Stuart Johnson, Deseret News archives

Fifteen winners and 30 runners-up were announced March 12 at the 41st annual Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholars of Central Utah Awards Program held in Richfield's Sevier Valley Center.

The North Sanpete High School Choir directed by music instructor Tim Kidder, performed the prelude music with accompanist Bandy Jarman. O'Dee Hansen, assistant principal, North Sanpete High School, provided the welcoming message with invocation by Leslie Keisel, North Sanpete School District superintendant. Nan Ault, North Sanpete High's principal, served as master of ceremonies.

Ivyann Oveson, 2012 winner in General Scholarship, gave a tribute to teachers and parents. Linda K. Stokes, director of the State Sterling Scholar Program and Community Coordinator of the LDS Church Foundation, spoke to the group. Student nominees Allan Olsen, Manti; Brooke Finlinson, Delta; and Taylor Purcell, North Sanpete, performed piano solos.

Leah Woodard and Ben Cox of North Sanpete High School hosted the event under the direction of Jason and Mary Okerlunda, co-chairpersons of the Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholars of Central Utah Committee. The Okerlunds expressed gratitude for the hundreds of people who donate their time, talent and funding to the program. Thanks were also expressed to Jennifer Christensen, Frances Metcalfe, Carli Wright, Richard Chamberlain and Mavanee Loftus.

Four winners were named at North Sanpete High School, with three runners-up. Most other schools had one or two winners with differing numbers of runners up. Delta had the most runners-up — eight — and had one winner.

Names of winners, their schools, parents' names, and runners-up and their schools are listed by category as follow:

General Scholarship: Steven Olsen

School: Manti High School
Parents: Darrell and Corinne Olsen

Runners-up: Cash Allred, North Sevier High School and Allison Finlinson, Delta High School

Agriculture Science: Hailee Garett

School: Juab High School
Parents: Tyson and Jamie Garrett

Runners-up: Clara Bills, North Sevier High School and Elli Reber, Gunnison Valley High School

Business & Marketing: Courtney Worthington

School: Gunnison Valley High School
Parents: Greg and Toriann Worthington

Runners-up: Hunter Holt, Richfield High School and Jacob Orton, North Sanpete High School

Computer technology: Lacie Watson

School: Delta High School
Parents: John and Lynndell Watson

Runners-up: Mark Barton, Manti High School and Brynlee Honeycutt, North Sevier High School

Dance: Taleah Cox

School: Manti High School
Parents: Dean and Helen Cox

Runners-up: Delainee Bliss, Delta High School and Rachelle Terry, Juab High School

English: Elsa Torgersen

School: South Sevier High School
Parents: Troy and Lynne Torgersen

Runners-up: Sierra Orton, Juab High School and Klarissa Shaffer, Manti High School

Family & Consumer Sciences: Natalee Halling

School: Manti High School
Parents: Dean and Marilyn Halling

Runners-up: Emily Johansen, North Sanpete High School and Kassidy Western, Delta High School

Foreign Language: Taletta Robinett

School: North Sanpete High School
Parent: Debbie Robinett

Runners-up: Derick Marchant, Delta High School and Erin Moore, South Sevier High School

Mathematics: Katelyn Rasmussen

School: Millard High School
Parents: Shon and Sherilyn Rasmussen

Runners-up: Zackary Ence, North Sanpete High School and Jace Nelson, Delta High School

Music: Taylor Purcell

School: North Sanpete High School
Parents: Rhodri and Anne Purcell

Runners-up: Brooke Finlison, Delta High School and Anna Olsen, Manti High School

Science: Kelsey Keel

School: Millard High School
Parents: Tracy and Lynette Keel

Runners-up: D. JadenTurner, Richfield High School and McKinzey Wickel, Juab High School

Skilled & Technical Sciences: Dustin Allred

School: North Sanpete High School
Parent: Nancy Allred

Runners-up: Mason Bailey, Richfield High School and Jake Carlson, Delta High School

Social Science: Lauren Benjamin

School: Richfield High School
Parents: Curtis and Julie Benjamin

Runners-up: Paige Johnson, Delta High School and Kolten Kendall, Juab High School

Speech & Drama: Casey Lamb

School: North Sanpete High School
Parents: Ron and Nicole Lamb

Runners-up: Breanna Bigelow, Gunnison Valley High School and Brittnie Sorensen, Manti High School

Visual Arts: Jordan Carter

School: South Sevier High School
Parents: Warren and Amber Carter

Runners-up: Katie Davis, Juab and Tanner Hansen, Manti