Melanie Villa — 2018 High Schooler Who Will Change The World


Student: Melanie Villa
School: Independence High School
Parents: Hugo & Maria Villa

As captain of two sports, co-editor of the yearbook and Prom queen, it may seem life comes easy for Melanie Villa. Ironically, it’s what she learned during her challenging junior year that truly inspires others.

Mini-resume Student leadership, HOPE Squad, soccer and volleyball team captain, FAFSA scholarship recipient, 3.9 GPA, co-editor of the yearbook.

Plans after high school Attend UVU with a goal to become an author. Travel and then start a family.

Personal motto Prove everyone wrong by being successful.

Advice for freshmen Be yourself. Be kind and respectful of your peers and teachers. Trust me — teachers care and want you to succeed.

Guilty pleasure Watching and singing along with the “High School Musical” movies.

Challenge to overcome During my junior year, I dealt with anxiety and depression. It was so bad I tried to convince my parents to let me drop out.

No. 1 thing learned in high school I love my school. The teachers and principal have definitely been there for me and made me feel like more than just a student.

Best advice you have received Don’t do anything for anyone else. Do things that make you happy.

Stress management I play soccer, and it always makes me feel better.

How will you change the world? By spreading a little bit of kindness, one person at a time. I will try to inspire others to do the same. Then, we will see a happier world.

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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