Washington Technology Magnet Celebration of Excellence

 Plai Cha

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Plai Cha

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Computer Science

  • Orchestra
  • Wind Energy Nationals Participant
  • Academic Tutor
  • Novel Writer and Creator

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Don't be so focused with your grades and homework that you forget the other important aspects in life. There are beautiful things to see, great things to make, and amazing people to meet. School is important, yes. But it is not the most important thing in life.

 Logan Doran

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Logan Doran

College: University of Manitoba
Major: Music Performance

  • National Honor Society
  • Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
  • Mentor at Riverview West Side School of Excellence
  • Exchange student in Hungary

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Take the road less traveled (as cliche as that sounds). Forge your own path regardless of what your peers are doing. You're education should be tailored to you and your needs.

 Camryn Franke

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Camryn Franke

College: Stanford University
Major: Bioengineering/Epidemiology

  • Dells Scholarship
  • Elks Most Valuable Student National Scholarship
  • Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship
  • NJROTC Company Commanding Officer

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Doing nothing is boring. Get a job. Go to a party. Join a sport. Take a college class. Go to homecoming. Go to a rally. Anything. Just explore the world and discover your passions. High school is what you make of it and you should learn both in and out of the classroom.

 Anaa Jibicho

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Anaa Jibicho

College: Pomona College
Major: Philosophy, Politics, Economics

  • Dell Scholar
  • Questbridge Scholar
  • Student Engagement and Advisory Board
  • Boys and Girls Clubs Minnesota State Youth of the Year

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Shower. Focus on building quality, long-lasting friendships with friends and teachers, not being cool or popular. Shower. It's not "uncool" to talk to counselors about classes to take and your future. They get paid for that. Don't take yourself too seriously. But use deodorant.

 Houa Chee Moua

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Houa Chee Moua

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Veterinarian

  • Dell's Scholarship
  • University of Minnesota President’s Emerging Scholar
  • Senior Council President
  • National Honors Society

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Throughout your high school career, you'll find many moments where you can't find any motivation to keep doing what you're doing whether it's writing a essay or reading a textbook just know that it's okay to stop and recollect yourself. You're mental health is so important.

 

 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Nursing

  • “Run to Be Fit” Volunteer
  • Youth Leadership Group
  • President’s Education Awards Program
  • Vocal Music Excellence Achievement Award

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Some words of advice I would give to incoming freshmen are, “Don’t let procrastination become a habit,” and, “Good grades matter, yes, but your mental health comes first. If you feel that you need a break then give yourself a break. You deserve it.”

 Owen Xiong

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Owen Xiong

College: University of St. Thomas
Major: Computer Engineering

  • Right Track Internship
  • WEB Leader
  • NJROTC
  • Swimming and Cross Country

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Do not set your goals to meeting the requirement but go above and beyond requirement. Exceed the standard!

 Yia Kou Xiong

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Yia Kou Xiong

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Business Administration

  • Comcast Universal Scholarship
  • University of Minnesota Presidential Scholarship
  • WEB Leader
  • National Honor Society

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
I've got nothing to say. I trust in them. I know that they have so much potential and I am confident that they will do amazing and be successful individuals!

 Pao Yang

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Pao Yang

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities or Concordia University
Major: Business and Marketing

  • President's Emerging Scholarship
  • Administration Officer NJROTC
  • eSports Varsity Captain
  • Cross Country, Swimming and Soccer

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
You reap what you sow. The things you put effort into, determines the results of tomorrow. Whether it is a hobby or a skill, these will bring out your passion. Keep holding onto that passion, dream big, and put in the effort.

 Phoua Yang

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Phoua Yang

College: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Major: Psychology

  • Metropolitan TRIO Upward Bound
  • Honors Band
  • President's Education Awards Program
  • Co-Captain of Varsity Girls Tennis

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Get involved in as many things as possible; within these opportunities, you will find who you really are.