Twenty-nine San Juan County seniors will vie for the coveted title of Sterling Scholar against 67 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 USU-Eastern Campus in Price. The public is invited to attend.
The Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholars is presented in cooperation with local school districts, as well as colleges and universities who support the program with scholarships and 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 major 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.
Nine secondary schools — Navajo Mountain, Monument Valley, Whitehorse, San Juan, Monticello, Grand County, Green River, Emery, and Carbon high schools – participate in the Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholar competition. Similar contests are held in other geographic areas of the state.
Nominees are judged on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character. Each nominee prepares a digital personal portfolio outlining his or her scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments.
In addition to the portfolio, three judges in their respective categories will interview nominees.
After judges examine the portfolios and interview each nominee, a winner and two runners-up are selected in each category. Winners will receive $1,000 and runners-up $400. Utah colleges, universities, and technical schools also offer full or part tuition scholarships to winners and runners-up.