Grantsville High School had 15 seniors compete in the Wasatch Front Region of the Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group’s Sterling Scholar Program in March.
The Sterling Scholar Awards recognizes and encourages the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship of public high school seniors throughout 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 scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions.
Each high school may select one Sterling Scholar nominee from each of 15 competition 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.
Each nominee prepares an extensive portfolio with exhibits detailing their activity in their scholarship, leadership, community service and citizenship activity.
The portfolio also includes the nominees written description of their unique qualities and life enrichment relating to their competition category.
Sterling Scholar judges review the portfolio and conduct an extensive personal interview with each nominee.
Sterling Scholar nominees from Tooele County compete with other nominees from Box Elder, Cache, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah counties.
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.
Below are the 15 GHS Sterling Scholar nominees and a brief bio about their academic interests and passions. The bios were provided by GHS.
Gregor Allen — Computer Technology
Allen has completed multiple computer related certifications while in high school. He has career and technical education skill certificates in both computer repair and networking and is a pathway completer in information technology and technology and engineering. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator. Allen plans to obtain a master’s degree in computer engineering. He has also been a member of the marching band, jazz band, and concert band while at GHS. Allen is the son of Jason and Brandy Allen.
Seth Beckett — Skilled and Technical Science
Beckett is currently the Student Body president at Grantsville High School and has a 4.0 GPA. He researched information and used a 3D printer to create the parts needed to build his own drone. Beckett also excels as an athlete. He has been a member of the varsity basketball, tennis, and cross-country teams. Beckett has accepted a call to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after graduation. He will attend Utah State University and major in aerospace engineering when he returns. Beckett is the son of John and Tracy Beckett.
Alyssa Chambers — Vocal Performance
Chambers has extensively studied both vocal and piano performance. She has been the soprano section leader for Grantsville High School’s advanced choir and has performed at numerous recitals and competitions. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a 3.94 GPA throughout high school. Chambers plans to earn a degree in elementary education and would also like to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Chambers is the daughter of Tami and Bob Chambers.
Madalyn Geldmacher — Social Science
Geldmacher has been actively involved in multiple community projects at the Clark Historic Farm including: Baby Animal Days, the Honey Harvest Festival, Kids Camp and the live Christmas nativity. She has served as an elected officer in both the National Honor Society and the Drill Team. Geldmacher has maintained a 3.79 GPA while taking Advanced Placement, honors, and concurrent enrollment classes. Geldmacher is the daughter of Adam and Lisa Geldmacher.
Whitnee Harding — Speech/Theater/Forensics
Harding has been competing in the Future Farmers of America’s public speaking contest throughout high school. She was the top finisher at the Wasatch Invitational and recently won the Farm Bureau discussion meet. As a 4-year FFA member, Harding has also participated in the creed speaking contest and as a member of the parliamentary procedure team. After graduation Harding will attend Southern Utah University where she will pursue a degree in secondary education. Harding is the daughter of Bill and Holli Harding.
Kylee Haycock — English
Haycock has taken rigorous Advanced Placement and honors English classes throughout her high school career. She is also an outstanding student athlete, competing at the varsity level for four years in both swimming and soccer. She is currently serving as the Seminary Council president. She plans to explore a degree in the medical field after graduation. Haycock is the daughter of Michael and Sherry Haycock
Macady Camille Haws — Agricultural Science
Haws has a passion for agriculture. She owns and operates 28 Miles West Clothing Company where she is an advocate for agriculture through clothing. She is currently serving as the president of her Future Farmers of America Chapter. She has spent time volunteering with the Meals of Hope project and the Honey Harvest Festival. Haws plans to attend Southern Utah University in the fall and will work towards an agricultural education degree. Haws is the daughter of Shamus and Jolyn Haws.
Bailee Hill — General Scholarship
Hill has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while taking honors, Advanced Placement and college level classes. She was elected to be a Student Body officer during both her junior and senior year. She has also served as a member of the Seminary Council. Hill represented her school at the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program where she developed a love for community service. She plans to major in graphic design at either Snow College or Southern Utah University. Hill is the daughter of Jason and Kelly Hill.
Sara Kurtz — Instrumental Music
Kurtz has been a member of the Utah Youth Symphony for the past three years. She has been the principal cellist for the Grantsville High School chamber orchestra. She received the highest possible score at the state solo festival for her cello solo. Kurtz is the service coordinator in the National Honor Society. She excels as a student athlete, participating as a varsity member of the cross country and track teams. She will continue her study of music in college. Kurtz is the daughter of Monty and Shari Kurtz.
Hanna Porter — Visual Arts
Porter has been an outstanding leader of the high school Art Club for the past two years. She is a talented artist who uses a variety of different materials including clay, wood, painting, drawing, and photography. Porter excels in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has served as a volunteer for the Grantsville High School Unified Soccer team and as a manager for the girls’ volleyball and basketball team. Porter is the daughter of Aaron and JoAnn Porter.
Mashayla Scriven — Business & Marketing
Scriven has filled her schedule with rigorous business courses, including college classes, during her high school career. She has completed the requirements for the accounting and finance, and the entrepreneurship & management career and technology education pathways. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and the yearbook staff. She has earned four varsity letters as a member of the golf team. Scriven has a 3.98 GPA. She is the daughter of Michelle Sorenson and Derrick Scriven.
Ethan Smurthwaite — World Languages
Ethan Smurthwaite has a passion for world languages, specifically Chinese. He plans to use his language and communication skills in a future business career. He has been a member of the student government for the past three years. Ethan Smurthwaite has been recognized as one of the elite 3A swimmers in the state. He plans to attend Brigham Young University after he returns from a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ethan Smurthwaite is the son of Dean and Julie Smurthwaite.
Seth Smurthwaite — Mathematics
Seth Smurthwaite has a stellar composite score of 34 on the ACT and a perfect 4.0 GPA. He has spent time tutoring math students at Grantsville Junior High School. He is currently serving as the senior class president. Seth Smurthwaite has been the captain of the swim team for the past two years. He plans to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after his graduation. When he returns, he will attend Brigham Young University. Seth Smurthwaite is the son of Dean and Julie Smurthwaite.
Alexandria Wood — Science
Wood is a top scholar and has an impressive list of accomplishments relating to health sciences. She has spent over 200 hours volunteering at the LDS Hospital. She has completed the requirements to be a certified nursing assistant. She is on track to receive a career and technology education pathway certificate in sports medicine. She is CPR certified by the American Red Cross. She was recognized by the Tooele County School District as a student of the month. She is also a member of the school choir. Wood is the daughter of Nathan and Teresa Wood.
Scout Sutton — Dance
Sutton is recognized as one of the top ballet students in the entire state. She has trained with Utah’s premier ballet company, Ballet West, since she was 8 years old. She has been a cast member in Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid, as well as many other productions. Sutton has also trained with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in the summer of 2017, and the Houston Ballet Academy in the summer of 2018. She has been accepted into the ballet programs at both the University of Utah and the University of Oklahoma. Sutton is the daughter of Brad and Heather Sutton.