Two St. Louis-area high school seniors—one from , the other from Ladue—each have received a $2,000 scholarship for their success in Advanced Placement (AP) science and math classes. They are the only Missouri students to receive the award, which is administered by the Siemens Foundation.
A total of 101 high school students in 50 U.S. states received recognition.
“These students lead the nation in performance on Advanced Placement math and science courses and we are proud to recognize them for their academic excellence,” President Jeniffer Harper-Taylor of the Siemens Foundation stated in a news release issued Tuesday.
Qiaonan Zhong is a senior at . She has taken 13 AP courses, her favorite being biology. She placed first in state and sixth in the nation at a JETS TEAMS Engineering Competition. She plans to study biomedical engineering in college and aspires to be a neuroscientist. Her hobbies include playing the piano. Early exposure to science and math led to her interest in the subjects.
Shuyang Li is a senior at Clayton High School. He has taken 12 AP courses, his favorite being physics. He is a 2011 U.S. Physics Olympiad semifinalist. While he is undecided as to what he will study in college, his aspires to work as a surgeon, software programmer or lawyer. His hobbies include participating in mock trial. Visiting and observing a lab where his mother worked led to his interest in science and math.