CEU students honored by Governor Huntsman

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Posted Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 12:00am

Four College of Eastern Utah students were honored by Gov. Jon M.  Huntsman Jr. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Governor's Scholars Luncheon  in Salt Lake City. Four scholars from each of the 11 public and  private colleges in Utah met the governor for lunch and heard from  the commissioner of higher education and president emeritus from the  University of Utah.

 Isaac Goodrich, Price, Carbon High School; Heather Gray, Clinton, Clearfield High School; Thomas Hebdon,  Paradise, Mountain Crest High School; and Daren Larsen, Brigham City, Union High School; were nominated by the CEU  faculty with final selections  made by Vice President of Academics, Mike King.  He chose the students on recommendations of their academics and service to the college.

 The students attended  a reception at the Governor's Mansion where they were greeted by   Huntsman.  He acknowledged each one individually and congratulated   them as representing the top of their class at each college and  university.  

Gray told the governor that she was majoring in early childhood  education and he smiled as he told her the state needs more teachers.

 After lunch, Richard E. Kendell, Utah's commissioner of higher  education, talked to the students and introduced Chase Peterson,  professor of medicine and president emeritus at the U of U.

 Peterson told the students as scholars, the sky is the limit. Go and  do what you learned in school ... use the skills you learned and  attain your dreams.

 Following the speech, each scholar was presented with a plaque.  

Besides CEU, schools represented at the luncheon included Brigham  Young University, the U of U, Utah State University, Dixie State  College, Utah Valley State College, Salt Lake Community College,  Weber State University, Snow College, Westminster College and  Southern Utah University.

King was impressed with the quality of students who represented CEU.  "I think that this event presented a wonderful opportunity for some of our finest students to rub shoulders with their peers, leaders from higher education and the governor. I was extremely pleased with those selected to represent CEU. They are all exceptional students, dedicated to their education and to serving the college and community."  

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