Keller High valedictorian Angie Dang said that getting involved in school activities helped her better relate to others.
For the last few years, Dang was a member of Keller’s UIL Academic Literary Criticism team, one of the top teams in the state.
“Even though I’m majoring in science, not English, it taught me a lot about critical thinking, and we got really close to each other as a team,” Dang said. “Going on trips you build bonds, and it helped with my interpersonal skills. When I started high school, I was really shy.”
Being involved in the Anime Club gave her a chance to help other shy students forge friendships by finding common interests.
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Dang will go to the University of Texas at Dallas and major in biology. She wants to become a doctor.
Dang credits Keller Middle School science teacher Michelle Weston with fueling her interest in science.
“She brought science to life for me by showing us how it applies to real life,” Dang said. “She showed us that learning is fun.”
Salutatorian Joanne Shin enjoyed a number of widely varied activities, from National Art Honor Society and the UIL Academic Math team to tennis and mock court.
“Art was an outlet that was about having fun and doing volunteer work as part of NAHS,” Shin said.
Competing in mock court led her to volunteer as an attorney in the area teen court.
“The mock trial program made a really good impression on me,” Shin said. “The law teaches you not to be so narrow minded. I got to feel really confident in court.”
That experience influenced her decision to look towards a future in practicing law. Shin plans to attend Rice University and major in political science.
Shin attributes much of her success to the support and encouragement of her parents. “I can just see that they try to do everything to make sure I’m in a good place and have good influences around me,” she said.
The rest of the top 10 seniors in Keller’s Class of 2014, in alphabetical order:
Kaitlin Bethay plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and is undecided about a major.
Patrick Celentano will go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and study computer science.
Blayke Drury plans to attend Baylor University and major in vocal performance.
Carter Hannas will attend the University of Texas at Austin and plans to study petroleum engineering.
Luke Jennings will go to the University of South Carolina and study international business and accounting.
Bryan Lindsey will attend Texas A&M University and plans to major in biomedical engineering.
Holly Long plans to go to Oklahoma State University and is undecided about a major.
Stacy Nguyen will go to Baylor University and plans to study neuroscience.