January 2015

SHS Sterling Scholars 2014-2015

by Francesca Rotolo, SHS News Writer
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Sterling Scholar Group Photo
Alexandra Allen - English
Aliza Eaton - Dance
Andalyn Hall - Trade & Technical Sciences Education
Ashley McConnell - Mathematics
Bethany Allen - Visual Arts
Cassidy Erickson - Instrumental Music
Chandler Harris - Computer Technology
Emma Israelson - Family & Consumer Sciences
Hayden Diede - Business & Marketing
Kahaia Stewart - Vocal Performance
Nickolas Cooper - Science
Rebekkah Bertelsen - Social Science
Renee Swapp - Foreign Language
Sky Kawai - Speech,Theater Arts, &Forensics

Emma Israelsen - Family and Consumer Science
Emma Israelsen, daughter of Craig and Tammy Israelsen, has always loved playing with children, making things for her future home, and being a homemaker. She wants to be a good mom, so she plans on getting her degree in early childhood development education followed by teaching preschool. Her mom has been a huge inspiration to Israelsen. "She is the ultimate homemaker. She can cook, she raised seven kids, and she is so crafty. She shaped me into who I am today."

Israelsen's advice for anyone interested in this field is to "have fun. Family and Consumer Science is all about living life, so live it and learn all you can."

Her favorite quote is:  "Where’s your will to be weird." -Unknown

Renee Swapp - World Languages
Renee Swapp, daughter of Terry and Ramona Swapp, would listen to her aunt and uncle speak German in her early years, and wonder what they were saying to each other, which in turn got Swapp interested in languages of the world. She plans on attending Southern Utah University, followed by a mission for the LDS church, and later plans to obtain a degree in physical education. Swapp’s parents have been her inspiration. "They are both great examples of hard work and kindness," she said. Her advice to others interested in this field is to "just keep with it and enjoy learning a new language. Learning a new language can open so many new doors."

Her favorite quote is:  "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow." - Unknown

Nicholas Cooper – Science
Nicholas Cooper, son of Glen and Annette Cooper, has always liked to learn how the world works. He knew from the moment he took his first chemistry class that he loved science. Cooper plans to attend college where he can learn anything and everything about the universe.  His parents have been his rock through the storm. "They are hardworking people who have supported me my whole life".  His advice for anyone looking into the Science field is "science is fun when you get the right answer, so that's about 10% of the time. But seriously, don’t get discouraged if you get the wrong answer, you just found one way not to do it."

His favorite quote is:  "Believe you can and you’re halfway there." -Theodore Roosevelt.

Ashley McConnell –Mathematics
Ashley McConnell, daughter of Eric and Rachelle McConnell, has always understood math pretty well, but it was when she took AP Calculus last year, she began to understand how math could be put to real life situations. That is also when she began to seriously consider going into a math-involved field. McConnell's future goals are to serve an LDS mission, get an education and become a wife and mother. With her education, McConnell would like to work for NASA or perhaps become a teacher in Math, Physics, or Astronomy. "My parents have always been the ones to encourage me to do my best and work hard. It's thanks to them and their support and encouragement that I’ve been able to pursue my talents." McConnell's advice to others looking into the Math field is “just work hard. Don’t give up when you don’t understand or can’t solve a problem. I believe practice, dedication and being willing to ask for help is the key to fully understanding. If you want to go into math, it's important for you to know how to teach what you learn. I've found that helping others with math has helped me learn how to teach better, and has helped solidify the concepts for me."

Her favorite quote is:  "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars" - Norman Vincent Peale

Alexandra Allen – English
Alexandra Allen, daughter of J. and Casey Allen, has always loved writing, and has always been an avid reader. When she entered high school and discovered the magic of classical literature, she fell in love with the field of English. Allen's goals are to write throughout her life. No matter what she ends up pursuing as a career, she will always be a writer. She hopes to study economics in college. "My favorite authors have been constant inspirations for me to keep writing" she said. "They include Kurt Vonnegut, Dorthey Parker, and Ernest Hemingway." Her advice to people looking into the field of English is to "keep writing! Write a lot! Write as much, as much as your arm muscles will allow."

Her favorite quote is:  "She turned her cants into cans and dreams into plans." - Unknown

Andalyn Hall - Trade and Technical Sciences Education
Andalyn Hall, daughter of Jim and Sharlyn Hall, has always been a hands -on -learner and loved being creative. Woodshop has been one of her favorite classes because it is a specific trade and she gets to build awesome furniture. Hall joined FFA in 9th grade because it focused on agriculture. As the FFA State Officer candidate for Springville High, her goal is that when she runs for office in March, she will be successful and become the next Utah State Officer from Springville. Hall plans to attend USU and study wildlife management or Veterinary science. Her inspiration has been her advisor, teacher and friend, Mrs. Giffing. "When I walked into her classroom in 9th grade, I had no idea what I could do. She taught me and pushed me to do my best, not only in school, but in competitions, and she's helped me reach my goals. She saw my potential, helped me believe in myself, and then showed me all the opportunities. I want to be able to do that for others." Hall's advice to others interested in this field is "don’t ever give up. When you find something that you really love, it doesn’t matter what other people might think or say. You have to be true to yourself and don’t give up! This is a hard field, and it can be a lot of hard work, but that’s what makes it worth it."

Her favorite quote is:  "The moment you become embarrassed of who you are, you lose yourself." -Rueben (Oceans 13)

Cassidy Erickson - Instrumental Music
Cassidy Erickson, daughter of David and Sharla Erickson, has been playing music ever since her grandpa introduced her into violin at age four. Erickson's goals are to become a professional violinist, recording, soloing with orchestras, and continuing her private studio. "Lots of people have inspired me" she said. "Monte Belknap (my teacher) and my parents have been really helpful in this area. I [am] also inspired by Itzhak Perlman, who is a famous violinist despite having polio." Erickson's advice to budding musicians is "practice. You can’t get anywhere if you don’t have the technique to back you up."

Her favorite quote is:  "Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." - Henry Van Dyke

Bethany Allen - Visual Arts
Bethany Allen, daughter of Steve and Michele Allen has always followed in her older siblings footsteps, from sports, to video games, to sword fighting with sticks and, eventually, to art. Her future plans include attending college and traveling, meeting different people, and learning about their lives. To Allen, life is about making connections. Even if she does not pursue art as a career, she says she will always continue to create, because art is about exploring possibilities and connecting with others as well as your inner-self. "Mary Reeder has been my inspiration" said Allen. "She has been my art teacher for six years. Her example has gone way past art; she has inspired me to be a better person." Allen's advice to those looking into the Visual Arts field is “take risks and explore new ideas. If you’re not afraid of failing, you can do anything."

Her favorite quote is:  "It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not." Denis Waitley

Kahaia Stewart - Vocal Performance
Kahaia Stewart, daughter of Matt and Nicole Stewart, has been performing in choirs and recitals since elementary school. It was during her first big production, her first year of junior high, that she knew music was her niche, and decided to study it. Her goals include graduating from college, getting married, and starting a family. She plans to study vocal performance, specifically opera, at BYU. After that, she plans to stay at home with her kids, but will definitely sing in her free time, and will most likely teach lessons in her home. "Everyone always says their parents have inspired them and mine are no exception” she said. "No one else in my family are musicians. My mom is a chemical engineer, yet without fail, she and my dad have been to all of my performances. They support me in my goals and passions to help me achieve them." Stewart’s advice to those looking into Vocal Performance as a career, "don’t compare yourself and your current skill level to other musicians. The only singer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be. Keep striving to improve because there's always something new to learn and to keep getting better [at]."

Her favorite quote is:  "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice." - Vladimir Horowitz

Hayden Diede - Business and Marketing
Hayden Diede, son of Mike and Karilyn Diede, has always wanted to be his own boss. As he has gotten older, he continues to learn more about business and entrepreneurship, and likes it more every day.  His goals all revolve around business. He dreams of starting his own company in something he loves. He wants to be like Mark Zuckerberg, a millionaire at age 27. He plans to meet this goal by becoming an entrepreneur. "I could not list everyone who has inspired me" says Diede. "There are too many. However I would be ungrateful if I did not thank my dad, Lynn Crandal, and all the teachers I have had (Mr. Daybell is still the coolest)." Diede's advice for those seeking their fortune in the marketing field is "don’t be passive. If you enjoy business or marketing, read on your own. Go look up business owners and learn about them. I would suggest joining FBLA or DECA. My last piece of advice is to go start your own business. Be brave and go for it."

His favorite quote is:  "When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say 'Wow that was an adventure,' not 'wow I sure felt safe.'" - Tom Preston-Werner

Aliza Eaton - Dance
Aliza Eaton, daughter of Eric and Tori Eaton, has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She loves dance because there is no in-season or out-of-season. You are a dancer until you stop dancing. Eaton hopes to dance at the University of Utah while she gets a degree in public health. No matter what she does, dance will always be a huge part of her life. Eaton just wants to be able to still do the splits at age 65. "Every one of my team mates has inspired me” she said, “every coach, every Zumba instructor, my mom, and anyone who has ever supported me, and my dancing. Almost everyone inspires me in some way.” Eaton’s advice to anyone planning on looking into Dance is "it’s the best therapy for a long day at school is a long evening of dancing it out."

Her favorite quote is:  "Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes, but life is changing all the time." - Miguel Angel Ruiz

Chandler Harris - Computer Technology
Chandler Harris, son of Scott and Danette Harris, has been asking questions about computers ever since he was little. From then on he has kept reading articles, asking questions, and even building a few computers of his own. In the future, Harris plans on becoming a software engineer. "Numerous people have inspired me" he said. “They've kept me going on this path of learning. They are my parents, programming teachers, friends, and overall, just my excitement to learn." Harris's advice to others looking into the field of Computer Tech is "this isn't an easy field nor is any other field easy. However, if you enjoy programming and you get excited about coding, then code. There is only one path to take, and that’s the path to success."

His favorite quote is:  "Life isn’t easy, so find a good story and dive in." – unknown

Sky Kawai – Speech/Theater/Forensics
Sky Kawai, son of Derek and Kerry Kawai, did not always have an interest in Speech and Theater Arts, but his love for it blossomed when his mother bribed him into trying out for the school musical in the 7th grade. Kawai’s future goal is to become a Pediatric Surgeon by day and a Broadway star by night. “I want to be Zac Efron when I grow up. High School Musical was also my first…” Kawai’s advice to anyone interested in the field of Theater is to “wear your best underwear to performances because your pants will rip. It’s happened before.”

His favorite quote is:  “If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a secret agent.” – Thornton Wilder

Rebekkah Bertelsen – Social Studies

Rebekkah Bertelsen, daughter of Brad and Darlene Bertelsen, found her love for Social Science when she took AP World and U.S. History her junior year of high school. She has also always had an interest in psychology and how the mind works; it just all made sense.  Bertelsen plans on taking social science classes in college. She wants to explore different cultures by studying abroad, but would also like to get her community more involved in the social sciences. She dreams of becoming an historian or archaeologist after college. Bertelsen’s inspiration comes from Mr. Lister at Springville High who teaches history. “He got me excited about history and I wanted to learn more. He inspired me to explore [history]. He really got me passionate about social science.” Bertelsen’s advice to anyone interested in exploring this field is “never give up your dreams. Study what you love and put it to good use. You have the power to make a difference in your school and community. There is A LOT to learn in social science, to keep using new knowledge to enrich your life and make an impact.”

Her favorite quote is: “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation… It must be peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.” -- FDR