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Mountain Ridge High School outstanding graduate: Making the best of difficult situations

Jun 10, 2021 01:48PM ● By Jet Burnham

Sarah Lingwall, Mountain Ridge High School SBO President has made the best of difficult situations. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Lingwall.)

By Jet Burnham | [email protected]

Sarah Lingwall has attended three high schools in four years. While it was a difficult adjustment, she said moving to a new city and then being reassigned to a brand new high school after only one year, pushed her to become more outgoing.

“I had to learn how to make new friends and get out of my comfort zone,” she said. “Now, I’m beyond grateful that I moved and met the people that I did.”

Her efforts to make friends and be involved at school led to her peers selecting her as SBO President at Mountain Ridge High School this year. 

“Sarah has worked so hard this year to get our school back on track after a weird first year at a new school,” Senior Class Vice President Haili Lino said. “Sarah is the type of person who will take the time out of her day or will put her problems aside to make sure the people around her are doing okay,” 

MRHS Student Government Adviser Richard Hoonakker said Lingwall has been an example of hard work, humility, and resilience while serving in student government during a year when so much of her role was impacted by COVID restrictions. He said she has been a positive influence on her peers, showing resilience and creativity whenever a school activity or event had to be cancelled or altered.

“She has a very unique balance of taking charge while still remaining humble,” he said. “She quickly delegates desirable jobs to her classmates while saving the behind the scenes work or unglamorous tasks for herself. She is very good at not overlooking the little details that make a good event a great event.”

Lingwall represented MRHS as the World Languages Sterling Scholar, advancing in the competition to be named the state runner-up in her division. She is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Lingwall, the third of 10 kids in her family, plans to continue her studies at BYU next year and then serve a mission for her church.

“I am so honored to know her,” Lino said. “And I cannot wait to see the things she does after high school.”

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