Brighton High School
Parents: Bryson and Jan Garbett
"The first semester of my junior year was spent at Benemerito de las Americas, a private high school in Mexico City. While there I attended classes such as chemistry, biology, introduction to the social sciences, math, development of thinking habits and Spanish language. I also lived in a boarding home with 19 other girls from all over Mexico and our supervisor parents. While I did learn about the different subjects that I took at the school, I learned more about the culture and the people of Mexico. By being immersed into a Spanish-speaking school I learned more Spanish than I thought possible. I also learned other things that perhaps are more lasting than my language skills. I realized that despite the difference in languages and physical features, my friends and I all had the same hopes and fears, dreams and desires. The experience also changed my outlook on the differences of success in different countries. Mexico is a developing country and its educational system is challenged, but in no way does that reflect the capacity of its students.
"Because of my determination in reaching the goals I have set to learn Spanish, I have been able to overcome obstacles and difficulties that have appeared along the path. For example, I have worked to earn money to help pay for my visits in Mexico and have had to convince my parents to allow me to leave home for these excursions. My involvement in humanitarian activities has been another defining part of my life. After seeing some of the poverty and injustice that exist throughout the world, I better understand the responsibility I have to do what I can to improve the human condition. I have also developed a better understanding of myself and my dreams by seeing the opportunities that are open to me. Learning Spanish has also caused me to develop a theory about the process of learning languages and opened up a new world of opportunity and understanding. I hope that I can use my experiences to assist those here in my community and those abroad. My love for Spanish and the culture has increased the meaning I find in life and given me hope for the future because I feel connected to another world that is just as real as the one that I am part of while speaking English."
SCHOLARSHIP: Ranks ninth out of 661. GPA 3.996. 30 composite ACT.
AWARDS AND PROJECTS: Spanish Club president; Girls State; counselor for Special Needs Mutual; teach piano; student body officer; Sierra Club member; Olympic usher; tutor; translated at the Junior League of Salt Lake City's C.A.R.E.; BYU Spanish language fair; Young Alumni award; Utah High School Model United Nations Award of Achievement.
TRADE AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
J. Chase Parry
Fremont High School
Parents: Darren and Michelle Parry
"As far back as I can remember, I have been taught to be proud of the fact that I am an American Indian. Most people are surprised to learn that fact because of my fair skin, hair and eyes. My paternal great-grandmother is a full-blooded Northwestern Shoshone, and she has passed her pride in this heritage to me. I have learned a lot about my culture because of her, and what I have learned is not always good. Unfortunately, usually less than 1 percent of college students are American Indians. Poverty and illiteracy are huge problems in most Native American tribes. My great-grandmother has always stressed the importance of education, as has her son, and his son — my father. By learning marketable trades and placing an emphasis on education, American Indians can escape that cycle of poverty. My educational experiences are something I hope I can use to benefit other members of my tribe through teaching or helping to create new opportunities.
"I participated in a program for American Indians at the University of Utah. Part of this program involved shadowing doctors, technicians and other medical personnel. I learned about a medical engineering program that would allow me to combine my interest in medicine and my skills in drafting into what I feel would be a rewarding career.
"Because of my drafting and CADD experiences in high school, I have decided to pursue a career in engineering. At this time I am interested in a program at the U. in medical engineering. One of the aspects of this program is designing artificial limbs. This type of engineering is appealing to me because of the opportunity I would have to make a valuable contribution to people who need it the most.
"As long as I can remember I have always set goals for myself. My nature tends to be rather competitive, and having goals to try and achieve gives me something to work towards. Some of my early goals were to challenge myself with difficult classes, to learn a marketable trade in high school and to keep a perfect grade point average. It hasn't always been easy but with a lot support from family and teachers, I am almost there.
"My goals for the future include continuing my education at the U. majoring in either engineering, architecture or medical engineering. After that I would like to continue my education at MIT or Stanford University. I will continue to strive for the best education and learning opportunities I can possibly have. I'm sure my education will also include some postgraduate schooling before beginning my career."
SCHOLARSHIP: Ranks first out of 580. GPA is 4.0. 26 composite ACT.
AWARDS AND PROJECTS: Eagle Scout; Key Club; varsity football team captain; National Honors Society; Academic All-Region All-State; Citizenship Honor Roll; Who's Who Among American High School Students; Silverwolf of the Month; Ventures Scholar; Hugh O'Brien Leadership Award; Pennies by the Inch; Presidential Education Award; VICA competition; varsity track team captain; WSD Elementary Schools Leadership Presentation; school newspaper staff.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER EDUCATION
Bingham High School
Parents: Tom and Dixy Christensen
"A homemaker needs to be well-rounded and able to balance personal and family interests. I have many interests such as music, speech, theater, athletics etc. My challenge has been to balance my home responsibilities with my school, work and other interests. I have learned to schedule and prioritize my time.
"A mother needs to be skilled, patient and kind. Assisting my mother in managing a large family has taught me more than any class, job or other experience could. As the oldest daughter and the second-oldest child of 14 children, I have learned from my parents the importance of: (1) Being willing to invest time in building a marriage, working together and enjoying each other. (2) Being willing to sacrifice. It is very unselfish and fulfilling to have a child and devote one's life to its care. (3) Following a blueprint. I am convinced that great families do not just happen. They are by design. (4) Cleaning up messes. If one can learn to take care of the little messes in the home, one can deal with the bigger messes in life. (5) Having effective communication. My parents have always encouraged positive language and discussion in our home.( 6) Being financially prepared. Set the goal to pay off debts quickly, live within your means and save.
"A teacher of children needs to have definite values and the ability to communicate. I have had the opportunity to share my views on the family in global settings. I worked on a family policy document with a committee at the World Congress of Families II in Geneva, Switzerland, and spoke recently at an international conference in Washington, D.C. Expressing my views was initially terrifying, but I have become more confident.
"In this fast-paced, technology-driven world, a woman needs knowledge of a variety of subjects. I'm following my mother's lead. I have not only taken useful vocational courses such as sewing, foods, keyboarding and technology, but also mind-stretching, technical classes such as AP calculus, AP statistics and AP political science. As to my career choice, teaching, I have learned at Bingham that teaching goes two ways: a teacher must be prepared to give instruction and to receive it.
"Family and consumer science is more than a category. It is a way of life. I will always carry with me the knowledge and homemaking skills I have learned at home and at school and the talents I have developed through practice. All of this will help me to be a better wife and mother, teacher and citizen.
"The world has a brighter future when capable people are willing to use their abilities, freedom and opportunities to live productive lives, form self-sufficient families and raise happy children. I believe that a community is only as good, and a nation only as strong, as its families."
SCHOLARSHIP: Ranks first in class of 621. GPA is 4.0. 29 composite ACT.
AWARDS AND PROJECTS: Utah State University Presidential Scholarship; Student of the Month; Homecoming attendant; Sterling Scholar finalist for social science; first-place schoolwide essay, Martin Luther King competition; Young Woman Medallion; Bach Award for number one student in piano studio; Reflections; peer educator; National Honors Society officer; peer leadership team; chairman of fund-raising committee for massive shipment of food to a home shelter in Mexico; International Voice for Youth; Academic All-State women's soccer team; seedling-planting activity; political campaigns; community park cleanup and tree planting.