NSHS Sterling Scholars

The photo is First Row:  Mckenna Lewis, FACS; Avery Smith, English; Isabel Hallows, Social Science; Lyndin LaOrange, Drama; McKenzie Brown, Computer Science; Hailey Peterson, Music

Back Row:  Tate Goble, Agriculture; Breken Mason, Mathematics; Cauy Williams, Science; Guy Huntsman, General; and Braige Marsh, Fine Arts.

Not Pictured:  Miguel Mayorga, Business; Tayler Rasmussen, Trades and Technology.

              The Central Utah Region Sterling Scholar was held Monday, March 14 at the Snow College Campus in Ephraim this year. Judging took place at various locations on campus, and the Awards Ceremony was in the Eccles Theater.  North Sevier was the host school, as each school in the region takes a turn, and this was North Sevier’s Year. There are about fifteen schools in the region, and the auditorium was filled with a great many family members and friends of the candidates.  NSHS Principal Jade Shepherd spoke and NSHS’s 2021 Sterling Scholar winner in Business, Halee Mason, gave a tribute to parents and teachers.  The event was emceed by Dani and Jared Hallows. Sterling Scholar judges tend to be college professors or other professionals in the various categories.

              Representing North Sevier this year was: Mckenna Lewis, FACS; Avery Smith, English; Isabel Hallows, Social Science; Lyndin LaOrange, Drama; McKenzie Brown, Computer Science; Hailey Peterson, Music; Tate Goble, Agriculture; Breken Mason, Mathematics; Cauy Williams, Science; Guy Huntsman, General; Braige Marsh, Fine Arts; Miguel Mayorga, Business; and Tayler Rasmussen, Trades and Technology.  All High School winners are offered scholarships by any one of several colleges or universities in the state.

              “Students usually begin considering becoming a Sterling Scholar candidate earlier in their high school careers, but the process actually begins at the start of senior year.  During first semester each student creates a rough draft of a portfolio, and school level judging takes place shortly before Christmas,” said NSHS Advisor Jolynne Kirkwood. “Once second semester begins, we focus more on creating our online portfolios, since our actual candidates have now been decided.  We also spend a lot of time doing practice interviews, and all our teachers and staff participate with that.  Portfolios are submitted to the judges about 10-12 days before the actual competition.  Our students do work hard, and their success is actually a compilation of all the successes they’ve had throughout their high school years.  The portfolio looks at leadership and service as well as academics and the area of competition.  We are very proud of the success of our students!  Their performance is a great tribute to North Sevier High School.”

              NSHS Regional Winners this year were McKenna Lewis, FACS (Runner Up); Isabel Hallows, Social Science (Winner); Hailey Peterson, Music (Runner Up); Tate Goble, Agriculture (Runner Up); and Miguel Mayorga, Business (Winner). This group is awarded scholarships to most schools in the state, in addition to a monetary award.  

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