Howard students named National Merit finalists

April 14, 2003

Howard High School seniors Hajin Kim, Joy Wan and Yiyang Wu have been named finalists in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program.

"They are just cream-of-the-crop types of students in every aspect. I think these are the kind of kids that are going to go out and change the world," said Sonya Sutter, who has been their guidance counselor since 10th grade.

Sutter, who is in her ninth year in the job, said each of the three girls has special qualities.

"Hajin Kim scored a 1600 on her SAT. She's proud, and she should be proud of herself, but she's gracious," Sutter said. "She doesn't let it go to her head.

"Joy stands out [because] she just has this hunger for learning. I think she's the type of person, in couple of years down the road, she's going to invent something new. I just find her rare and unique."

Yiying, known as Yaya, is president of the National Honor Society. "She was homecoming queen. Here's a young lady, she's full of so much personality and spirit," Sutter said. "It just doesn't stop at academics."

The girls are considering offers from schools such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Yale. They'll receive certificates for their awards at the senior awards ceremony on May 27, the day before graduation, Sutter said.

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