The Forty-Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony for Central Utah Sterling Scholars, was held at Richfield High School Auditorium on the evening of Thursday March 15th. Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the Sterling Scholars Program specifically to focus attention on outstanding seniors in order to recognize them publicly as well as 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.
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. Each scholar selects one of 15 categories. A potential Sterling Scholar presents an all-encompassing portfolio on their work in one of the specific categories and is interviewed by judges in the category's field at various times. The portfolio showcases their excellent scholastic abilities, along with their tremendous leadership and citizenship qualifications
Four students from Wayne High School participated and represented our area extremely well. Kristen Stephenson, daughter of Michael and Kenra Stephenson of Teasdale was the nominee in the Family & Consumer Sciences category; Britton D. Taylor, son of Riley and Joni Taylor of Bicknell was the Computer & Information Technology nominee; Trena Wilson, daughter of Ariel and Amanda Wilson of Torrey was the nominee in the Speech and Drama, Theatre Arts and Forensics category; Kate Rees, daughter of Brig and Trish Rees of Torrey was the nominee in the Social Science category.
We are very excited and pleased to announce that Kristen Stephenson was named as Runner-Up in the Family & Consumer Sciences category. Each of these individuals is outstanding and they spent a great deal of time putting together their portfolios, which is only a partial record of they achievements. We would like to extend our "Congratulations" to each of the Wayne High School Sterling Scholars and thank their parents and teachers for helping to mold them into such incredible young adults. We also want to thank Peggy Chappell who spends hours as the Sterling Scholar advisor and mentor to the finest youth in the State of Utah.