By Haley Bess
Stephanie Toney, daughter of Dwayne and Soyeon Toney, is this year’s General Sterling Scholar for Morgan High School. Toney’s involvement in school, talent for music, and ability to lead and serve make her a perfect fit for this title.
Toney explained why the General Sterling Scholar category is different than the rest: “The General Sterling Scholar category I was selected for is unique compared to the other Sterling Scholar categories. It is not limited to one specific field; it requires the individual to excel in every area to include academics, leadership, service, and citizenship. I have been trying to excel in all of these since I was little.”
Toney’s wide range of talents includes street performing, singing/songwriting, violin, guitar, photography, beekeeping, painting, reading, and ham radio. At school, she is involved in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club, the National Honor Society, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) club, and choir. She also is a Student Body Officer this year, serving as the Historian.
Some of Toney’s favorite memories involve her heritage and talents. One of her favorite travel experiences was her opportunity to go to South Korea two summers ago and see where her mom grew up and taught school. Musically, Toney has also been able to use her talents to perform in many different venues including, one of her favorites, the Deer Valley Chateaux in Park City for the PERS Summit.
The General Scholarship category is one of the most difficult categories in which to compete, but Toney’s variety of talents and academic achievements make her well-qualified for the honor.