SHS Announces 2011-2012 Sterling Scholars

by Justin Coplen and Haylee Tischner, SHS Staff Writers
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Amanda Groneman_Family and Consumer Science
Ashley Eaton_English
Benjamin Krutch_Music
Casey Ashcraft_Science
Kate Baxter_Art
Lesli Mortensen_Business and Marketing
Mary Wells_Dance
McKenna Thomas_Speech and Drama
Michael Bartholomew_Mathematics
Rebekah Brau_Foreign Language
Rhetta Shoemaker_Social Science
Timothy Elliott_Technical Trade

Twelve Springville High students have been selected as Sterling Scholars for 2011-2012. The students chosen will now go on to the state competition on February 15; the final judging will occur on February 29, 2012.  The following are the categories and students have been chosen to compete: 

Social Science: Rhetta Shoemaker, daughter of Lorie Reese and Bryan Shoemaker, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Rhetta Shoemaker enjoys how interesting the subjects are in this category, “Especially because they have a direct application to our lives,” said Rhetta.   Rhetta plans on attending Brigham Young Univesity, as her entire family has gone there.  Her inspiration is her mother and grandmother, she says, “They have gone through difficult times but were able to overcome them with diligence, dedication, and optimism.”

Music: Benjamin Krutsch, son of John and Alison Krutsch, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Benjamin Krutsch enjoys preforming for others, he says, “There is just something about being able to share my talent with others; plus, I have not found a pleasure equal to the one I have felt after a great performance.” For college he plans on attending BYU, he states, “The music school at BYU is one of the finest in the country; plus, I bleed blue.” His inspiration was his great-grandfather, he feels as if he is reviving a long lost family tradition as his great-grandfather was a vocalist before the depression. Benjamin gives this advice to all aspiring musicians: “Make sure that you love your music. If you are happy with your music, it won’t matter what other people think.”

English: Ashley Eaton, daughter of Wendy and Dael Eaton, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Ashley Eaton enjoys being able to express herself, she says, “There’s something satisfying about carefully crafting a passage to creatively articulate my opinions and ideas.”  Her college plans include attending BYU, she states, “I like the atmosphere and religious focus on campus and in the classes.” Her inspiration was her dad and her grandma she says, “My dad instilled in me a love for reading and my grandma helped me refine my skills.” Ashley gives this advice to all English majors: “Read.  By reading the work of many different authors and literacy masters, you can learn a great deal about style, rhetorical strategies, and the mechanics of writing.”

Business and Marketing: Lesli Mortensen, daughter of Preston and Collette Mortensen, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Lesli Mortensen loves how you can use the knowledge you gain from Business and Marketing in everyday life, she says, “The skills and knowledge you receive from studying business and marketing can be an asset no matter what career you go into.”  Her college plans include attending BYU because she enjoys the atmosphere on campus. Her inspiration was Mrs. Shauna Binkerd because she was the teacher who interested her in business and instilled excitement in her about the potential opportunities in business and marketing. Lesli gives this advice to all entrepreneurs: “Use your talent to set you apart; if you’re good with computers, study the importance of technology and social media in business.  If you’re social look into public speaking, find your talent and use it to your advantage.”

Art: Katherine Baxter, daughter of Douglas Alan and Sandra Lynn Baxter, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Katherine Baxter enjoys being able to bring her ideas to life.  Her college plans include attending BYU; she wants to go somewhere local with a good art program. Katherine gives this advice to all Artists: “Just work, you’ll get better with practice.”

Mathematics: Michael Bartholomew, son of David and Lynette Bartholomew, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Michael Bartholomew enjoys the fact that mathematics can be applied to nearly anything, he says, “To be able to analyze and apply math makes things logical and understandable.” His college plans include attending the University of Utah, he states, “I want to be able to stay in Utah while fulfilling my goal to become an architect.” His inspiration was his sister, he says, “She helps me understand concepts and realize the importance of math in life.” Michael gives this advice to all mathematicians: “Math is challenging even for those who it appears to be easy for.  Just stick with it and keep working to understand it, eventually you may find it enjoyable!”

Science: Casey Ashcraft, daughter of Rick and Christina Ashcraft, has been selected as the scholar in this category. Casey Ashcraft enjoys the anatomy aspect of science most.  Her college plans include attending BYU, she states, “I was raised a cougar and will be forever.” Her inspiration was Taylor Sutterfield as he was the sterling scholar last year.

Dance: Mary Wells, daughter of Earle and Debra Wells, was chosen for the dance category. She enjoys dance because of the creative outlet it provides. She feels that through dance she can express herself freely. Her advice to other students in the field is to, “Only dance if you love it.” She plans on attending BYU to earn a dance education major.  She has always been interested in dancing. Her mother was a dancer so she put her children in dance at a young age. Her inspirations are her older sisters, who both have majored in dance.

Trade and Technical Education:  Timothy Elliot, son of T. Lynn and Andrea Elliot, was chosen for the trade and technological education category. He enjoys it because of the creative aspect. He said, “I really love that you can take something and give it an automated character.” His advice to other students in this field is to, “Do something original. Trailers and fire pits don’t count.” Timothy is not quite sure where he wants to go to college, but wants to go somewhere with a good art program.  He plans to get certified in welding so he can have a job to pay for college.  Timothy doesn’t know why he was interested in welding, all that he remembers is seeing welding on the class registration and thinking, “That would be fun.”

Foreign Language:  Rebekah Brau, daughter of James and Michelle Brau, was chosen for the foreign language category. Her favorite part of knowing other languages is the connection she feels with the world. Rebekah’s advice to other students in this field is, “No matter how hard or frustrating it can seem, keep working towards the goal that you have set for yourself.” She plans on attending BYU. She does not know what she wants to major in as of now.  Rebekah says that she has been interested in languages since the 4th grade when she began Spanish immersion.  Her inspirations are her little brothers who were adopted from Guatemala and El Salvador when she was nine. They made her realize that there’s more to the world than the bubble she had been living in.

Family & Consumer Sciences:  Amanda Groneman, daughter of Jon T. and Bonny Jo, was chosen for the family and consumer sciences category.  Amanda’s favorite subject is sewing. She has been sewing for a long time. She says that it is so rewarding when she finishes a sewing project and when she gets that feeling of accomplishment. Her advice to other students in this field is, “Enjoy the classes that you are taking because it is such an opportunity for us to take these FACS classes and relax from our other school work. Also, if you enjoy your class, then continue with it.” Amanda is planning on attending the University of Utah. She does not plan on majoring in family and consumer science, but says it will help her later in life when she has a family of her own. She has always been interested in this field because her mother is a FACS teacher and she started getting her involved when she was very little.  Amanda’s inspiration is her mother because she has taught her all that she knows and has taught her to be successful in life. Her mother has always encouraged her to reach her goals.

Speech/Drama:  McKenna Thomas, daughter of David and Stephanie Thomas, was chosen for the speech/drama category. Her favorite aspect of speech and drama is the way theater can touch people. She likes when you can make a person feel something--or move them in anyway. McKenna’s advice to other students in this field is to, “Go for it.  Don’t think about how dumb people think you look, because in the end, you’re doing it for yourself. Confidence is key.” She has recently applied to BYU Provo because she feels that they honestly have the best programs to continue her education. As of right now she wants to major in this field. She said that she would love to continue performing. She is considering becoming a drama teacher. McKenna has enjoyed performing ever since she was born. She said, “I think there was a spotlight on me. First, it was a love of singing, which leant itself to musical theatre, and nurtured a love of acting in me.” Her inspiration is her friends and family for always encouraging her to develop her talents.