Outstanding Asian American High School graduates in
Madison and Neighboring Areas
SUN PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL
Juwayriyah Huq has paid attention to issues in the broader world while staying focused on academic excellence at Sun Prairie
High. Juwayriyah has been active with Amnesty International, the Environment Club and Young Democrats while competing on the
tennis team. She has also held down a job while earning academic awards.
Wa Lee has used her creative drive to help people explore her cultural roots while she has become
firmly planted in academic achievement. Wa has written stories and shared them in her Hmong class and
has written plays about Hmong culture and history. She has stayed fit through MSCR volleyball, the
hip-hop dance club and north side dance. Wa started preparing for college through the UW PEOPLE
Program and was active in the United Asian Club. She volunteered at UW animal science and for the Pi
3.14 Run. Wa is CPR certified and has received numerous awards including a PEOPLE Program award
and first place in a SOAR poster contest.
Ishan Luitel has set a fast academic pace during his Sun Prairie High career.
Ishan competed on the cross country and track & field teams. He learned
about the world of business through DECA. In his free time, Ishan enjoys
teaching Nepali children how to read and write, helping out at Brat Fest and
wrapping gifts at the mall. He’s also involved with God’s Champion. Ishan’s
excellence has earned him leadership, community service and academic
excellence awards from the Nepali American Friendship Association. He also
received a legacy award.
A National Honor Society member, Josiah Moua has academically excelled while filling his Sun Prairie days with meaningful
activities. Josiah developed his leadership skills on the student council and challenged himself academically in nine AP classes,
explored business through DECA and explored the health fields through Health Occupations Students of America. He found
time to compete in cross country and track & field, participated in the Multicultural and Asian American Clubs and squeezed in
time to play the violin. In his free time, Josiah volunteered at places like Assisted Living and worked part time at Party City. He
has stayed on the honor roll and has received several academic awards.
A National Honor Society member, Latsami Sysouvanh has been serving up some academic
excellence at Sun Prairie High. Latsami played #2 singles her first two years on the varsity girls
tennis team and finished as the #1 singles player and co-captain and volunteers to teach tennis for
the Greater Madison Tennis Association and at the Cherokee Country Club. She has qualified for
the individual and team State Tennis Tournaments, placed 1st in the Big 8 Conference tournament
and 1st place at sectionals all four years. For the past two years, Latsami has been named the All
Area Tennis Player of the Year. She has played in the school orchestra since 5th grade and has
volunteered with Iron Man, a Box of Balloons fundraiser, A Night to Remember and at various
Mikayla Her has made the most of her Sun Prairie High stay as she attained academic excellence. Mikayla developed her leadership skills on the student council
and as president of the K-POP Club. She was also a leader at Victory Hmong Alliance Church serving as their youth secretary and now their youth president and
as president of the Korean Dance Club. Mikayla was also active in Asian Club and the math league. Through service learning, Mikayla was involved in after
school homework ministry, the school melting pot event, orchestra mentoring, a current event debate and the student council food drive. Her volunteerism in the
community has been extensive, helping out in such organizations and events such as UW Hospital, the Acewood Alliance Food Pantry, the Asian Club egg roll
fundraiser and Orchestra Christmas volunteering at retirement homes. Mikayla’s excellence has earned her SPHS Academic Award 1 and 2.
Caitlyn Lee has nurtured her leadership skills at Sun Prairie High as she has striven for academic excellence. Caitlyn has been president of the Chinese Club
and was named honorary president of the Spanish Club. She competed in an Olympiad and has been active with Students Making a Change and the Asian Club.
During her free time, Caitlyn has volunteered at the art fair. She received a Cardinal Way recognition.
Mao Xiong has embraced a competitive spirit on and off the court during her stay at Sun Prairie High. Mao competed in track & field, varsity badminton and
varsity tennis for which she competed in the state meet her senior year. She has also been active with the Diversity Club and vice-president of the Multicultural
Club. During the Madison College Asian Youth Fair, Mao won a scholarship for her spoken word performance about growing up Hmong during the talent show.
While racing to the finish line of her Verona High career, Megan Blas has also given much of her time to school and community.
Megan competed in cross country and track & field. She was active with the French Club and president of the Interact Club
through which she volunteered at walk/runs, roadside pickups, card making and other community activities. Megan also
volunteered as a Spanish teacher for a 3rd grade class at Glendale Elementary. She was on the Verona Interact Leadership
Conference and worked part-time at Sugar River Pizza. Megan received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, was named a Rotary
Student of the Month and received a local Verona scholarship.
A member of the National Honor Society, Edward Park has been on the top of his academic game at Verona High. He scored
5 in AP calculus, language and compositions, world history and U.S. history and a 4 in AP statistics and literature and
composition. During his senior year, Edward has been dually enrolled at UW-Oshkosh for Calculus 2. Edward found his voice
through forensics and competed in the state competition three times and lettered twice. Edward also came in second in the
American Legion Oratorical District Competition. He has found the time to volunteer with the Badger Prairie Needs Network. It is
no wonder that graduating with summa cum laude distinction and an ACT score of 33 that Edward will be taking up
mathematics or actuarial science at UW-Madison.
A National Honor Society member, Michael Princl has excelled in many endeavors at Verona High.
Michael has been a member of the swim team for four years and earned his varsity letter. He has also
played cello for the symphonic orchestra all four years as well. He has competed in soccer and cross
country and been active with the French Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Away from
school, Michael has gone on mission trips to Montana and South Dakota. He has helped out with the
Capital Christmas Pageant, Brat Fest, the Catholic Multicultural Center and a soup kitchen. Michael
received an AP scholar award and will be graduating summa cum laude and attending UW-Milwaukee
A member of the National Honor Society, Qiuwen Quan has proven her
excellence in many fields of interest at Verona High. Quiwen competed
in the Science Olympiad and placed 2nd in chemistry lab, competed in
forensics and earned gold, silver and bronze medals and competed on
the math team and placed 5th in an individual event. She nurtured her
performance art side as a member of the vocal jazz and jazz orchestra
groups and in the fall musical and attained a solo & ensemble district
score of high 2. Quiwen has also been active in the French Club, the
multicultural leadership council, youth court and in Ultimate Frisbee. She
has been a freshman mentor and involved in peer tutoring and learning.
During her free time, Quiwen enjoys volunteering at the public library.
Quiwen was named an Urban League Outstanding Young Person.
A National Honor Society member, Varshu Saravanakumar honed her leadership skills on the student council. Through the
Interact Club and other opportunities, Varshu earned her silver cord doing tutoring, volunteering at the school’s library, a middle
school and the Verona Public Library and with the community meal served up by the Badger Prairie Needs Network.
A National Honor Society member, Priya Shenoi has been at the top of her game at Verona High.
As a member of the varsity volleyball team, Priya was named to the 2nd team and then 1st team all-
conference. She has been active with German Club and went on the German trip. Priya
participated in the food and blood drive, mentored other students and gave back to the community
through the Interact Club. She exercised her leadership skills on the student council and worked on
the yearbook. Out in the community, Priya volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital, the St. Vincent de
Paul food pantry and at local races and tutored other students. A member of the honor roll all four
years, Priya will be attending the University of Minnesota to study environmental engineering.
Jon Stepanenkov has attained academic excellence at Verona High
while giving back to the community. Through the Interact Club, Jon
volunteered with the Badger Prairie Needs Network food pantry and
Noel Manor. As a member of the German Club, Jon volunteered at their
club church dinner.
WEST HIGH SCHOOL
While pursuing academic success at Verona High, Lucky Lee has been
involved in anything that has to do with art. He also loves playing games,
whether it’s on a game board or in a group activity. Lucky has received
certificates and awards for his art.
Jade Yang has been wired into academic excellence at Sun Prairie
High. Through the Chromebook Club, Jade helps repair broken student
chrome books. She is a two-time National Center for Women in
Information Technology aspirations Award recipient. Jade exercised
her leadership skills as president of the Spanish Club and on the
Cardinal Way Council, which is dedicated to improving the school
environment. In her free time, Jade volunteers with Sunshine Suppers,
with events in the community and at the upcoming A Night to
Remember prom for students with disabilities.
VERONA HIGH SCHOOL
A member of the National Honor Society, Hariharan Jayaraaman has moved steadily toward the
finish line of academic excellence and his future career. Hariharan competed in cross country and
track & field. He was the cross country captain as well as captain of the math team. He was
active with the Interact Club and volunteered at UW Hospital. Hariharan will be pursuing a
biochemistry degree at UW-Madison this fall and to eventually go to medical school.
GoShang Axia Vang has been involved at Verona High while seeking academic excellence. GoShang developed her leadership
skills on the Multicultural Leadership Council and at the student leadership retreat. She was also active with the Verona Student
Union, the Minority Student Achievement Network and the multicultural showcase. She also showed her fashion flair in the Hmong
New Year fashion show at the Alliant Energy Center. GoShang will enroll in the liberal arts transfer program at Madison College
this fall and then transfer to UW-Milwaukee.