2018 OUTSTANDING ASIAN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATES IN MADISON & NEIGHBORING AREAS (Part 2)
MEMORIAL 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!
Stop the presses! Alena Rader has attained academic excellence at Memorial
High. Alena is a contributor and editor of Sword & Shield, the school
newspaper. She has competed in forensics and on the cross country team and
performed volunteer work at school. Alena has a flair for the performing arts
and as a member of the Drama Club was named a significant senior artist at
Memorial. Alena has been a part of a dance group in the community that uses
East Asian dance as its base and blends in ballet and modern dance. She has
participated in the performance of the Lion Dance and practices Chinese martial
arts. Alena has been involved in Children’s Theater of Madison shows and is a
student critic for the Overture Center.
A National Honor Society member, Sydney Tang has shown concern for issues
and community during her quest for academic excellence. Sydney competed in
forensics — placing 1st in a local tournament — and on the math and tennis
teams. She was active with the Women’s Club, Gender-Sexuality Alliance, the
Student Activist Club and the human rights week planning committee and all-
school read planning committee. Sydney also did tutoring and performed
community service through Spartan Youth Service. As a Chancellor’s Scholar,
Sydney will be studying community & non-profit leadership at UW-Madison this fall.
Tenzin Tashi has built a strong academic foundation at Memorial High from
which he can propel himself to higher education. Tenzin has been prepping for
college through AVID/TOPS. He’s also been involved in TEEM, Asian Club and
the Anime Club while also volunteering through Spartan Youth Service. On
Saturday mornings, Tenzin helps out with the Wisconsin Tibetan Association’s
language and culture school. He has also held down jobs with Chick-fil-A and
the Wisconsin Historical Society. Tenzin will be studying secondary education
and Asian studies at UW-Madison.
Paul Kusuda’s
column
(A Repost)
Vol. XIV No. 8
AUGUST 2018
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An Evening of Bharatanatyam
by Jonathan Gramling
Editor's Corner
OVER A CUP OF TEA
The "Model
Minority Myth"
truly a myth
Heidi M. Pascual*
Publisher & Editor
*2006 Journalist of the
Year for the State of
Wisconsin (US-SBA)
many Asians in America. The belief stemmed
from glowing media reports that Asian
Americans usually come already highly educated
and focused on reaching the American Dream (a
status mainly highlighting material
achievements earned through education,
business success, political power, and more).
The excitement I felt once I boarded the plane for
this country probably ranked 12th in my standard
between 1-10. Additionally, I was very excited to
join my mother who left the Philippines in 1968
after I graduated from high school, and my
younger siblings (by then all college graduates
from Illinois universities) who were all focused
on their respective careers. In other words, I was
going to join my family of American Dreamers,
and that all I needed to present were a college
degree, proof of exemplary job performance for
many years, and then when accepted by an
employer, prove I work hard on the job. Many
Filipinos in the U.S. have succeeded, so I was
confident I would be, too.

Well, looking back at my 12 years in the U.S.,
indeed I had some measure of success,
particularly in regard to my career path in
journalism, --
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Before I immigrated to
the U.S. in the late
1990s, I had this strong
belief that I would be
economically self
sufficient and
successful, just like