Fourteen seniors represented Stansbury High School for the Sterling Scholar Competition. The program publicly recognizes high school seniors from 57 high schools along the Wasatch Front for outstanding academics, leadership, citizenship and service to school and community.
Every Sterling Scholar must complete an extensive electronic portfolio that documents their academic achievements, leadership and service. Students are personally interviewed by a panel of judges who are experts in the various categories.
Of the 14 seniors, nine went on to represent Stansbury High at the Wasatch Front Regional semi-final Sterling Scholar judging at Ben Lomond High School in February. Of those nine seniors, three went on to the final judging round at Westlake High School in early March to again be interviewed by a panel of judges.
A winner and two runners up in each category were announced at the Sterling Scholar Award ceremony, held at the LDS Conference Center in March. Deseret News and KSL 5 Television sponsor the Sterling Scholar Awards.
Richard Beazer, Instrumental Music
Awards and accomplishments: Richard Beazer has been playing the piano for 10 years, is an accompanist for the SHS Show Choir, received superior ratings at region solo and ensemble, and is currently preparing for his own solo senior piano recital. He is involved in student government as student body business manager and received the AP Scholar award for strong showing in his AP classes. He is a section leader in the SHS Show Choir and on the varsity cross country and track teams.
Future plans: Beazer plans to attend Brigham Young University and serve an LDS mission after high school. Music will continue to enrich his life as he prepares to pursue a career in Education/Administration.
Cora Rosengren, Business and Marketing
Awards and accomplishments: Cora Rosengren is Key Club president, Board Game Club president and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a representative for Stansbury High School at the 2016 Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) leadership conference during her sophomore year. She is also a member of SHS Show Choir and Bella Voce (advanced women’s chorus). Rosengren first realized she had a natural flair for business when her team won fourth place in the statewide Stock Market Game in junior high school, which led her to participate in and win second place in the 2017 InvestWrite Essay Competition.
Future plans: Rosengren will pursue a degree in finance and accounting.
Jackson Jones, Mathematics
Awards and accomplishments: Jackson Jones is the vice president and co-founder of the Stansbury High Chess Club. He is also a member of the SHS cross country team, the varsity tennis team, a senior member of the precision ballroom team and a member of the National Honor Society. While studying at the Community Learning Center, he has participated as a team captain for a VEX robotics team. He is also currently one of 10 students in the first ever, chemical technician classes in Utah. Last year he scored a 35 on the ACT and received the AP Scholar award for strong performance in AP Classes.
Future plans: Jones is considering careers in either engineering or chemistry.
Ciera Duersch, Dance
Awards and accomplishments: Ciera Duersch is captain of SHS Dance Company, she serves as dance captain of precision ballroom team, and she is a member of the LDS seminary council. She has performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre in its production of “Thriller” and in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert, as well as several local productions of “The Nutcracker.” She has spent over 1,000 hours in the dance studio, choreographing and performing and has traveled from New York City to California, furthering her training at the Broadway Dance Centre, EDGE Performing Arts Center and Anaheim Ballet.
Future plans: Duersch will be pursuing her love of dance.
Ryan Brady, Science
Awards and accomplishments: Ryan Brady is the senior class secretary, the National Honor Society treasurer, a Technology Student Association Officer at the Community Learning Center, and a National Merit Commended Student. Brady scored a 36 on the ACT and the highest possible score on four AP exams, while maintaining a perfect GPA. He has also competed in four seasons of cross-country and track. He is passionate about gardening and completed the USU Extension master gardener course, furthering his love for the natural world.
Future plans: Brady plans on becoming an environmental engineer in order to advance society without harming the natural world.
Connor Morrison, Vocal Performance
Awards and accomplishments: Connor Morrison is a member of NHS, an Eagle Scout, a leader in his church group, and an officer in SHS Show Choir. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA with a course schedule of honors, concurrent enrollment and AP classes, and he has been singing from the time he began speaking. He has performed roles in musicals for Stansbury High School, Benson Gristmill, and LaForge Encore Theatre Company, has held the title role in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” for two years, and he had a professional role in Tosca for Utah Festival Opera. He has been in both concert and show choirs for three years and was awarded a Superior Soloist three times at the state solo and ensemble festival — twice for vocal performance and once for musical theater.
Future plans: Morrison is hoping to use what he has learned as he studies to become a teacher.
Sydnee Barton, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education
Awards and Accomplishments: Sydnee Barton has maintained a 4.0 GPA while excelling in her honors, AP, and concurrent enrollment classes. She is a member of the National Honors Society (NHS) and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club and has served in student government for eight years in various positions. She served as varsity soccer captain and was named Academic All-State. Barton has excelled in her medical classes and is taking courses to become a certified medical assistant.
Future plans: Barton is passionate about the medical field and is considering becoming either a physical therapist or pediatrician.
Austin Birch, Computer Technology
Awards and accomplishments: Austin Birch is Labsim A+ and N+ certified and will soon be receiving his Linux certification. He works as a freelance computer technician in addition to running his own DJ/MC company called Argus Entertainment. Birch serves as student body activities officer, where he helped develop the idea for SHS Bury Cafe nights, which, over the last three years, have been a popular activity showcasing students’ musical talents.
Future plans: Birch is hoping for a career in music technology and concert production.
Andrew Austin, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics
Awards and accomplishments: Andrew Austin is the senior class president and was a junior class historian. He has been the captain of public forum on the debate team for two years and achieved Academic All-American. He has been in the top three at various debate events, recently taking first place in SPAR and public forum. He is an Eagle Scout and has earned all 137 merit badges — over six times the number necessary to earn an Eagle award. He loves to perform in, film, edit and produce videos for his YouTube channel and he enjoys running on the SHS track team.
Future plans: After graduation, Austin plans on attending the University of Utah and studying political science.
Morgan Taylor, Family and Consumer
Awards and accomplishments: Morgan Taylor is the FCCLA publicity officer. She has played on the Stansbury High School volleyball team for four years and has been a teacher in the Little Stallions preschool at SHS for three years. She has received CTE skills certificates in early child education, foods and nutrition classes and will graduate with a pathway in early childhood education.
Future plans: Taylor will pursue a degree in elementary education.
Taylor Avery, World Language
Awards and accomplishments: Taylor Avery has been involved in cross-country, track and ballroom teams, as well as student government, concert choir, and show choir. He earned the 2016 AILI Foreign Exchange Scholarship and spent a month in Madrid, Spain. By his senior year, Avery had taken every Spanish class offered at Stansbury, so he volunteered over 100 hours in Middle Canyon Elementary’s Spanish dual immersion classes. This year he also studied German and Chinese.
Future plans: Avery will study language acquisition and teaching at Weber State after serving an LDS mission.
Erin Rowbotham, Visual Arts
Awards and accomplishments: Erin Rowbotham has maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout high school, passing four AP tests, and graduating with 48 college credits. She has received first place in the winter art show for two years in a row, placing multiple other art pieces. She creates artistically burnt wooden spoons to sell and has maintained a part-time job through all four years of high school. She took state in girls’ rugby at her previous high school.
Future plans: Rowbotham plans to study social work at Utah State University in the fall and find every way she can to use art to benefit those around her.
Saige Clawson, Social Science
Awards and accomplishments: Saige Clawson is the National Honor Society president. Last summer she was one of two delegates from Stansbury High to attend Utah Girl’s State. She received above passing scores on each of her AP tests her junior year. Clawson discovered her love for history and politics in Mr. Henry’s AP U.S. history class, through the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and by way of her experiences at Utah Girl’s State.
Future plans: Clawson will focus on a career in the field of social sciences.
Brittany Michaelis, English
Awards and accomplishments: Brittany Michaelis scored a 32 on the ACT. She competed on the debate team for four years and last year she placed second in the region tournament. Michaelis is passionate about English. She writes poetry and legal contracts in her free time. She loves honing her skills in punctuation, diction, syntax and symbolism, and has enjoyed both AP English and literature classes.
Future plans: Michaelis would like to write legal documents, such as wills and restraining orders, while writing a book on the side.