Turn Dreams Into Reality Contest

Thanks to the over 400 teens who submitted an entry to the Turn Dreams Into Reality, Teen Read month scholarship contest. You can view all of the contestants below. Salt Lake County Library Services thanks Dr Pepper/Swire Coca Cola and Barbacoa for their sponsorship and the Utah Educational Savings Plan for their partnership.

Scholarship Winners

Musa Sheikh, with his memoir "Try to succeed, or fail proud."

Camilla Tobler, with her memoir "Achievements are dreams within actions"

Contratulations to our two winners and to all of our teens who submitted these fabulous memoirs in the contest!


The rest of the teen submissions

  • work hard help happy bould dreams - jose
  • To change a life through education. - Lindsay
  • Endless learning is all I ask. - Alexi
  • Education is powerful key to success - Biak
  • Inquire now to enhance discoveries later. - Brooklyn
  • I live I learn I die - Gavin
  • I'll succeed, if it kills me - Sienna
  • Drank from font of endless curiosity. - William
  • Opening doors of opportunity through Science. - Mitchel
  • Become a person you dream of - Angelina
  • Start businesses to build Utah's economy. - McKenna
  • Making science happen with just myself - Raquel
  • Can't wait. My novels: Published, sold. - Noah
  • Medicine: my passion saving priceless lives. - Sherry
  • A lasting impact that won't last - Tanner
  • Untold stories, undiscovered lands, wandering minstrel. - Sydnie
  • It`s yours go and take it! - Brielle
  • Coding and kids. I'm so in! - Christianna
  • I'll fight for people who can't. - Rachel
  • singing can be more than dreaming - Sarah
  • My Life Story, Just Barely Beginning. - Rebecca
  • Carefully observing, for justice through science - Isabella
  • Learn all that can be learned. - Melissa
  • I will know and be known - Auburn
  • cosmetics are more then just cosmetics. - jasmin
  • My knowledge could be someone's salvation. - Elizabeth
  • Clouds can be dreamy and deadly - Carly
  • You inspire me, I'll inspire others - Kyla
  • Inquire. Learn. Go forth and serve. - Samantha
  • Live to learn. Learn to live. - Adeena
  • Caterpillars into butterflies, dreams into realities. - Camille
  • The power to keep up education - Nathan
  • My dream is to serve others. - Paola
  • Our education differs from the opportunity - Victor
  • Dancing chases away all my suffering. - Kiaya
  • Fortune five hundred company in Utah - Ivan
  • The power of art is infinite. - Sarah
  • Lots, and lots of dumb ideas. - Kaileb
  • Saving lives through kindness and care. - Susannah
  • I write books for others likings - Tiffany
  • Finding A New Career Last Minute - Alicia
  • Dreams aren't Fantasies, they're the Future. - Tivya
  • I care now, better future later - Enrique
  • Change lives. Learn perpetually. Move forward. - Katya
  • It's the dark that I adore - Ashlei
  • Changing every life through endless service. - Aubrey
  • Imagination and education construct our dreams. - Connor
  • Release your mind, imagine with creativity. - Aaron
  • We adventurers question, explore, and experience. - Katie
  • Math and physics, proving stereotypes wrong. - Rebecca
  • Helping others is my life goal - soulisa
  • Never stop doing what you love. - Morgan
  • I'm successfully living through my arachnophobia. - Danielle
  • I'm perfectly happy where I am. - Stephanie
  • Explore the unknown and create happiness - Morgan
  • Exceeding expectations and learning to grow - Paige
  • The song changes; I still dance. - Ashley
  • Arts and Engineering, building our futures. - Gwen
  • Giving. The best gift to give. - Kirra
  • i passed math class. Now what? - Maddie
  • Learn always, in everything I do. - Benjamin
  • Learn, live, love. Sleep, study, serve. - Coeby
  • Trampled flower still fighting to bloom. - Hailey
  • They saved me, I'll save others - Nancy
  • Saving lives through an x-ray. - Marissa
  • Music is art from my heart. - Parker
  • Dreams cannot manifest with sleep alone. - LeeAnne
  • librarian to library, sign to interpreter - Danielle
  • Step foots to lead the way. - McKall
  • Be the light that shapes tomorrow - Trista
  • graduate from college, and become magnificent. - zain
  • Motion is lotion. Keep moving forward. - Claudia
  • These shoes, will take me there. - Mekenzie
  • Striving for progress not perfection. - Halee
  • Achievements are dreams within actions. - Camillia
  • Live life today, not promised tomorrow - David
  • Discover beyond the realm of possibility - Sydney
  • Engineering is the future of help - Daniel
  • I'll change the meaning of excellence - Carlos
  • I want to be dancer, actress - DIANA
  • I wonder what would happen if... - Avery
  • Finishing college. Getting a good job. - Ian
  • Drown doubt, pour hope into verity. - Jasmine
  • Food's good, that's why I bake - Bailey
  • I'll save you but kills me - Katie
  • Improve. Succeed. Grow. Dance. Sing. Live. - Mariam
  • Realize the best of never seen - Naomi
  • Enlightening the minds of tomorrow's leaders. - Autumn
  • Reality ruined my life; no money. - Valerie
  • Girl in coding: defying confining stereotypes. - Janelle
  • Showing the world as it is. - Eryn
  • Cats are love in a bound. - McKenzie
  • Helping the world dream the impossible - Jessi
  • Working hard for what I want. - Emily
  • Improve another life; improve the world. - Victoria
  • I want to change kids' lives. - meghan
  • Education- It's required to save lives. - Taciana
  • Success, power, motivation is my ambition - Nathalie
  • I will create a new world. - Noman
  • Try to succeed, or fail proud. - Musa
  • Who are you to judge me? - Margaret
  • Always Nurture Every Animal In Need. - Landon
  • Make life better, while you can! - Wajih
  • Strive for success, not impossible imperfection. - Chloe
  • Education today, can change your tommorrow. - Joathan
  • Lean into the discomfort, and create! - Rachel
  • Dedicated study leads to great opportunities! - Alexis
  • Teaching, helping, and caring for others. - Anastasia
  • Love is a chance to heal. - Viktor Wriley
  • Dream big, sell big, help others. - Braydon
  • My Dream, My Life, My Future. - Dulce
  • I envision the law, executed justly. - Luis
  • Become the change in the world. - Braxton
  • dreaming, living of college and beyond - maria
  • Simply inspire aspiration to new movement - Christian
  • Reading, writing, music give community joy - Camilla
  • I am going to inspire people. - Kaela
  • Dreams are like stars, they're beautiful. - Cristian
  • I'm not smart, I'm just different. - Noah
  • Teaching childen, my future of choice. - Anna
  • Helping save lives, brings me joy. - Angela Alcala
  • Video game design and play, YAY! - Richard
  • I just want to help everyone. - kami
  • Hearing the world through our hands - Kierra
  • Work for What You Enjoy Most! - Sariah
  • Without education, I wouldn't be me. - Carter
  • Always Help The Poor And Needy. - Cooper
  • Helpfu,l Loyal, Smart, Confident, Talkative, Happy. - Stancio
  • Education: without it we are nothing. - Kaitlyn
  • Equality, Understanding, and Cooperation for all. - Shanece
  • Serving my community; heart, mind, soul. - Lindsay
  • Everyone has a voice; find it. - Mary
  • My future is my own making. - Noble
  • English degree to become an editor - Jaycen
  • Knowledge is reading; Reading is Knowledge. - kennedy
  • Teaching kindergarten will be my superpower! - Emmi
  • Happy and fulfilled as an engineer! - Reid
  • Bachelors degree in automotive in Utah. - Brant
  • Become the teacher I've always wanted. - Celeste
  • Creating new worlds with pleasurable words. - Trisha
  • Inspired by Willy Loman, dreams first. - Rebecca
  • Education is key to living reality. - Aileena
  • Ambitious imagination motivates my enlightened dreams. - Ulysses
  • Success isn't optional; I will achieve. - Meghan
  • I want to cure childhood cancer. - Janelle
  • Soothe all souls, feed all minds. - Megan
  • The prehistoric will become my future. - Clayton
  • Touch the sky, pack a parachute. - moriancumer
  • Big Dreams, Big Business, Big Retirement. - Lisa
  • I succeed when my students succeed. - Lauren
  • Sherlock Holmes, Criminology, Crime Scene Analysis - Kassidy
  • Chase life and don't ever stop. - Lejla
  • Give me the money now please. - Andrea
  • Physical Therapist for children with Osteosarcoma. - Kaitlin
  • I'll teach the art I love. - Tom
  • Determine what I love through education. - Rebecca
  • Words are dreams. Dreams are life. - Hannah
  • Impulsive eating, pyromaniac activities, homework days - Mari
  • Expanding my capabilities through expressing dance - Brooke
  • Guardian ad litem- helping children survive. - Maggie
  • My Boulders Will Build My Castle. - Heidi
  • Turn fun writings into published works. - Erin
  • Learn like there is no tomorrow. - Destiny
  • Always searching, Never finding, Wanting more. - Timothy
  • Wild, Courageous, Outstanding, Pursuing My Ideas. - Trinity
  • Fear doesn't determine success, you do. - Shyanne
  • Work today for a brighter tomorrow. - Scott
  • You can do anything begin now! - Melise
  • Learning, unlearning, relearning constantly improving leader - Elizabeth
  • Once broken, now full of dreams - Aubrey
  • Who am I? Don't ask me. - Diego
  • Discover and learn the grand cosmos. - Joe
  • To spark inspiration among our people. - Kaleieha
  • Learn with Purpose, Excel with Greatness - Sydney
  • Teaching is the key for learning. - Hailey
  • Help others continue in their career. - Ashley
  • Use music to inspire young minds - Melisa
  • To learn through reading and writing - Kelsey
  • There's no life without your dreams. - Chloe
  • To bring peace through political understanding - Gnoulelein
  • Reach Rowling's level of writing fame. - Sylvia
  • Education leads to an easier life. - Mo
  • Words and arts inspire great men. - Alyssa
  • Appreciate the world from various angles. - Anne
  • Improving myself to improve the world. - Brooklynne
  • Open the mind of the world. - Corynn
  • You're mortal, live and enjoy life. - Emmalynn
  • Dream it, conquer it, relish it. - Samantha
  • Changing Lives, Feeding Souls, Endless Knowledge - Madisen
  • Play hard, Work hard, Live easy - Luis
  • Books made me. I'll make books. - Erica
  • I want to see the ocean. - Ciara
  • Creative and handsome, that's the dream! - Jessica
  • Uniqueness is the best thing ever! - Lindsey
  • Tough, Mighty, Confident, Determined. I Dance. - Raven
  • To dream is to invent wonders. - Garan
  • Changing lives while changing my own. - Sara
  • College improves the rollercoaster called life. - Cindy
  • I play music for others happiness. - Lexis
  • Graduate, Discovering, Successful, Exuberant, and Fulfilled - Teisha
  • My heart resides in learning endlessly. - Laura
  • On the search for future self - Jackson
  • Change the world. Bit by bit. - Ashley
  • Live life to its fullest potential. - Kelsie
  • Write your story; let generations follow. - Dana
  • Helping animals is where it's at! - Morgan
  • I shall forever be Shark bait. - Reilly
  • Oceans the earths last unexplored frontier. - Daniel
  • Jumping into life with both feet - Jubilee
  • Change the world through advancing technology - Tristan
  • I make my dreams a reality - Bryan
  • Work until your idols become rivals - Londa
  • My heart rules: service above self. - Gabby
  • Serve my country in the navy - Tuscan
  • MOTHER- inspiring the minds of children - Shanae
  • fixing the world from great disaster - Tess
  • I will create happiness through fantasy - Koral
  • Computer science. Technology of the future. - Chandler
  • Knowledge is powerful keep moving forward - April
  • Learn, Grow, Graduate, and Heal Horses - Tate
  • Imagination is key to my creativity. - Abigail
  • Life where I don't need vacations - Tavia
  • Education is my future. Progress, ours. - Kimberly
  • Hard Work Pays Off After All - Devin
  • a male dancer changing the world - Kyle
  • Influential: having great influence on others. - Mia
  • Believing you can do hard things - Michelle
  • Medicine driven passion to save lives - Emily
  • College is my goal, for iternity! - Fatima
  • Influential Education leads to excellent occupations. - Mesa
  • Engineering and science, opportunities of today. - Timmanee
  • Feeding pallets of Americans through cooking - Katie
  • Help the children of the world - Nadia
  • Persevere, accept, choose, challenge, and win. - Esmeralda
  • So much life. Just getting started. - Britney
  • Being involved with what I love. - Rowland
  • Aspire to assist. Grow to guide. - Christine
  • Knowledge and Education, it's a choice. - Nikki
  • Learning is a passion. Live it! - Joshua
  • Joining all the women of science - Jessica
  • "Our struggles today, Are strengths tomorrow" - Tori
  • The world will speak for me - Imran
  • My story is only just beginning - Summer
  • Let your brain fill your pockets. - Isabel
  • Work hard, no limits, push, believe. - Brittney
  • Complete,Compete,Compromise,Consider,Challenge,Compassion. - Jack
  • My dream is to edify others. - Liberty
  • Never give up, quitters never win - Nicole
  • Without my education, I wouldn't exist - Mario
  • I dream to be an olympian - Kyleigh
  • My Lucid Thoughts Consist Of You - Alysa
  • Live comfortably laugh wholly see beautifully - jacob
  • Return the help I was given. - Madilyn
  • fORGET aBOUT mE i lOVE yOU! - Jacob
  • Always help anyone in my path. - Nicholas
  • College: it is a Rachel thing! - Rachel
  • Reading, and writing my own success - Emma
  • Brainstorm, write, edit, revise, publish. Inspire. - Mackenzie
  • Helping Those That Can't Help Themselves - Aubrey
  • Make your dreams into your destiny - Briana
  • I WANT and NEED to succeed. - Karli
  • Sharing dance is sharing my love. - Ellen
  • born to live, live to learn. - luis
  • For sale: My Service to Earth - Luke
  • Learning is the key to success. - Christian
  • A lawyer to defend human rights - Rachel
  • Work hard and helping our military - Becka
  • Trusting in Tomorrow, Higher Living Today. - Lindsey
  • I'll be more than six words. - Jane
  • Influencing for the good, changing lives - alison
  • Work til your reality is prosperous. - Hannah
  • Understand the benefit of unwelcomed hardship. - Sage
  • Serving, healing, and saving many lives. - Aubriel
  • The sky is not the limit. - Elise
  • I don't want to die. Ever. - Tyler
  • So many paths- each one bright. - Callie
  • Words are doorways to the world. - Devin
  • Take chances, let it all out. - Jaidelyn
  • Making a difference throughout the world - Amber
  • Architecture, drafter, drawing dreams into reality - Brianna
  • Moving life forward by looking back. - Brigette
  • Quiet words; power that changes hearts. - Jordan
  • Work While Serving Isn't Really Work. - Jeremy
  • Paws and tails need care too! - Cali
  • Perseverance, get kids through school. Help! - Gorety
  • We fight for a healthier humanity. - Kimberly
  • To be successful education is necessary. - Jon
  • Drummer working hard to receive education. - Johan
  • WORK HARD to LAUGH and LOVE - Marie
  • Barriers cannot stop me from succeding. - Nate
  • Changing the world starts with me. - Enfany
  • Education is my life-time journey. - Maxwell
  • Characters are my life - An Author - Brooklyn
  • Good life; good attitude is necessary. - Mason
  • Education is the remedy to curiosity. - Nephi
  • My dreams evolve as I do. - Joshua
  • I want to improve peoples lives. - Mikeyla
  • Did It-Proved Everyone Dead Wrong! - Kate
  • Arranging designs from top to bottom - Samantha
  • Only education will enlighten my future. - Rafael
  • Prove to my people it's possible - Deng
  • Self expectations high, keeping dreams alive - Amelia
  • Never quit, become your own hero. - Jessica
  • Learn then share, make others care. - Ashlyn
  • Dreams become reality by always believing. - Tanner
  • KNOWLEDGE and VISION make dreams REAL - Spencer
  • Change the world: achieve my purpose. - Katrina
  • Author adventures of a literary nature. - Courtney
  • Create worlds - Share ideas - Change lives - Sadie
  • Superheros are just nurses in disguise. - Elaina
  • Education makes dreams, our new reality. - Daniela
  • Marketing my dreams through academic determination. - Emily
  • So many goals, so many opportunities. - William
  • If you try, you can succeed. - Brie
  • Changing Many Lives Around The World - Anakarina
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: Saving hearts and lives. - Rebecca
  • Working to make dreams into realities - Madisen
  • Dream big, even if you're small. - Makenna
  • Be the Best I Can Be - Autumn
  • Explored science, found mentors, achieved goals - Parker
  • I dance to fulfill my destiny. - Emma
  • Graduation College Orthodontist Help World Smile - Stephanie
  • Liberally artsy, learning academically, living adventurously - Lydia
  • Opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Allen
  • Help others want to help themselves. - Hailey
  • Challenging myself. Compassion, Service. Fresh Beginnings. - Wyatt
  • Play, run, fight, live life soccer - sam
  • Work hard, be safe, have fun. - Dillon
  • Everyone was quiet when I danced. - Shontelle
  • Iambic pentameter, metronome solo, life expression - Jade
  • Running cross country and good grades - Stephen
  • Become a Doctor, save worldwide refugees - jemima
  • With great power comes great responsibility. - Yogesh
  • Changing the world by using business - sawan
  • Soccer dreams at University of Utah. - Hassan
  • I want to be a narrator. - noah
  • FBI.Saving lives and saving people - Aung
  • To do good and love it. - Melanie
  • Treat the world for humans good. - kushal
  • I want to help other people. - win win
  • I want to touch other's lives. - khinhla
  • My education is key to success. - krishna
  • Learn how to change the world. - Gary
  • Showing people that they're worth it. - Ashley
  • Reach your goals, then your dreams. - Megan
  • Old stars disappear, new stars appear. - Mikey
  • When opportunity knocks, I'm gonna answer. - Samantha
  • Live to hunt, hunt to live! - Noah
  • Being a part of world cultures - Jessemy
  • Inspiring future generations to lead America. - Hailey
  • Success education smart lawyer achievment accomplishment - Melanie
  • Medicine, saving lives, making a difference - Madison
  • Vision, Integrity, Focus, Direction, determines destiny - Paul
  • Achieve goals while maintaining my integrity - Josie
  • a STAR has now been born - River
  • Life is Fragile. Handle with Care. - Treasure
  • Helping others love themselves and life. - Alisyn
  • Train hard, Eat organic, Teach others - Kirsten
  • Knowledge is the power of kings. - Darren
  • Persistent, leader, striving, against injustice, future - debora
  • My passion: to make others happy. - Matthew
  • Knowledge, excel without limitations, be inspiring - Autumrose
  • Education, the only key we need. - Bethsua
  • My eyes will hear, hands speak. - kiana
  • Passion: help every amazing person smile! - Simmi
  • Utah State University, here I come. - Christopher
  • Determined, motivated, and inspired by others. - Gerardo
  • Challenges won't affect my future success. - Areli J.
  • My future is in my hands. - Jared
  • Influenced to become a professional athlete. - Francisco J.
  • College, culinary arts, dedication, work, success. - Amanda
  • Hearing stories of the perpetually silent. - Katie
  • Harvard is where my heart belongs. - Leila
  • Imagination determination turns into your reality - Jarod
  • Had a party. Unable to celebrate. - Kolbe
  • My mind is meant to soar. - Faith
  • The baton ascends and music lives. - Maya
  • Make A Difference In Our World. - Marina
  • Never give up, working my hardest. - Linda
  • Perpetually immersed, valiantly striving towards excellence - Noah
  • One by one, improve the World. - Kira
  • Thirteen years; successes; failures; bright future - Allison
  • Saving lives has a lasting impact. - Andrew
  • Learn, defend, and live the truth. - Sam
  • DREAM IT, WORK HARD, ACHIEVE IT - Garrett
  • Demonstrating compassion via enlightenment and conviction. - Stephanie
  • Reality, I will be someone important. - Marisa
  • Mend broken souls, as mine was. - Jessica
  • A better Future through my education. - Amber
  • Happy, educated, funny, wealthy, awesome, known - Kade
  • Music: helps people, builds me up. - Alida
  • Medicine: learning and practicing my passion. - Megan
  • Freedom, equality, loyalty- all I ask. - Amelia
  • Write songs hoping to inspire others - Anna
  • I'm the Legacy of my Father. - Jonathan
  • To self-actualize, then empower others. - Bonnie
  • Developing evanescent ideas into lasting innovations. - Will
  • United women-- sisters, friends-- Undefeated. Undefined. - Lydia
  • Elders should be heard not bound. - Hailey
  • Engineering, Together we will become great - chris
  • Expand my capabilities to empower others - Joshua
  • Psychology, discovering our minds` endless adventure. - Lauren
  • Persistent, leader, striving, against injustice, future - debora
  • Why psychology? To finally understand myself. - Kelsey
  • Living dreams by loving the journey. - Robert
  • Embrace my fears; follow my heart. - Thomas
  • Creating. Bachelors degree in culinary arts - Joshua
  • To better the future for myself - Ensley
  • Neuroscience: to delve into the unknown - Huichen
  • Killer voice. Mad acting skills. Broadway. - Taci
  • I was born to create films. - Lauren
  • Dancer model actress, editor and more - Diana

412 teen submissions have been accepted.

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