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Carbon High School honors its 2010 Sterling Scholars


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This year, 11 Carbon High students were chosen as their school's Sterling Scholars( a term first coined by the Deseret News). These pupils were exemplary in various intellectual pursits.

These students were then judged in Southeastern Utah Regional competition. Local pupils were up against a dozen high schools in the southeaster part of Utah in categories such as science, english, business, speech, music, drama and math, among others.

There were two winners and nine runners-up from Carbon High.

The winners in regional competition were Megan Jayme and Kelcee Gilson.

Megan Jayme - English

The winner was an editor for published author LuAnn Staheli's novel Tides across the Sea. She also received the Editor's Choice Award for a poem she published in 2006.

She is the front page editor for her school's newspaper and has had two of her poems published in the local newspaper, the Sun Advocate.

This young woman has organized several humanitarian service projects including making picture books for third world countries and organizing a charity banquet that raised $2,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

She also volunteered over the summer at a school for handicapped children, helping them with English and life skills.

The winner was selected as one of four students from her school district whose English skills were high enough to grade younger student's papers.

She currently works tutoring a young girl with cerebral palsy and is the daughter of Mike and Emily Jayme.

She won a $10,000 tuition to go towards the four-year university of her choice.

Kelcee Gilson - Business and Marketing

The winner has been actively involved in FBLA throughout high school. She has held various offices in FBLA including Sophomore Representative, Historian, President, and Utah State Eastern Region Vice President.

She placed first at the Eastern Region Competition in Future Business Leader, Job Interview, and Economics, and second in Banking and Financial Systems.

Her annual chapter report took fifth at state. The same year she went on to nationals in Anaheim, California.

She also has participated in state and national FBLA leadership conferences. The highlight of her 2009 summer was Business Week at Utah State. Her company did very well, and she won first place at the business bowl.

This young lady puts her business skills to work through her internship at Intermountain Electronics. She will be competing in FBLA Partnership with Business this spring and hopes to go to nationals one last time.

She has thoroughly enjoyed all of her volunteer work from teaching a religious education class to dancing with the students at the Castle Valley Prom.

Ranking sixth in her class, she has excelled in rigorous high school and college classes. She also holds the positions of Senior Class President, and National Honor Society President.

She is the daughter of Josh and DeAnn Gilson. She also won a $10,000 tuition and plans to attend Westminister College in the Salt Lake City area.

The runners-up are as follows:

Brian Powell - Speech and Drama

Powell has participated in Debate and Drama for the past four years. His original Oratories have placed first at National qualifying tournaments and locally run tournaments.

He has competed at national tournaments in Appleton, Wisconsin, Albany, New York, and in Birmingham, Alabama. The Winner has also placed first in Duo at the Riverton Silver Splash Tournament.

The winner is the senior editor of his schools yearbook, and has also received first in region science fair. He is the Debate Captain of his high school. The winner has also served with his local community theatre doing lighting, stage managing, and working backstage. He has participated in his schools theatre department taking on lead roles such as Creon in Antigone and Sir Lawrence Wargrave in And then there were None.

He has also done extremely well at region and state drama competitions. Receiving straight superiors two years in a row at state in contemporary scenes and humorous monologues. The winner is also educated in playing the piano and has competed at local piano festivals. Brian is the son of James and Debbie Powell.

Shaylee Donathan - Math

Donathan is a young girl who has excelled in all of her math classes she has taken throughout her high school career.

She has aced Geometry, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-calculus, AP Calculus and College Algebra 1050.

This young lady enjoys challenging herself by setting high goals and achieving them. Not only does she have impeccable academics, she holds the position of Senior Class Vice-president and numerous leadership positions in other clubs.

She has dedicated herself to the sport of volleyball for the past six years while participating in National Honor Society, FBLA, A cappella choir, Academic Leadership Club, Friends of Rachel, High School Rodeo and concurrent enrollment. She tutors math at all levels, along with Spanish and chemistry.

This year, she wrote a math test for her school and awarded prizes to the highest scoring students.

She loves helping others; she takes any opportunity available to participate in community service. Her service ranges from helping young kids build crafts to remodeling a house for a family in need.

Ranked No. 1 in her class, she is the daughter of Mark and Chasity Donathan.

Samantha Olson - General Carbon High School

Olson has participated in National Honor Society for the last three years and currently holds the office of vice president. She also currently holds the office of Secretary in FBLA which she has been a active member for the last three years.

She has held an office in Student government throughout all of her high school career. She has helped organize a leadership's conference for all elementary schools in Carbon School District.

She has a passion for helping others and volunteering around the community, and putting her heart into everything she does. She has also helped direct a district wide writing contest.

While she also has a great love for all sports especially volleyball which she she has played for the last six years and feels sports bring out the leaders in all of us.

She has attended many camps and leaderships conferences in which she has gained skills that she will be able to use to help her in everything she does throughout her life. She is the daughter of Darin and Judy Olson.

Preston Grant - Music

Grant has been a part of the Carbon High School Drumline and Marching Band, as the snare captain for the last four years.

He has been a part of the Carbon High Band program for three years, including Jazz Band.

He has participated in the CEU Wind symphony for four semesters as well as two Messiah performances as a timpanist. He has strengthened his musical talents by participating in five different honor bands.

As a senior, he has been a participant of the A Capella and Vocal Jazz choirs, performing for the community. He has participated in three years of Band festivals, receiving a superior and two excellent ratings, along with two superiors for Solo and Ensemble twice.

He has composed three percussion solos, an arrangement for marching band, and three drumline cadences. He has attended the DCI Drum Camp at Weber State. He is also the 2009 treasurer for National Honor Society and has shown his desire to serve through numerous service projects throughout the community. The winner has also received his Eagle Scout rank for boy scouts.

Next year, he has the opportunity to perform as a marching snare drummer for a mass band performance during the half time of the Sugar Bowl. The winner, son of Wendy and Carter Grant, is Preston Grant.

Michael Larson - Visual Arts

This year's visual arts runner-up has been an artist his entire life. His enthusiasm for art is due to expression his thoughts and observations of the world that he loves.

His art has been recognized by the College of Eastern Utah and his own high school. Along with being a promising artist, he has done well in academics while taking AP Calculus and AP English classes.

Helping the homeless and community volunteering has been only a part of the public service that this artist has contributed.

He has also been actively involved in the education of young artists. While being a positive role model, he has taught many young students about classical art along with his passion for graphic art.

He has done other volunteer work for schools including a large painting for students and improving school safety conditions.

He is a strong believer of the Rachel's Challenge program, spreading friendship and acceptance through his community. He also plays important leadership roles in FBLA and Carbon Students against Destructive Decisions.

From Carbon High School, the winner is Michael Larson, son of Lynn and Rebecca Larson.

Jordan Hussey - Trade and Technical

Hussey, an avid member and the sentinel in his high school's FFA chapter, plans and participates in many agricultural and technological activities around the community.

This individual placed first his sophomore year in the regional science fair in the mathematics division as well as taking the first place U.S. Metric Association Award. This young man spent a week furthering his engineering skills testing wing designs in a wind tunnel and soaring over the Utah State University campus in a DA-40 Diamond Star single engine aircraft. He spends his summers engineering parts for his car and families rock crawlers.

He enjoys working on his motorcycle and four wheeler just as much as loves riding them across the vast Castle Country landscape.

He is the son of Robin and Dixon Hussey.

Kathryn Penry - Social Science

Penry has participated in student government the past two years. She has participated in social science events such as debate and attended Girl's State, where she held various leadership positions including: county delegate, a member of the state platform committee and Chair County Commissioner.

At her school she is currently senior class secretary, cheer captain, a member of the seminary council, and FCCLA vice president.

She has been enrolled in many social science classes throughout high school, including: US history II, Economics, World Civilization and U.S. government.

Also she has been involved in many honor classes such as acappella choir, journalism and A.P. Language classes.

She has been on the honor roll all through high school and is ranked in the top ten percent in her class.

She has had a big impact on her community, participating in many service projects such as helping families in need and regularly volunteering at Castle Valley Center, the local special needs school in Carbon County.

She is the daughter of Allen Penry and Brenna Penry.

Sydney Van Dyke - Science

Van Dyke, as president of the Chemistry Club at her high school, has organized and participated in chemistry demonstrations for elementary school and college students.

This individual earned a 34 on the ACT, a five on the AP Biology test, and, as a junior, she received third place in the Superintendent's Math Competition, defeating all but two seniors in her district. Her Science Fair projects, in 2006 and 2008, dealing with surface chemistry as it applies to carpet cleaning, earned first place awards at both district and regional science fair. This young lady participated in the Advanced Biotechnology Summer Academy at Utah State University, spending a week working in the labs with professors, learning hands-on about the procedures and principles of modern science, and eating Aggie Ice Cream.

She was an intern and Earth Team Volunteer at the National Resources Conservation Service area office and volunteered at Camp Invention, a summer program that teaches elementary school students important science and engineering concepts. She is the daughter of Kerry and Sherene Van Dyke.

Emily Branch - Family and Consumer Sciences

Branch has been an active participant in FCCLA since she was in eighth grade and has competed and placed at State competition every year. She has attended and graduated from numerous leadership courses held across the nation ranging from Nashville, Tennessee to Washington D.C. She has earned stars from the USA leadership (Ultimate State Officer Academy) for the Officership, Capitol Leadership and the Maximum Leadership phases.

She has participated in Pro-Start for the last two years and various FACS classes throughout high school.

She has worked with the Carbon County Healthy Families Coalition for the last two years to arrange numerous family based organizations and motivational speakers Ben Glenn and Richard Paul Evans to come to her community.

She has participated and been awarded in the Be Part of It, Power of One, and Families First campaigns. The winner has served as the FCCLA President, Historian, and Vice President of Special Programs at a chapter level, and the V.P of History as a state officer. She is the daughter of Dennis and Lisa Branch.

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