Tooele High School had 14 seniors compete in the Wasatch Front Region of the Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar Program.
The purpose of the Sterling Scholar Awards is to publicly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, community service, leadership and citizenship of public high school seniors in the state of Utah.
The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the program in the 1960s to focus attention on outstanding seniors in order to recognize them publicly, as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions.
A Sterling Scholar demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership, service, interview skills, and one of 15 specific categories, which include agriculture science, business and marketing, computer technology, dance, English and literature, family and consumer sciences, general scholarship, instrumental music, mathematics, science, speech and drama, skilled and technical education, visual arts, vocal performance, and world languages.
Candidates for Sterling Scholar are selected by their high school. The Sterling Scholar Awards program seeks to commend and encourage excellence among all students.
All nominees are judged equally on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, leadership and citizenship without regard to religion, sex, political preference or national origin.
Cendan Dillon, the THS Sterling Scholar candidate for instrumental music, won the Sterling Scholar Instrumental Music Award for the Wasatch Front Region. He also was selected as a runner up for the Gail Miller Community Service Award.
Below are the 14 THS Sterling Scholar contestants and a brief bio about their academic interests and passions. The bios were provided by THS.
Angela Shaw, Business and Marketing:
My name is Angela Shaw and I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in Tooele, Utah. Since I was little I have always loved the outdoors. Some of my favorite activities are going camping with my family, swimming and snorkeling, and most importantly, playing tennis at my high school.
Anthony Garrard, Computer Technology:
My name is Anthony Garrard and I have lived in Tooele since I was born. Computers have always attracted my attention, I’ve played games since I was little. Information is so easily accessible and I’m just glad I learned so early how to harness the power of the internet.
Luke Wilson, Dance:
I am Luke Wilson and was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but was raised in Tooele, Utah. I have served in a variety of leadership capacities at Tooele High School. I have served as the student body president, junior class president, a sophomore class officer, and as a freshman class officer. I have been involved as the president of HOSA-Future Healthcare Professionals, THS Z-Motion ballroom member and co-captain, varsity tennis player and captain, National Honors Society member and secretary, Interact Club member, and as the THS yearbook layout editor-in-chief.
Kathryn Thompson, English:
My name is Kathryn Thompson, and I was born in Salt Lake City. I have grown up with three older brothers, two of whom were high school sterling scholars. They never made it past the high school level of sterling scholar. Competition has always been in my family’s nature, and being the English sterling scholar, I hope to spread some knowledge about what it’s actually like to grow up in a rapidly growing small town.
Joanie Palmer, Family & Consumer Sciences:
My name is Joanie Marie Palmer. I was born in St. George, Utah, and was raised in Tooele. I’m enthusiastic about learning and love to broaden my horizons. I have enjoyed all of the family and consumer classes that I have taken in the last four years. I’ve learned so many different skills that apply to all the parts of my life. I have one brother, Hunter, who is 16 months younger than me. I’ve had several exchange students stay with my family and me. I love experiencing new cultures and getting a new perspective about other people and their beliefs and values. I try my hardest in everything that I do and I work to succeed, even when the cards are stacked against me.
Cendan Dillon, Instrumental Music:
The cool thing about having a unique name is I am the one who gets to define it. I am not held back by traditions, stereotypes, and expectations. My name is Cendan Dillon, I was born in Holladay, Utah, and was raised in Tooele. Music is very prominent in my life. I have been practicing percussion for over 8 years now. I serve as the bands president, and recently was selected to be the principal percussionist for the Utah All State Band. I intern for the junior high school advanced band as a percussion technician, and I wrote the percussion ensemble blacklight show for myhigh school.
Cameron Kenison, Mathematics:
My name is Cameron Kenison. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but have been raised in Tooele, Utah my entire life. I love to work hard and challenge myself in many ways. My mother started teaching me piano lessons from a very young age. Though I did not like it, as I found it took lots of dedication and persistence, I believe that very thing is what helped to spark my love to work hard. This love and persistence played a key role in helping me find my passion for playing music and exploring the field of engineering, particularly in the field of aerospace.
McCade Laughlin, Science:
My name is McCade Laughlin and I have lived in Tooele, Utah for 14 years. I was born in South Jordan, Utah in the Alta View Hospital. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and love to play basketball. My main hobbies are reading, hiking, and sports.
Mallory Hinton, Skilled and Technical Sciences:
My name is Mallory Hinton. I was born and raised in Tooele, Utah. My family consists of my sister and I, my mom and dad, my two dogs, and my chinchilla. I live in an uncommon household where I often come home to deer skulls boiling on our porch and Calling All Coyotes on the television. I am an avid lover of music, good dogs, old trucks, and my country. As a little girl I was never able to get into dancing or sports, instead, I found myself in the garage with my dad fixing snowmobiles. I have been a member of the Tooele FFA all four years of high school.
Ian Rockwell, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics:
My name is Ian Rockwell. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have grown up with many hobbies and interests but performing and public speaking are among my strongest, sometimes I can be funny too but probably only to myself. In all seriousness I have been working for this since my freshman year and have been involved in as much as I can to build this portfolio.
Jacob Sagers, Social Science:
My name is Jacob Sagers and I was born in Logan, Utah. I currently reside in Tooele, Utah with my three younger sisters and my parents. I’ve lived in Utah my entire life. While I’ve enjoyed my time spent here, I hope to venture to new destinations. Ever since I can remember I’ve torn through atlases, maps, and history books examining all the world’s distinct properties. Culture captivates me; studying the customs of others provides insight to becoming my best self.
Emily Wiley, Visual Arts:
My name is Emily Wiley, I was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Tooele, Utah. I have loved High School and the artistic opportunities that have been given to me. Art is my passion in life and I am so glad I have been able to grow artistically in order to jumpstart my career in art. I am interested in continuing my study in art with the hopes of expanding my knowledge in art history, conservation and broadening my skills of painting and drawing.
Grace Jenkins, Vocal Performance:
My name is Grace Jenkins. I was born in Salt Lake City and I live in Tooele, Utah. I am on the Cross Country and Track teams and I love running and competing in hurdles. I also enjoy hiking and exploring new places with my family. I am on the competitive advanced show choir for my school. I enjoy singing and performing. I started singing at a young age and it made me realize that I had a talent to create something beautiful for people to appreciate.
Jaylee Montague, World Languages:
One of my top priorities in life has been constant improvement and development of self. Although I excel in academics, to be well-rounded, I have placed an equal amount of effort in religious worship, physical activity, and service to fellow man. The unique benefits of my father’s employment, as an airline pilot, has allowed me the opportunity to visit various international destinations and experience diverse world cultures. It has been eye opening to see firsthand how others live.