Governor Huntsman Honors Four WSU Students

OGDEN, Utah – Four Weber State University students have been honored by Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., as part of a new program designed to recognize the best and brightest young scholars in Utah.

WSU’s Lindsay Anderson, John Boom, Sierra Rose Hancock and Laura Sheffield were among the first-ever recipients of the Governor’s Scholars awards. Four students from each of Utah’s public and private colleges and universities were selected based on demonstrated academic excellence at their respective institutions.

All 44 students were formally recognized during a program held at the Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 4. Each student received a certificate and an opportunity to have lunch with the governor.

Anderson, of Plain City, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry. Boom, of Bountiful, is considering a double major in zoology and mathematics. Hancock, of Hooper, is working toward a degree in communication. Sheffield, who graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, is pursuing a degree in business.

To be eligible for the honor, students had to be a freshman or sophomore in good academic standing. WSU officials selected the four students after evaluating the pool of applicants based on grade-point average and a written essay explaining why they wanted to be a Governor’s Scholar.

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