The tension is high. Everyone’s breath is held. Parents grip their children’s sweaty palms. Drinks are forgotten, little children are silent, all in anticipation of the announcement. “I was really nervous, but I knew that whatever happened, I would be okay with it.” Ashley Jex recounted. Tonight is the announcement of Alta’s Sterling Scholar Awards. Over thirty students applied, and all of them had to write an essay, fill out an application, and endure an interview. “The interview was the hardest part.” said Katie Siebeneck. All of the applicants have tried their hardest and want to win so bad. Jenna Hickens recalls that during her freshman year, her sister won the Vocal Performance Sterling Scholar. “I decided I really liked French. I just kept working and keeping that goal in mind.” Each applicant is uniquely qualified for a win, and has spent years trying to reach their goal. They all wait anxiously for the announcement.
Before Ms. Crane announced the winners, she took a second to congratulate all the applicants. It takes an incredible amount of work to be worthy of winning this. You need to demonstrate skill in a particular category and high academic achievement. Then she announced the winners. “I felt really accomplished, like all my hard work paid off.” Jenna Hicken explained. All of the winners are looking forward to future opportunities with the Sterling Scholar program. Katie Siebeneck is excited to be a Sterling Scholar because it’s “fun to meet new people who have the same goals and aspirations as me.” Congratulations to all the Sterling Scholar nominees and applicants!