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|2018 is ASIAN WISCONZINE's 14th YEAR!! THANK YOU, DEAR READERS & ADVERTISERS, FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!!
Heidi M. Pascual*
Publisher & Editor
*2006 Journalist of the
Year for the State of
OVER A CUP OF TEA
|2018 OUTSTANDING ASIAN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATES IN MADISON & NEIGHBORING AREAS (Part 1)
DeForest High School
Editor's Note: Each year, Asian Wisconzine's sister publication, The Capital City Hues,
publishes a Row of Excellence, featuring students of color who graduated with a GPA of 3 and
above. We selected from the batch the Asian American students featured in this Row of
Excellence. We thank publisher & editor Jonathan Gramling for this special feature!
Melissa Xiong has shown concern for fellow students and community while
remaining academically competitive at Deforest High. Melissa has competed in
#2 doubles with her sister Diana on the varsity tennis team. She has been
president of the Leo Club, a Norski Mentor, and completed a youth
apprenticeship as a CNA at Fountainhead Home. She was also active with the
MCC Club and the Spanish Club. In her free time, Melissa helped out at The River
Pantry, was involved in Leo Club volunteer activities and helped raise money for
the Girl’s Mentoring Service. Melissa received the 2018 Best Sportsmanship and
2017 Most Potential honors from the varsity tennis team. Melissa’s efforts won
her a Lions Club scholarship.
East High School
Angelie Her has been very involved and creative during her East High career.
Angelie is co-chair and founder of the K-Pop Club. She has also been engaged in
MSCR clubs like anime club, hip-hop movement and volleyball. Angelie has also
been active with Level Up and the Equity Leadership Council and has further
developed her leadership skills on the student congress. Angelie has volunteered
at Brat Fest, gift wrapping at the mall, Information Technology Academy events,
student council and MSCR events. Angelie was honored at the Level Up Mentor
Achievement Night and received a world languages honor award as well as a
MSCR recognition award. This fall, Angelie will begin her collegiate career in the
liberal arts transfer program at Madison College.
A National Honor Society member, Mai Ya Her has been on a college track
throughout her college career. Mai has been preparing for college through the
UW PEOPLE Program. She has been involved in the K-Pop Club, MSCR volleyball,
Mindfulness Monday, Indigenous Roots and Soulful Production. She has helped
other students through Level Up. Mai also enjoys sharing tradition Hmong dance
performances with different grade levels throughout the district. She also
completed a UW Hospital internship. Mai has been on the honor roll and received
a honor cord. She will be studying nursing at UW-Madison this fall.
This is the only photo my siblings and I ever had
with my father (circa 1968). By this time, my mother
had immigrated to the United States and I was
beginning my first year in college.
On Father’s Day recently, I
was feeling down.
Perhaps many of you who
grew up without a father
felt the same way as I did.
People protest the separation of children from their
parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center, June
Walker Tried to Kneecap the
Department of Natural Resources
From Wisconsin League of Conservation
MADISON – As part of its Field Guide to Taking
Back Wisconsin campaign, Wisconsin League of
Conservation Voters released its third entry in its
Walker’s Wisconsin series recently. The series
recounts Gov. Scott Walker’s extreme anti-
conservation agenda and outlines just how far he’s
taken our state, once considered a conservation
model, to somewhere that’s hardly recognizable.
Wisconsin Rallies to Stop the
Indefinite Imprisonment of Families
& Abolish ICE
From Voces de la Frontera
Milwaukee – On Thursday, June 21st, hundreds of
immigrant community members and supporters
rallied outside the Milwaukee office of Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to protest
President Trump's Executive Order from
Wednesday ordering the indefinite imprisonment of
families in internment camps and to call for the
abolition of ICE.
CAPAC Members Denounce
Department of Commerce’s Decision to
Appeal Decision in Sherry Chen Case
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific
American Caucus (CAPAC) statements in
response to the Department of Commerce’s
decision to appeal a recent U.S. Merit Systems
Protection Board (MSPB) ruling in favor of
Chinese American hydrologist Sherry Chen, who
was terminated from her position with the National
Weather Service in 2016 after being falsely accused
of committing espionage.