Madison Brown — 2019 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World


Madison Brown
Lehi High School
Parents Paige & Nathan Brown

Madison Brown puts the “S” in STEM. This scientist performed an experiment for her talent in the school’s Homecoming Pageant and has genetically engineered a glow-fish, mapped her own mitochondrial DNA and tested her blood type. No wonder she is Lehi’s Sterling Scholar in science.

Mini-resume 4.0 GPA, 30 ACT, ranked 1 of 425 at LHS, StepUp Utah Scholars Recognition Award recipient, first place in science knowledge bowl, yearbook.

Plans after high school SUU to study biology, graduate school to study genetics. Cure genetic diseases.

Personal motto Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Advice for freshmen Never disappoint yourself. Always do your best and you will never be disappointed with the result.

Guilty pleasure Twix and Olive Garden.

Challenges The first time I took the ACT, I got a 21. That was not where I wanted to be. I worked hard, pushed myself and advanced my score nine points to get a 30.

Best advice received Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want. As a scientist, it’s important to not get hung up on the negatives and to keep moving forward.

Stress management Take time for myself and de-stress before diving in.

Madison, how will you change the world? Through genetic engineering. I hope to create something to fix errors in DNA and improve the lives of others.

Greg Bennett

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