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A Step Above: Tyler Teresi

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Tyler Teresi
Spring Valley High School
Class of 2014

G.P.A.: 4.706

There’s nothing more exciting than an activist in the making. Aside from his stellar grades and recent admission (on scholarship) to Emory University, the most impressive thing about Tyler Teresi is his passion for impact, for changing the course of the world and the people who live in it. The enthusiastically informed senior at Spring Valley High School has big plans, and we think he just might be someone we’re talking about on the news for years to come. His fervent belief in civil rights and his willingness to speak his mind place Tyler – A Step Above. 

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Clubs/Community Service

  • Model United Nations (MUN) 2011-Present; President 2013-2014
  • Mu Alpha Theta Math Tutoring 2012-Present
  • Mu Alpha Theta Vice President, 2013-Present
  • Member of National Honor Society 2012-Present; Vice President 2013-2014
  • Survivorship and Sponsorship Chair on the Relay for Life Planning Committee 2012-Present


  • Recipient of the Questbridge scholarship for Emory University, UCIMUN 2013
  • Outstanding Delegate Award, UCIMUN 2013
  • Outstanding Delegate, BYUMUN 2012
  • Research Award, Paris MUN 2012 Honorable Mention

Your goals for the future are pretty profound. “For now, my goals are to maintain my academic performance, take care of all of my responsibilities and be very successful in doing so. My only real goal for the future can be summed up in three words: Make an impact. If I can do something that has a positive effect on those around me while enjoying what I am doing, then I will consider my goal achieved. When I’m older, I want to be able to say that I helped a lot of people in some way.”

We understand you’re well versed in world news, and have some pretty special idols?
“One of my biggest idols is Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who has stood up against Taliban influence to increase the rights of women and make a way for women to get an education in the country. Anyone who is able to stand up against something that they know is wrong is admirable in itself, but to do it under the conditions that she has, with the risks involved, is amazing.  I find her story amazing and if I were able to take action in the future, like she has, I would feel fulfilled.”

Picture this: You’re the President of a non-profit…what would it be? “If I could be president of a nonprofit, then I believe it would be Human Rights Watch because it does a great job of reporting issues and serious rights violations and plays an important role by doing so and by advocating for solutions to those issues.”

What’s your favorite quote to live by? “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized I was somebody.” I love this quote because it upsets me to see others struggling, for example, the millions of people in the world facing poverty. I could never understand how things like this, and many other problems in the world, and even directly around us are not being fixed. It helped me to realize that the only way to be happy with the result is to be the cause of the result and go out and fix what you do not like instead of waiting for someone else to just do it for you.”  

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