Cole Monson — 2018 High Schooler Who Will Change The World


Student: Cole Monson
School: Springville High School
Parents: Steve & Merrianne Monson

Whether it’s in the classroom, tennis courts or art room, Cole Monson stands up and stands out. He’s a captain of the tennis team, science scholar and animation award winner. With plans to become an aerospace engineer, he will continue lifting off.

Mini-resume 4.0 GPA, 33 ACT, Sterling Scholar runner-up for skilled and technical sciences, captain of the tennis team, science club co-creator and captain, All-American High School Film Festival finalist, six-time 3-D graphics and animation award winner, National Honors Society.

Plans after high school Become an Aggie! Utah State aerospace engineering program.

Personal motto The world is yours.

Advice for freshmen Find something you love — and get dang good at it.

Keys to happiness in high school Live up to your own values. Don’t let others’ opinions distract you.

Guilty pleasure Dance Dance Revolution.

No. 1 thing learned in high school The best way to learn is to fail.

Best high school memory Every minute I spent in the art room and on the tennis court.

Best advice you received Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

Stress management Some good, groovy music.

Biggest pressure you feel To change the world.

How will you change the world? The only way I can, one day at a time.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at

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