Student athlete to go on 2-year LDS mission trip

Senior Sterling Smith and Clara Veldhuizen are named Friendship Dance King and Queen on Nov. 3, 2018, at Kirkwood High School. Photo by Samantha Massena.

Sterling Smith is very involved as a star student, a founding member of lumberjack club, a four year cross country and track runner, and even the Friendship King.

Smith is also a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spends every weekday morning before school attending seminary classes.

Despite his faith, he has enjoyed his time at a non-religious school.

“As for being in a non-religious high school, yeah, I guess there are parts that are hard about it,” Smith said. “Being at school is definitely a different atmosphere than being at church, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Having non-uniform beliefs can lead to some nice conversations and such.”

After high school, Smith plans to go on a two year mission trip for his church. He is unsure where he will be serving, but he is excited to spread his faith.

“My day-to-day activities while on my mission will be influenced by many things, one of which being the location I serve,” Smith said.

“If I go to a place where they speak a foreign language, a part of each morning will probably be spent doing language studies. Another part of every morning will be scripture studies, both with my companion and alone, and again, depending on location and other things, activities throughout the day may include knocking on doors, doing service, visiting members in the area, and much more,” Smith said.

After his mission trip, Smith plans to attend Brigham Young University in Utah.


Eleanor Marshall – Opinion Columnist

This is Eleanor Marshall’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year. She has been recognized for her work by JournalismSTL, MJEAand MIPA.


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