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Crescent City graduate prepares to serve as missionary in Montana

Sterling Garrett Standring, age 19, has accepted a call to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the state of Montana for the next two years. He reported for his mission on September 12, 2007. The mission's headquarters are in Billings, Montana, but missionaries are typically moved around to various locations in the state and some parts of Wyoming for the duration of their service. He will spend the first three weeks training in Utah.

Standring, who was born and raised in Crescent City, is a 2006 graduate of Del Norte High School. He was a White Star athlete on both the varsity football and baseball teams. He was the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 League MVP for offense his senior year as a wide receiver, scoring 10 touchdowns for the season and helping the 2005 football team to a League Championship and their first undefeated regular season.

He was also a starting senior on the 2006 league championship varsity basketball team. Del Norte High awarded him the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award along with the Scholar-Athlete Award for 4.0 grade point average. Standring sang with the Madrigal Choir and played trombone in the school bands as well.

This past year, Standring has been studying history education while attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utahand rooming withhis older brothers, James and Jason. He received the Mike Whalen Scholarship as well as Rotary and Jaycee's Scholarships from Del Norte County to help himwith his college education. At the start of his freshman year, Standring suffered a concussion and facial fracture which kept him out of sports, but he plans to resume his athletic opportunities as well as his college studies once he returns from his mission.

Also this past year, Standring was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 66 of Crescent City, and this summer he played baseball on the local American Legion Traveling Team.

Standring is the son of Dr. James and Lori Standring of Crescent City.

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