Ethan A. Whitlock — 2019 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World


Ethan A. Whitlock
American Leadership Academy
Parents Leslie & Edward Whitlock

Ethan A. Whitlock is all business. When he came to the Utah Valley Magazine offices for his photo shoot, his eyes were drawn to covers of BusinessQ — our sister publication dedicated to entrepreneurs in Utah County. “I want to be in that magazine,” said the Business and Marketing Sterling Scholar.

Mini-resume Vice president of DECA, Kiwanis Club “Outstanding Senior Student,” 5th place state champion in the DECA Entrepreneurship speaking event, 31 ACT, member of ALA’s ballroom company.

Plans after high school Finish generals at UVU. Transfer to U of U and study business administration and minor in entrepreneurship.

Personal motto Is that a world-class effort?

Advice for freshmen Get in as many clubs as you can. Not only are they a ton of fun, but the experiences will guide you toward a career path, building your resume and networking along the way.

Advice for your future self Don’t ever get cocky.

High school happiness Take responsibility. Inevitably, you will struggle and suffer, regardless of what you’re doing. Taking responsibility will give you the meaning and purpose to make the suffering bearable.

Most common thing parents say to you Question everything.

Best high school memory Marvel movies, Costa Vida and Spikeball with friends.

Ethan, how will you change the world? By helping others change themselves. I can’t force the world to change, but I can persuade it as to why it should.

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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