Fourteen seniors represented Tooele High School at the Wasatch Front Regional semifinal Sterling Scholar judging in February.
The Sterling Scholar Awards are sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL 5 Television. The program publicly recognizes high school seniors from 76 high schools along the Wasatch Front 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.
Fifteen finalists in each category are selected to move on in the competition. The finalists again compete with their portfolios and another interview with three new judges. A winner and two runners-up in each category are announced at the Sterling Scholar Award ceremony, which was held at the LDS Conference Center earlier this month.
Ebsa Eshete, Skilled and Technical Sciences
Awards and Accomplishments: Ebsa embodies the words “skilled and technical sciences.” He has many diverse experiences in this area. Ebsa has worked toward becoming a private pilot as well as toward becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. He has been involved in student government, HOSA, Key Club, Chess Club and played competitive sports such as soccer, rugby and football throughout his four years at Stansbury High School. He is also a recipient of the Mayor’s Recognition Award. Ebsa is also an AP Scholar.
Future Plans: Ebsa will go to college to work toward becoming a medical professional at the International Space Center.
Josh Larsen, Science
Awards and Accomplishments: Josh’s passion for science has led him to be driven in both academic and athletic accomplishments. Josh completed Chemistry 1070 and Chemistry 1080 at the University of Utah. Josh has received the Scholar Athlete of the Week award from KMYU-TV, received the Academic All-State award for boys cross country, is a member of the Stansbury High School Seminary Council and was team captain of the high school wrestling team, He is also a recipient of the Mayor’s Recognition Award.
Future Plans: Josh will go to college to work toward a degree in science.
Jaycee Harris, Area: Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics
Awards and Accomplishments: Jaycee has immersed herself in the performing arts throughout her four years at SHS. She played the lead role of Kira/Clio in the SHS-produced Broadway musical “Xanadu.” She took first place in classical scenes at the UHSAA region drama competition in 2014-15. She earned a straight superior rank at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Competition in 2013 and 2016. She performed in the One Act Showcase at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a was a member of the 3A state championship team from 2014-16.
Future Plans: Jaycee is planning to attend an in-state college for a few years majoring in theatre before hopefully one day attending a performing arts school such as The University of The Arts in Pennsylvania. Her ultimate goal is to be on Broadway.
Cambree Fogg, Visual Arts
Awards and Accomplishments: Cambree is one of the most talented artists to grace SHS. She received a 5 on the AP 2D Art Studio test; one of the hardest AP tests to earn a 5 on. She was also an AP Scholar. Her work has been displayed much. She earned a Best of Show in the 2015 and 2016 Stansbury High School winter art show and came in second at the 2015 and 2016 Tooele County School District art show. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and is a peer tutor.
Future Plans: Cambree plans on pursuing art in college in preparation to become an illustrator or concept artist.
Sydney Mehler, English
Awards and Accomplishments: Sydney has an intense passion for anything that is written down. She is one of the most diverse readers SHS has ever had as the English Sterling Scholar. From poetry and classic literature to fan fiction, Sydney has read it all. She is also very diverse in her accomplishments. Sydney is an AP Scholar, a member of Key Club, National Honors Society and the Stansbury Summer Reading Program, is a Star Tutor at Stansbury Elementary and a Cinderella Literacy Ball volunteer. She is also co-captain of the Stallionettes Drill Team and is the HOSA president.
Future Plans: Sydney is looking to attend college out of state to pursue English studies and writing.
Brenna Lemmon, Vocal Performance
Awards and Accomplishments: Brenna was born to sing and perform and as Sterling Scholar she has demonstrated that time and time again at SHS. Brenna was the lead role as Sargent Sarah Brown in SHS’s production of “Guys and Dolls” earning her a Breakthrough Performance award. She has been a member of the SHS Show Choir since 2015, and serves as president. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, and HOSA Club. Currently is in rehearsals to play Belle in the SHS production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Future Plans: She is planning to make music and singing a part of her for the rest of her life. She just wants to sing and share her talent with everyone.
Shunell Griffith, World Languages (Spanish)
Awards and Accomplishments: Shunell has taken Spanish since junior high school. She loves the language and hopes to make it an integral part of her life. Shunell is really in to community service. She has made blankets for children in hospitals, collected supplies to give to the food bank, cooked and served food to the homeless, gave Christmas presents for those in need, and helped put together packs for refugees.
Future Plans: She plans to go to college to further her education.
Mikelle Rogers, Mathematics
Mikelle is one of most accomplished math Sterling Scholars that SHS has ever seen. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She was also awarded a prestigious academic scholarship to the University of Utah, Utah State and Weber State University. She is also a member of the SHS Seminary Council, a member of both the SHS Women’s Choir and Concert Choir and a member of the SHS cross-country team. She is also the vice president of the National Honors Society and participated in the Ayuda Dental humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic.
Future Plans: She will be attending college to pursue studies in mathematics and science.
Aniah Young, Instrumental Music
Awards and Accomplishments: Aniah cannot be separated from her flute. She is a wonderful performer who has enjoyed many accomplishments. She has been a featured soloist in the UWS scholarship program and International Youth Orchestra. She was a concerto winner with UMTA and a first-place finisher with UFA. She is also a Student Ambassador for the Suzuki Flute Association, the principal flute/piccolo for the Utah Youth Symphony and a member of the All-State Band for 2017.
Future Plans: She will be pursuing a music education degree at Weber State University.
Camille Briones, Business and Marketing
Awards and Accomplishments: Camille is an amazing student who has great plans that have been highlighted by her personal and academic skills in Business and Marketing. In FBLA competition, Camille placed first in public speaking and business ethics, second in business law and third place in business communications. She is state certified in Accounting 1 and Accounting 2. She is the FBLA president and debate captain of national extemporaneous. She is also state certified in entrepreneurship.
Future Plans: She will be attending college to major in political science and finance. It is her goal to have her own law firm.
Lindsey Cornett, Family and Consumer Science
Awards and Accomplishments: Lindsey is one of the hardest-working students at SHS. She has accomplished an interior design and fashion strategy pathway, has state certificates in Fashion Strategies 1 and 2 and Interior Design, and is a STAR event competitor. One of the things that makes Lindsey unique is her commitment to the JLTC program, which includes being an S-1 serving as a first squad leader, a company first sergeant and currently as a battalion commander.
Future Plans: She plans to pursue a career in fashion design. She is also interested in pursuing work in the career fields of criminology, law enforcement and the military.
Natalie Jacobsen, Dance
Awards and Accomplishments: Natalie is an extremely talented dancer and she puts everything into what she does into every performance. She has auditioned/danced with professional and private companies including Ballet West’s Nutcracker, Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert and Ririe Woodbury’s pre-professional team. She was accepted into BYU’s dance major program for Fall 2017. She also received the Outstanding Dancer award and a BYU dance scholarship. Her choreography was chosen for region and state Dance Company competitions and received a superior rating.
Future Plans: Natalie will be pursuing a career in dance though university study.
Broderick Craig, Social Science
Awards and Accomplishments: Broderick is a man who loves to understand the world around him. He wants to make a difference in the world through his study of social science. He is an AP Scholar award recipient. He is a member of the Utah chapter of the Freedoms Foundation. He has served as an officer in the National Honor Society and officer in the Technology Student Association. He is an amazing member of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout, attended the 2013 National Jamboree as a patrol leader and participated the in BSA National Youth Leadership training. He has received the Messengers of Peace Award from the World Organization of the Scout Movement and participated in the 2016 Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Future Plans: He plans on attending college to become active in local government.
Andrew Chamberlin, Computer Science
Awards and Accomplishments: Nobody knows more about computers than Andrew. He is amazing in his knowledge in technology and has a bright future ahead of him. Andrew planned and implemented the network system used in his house, has a basic programming skills certificate in Java and Python and is A+ State and Test Out certified. He scored a 5 on the Calculus AB exam. He is also active in the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the SHS Ballroom Team. He also loves to serve others from anything from food drives to computer repair.
Future Plans: Andrew plans on working towards a master’s degree in computer engineering.