Sixteen seniors represented Grantsville High School in the annual Northeast Region Sterling Scholar competition on March 28 at the Uintah Conference Center in Vernal.
The Sterling Scholar Awards are sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL 5 Television. The program publicly recognizes high school seniors from high schools throughout the state for outstanding academics, stellar leadership, exemplary citizenship and exceptional service to school and community. Every Sterling Scholar must complete a 20-page portfolio documenting their academic achievements, leadership and service. They are personally interviewed at the semifinal competition by a panel of three judges who are experts in the various categories.
Jacob Allen, Computer Technology
Jacob is the son of Jacob and Brandy Allen. Jacob has created three computer programming languages and is on track to receive a Programming & Software Development CTE Pathway award. He is certified in both Java and Python. He challenges himself in the classroom taking both AP and college courses. He is a member of the band and participates in the Boy Scouts of America program. In the future, Jacob would like to be a computer programmer.
Katie Brown, World Languages
Katie is the daughter of Matt and Courteney Brown. She has been interested in world languages for many years. She completed four years of French instruction and two years of American Sign Language. She is a member of the advanced choir and has taught herself how to play the piano and ukulele. Her class schedule includes both AP and college-level courses. She received a Mayor’s Youth Award for outstanding citizenship. She also participates on the track team. Katie plans to go on an LDS mission in the fall. When she returns, she will study to be a radiologist technician at Weber State University.
Bronco Cloward, Family and Consumer Science Region Winner
Bronco is the son of Tony and Nicole Cloward. He has been involved in many activities at Grantsville High School. Bronco is currently serving as the student body president. He has been a member of the wrestling and football team. He is a member of FCCLA and has won numerous awards in Prostart Culinary Arts competitions. He has a 4.0 GPA. Bronco’s plans are to serve an LDS mission after graduation. When he returns he will attend Brigham Young University to study family and consumer science education.
Breanna Dzierzon, General
Breanna is the daughter of Gregor and Amy Dzierzon. She is a well-rounded student who has excelled in athletics, community service, leadership and academics. Breanna earned the Superintendent’s Award each year in high school. She has earned varsity letters in softball, basketball and volleyball, as well as being a team captain. She was recently honored as an Academic All-State recipient for volleyball. She is a National Honor Society member and a Math Club officer. Breanna also plays the cello. Future plans include becoming an elementary school teacher and serving an LDS mission.
Kejay Fonger, Business and Marketing
Kejay is the son of Dale and Sharon Fonger. He has earned 18 college credits as a high school student and has a 3.97 GPA. He has experience as a business manager and is a member of the FBLA. He is very involved in community service helping organize Red Cross blood drives and working on projects with the Tooele County School District homeless liaison. He has been active in extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, Key Club, and the boys tennis team. His plans are to attend UVU and study business management.
Oakley Goodsell, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics
Oakley is the son of Jeff and Dominique Goodsell. He was the Theatre Student of the Year for the Utah Theatre Association. He received first place for dramatic monologues at Region Drama in 2016. He is also the improv captain. On two different occasions, he was honored with a Mayor’s Youth Award. Oakley would like to pursue a career in theatre, either in acting, directing, or tech. He has had lead roles in many plays including Mortimer in “Arsenic and Old Lace” and Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast.”
Joshua Hales, Mathematics
Joshua is the son of Stephanie Hales and Jason Hales. He has excelled in Math 1050, Math 1060 and AP Calculus. He also reveived a Student Excellence Award in mathematics. He has been very involved in extracurricular activities. He is an officer in the Math Club and a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA and Escape Club. Josh competed in SkillsUSA in the CNC Technician category. He also serves on the Seminary Council. He will continue his education at Utah State University in a math-related field. After a year of college he plans to serve an LDS mission.
Teri Dawn Haws, Agriculture Science Region Runner-up
Teri Dawn is the daughter of Shamus and Jolyn Haws. She is an American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Ranch Riding national champion and a 2017 Utah Horse Trainer’s Challenge finalist. Teri traveled to New South Wales as part of Team USA for the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup. She has participated in FFA and earned her Greenhand, Chapter and State Degree. She is also the Rodeo Team president. Teri has a 3.98 GPA and will attend Southern Utah University, where she will work toward her goal to attend a veterinary medical school.
Brianna Millward, Dance Region Runner-up
Brianna is the daughter of Dave and Amy Millward. Brianna has earned four Superintendent’s Academic Awards while taking a rigorous class schedule at Grantsville High School. She was selected as a student ambassador for the Dance Centre. She won the Judge’s Choice Award for showmanship/choreography at the Gotta Move competition. She participated in both the drill team and the dance company at GHS. After high school, she plans to serve an LDS mission. When she returns, she will study exercise science at Brigham Young University.
Jared Roberts, Skilled and Technical Science Education
Jared is the son of Andy and Christy Roberts. He has earned “A” grades in woodworking, cabinetmaking and millwork and furniture design and manufacturing classes. He earned a Student Excellence Award for CTE and is on track to receive a CTE Pathway in cabinetmaking and millwork. Jared is the senior class president and was the team captain for the basketball team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Club, Escape Club and Show Choir. He is also a drummer in the band “Footsoldiers.” He will be attending college in the fall.
Gwendelyn Salazar, English Region Runner-up
Gwendelyn is the daughter of Ryen and Daniel Schrubb and Craig and Stephanie Salazar. She has excelled in the classroom, earning a 4 on both the AP English Language and U.S. History exams, and a 33 in English and reading comprehension on the ACT. She has served as the National Honor Society vice-president for two consecutive years. Gwendelyn also writes articles for the Small Business Development Center. After graduation, she will pursue a degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism.
Caitlynn Smith, Social Science Region Runner-up
Caitlynn is the daughter of Christopher and Tonya Smith. She has been very involved in student government during all four years of high school and is currently a student body officer. She organized a voter registration day for her classmates and volunteered to help during the 2016 general election. She is also a member of the swim team, Key Club and president of the Escape Club. Caitlynn will be attending the University of Utah in the fall and will study history.
Justin Thomas, Science
Justin is the son of Jacob and Tracy Thomas. He has excelled in both Honors Chemistry and AP Biology. He is a member of the Envirothon team, where teams are tested on aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, soils and land use and current issues. He is the marching band drum major and a National Honor Society officer. Justin earned a 33 in science and reasoning on the ACT. Justin will study chemical engineering at the University of Utah after graduation.
Camille Tripp, Visual Arts
Camille is the daughter of Joe and Julie Tripp. She was selected to have art pieces in the Springville Art Show in both 2016 and 2017. She has won ribbons in drawing, pottery and painting. She is on track to receive the Design, Visual & Media Arts CTE Pathway. Camille has challenged herself in the classroom taking many rigorous classes and has a cummulative GPA of 3.99. Her future plans are to become a graphic designer, and she will attend Southern Utah University in the fall.
Kylee Wheeler, Instrumental Music
Kylee is the daughter of Doug and Diane Hadley. She has earned numerous musical awards including the Best Musician award and the Most Valuable Performer award in 2016. She is currently the band president and flute section leader. She performed at the Holiday Bowl and Balloon Parade. She is also an officer in the Key Club and a member of the jazz band. Kylee would like to earn a bachelor’s degree in music education. She plans to attend Southern Utah University in the fall.
Kimberlee Whitworth, Vocal Performance
Kimberlee is the daughter of Michael and Maria Whitworth. She has a 3.98 GPA. She has been instrumental in helping to organize the show choir at GHS. As a member of the advanced choir, she received a superior rating at state. She also earned an individual state champion award in theatre. Kimberlee has had a leading role in numerous musical productions. She also was a team captain for the cross-country team and president of the Ballroom Dance Company. In the future, she hopes to serve an LDS mission, and will be attending Utah State University, majoring in elementary education.