Jeniel Zimmerman — 2019 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World


Jeniel Zimmerman
Mountain View High School
Parents Erin & Russ Zimmerman

Jeniel Zimmerman wears her heart on her signs. And she doesn’t just express concern — she takes action for the issues held close to her … well … heart.

Mini-resume Voter registration coordinator for Mountain View, March for Our Lives, Orem Youth City Council, member of gay-straight clubs in Orem.

Plans after high school Study political science for undergrad and then head to law school.

Favorite quote “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

— Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Advice for freshmen Do more than just get good grades and do well academically. Get involved! Start clubs. Advocate for something you’re passionate about.

Guilty pleasure Sushi and scrolling through Twitter (hey, I have to stay up-to-date with current events somehow).

Challenges Coming out to my parents, and my mom’s chemotherapy.

Most common thing parents say to you “Sit down, hold still, be quiet.”

Best high school memory The #ENOUGH school walkout in March 2018.

Others describe you Passionate, active, stubborn, vocal, loud, strong-minded, multifarious, endearingly obnoxious and an over-exuberant spitfire.

Jeniel, how will you change the world? By using my voice to advocate for the marginalized communities and help change laws and cultural norms that negatively impact these communities.

Greg Bennett

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