Hannah Khelfa — 2017 high schooler who will change the world


Student: Hannah Khelfa
School: Utah County Academy of Sciences
Parents: Fata & Sue Khelfa

Hannah Khelfa’s story can be told through the props she brought to the photoshoot. She’s been on the robotics team for five years. Her family is from Morocco — and she’s fluent in the language even though she grew up in Utah. She loves reading, cooking and martial arts.

Mini-resume 3.9 GPA, robotics project manager and lead programmer, National Honors Society, Book Club, Tutoring Club, Red Cross Club, Math & Science Club, track, hapkido, taekwondo, yearbook, Regan Award, Science Award, Presidential Physical Fitness Award, Robotics Innovate Award, first place in Robotics Game.

Plans after high school University of Utah for a biomedical engineering degree, then either medical school or a nanotechnology Ph.D.

Girl power I built a bridge out of balsa wood and it held over 1,400 pounds. The class average was only 500 pounds.

Guilty pleasure My biggest time-waster is reading. In eighth grade English, we would get extra credit if we read more than 25 books a month. There was not a single month that I didn’t read more than 25 books with ease.

Challenges UCAS is a high school connected to UVU, so you get an associate degree along with a high school diploma. The hardest thing was realizing this no longer middle school — you are in college now.

How will you change the world? I am not sure yet, but I know I want to make a difference.

See all 22 of our 2017 “high schoolers who will change the world” here.


Utah Valley is Lindsey's home away from her Colorado Springs home. She writes for Utah Valley Magazine, UtahValley360.com and Prosper Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @lindsey5brooke.

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