By Haley Bess
Davis Lance, son of Jason and Jennifer Lance, started his love for history and social studies in sixth grade. “I remember in sixth grade,” Lance said, “I won the school geography bee and beat out some eighth graders. I thought, ‘Hey, I’m pretty good at this!’ I feel like this is what ignited my love for social sciences.”
Now the Morgan High School Social Sciences Sterling Scholar, Lance is accomplishing something that will affect him not just now, but into his future goals and career.
As with all Sterling Scholars, Lance has participated in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities that deem him worthy of this title. In addition to being “hopelessly addicted” to mountain biking, Lance has participated in track, played the drums in band, and involved himself in the school’s National Honor Society and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) clubs. Lance also has a great love for the outdoors: camping, backpacking, hiking, and skiing are among his favorite things to do.
When asked about some of his unique talents, skills, or interests, Lance replied, “I’m the best Mario Kart player in Morgan County, and I make a mean chocolate chip cookie… I’m way good at inline roller blading and can rock a mascot suit like nobody’s business.” Lance’s love of social sciences is evidenced by his fun personality and ability to interact with people.
Lance said, “I like social sciences because it teaches you the ‘why’. People do things for many reasons, and knowing those reasons gives so much insight to the person/group of people.” While retaining so much information about history and people can be hard, Lance’s positive attitude helps him overcome this challenge.
After high school, Lance plans on serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and then attending either Brigham Young University or the University of Utah. He hopes to use his social sciences knowledge to become a lawyer.