Kat Balanzategui — 2018 High Schooler Who Will Change The World

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Student: Kat Balanzategui
School: Pioneer High School For The Performing Arts
Parents: Monica & Ulises Balanzategui

Kat Balanzategui’s mature singing voice is symbolic of her advanced approach to life and school.

Mini-resume 3.94 GPA, straight superiors in region and state drama festival (musical theater category), school Sterling Scholar for vocal performance, Shakespeare team and student coach.

Plans after high school UVU to study vocal performance and, possibly, acting.

Personal motto If your dreams don’t scare you, you aren’t dreaming big enough.

Advice for freshmen Try new things! Seize every opportunity to learn something new.

Guilty pleasure YouTube and pizza.

Key to happiness in high school In the worst situations, gratitude goes a long way. Happiness is really just a mind game. It’s all about thoughts. Also, pizza, pizza and friends.

Challenge to overcome Coming out of my shell socially and in my craft.

Most common thing parents say to you Always find a way to give to others, even if it is just a smile.

No. 1 thing learned in high school People aren’t nearly as scary as they seem.

Best high school memory Traveling to New York, seeing Broadway shows and learning from Broadway actors.

Best advice you have received Confidence starts with good posture and a smile.

Stress management When I make time for myself, I am able to accomplish more.

How will you change the world? By spreading messages of love, courage and positivity through the arts.

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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 greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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