By Chelsea Fairbourn
TMCN Student Writer
With less than one week left before region competition, Morgan High School’s Sterling Scholars are making final preparations. Final drafts of portfolios have been submitted, mock interviews conducted, and professional attire planned out. The six-month countdown is almost up, and these scholars are up for the challenge ahead. Here are this week’s Sterling Scholar spotlights:
Scholar: Joshua Mines
Josh is the son of Brian and Debra Mines. Seeking to validate academic excellence, honor his school, and become the best in his area of study, Josh applied for the Sterling Scholar program. His passion for math actually came from what he plans to do in the future. “I’m really interested [in] engineering and business/economics and those are both math heavy fields,” says Josh.
His commitment to excellence extends beyond trig functions as some of his greatest accomplishments include: 3A Second Team All-State (football), Academic Decathlon (he’s won 15 medals and is the team’s top scorer), Student Body Officer, and Captain of the track team.
“It’s shown me the reward for my hard work, encouraged me to work even harder, and given me a sense of accomplishment,” says Josh as he verifies the impact the Sterling Scholar program has had on him.
As for his future, Josh plans to go to college, “go to school for too many years”, and hopefully end up on Wall Street.
Scholar: Chelsea Fairbourn
Chelsea is the daughter of Cary and Stephanie Fairbourn. Always having enjoyed reading and writing, her eventual passion for English was inevitable. This zeal, as well as a desire to further improve her skills and represent her school, led her to apply for the Sterling Scholar program. “The ability to communicate effectively is the key to success. It is a skill that is essential for my future and I hope to keep building upon what I have done thus far in my area,” says Chelsea of her reason for applying.
Chelsea’s five greatest achievements reflect her ambitious personality as they include: Student Body President, Prudential Spirit of Community Award State Honoree, 3A First Team All-State (soccer), Academic All-State, and being selected as a correspondent for the Standard Examiner TX section.
Of her experience as a Sterling Scholar, Chelsea says, “This program has instilled in me the desire to reach for the stars; through hard work, my dreams can become reality”.
In the fall Chelsea plans to attend either Utah Valley University or Brigham Young University. She hopes to major in Broadcasting Journalism or an area of related study.
Scholar: Nikkelle Green
Nikkelle is the daughter of Shane and Shalaine Green. Since the age of three Nikkelle has been a dancer. As a freshman she made it a goal to become a Sterling Scholar, and through a life changing experience on the drill team, dance ability itself, and personal academic achievement, Nikkelle has accomplished what she dreamed of.
With an impressive list of accomplishments, Nikkelle selected the five of which she is most proud. They include: Being a three year member of the Morgan High School Drill Team, member of 2010-2011 All-State Drill Team, participation on the first ever Region Drill Team at Morgan High School, earning her Young Women’s Medallion, and being selected as Dance Sterling scholar.
For most, the Sterling Scholar program has benefitted them in more than one way. Nikkelle is no exception. Of the program she says, “It has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve never really thought about everything I’ve accomplished in life and its fun to see it all put on paper. I’ve loved being a Sterling Scholar.”
Nikkelle plans to attend Weber State University where she hopes to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She also wants to keep dance a part of her life, so a minor in dance is also part of the plan.
Scholar: Blake Midgley
Blake is the son of Michael and Susan Midgley. As a child Blake attended many of his older sister’s band concerts. Sterling Scholars themselves, his older sisters were an example to him, instilling in him, at a young age, the desire to follow in their footsteps and apply for the program. Because of his love for Jazz Band, Blake developed a desire to play the saxophone, now, his instrument of choice.
Not only is he gifted in the area of fine arts; he has excelled in nearly every other aspect of his life. His five greatest achievements include: Eagle Scout Award, Duty to God Award, State Solo and Ensemble, Music Lettering (4 years), and Utah’s Ambassadors of Music.
Allowing him to prepare for the future, Blake says this of the Sterling Scholar program, “It has taught me how to prepare for jobs and careers through interviews, creating portfolios and resumes. It has helped me to become a hard worker. This opportunity has given me the chance to grow as a musician.”
Blake plans to attend Utah State University where he will major in Engineering and minor in Music.