Tina Le, the valedictorian of Fossil Ridge High School’s Class of 2015, made sure she incorporated fun and extra-curricular activities into her high school years to balance out the hard work it took to finish at the top.
“There has to be balance between social activities and school work,” Le said. “You can’t just do school work or you’ll go crazy and you can’t just do social activities. You’ve got to find a good balance.”
Le served as class president each year and, this year, worked with a team that planned prom. The theme was “Enchanted City.”
Her mom inspired her to do well, not by being strict but by her example of hard work.
“She’s a single mom and that motivated me to work my hardest,” Le said. “I wanted to make her proud.”
Le plans to study biology at the University of Texas at Austin with the intent of going to medical school in the future.
Her Ridge AP Biology teacher Alan Cotten inspired her to major in biology and helped her cultivate an interest in practicing medicine.
“I like the aspect of knowing what goes on in the human body, how everything works together,” she said.
The Fossil Ridge salutatorian Uyen-Dung Vo declined to participate in the interview and top 10 photo. According to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Vo received a National Merit Scholarship from Texas A&M University.
The other members of the senior top 10, in alphabetical order:
Joshua Altrock plans to attend Pepperdine University and study music composition and Bible.
Elizabeth Hester will go to the University of Texas at Austin and major in Asian studies.
Cindy Nguyen will attend the University of North Texas and plans to study biology.
Patrick Nuss plans to go to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and study biomedical engineering.
Maxwell Sanders will go to the University of Texas at Arlington and major in computer science.
Minh Vu plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and study neurology.
Lauren Wagner will attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in neuroscience.
Connor Wilson plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas and is undecided about his major.