Asher Ireland — 2020 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World

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Asher Ireland

Lone Peak High School

Parents Jim & Amy Ireland

Asher knows how to stand alone — literally and figuratively. Not only is he one of the few Jewish students at Lone Peak, but he also excels at a pulpit and arguing a point as president of the speech and debate team. His interest in history and politics makes it safe to surmise he will learn from the past and use his skills for good.

Future plans Gap year studying in Israel before college, likely majoring in the environmental studies field and potentially law or graduate school.

Motto “There is always another perspective.”

Guilty pleasure Huckleberry ice cream

Lessons from a challenge I was surprised to experience multiple anti-Semitic incidents at my school. Ignorance can be a greater threat than hatred.

Common parental phrase “It’s better to have hard choices than to not have good options.”

Change the world Use my voice to build consensus and develop solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems. I believe in meeting people where they are, not where we want them to be.

High school memories Attending a social justice seminar in DC with members of my synagogue and lobbying my congressional delegation.

Advice Different isn’t wrong, only different. (Señorita Taylor, Beloved LPHS Spanish teacher)

Stress management Listening to classical music.

Natural wonder I was a teen volunteer at Timpanogos Cave for four summers. Spent last summer working at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, for the Youth Conservation Corps.

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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 greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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