The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the Sterling Scholar program to focus attention on outstanding high school seniors. The purpose is to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions.

The 2018 Sterling Scholar winners and runners-up in their respecive categories are:


2018 Sterling Scholar competition General Sterling Scholar winner, Business & Marketing category: Vikrant Ragula, Skyline High School. Parents: Sanch Datta and Ragula Bhaskar, Salt Lake City.

Vikrant Ragula, Skyline High School

Parents: Sanch Datta and Ragula Bhaskar, Salt Lake City

I love to innovate, I love a challenge, and I am a problem solver.

I want my inventions to make a big difference in people’s lives when I bring them to market. I have filed three patents and am working on a few other unique ideas.

I enjoy developing ideas because of the creative effort needed, the ability to learn new concepts, the effort needed to convert ideas into practical products, and the excitement that comes when ideas become reality. I enjoy the hands-on creativity and problem-solving that comes with innovation. I wish to continue this process in the future because the potential impact on people’s lives is very motivating.

SCHOLARSHIP: Cumulative GPA is 4.0; 35 composite ACT, 1520 SAT.

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS: AP Scholar with distinction; National AP Scholar, co-president, Future Business Leaders of America; founder of Ragula Innovations LLC; filed 3 patents; president and build team captain, Skyline FIRST Tech challenge Robotics.


2018 Sterling Scholar competition runner-up, Business & Marketing category: Hea Akau, Syracuse High School. Parents: Lesieli Feavea Akau and Tevita Tuiono Akau, West Point.

2018 Sterling Scholar competition runner-up, Business & Marketing category: Peyton Williams, Riverton High School. Parents: Derek and Julie Williams, Riverton.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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