Honoring Scholastic Achievement
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Eleven Tooele High School seniors participated in the 2008 Sterling Scholar competition in the Wasatch Front Region, which includes Box Elder, Cache, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. The students are to be recognized for their achievements and scholastic success.

Jessica Durrant: business and marketing education

Jessica is the daughter of William and Lisa Durrant. She has served as a staff member for the Buffalog since 2005. She has been a reporter, news editor, and is currently the editor in chief. In October 2006, her news page design won Best Front Page Design in the Utah Journalism Education Association's annual Excellence in Utah High School Journalism Competition. Additionally, the October edition won Best Newspaper Design. Jessica hopes to double major in psychology and journalism at Utah State University.

Tyler Hansen: mathematics

Tyler is the son of Christian and Jeanette Hansen. He has earned the honor of 2008 valedictorian. As a junior, Tyler took and passed AP Calculus AB (4), AP Calculus BC (3), AP U.S. History (4), AP Biology (4), Personal Finance 1050 (A), CIS 1020 (A). As a senior, he expects to pass AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology and AP English. Tyler has been a member of the THS band for four years and is section leader for French horns. In 2006 he was invited to the U of U Honor Band. Tyler plans serve an LDS mission and study physics and mathematics. He plans to earn his Ph.D. teaching at a university and conducting research.

Brittany Johnson: computer technology

Brittany is the daughter of Tom and Elizabeth Johnson. She is a member of the THS Web page staff, historian of the Drama Club, and a member of the Show Choir. Through computers, Brittany has learned more about working as a team and enjoys visualizing the new developments in the computer world. She has passed the AP Biology test, earning a 3 and is currently taking AP Psychology and AP English.

Benjamin Kiser: social science

Benjamin is the son of John and Diane Kiser. He is the senior class president and has served as the FBLA vice president (06-07) and parliamentarian (07-08). In 2006 at the Region FBLA competition, he won first place in Word Processing and Parliamentary Procedures, and took fourth in state for Parliamentary Procedures. In 2007, he again took first in Parliamentary Procedures and fifth in state. This year, Ben medaled with Sal Maciel for scenes from "Play it Again, Sam." In summer 2007, he attended the Spirit of American Youth Conference at the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. After finishing high school, Ben plans to attend USU and serve an LDS mission.

Fred Long: science

Fred is the son of David and Marlene Long. His extracurricular activities include the Tooele 4-H program, where he served as a teen council member and the robotics team lead programmer. He built a functioning tesla coil, a Jacob's ladder assembly, an electrolysis apparatus and an electromagnetic coil gun. The coil gun won first place in the THS science fair, so he became eligible to compete in the Tooele County School District and Utah Regional Science fairs where it won the Army Award for Excellence. Fred will be attending Utah State University, studying electrical engineering.

Salvadore Maciel: speech/drama

Salvadore is the son of Valerie Maciel and the grandson of Daniel and Joan Hill. He has participated in the Drama Club for all four years of high school, and currently serves in the club presidency over publicity. Sal went to state each year and has won second and third in region competitions. This year, Sal medaled with Ben Kiser for scenes from "Play it Again, Sam." He has acted in five school musicals and one play, and had a lead in the production of "Grease" this year. Sal has participated in German Club, Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Youth City Council and Cross Country. He is currently serving as student body activities and assemblies vice president. He plans to major in broadcast journalism.

Lindsey Mogensen: music

Lindsey is the daughter of Robert and Cathy Mogensen. She has been studying viola for eight years and began voice lessons two years ago. She was a member of the "Old Time Fiddlers." She has also been involved in the drama program at THS. This year, Lindsey won state in Contrasting Monologues. In 2007, she was an assistant stage manager for "Nunsense," the narrator for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and won first place at region drama for Contrasting Monologues and received an overall superior rating at state. In 2006, she was the assistant director for "Camelot," and played Tansy McGinnis in "The Nerd" and Carrie Pipperidge in "Carousel." In 2006 region drama she took second for Classical Scene and received straight superiors at state. Lindsey plans to major in theater arts with an emphasis in musical theater.

Chance Nelson: visual arts

Chance is the son of Don and Sherri Nelson. He has been involved in the Art Club since 2006 and is currently the president. His "Buck Mule Deer" was shown at the Utah State Fair in 2004. In 2005, he won the Tooele County Summit Logo Contest and his design appeared on the program cover and community fliers for the event. His "Buffalo Head" drawing was selected to represent THS during Drug Free Week. In 2006, he won first place in the Winter Art Show with his first submitted watercolor painting and a drawing also won first place. Also in 2006, a large full-body elk was selected by THS to be submitted to the Springville Art Museum. Chance plans to attend USU and study wildlife biology.

Matthew Olsen: foreign language

Matthew is the son of Wade and Wendy Olsen. He is a linguist, specializing in French and American Sign Language. Matt has participated in the Annual Language Fair at BYU, where students may only speak their chosen language and experience common daily activities associated with being French. He has experienced French culture and food through French Club trips to La Caille and the cooking school Sur la Table where he learned how chefs create haute cuisine. Matt plans to earn his interpreters license through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). He plans to become a tri-lingual interpreter, with English, French, American Sign Language and French Sign Language.

Cicely Tillman: dance

Cicely is the daughter of Chris and Rania Tillman. She has served as dance historian and secretary. As such, she has choreographed and taught dances, organized team building activities, and lead the team through warm-ups and stretches. Cicely has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school while taking AP Biology, AP English and AP Calculus AB. She is the student body president, and served as a junior class officer and sophomore class president. Cicely plays on the girls soccer team and was a starting varsity player her junior and senior years. She lettered during her freshman, sophomore and junior years. Cicely plans to attend the University of Utah and pursue a nursing degree, hoping to specialize in neonatal or pediatric nursing.

Alyssa Trujillo: English

Alyssa is the daughter of Joseph and Lora Trujillo. She has participated in the Governing Youth Council/SADD throughout her high school career, and has been president during her senior year. Alyssa participates with the THS Majestix, where she has served as historian and captain. In 2007, her team took Outstanding Color Guard at two different field show competitions. She has studied Spanish since the seventh grade. She volunteered for the Duck's Unlimited Wetland Conservation dinner and completed a Wetland Conservation Project by cleaning the marshlands at the Front Lake Duck Club. Alyssa plans to attend the University of Utah.

Biographical information provided by Michael Cox, THS Sterling Scholar committee chair.

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