Thomas Draper — 2018 High Schooler Who Will Change The World


Student: Thomas Draper
School: Mountain View High School
Parents: Thomas & Susan Draper

To say Thomas Draper is good at math is an understatement. His knowledge exceeds that of his high school teachers, leading him to take classes at BYU where he plans to officially start this fall, studying … wait for it … math. Now that adds up.

Mini-resume Winner of the Harvard-MIT math tournament, National School Scrabble champion, 36 ACT, two-time United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad qualifier, qualified for U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp.

Plans after high school BYU.

Personal motto The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that’s hardly worth the effort.

Key to happiness in high school Sleep.

Advice for freshmen Do more than what is required of you.

Guilty pleasure SpaceChem, the Talos Principle or Super Smash Bros.

Most common thing parents say to you “Stop.”

No. 1 thing learned in high school It’s easiest to learn when not in school.

Best high school memory Beating Half-Life 2 during study hall in 10th grade.

Challenge to overcome Writing essays for college and scholarship applications.

Best advice received “Invest yourself in all you do,” or “Don’t procrastinate like me.”

Biggest pressure you feel Usually not much higher than 100 kilopascals.

Stress management Listening to “Ruler of Everything” and “The Mind Electric.”

How will you change the world? Through the butterfly effect.

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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