2020 Outstanding Asian American Students in Dane County High Schools
From The Capital City Hues' Row of Excellence
A National Honor Society member, Krishna Kashian has explored a broad array of interests while reaching the
peaks of academic excellence. Krishna competed in varsity soccer, explored the business world through DECA,
served others through Interact and represented student interests on the student congress. Away from school,
Krishna has enjoyed being a counselor at the Armenian Summer Camp and helping out at church picnics. Krishna’
s excellence earned him Questbridge National College March Finalist honors. Krishna will be studying at UW-
Madison this fall.
Kunga Lodoe has had his sights set on a college career throughout his four years at East High. Kunga
gained the skills necessary to compete on the collegiate level through the UW PEOPLE Program and Gear
Up. He was also active in the United Asian Club. During his free time, Kunga enjoys cleaning and
maintaining the Deer Park Monastery. He has been on the honor roll and has earned numerous awards
from Gear Up. Kunga is headed to UW-Madison this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Quynh Mai has been honing her academic and leadership
skills at East High. She has sat on the student congress and helped mentor other students
through Level Up. Her concern for others carries into the community where she has helped out
with elementary school dances and carnivals. She also passed out water and encouragement
at the Madison Half Marathon. Quynh will be attending UW-Madison this fall.
While preparing for the collegiate level, Phetsana Souvannasone has been extending a helping hand to assist
other students in reaching college as well. Phetsana has gained the skills to compete on the collegiate level
through the UW PEOPLE Program. At the same time, she has been a mentor for the Level Up Program. In her free
time, Phetsana enjoys volunteering at The River Food Pantry. She will be attending UW-Madison this fall.
A member of the National Honor Society, Soua Thao has been active and engaged during his
East High career. Soua has maintained a 3.50 GPA and above. He was an officer in the United
Asian Club for three years and has participated in hip hop movement, K-Pop, anime, MSCR
volleyball and other activities. Soua became a decision-maker on the student leadership council.
While he has volunteered much in the community, the activity that stands out is when he helped
raise funds to build a school in Laos for children who couldn’t afford school. Soua took second
place in the 2017-2018 Hmoob Spelling Bee and first place in the 2018-2019 Men’s United
Asian Consortium. Soua will study business at UW-Madison this fall.
Pau Xiong has found her voice while pursuing academic excellence at East High. Pau
honed her leadership skills on the student Congress. And she became active in the No
F-35 Environmental Impact protests in Madison. Pau received a Senior Award for
Excellence in Earth/Environmental Science and will be pursuing her studies at
UW-Madison this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Grace Natoli has cared for others while striving for academic greatness.
Grace competed in varsity track & field and enjoyed skiing with the ski club. She was of service to school and
community through Key Club, Link Crew and the Inclusion Club. She participated in many activities in the
community including being a member of the wait staff team at Attic Angels.
Perched on the high honor roll, Noor Lababibi already has a foot in the halls of higher education as she
completes her La Follette career. Noor has been earning high school and college credits through the Early
College STEM Academy. And she will be prepared when she gets there through the AVID/TOPS Program through
which she also did volunteer work. Noor also volunteered with By Youth For Youth at United Way. Noor’s
excellence earned her Phi Theta Kappa membership at Madison College.
Reahsah Pagel has been searching for justice as she has readied herself for the next academic level
while at LaFollette High. Reahsah has been fighting for social and gender justice, participating in city
events through Freedom, Inc. She also is college bound through her involvement with the UW
PEOPLE Program. Reahsah has been perched on the honor roll and was named an Urban League
Outstanding Young Person. Reahsah will be a PEOPLE Scholar this fall at UW-Madison.
Pazong Thao has stayed close to her cultural roots while preparing for the
challenge of higher education during her La Follette career. Pazong prepared for
college through the UW PEOPLE Program. She was involved in the cheer squad
and the United Asian Club. In her free time, Pazong has been involved with
Freedom Inc. where she learned Hmong dance. Pazong has been perched on the
honor roll and will use a La Follette Scholarship Award to attend UW-Madison this
Wa Yang has had a laser focus on achievement at La Follette High. Wa has received an Attendance
Achievement Award, a Certificate of Appreciation, a Spring Art Show Certificate Award, a Certificate of
Achievement, Outstanding Effort and Excellence twice, the Award for Excellence in Scientific Inquiry,
and Award of Outstanding Academic Achievement, and an Outstanding Academic Excellence Award.
A National Honor Society and La Société Honoraire de Francois member, Srihari S. Gopalan has
excelled in many endeavors of Memorial High student life while achieving academic excellence. Srihari
has been captain of the boys’ varsity tennis team, co-president of Health Occupations Students of
America and co-president of the Science Bowl and competed on the math team and the table tennis
club. He has also been active in Spartan Youth Service Club, Cyber Patriots, French Club and chemistry
club and Business Leaders of America. Srihari has also been a peer tutor. During his free time, Srihari
has participated in South Indian Classical Music competitions in the Midwest and East Coast. He has
given five public concerts including one in India. Srihari has performed with the Wisconsin Youth
Symphony Orchestra, four years in solo & ensemble competitions. He has volunteered with the
Alzheimer’s Association of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Tamil Sangam, the Indian Music Circle of
Wisconsin and the Melharmony Festival. Srihari has fit in time to work at Mathnasium providing math tutoring. Srihari’s excellence
earned him second place in the Capital Science and Engineering’s biological and environmental science category, third place in the
grand awards category and the ASM Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit in Material Sciences. He received eighth place in the Chemistry
Olympiad and third place in the regional Science Bowl. Srihari will be attending UW-Madison this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Zafirah Kamal provided leadership and energy to Memorial’s school
community during high school. Zafirah was president of K-Pop Club, Superhero Volunteer Club and
Family Career and Community Leaders of America. She was treasurer of the Muslim Students
Association and a varsity member of the math team. Zafirah was also active with the Korean Culture
Club, the Student Activist Club, Spartan Youth Service Club, the National Society of High School
Scholars, the costume designers club and the anime club. Zafirah helped organize the first Multicultural
Night and several community nights. She learned about the field of medicine through Health
Occupations Students of America,
Albert Men has been competitive on and off the court as he reached the next level of his educational
career at Memorial High. Albert competed in the Madison Area Mathematics League and on the varsity
tennis team. He learned about the business world through Future Business Leaders of America and
served school and community through Spartan Youth Service Club. He also explored the world of
medicine through his volunteerism at St. Mary’s Hospital. Albert 6is headed to UW-Madison this fall.
Justin Stroot has exhibited an artistic flair as well as academic excellence during his
Memorial High career. Justin attended open studio times in the art department and
worked on a major chalk sign for his school's winter art sale. Justin’s hard work paid off
as he had some of his art works displayed in Memorial’s art exhibit and he was voted
Most Artistic Guy by the school’s Senior Superlatives. Justin also developed a video in the
animation club to submit to the school’s film festival. During some of his free time, Justin
and members of his family along with his dad’s friend would pick up trash along the
Beltline Hwy. The first stop on Justin’s advanced learning career is a tattoo apprenticeship
this fall.
Baoku Vang is college-ready upon graduating from Memorial High. Baoku prepared for the next academic level
through the UW PEOPLE Program and learned some leadership skills as the United Asian Club treasurer. Baoku
will be using a Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship to attend Madison College this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Clio Winnowski has hit the perfect pitch of academic excellence
and student experience at Memorial High. Perched on the honor roll, Clio has competed in tennis,
cross country and track & field while also lifting her weight in the Speed and Strength Club. She has
also performed community service through Spartan Youth Service Club. Clio enjoys performing with
the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, earning an attendance award along the way. She has also
been nominated for their Blankenburg Leadership Award. She will be attending Redeemer University
this fall.
A member of the National Honor Society, Caleigh Wong is leaning into the tape of
academic excellence at Memorial High. Caleigh competed in track & field all four
years and was a team captain. She was also active in the Spartan Leaders Program
and Spirit Day. In her free time, Caleigh has enjoyed volunteering at track & field and
Iron Man events. Caleigh will enroll at Madison College this fall and will then transfer
to UW-Madison.
A National Honor and Spanish Society member, Julia Zhou stepped up to provide leadership at Memorial
High while attaining academic excellence. Julia was president of the National Honor Society and the
Spartan Youth Service Club and was captain of the varsity tennis team. She competed in the Forensics
Public Speaking Club and on the varsity math team. Julia also explored business through Future Business
Leaders of America and found time to perform with the JMM Singers. During her non-school hours, Julia
has performed violin with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and did summer internships at UW-
Madison’s Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research. In addition she performed over 600 hours of
community service at places from food pantries to elementary schools to tennis centers to animal rescue
centers. Julia’s excellence has resulted in her being named a National Merit Finalist, a Presidential
Scholars Program Semi-finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Julia’s achievements earned her a slot
in the UC-Berkeley freshman class where she hopes to study molecular and cellular biology.