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A Step Above: Kyleigh Brigman

Las Vegas Academy
Class of 2014

Kyleigh Brigman of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts has realized she can set her own course, regardless of resistance. That makes her unstoppable. The high school senior, dedicated to her craft of swimming and empowering others to pursue personal happiness, shows a unique resolve in the face of adversity. Her attitude towards life and building her future only comes with confidence in one’s abilities, and a fundamental faith in things to turn out, as they should. Kyleigh’s desire to help others be their best selves, along with her unwavering focus on personal goals is what puts her – A Step Above.   

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Sports/Clubs/Community Service

  • BCH Swim Team, 2007-Present
  • Silverado High School Swim Team, 2010-Present; Captain, 2013-2014
  • Japanese Club, 2012-Present
  • French Club, 2013-2014; Vice President
  • National Honors Society, 2013-2014
  • School Newspaper, 2013-2014; Staff-Writer
  • Habitat for Humanity, 2013-2014
  • Student Ambassador 



  • Regional Qualifier in Swimming, 2010-Present
  • National Ambassadors Qualifier, 2013-2014
  • 4th Place, Silverado Girls Swim Team Regionals, 2010-2013
  • Cum Laude, 2011-2013
  • Most Valuable Player for Swimming, 2013
  • Honorable Mention, National History Day, 2012


You are passionate about having a career that helps people: “In ten years I hope to be well on my way to becoming a surgeon. I hope to be in my residency years of medical training, learning how to become the best doctor I can be.”

Tell us about a high school experience that changed your outlook: “My sophomore year of high school, I was told an essay I had written was not an appropriate topic to use in a competition. I didn’t have time to write a new one, so I submitted the original essay. I ended up winning third place, and was later spoken to by one of my interviewers, who said my essay was phenomenal and he planned to use it in his college course at UNLV. I feel this has made me a stronger person because I was so used to doing what other people told me, and others have always influenced me. This event showed me that I am capable of so much by myself, and I don’t need the opinion of others to determine my actions and decisions.”

If you could be the head of any non-profit organization, what would it be? “I would like the be the president of an organization that provides academic opportunities to those who need them. For example, tutoring, test prep, and college mentoring. I feel it is important to have someone there to help and encourage the younger generations.”

Is there a person in your life who has influenced you? “I look up to my brother, Ryan. He taught me that I am able to pursue my dreams, not matter how far in the sky they are. He taught me that there is always a way to get to where I want to be in life. He constantly reassures me that I will be successful in whatever I choose to do in life, and he supports me in all of my decisions.”

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