Albert C. ChenSchool: Howard High SchoolHometown...

Student Standout

November 26, 1995

Albert C. Chen

School: Howard High School

Hometown: Columbia

Age: 18 on Tuesday

Albert, a senior at Howard High School, is a National Merit Semifinalist. He was the winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in writing and a Maryland Distinguished Scholar finalist.

During his high school tenure, Albert has been involved in several clubs and organizations. They include the National Honor Society, the French Club, Math Team and It's Academic Team. He is also news editor for the school newspaper.

Albert is co-founder and vice president of the Taiwanese-American Youth Association encompassing Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The association is a social group for Taiwanese students and has 10 to 15 members.

He has played varsity tennis since ninth grade and was on the sophomore and junior class boards.

Albert also is an intern with the Marc Steiner Show, on WJHU Radio, which includes locally and nationally known guests. He is currently working on a documentary on education for the show. The program will feature high school students and staff at Howard High School speaking about what it is like to be a student or teacher in a high school setting.

Last summer he participated in the Summer Engineering Enrichment Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He also interned with the Goddard Space Flight Center, where he created the Volcanoes of the World database, displaying information on the World Wide Web for the Geodynamics Branch, Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics.

Albert plays violin and is concertmaster of his school orchestra. He also is a member of the All Howard County High School Orchestra and the Howard High Orchestra. With a friend, Lee Coggins, he performs at art exhibitions and community functions.

Among his many awards are the 1995 National Space Club Scholar, of which he was one of 25 chosen in Maryland, and first place in the Math and Computer Science, U.S. Army award.

Albert says winning the Baltimore Science Fair with his project "Using Fuzzy Logic Systems to Rank College Football Teams" meant a lot to him. He was also one of five winners of the Taiwanese Youth Arts Foundation Outstanding Youth Award.

Albert's parents are Yud-Ren and Jing-Jy Chen. He has two siblings, Ronald, 22, and Irene, 24.

Plans: Albert has not chosen a college or university, but he would like to stay on the East Coast.

His comments: "Among the possibilities for a major is English. I really like creative writing. I like computer science, economics and social studies, too. I am interested in working with people and would like to integrate my skills in writing and computers one day."

Send nominations to Jill L. Kubatko, Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's

activities and a phone number for the student.

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