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Alta High School: Back row from left: Avery Gunnell, Instrumental Music; Christian Affleck, Vocal Performance; Weston Smith, Mathematics; Jace Palmer, Computer Technology; Carter Davis, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Middle row from left: Isabelle Siebeneck, World Languages; Aubrie Berrett, Dance; Stephanie Triptow, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Lydia Stueber, Visual arts. Front row from left: Julia Norris, Science; Ashley Morrill, Family & Consumer Sciences; Tavin Forsythe-Barker, Social Science; Abigail Hardy, English; Kyla White, Business & Marketing.

The pursuit of excellence — in scholarship, leadership and citizenship — is what defines a Sterling Scholar in the state of Utah. Each high school senior who is recognized and awarded has demonstrated their knowledge, success and vision by presenting a portfolio of their work in a specific category, has been interviewed by judges and advanced at the high school, semifinal and finals levels. From finalists in 14 categories, one overall Sterling Scholar winner is chosen and announced at an awards ceremony.

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The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the program to focus attention on outstanding seniors, to recognize them publicly and award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions. The Sterling Scholar Awards Program seeks to commend and encourage excellence among all nominees. All nominees are judged equally on the basis of scholastic achievement without regard to religion, sex, political preference or national origin.

Categories for the Wasatch Front Region include: English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, World Languages, Computer Technology, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business & Marketing, Speech/TheaterArts/Forensics, Vocal Performance, Visual Arts, Instrumental Music and Dance.

Alta High School: Back row from left: Avery Gunnell, Instrumental Music; Christian Affleck, Vocal Performance; Weston Smith, Mathematics; Jace Palmer, Computer Technology; Carter Davis, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Middle row from left: Isabelle Siebeneck, World Languages; Aubrie Berrett, Dance; Stephanie Triptow, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Lydia Stueber, Visual arts. Front row from left: Julia Norris, Science; Ashley Morrill, Family & Consumer Sciences; Tavin Forsythe-Barker, Social Science; Abigail Hardy, English; Kyla White, Business & Marketing.
American Academy of Innovation: From left: Grace McFarlane, English; Noah Kellmer, Business & Marketing; Joseph Ellsworth, World Languages. Not pictured: Sterling Turner, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education and Joshua Bunting, Computer Technology.
American Fork High School: Back row from left: Jaysen Duckworth, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Cairo Batt, World Languages; Ty Petty, Instrumental Music; Jason Roberts, Alec Atkinson, Business & Marketing. Middle row from left: Shayla Hendricks, Social Science; Kylie Clinton, Mathematics; Darci Ramirez, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Jaylee Bastian, Family & Consumer Sciences. Front row from left: Hannah Rogers, English; Payton Erickson, Science; Savannah McKenzie, Visual Arts; Elizabeth Hafen, Vocal Performance; Brinlee Lott, Dance.
American Leadership Academy: Bottom row from left: Natalya Millet, English; Trinity Johnson, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Kodi Stewart, Family & Consumer Sciences; AnnaMarie Davis, Dance; Anna Reichner, World Languages; Amy Peterson, Science. Top row from left: Ethan Whitlock, Business & Marketing; Hyrum Davis, Computer Technology; Garrett Walters, Instrumental Music; Jaron Anderson, Social Science; Camron Gabler, Visual Arts; Patrick Merighe, Mathematics; Dylan Gardner, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Kade Bennett, Vocal Performance.
Corner Canyon High School: Back row from left: Atharva Kamat, Mathematics; Graden Jackson, Social Science; Baylor Jeppsen, World Languages; Rachel Hunt, English. Middle row from left: Eleanor Larson, Visual Arts; Hailey Bartholomew, Family & Consumer Sciences; Ella Bellis, Dance; Katherine Fowler, Instrumental Music; Cade Barrowes, Computer Technology. Front row from left: Grace Stubbs, Vocal Performance; Sebastian Lee, Science; Camryn Crowe, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Julia Tolk, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Not pictured: Lauren Wilson, Business & Marketing.
Karl Maeser Preparatory Academy: Back row from left: Devin Johannesmeyer, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Clark Bailey, Social Science; Ellis Anderson, World Languages; Lizzy McClellan, Computer Technology. Front row from left: Sofia Tian, Business & Marketing; McKenna Taylor, Instrumental Music; Keylla Ortega, English; Amber Bridges, Science; Abigail Colby, Family & Consumer Sciences. Not pictured: Cassidy Wiersdorf, Mathematics; Melissa Velasco, Visual Arts; Tyran Heaton, Dance; Melanie Reinhard, Vocal Performance; Eden Halverson, Speech/Theater Arts/Debate.
Lehi High School: Back row from left: Brooke Symkoviak, Social Science; Jana Trane, Dance; Grey Siepert, Business & Marketing; Bailee Miner, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Trey Shumway, Mathematics; Halle Larson, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Hailey Caron, Visual Arts. Front row from left: Madison Brown, Science; Lucy Pratt, World Languages; Jessica Craig, Computer Technology; Jessa Lethbridge, English; Kamarie Dalton, Family & Consumer Science; Kaylee Harper, Vocal Performance. Not Pictured: Makayla Pett, Instrumental Music.
Lone Peak High School: Back row from left: Ethan Rasmussen, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Daniel Taylor, Social Science; Andrew Lee, Computer Technology; Nathan Stratford, Family & Consumer Sciences; Hunter Ransom, Science. Middle row from left: Eden Collins, Dance; Sloane James, Visual Arts; Brenda Lee, Business & Marketing; Katie Howard, Vocal Performance. Front row from left: William Green, English; Lauren Roberts, World Languages; Kersee Robbins, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Mickayla Hunter, Instrumental Music; Ann Jones, Mathematics.
Maple Mountain High School: Back row from left: Kagen Nelson, Social Science; Kyle Bird, Instrumental Music; Dallin Burton, Computer Technology; Braxton Smithson, Business & Marketing. Middle row from left: Isaac Pickett, Vocal Performance; Anton Moss, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Josephine Schmidt, Science; Ladd Davis, Skilled & Technical Sciences; Herbie Wright, Mathematics. Front row from left: Brinnley Crane, Dance; Emma Young, Visual Arts; Haylie Decker, English; Lexi Rogers, World Languages; Abigail Kimball, Family & Consumer Sciences.
Merit Academy: Back row from left: Adam Walker, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Kali Hollins, Dance; Sebastian Escobedo, English; Trey Furner, Science; Rachel Ricardez, Business & Marketing. Front row from left: Ky Wilkinson, World Languages; Melanie Butts, Mathematics; Brooklyn Thompson, Family & Consumer Sciences; Jose Coreas, Social Science. Not pictured: Ben Dunford, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics and Anna Montoya, Visual Arts.
Mountain View High School: Back row from left: Benjamin Williams, Science; Lily Jones, Vocal Performance; Savanna Randall, Visual Arts; Jeniel Zimmerman, Social Science; Amy Woodall, Mathematics; Kaely Hope, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Miguel Rust, Computer Technology. Front row from left: Sarah Tobey, English; Jacelin Clayton, Business & Marketing; Ily Olsen, Instrumental Music; Nicole Meyer, Dance; Makenzy Toro, Family & Consumer Sciences; Melodie Adams, World Languages. Not pictured: Teryn Sigua, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education.
Orem High School: Back row from left: Autumn Bickmore, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Jane Drinkwater, Social Science; Kaitlin Anderson, Family & Consumer Sciences; Aidan Quigley, Business & Marketing; Garth Fielding III, Science; Susanna Bergeson, Instrumental Music; Adeline Palmer, Visual Arts; Elise Johnson, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Front row from left: Abbigail Kelley, Dance; Aspen Jones, English; Levi Hilton, Computer Technology; Jonah Brooks, Vocal Performance; Kimberly Winward, World Languages; Janette Wong, Mathematics.
Paradigm High School: Back row from left: Robert Hays, Instrumental Music; Jamison Conforto, English. Front row from left: Emily G. Payne, Social Science; Sarah Jane Unsworth, Vocal Performance; Anna Michelle Bjork, Visual Arts.
Payson High School: Back row from left: Evyn Staheli, Social Science; Thobe Talbot, Mathematics; Ericka Stone, English; Adrienne Wilde, Visual Arts; Shamara Britos Cancinos, Dance; Dominique Colipi, World Languages; Jessica Hoschouer, Business & Marketing; Lora Burton, Vocal Performance. Front row from left: Logan Bennett, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Breiann Carter, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Daniel Tinoco, Science; Kyler Draper, Computer Technology; Clara Beddoes, Family & Consumer Sciences.
Pleasant Grove High School: Scott Milner, Mathematics; Isabella Adams, Visual Arts; Heidi Dexter, English; Brooklyn Allen, Dance; Jared Meline, Vocal Performance; Hannah Clement, Instrumental Music; Caleb Shelton, World Languages; Abigail Haws, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Garrett McKay, Computer Technology; Lauren Conder, Family & Consumer Sciences; Bridger McKay, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Ally Blackhurst, Business & Marketing; Joshua Bishop, Science; Rachel Seamons, Social Science.
Provo High School: Back row from left: Abbey Chambers, Family & Consumer Sciences; David Mitchell, Theater Arts; Keenan Faulkner, Mathematics; Jordan Packer, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Zoe Bastian, Visual Arts. Middle row from left: Afton Black, World Languages; Corinne Jarvis, Social Science; Karen Magana, Business & Marketing; Ciara Enriquez, English. Front row from left: Trina Yeo, Vocal Performance; Annie Luke, Dance; Marissa Angell, Computer Technology; Sadie McGinn, Science; Julianna Carlson, Instrumental Music.
Salem Hills High School: Back row from left: Gavin Lamb, World Languages; Hyrum Devenport, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics, Nathaniel Meads, Mathematics. Middle row from left: Brynn Eyre, Instrumental Music; Lexi Lamb, Business & Marketing; Kaitlin Mehl; Vocal Performance. Back row from left: Oakley Palfreyman, Dance; Stratton Scott, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Finlay Lofthouse, English; Rebecca Cromar, Science. Front row from left: Kenzi Wilkinson, Family & Consumer Sciences; Rebeca Knapp, Social Science; Rachel Weber, Visual Arts; Amanda Insalaco, Computer Technology.
Skyridge High School: From left: Holly Gerber, English; Katrina Mathews, Visual Arts; Emily Jensen, World Languages; Libby Brooks, Computer Technology; McKay Shields, Mathematics; James Linton, Business & Marketing; Thomas Fuller, Instrumental Music; Alice Ellsworth, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Dixon Gray, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Taylor Goeringer, Dance; Zoey Taylor, Vocal Performance; Abigail Kearns, Social Science; Michelle Shumway, Family & Consumer Sciences; Maren Rawlins, Science.
Spanish Fork High School: Back row from left: Tyler Thompson, World Languages; Brennon Applegarth, Business & Marketing; Ethan Gunn, Computer Technology. Middle row from left: Ethan Blake, Mathematics; Madeline Johnson, Science; Ashley Norris, Family & Consumer Sciences; Sterling Brinkerhoff, Visual Arts. Front row from left: Megan Hansen, Social Science; Aubrey Smith, English; Evin Fulwider, Instrumental Music; Jordyn Harrison, Dance; Corianne Mangelson, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education.
Springville High School: Back row from left: Mark Payne, Mathematics; Dylan Mitchell, Computer Technology; Zachary Foster, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Middle row from left: Rebecca Gee, Science; Emma Wilson, Family & Consumer Sciences; Brianna Rogers, World Languages; Benjamin Creer, Social Science; Katie Johnson, Vocal Performance; Daphne LeSueur, Instrumental Music; Alicia Dunn, Business & Marketing. Front row from left: Kya Durrant, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Natalya Love, Visual Arts; Gemma Hansen, Dance; Reagan Sweat, English.
Summit Academy: Back row from left: Conner Benjamin, Social Science; Sydney Drummond, Business & Marketing; Mia Harris, Dance; Samantha Lyden, Visual Arts; Allie Cordero, Science; Bailey Foster, Vocal Performance; Younoo Seo, Family & Consumer Sciences; Cameron Hoang, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Bottom row from left: Cameron Lloyd, English; Markus Tolman, Computer Technology; Adam Losser, World Languages; Jonah Elsberry, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Drake Brown, Mathematics; Jarom Hyde, Instrumental Music.
Timpanogos High School: Back row from left: Darcie Miles, Dance; Nathan Liecthy, Visual Arts; Michael Skillings, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; McKay Meeves, English; Zachary Hacking, Mathematics; Alex Turner, Instrumental Music; Clark Allen, Science. Bottom row from left: Calvin Livingston, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Brooklyn Sellars, Business & Marketing; Jennifer Bringhurst, Vocal Performance; Elizabeth Romrell, Social Science; Glory Thomas, Family & Consumer Sciences; Evalyn Ledezma, World Languages; Aleksandr Spackman, Computer Technology.
Timpview High School: Back row: Salem Davis, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. Fifth row from left: Eli Child, Mathematics; Sam Charles, World Languages. Fourth row from left: Mariane Rizzuto, Social Science; Camryn Smith, Visual Arts. Third row from left: Alexis LeBaron, English; Quincy Taylor, Computer Technology; Alisha Kirkland, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics. Second row from left: Courtney Brewster, Vocal Performance; Abby Whipple, Dance. Front row from left: Marie Li, Science; Gabriela Coca, Family & Consumer Sciences; Natalie Lund, Instrumental Music; Teresa Gao, Business & Marketing.
Walden School: From left: Jenna Webb, English; Loral Allen, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Rose Buhrley, Instrumental Music; Carson Pennington, Computer Technology; Nate Petersen, Science; Erin Johnson, Visual Arts; Ben Yazzie, Mathematics; Caitlyn Porter, Family & Consumer Sciences; Robert (Bob) Stanton, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Kendrik Allred, Business & Marketing; Samuel Bona, Social Science; Esther Hammon, World Languages. Not pictured: Eden Record, Dance.
Westlake High School: Back row from left: Caleb Mousley, Instrumental Music; Aaron Flynn Ellefson, Vocal Performance; Gabriel Ryan James, World Languages. Third row, from left: Landon Christopher Arnell, Skilled & Technical Sciences Education; Isaac Barrus, Social Science; Daniel Clothier, Business & Marketing; Zachary Sabey, Mathematics. Second row, from left: Lexia Bushman, Visual Arts; Madeline Abigail Maxwell, Science. Front row from left: Brinnli Johnson, Dance; Mira Pederson, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Hailey Hunt, English; Heidi White, Family & Consumer Sciences; Amelia Francis Burnett, Computer Technology.