ANDREW YANGSchool: Burleigh Manor Middle SchoolHometown...

STUDENT STANDOUT

January 08, 1995

ANDREW YANG

School: Burleigh Manor Middle School

Hometown: Ellicott City

Age: 11

Andy is a seventh-grader at Burleigh Manor. He was enrolled in the Program for Mathematically Precocious Youth at the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth from grades one to four. Since fifth grade, he has been a student of Dr. Lynn Collins, who heads the gifted and talented class in mathematics for students in Howard County.

Andy's recent honors include scoring first in math among sixth-graders of the Maryland/Washington region in the National PLUS Academic Abilities Assessment Test and receiving honorable mention from the Center for Talented Youth.

In October, Andy won fifth place in the overall round and third place in the invention round in the annual Maryland Mathalon competition sponsored by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Andy also participated in the 10th annual American Junior High School Mathematics Examination.

Andy has been a member of the Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra since fifth grade. He began playing the violin in the fourth grade. He is a first violinist in the Gifted and Talented Orchestra.

He swims competitively and is a member of Columbia Association Aquatics. In a recent U.S. swimming meet at Goucher College, he came in fourth out of 20 in the 9- to 10-year-old 100-yard breast stroke event. His other favorite sports include ice skating and karate. He holds a white belt with a green stripe in karate.

Andy enjoys playing video games, working on his computer and bowling with his friends.

He has a sister, Jennie, 8, and a brother, Stephen, 6. His father, Dr. Vincent Yang, is an associate professor of medicine at the Hopkins School of Medicine. His mother, Linda, is a teacher at the Chinese Language School of Columbia and a regular volunteer at a local elementary school.

Plans: Andy said he would like to get A's in his studies in high school and plans to take additional courses to build his resume for college. He would like to attend an Ivy League school and become a doctor.

His comments: Of his penchant for math, Andy said he "somehow has a talent for it" and likes "the way you find answers logically." He said he began memorizing numbers and adding at age 2, knew how to subtract at age 3, multiply by age 4 and divide by age 5. He has taken pre-algebra, algebra I and statistics.

Andy also likes science and social studies, "science because I find it interesting and it deals with explanations and finding new things" and "social studies because I am pretty good at memorization."

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