Madilynn Riley — 2018 High Schooler Who Will Change The World


Student: Madilynn Riley
School: Lone Peak High School
Parents: Doug & Amanda Riley

Madilynn Riley is drawn to the viola (instead of the violin) because of the richness of the C-string and the tone it brings to an orchestra. Madilynn’s own richness and depth will make her a world-changer.

Mini-resume Wasatch Front instrumental music, Sterling Scholar winner, 3.9 GPA, 28 ACT, principal violist all-state orchestra, president and founder of Lone Peak’s Best Buddies Club, Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Plans after high school Study viola performance at BYU. Graduate studies at a music conservatory.

Personal motto Bloom where you are planted.

Keys to happiness in high school Be you and completely accept and love yourself.

Guilty pleasure Costa Vida sweet pork salads.

Most common thing parents say to you “Stop wasting time” and “Clean your room.”

Best high school memory Being chosen to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City with high schoolers from all over the world.

Challenge to overcome The summer before my junior year, my family moved from Beaver High to Lone Peak. I went from 75 in my graduating class to 875. Meeting new people was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I grew so much as a person because I had to put myself out there.

Best advice received Enjoy every single moment life throws at you. Positive or negative, those experiences shape you.

How will you change the world? One note at a time.

Greg Bennett

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