Thirty local students to compete in annual Sterling Scholar competition

The top students in the Class of 2020 will compete on March 18 at the 40th annual Southeastern Utah Sterling Scholar competition at Carbon High School in Price, UT.
There are 30 San Juan County seniors who will vie for the coveted title of Sterling Scholar against 67 other seniors from Carbon, Emery, and Grand counties.
The awards program begins at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Sponsored by the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, Deseret News, and KSL, 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 scholarships and other financial assistance.
This event is judged by faculty members from the USU-Eastern Price and Blanding campuses and other institutions and professionals throughout the state.
Seniors are recognized 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.
Four high schools in the San Juan School District participate, including Monument Valley, Whitehorse, San Juan, and Monticello high schools, along with Grand County, Green River, Emery, and Carbon high school. Similar contests are held in other geographic areas of the state.
Nominees are judged on scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character.
Each nominee prepares a portfolio outlining scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments.
In addition, nominees are interviewed by three judges in their respective categories.
A winner and two runners-up are selected in each category.
Winners receive $2,500 and a tablet computer, while runners-up receive $1,000.
Utah colleges, universities, and technical schools also offer full or part tuition scholarships to winners and runners-up.

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