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A Step Above: A Step Above – Tyler Topham

Green Valley High School
Class of 2013

Some people may fold when life gets difficult, but Green Valley High School senior Tyler Topham has a knack for staying focused under pressure, leading to big results. As a star linebacker on the football field, he’s helped guide his team to a division championship through impressive athletic skill and a sharp mind for the game. Warm and welcoming, with a steadfast dedication to his fellow students, he’s got big dreams for the future to go along with the victories of today. He knows exactly where he’s going, and that helps Tyler Topham rise to – A Step Above.

G.P.A.: 4.80


  • Varsity Football, 2011-Present; Captain, 2012
  • JV Football, 2010-11; Captain, 2010-11
  • JV Basketball, 2010-11
  • Varsity Volleyball, 2011-Present; JV Volleyball, 2010-11
  • Band (Trumpet), 2009-10
  • Boy Scouts of America, 2006-Present
  • Summer Basketball, 2011


  • Varsity Football NE Division Champions, 2012
  • Henderson Bowl Victors, Great American Rivalry Series, 2011-12
  • 2nd Team All SE Division End for Football, 2011-12
  • Defensive MVP (JV Football), 2010-11
  • Lineman MVP (B Team Football), 2009-10
  • AP Scholar with Honors, 2011-12
  • Scholar Athlete (Football & Volleyball), 2011-12
  • Nevada All State Academic Team (Football), 2011-12
  • Science Student of the Month, 2009-10
  • American Legion Award, 2008-09
  • Eagle Scout Award, 2012

Tyler Looks Up To: “My grandfather has sacrificed and worked hard his whole life. He had to drop out of high school to help his father on the farm. My grandfather is a man born with nothing who worked hard to gain everything. He never brags or gloats, but he will do anything for his family. He is a man of his word and a man of generosity. He is a hero.”

Part of the Solution: “A problem a lot of young adults I see have is a sense of purpose. Many young adults I have met don’t know what to do with their lives and get into trouble. I would like to help young people learn to find hobbies, careers and an education so that they can have every opportunity to control their own destiny.”

Cause for Concern: “If I could be president of any nonprofit charity, it would be an organization like QuestBridge because I believe every hardworking student deserves to go to the college of their choice. The students of today are tomorrow’s future and I believe people need to be more active in giving students better opportunities to go to college.”

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