Are you an Asian American student graduating from high school or college? You may be eligible for the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Outstanding Graduates column.
To qualify, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.6, have overcome personal adversity, or are an outstanding athlete, community volunteer, or artist.
Western Washington University
Byron Yee graduated with special honors and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts and business administration. Yee was named an “Outstanding Graduate” by the theatre arts department. He was also selected as the student speaker for his commencement ceremony by the College of Business and Economics. Yee’s rousing and fiery speech received a standing ovation and is currently being used as a promotional tool by the university.
Yee was an active theatre performer and producer at WWU, volunteered as financial manager for Student Theatre Productions, and served as an artistic director for “Plays 4 Us.” He was also responsible for “Kickin’ Cancer’s Derriere: A Benefit Show for the Cure,” which raised more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Yee was a development and finance intern at Village Theatre in Issaquah, and he also recently finished a business internship at the Idiom Theater in Bellingham.
Yee graduated with a 3.8 GPA and plans to serve in Senegal, Africa, in the Peace Corps.
Bich Tram Do
Mountlake Terrace High School
“Tram is an intelligent young woman who values her education and her community.”
— Counselor Colleen Egger
Bich Tram Do has proven her dedication to her community and studies during her high school career. Her counselor praises her for her academic excellence. Do is ranked 17 out of a class of 319 and is enrolled in Advanced Placement classes.
She was an active member of the National Honor Society for the last three years. Currently, she is involved in Mountlake Terrace High School’s fundraiser for the Central Asia Institute and the local food bank.
In addition, Do has been actively volunteering at the Lynnwood Food Bank. With her bilingual abilities, Do volunteers to help new Vietnamese students smoothly transition into her high school. In her spare time, she continues to help non-English speakers by watching their children so they can take evening English classes. Do is gifted in the sciences and plans to major in computer engineering.
She graduated with a 3.9 GPA and will attend the University of Washington. ♦