Melissa Ogden — 2020 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World

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Melissa Ogden 

Mountain View High School

Parents Heath & Lida Ogden

Melissa takes pride in her multiethnic heritage, which has helped her understand that people are more than what they look like — and that various viewpoints strengthen society.

Future plans BYU to study music and/or sociology.

Motto Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

Guilty pleasure Dinosaur chicken nuggets, although I don’t feel too guilty about it.

Lesson learned Being multiethnic and finding where I belong has taught me to be kind to everyone, and not to judge someone based on what they look like.

Parental phrase “Melissa, time for family prayer!”

Change the world I can change the world by being educated, kind, and using my voice for good.

High school memories Valentunes, winning rivalry basketball games, performing at halftime for football games, choir concerts, school dances and psychology with Mr. Fong.

School spirit I love how kind and inclusive the people at Mountain View are, and I simply adore all of my teachers.

Advice “Always do your best and be considerate of those around you.” – Mr. Carpenter

Stress management Running, dancing, and playing guitar.

Super citizen I am passionate about social issues and public policy. My political stance is often different from my peers in Utah County. I’m glad to provide a different perspective and represent Latinos and women in these discussions.

Favorite subject English because there isn’t one right answer. As long as you can argue your point, your opinion is valid.

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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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