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As a freshman, I was cast as the lead role of Queen Aggravain in my school’s production of Once Upon a Mattress. Queen Aggravain is the misguided and overly protective mother of a timid prince who has just found his first love in a straight-from-the-swamp Princess. Aggravain struggles to balance her crumbling kingdom while retaining her son’s loyalty despite her efforts to dispatch his “unsuitable” betrothed.


In 2012, I participated in the 5A State Theatre Meet where I received straight superiors in Dramatic Monologues. I performed a monologue from Peter Shaffer’s play Equus portraying Dora Strang, a mother who is trying to cope with her failed parenting and her son’s criminal behavior.


Extemporaneous Speaking At the beginning of a thirty-minute period competitors receive three current affairs questions. They must choose one of the questions and prepare a speech that cites subject-matter experts and other appropriate authorities. Competitors then have seven minutes to present their speech to a judge without the use of notes.

Increasing degrees of distinction are awarded based on an accumulation of points. These points are accrued by competing at tournaments and more are given for winning. I am currently at the Special Distinction level with over 500 NFL points.


Trophies and Honors Awarded 1. 2nd place in Junior Varsity National Extemporaneous Speaking at Speech Arts Classic 2011 2. Varsity National Extemporaneous Finalist at Speech Arts Classic 2012 3. Varsity National Extemporaneous Finalist at Speech Arts Classic 2013 4. 2nd place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Lone Peak High School Knight’s Joust 2012 5. 1st place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Tooele High School 2013 6. 5th place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Utah N.C.F.L. Qualifier 2013 7. 1st place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Hillcrest Global Issues 2013 8. 1st place Open National Extemporaneous Speaking at Juan Diego Silver and Blue 2013 9. National Extemporaneous Speaking Finalist at Beehive Bonanza 2013 10. Varsity National Extemporaneous Finalist at Copper Classic 2012 11. 3rd place Open Combined Extemporaneous Speech at Kiefer’s Memorial 2012 12. 1st place Open Extemp Commentary at Kiefer’s Memorial 2013 13. 1st place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Hillcrest Global Issues 2012 14. 1st place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Regional Tournament 2012 15. 1st place National Extemporaneous Speaking at Regional Tournament 2013


1. Participant in the 22nd Annual BYU Model United Nations Conference 2011 2. Superior Delegation at the Utah State University Model United Nations Conference 2012 3. Excellent at the Weber State University Model United Nations Conference 2012 4. Excellent at the Utah High School Model United Nations Conference 2012

As a freshman and sophomore, I participated in Model United Nations (MUN). In MUN, students participate as delegates to various United Nations committees. Participants research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent. Model United Nations involves extensive research, public speaking, debating, and writing. In March 2012, I was selected to speak at Weber State University’s annual Model United Nations Conference.


The summer between my junior and senior years, I participated in BYU’s Summer Scholars Broadcast Journalism Program. In the program, we focused on investigating and writing news stories and producing a news broadcast in a stateof-the-art newsroom. Participating in this program cemented my determination to major in communications and to attend BYU Provo.


Consistent with my intent in pursuing a career in Broadcast Journalism, in December my mother and I appeared on Park City TV’s Mountain Morning Show. On the show we talked about our family business. After the televised interview, I was offered a summer internship at Park City TV following my graduation.


For two years I served as my school's Mock Trial Captain, writing and reviewing cases, giving speeches, examining witnesses, and preparing the attorneys and witnesses for the trial. Our team qualified for State two years in a row.


Alta High School awards academic letters for having a 3.70 grade point average for a minimum of 3 quarters during grades 10-12. At this time, I have received two academic letters and I am presently working towards receiving my third academic letter.

After taking the ACT’s PLAN test as a sophomore, I was awarded a certificate in recognition of scoring in the top ten percent of students taking the test in English, reading, science, and composite score.


My AP Classes AP Human Geography AP World History AP Biology AP US History AP English Language and Composition AP Psychology AP English Literature and Composition AP Art History AP Spanish Language and Culture AP Government and Politics: Comparative AP Government and Politics: United States

AP Scholar with Honor awards are granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Over the course of four years, I have have taken 11 Advanced Placement (AP) classes.


Ninth Grade Captain of the Mock Trial Team Member of the National Junior Honor Society Lead role in school production of Once Upon a Mattress Participant in Model United Nations Competitor in BYU Language Bowl – Spanish

Tenth Grade Member of the Debate Team Vice President of the Model United Nations Club Competitor at region/state theatre Special Needs Mutual Youth Counselor Member of the Future Business Leaders of America

Eleventh Grade Secretary of the Debate Team Event Captain – Extemporaneous Speaking Vice President of the National Honor Society Editor of the school newspaper Special Needs Mutual Youth Counselor Employed as Team Leader/Party Hostess at Boondocks Fun Center

Twelfth Grade President of the Debate Team Event Captain – Extemporaneous Speaking President of the National Honor Society Design Editor of the school newspaper Women in Action task force member Employed as the Assistant Manager/Social Media Consultant Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt


For two years I have written for the Alta High School, Altanian. I write articles, take photos, and contact companies regarding purchasing advertising. I am also the design editor, using both InDesign and Photoshop to design pages and edit images.


I have participated in a number of service projects that were sponsored by National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society. These projects have included: tutoring students at local elementary schools, volunteering at the Utah Food Bank, collecting clothing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Our chapter of the National Honor Society has also taken steps to improve our school. We have volunteered as tutors for fellow students, we have helped to clean teachers’ classrooms, and we have made teachers gifts to thank them for their contributions to the school.


As a sophomore and junior I participated in a Special Needs Mutual, a place for special needs youth and adults to interact with others and participate in fun weekly activities. Each year, I was assigned a buddy and was responsible for overseeing their involvement and participation in the activities, which included attending dances, watching movies, and participating in skits.


Ninth Grade Captain of the Mock Trial Team Member of the National Junior Honor Society

Tenth Grade Vice President of the Model United Nations Club Special Needs Mutual Youth Counselor

Eleventh Grade Secretary of the Debate Team Event Captain – Extemporaneous Speaking Vice President of the National Honor Society Editor of the school newspaper Special Needs Mutual Youth Counselor

Twelfth Grade President of the Debate Team Event Captain – Extemporaneous Speaking President of the National Honor Society Design Editor of the school newspaper Women in Action task force member


I have served as the president and other positions for the Beehive and Miamaid classes within my church. I attended monthly meetings to discuss upcoming activities and how the class was doing. In 2011 I received the Young Womanhood Recognition Award by completing the Personal Progress Program for the LDS church. Personal Progress is focused around the eight topics and values of the LDS young women program: faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue. Each of these topics has a series of value experiences and one value project which requires ten or more hours of preparation and delivery which helps further understanding of the topic.

Sterling Scholar Portfolio  

Abigail Norton's Sterling Scholar Portfolio 2013-2014