Copper Hills Sterling Scholars Advance to Region and State


Copper Hills High School: Back row from left: Emily Jensen, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education; Loren Yancey, Mathematics; Ethan Peery, Business and Marketing; Ryan Allred, Visual Arts; Mariah Cheney, Family and Consumer Sciences. Middle row from left: Kenzie Sayasith, Science; Brianne Sandberg, Instrumental Music; Hailey Winn, Social Science; Grace Bramlage, World Languages. Front row from left: Natalie Smiley, Computer Technology; Taci Miner, Vocal Performance; Breelyn Smedley, Dance; Alyssa Beckstead, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics; Kambrie Wilde, English.

Every year, for the Sterling Scholar Program, Copper Hills High School chooses 14 students to represent the school as scholars in a number of categories, including: Skilled and Technical Science, Mathematics, Business and Marketing, Visual Arts, Family and Consumer Science, Science, Instrumental Music, Social Science, World Languages, Computer Technology, Vocal Performance, Dance, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics, and English. 


First, the students compete against their peers at a school level. They submit a resume and have a ten-minute interview with a board of teachers specializing in their subject(s). After individual departments select and sometimes debate over their chosen scholars, the winners for the school are announced in a special assembly.


After being chosen at a school level, the sterling scholars submit a portfolio that highlights their accomplishments in the categories of citizenship, leadership, and scholarship. They then submit their portfolio to the region judges and wait to find out if they made it. This year, Emily Jensen, Loren Yancey, Ethan Peery, Ryan Allred, Kenzie Sayasith, Hailey Winn, Grace Bramlage, Natalie Smiley, Taci Miner, Alyssa Beckstead, and Kambrie Wilde made it to region. 


Based on their interview at Region, the judges choose four winners from every category to move to State. Natalie Smiley, Grace Bramlage, Alyssa Beckstead, Taci Miner, and Emily Jensen made it to state this year. 


This year, Copper Hills tied for the most sterling scholars at region with Hillcrest, and had the most sterling scholars at State.