The competition includes 27 seniors from the San Juan School District, all vying for the coveted title of Sterling Scholar against 59 other seniors from Carbon, Emery and Grand counties.
The awards program will begin at 5 p.m. at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center Multipurpose Room on the Utah State University - Eastern Campus in Price. The public is invited to attend.
The Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholars is presented in cooperation with district officials and high school administrators as well as colleges and universities who support the program through the offer of scholarships and other financial assistance.
The event will be judged by members of faculties from the USU-Eastern, Utah Valley University, and other educational and professional organizations throughout southeastern Utah.
The program recognizes high school seniors for scholastic excellence in 12 major categories, including English, Speech/Drama, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, Foreign Language, Visual Arts, Technology and Trades, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business and Marketing, Music, and General Scholarship.
Nine secondary schools participate in the program, including five schools in the San Juan School District—Navajo Mountain, Monument Valley, Whitehorse, San Juan, and Monticello high schools.
Other schools include Grand County, Green River, Emery, and Carbon high schools. Similar contests are held in other geographic areas of the state.
Nominees are judged on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character. Each nominee prepares a 16-page personal portfolio outlining scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments. In addition, nominees are interviewed by three judges in their respective categories.
After judges examine the portfolios and interview each nominee, a winner and two runners-up are selected in each category. Winners receive $300 and runners-up $100. Many schools also offer additional scholarships to winners and runners-up.