Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, Cooper Iacobelli, 11, is a 6th grade student at Park City Day School. He loves to spend his free time taking advantage of the mountain community in which he resides and can often be seen skiing around town. In the warmer months, Cooper is a part of the Park City based lacrosse team, 212, and has experienced a great deal of success with them. In addition to being a funny, active student, Cooper loves the opportunity to help those who are less fortunate than him, and in the past has volunteered with the Jimmy Heuga Center.
Britney Sanchez is an eleven-year-old Utah native. This Park City Day School sixth grader is an exceptionally hard working and talented student. When she isn't excelling in the classroom, she can be found in the dance studio, a hobby she has been passionately improving over the past four years. While she has a bit more time to decide, Britney isn't sure what she would like to be when she's an adult. Whatever she decides she wants to pursue, she knows it will involve helping make the world healthier for future generations to enjoy.
Sam Gordon is a ten-year-old female football phenom who made headlines when a YouTube video of her football highlights went viral, gaining nearly 5 million views in three days. Then things got crazy. She has been interviewed by news and TV programs around the world and has appeared on ESPN’s Sportscenter, Good Morning America, Conan, and many more. Sam was one of the top 50 most Googled female athletes in 2012, won a Cartoon Network Hall of Game Award Show trophy for Most Viral Video, made the cover of a Wheaties box, and South Jordan proclaimed December 18th as “Sam Gordon Day.” In addition to a significant number of other amazing experiences, Sam has written the book, Sweet Feet: Samantha Gordon’s Winning Season. When she’s not doing all this, she can be found going to movies and having sleepovers with friends.
Representing Team RoboThunder from the First Lego League (FLL) are Alexander Chihuahua-Harris, Avi Gardner, Zach Lund, Garrett McClellan, and Kipling McClellan. As a part of the FLL competition in 2012, in addition to programming autonomous robots in the Robot Challenge, teams were required to design a solution to improve quality of life for the elderly. RoboThunder's solution was to create a wearable fanny-pack airbag that uses a smart phone to detect the fall, trigger the airbag, and send a GPS location to emergency services. Last year, team RoboThunder placed first overall in the state of Utah and then went on to place first in the Research Competition at the Lego World Festival out of more than 20,000 teams in 70 countries.
Akbar Khan is a senior at Hillcrest High school. Over the summer break before his sophomore year, he found that conference bags often go unwanted and wasted at events all around the world. He started Bags to Riches, a non-profit organization that collected and donated undesired conference bags. It has taught him many valuable lessons and he wouldn't trade anything for the experiences that he has had through Bags to Riches.
Akbar is on the debate and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at Hillcrest and also likes to engage politically, even though he's not yet old enough to vote. In his free time he likes to play soccer and basketball with friends, meet new people, and let his curiosity get the best of him as he explores the world.
Emma Morley is a 21-year old student in her fourth year at Brigham Young University. She is studying Neuroscience and plans to research the mysteries of the brain or alternatively following her dream of being a National Geographic adventure photographer. Emma hails from Minnesota and was a runner and Nordic skier in high school, Emma continues her active lifestyle by seeking out exploration of all forms from biking to rock climbing, skiing to backpacking. She loves experimenting, whether that entails baking black beans into brownies or trying her hand at glass blowing. Emma found the perfect outlet for her passion for challenge and adventure in impossible2possible, a non-profit organization that uses adventure as a medium to educate, inspire, and empower our global community to make positive change in the world and encourage youth to reach beyond their perceived limits.