2020 Outstanding Asian American Students in Dane County High Schools
From The Capital City Hues' Row of Excellence
MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL (CONT'D)
Caitlyn Se has added an artistic flair to her scientific drive for academic excellence at Memorial High. Caitlyn was
active in the Art and Animation clubs. She competed in cross country and has been a student activist. During her
free time, Caitlyn enjoys volunteering in the Madison Children’s Museum’s art studio, working on arts and crafts
with kids. Caitlyn has won a gold medal for drawing an illustration in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Contest
in 2017 and 2018. Caitlyn will be studying biology at UW-Madison this fall.
Sitting on the high honor roll with a 4.0 GPA, Ruchi Shah has brought a competitive spirit to her academic
game at Memorial High. Ruchi competed on the girls’ tennis team and on the math team. She worked on
the Sword & Shield newspaper and honed her leadership skills as the secretary of student government.
Ruchi served others through the Memorial Student Support Foundation and Spartan Youth Service. Ruchi
had her eye on the health field, being active in Health Occupation Students of America and putting in around
120 hours volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital. She also attended the WI Health Career Camp and was a
math instructor for Mathasium. Ruchi’s excellence earned her a UW Health Atrium Clinic Scholarship, which
she will use to study biology at UW-Madison this fall.
A National Honor Society, Michelle Shou has kept her mind on the business of academic excellence
at Memorial High. Michelle competed with Future Business Leaders of America and took first place in
accounting and third in accounting II at the state meet. She was equally competitive in Health
Occupation Students of America where she twice placed first in medical innovations at the state
HOSA meet. She also competed in forensics and on the math team and the tennis team. Michelle
was active with the school newspaper and reached out to others through tutoring and Spartan Youth
Service. In her free time, Michelle volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital and with the streaming website
Viki by providing translations and subtitles. Michelle is a National Merit Scholarship finalist who will
study computer science at Cornell University this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Tuong “Tim” Tran has designed a plan for academic excellence and a college
education at Memorial High. Tim prepared for collegiate life through the UW PEOPLE Program. He was social media
officer for Future Business Leaders of America and placed first in their regional competition. He also enjoyed
competing in Ultimate Frisbee. Tim has been a lifeguard at Parkcrest pool and has volunteered at the Alicia Ashman
Public Library. This fall, Tim will be studying mechanical engineering at UW-Madison.   
Lhaki Tsering charted a straight path to academic excellence during her Memorial High career. Lhaki
made sure she was going to attend college through AVID/TOPS and the UW-Madison Information
Technology Academy. She was also active in Tibet Club and the Mental Health Awareness Club. During
the summer, Lhaki has worked as a MSCR counselor. Lhaki will begin her collegiate career as a Scholar
of Promise at Madison College before transferring to UW-Madison as a PEOPLE Scholar.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Venika Vulpal has used her competitive spirit to
rise in the ranks of academic excellence at Memorial High. Venika placed first at the state Health Occupation
Students of America competition in her event for two years. She placed eighth at the state Future Business Leaders
of America competition and third at regionals. Venika was treasurer of SSF for two years and competed in Science
Olympiad. She gave to her school community through Spartan Youth Service and as a student tutor. She continued
her sense of service into the community, volunteering 289 hours at St. Mary’s Hospital. Venika is a devotee of
Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian Classical Dance and she completed her Arangatram. She received a Wisconsin
Young Arts Scholarship to continue her studies. Venika received AP Scholar and high honors recognitions and is
certified in CPR. Vennika will be majoring in neurobiology on a pre-med track at UW-Madison.
A National Honor Society member, Amanda Yao has been a top academic competitor at Memorial High.
Amanda competed with Future Business Leaders of America and placed first in regionals with Intro to
Financial Math, first in regionals, first at state and tenth nationally with Intro to Business Communications
and first at regionals and at state with Business Communications, which may have been aided by her
experience competing in forensics. Amanda was also active with Health Occupation Students of America
and earned first in Pharmacology at state and second in Behavioral Science. Amanda was also a school
tutor and was active in the Social justice Book Club. Amanda’s interest in medicine was also reflected in
her community service, volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital and Agrace hospice. Amanda’s excellence
earned her AP Scholar with Distinction and high honors recognition. She is a National Merit Scholarship
finalist and a Presidential Scholar candidate. Amanda will be attending the University of California-Berkeley
this fall.
A National Merit Scholarship finalist, Hannah Zhai has been competitive in everything she has tried on her way to
academic excellence. Hannah competed in tennis as well as in the Science Olympiad and on the math team. She
has given to others through Spartan Youth Service and at a local food pantry. Hannah will be graduating with high
honors.
Timothy Zhang has had a design for excellence during his Memorial High career. Timothy
competed on the cross-country and Ultimate Frisbee teams. He worked with the Sword & Shield
newspaper and served others through Spartan Youth Service and volunteered over 230 hours.
Timothy is a Boy Scout and earned its highest rank, Eagle Scout. Timothy will be studying
architecture this fall at Iowa State University.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Niriti Adhikari has explored the world of health
during her West High career. Niriti was active with Health Occupation Students of America and the Public
Health Club. She also joined the Himalayan Club. Out in the community, Niriti enjoyed volunteering at the
library and with the Nepali American Friendship Association teaching students the Nepali language. She also
worked at TJ Maxx. Niriti is an honor student and received a scholarship from the Nepali Association.
A National Honor Society member, Bohan Dong has striven for academic greatness at West High. In
his free time, Bohan has worked on developing his own sharing website.
Maya Edgoose has kept the rhythm of academic excellence at West High. Maya performs with the
Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin and has been active with the Japanese Club. She has
been involved with Raise Your Voice Club, a club to help with mental illness. Maya has also sat on
the honor roll.
Nuchee Vang has lent an artistic flair to her academic excellence at Memorial High. Nuchee
prepared for higher education through the UW PEOPLE Program. She has been highly
involved in all things art at Memorial and has led the animation club. She loves music and
performed in the school orchestra for a couple of years. In the community, Nuchee enjoys
volunteering with Meals on Wheels. For her excellence, Nuchee was recognized as an
Optimist Student of the Month and was nominated for a Kiwanis award back in middle school.
She will be studying art and psychology at UW-Madison this fall.
Tamsin Engel has marched to the beat of academic excellence at West High. Tamsin
performed with the honor band and enjoyed creating ceramics. Tamsin has been involved
in her church and has held down a part-time job. The U.S. Figure Skating Association gave
Tamsin a graduating senior award.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Steven Gio has excelled academically at
West High. Steven was named a Presidential Scholar.
Yam Maya Gurung became college-ready through her career of academic excellence at West
High. Through the UW PEOPLE Program, Yam prepared for the collegiate level. She performed
with the Himalayan Club as part of Fine Arts Week and helped with the MoMo workshop. Yam
explored the field of medicine through Health Occupation Students of America and was a fashion
show participant during All Nations Day. During the Nepalese New Year, Yam performed with a
dance group. She has been active with the Nepali American Friendship Association’s Deusi
Bhailo. Yam also completed a UW Health internship. Yam is the recipient of a West High
scholarship and will enter UW-Madison in the fall as a PEOPLE Scholar to study biology.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Kabiltan Kalaichelvan’s
academic career has taken off at West High. Kabiltan competed on the men’s soccer
and men’s tennis teams. He was also active in the West rocket club, often volunteering
at elementary schools with the club.
Han Byul Ko’s academic prowess has soared at West High. He has been involved in rocket club and has
volunteered at STEM activities.
Kong Lor has paved the way to higher education through his academic career at West High.
Kong used the UW PEOPLE and AVID/TOPS programs to prepare for the collegiate experience.
Kong completed an internship with the Urban League of Greater Madison in 2018 and worked
as a program leader with MSCR. Kong earned an honor cord and employability skills
certification. Kong will be majoring in biology at UW-Madison this fall.
PaDao Lor has been eager to pitch in for academic excellence at West High. PaDao prepared for the next
phase of her educational career through AVID/TOPS and helped prep for their meetings. She was also
happy to help out with Staff Day. PaDao also competed in soccer her first two years. In the community,
PaDao has volunteered with the Bayview Community Center, planning, leading and participating in
programs. She also participated in a Common Wealth program and was active with United Way of Dane
County’s By Youth For Youth funding committee.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Virginia Quach made sure
she was going to have a collegiate career during her West High stay. Virginia prepared for
college through the UW PEOPLE and AVID/TOPS programs. Virginia explored an education
career through TEEM Scholars. She helped out others through Key Club and was active with
One West and the Frida Kahlo Club. In her free time, Virginia was active with the Simpson
Street Free Press and competed on the Madtown Furies Rugby Club. She completed a
biomedical engineering internship, was active with Mobilizing Youth Voices and volunteered
at St. Vincent de Paul. Virginia’s excellence has attracted a lot of support to get to the next
level of her education. She earned a UW-Madison Chancellor’s Scholarship, a Women in
Focus Scholarship, a Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship and an Ernie Rothe
Scholarship. In addition she received the PEOPLE Walter Lane Award and an American
Legion Award. Virginia will be studying at UW-Madison this fall.   
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Isabel Rameker has been a long-
distance academic achiever at West High. Isabel competed in cross country her entire high school
career and varsity lacrosse for the past three years. She worked on the school newspaper and was
active with community problem solvers. In the community, Isabel provided childcare at her church and
was on the youth governance committee of the Dane County Board of Supervisors. She also fit in a part
time gig as a lifeguard. Isabel’s excellence led to her being named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
She will begin the next leg of her academic journey at Carleton College this fall.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Society member, Diana Tamayo Morales has
stood up for community while taking care of her academic business at West High.
Diana prepared for college through the UW PEOPLE program. Diana was active with
Familia Latina, One West and Centro Hispano’s [Re]Generación and Escalera
programs. She took to the streets, if necessary, to stand up for people’s rights with
Voces de la Frontera. Diana marched the Día sin Latinos walkout and was present with
the ICE in Madison Rally at West. Diana received an employability skills certificate and
is an honor roll student. Diana will enter UW-Madison this fall as a PEOPLE Scholar to
study political science and sociology.
WEST HIGH SCHOOL
After achieving academic excellence at West High, Yiyang Wang will begin the next leg of her academic
journey at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Neng Lor has heard the call of academic excellence at West High. Neng has been
active with Speak and Be Heard Club. She has prepared for college through
AVID/TOPS. In her free time, Neng enjoys volunteering at the Bayview Community
Center and was a member of United Way of Dane County’s By Youth For Youth
funding committee. Neng sat on the honor roll for two years and will begin her
collegiate career at UW-Madison this fall.
A National Honor Society member, Ian Shi has hit the exosphere of academic excellence
at West High. Ian has been active with the rocket club and competed in Science Olympiad.
Ian was a finalist in the Intel International Science 4 Engineering Fair. He also competed
in varsity soccer and was named to the first team All-Conference soccer team. Ian has
also been active with Green Club. Out in the community, Ian has volunteered with the
Madison Children’s Museum and the Wisconsin Science Festival.
A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, Suchin Yang has flourished with
STEM during her West High career. Suchin competed on the girls’ tennis team and in the Science
Olympiad. She was also active in CMPS. Suchin performed a biomedical engineering research
internship and volunteered at local hospitals. Suchin is graduating as an AP Scholar with Honor
and will study chemistry this fall at Wellesley College.
Wesley Yin has devised a perfect formula for academic excellence at West High of
balance between academics and co-curriculars. Wesley competed in tennis and the
Science Olympiad through which he earned various state medals. In his free time,
Wesley enjoyed performing with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and
Music Makers. Wesley will begin his collegiate career this fall at Washington
University in St. Louis.