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2013 Sterling Scholars

Article Date: 
12 April, 2013 (All day)

Natasha Andersen ~ English
Natasha Andersen, daughter of Lance and Janel Andersen, has been selected as Morgan High School’s English Sterling Scholar.  Natasha has loved taking art, choir, English, and creative writing classes because they allow her to express herself.  She loves reading and writing, drawing and painting, and participating in choir, soccer, and track.  Natasha has been involved as a member of FBLA, National Honor Society, choir, Academic Decathlon, Academic Olympiad, and the soccer and track teams.  She currently serves as the Interact Service Club President, an NHS president, an Ovation! choir section leader, and a Seminary Council member.  Natasha is proud of her accomplishments of being selected as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, getting a 36 on each section of the ACT, and being selected for Academic All-State in girls’ soccer.  Natasha plans to attend either Brigham Young University or Utah State University in the fall and major in English. 
Alayna Gunn ~ Music
Morgan High School’s Music Sterling Scholar is Alayna Gunn, daughter of Brian and Alisa Gunn.  Alayna has been selected as the principal clarinetist for the All-State Orchestra this year.  She has also competed in Piano Solo and Piano Duet National Federation of Music Clubs and received straight superiors for eight years.  Her favorite class in high school has been symphonic band because of her passion for music.  
Alayna has previously held the positions of Band Council Secretary and Vice President, and currently serves as President.  Alayna has also been involved as a National Honor Society president and as a member of the Interact Service Club, Seminary Council, Morgan Valley Community Orchestra, and clogging and tennis teams.  Along with music, Alayna enjoys playing tennis, clogging, ceramics, cooking, reading, and laughing with family and friends.  Alayna will be attending college at BYU this summer, where she plans to study English and Music.  She also plans to serve an LDS mission.
Amanda Porter ~ Foreign Language 
Amanda Porter, daughter of Dave and DeAnn Porter, is Morgan High School’s Foreign Language Sterling Scholar.  Amanda loves playing volleyball, writing, socializing, fashion, outdoor activities, and sporting events.  She has been involved as a member of the varsity volleyball team, National Honor Society, and the Morgan Scholarship Board.  She has also been a Special Olympics coach, American Sign Language interpreter, Ogden Rescue Mission volunteer, youth coach, and American Sign Language intern.  Amanda has enjoyed learning about human behavior in her sports psychology class and discovering history in AP European History.  Her most memorable high school experience has been helping her volleyball team win the state championship in 2011.  She is proud of taking the initiative to make a difference and found an African Humanitarian Project/Trip.  After high school, Amanda plans to attend college at SUU or UVU with a major in communications to become a sports broadcast journalist. 
Jessica Heywood ~ Visual Arts
Jessica Heywood, daughter of Leslie and Klint Heywood, has been selected as Morgan High School’s Visual Arts Sterling Scholar.  Jessica’s hobbies are drawing and painting, reading, singing, and playing the piano and violin.  She has loved taking art, music, and medical classes in high school because she will use the skills she has learned for the rest of her life.  Jessica has been involved as a member of the National Honor Society, the Ovation! choir historian last year and president this year, and as the Art Club Secretary her freshman year.  Jessica is proud of earning her CNA license this year and becoming a sterling scholar.  An experience she will never forget is being the lead in this year’s school musical, “Cinderella”, because it was an exciting new challenge.  Jessica will attend Weber State University this fall with a major in nursing and a minor in visual arts.
Kamilah Standing ~ Dance
nce Sterling Scholar is Kamilah Standing, daughter of Scott and Lori Standing.  Kami’s passions are dancing, music, and working with cars.  She has loved being a part of the drill team in high school.  
Kami’s favorite class has been psychology because it has been an interesting class that has helped her understand people more.  She has had the opportunity to hold leadership positions as a dance instructor at the Morgan Academy of Dance, an Ovation! chamber choir section leader, and as “Overseer” of the drill team.  
She is proud of making the All-American Dance Team, backpacking twenty-seven miles through slot canyons, and being a girl who knows how to work on cars.  Kami will attend Utah Valley University this fall and major in Automotive Technology. 
Kaylee Andreason ~ Speech & Drama
Kaylee Andreason, daughter of Lisa Nicoletti and Jeff Andreason, has been selected as Morgan High School’s Speech and Drama Sterling Scholar.  Kaylee loves acting, writing, reading, electronics, and playing video games.  
Her favorite classes in high school have, of course, been theatre classes; she has also enjoyed taking yearbook, English, and history classes. Kaylee has shown leadership skills as the theatre department president, a debate team captain, and a yearbook editor, all while maintaining her place on the High Honor Roll by keeping a high GPA.  This year she also founded the Morgan High Improv. Troupe.  
Kaylee has found success in her area by winning straight superiors at region and state theatre, being a region theatre champion for two years, and making it to nationals in debate.  Kaylee plans on continuing her education at the University of Utah with a major in theatre.
Paysha Lloyd ~ Family & Consumer Science
Morgan High School’s Family and Consumer Science Sterling Scholar is Paysha Lloyd, daughter of Josh and Brenda Crittenden.  Paysha loves working out, babysitting, and watching and working with children.  She has been involved in National Honor Society, FFA, track, and enjoys working with the people in each club.  This year she is proud to be Morgan County School District’s Student school board member, a position which allows her to be aware of happenings in the schools, community, city and county.  Paysha’s favorite classes have been medical terminology, anatomy and physiology.  She will never forget volunteering at the Festival of Trees this year, where she was able to meet a mother donating home-made dress-up outfits and make-up kits in honor of her infant daughter who had died.  Paysha would like to serve an LDS mission and then attend Snow College, afterwards transferring to Utah State University to finish a major in human pathology and social science. 
Tyson Butterfield ~ Mathematics
Morgan High School’s Math Sterling Scholar this year is Tyson Butterfield, son of Troy and Lanette Butterfield.  In high school he has participated in Academic Decathlon, a competition involving 10 different academic testing events; Academic Olympiad; football; and engineering state.  He has held leadership positions as a National Honor Society president and Seminary Council member.  His most memorable high school experience has been playing varsity football.  His favorite class in high school was material science because it was a completely lab-based class with lots of experimentation.  In his spare time Tyson enjoys hunting, playing football, reading, going to movies, spending time with his brothers and rock climbing.  After high school Tyson plans to serve an LDS mission and then attend Utah State University with a major in engineering.