Best of \\ Seniors Huong Huynh and Jason Chu are the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Best of \\ Seniors Huong Huynh and Jason Chu are the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Top of the Class of 2020

Meet Huong and Jason

April 20, 2020

Amidst the panic of COVID-19, for the Class of 2020, the hopes of attending graduation become slimmer and slimmer. However, one thing is for certain: seniors Huong Huynh and Jason Chu are Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Huynh is the president of Health Occupations Students of America and Chu is the president of BPA. Together they both were active members in the National Honor Society, Student Council and Interact club.

Huong Huynh

Valedictorian

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photo credit B&E Photography

Where are you planning to go to college after high school?

Northwestern University

 

Huong, you are president of HOSA,  how did you manage extracurricular activities and focus on academics?

I scheduled out my time in order for there not to be conflicts and I also prioritize my tasks so that I get things done when they need to be done.

 

You both are Birmingham Scholars and received the highest scholarships this year. How does it feel to be recognized for all the hard work you put into your academic life? 

It makes me feel like I’m being appreciated which is nice and I also feel encouraged to do well in my post secondary education.

 

You both have stayed in the same position for four years straight. Describe the work effort you maintained to remain at the top of your class.

I followed my original work ethic of just trying my best and getting my work done. I also try not to get stressed out because that never helps.

 

How does it feel to be an inspiration to other first generation Asian-American students who get to witness your success?

I never imagined I would be someone’s inspiration so it’s a great honor and also encourages me to keep going so I can continue to set a good example.

 

What was the hardest class you took in all four years on campus?

AP Chem, but the class that I hated the most is probably AP Seminar

 

If you could give advice to yourself as a freshman, what would it be?

I would tell myself to chill out and enjoy school and hanging out with friends because it only gets harder.

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Jason Chu

Salutatorian

Jason+Chu

photo credit B&E Photography

Where are you planning to go to college after high school?

University of Pennsylvania or UT Austin

 

Jason, you are president of BPA. How did you manage extracurricular activities and focus on academics?

Making and following a good schedule. I’d use Google Calendar so I can keep track of all my events weeks ahead of time and plan any new events around them.

 

You both are Birmingham Scholars and received the highest scholarships this year. How does it feel to be recognized for all the hard work you put into your academic life? 

It’s pretty cool! Beyond the money and title, receiving the Birmingham Scholarship reiterates the importance of education and seems to validate the sacrifices so many have made to help me get where I am today.

 

You both have stayed in the same position for four years straight. Describe the work effort you maintained to remain at the top of your class.

The biggest part is having a goal in mind. Whether it was getting an A on the next chemistry test or reading the history chapter by Friday, I set new goals and worked to achieve them. Unfortunately to do so, I sometimes sacrificed sleep, hobbies or time with friends.

 

How does it feel to be an inspiration to other first generation Asian-American students who get to witness your success?

It’s surreal. Growing up, I’d look up to my older cousins and sister for inspiration. I can only wish them the best of luck in their own journeys. You guys got this!

 

What was the hardest class you took in all four years on campus?

AP Spanish IV. Fue muy difícil pero gratificante.

 

If you could give advice to yourself as a freshman, what would it be?

Do NOT wait until senior year to do all the fun stuff. “Senior SZN” is not what you’d expect. Also, please get some sleep.

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