Twenty-six San Juan County seniors will vie for the coveted title of Sterling Scholar against 61 seniors from Carbon, Emery and Grand counties.
The awards program begins at 5 p.m. at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the USU-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 is judged by members of faculties from USU-Eastern, Utah Valley University, and other educational and professional organizations throughout Southeastern Utah.
The program recognizes high school seniors for scholastic excellence in 14 categories: English, Speech & Forensic, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, World Language, Visual Arts, Trade and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business and Marketing, Music, Dance, Drama, and Computer Technology.
Navajo Mountain, Monument Valley, Whitehorse, San Juan, Monticello, Grand County, Green River, Emery, and Carbon high schools participate in the competition. Similar contests are held in other 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. Nominees are interviewed by three judges in each category.
After judges examine the portfolios and interview each nominee, a winner and two runners-up are selected. Winners receive $1,000 and runners-up $400. Colleges, universities, and technical schools offer scholarships to the winners.