Faith Smart — 2020 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World

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Faith Smart

Skyridge High School 

Parents Kelli & Brian Smart

Faith is a survivor. As a foster child, she learned compassion that shows up in her volunteerism (she donates time every week to the State Developmental Center in American Fork), her academics (Sterling Scholar) and her future plans to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. She wants to add others to her “survivor” club, too.

Future plans Study biology and pre-med at the University of Utah.

Motto It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Guilty pleasure Eating a five-pound bag of sour gummy worms in one sitting.

Change the world I’ll demonstrate compassion in my profession as a surgeon.

High school memories Standing in a circle singing “The Good Old Days” with my friends, cheering at each football game loud enough to lose my voice, and going to St. George with the swim team.

School spirit We are a community that loves and accepts each member. We Falcons are a family.

Advice Leave it better than you found it.

Stress management Reading, exercising, enjoying the outdoors.

Favorite subject Science. I love to learn how and why things work. It is also the subject with the most fun experiments and labs.

Proper perspective Growing up with eight siblings, much of the time without a father in our home and a working mother, taught me responsibility and patience. Later, in foster care, I gained resilience and empathy while working to excel in high school and in life. All these experiences and challenges have made me who I am and I would not change anything about what has happened.

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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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