(18) 2020 Interview with Wyatt Currie, Mt. Hebron High School, University of Pennsylvania

(18) 2020 Interview with Wyatt Currie, Mt. Hebron High School, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Wyatt Currie graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2020 and will join University of Pennsylvania , majoring Finance and Computer Science.

Wyatt shared his time management skills in high school. He also took classes in the dual enrollment program from University of Maryland, Baltimore County by calling them.

He was on the Mt. Hebron’s Economics Challenge team, led by Mr. Vann Prime. The team won numerous awards on state and national levels, and worldwide. He even went to Saint Petersburg , Russia for the international competition last year. Here is HCPSS news update: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/202…

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(17) 2020 Interview with Ambika Siddabathula (SMOB), River Hill High, NYIT

(17) 2020 Interview with Ambika Siddabathula (SMOB), River Hill High, NYIT

Ms. Ambika Siddabathula graduated from River Hill High School in 2019. She is attending a 7-year doctor program in New York Institute of Technology(NYIT). Ambika was the student board member (SMOB) of Howard County Board of Education.

In this interview, Ambika shared her experience serving as a student member of our school board, her role in the advisory committee for ARL, her long-lasting love with her dance. She is professional dancer.

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(16) 2020 Interview with Chelsea Baker, River Hill High School, Harvard College

(16) 2020 Interview with Chelsea Baker, River Hill High School, Harvard College

Ms. Chelsea Baker graduated from River Hill High School. She will join Harvard College this fall. She has not made her mind on her major.

Chelsea shared why she has not decided her major yet because she wants to explore more possibilities in college. Chelsea talked about her school experience. She was the team captain of her school varsity soccer team and the team won three consecutive championships before.

She talked about overcoming the difficulty in her AP chemistry class, then learned a lot from that experience. She also talked about her learning at an academic camp ( her term nerd camp) in Naval Academy.

She shared her experience on how to overcome cyberbullying in her middle school.

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(15) 2020 Interview with Rachel Lin, Howard High School(2016), UC Berkeley

(15) 2020 Interview with Rachel Lin, Howard High School(2016), UC Berkeley

Ms. Rachel Lin graduated from Howard High School in 2016 and graduated for UC Berkeley this year. Her college major was Cognitive Science and Legal Study. She was a student board member (SMOB) of Howard County Board of Education in 2015-2016.

Now she started her own business with college friends while preparing for LSAT exam. Her Study Hall College Consulting is now live! The website link is: http://www.shcollegeconsulting.com. Here is her youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWiV… She shared both her wonderful high school experience and her unforgettable college life.

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(14) 2020 Interview with Alex Eapen, Long Reach High School, University of Pennsylvania

(14) 2020 Interview with Alex Eapen, Long Reach High School, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Alex Eapen graduated from Long Reach High School in 2020 and will join University of Pennsylvania, majoring neuroscience.

He shared how to balance school life, how to find his interest and passion until his junior year. He also shared how to find true-self in order to fit himself in different roles. There are much more he shared ranging from college application, leadership position in student government and clubs, G&T intern, clubs, etc.

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(13) 2020 Interview with Lorelei Loraine, Mt. Hebron High School, Columbia University

(13) 2020 Interview with Lorelei Loraine, Mt. Hebron High School, Columbia University

Ms. Lorelei Loraine graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2020. She will join Columbia University, majoring Economics and Mathematics.

She was on the Mt. Hebron’s Economics Challenge team, led by Mr. Vann Prime. The team won numerous awards on state and national levels, and worldwide. Here is HCPSS news update: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/202…

She shared her feelings when she received her first college rejection letter. However, she learned lessons and moved on to the next round.

There are much more to learn. Please tune in.

(12) 2020 Interview with Bill Tong, Atholton High School

(12) 2020 Interview with Bill Tong, Atholton High School

Bill Tong graduated from Atholton High School in 2020. He will join Cornell University and majoring Finance.

Bill talked about his experience, starting from convincing his Middle School friends to continue his passion on the environment and education with Bioma Project, which was reported in the Baltimore Sun: https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland…. Quoted: The group, now in high school, started putting aquariums in elementary and middle school classrooms the following year — along with sharing their 40-page curriculum — to inspire younger students to become the future caretakers of the natural world. The teens have worked with 900 students at 29 schools, 20 of which have already indicated they will continue with the project, in which aquariums stand in for local stream ecosystems.

Bill shared his formula on how to evaluate opportunities whether he should take it or not, which helped him to navigate and success in high school. There are more for you to tune in.

(11) 2020 Interview with Cooper Stepke, Marriotts Ridge High School(2019)

(11) 2020 Interview with Cooper Stepke, Marriotts Ridge High School(2019)

Today we are going to interview Mr. Cooper Stepke. He graduated from Marriotts Ridge High School in 2019. He is attending Cornell University and majoring Industrial and Labor Relations.

Cooper shared his experience balancing among standardized tests, sports, academics and college applications. He also shared how to plan out his courses in the high school to make high school life easier. Sports and clubs helped him to learn people skills and team spirit.

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(10) 2020 Interview with Jessica Bu, River Hill High School

(10) 2020 Interview with Jessica Bu, River Hill High School

We are crossing another milestone. The interview comes to the tenth episode. We are interviewing Ms. Jessica Bu. She graduated from River Hill High School in 2019, and is studying at New York University, majoring Economics and minoring Film Production. She shared the difficult time when she lost a friend in her senior year and changed her mindset about the world. She also talked about the difficult time while transferring from another school system into HCPSS. Music and choir played a big role in her high school life. There are many more for you to tune in: cross-country sport, FBLA, student government position, accelerated growth, inclusion, diversity, racism, etc. There is one sentence from Jessica which really reckons with me: life is not linear. We are not able to pre-design our own life trajectory and just follow it. Instead, we put out our heart and effort, and move forward with dedication.

(9) 2020 Interview with Adya Joshi, Howard High School

(9) 2020 Interview with Adya Joshi, Howard High School

In this episode, we are interviewing Ms. Adya Joshi. She graduated from Howard High School, and will join University of Maryland, College Park, majoring computer science. She shared her research experience on cryptography, published a paper and presented her result in a conference where she was the only high school students! Her intern and research experience helped her to college application and major selection. There are more to cover. Please tune in.

(8) 2020 Interview with Erik Jacob, Marriotts Ridge High School

(8) 2020 Interview with Erik Jacob, Marriotts Ridge High School

In this episode, we are interviewing Mr. Erik Jacob. He graduated Marriotts Ridge High School in 2020. He will join Howard Community College, majoring game and simulation design. Erik shared his most difficult moment when he lost his grandfather in his senior year. Erik also shared his fight with the school system to receive support for special education (autism spectrum disorder). Eventually he received the support and thrived. He fitted in clubs and became the president of his school’s gaming club. Erik demoed his 3D printers live (multiple) and used those printers to help Covid-19 relief effort.Erick talked about his long love with computer game, video games since age of four. This will impact his love for gaming, even his selection of college major. Please tune in for more.

(7) 2020 Interview with Jeff Du, River Hill High School

(7) 2020 Interview with Jeff Du, River Hill High School

Today we are going to interview Mr. Jeff Du, who graduated from River Hill High School and will join Duke University, double majoring economics and statistics. He talked about how to balance high school life. He emphasized the importance of mental health for our young people. He also has some secrets to keep your high school life more effective, meaningful and less stressful. Please tune in.

(6) 2020 Interview with Allison Alston, Reservoir High School

(6) 2020 Interview with Allison Alston, Reservoir High School

We are interviewing Ms. Allison Alston, who graduated from Reservoir High School. She will join University of Virginia and major Global Study. Allison was a student board member of Howard County Board of Education (SMOB) during 2019-2020. Allison shared her academic challenges during the senior year and the whole high school period, and how to overcome them. She has a very diverse extra-curriculum activities (smob, deltas scholar, black student union, chamber orchestra, choir, girl varsity lacrosse, French honor society, Science honor society, etc). Do you want to hear how she managed all of them? As a student board member, she talked about the challenge to fit in the adult world and tried her best to represent all students at a higher level. She also shared why she chose UVA and her major. It was interesting to realize things happened with a reason, and sometimes, maybe just a coincidence. There are much more for you to tune in.

(5) 2020 Interview With Tess Yu, Howard High School

(5) 2020 Interview With Tess Yu, Howard High School

This is our fifth episode, a small milestone in this series. Ms. Tess Yu graduated from Howard High in 2020 and will join Johns Hopkins University in the fall, majoring economics. Tess shared her secret in high school: time management, even missing some homework is acceptable to balance some priority. She has presided over the Achieve Success Together (AST, https://achievesuccesstogether.org/) program, a tutoring program, for over four years now. The AST program offered free tutoring to students in low income families at many HCPSS schools. The tutors are HCPSS high school students. What is her favorite class? How to handle cyberbullying? What is her career goal? Please tune in this episode.

(4) 2020 Interview with Hunter Craig, Reservoir High School

(4) 2020 Interview with Hunter Craig, Reservoir High School

Mr. Hunter Craig graduated from Reservoir High School and will join Howard Community College, majoring social and political science. Mr. Craig has been very active in HCPSS and the community. He was involved in Howard County Association of Student Councils, more commonly known as HCASC. He was in the State Legislative Affairs Committee. He testified more than five times in front of the BOE. He took initiative to help combat covid-19, to work in the mental health care community, also to raise awareness because of the death of George Floyd. He talked about his struggle entering high school because of switching multiple schools and the moment to find his position in academics, club and school. He plans to finish HCC, then go to a law school, continue to get involved in the local community. His advice to high school students: just do it.

(3) 2020 Interview with Judy Zhou, Centennial High School

(3) 2020 Interview with Judy Zhou, Centennial High School

In this episode, I am interviewing Judy Zhou, who graduated from Centennial High School and will join Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. In this interview, Judy shared about her high school experience on political campaign, community service, launching her seminar to educate the community on US government, the secret to build a good relationship with counselor, the need for HCPSS to have a diverse and inclusive curriculum.

(2) 2020 Interview With Robin Robinson, River Hill High School

Live now: I am starting a youtube channel by interviewing HCPSS graduates.

In the second episode, Ms. Robin M Robinson, graduated from River Hill High School in 2018. She is a junior in Harvard University, studying statistics and economics. She played volleyball in RHHS and continue to play club volleyball. She practices taekwondo for more than 10 years. She talked about her challenges in high school. She appreciated the peer pressure for excellence. She emphasized the importance to have a good relationship with teachers. She also advices trying to be well rounded in the high school. She shared some experience while her guidance counselor was not aligned with her ambition in college application, she listened to herself and applied to Harvard University and got accepted. She also shared her experience as a bi-racial child and felt uneasy in the school, advocated for more education for our students at young ages. For the college life, she felt a little uneasy when she changed from pre-med to other career path. However, she feels there are so much to do and so many possibilities for her. She said: don’t worry about making friends in college. You will have new friends, even though you had more freedom in high school.


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(1) 2020 Interview with HCPSS graduate, Megan Li, Marriotts Ridge High School

I am starting a youtube channel by interviewing HCPSS graduates.

In the first episode, I interviewed Ms. Megan Li, who graduated from graduated from Marriotts Ridge High School and will join University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School this fall. She shared her experience about college application, AP courses, debate team, FBLA, even materiality leave policy in the USA. Her advice for high school students is : take initiative. For the future, she wants to research the social impact of business. She hoped HCPSS would provide a more diverse curriculum. She volunteers a lot and loves to give back to the community.

If any other students want to share their experience, please contact me. Thanks.