Applicant Stories

The stories you’re about to read are real. The struggles are real. The means used to overcome are diverse but at the core of every victory is resilience.

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2019 Awardees

Amber Youngberg – Weber High 2019

Two years ago in March 2017, my life changed when I got a concussion. I was in the gym for cheer tryouts when somebody threw a basketball from an upper balcony. They were trying to make a full court shot but instead of the ball hitting the basket, the ball hit me in...

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Alexis Colbert – West Jordan High 2019

During my eighth grade year, my mom went in for the duodenal switch ( A more drastic version of the Gastric Bypass weight loss surgery). The chance that something would go wrong during the surgery was almost unheard of, so my family and I expected her to be in and out...

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Salote Kinikini – Herriman High 2019

I was a sophomore in High School and participating in competitive soccer, FBLA, Peer Leadership, Pop Club, dancing for a Polynesian show, serving in my church calling, working full time, not to mention holding down my responsibilities of being the oldest of 8 children...

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Christina Velluto – West Jordan High 2019

In the summer of 2016 I lost the people I considered my friends and I went into my sophomore year alone. I began to self harm. I was depressed, but I was able to hide it. I went from a 4.0 student to a student who only cared if they were failing. My parents just...

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Tess Smalley – Farmington High 2019

Success has always been something that I have strived for in my life. I’m a perfectionist, I want everything my way and quintessential. So, in eight-grade, when my ability to succeed was hindered it was really hard for me. During my second year of junior high I...

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Tyson Allen – Viewmont High 2019

This past year has been extremely difficult for me and my family in so many ways. I have always been a self-motivated, independent, strong and active kid. I have participated in competitive soccer and football ever since I was a little boy. I was able to accomplish...

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Bryson Sanchez – West Jordan High 2019

My name is Bryson Patrick Sanchez; I am 18 years old and graduating in 2019. I am kid that has gone through so much in my life to still be where I am today. The major life threating situation that I have gone through was found out on the exact date of October 30,...

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Elayna Smith – Woods Cross High 2019

I have anxiety. This means I experience fear and apprehension at such high levels that it inhibits my ability to do simple tasks like talking to people or doing homework. There have even been times where I am so anxious that I can’t get out of bed. My hopes of living...

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Megan Holley – Woods Cross High 2019

Along with having 4 mental illnesses (ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression) I was sexually abused when I was 7. Because of my mental disorders I was severely bullied to the point that in 8th grade I attempted suicide for the first time, which led to me being put into a...

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Megan Holley – Woods Cross High 2019

  Along with having 4 mental illnesses (ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression) I was sexually abused when I was 7. Because of my mental disorders I was severely bullied to the point that in 8th grade I attempted suicide for the first time, which led to me being put...

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Jennica Hess – Northridge High 2019

Adversity creates opportunities to become stronger and more resilient when you put in your best effort to overcome. While you can’t always control the situations you find yourself in, you can change the way you view them and choose to react with positivity. That...

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Leleao Tauelia – West Jordan High 2019

Growing up there are a lot of obstacles and difficulties i face. I was born in Bellflower California but ended up raising in the island which is in “Samoa”. Life in samoan is hard. For example everything is expensive including food, bus fare, school fares and etc....

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Megan Gallardo – West Jordan High 2019

Over the course of my life I overcome several hardships the most difficult being my parents divorce causing me to deal with the struggles of living in a single parent family. This caused me to become insecure because my mother made a low income an couldn't afford to...

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Alison Smith – Hunter High 2019

At the beginning of my senior year, i didn’t think i could do it anymore. Everything was falling apart and i was so close to giving up. But when they say there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, there really is, you just need to find the strength to get to...

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Elihu Ramirez – Northridge High 2019

Occasionally, while browsing the internet, on the public forums that I like to comb through, to find people like me, I’ll find a post with such a question as,” What is something that people take for granted in their everyday lives?” I see this type of question...

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2018 Awardees

Christopher Desio – American Fork High 2018

In 2016 I lived in Louisiana. School had started and it felt nice to be back in school. A few days later it started raining and it wouldn't stop for 3 days. 90% of my city had been flooded. My school was trashed and so many of my friends had nowhere to go. My family...

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2017 Awardees

Katelyn Sorensen, Weber HS, 2017 Awardee

When I was in elementary I had a bad experience that triggered anxiety. I worried about things that most people don't give a second thought to. I worried about silly things. My mind could never rest because of my worries. I tried medication but didn't continue because...

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Alexis Gardner, Bonneville HS, 2017 Awardee

I love shopping I've always loved shopping, what teenage girl doesn't? The only problem is, most girls know how much change to give when at the checkout counter. As for me this concept as always been a living hell. Since I was eight I don't know how to count money,...

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Megan Eldredge, Weber HS, 2017 Awardee

It can be said that my struggle was a not-so-silent one. On September 18th, 2013, I was involved in a rear-end car accident on my way home from lacrosse. I was on the varsity girls team and just beginning the season. I saw doctor after doctor, and couldn't make it...

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2016 Awardees

Allison Chapman, Weber HS, 2016 Awardee

I have always thought of myself as optimistic and a lover of life, but I have now learned that life is not always an easy journey. It all began in 8th and 9th year I was bullied and struggled once again with my health. Things suddenly took a turn for the worst that...

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