Provo HIGH School
Parents Maria Payan & Dony Ortiz
Vanitzia Ortiz will graduate high school with two degrees this spring — a diploma from Provo High and an associate degree from UVU. She’s ahead of the curve and poised for a career in medicine.
Mini-resume HOSA vice president, Gear Up Leadership Council, Latinos in Action club member, Native American club member, 4.02 weighted GPA, 24 ACT, Certified nursing assistant.
Plans after high school Study psychology and pre-health. Become a physician assistant.
Personal motto I know I can and I will.
Advice for future self Failure is expected, but giving up isn’t an option. To truly win is to rise each time you fall.
High school happiness You get out of high school as much as you put into it. The more you attend school dances, games and activities, the more connected you will feel with your school and peers.
Best high school memory Organizing the first cultural school dance at my school, known as Dia De Los Muertos. Even people from outside of our school attended.
Guilty pleasure Binge eating Hot Cheetos all day every day.
No. 1 thing you’ve learned in high school Not everybody is going to like you. Spend less time trying to please people and more time making something out of yourself.
Vanitzia, how will you change the world? I want to teach others that diversity is a strength and together we can learn from each other and empower our community.