Matthew Russon, Emma Ainge, Kadee Jo Jones, and Alyssa Buck.

Four of Lehi’s very best students have qualified for the final round of the Sterling Scholar competition hosted by Deseret News. The state finalists and information about them are as follows:

Matthew Russon is the son of Verlin and Kathy Russon and is a Senior at Skyridge High School. He is a state finalist in the Computer Technology category of the Sterling Scholar Competition. He states, “From a young age, I have been fascinated with computers and the ability to tell them what to do. This inspired me to take all the computer classes readily available and to learn in my free time.” He scored a 36 on the ACT and has a 4.0 GPA. In addition to his interest in computers, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, reading, and singing.

Alyssa Buck is the daughter of Jerry and Lorie Jo Buck and is a Senior at Skyridge High School. She is a state finalist in Instrumental Music for the Sterling Scholar Competition. She has played piano for 11 years, the last 3 years with a college professor. She currently has 12 students and has played with the American Fork Symphony. She has performed at the BYU Summer Festival and received an Honorable Mention at the Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Festival in 2013. She also enjoys learning foreign languages, traveling, and spending time with her family. She has completed several AP classes and got a 34 on the ACT.

Emma Michelle Ainge is the daughter of Bradley Ainge and Michelle Stewart and is a Senior at Skyridge High School. She is a state finalist in the World Language category of the Sterling Scholar Competition. She is currently in her fifth year of studying Chinese and has been involved with Chinese Immersion summer programs and spent three weeks studying abroad in China last summer. In addition to her interest in learning Chinese, Ainge enjoys painting, sketching, playing the piano, and playing the ukulele.

Kadee Jo Jones is the daughter of Kellie Jo and Darin Jones and is a senior at Lehi High School. She is a state finalist in the Skilled and Technical Science category of the Sterling Scholar competition. Kadee says,”I met Kimmy Mercer when I was 10 years old. She was a Sterling Scholar and she told me that I could do anything I wanted if I really tried hard enough. Ever since then, I have worked hard at building my resume to become a Sterling Scholar. I want to become a Sterling Scholar because I want to inspire others to dream more, do more, and become more.” Kadee is the Student Body Secretary at LHS and has goals to attend Utah State and become Miss America.

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