business & Marketing; Computer Technology; Dance; English & Literature; Family & Consumer Sciences; General Scholarship; Instrumental Music; Mathematics; Science; Speech & Drama; Skilled & Technical Education; Visual Arts; Vocal Performance; and World Languages.

The students pictured are nominees from the Utah Southeast Region. Each scholar will now compete in the Southeast Region competition in their respective categories.

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Carbon High School: Back row from left: Kayle Bingham, Visual Arts; Ryan Gagon, Mathematics; Luke Hansen, Science; Ashley Leautaud, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Center row from left: Tyler Pierce, Social Science; Katie Datzman, World Languages; Adriana Taylor, Music; Makara Morgan, Business & Marketing; Mersedez Clifford, English; Canden Stockdale, Family & Consumer Sciences. Front row from left: Kelsey Manual, Computer Technology; Bethany Prettyman, Drama & Vocal Performance; Jaylee Cox, Forensics & Speech; Mikelle Monson, Dance.
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Emery High School: Back row from left: Lexi Gale, Dance; Bridger Ivie, Music; David White, Drama/Vocal Performance; Nathanial Smith, Forensics and Speech; Malone Moss, Science; Brans Petersen, Business & Marketing; Abbie Huntington, Family & Consumer Sciences. Front row from left: Elizabeth Nielson, Computer Technology; Danyale Service, English; Riata Christiansen, Social Science; Samantha Roberts, Mathematics; Elexis Dalton, World Languages; Carlie Robinson, Visual Arts.
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Grand County High School: Back row from left: Ryan Reed, Mathematics; Tyler Moreau, Social Sciences; Abigail Mason, Dance; Ryan Lewis, Science; Grace Osusky, Forensics and Speech. Front row from left: Aidan G. Newton, English; Trinity Yazzie, Visual Arts; Isabella Walter, Business & Marketing; Hannah Stripeika, Drama; Kaylan Young, Family & Consumer Sciences.
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Green River High School: Lindsey McFarlane, Mathematics.
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Monticello High School: Camaysa Crittenden, Computer Technology; Breanne Slade, English; Ashley Adair, Music; Alyssa Reeve, Mathematics; Brayson Wilcox, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Halle Young, Dance; Carlyn Goodwine, Family & Consumer Sciences; Abi Nielson, Social Science.
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Monument Valley High School: From left: Mekiella Laws, Family & Consumer Sciences; Kimberlynn Yellowhair, English; Shinibah Stanley, Science; Crystal Stanley, Visual Arts; Tanin Carlson, Mathematics.
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San Juan High School: From left: Jared Webb, Science; Ashley Berrett, Drama & Vocal Performance; Ryann Shumway, Family & Consumer Sciences; Zoie Chamberlain, Visual Arts; Kathryn Black, World Languages; Eva Perkins, Music; Jessica Walker, Computer Technology; Hailey Adams, Social Science; Emily Hall, English; Brooklyn Grover, Business & Marketing; Isabelle Tooke, Dance; Rhett Lee, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Deryl Shumway, Mathematics.
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Whitehorse High School: Vincent Saltclah, Science; Katelyn Yellowman, English; Sid Schaefer, Computer Technology.

Click here to donate to the program. All donations will go directly to student scholarships throughout the state.