Twenty-four San Juan County seniors will vie for the coveted title of Sterling Scholar against 61 seniors from Carbon, Emery and Grand counties. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. at Carbon High School. No charge to attend.
The Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholars is presented in cooperation with the public schools, as well as colleges and universities who offer scholarships and financial assistance. The event is judged by teachers from the USU-Eastern campuses in Price and Blanding and other institutions and professionals throughout the state.
The program recognizes students for scholastic excellence in 14 categories, including English, Forensics and Speech, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, World Language, Visual Arts, Computer Technology, Skilled and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business and Marketing, Music, Drama and Vocal Performance, and Dance.
Nine schools compete, including Monument Valley, Navajo Mountain, Whitehorse, San Juan, and Monticello high schools in the San Juan School District.
Other schools include Grand County, Green River, Emery, and Carbon high schools.
Similar contests are held in other areas of the state. Students are judged on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character.
Each nominee prepares a 16-page personal portfolio outlining the scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments. Three judges review the portfolios and interview the nominees in each category.
A winner and two runners-up are selected in each category. Winners receive $800 and a tablet computer, while runners-up receive $400. Utah colleges, universities, and technical schools also offer full or part tuition scholarships to winners and runners-up.