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Carbon High School: Back row from left: Tyler Yoklavich, Science; Parker Humes, Computer Technology; Trinalee Hatch, Drama & Vocal Performance; Aubrey Fausett, Visual Arts; Jon Banasky, Social Science. Middle row from left: Natalia Hopes, Skilled & Technical Science Education; Jordyn Gagon, Business & Marketing; Shaubre Stockdale, Family & Consumer Sciences; Jewelianna Nielsen, World Languages; Alheli Pendleton, Forensics & Speech. Front row from left: Elley Cowdell, Dance; Alyssa Vincent, Music; Britlie Sharp, English; Samantha King, Mathematics.

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 each of 13 categories, one 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 Southeast Region include: English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, World Languages, Computer Technology, Skilled & Technical Science Education, Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Sciences, Forensics & Speech, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Drama & Performance.

Carbon High School: Back row from left: Tyler Yoklavich, Science; Parker Humes, Computer Technology; Trinalee Hatch, Drama & Vocal Performance; Aubrey Fausett, Visual Arts; Jon Banasky, Social Science. Middle row from left: Natalia Hopes, Skilled & Technical Science Education; Jordyn Gagon, Business & Marketing; Shaubre Stockdale, Family & Consumer Sciences; Jewelianna Nielsen, World Languages; Alheli Pendleton, Forensics & Speech. Front row from left: Elley Cowdell, Dance; Alyssa Vincent, Music; Britlie Sharp, English; Samantha King, Mathematics.
Emery High School: Back row from left: Jesse Braun, Mathematics; Keldan Guymon, Skilled & Technical Science Education; Levi Olsen, Social Science; Walker Woolsey, Science; Mason Faimalo, Business & Marketing; Deegan Minchey, Family & Consumer Sciences; Bailey Huggard, Forensics & Speech; Front row from left: Belle Bowers, Dance; Sydney Terwilleger, World Languages; Ethan Anderson, Drama & Vocal Performance; Kaydee Deto, Music; Grace Christensen, English; Hallie LeRoy, Visual Arts; Rebecca Carroll, Computer Technology.
Grand County High School: Back row from left: Kasey Kemp, Mathematics; Mary Kimmerle, English; Neo Hill, Science; Phillip Geiser, Forensics & Speech; Sean McKay, Business & Marketing; Ridge Murdock, Visual Arts; Kai Wainer, Social Science. Front row from left: Hailey Cox, Dance; Caden Kirks, Computer Technology; Isabel Becerra, Music; Alex Lacey, Skilled & Technical Science Education; Trayken Robertson, Drama & Vocal Performance; Sadie Farnsworth, Family & Consumer Sciences; Auburn Jackman, World Languages.
Monticello High School: Back row from left: Britton Brewer, Forensics & Speech; Chance Deeter, Music; Ellie Thayn, Drama & Vocal Performance; Nyla Maryboy, Computer Technology; Weston Nebeker, Science; Adam Bunker, Skilled & Technical Sciences; Lucas Hatch, Mathematics. Front row from left: Aspen English, English; Shalee Bradford, Dance; Adri Black, Family & Consumer Sciences; Annsheri Reay, Business & Marketing; Kiley Tracy, Social Science.
Monument Valley High School: From left: Lavander Shortman, Visual Arts; Jeremiah Yazzie, English; Ervianne Cly, Family & Consumer Sciences.
San Juan High School: From left: Carlos Rios-Redd, Social Science; Celeste Hillhouse, Science; Halli Black, Drama & Vocal Performance; Jade Warren, Visual Arts; Skyler Jensen, Dance; Tabitha Silversmith, Music.
Whitehorse High School: Zoe John, Social Science; Octavis Filfred, Science; Stacey Whitehair, Family & Consumer Sciences.