2018 International Division Winners (Teen)

TOPS Success Stories > 2018 International Division Winners (Teen)

At the 2019 International Recognition Days event in Portland, Oregon, TOPS honored the International Division Winners. Division Winners are recognized within divisions which are based on members' starting weights of each year. Winners lost the most weight within their division during the 2018 calendar year. A little healthy competition usually provides extra motivation for our members.

Looking for our adult male and female winners? Check out the 2018 International Division Male Winners and 2018 International Division Female Winners.

Teen Winners

First Place Winners

Rihana S. - Lost 45.25 lb.
Division 6

When I was in high school I really just didn’t like the way that I looked and that was because I only ate junk. My mom suggested we go to TOPS. I realized this is exactly what I needed. It felt like everything was finally falling into place the way that I always hoped it would.

Every week my mom, my grandma and me would go to TOPS. Whether I lost or gained it didn’t really matter because it was the support that kept me accountable. Every time I learned a new fact or strategy from other people in the circle it just made me feel more supported and more ready.

In the end you’re doing this for you. When you find that motivation within yourself, it’s not because anyone else pushed you to it, but really finding yourself in this journey is what makes it so worthwhile. Every day is still a work in progress but I will take it day by day with the support from my chapter and my family.


Daniel V. - Lost 36.60 lb. 
Division 6

I started going to TOPS with my mother and grandmother. I was a pudgy kid, and eventually turned into a pudgy big kid. In 2017, I lost around 30 pounds and got second place in my division. I continued my journey and lost around 50 pounds more. I have had ups and downs like anyone else but I have remained consistent in my activity level. I ride a longboard, BMX bikes, and have been in marching band in high school.

When I finally started paying attention to how much food I was consuming, I adjusted my way of life and the weight just dropped off. TOPS is a way of life. I face the scale every week and I know that my choices are what makes it go up and down. My best advice is to make sure you’re actually hungry and not bored. If you’re bored—get up and do something! Food may taste good, but it is temporary. Being healthy and able to climb mountains … now that’s the good stuff!

Lauren M. - Lost 16.8 lb.
Division 8

What brought me to TOPS was my grandma. She is a huge inspiration to me and many others. I started to eat better and be more active.

One of the things that keeps me motivated is that I know I’m lowering my risk of diabetes since I have a very high risk of getting it. A quote that continues to stick with me through this journey is, “be the girl that decided to go for it.” To me this means that I can show everyone what I’m capable of, create a better version of myself, inspire someone and show everyone that didn’t believe in me that words didn’t cause me pain.

Some days I want to give up but I don’t because I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am today and it would be silly to just end it all. Also it’s not about losing weight to please society—it’s about forming a healthy lifestyle and creating forever healthy habits. I am madly in love with the person this journey has shaped me into and I am proud to say that I’m finally in love with my body and my lifestyle.


Second Place Winners

Kaley W. - Lost 41.50 lb.
Division 6

I first started TOPS a little over a year ago with my grandma. The weigh-in really helps me because on the weeks that I lose, it makes me feel good about myself and I want to keep feeling that. On the weeks that I gain, I don’t feel as happy but it motivates me to want to improve by my next meeting.

My self-esteem has become higher. I am more comfortable in my body than I ever was before. Although I am still very self-conscious, I feel it improving and it is truly because of the weight I have lost so far. I believe I have succeeded this time around is because I wasn’t doing it alone. I have my grandma to always support me through it all.

The presentations at chapter provide me with good tips to lose weight and keep it off. It makes me want to work harder. The best part about being involved in TOPS is meeting the wonderful new people who are involved and knowing that by losing weight, I am becoming a happier and healthier version of myself.


Thomas V. Before and After
Thomas V. - Lost 25.90 lb. 
Division 6

My name is Thomas and I'm 17 years old. I have been a member on and off for years. One day, I woke up and just knew I had to do something. What did I do? I made small changes, but the most important change was the 80/20 rule. What is that? It means that 80% of a task is completed with 20% of the effort, while the last 20% of the task takes 80% of the effort. What does this have to do with weight loss? Well 80% of the calories burnt in a day is done by your metabolism and breaking down food, physical activity only burns 20% of your daily calories. I'm not saying that working out isn't healthy, it is. What I'm saying is that you just have to be wary of what you're eating. Be aware of what you put in your mouth. I ate less and paid attention to my calorie intake. If I can lose weight, you can too!