Tatyana Alves, 17, is known for her sunny outlook and happy demeanor. This “Most Positive” attitude — that she was voted for having by her peers — has driven her success, which has seen the graduating high school senior receive an impressive college scholarship haul of $1.7 million in offers. 

“I just want other people to thrive,” the Detroit native said. “Being positive helped me to find my purpose, and I think I’ve made an influence on a lot of people.”