Outstanding Asian American High School graduates in
Madison and Neighboring Areas
A National Honor Society member, Srivalli Paulson Ihlenfeld has taken care of business at East High while excelling
academically. Srivalli works at the Summit Credit Union branch located at East. She ran cross country all four years and on the
varsity team for three. Srivalli is a TA for the English department and works on restorative justice. She is on the show choir, takes
private voice lessons weekly and has choir dance practice two hours per week. Srivalli enjoys hosting events in her community
and babysitting kids in the neighborhood. Srivalli has been on the honor roll since she came to East. She was given a Madison
South Rotary nomination award twice and also received NHS and restorative justice awards. She has also been honored for her
work on the Link Crew helping freshmen adjust to school.
A National Honor Society member, Elvin Lee has exhibited a concern for others as he prepared for
higher education at East High. Elvin is a member of the UW PEOPLE Program and GEAR UP. He was
active with the Equity Leadership Council and enjoyed being involved in hip-hop movement, anime club,
gaming club, Mindfulness Mondays and Soulful Production. In his free time, Elvin has helped cook at
Ronald McDonald House, helped out at EMCC Fun Day, taught break dancing to Sherman Middle and
Lincoln Elementary students, volunteered for Jam for Food and worked part-time at J.C. Penny. Elvin has
received numerous MSCR, volunteer and other recognitions. Elvin is going to start his collegiate career at
Madison College.
Thuy-Trang Le has shown concern for others in school and the
community while seeking academic excellence at East High. Thuy-Trang
gave to others through her involvement in Link Crew, Level Up and the
Interact Club. She was active with the student congress and the Tibetan
Youth Association. In her free time, Thuy-Trang enjoyed volunteering at
St. Mary’s Hospital. For her excellence, Thuy-Trang received a Phi Beta
Kappa book award and the Paul Barrows award.
Chapor Lor has
stayed focused on
attaining academic
excellence at East High.
He was part of the cast
for the Hmong New
Year play this year. He
has received a couple
of awards for best
Tenzin Namdol has been wired into academic achievement since he first set foot in East High. Tenzin prepared for the college
experience through GEAR UP and the UW PEOPLE Program. He has been co-president of the Tibetan Youth Association of which he
is a board member. He has developed his leadership skills on the student congress. And he has volunteered in the community
through the Interact Club. During his free time, Tenzin can be seen helping out at Brat Fest and cleaning up at the local temple. He has
been a TA for an AP environmental class. He successfully completed the Kumon math and reading program. Tenzin received a Boot
Up Scholarship for Technology majors and will be using it to study computer science at UW-Madison this fall.
A member of the National Honor Society, Ashley Thao has had her sights set on higher education
throughout her East High career. Ashley has been active with Indigenous Roots, the Philanthropy
Club, Soulful Productions and Hmong Dance. She has been on a collegiate track through AVID/TOPS.
Ashley keeps her culture close by helping with Hmong Literacy Night and does translations for
children’s books for an elementary school and Hmong American Day. She also finds the time to
volunteer at Boomerangs Resale. Ashley’s excellence has earned her an Asian Talent Scholarship for
Writing Art, an Ethel Mable Falk Scholarship and an honor cord. Ashley will be attending UW-Madison
this fall.
Lue Thao doubled his efforts to get into higher education during his East High
career. Lue prepared for the collegiate experience through GEAR UP and the
UW PEOPLE Program. He has been involved in United Asians and the Equity
Leadership Council. He has also been active in hip-hop movement, anime club,
gaming club, Mindfulness Monday and Soulful Production.  During his own time,
Lue has helped with cooking chores at Ronald McDonald House and taught
break dancing to Sherman Middle and Lincoln Elementary students. He also
helped out with Jam for Food. Lue has received honor roll and MSCR
recognitions and will study computer science at Madison College this fall.
Perched on the honor roll,
Alec Thoni has filled his days
with constructive activities
while aiming for higher
education. Alec is one of the
leaders of the anime club and
also enjoys K-Pop, gaming and
hip-hop movement. Last
summer, Alec worked at the
Goodman Community Center
helping out in the kitchen and
the garden. Alec is headed to
UW-Whitewater this fall.
On the honor roll, Casey Vue has striven for academic excellence during school hours at East and been involved in MSCR after
school, a winning combination. Casey is president of the anime club. And she enjoys K-Pop, hip-hop movement and gaming. Casey
will be attending UW-Whitewater this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Gaoza Xiong has been a proven leader at East since her
freshman year while also preparing for the collegiate level. Gaoza has been class president and
social chair during her four-year stay on the student congress. She has been a mentor through Level
Up and a link crew leader. She has also been a part of the Equity Leadership Council, serving as its
secretary. Gaoza has prepared for college and developed her technical skills through the UW ITA
where she has also served on their student council. Gaoza has taken private cello lessons and now
is a part of the Madison Community Orchestra. Gaoza’s excellence has won her an American Legion
School Award and a Rotary Outstanding Student Award. She has been named an outstanding senior,
a Questbridge College Pep Scholar and a National College Match Finalist. Gaoza will be studying
computer science and music at Stanford University this fall.
Panya Xiong has been preparing for the collegiate level throughout
his East College career. Panya has been in AVID/TOPS and worked on
a math modeling project for 36 hours in a group. Panya enjoys helping
out at the East Madison Community Center. His excellence has earned
him an honor cord and a Mary Kelly Scholarship. Panya will be
studying engineering at UW-Madison this fall.
Brittany Yang has kept
to her cultural roots as
she has explored
student life and attained
academic excellence at
East High. Brittany has
been involved in
Indigenous Roots,
MSCR volleyball, the
K-Pop Club and Soulful
Production. She also
enjoys sharing
knowledge about her culture through traditional
Hmong dancing. She has received an honor cord
and will be studying biology at UW-Madison this fall.
Lee Pao Yang has helped out others while striving for academic
excellence at East High. Lee was involved in the Equity Leadership
Council and was active in hip-hop movement and MSCR volleyball. Lee
has also volunteered for Jam for Food and at Ronald McDonald House.
Lee will be attending Madison College this fall.
Molly Dypvik has shown a concern for people and the world as she attained academic excellence at Edgewood High School.
Molly was involved in the Multicultural Club, Amnesty International, the Red Cross Club, Key Club and the Green Edge
Environmental Club as well as the book club. She also competed on the tennis team and the math team. In her spare time, Molly
has enjoyed volunteering at a UW Health clinic. A member of the Edgewood Honor Society, Molly has received an academic
excellence award and a Madison West Lions Club scholarship. She will be studying nursing this fall at Marquette University.
Youhe Gao has the whole academic excellence thing figured out. He fixed Edgewood High’s
3D printer and fixed other things for people as he completed about 300 community service
hours at Edgewood. Youhe won two math meets and competed in the Capital Growing
Competition X and the Science Olympiad. He will be enrolled at UW-Madison this fall pursuing a
degree in bio-engineering.
Perched on the high honor roll, Kyeonghun Lee has kept high
academic standards for himself at Edgewood High while also
exploring the world around him. Kyeonghun has a cumulative
GPA of 4.03 fueled by his AP and honors classes including AP
physics and calculus. He attended the Model UN in Seoul, Korea
in 2015. He has been involved in Close-Up, has been the class
council treasurer and competed on the math team as well as the
JV soccer, freshman basketball, track & field and cross country
teams. His community service has included a junior mission trip
to Chicago and volunteering with the West Madison Challenger’s
League, the Catholic Multicultural Center and St. Vincent de Paul.
Kyeonghun plans to study biology at the University of Minnesota
this fall unless he gets the call from UCLA.
A member of the Edgewood
Honor Society,
Yuanyu Liu
utilized her mental agility to
compete at Edgewood High.
Yuanyu competed on the math
team and in the Science
Olympiad. She was also
active with the STAR Club and
the Multicultural Club. Yuanyu
helped out at the Catholic
Multicultural Center and at a
library in Shenzhen, China.
Wenqin Pei has pursued a world-wide education during his Edgewood College stay. Wenqin competed on the ski team as its
captain and on the math team. He has put in 380 service hours around the world in places such as Tibet. He taught kids from rural
areas in China. Wenqin was named Student of the Month and plans to pursue his higher education at Stockholm University in
Mikayla Voeller has tickled the academic ivories while pursuing academic excellence at
Edgewood High. Mikayla has been active in the Multicultural Club and enjoys playing the piano.
She has put in more than 160 hours of community service in tutoring elementary school
students and volunteering with Eager Readers and St. Vincent de Paul. Mikayla has spent a
significant portion of her personal time taking care of kids and family farm animals. This fall, she
will be pursuing a degree in criminal justice at UW-Oshkosh.
A National Honor Society member, Radha Jadoo has elected to be academically excellent at La Follette High. Radha was
secretary of the Asian Club and a Pride Guide for younger students. She was also active with Lancer Student Support
Foundation, the Lacrosse Club and the Book Club. Radha volunteered on Kristin Bahner’s campaign for the Minnesota House of
Representatives and at Three Angels Christian School. Radha’s excellence earned her a Rotary youth leadership award, a Rotary
challenge grant and a Lancer Pride recognition. She was also named a leading lancer. Radha will be studying at Fordham
University this fall.
William Paulson has scored with academic excellence at La Follette High. William competed on
the varsity football team and received an award from the Shriners. William has been on the honor
roll and enjoys the Fishing Club. William was named Lancer of the Month. In his spare time, William
has worked part-time at Briarpatch. He will be attending Madison College this fall.
Martina Seignarack has been preparing for that next step in her
academic career while attending La Follette High. Martina has been a
member of AVID/TOPS and has competed on the volleyball team.
Martina has volunteered at volleyball clinics and at Badger concession
stands. Martina has been on the honor roll and high honor roll and
received an AVID award. She will be attending Madison College to
study dental hygiene.
Gloria Vang has allowed her
artistic side to shine during her
career at La Follette High. Gloria
has prepared for college through
AVID/TOPS. As much as she is
able, Gloria is focusing in on her
art, an art that will express her
Hmong identity and culture.
During her free time, Gloria is
trying to get more involved in the
Hmong community. She is headed
to UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School
of Art. Eventually, Gloria would
like to own her own studio, and
be a freelance artist.
Suabcua Vang has been wired into academic excellence since
she entered La Follette High. Suabcua has learned technology skills
and prepared for college through the UW-Madison Information
Technology Academy. She has been active with Asian Club, the
diversity week planning committee and as a Pride Guide. Suabcua
enjoys volunteering at Brat Fest and the ITA’s Road Show that
makes games for 3rd graders. Suabcua received a Lancer Pride
designation and will study at UW-Madison this fall.
Sunshine Vang has made her academic mark in two places, in California before she finished her high school career at La
Follette High. In California, Sunshine was active with the Interact Club and volunteered at the Salmon Fest and Rotary Club. At La
Follette, Sunshine has been involved with the Asian Club and has volunteered at Brat Fest and the Hmong New Year. Sunshine
will start the next stage of her academic career at Madison College.
Stacy Vue plans to have an international impact in her career after college. Stacy was active in the
Asian Club. She volunteered at UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital’s information desk and at Life Center Madison’
s day care. Stacy received a Lancer Pride award and sat on the honor roll. After studying at Madison
College for two years, Stacy hopes to study abroad somewhere in Asia.
Perched on the high honor and honor roll, Kosu Xiong has been a leader
and an achiever at La Follette High. Kosu has been president of the Asian
Club, was on the diversity week planning committee and was active with
Critical MASS. He was a Pride Guide and performed community service
through Key Club. Kosu was a camp counselor for Upham Woods
Outdoor Learning Center and worked with Sennett Middle School
students. Kosu received Lancer of the Month and Lancer Pride
recognitions. He also received a La Follette scholarship, which he will use
to attend either Madison College or Edgewood College this fall.
Zoe Young has stayed
attuned to academic
excellence at La Follette
High. Zoe has competed
on the varsity soccer
team and performed
with the school
orchestra, has been a
Pride Guide to assist
new students and has
been active in Orgullo
Latino Club. Zoe
received the Lancer
Pride honor and honors
academic awards. She
will be attending
UW-Madison this fall.