The following students have been selected as Sterling Scholar candidates for Springville High School:
Katya Fullmer – Visual Arts
Katya Fullmer, daughter of William and Kerry Fullmer, has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. She loves helping others with their own art and plans to become an art teacher. Fullmer draws inspiration from her teachers, who have been instrumental in her success. Her advice to others interested in the visual arts is to “never give up. If you never practice something, you will never get better at it.”
Her favorite quote is: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.” –Georgia O’Keefe
Sarah Emmett – Social Studies
Sarah Emmett, daughter of Chad and Marie Emmett, has traveled extensively, due in part to her father’s career as a geography professor. She plans to attend college and has an interest in living abroad eventually. Emmett’s advice to those interested in social studies is: “You’ll never regret knowing about the world—you belong to it, and it belongs to you!”
Her favorite quote is: “‘Dear old world,’ she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.’” –from the novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Devin Smith – Instrumental Music
Devin Smith, son of Brad and Janine Smith, grew up in a musical family, so music has always been a large part of his life. After he graduates, he plans to serve a mission for the LDS church, attend Brigham Young University, and play in the BYU orchestra. “No matter what professional field I pursue, music will always remain an important part of my life,” said Smith. His family has been his biggest inspiration, as well as famous bassist Edgar Meyer. His advice to those interested in music is to “practice every day! It really is the only way to improve.”
His favorite quote is: “It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” –Mewtwo, Pokémon character
Brynn Allred – Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics
Brynn Allred, daughter of Russell and MariLee Allred, attended plays with her parents at a young age and always longed to join the performers onstage. She hopes to one day attend Brigham Young University and join their acting program. Allred has been inspired by each of her drama teachers, who have helped her develop a passion for theater.
Allred has important advice for students studying in this field: “Rejection is a huge part of theater. So, maybe the part you wanted wasn’t for you, but don’t give up. You’ll get your turn in the spotlight. Never forget to take risks and let your creativity come out in your acting. You are your own unique person.”
Her favorite quote is: “When people try to rain on your parade, poke them in the eye with your umbrella.” –Unknown
Erick Vargas – Computer Technology
Erick Vargas, son of Alfredo and Veronica Vargas, was destined to become highly proficient in computers and technology, as his father is a computer engineer. However, it was only when he took classes at the ALC that he truly began to develop an interest in the field. He plans on serving an LDS mission after high school then majoring in computer science.
His favorite quote is: “Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I told them I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.” – Unknown
Sarah Skinner – Family and Consumer Sciences
Sarah Skinner, daughter of Kevin and Katy Skinner, is a little different when it comes to her views on teachers. Where some students may say that teachers are only a means of acquiring homework, Skinner would say that they are so much more! She has always enjoyed the various subjects that are involved in her discipline and has been inspired by all of her teachers’ caring and passion. She hopes one day to become an elementary school teacher and be able to teach students of her own.
Her favorite quote is: “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree
Daniel Salazar – Skilled and Technical Sciences
Daniel Salazar, son of Cesar Salazar and Rosa Perez, has loved every film he’s ever seen. While his main goal in life is to become a film director, his backup plans include: becoming a musician, inventor, astronaut, and our President. Anyone who knows Salazar knows that he could probably accomplish most of those things, too.
Danny says, "My step-mom has made integral contributions to my acaemic, social, and spiritual qualities. If I had to choose one person who has put the most time and effort into my well being, it would be her."
His favorite quote: “The test of one’s decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring.” – Willa Cather
Mark Ohman – Science
Mark Ohman, son of Lynn and Krystine Ohman, has always been curious about how things work. He plans to graduate medical school and become a cardiothoracic surgeon. He has been inspired by YouTuber Hank Green; and, as any scientist, lives to share what he has learned with the world. His advice to other aspiring scientists: “Good luck, and have fun!”
His favorite quote: “Science rules!” – Bill Nye, the Science Guy
Carmen Payne – English
Carmen Payne, daughter of H. Bruce and Bridget Payne, has enjoyed writing since elementary school. She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in business and then be a part of a humanitarian aid organization, writing stories on the side. Like others, she has been inspired by her teacher, Mr. Mikesell, ever since her first creative writing class with him in 7th grade.
Her advice to other writers: “Creativity is key. You could be able to write well, but you need to find ways to make your writing unique. Otherwise, it will just blend in with everyone else’s.”
Her favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Kayla Hansen – Dance
Kayla Hansen, daughter of Eric and Molly Hansen, has been dancing since before she was three. She plans on majoring in dance and joining a professional dance group in college. After that, she hopes to coach her own dance team. Hansen draws inspiration from the older girls at her dance studio, her coaches, and professional dancer Meghan Sanett.
Her advice to those who dance: “Work hard, keep trying, don’t give up, and point your toes. Dance like no one is watching.”
Her favorite quote: “I dance to be free, I dance to forget. Dance enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Unknown
Sally Wells – World Languages
Sally Wells, daughter of Earle and Debra Wells, is interested in world languages because of World Folkfest. According to Wells, her family has hosted dancers from countries such as China and Taiwan, since her mother speaks fluent Chinese. In the future, Wells plans to study music education and wishes to incorporate songs in foreign languages into the curriculum. She was inspired by her sister Mary, who also studied Chinese, which opened up many opportunities for her.
Her advice to those interested in foreign language: “Find things that interest you in the language to practice. Songs are especially good because of all the vocabulary you can learn.”
Her favorite quote: “If you’re going to make a mistake, you might as well make a loud one.” – Debra Wells, her Chinese teacher and mother.
Haylee Markham – Vocal Performance
Haylee Markham, daughter of Douglas and Heather Markham, has been in choir since third grade. Her experiences in choir have given her a passion for singing, and as a result, she aspires to become a choir teacher one day. Markham believes that teaching choir would be a good way to share her talent in a way that will help others. Her inspirations include Sara Bareilles, Sutton Foster, Heidi Blickenstaff, and several of her choir teachers.
Haylee’s advice to those who sing: “Don’t give up. Many times I have been discouraged, thinking I wasn’t good enough. But I kept pushing through and look at me now! Never think you aren’t good enough, it will just make you worse.”
Her favorite quote: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield
Wyatt LeFevre – Mathematics
Wyatt LeFevre, son of Michael and Wendy LeFevre, is interested in Math because he’s pretty good at it. His future goals include attending college, getting a job, and starting a family. “I'm certain that the career path I ultimately choose will heavily involve mathematics and when I die and go to heaven, Math will be there, somewhere, I’m certain of it.”
Wyatt’s advice to students studying math is, “Pay attention in class; math is hard.”
His favorite quote is: “If you are dead you are not sleeping, you are dead.” – C. Luther