Getz is a Sterling Scholar finalist
The judges have spoken and one Bear River student advanced in the state Sterling Scholar competition.
Senior Megan Getz is one of 15 finalists in the Trade and Technical Education category of this prestigious competition, which is sponsored by KSL TV and The Deseret News.
“It’s always exciting to see my students selected as a finalist,” said advisor Steven Meyer by email. “The competition is pretty stiff, when you consider that my students are competing with the best in their categories from 18 other high schools.”
As for Getz, she is excited for the chance to shine at state even though it will be nerve-wracking at the regional level.
“I was a little nervous. I had gone through a few interviews with the FFA in my area [to prepare]. It’s always a competition but as long as I did my best that’s all right,” Megan said.
The interview process can be pretty daunting for a 17-year-old, especially with two judges grilling the contestants to make sure they know their subject. “They asked questions about my portfolio that they had already looked at. They made sure I was credible [and knew my stuff],” Megan said.
Megan, who is the daughter of Shane and Connie Getz of Tremonton, focused on Agricultural Science in the competition. For her FFA home and community development project she fixed up a rental house. That went into her Sterling Scholar portfolio.
When asked what she did during the remodel project, she responded, “What didn’t I do?”
The competition gave her a good idea of what to expect at the state level and “gave me more confidence and I feel I have a chance to win state.” She may even channel some karma from Brittany Selman, a friend of hers who won the same event in 2008 for BRHS. “Britt and I are pretty good friends. I will try to get ahold of her for some advice. You can never have too much advice.”
Meyer praised all of the students who competed in the regional event. “[The students] did a great job and I have really enjoyed getting to know them and work with them on a different level than just in the classroom through the Sterling Scholar Program,” added Meyer. “The interviews went great and the students had a great time.”
Selman, the daughter of Chris and Lorraine Selman of Elwood, also won in Trade and Technical Education in 2008, the last BR student to do so. Box Elder’s Deborah Ferry, daughter of Ben and Meg Ferry of Corinne, was the state music winner last year. The state winners will be announced at the end of March.
Bear River’s other Sterling Scholar participants:
English – Jacob Piland
Mathematics – Tim Bitner
Social Science – Laura Schow
Science – Dillon Pierson
Foreign Language – Tyler Christensen
Computer Technology – Jacob Norr
Family and Consumer Science – Bernadette Hess
Business and Marketing Education – Valorie Anderson
Drama/Speech – Lettie Edrington
Visual Arts – Katie Howard
Music – Michael Hulce
Dance – Ashley Funk
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