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Years of scholastic excellence combined with leadership and community service by many of the state's outstanding high school seniors will be in the television spotlight April 10 during the 30th annual Deseret News-KSL Sterling Scholar Awards ceremony.

The ceremony, when the state's most prestigious awards in education are presented, is scheduled at Cottonwood High School, 5715 S. 13th East, as parents, families and friends look on.The program will be telecast live at 7 p.m. on KSL-TV, channel 5, with 180 finalists featured, according to Terry Lamb, show producer.

During the show, winners and runners-up in each of the 12 categories will be disclosed for the first time. They will have been selected during final judging April 3 at Highland High School, but the names would be known only to a few officials.

Prominent Utahns will be on hand to hand out the awards, Lamb said. They will include Sharlene Wells, Miss America of 1985 and now an ESPN personality; Norma Matheson, wife of the late Governor Scott Matheson; and Don Gale, vice president for news and public affairs of Bonneville International.

Kent Norton, KSL-TV announcer, will be master of ceremonies.

Highlighting the hourlong ceremony will be the presentation of awards by category, and musical numbers be will be performed by West High, the Highland High jazz band, and East High senior ensemble and barbershop .

Following the awards ceremony, the Deseret News will host a reception in the foyer of the school for the students, parents, family and friends.