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WAB Student Awarded U.S. National Merit Scholarship

May, 2012
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Each year, approximately 1.5 million United States students participate in the National Merit Scholarship (NMSC) program. In September 2011, 16,000 students, just 1% of applicants, were notified that they qualified as National Merit Semifinalists, including three WAB High School students – Herman Chau, Michael Li, and Franklyn Zhu – a remarkable academic showing from any single high school. 

wab-franklynz-sIn April, Franklyn Zhu learned that he was chosen as a National Merit Scholar, receiving a $2,000 per year corporate-sponsored award to go towards college undergraduate tuition. “I feel very fortunate to have received this award,” he says. “A large part of it was luck, but I also put in a lot of hard work.” Franklyn has received acceptance letters to several universities, including Yale, which will likely be his final choice. He would like to study history, philosophy, or psychology, and music will also always be part of his life.

When asked, ‘How do you think WAB influenced your academic goals and successes in school?’ Franklyn replied, “I’ve been at WAB my entire life; WAB is part of me! It was in this caring, supportive environment that I discovered my passions, set my goals, and reached for my dreams. WAB is a place where people are competitive in a friendly and mutually beneficial way, where respect is not contingent upon your achievements and grades. It’s a place where, if you have dreams and aspirations, you will find the ardent support of the entire community. But there is so much more beyond academic success… music, for instance! Life is very interesting indeed.”

Franklyn’s sage advice for others following their dreams and seeking success: “Work hard, work smart, but don’t forget to have fun, okay?”

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