Grantsville High School had 14 seniors compete in the Wasatch Front Region of the Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar Program last month.
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.
Below are the 16 GHS Sterling Scholar contestants and a brief bio about their academic interests and passions. The bios were provided by GHS.
As a senior Leonard Jordan served as the president of the Grantsville High School Future Farmers of America Chapter. Jordan is a recipient of both the Greenhand and Chapter Degree. He helped organize “Food for America” to teach 3rd grade students about where food comes from. Jordan was the chairman of the building communities committee where he planned various service projects to better the community and promote FFA. He participated on the GHS Envirothon team. Jordan has also been a 4-year member of the swim team. His parents are Wenia and Leonard Jordan.
BUSINESS AND MARKETING
Caden has been interested in business and marketing his entire life. He has worked on several small business ventures with friends. Caden has earned a Career and Technical Education Certification in business management and accounting. Williams is a member of the National Honor Society. He competed at the varsity level in both cross-country and track. Caden also was a member of the ballroom dance team. His parents are Curtis and Audrey Williams.
Isaac is desktop pro certified and is working towards his A+ computer repair certification. He is proficient in Microsoft programs and has developed Python computer language skills. He is a computer programming and software pathway completer. Isaac also serves on the LDS Seminary Council and has been on the ballroom dance team. Lehman is the son of Michael and Sheri Lehman.
Sierra Lynn Leavitt
Sierra Leavitt is an outstanding dancer and has won numerous awards for her talents. She performed with the GHS Drill Team and the Ballroom Dance Company. She co-choreographed a ballroom dance number that received a superior ranking at the regional competition. She was crowned Miss Grantsville after performing an emotional lyrical dance solo. She was selected as a member of the 2020 All-Region Drill Team. She has been actively involved in a variety of community service projects including participating in the Honey Harvest Festival. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Cheri Leavitt. Her plans include attending the University of Utah and becoming a labor and delivery nurse.
Jenna Ussing has an extraordinary writing ability and has excelled in both honors and Advanced Placement Language Arts classes. She has a 3.95 GPA. Jenna won the National George Washington Honor Medal for an essay that she wrote for the Freedoms Foundation. She has had her work published in the Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9 / 11 Book. Jenna is a member of the seminary council. She is also an outstanding athlete and captain of the soccer team. Jenna is the daughter of Ryan and Sarah Ussing. She will study forensics science and chemistry at Weber State University.
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Melanie Henwood has excelled in family and consumer science. She has participated in Family Career and Community Leaders of America Star Events earning the opportunity to compete on the national level for three consecutive years. Her research on the effects of food waste on the environment led to the creation of the “Love your Leftovers” cookbook. Melanie has earned state skill certification in six different family and consumer science classes. She has been the FCCLA Chapter President twice. Melanie is also a talented dancer and has been the choreographer for the GHS dance Company. Melanie has a 3.9 GPA. She will attend Southern Utah University for a degree in elementary education. Henwood is the daughter of Steven and Natalie Henwood.
Throughout high school Amy has challenged herself with an extremely rigorous class schedule while earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. She also earned the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy award. She earned Academic All-State honors and Academic All-Region Honors in cross-country. Amy has been involved in student government being elected as the senior class secretary. She also served as the president of the Legacy Ballroom Dance Company and as the National Honor Society vice president. Amy will attend Dixie State University and study nursing. She is the daughter of Flint and Sandy Richards.
Alanna has been playing the cello for the past 7 years. She received professional training as a member of the Utah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Alanna received superior ratings as a State Ensemble soloist and has extensive experience playing at community events. She also has experience as a cello instructor. Her talents also include writing and art. After graduation she will attend Snow College to study music. Her parents are Craig and Wendy Bliss.
Makayla has a perfect 4.0 GPA and earned an impressive 33 composite score on the ACT. She earned the Distinguished Math Scholar Award from Brigham Young University and was selected to represent Grantsville High School at the state math competition for the past three years. She also excels as a leader serving as the Math Club president, National Honor Society vice president, cross country team captain and a member of the seminary council. Lear is the daughter of Wynn and Amy Lear. She will attend the University of Utah where she plans to study biomedical engineering.
Zane Thomas has excelled as a student at Grantsville High School taking numerous Advanced Placement, concurrent enrollment, and honors classes. Thomas also attended Engineering State at Utah State University and works as an intern at a veterinarian’s office. He was selected as a Student Excellence Award winner for science. Thomas was the Swim Team Captain and a leader in the National Honor Society. Zane plans to study Astrophysics at Arizona State University He is the son of Jake and Tracy Thomas.
SKILLED & TECHNICAL SCIENCE
A “Utah Endorsed Clinical Dental Assistant” is just one of the many accomplishments for CamRee Iverson. She has also been awarded the dental assisting pathway and completed over 90 clinical hours in a dental office. She has been the president of Health Occupations Students of America and the FCCLA. CamRee has been extensively involved on the yearbook staff serving as the editor-in-chief twice. She will graduate with a 3.9 GPA while taking both honors and Advanced Placement classes. CamRee plans to attend Weber State University and will study Dental Hygiene. Her parents are Brandon and JaKell Meckley and Jared and Halie Iverson.
Jordan Wheeler has dedicated countless hours making his school and community a better place throughout his years in high school. He took both Advanced Placement and honors courses. He represented GHS at Boys State. Jordan organized a Blood Drive for the community of Grantsville. As a musician he has served as the choir president and helped lead the marching band to a 3A state championship. He also ran on the varsity cross country team. Jordan plans to study criminal justice, law, and political science at Weber State University. His parents are Doug and Diane Hadley and Ryan and Sarah Ussing.
Brooklyn’s brought her talents to the stage in multiple leading roles with the Grantsville High School theatre department. She received the best actress in a one-act play award for her portrayal of Raja Englanderova. She was also recognized as the 2020 theatre student of the year. She has been a member of the GHS theatre council and served as the music director. Brooklyn is the daughter of Calvin and Carrie Reilley.
Alexa Byrd is an awarding winning artist who uses her talents to serve others. Byrd volunteered to sketch portraits of children battling cancer as gifts to their parents. She has taken Advanced Placement art studio and design as well as college level art classes while in high school. She has taken private art lessons for the past 5 years. Alexa was selected as the Homecoming queen and was a member of the basketball team. Alexa is the daughter of Kody and Andrea Byrd.
Alyssa Enslen has an impressive list of both musical training and performances. She has shared her musical talents on stage as a leading actor with the GHS theatre department. She earned a superior rating for her performance of “In My Dreams,” from Anastasia at the state theatre competition. She is a member of the advanced choir at Grantsville High School. Enslen has a 3.89 GPA and has a composite score of 31 on the ACT. In the fall she will attend Southern Utah University and major in theater. She is the daughter of Jacob and Donna Enslen.
Tyese Burton has spent her high school years developing her ability to speak Spanish. She has an impressive 3.97 GPA. She earned the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy Award and was selected to compete in the BYU Language Bowl for two consecutive years. Tyese developed extensive leadership and community service skills as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador. She was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing over 420 hours of community service in one year. She organized the “Magic Yarn Project” to bring joy to children going through cancer through handmade yarn wigs. Tyese is the daughter of Blake and Nicole Burton. She plans to study elementary education.