Grand County High School’s Students of the Month for May 2017 are Sarah Day and Ethan Clark. Both are seniors who will be graduating from GCHS on Thursday, May 25.
Day is the daughter of Joe and Cristina Day.
Day said her favorite classes are Advanced Placement (AP) English and AP Calculus.
“They are the most challenging, and they push me to work hard,” she said. “I walk into those classes every day excited to learn and expand my mind.”
“My AP classes are my most challenging, but that is why I love them,” she added. “They push me.”
Day has been a member of the Lady Devils’ tennis and golf teams, earning a total of eight varsity letters in four years of high school. She served as a team captain in both sports, and also made the Academic All-State and Academic All-Region teams. She served as secretary for the Arches Chapter of the National Honor Society, and has been involved in the school’s theatrical productions. She portrayed Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz” musical this past December.
Day says she especially enjoys teaching children the sport of golf.
“My favorite thing to do in the community is to work as a golf coach at the summer junior golf camp,” she said.
Day also worked for the Moab Auto Group as a receptionist last summer.
After graduation, she plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall, majoring in business communication and marketing.
Clark is the son of Laird and Kathryn Clark.
Clark said his favorite class at GCHS is auto shop.
“I like it because of the patience and communication required to function,” he said. Clark said he also enjoys attending LDS seminary because “it encourages me to improve as a person.”
Clark cited math as his most challenging subject at GCHS.
“I’ve never been much of a logician, and I could very easily fall behind in it,” he said.
Clark has been involved in numerous sports and activities at GCHS, including cross country, swim team, drama, HOPE Club and Quiz Bowl. He served as a junior prom chairman last year and was named prom king at that same dance. He recently served as emcee for the school’s annual drama night and performed in one of the musical numbers.
Clark is an Eagle Scout and has been involved with numerous community service projects. He volunteered at the Museum of Moab for one year. He also received the Youth Civic Engagement Award from U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz last year. He said that one of his favorite jobs was feeding 50 head of cattle and tending water for a few months.
After graduation, Clark plans to serve a two-year full-time mission for the LDS Church, after which he plans to attend college at Utah State University Eastern in Price.
Day and Clark are scheduled to be recognized during an upcoming school board meeting, either on May 17 or June 21. They and the other students of the month, along with members of the National Honor Society, were also recognized during the end-of-year luncheon at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday, May 9.
The local Elks Lodge sponsors Grand County High School’s Student of the Month program under the direction of Frank Vaccaro. Jeff Richards has been the high school coordinator. The Elks started the program to recognize students who are outstanding in the areas of character, leadership, service, citizenship and scholastic performance. GCHS faculty members choose the selected students; the Rotary Club and the Grand County School District Board of Education also recognize them.