Sterling Scholar

Sterling Scholars
Layton High School


Information (Scroll down for more Information)
Click here for IMPORTANT  2023-24 DATES 


Sterling Scholars Application 2023-2024 (WORD)
Sterling Scholars Category Descriptions
Category Specifics Listings
Sterling Scholars Categories and Requirements Checklist (recommended only)
Interview Sample Questions
Interview ‘Hints’
Portfolio Information and Portfolio Samples


2023-24 Sterling Scholar Release Form

2023-234 Sterling Scholar Official Handbook


2023-24 Sterling Scholar Important Information and Schedule

Applications are due October 13. You may apply in a maximum of 2 categories. You must be able to attend the interviews and Ceremony. If you cannot commit to these dates, you should not apply. You ONLY need to fill out the attached application for this first stage. Portfolios will not need to be made until after winning representatives from Layton High have been selected. Finally, thank you for your interest and (in advance) your application. 


  • Friday, October, 2023 – Deadline for applications (must include unofficial transcripts – printed from MyDSD) for Layton High consideration. (No portfolios yet!)

  • Week of October 23rd – 27th, 2023– Interviews at LHS. Exact schedule TBD.

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 – LHS Winners announced.

  • Thursday, November 2, 2023 – LHS Winners Lunch Meeting in Room 284, Lunch will be provided. 

  • Thursday, November 30th, 2023 – Request for Recommendation Letters Due (This is sometimes the most difficult item for scholars to collect. This is a due date for asking teachers/coaches/leaders to provide a recommendation letter. The letters are not due on this date, just the request for them. The letters are a required part of your portfolio and are ultimately due on the portfolio completion deadline.)

  • Friday, December 1, 2023 – LHS Deadline for electronic submission of the “Release Form” to be submitted electronically.

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023 – Professional Photos in the Commons, 6:30 am

  • Friday, December 15, 2023 – Deadline for preliminary portfolios uploaded and ready for editing. You MUST have these done by this date so Mrs. Billings has time to edit and review them with you. Semi-Finalists this year will be picked SOLEY from your portfolios (no interviews), therefore, it is imperative that you don’t miss this deadline! Semi-finalists will then interview to determine the Finalists. The Finalists will interview to determine the Winners and Runners-up. 

  • Friday, December 29, 2023 – Final Deadline for electronic submission of “Parent/Student Declaration” forms to be submitted electronically.  Also, deadline for uploading of individual and school group photograph (with student names) to the Sterling Scholar Website (  Layton HS will upload the professional photos** for you. 

  • Friday, January 12, 2024 @ Midnight – Deadline for submission of all electronic portfolios to the Sterling Scholar website.  All access to portfolios will be closed at midnight and will not reopen.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Friday, January 26, 2024 – Special Sterling Scholar section published in the Deseret News and on the Sterling Scholar website ( 

  • Friday February 16, 2024 – Semi-finalists will be announced by email to school coordinators by way of the semi-final interview schedule.

  • Thursday February 22, 2024 – Semi-final judging, North Area held at Weber HS; Central Area held at Murray HS; South Area held at Lone Peak HS.

  • Monday, February 26, 2024 – 168 Finalists will be announced by email to school coordinators by way of the Finals interview schedule.

  • Thursday March 14, 2024 – Final judging/interviews for all 168 finalists will be held at Hillcrest High School

  • Thursday April 18, 2024 – 64th Annual Deseret News – KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholar Awards Ceremony. Location TBD.