Thirteen seniors represented Stansbury High School in the 52nd annual Wasatch Front Sterling Scholar competition.
These seniors were chosen after a rigorous selection process from among the top scholars at SHS. They then completed an electronic portfolio showcasing their scholastic and category achievements, talents, leadership skills and community service to vie for the honor to advance through three stages of judging with students from 68 high schools along the Wasatch Front.
With the growth in the number of high schools participating, a new level of judging was instituted this year for the first time. In the first round, students were judged solely on the basis of their portfolios. Eleven SHS students emerged as semi-finalists and were interviewed at Ben Lomond High School on Feb. 12.
Following the second round of judging, Abram Beazer and Kirsten Asher advanced as finalists. They competed on Feb. 27 at Woods Cross High School as one of 15 Sterling Scholars in their respective categories and were recognized at the award ceremony on March 13 at Cottonwood High School.
The Deseret News and KSL 5 Television created the Sterling Scholar Awards program to encourage academic excellence among Utah students and to publicly recognize their many contributions and achievements. It is a great honor to be selected by high school teachers, counselors, administrators and community leaders to represent SHS in the most challenging academic competition in the state of Utah. These seniors encompass the essence of the Sterling Scholar program. Congratulations to each of them.
Kirsten Asher: Skilled and Technical Sciences
Kirsten Asher is the daughter of Bryan and Tammy Asher. Kirsten has an ACT score of 30 and a 3.8 GPA. She is receiving her honors diploma and animal science pathway at graduation. She has lettered in swimming and water polo every year of high school. She served as junior varsity water polo captain her junior year, and is currently a varsity swimming and water polo captain. She has also been involved in debate, journalism and the National Honor Society. Asher has interned at the Banfield Pet Hospital in West Valley. She traveled to Puerto Peñaso, Mexico, last summer to build houses and volunteers in local schools with the Tooele Interact Club. She is also involved in the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and Operation Christmas Child. Asher is planning to attend Colorado State University for biomedical science as a member of the university honors program, and then continue on to veterinary school.
Abram Beazer: Speech and Drama
Abram Beazer is the son of Blake and Maren Beazer. He has a 3.9 GPA and an ACT score of 35. He also scored a 1540 on the SAT. Beazer is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, and scored in the 99th percentile on the NMSQT. He has lettered in track and cross country, representing SHS at numerous invitationals. Beazer is the captain of the policy debate team. He has competed at multiple state debate tournaments and placed first in Original Rap at the 2013 Kiefer’s Memorial Tournament. He has volunteered in Tooele County in the past by entertaining nursing home residents with music. He also serves as a member of the NHS. Beazer plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall before leaving for a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marlee Flint: Science
Marlee Flint is the daughter of Richard and Melissa Flint. She has a composite ACT score of 32, with a 36 in the science category. She has a cumulative GPA of 3.997. She has participated in and completed the biotechnology program at the Community Learning Center, and went on to study forensic medicine through the same program. She is currently working to receive her pharmacy technician license, and has completed an internship at Macey’s Pharmacy. She was the varsity captain of the volleyball team, a sport that she received three letters in. She is also a member of the 2012 Academic All-State Volleyball Team. Along with her family, Flint has participated in the MS Walk annually, along with participating in multiple events sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Flint is planning on attending the University of Utah on scholarship and entering into the pharmacology program.
Hannah Frazier: Music
Hannah Frazier is the daughter of Joe and Connie Frazier. She has an ACT score of 30 and a 3.9 GPA. She is the first soprano section leader in the show choir and is the treasurer of the NHS. She will receive her honors diploma at graduation, which qualifies her for the Regent’s Scholarship. Last winter, Frazier was the title role in SHS’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She has lettered in tennis, choir and band. She is the tennis captain and varsity first singles as well as the first oboist in band. Frazier went to Ecuador last summer with Eagle Condor Humanitarian to build schools for children. She enjoys tutoring elementary and high school students in math, reading and science. She is planning to attend Westminster College or Sweet Briar College and obtain a double major in chemistry and vocal performance as a member of the honors program.
Siera Gomez: English
Siera Gomez is the daughter of Medardo and Nancy Gomez. She has spent her entire life with a deep love for English. Each genre of literature holds interest for her to some extent, but she has a special spot for creative writing and journalism after interning with the Transcript-Bulletin for a year and a half. Gomez also had an article published in the LDS teen magazine, the New Era. She is also the editor in chief of the school newspaper and is the president of NHS. Gomez plans to continue her studies at BYU as she majors in elementary education and minors in English literature. As a teacher, she feels she could give no greater gift to her students than to encourage them to read, as her teachers did for her. She will never stop reading or writing.
Kristin Lingard: Visual Arts
Kristin Lingard is the daughter of Craig and Karen Lingard. She is the youngest member of a large family of 12 children. Her family is very artistic, and while growing up she was able to watch and learn from her older siblings. She always knew that when she got into high school, she would take many art classes just as her siblings had done. Lingard found her love of art quickly through her teachers at SHS and was able to improve her skills. She has worked with multiple mediums, but currently her favorite is oil paint. She has plans to go to Utah State University this fall and work to achieve the career of her dreams, working as a pediatric physical therapist.
Rachel Luker: Mathematics
Rachel Luker is the daughter of Matthew and Shanna Luker. She has always had a passion for math for as long as she can remember. Her most difficult math class has been AP Calculus AB, but she still received a 4.0 in the class for the entire year. Luker has also been a member of student government and the NHS, and has completed endless hours of community service for her school and community. Currently, she is ranked No. 1 in her class with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. At graduation, Luker will complete the honors diploma, seven enrichment cords and three pathways. Luker is in the running for valedictorian as well. This year, she was also named academic all-state for her academics and four varsity years in soccer. She has also received a full-tuition scholarship with partial housing to the University of Utah and is currently planning on becoming a neurosurgeon.
Zachary Mills: Computer Technology
Zachary Mills is the oldest child in his family of eight and is the son of Kenneth and Stephanie Mills. He knows the basics of computer programming languages C++, C# and Java. He has constructed several of his own customized computers and participated in the F.I.R.S.T Robotics competition for two years. Miller is the student body officer business manager this year. He was instrumental in starting the Chess Club, Film Club and Tooele Robotics team. He was one of 12 students selected for a competitive freelance film class in Salt Lake City from Spy-Hop producing student made short films. Miller wants to pursue a career in Hollywood movie productions after attending the University of Utah.
Rachael Rosengren: Family and Consumer Sciences
Rachael Rosengren in the daughter of Ross and Hannah Rosengren. She has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA and is a member of the NHS. She has earned CTE certificates in Foods 1, Clothing 1 and Child Development courses. She has extensive knowledge of nutrition and food allergies. She has been sewing her own clothing for nine years. She served as a nanny for four children the summer before her junior year. She has tutored elementary children once a week for four years. Rosengren is completing an internship with the Tooele County Health Department in the WIC area this semester. Serving as the choir uniform coordinator for three years, Rosengren has been responsible for altering and maintaining uniforms for all performances. She has served as secretary and vice-president of the choir, vice-president of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and vice-president of the Foreign Language Club. She will attend USU on scholarship in the fall and plans to major in nutrition.
Brooke Squires: Foreign Language
Brooke Squires is the daughter of Darren and Gina Squires. She has a GPA of 3.95 and an ACT score of 30. She has been studying Spanish for five years, and is also currently studying Dutch. She has always loved foreign languages, but her real interest began after a service trip with the Tooele Valley Rotary Club. Brooke went to Puerto Peñaso, Mexico, for a week, where she was able to help build a house for a family and volunteer in an orphanage. She has since earned her young womanhood medallion through her church, and is a member of the NHS. Squires is the Stansbury seminary president, and is also a captain of track and field and cross country. She is planning on attending BYU in the fall.
Bryce Terry: Social Sciences
Bryce Terry is the son of Jeffrey and Jill Terry. He scored 27 on the ACT and maintains a 3.96 GPA. He will be receiving the honors diploma at graduation. He has taken many challenging social studies classes including all honors required classes, current issues and concurrent enrollment classes such as Psychology 1010 and Political Science 1100. Terry has also been awarded the religious Duty to God and Eagle Scout awards. He is a member of the NHS. As of member of the NHS, he participated in many local service projects. He has been a member of his seminary class presidency. He has been team captain for the varsity soccer team for three years, and he has recently earned the Tooele Mayor’s Community Youth Recognition Award. He has worked to earn the Utah Exemplary Academic Achievement Regents’ Scholarship and he has also won the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for SHS. He is planning to attend BYU for one year studying civil engineering, after which he plans on serving a two-year LDS mission.
Sarah Thomas: Dance
Sarah Thomas is the daughter of Max and DeAnn Thomas. She has been on the Stallionettes Drill Team for all four years of high school and is currently the president of the team. She is also a member of the SHS Dance Company and NHS. Outside of school, Thomas teaches piano and helps with the physical fitness program at Stansbury Park Elementary School, as well as spending time with her family and friends. She loves to dance and would like to continue dancing in college.
Ron Totman: Business and Marketing
Ron Totman is the son of Scott and Ellen Totman. He has held a 3.5 GPA throughout high school and is on the honor roll. He will receive a performing arts enrichment cord for graduation. Totman is SHS’s senior class vice president, drum major and field commander for the marching band. He has also lettered in swimming and music. He currently works in multiple business settings in Utah, such as the Millpond Spa & Retreat in Stansbury Park, which his parents own, and Hollister Co. at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City. He is a proud vigil-honor member of the Order of the Arrow, which is Boy Scouting’s honor society. He received his Eagle Scout award recently. He currently performs with South County Percussion, which is a large, independent indoor percussion group based out of Provo. He also performs with multiple other performing groups such as jazz quartets and alternative rock groups. Totman records his own music in his spare time. He has participated in multiple service projects, such as repairing one of the boat docks in Stansbury Park, fixing forest trails and scout camps, and assisting others in multiple Eagle Scout projects and food drives around Utah. Totman will be attending the University of Utah this fall with a scholarship entrance to the university’s school of music, where he will be studying jazz performance/composition and music education with an emphasis in percussion.
Biographical information provided by Colleen Sorenson, SHS Sterling Scholar adviser.