Meet the Corcoran HS Valedictorian & Salutatorian!
Published on 6/6/17
District News Academics Corcoran High School
Signe plans to attend Brown University where she will study math.
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? Fencing, theater, band (trumpet), National Honor Society
What was your proudest moment in high school? Now! Seeing everything wrap up and seeing what our four years have built up to. All of our effort is culminating to something.
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? It’s been nice to see myself grow as a person – to see how we’ve changed from middle school to now. And the people here, too – they help get you through it!
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? How to work with people and collaborate with people who I don’t agree with or wouldn’t ordinarily work with. I’ve also learned how to write out variables in physics – that was so valuable for me to learn.
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? Learn to let things slide. Don’t hold grudges or hold onto negative feelings about people. And don’t sass your teachers! If you get on their good side, they will really go out of their way to help you.
Who helped you the most to get to this point? My two older sisters – I’ve always wanted to be like them.
What do you hope to achieve by the time you’re 30? I want to be happy – I hope to teach math at the college/university level, but really I’d like to have a life that’s calm… or calmer than high school!
Annie plans to attend RPI where she plans to study engineering.
What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school? Cross-country, robotics (we went to the World Championship this year!), National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society
What was your proudest moment in high school? Getting my internship at SU in engineering. That was what built the foundation for what I want to do with my future. I thought I wanted to enter the medical field but that experience changed my interest from medical to engineering – I realized I like to create my own solutions to problems.
What has been the best part of your high school career and why? The IB [International Baccalaureate] program, because it has furthered my thinking. We had CAS (Creativity, activity, service) hour requirements, and they really made me step out of my comfort zone and not be quite so shy. I feel like the program has made me more responsible and more able to feel like I can do things on my own. And of course, the relationships we’ve developed with our friends and teachers!
What’s the best thing you’ve learned over the course of your time in the SCSD? That you shouldn’t procrastinate! And that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve any of your goals. That’s motivated me for the future!
What advice would you give to other students as they continue their studies here? Don’t get caught up in the drama of high school, especially if it has a negative impact on you. Think about your education and focus on that – that’s what you’re here for.
Who helped you the most to get to this point? My parents have inspired me. They are immigrants from China and they have a family-owned business. They have always worked hard and that has motivated me to do well. They have always told me to do well in school so I can have a successful future and avoid some of the struggles that they faced.
What do you hope to achieve by the time you’re 30? I’d like to have a successful career, maybe travel one day. I’d really just like to be in a stable situation.