FRUIT HEIGHTS -- Recognized as Utah's Distinguished Young Woman, Sarah Oldham is anything but ordinary.
The 18-year-old from Fruit Heights graduated with top honors from Davis High School this year. In addition, she received a score of 32 on the ACT test, she was the school's student body vice president, a member of the tennis and track teams and won the state 300-meter hurdle high school competition.
If that isn't accomplished enough, there's more.
Sarah began playing the violin at the age of 4 and also plays the piano, guitar and ukulele.
Sarah is in Mobile, Ala., competing for the national title of Distinguished Young Woman. If she does well at the national Distinguished Young Women competition, formerly known as America's Junior Miss scholarship program, she could win more than $40,000 in scholarship money.
That would help tremendously, because she plans to attend Brigham Young University this fall as an economics and law school student.
"It's been a lot of fun so far," Sarah said in a telephone interview with the Standard-Examiner during the first week of competition, which started June 12. "We are being judged on scholastics, interview, talent and self-expression. We are also being judged on a fitness routine, and it's not easy. We have to do sit-ups and push-ups for about six minutes."
The national competition is not a pageant, Sarah said.
Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Ala., Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. Last year, the program provided more than $63 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to participants at the local, state and national levels.
"If I win, I'll be coming back to Mobile a lot for parades and speaking engagements. At home, I've been helping out with the Boys & Girls Clubs," Sarah said.
Sarah is the daughter of J.D. and Annie Oldham. She has four younger siblings and a cat named Fritz.
When she's not practicing her musical instruments and studying, Sarah likes to hike, water-ski and read.
Sarah will be at the competition for two weeks. The finals will be broadcast on the Internet, June 25, at www.local15.com.
"If I had to give credit to anyone, it would be my parents. They have pushed me to be the best that I can and love me enough to show me the importance of a good education and success in life," she said.