In 2008, the Logan City School District applied for a USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) grant and was fortunate enough to receive it. LHS made a deal as part of the grant that they would recognize the top students in mathematics and science.
Joyce Smart, a math teacher at Logan, then convinced some of the faculty in other expertises to join in and recognize students in their subject groups as well. Now, students are recognized through a medallion that they can wear around their neck at the graduation ceremony.
As of this year, there are eight different medallions available in English, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, and World Language. Applications are available online at the school website, and requirements for each medallion vary, although two things common to all applications are a 3.0 GPA minimum and a requirement for the applicant to have taken the ACT.
According to Smart, this year there are 33 recipients of this award, with a total of 111 medallions. The most common medallion awarded in 2016 is English, with Visual Arts and Science close behind (15, 13, 13, respectively).
As far as who has earned the most, Trenton Chang, Brandon Wada, and Alexis Dysktra all have five this year. This is a great program for students to be recognized just a little bit more for their hard studies, and be able to show it off at graduation.
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