16 High School Students Who Will Change the World

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Not all of them sing, dance or act. But they’ve all got a part to play in the future of the community and world at large. These are the stars of the area’s 16 high schools, and they know what it means to hear the word, “Action!”

By Matt Bennett, photography by Kenneth Linge

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 Brielle Argyle
Directed by David and Lisa Argyle
Starring at Timpanogos High School

lesson LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

My dad taught me early in my high school years to not worry about the little things.

LEADERSHIP STYLE

By example.

STRESS BUSTER

I write everything down I need to do, and then I prioritize. Running helps, too.

FAVORITE SOUND

I love cheering at intense basketball or football games and listening to the crowd go crazy when we have a good play.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Panda Express, Chili’s.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

Miss Wilson (soon to be Mrs. Stapleton!) is not only one of the most influential teachers, but one of the most influential people I know.

iPOD FAVORITES 

Taylor Swift and Hannah Montana.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT TIMPANOGOS HIGH

Every teacher is great at what they do, and it is obvious they really care about the students. Our principal, Mr. Murphy, is also one of the nicest, most genuine people I know.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Becoming a True T-wolf 😉

COMMON CLOSET ITEM

I’m definitely a shoe girl!

BEDROOM WALLS

Pictures of my friends and family.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU

Do your dishes!

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN Don’t try to be someone you’re not, just be yourself. Don’t get behind in school. Develop good habits. Gain your parents’ trust. It will solve a lot of problems before they even start.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS Communicate. Build trust and be someone your teenager feels like they can talk to.

FUTURE PLANS

College, coach cheer, LDS mission, marriage, family.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

I’ll always be an example to others and get involved with volunteer work and service.

 

Recent Review

“Brielle is one of Timpanogos High’s best! She exemplifies a true leader in every sense of the word. She is genuine, kind to everyone, a team player, takes initiative, and puts others’ interests and needs

before her own. As our student council cheer representative, she created the “Wolf Pack,” an athletic fan club.

— Theron Murphy, Principal

Credits: Varsity cheerleader, 3 years. Created the Wolf Pack, which is an athletic fan club.

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Erin Sierra Lee
Directed by David and Beth Lee
Starring at Orem High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL 

The only way to get through it is by having good friends and family. High school can be the most painful years or the best years, depending on the people you surround yourself with and choices you make.

LEADERSHIP STYLE

I am very inclusive. I love working with other people and discussing their ideas and different points of view.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE

My biggest challenge has been going through my autistic brother’s difficulties, feeling his pain and experiencing his frustration right along with him. (But I wouldn’t ever change it.)

FAVORITE SOUND

Rain on a roof or window.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Mimi’s Cafe, Kneaders and Zupas.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

Three-way tie. Miss Kate, for giving me the chance to shine and helping me discover one of my biggest joys in life. Ms. Kutsulis, for being an example of doing what you’re passionate about. And Mr. Downs, for helping me realize my potential and for genuinely caring about his students.

iPOD FAVORITES

Aerosmith, Journey, Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, the Goo Goo Dolls, Aretha Franklin and African gospel choirs, Broadway showtunes.

COMMON CLOSET ITEM Sweatshirts. Lots of comfy sweatshirts.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Closing night of our production of “West Side Story.”

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN Get involved in activities, join a club. Do what you love. Don’t compare yourself to others or stress about getting perfect grades. If the people you hang out with make life harder for you, find new friends.

FUTURE PLANS

Clinical and counseling psychology at Boston University.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

I am not afraid, and I have a deep love for people and faith in their goodness.

 

Recent Review

“Erin is a great young lady who has served on student council and is involved with Operation Smile. She spent time in Morocco in 2008 with Operation Smile. She is talented and has performed in several plays and has directed a few productions herself. She maintains a high GPA and is a leader.”

— Jane Lindhout, Principal

Credits: Humanitarian mission to Africa with Operation Smile. First place in Monologue and Duo Scenes at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Student council.

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Taylor Ford
Directed by Ben and Jo Lynn Ford
Starring at Payson High School

LEADERSHIP STYLE

I show people how I believe life should be lived. I am a good listener.

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL 

I have had amazing experiences because I took the initiative to get involved in a club or class.

STRESS BUSTER

Reading or playing basketball.

FAVORITE SOUND

Rain.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT

I love any Mexican food.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

Linda Walter, Dave Rockwood, Tona Graff and Eloise Bridges.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE Now that basketball is over, I eat, hang out with friends and sometimes watch movies.

iPOD FAVORITES 

“Don’t Stop Believing,” Journey; “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler. Anything Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT payson high school

We value diversity. Also, all the students support each other in our different interests.

COMMON CLOSET ITEM

T-shirts.

BEDROOM WALLS

Tons of pictures.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU 

Every day you have the choice to be happy or sad. Try to make the happy days outnumber the sad.

REALITY SHOW YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE IN None. Can’t sing. Can’t dance.  And don’t want to get lost on a deserted island.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE Surgeries and recovery for my knee.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

The day I found out I was going to Switzerland. I went to get a passport, and it was very exciting.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN

Get involved! Follow your dreams, and never pass up an opportunity.

FUTURE PLANS

Major in biochemistry. Medical school and studying pediatrics.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

By helping individuals lead healthy, long lives.

Recent Review

“Taylor was chosen as one of 15 students from the United States to go to Switzerland and participate in a science project with students from all over the world. She is a 4.0 student, president of the HOSA club, member of the basketball team and my representative on the Nebo School District Youth Board.”

— Bart Peery, Principal

Credits: Chosen by the Department of Energy to travel to Switzerland to view the LHC particle accelerator. Payson High School’s Science Sterling Scholar, 4.0 GPA, UHSAA Academic All State Team. President of Payson High School HOSA, Payson City Youth Court.

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Sydney Kocherhans
Directed by Paul and Arienne Kocherhans
Starring at Pleasant Grove High School

LESSONS LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Procrastination doesn’t get you anywhere except into a bad mood from staying up too late.

LEADERSHIP STYLE

I am not afraid to share my opinion. But I am also willing to listen and to show my love for others.

STRESS BUSTER

Fresh air and burning sunlight.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE

I’ve had OCD and am a perfectionist. It’s taken time and effort to realize I don’t have to do everything perfectly.

FAVORITE SOUND

When my cell phone rings.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Taco Amigo, JCW’s, Tucanos.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

My third grade teacher, Mrs. Bakke. She’s the reason I want to become a teacher as well.

iPOD FAVORITES

“I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz. “Love Story,” Taylor Swift.

FAVORITE WORD

Matutolypea (getting up on the wrong side of the bed). I learned it playing Balderdash.

BEDROOM WALLS

Art projects I’ve made; corsages from date dances; photos of my family, friends and Christ.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU Remember good, better, best.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN

There are pressures everywhere to do what you know isn’t right, from cheating on a test to getting involved in drugs. Every day holds opposition. Be proud of who you are.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS Don’t just tell them what not to do, give them the reasons behind it. I have been a lot more willing to listen to my parents and trust their advice because of their explanations.

FUTURE PLANS

BYU, elementary education. Marriage in an LDS temple and raise a large family.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD? 

I don’t think I’ll become world famous, but I can change the world a little at a time by giving a smile here, a service project there, and by simply being the best possible person I can be.

Recent Review

“Sydney is a 4.0 student. She has been a co-president of Operation Smile, played the viola in orchestra and is in Acapella Choir and seminary council. She likes to paint and play the piano. She also is part of the special needs mutual and finds the time to house-keep for an aunt.”

— Jess Christen, Principal

Credits: Seminary Council member, Special Needs Youth Counselor, President of Operation Smile (raises money for kids with cleft pallets), 4.0 GPA, Conflict manager, Junior High Student Council member, viola, piano, vocal and church leadership.

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Whitney Wilcox
Directed by Brad and Debi Wilcox
Starring at Provo High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

I’ve developed not only a love of learning but also the ability to rely on myself, form my own opinions and take an interest in my community.

LEADERSHIP STYLE

I’m confident and take charge, but I like input from others.

STRESS BUSTER

Put on music and cook something I’ve never made before.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE When I was 12 I moved to Chile for three years. It was a difficult transition and hard to learn Spanish, but it turned out to be a very positive experience.

FAVORITE SOUND

Big cities where everything is alive and people are on the move.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Anything Italian. Carrabba’s, Gloria’s Little Italy, La Vigna.

MOST INFLUENTIAL 

TEACHER

In 9th grade Miss Silva taught me to love history, but also to question, research and not be afraid to think for myself.

iPOD FAVORITES

Jazz, classical, Charlotte Church, U2, Dido.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT PROVO HIGH SCHOOL

The diversity.

BEDROOM WALLS  Pictures of places and cultures along with a calendar of impressionistic art (on a red accent wall I painted myself!)

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE I’ve been interning in several restaurants. When I’m not working, I get together with friends.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU Whitney, we’re going to be late!

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN Take advantage of every opportunity even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.

FUTURE PLANS BYU, study history, political science or cultural anthropology.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

I’ve learned changing the world doesn’t mean doing one big thing but lots of little things. I want to go on humanitarian aid trips, travel, get involved in the political process and spend my life trying to help others.

Recent Review

“Whitney was selected because of the impact she has had at Provo High. That not only includes students, but the impact she has had on faculty and staff. Whitney is an excellent student and has taken a rigorous academic pathway that includes six AP courses.”

— Helen Patterson, College/Career Coordinator

Credits: Dance, studied clogging for six years, Provo High’s Sterling Scholar in Social Science, Utah’s Junior Miss Program, Mock Trial, BYU’s Model UN, writing contests.

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Bethany Morgan
Directed by Michael and Elizabeth Morgan
Starring at Lehi High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

I’ve learned a lot about responsibility, making decisions and prioritizing.

LEADERSHIP STYLE 

Organized and confident.

STRESS BUSTER

Running.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE Finding balance.

FAVORITE SOUND 

Anything soft. Piano or the sounds when you go camping. The river and the birds.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Cafe Rio, but nothing is better than a berry smoothie from Costco.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

Sixth grade teacher Ms. Boyter.

IPOD FAVORITES

Taylor Swift, We Shot the Moon and John Allred.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT LEHI HIGH SCHOOL

Locks-of-Love program. Also, our school is so big (about 2,300 students) that it is amazing to watch us work together.

FAVORITE WORD 

Instigate.

BEDROOM WALLS

Framed flowers, short sayings and quotes, pictures.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU 

You can be anything you want to, just be your best.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Junior Prom when the DJ played the theme song. At that moment I felt accomplished because all year I had been planning prom.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN

Get involved.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS 

Stay up-to-date and support them 100 percent by going to performances, games or competitions.

FUTURE PLANS

Starting BYU in June to earn bachelor’s in elementary education. Marriage, possible LDS mission.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

By constantly being involved. I hope to make a difference and be an example by influencing the lives of others for good.

 

Recent Review

“Bethany has shown a spirit of dedication and reality of leadership that has amazed me. She has made difficult decisions at stressful times. Bethany has exhibited organization and responsibility above any that I would have imagined at this age level.”

— Gig Griffith, Student leadership teacher

Credits: Student body president. Fulfills church and work commitments. Serves as a “Big Sister” in community organizations.

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Tyler Haws
Directed by Marty and Tiffanie Haws
Starring at Lone Peak High School 

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

You get out of it what you put into it.

LEADERSHIP STYLE

To put my arms around others and bring them along with me.

STRESS BUSTER

I watch “Lost” or “24” or just take a drive.

FAVORITE SOUND

A ball going through the net.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Café Rio, Quiznos, East Coast Subs.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

My sixth grade teacher Sandi Downs at Westfield Elementary. Mrs. Downs is passionate about teaching and loves her students.

iPOD FAVORITES

Rihanna, anything ‘80s.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT LONE PEAK

“A World Class High School” is more than just a saying.

FAVORITE WORD

Unreal.

COMMON CLOSET ITEM

Shoes, of course!

BEDROOM WALLS

Inspirational quotes, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, JJ Redick, Boston Red Sox, Bill Walton, Pistol Pete, Jim Valvano, LeBron James.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU FINISH! Work hard, good things will happen. Do you have gum?

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE

Ball game, food and hangin’ with my good friends.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

The day our team won back-to-back state championships.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN 

Find things you like to do and stay busy.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS Stay involved, have a friendship and communicate … even on the bad days.

FUTURE PLANS 

Serve LDS mission, graduate from BYU, family and early retirement – ha!

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

I see the good in everyone I meet and look for ways to inspire them to be the best they can be.

 

Recent Review

“Tyler receives a lot of attention for his basketball skills (Utah’s “Mr. Basketball 2008, 2009,” two 5A State Championships, Division 1 recruit signing with BYU, etc.). But his hard work in the classroom, humble profile among his peers, example and service to others are just as exceptional.”

— Chip Koop, Principal

Credits: 3.96 GPA, Hope of America, Operation Smile officer, admittance to Harvard, Stanford and BYU, Academic All-American, Mr. Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year, Homecoming Prince, Eagle Scout Project earning money/supplies for smile operations for underprivileged kids in Honduras.

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Victoria Duckworth
Directed by Brett and Janette Duckworth
Starring at Meridian School

LEADERSHIP STYLE

I am a bit of a perfectionist, but everyone has his or her contributions. One of the strongest ways to lead is through example!

STRESS BUSTER

Watching re-runs of “Gilmore Girls” while playing my guitar during commercials.

FAVORITE SOUND 

Laughter.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Café Rio. I’m a “usual” there.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

Mrs. Crowther, my journalism and yearbook teacher. She gives advice on becoming a journalist.

FAVORITE WORDs

Cool beans.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE 

Rehearsal for a show. Then I love to come home, get comfy and have full-on movie marathons with my best friend.

iPOD FAVORITES

Jack Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Broadway, Ben Folds, everything Disney!

FAVORITE THING ABOUT MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL

The closeness we all have.

BEDROOM WALLS

Favorite memories, quotes and tons of pictures of friends and family, places I want to visit, and my style icon: Audrey Hepburn!

REALITY SHOW YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE IN “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” With my klutziness, I’d for sure win.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE

People jumping to conclusions about me. It’s really hard to have someone not give you a chance to show them the real you.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN

Enjoy every minute, but don’t forget to start now on your goals.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS 

Establish great relationships with your kids.

FUTURE PLANS

BYU to study journalism and to have performance opportunities.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD? 

I’d love to become a world-renowned journalist or Broadway performer, but I believe I can make an even greater contribution by sharing a simple smile with someone and making a positive difference in their life.

Recent Review

“In this school year alone, Victoria has performed at the Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Extreme Theater, Masquerade Ball and Disney Rocks. She is also editor of the yearbook and editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She was also recently accepted to BYU.”

— Kris Crowther, Yearbook and Journalism Advisor

Credits: Theater awards, honor awards, and the “Harvard” award for “outstanding extracurriculars in the community,” editor of the yearbook, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper.

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Katie Cannon
Directed by Douglas and Shannon Cannon
Starring at Karl G. Maeser Preparatory

BIGGEST CHALLENGE

I’ve been in situations where I have been the minority in my opinion and belief, and I’ve had to boldly say what I felt because it was important to me.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT MAESER 

Teachers, the rigorous academic atmosphere, and the opportunities I have to think for myself.

STRESS BUSTER 

Tetris online.

FAVORITE SOUND

Swish of a basketball in the net.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Costa Vida.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

Mr. Matt Kennington in writing, and Mrs. Antonia Fairchild in physics. Mrs. Fairchild is my role model.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE Movies. I also love going to dances and basketball games, or just playing games and talking with friends.

iPOD FAVORITES

Lucky, Jason Mraz; Snow, Red Hot Chili Peppers; Crush, David Archuleta; Fotografia, Nelly Furtado.

BEDROOM WALLS

Two shelves of books, an honors program pamphlet and career map, a birthday card from my grandma, inspirational quotes.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU 

Do what you feel is best.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

The night four of my classmates and I performed our own improvised musical with the incredible pianist of the Thrillionaires accompanying us. It was January 22 — my best birthday ever.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Instruct and set free. Teens don’t need their parents to regulate their entire life.

FUTURE PLANS

BYU. Temple marriage and a family of my own.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

I will be engaged, optimistic and persistent, seeking opportunities to make myself useful, and standing up for the truth when the need arises. I would like to create something that wakes people up and brings them away from the monotony of normal life.

 

Recent Review

“Katie is a remarkable blend of artistic talent (she is an accomplished writer and vocalist) and academic ability. She is also a strong, quietly effective and respected leader. I fully expect Katie to change the world by lifting others through example, hard work and service to others.”

— Justin L Kennington, Headmaster

Credits:4.0 GPA, 28 ACT. Accepted to BYU. Excellence in vocal performance, writing, physics and Spanish. Debate 2nd place speaker and Congress 3rd place overall. BYU Model UN Distinguished Delegate award. Hope of America award. Leading role in school musical, cabinet member of student council, orphanage volunteer in Ecuador.

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Erika Ahlin
Directed by Shayne and Tressa Ahlin
Starring at Salem Hills High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Endurance. High school is hard, especially if you’re busy outside of school. But the best way to approach it is to put a smile on your face and gain as much from the experience as possible.

LEADERSHIP STYLE 

Include others as much as possible. People work harder when their opinions are valued.

STRESS BUSTER

Make lists. When I get the overwhelming tasks out of my head and on paper I feel a lot better.

FAVORITE SOUND

A muted trumpet. There’s just something about that classic sound that sings to me.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Working at the Provo Towne Centre, I have become accustomed to eating in mall food courts. So, by default by favorite place to eat is the Pretzelmaker.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

Mrs. Anderson, my 6th grade English teacher and my junior high science teacher Mr. Bean.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE 

I sell Green Tea at the mall.

iPOD FAVORITES 

Rancid, Social Distortion, Alkaline Trio, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holliday.

FAVORITE WORD 

Alphabet. It represents all the letters found in multiple languages.

BEDROOM WALLS

Band posters, valentines from ex-boyfriends, flyers from concerts, and a “To Do” folder.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN Ask bold questions. Don’t take in information just so you can graduate. Learn something real.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS Talk to your children. Engage in practical conversation with your teenager, and don’t assume the worst. Most kids these days are pretty OK.

FUTURE PLANS

Westminster or the University of Utah. Major in business and marketing.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

I plan on changing the world one person at a time. I want to promote kindness and acceptance. The most important thing can be as small as a smile.

Recent Review

“Cute, quirky and energetic, Erika Alhin has captured the hearts of the faculty and her fellow classmates at Salem Hills High School. She is definitely a ‘people person’ who shares her captivating smile and optimistic charm with all she meets serving as the DECA president and Business and Marketing Sterling Scholar.”

— Ann Anderson, Principal

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Colton Sermersheim
Directed by Todd and Janalee Sermersheim
Starring at Spanish Fork High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Work hard. Have a positive attitude. If I keep a positive

attitude, I can accomplish great things.

LEADERSHIP STYLE 

The most effective way to lead is by example. If you simply take initiative and lead, others will pitch in and help.

STRESS BUSTER 

Driving my car, listening to music.

FAVORITE SOUND 

A revving snowmobile engine.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Mi Rancherito.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

Mrs. James. She wants us to learn every day, and she always makes sure we understand.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE Chill with my friends. Find some local fast food.

iPOD FAVORITES

Eric Hutchinson, Benton Paul, The Beatles. I love music.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT SPANISH FORK HIGH

People are smiling and saying hello — from the administration to the students.

FAVORITE WORD

Stellar.

BEDROOM WALLS

Tennis awards, dance pictures.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU 

I love you.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Be friendly no matter what the situation is.

REALITY SHOW YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE ON

“The Amazing Race.” I want to travel the world.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN High school is the best years of your life. Join all the clubs, and go to all the events you can.

FUTURE PLANS

Leave this summer for an LDS mission. BYU majoring

in business. Possibly law school or medical school.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

The world can be changed by small acts of kindness. I hope to repay the world for all the good influences in my life. I want to be someone who people can rely on when times are tough. I’ve found that true happiness comes from serving others.

 

Recent Review

“We chose Colton because he has it all: 3.99 GPA, Sterling Scholar in Business, tennis team captain, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Distributive Education Club of America. I assure you that Colton would be one of our students that I would follow into battle without hesitation.”

— Dave McKee, Principal

Credits: Business Sterling Scholar, president of Ping Pong Club, captain of tennis team, Eagle Scout, 3.99 GPA, National Honor Society.

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Morgan Bowen
Directed by Blake and Alysa Bowen
Starring at American Leadership Academy

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

If I want to accomplish something, it’s up to me! No one is going to do it for me.

LEADERSHIP STYLE 

Leading through example.

STRESS BUSTER 

Running or reading. With running I can think my problem through and figure out the best way to solve it. With reading I step out of my life for a bit, take a breather and then come back and figure it all out.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE 

Living without my dad. He is in the Army and has been in Iraq for over a year. I love you, Dad!

FAVORITE SOUND 

Running water.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Winger’s and Iggy’s — I love hamburgers. I usually finish my whole burger and am still hungry!

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

Mr. Sullenberger.

iPOD FAVORITES

I might be the only kid in the United States who doesn’t have an iPod!  But I love music. I have to feel the beat!

FAVORITE THING ABOUT ALA

School dances.

FAVORITE WORD

YEAH!

BEDROOM WALLS

Pictures of my friends, quotes.

REALITY SHOW YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO BE IN

“Secret Life of an American Teenager.” If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out!

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN Remember who you are. A lot of things happen in high school that make you want to be something you’re not, but never give in. Be yourself.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS 

Be involved. Know what’s going on in your kids’ lives.

FUTURE PLANS

Snow College, earn a teaching license and teach kindergarten or first grade.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

A positive attitude! There are a lot of things in the world that aren’t perfect, but when we see how we can change it, we are one step closer to changing it.

Recent Review

“Morgan is curious about the world around us, has a strong desire to learn and understand, works hard to gain that understanding, has impeccable manners, is considerate of everyone she comes in contact with, and her personal integrity is such that all students can learn by following her example.”

Kevin Sullenberger

Assistant Director, Math/Science

Credits: Cheerleader three consecutive years. Team captain senior year.

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Kyle Hansen
Directed by Steve and Gayle Hansen
Starring at Mountain View High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL 

Friends you choose are crucial.

LEADERSHIP STYLE

The more fun you have, the better. But I also love the quote, “Work wins when wishy-washy wishing won’t.”

STRESS BUSTER

Golfing or watching a good movie with the perfect snack.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE 

My father passing away.

FAVORITE SOUND 

Nephew laughing hysterically.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT

In-N-Out.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

My mom and dad.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE

If nothing is planned and it gets to be 8, then I call up friends to play games.

iPOD FAVORITES

Beatles.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT MOUNTAIN VIEW

Diversity and tradition.

FAVORITE WORD

Lug nut, only if my sister says it, though.

REALITY SHOW YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO BE ON

“Survivor”

BEDROOM WALLS

Posters, things that inspire me or make me laugh, and memories from sports or vacations.

COMMON CLOSET ITEM

Shirts I hardly ever wear.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU Think before you act.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Graduation last year. That’s when senior year started for me.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN 

Establish a place to sit at lunch early in your high school career since just about every high schooler has “their spot.”

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Treat teenagers like adults; you will be surprised how we can rise to the occasion.

FUTURE PLANS

Serve an LDS mission.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

By never forgetting who I am — and that there is no such thing as “can’t.” Also, just taking it one day at a time.

Recent Review

“We are HUGE fans of Kyle Hansen! He is so talented, yet so humble. He continues to be an amazing influence on the MVHS family and community as our student body president, the lead in our musical — “Sound of Music” — an outstanding student and very personable young man.”

— Jeanie Wilson, Assistant Principal

Credits: Student body president, leading roles in MVHS musicals, 3.858 GPA.

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Ryan Adair
Directed by Sean and Jenny Adair
Starring at Timpview High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL 

Applying yourself brings great success. Don’t hide within yourself. To me, a “comfort zone” is nothing but a barrier that needs to be broken down.

LEADERSHIP STYLE 

I have found by being Drum Major that the best way to get people to like me is to serve them.

STRESS BUSTER 

Improvising on the piano and letting my imagination soar.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE 

In middle school I had a very hard time finding confidence in myself. However, by joining the band program at Timpview High School, I found that expressing myself was more important than “hiding in my shell.” Best decision I’ve ever made!

FAVORITE SOUND

Bubble wrap.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT The Pie Pizzeria. (yum…)

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

Dr. David Fullmer. He taught me the importance of self-discipline, both through music and in my life.

iPOD FAVORITES

Billy Joel, Vocal Point, Michael Buble, and 3 Doors Down!

BEDROOM WALLS 

Mural of New Orleans Jazz scene.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU

Don’t wish your life away.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Help your children pursue their dreams. If it weren’t for my parents sticking behind me 100 percent, I would still be figuring out what to do with my life.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Joining the marching band.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD? 

By promoting others to be themselves and to give their best. People who apply themselves have success. I could also change the world by helping others achieve their dreams, expressing my music to others and being myself.

 

Recent Review

“Ryan has an unusual combination of talent, work ethic, enthusiasm and kindness. He understands the concept of servant-leadership. His willingness to put others’ needs before his own has earned him the respect and trust of his teachers and peers.”

— Dr. David Fullmer, band teacher at Timpview

Credits: Eagle Scout, Drum Major. Received Superior ratings at the Solo/Ensemble festival for two years.

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Steven Noyce
Directed by Shaun and Karen Noyce
Starring at American Fork High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

A basis of knowledge on which to build.

STRESS BUSTER

The most effective method for me to alleviate stress is to focus upon its long term effects and allow it to be removed through theological deity instead of dissipating it through actions which later require regret.

DAY YOU’LL REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL

First day of Sophomore Orchestra Tour, when I met the best friend I have ever had.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE

Dyslexia and a mild form of autism.

FAVORITE SOUNDS

Harmonies resonating from the depths of a well played cello and the voices of my loved ones.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT

Around the kitchen table.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER

Don Bastian.

iPOD FAVORITES

Classical music.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT AMERICAN FORK HIGH

Strong programs in science and math, qualities which have given me increased opportunity and skill.

FAVORITE WORD

Bananas.

MOST COMMON ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET

College textbooks.

BEDROOM WALLS

I painted the universe on my walls when I was 10 years old.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU

Don’t stay up all night studying, and maybe you should skip school tomorrow.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN

You are only limited by motivation, dedication and capabilities you perceive yourself as having.

FUTURE PLANS

Attend MIT, majoring in physics and minoring in chemistry. Expand scientific understanding while spreading my conviction of the harmonious synergy between science and religion.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

By utilizing the help I have to change myself while paving the way behind me and leading others along the path.

 

Recent Review

“Steven Noyce is intelligently curious, determined and a great problem-solver. He never stops learning and he never gives up.”

— Haylee Stewart, Advanced Science Project Advisor

“Steven learns just to learn.  He gives countless hours of service.”

— Rachel McFarland, Teacher

Credits: First place CUSEF science fair. Discovered and engineered several methods of Carbon Nanotube synthesis and MicroElectroMechanical System fabrication. Tutor, volunteer. Youth City Council, eight school clubs, Technology Student Association. Taught Honors Physics while teacher was on maternity leave. Sterling Scholar, science.

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Natalie Young
Directed by Paul and Beverly Young
Starring at Springville High School

LESSON LEARNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

Getting involved makes high school better because you feel you are a part of the school rather than on the outside watching.

LEADERSHIP STYLE 

Motivating those around me.

STRESS BUSTER

To take a nap. I love it!

FAVORITE SOUND 

Rain and thunder.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT I’m a sucker for Italian food so either Ottavio’s or Olive Garden.

MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER 

Mrs. Walker, my sports medicine teacher and the athletic trainer. She’s not even 5 feet tall, but don’t let that fool you. She is phenomenal.

FRIDAY NIGHT ROUTINE Usually a football or basketball game, and then we watch a movie or just hang out.

iPOD FAVORITES

Paramore, Cartel, Colbie Caillat or anything that I can dance to.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT SPRINGVILLE HIGH

School spirit. It’s an awesome atmosphere because everyone is so involved — even the staff.

FAVORITE WORD

Awesome.

BEDROOM WALLS

Black and white pictures I’ve taken in my photography classes.

COMMON PHRASE YOUR PARENTS SAY TO YOU 

Be a good example because you never know who is watching you.

ADVICE FOR FRESHMEN Get involved and don’t be afraid to be yourself.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Let your kids know you are there for them, but also let them have their space when they need it. Don’t be judgmental. Be understanding and they will be more willing to open up to you.

FUTURE PLANS

University of Utah. Play soccer and run track.

HOW WILL YOU CHANGE THE WORLD?

By being a good influence to all around me and by doing whatever I can to ensure the happiness and well-being of others. If you surround yourself with happy people, you will be a happier person yourself.

Recent Review

“Natalie has a warm personality that exudes a quiet confidence. She is a star athlete in soccer and track. She has tremendous respect from all of her fellow students. She has been a terrific leader since her junior high days. Academically she ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and is graduating with a 3.85 GPA.”

— Rick Robins, Principal

Credits: Utah Female Athlete of the Year for track, 4A division. Utah Valley Soccer Player of the year.

 

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