Gunn student advances to science competition nationals Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm
Gunn High School sophomore Joy Jin is part of a two-person team that will compete nationally against five other teams next month for the top $100,000 prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
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Posted by proud of you!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm
Looks like Melissa's desire to have a child from our district discover a cure for cancer is well on it's way to being realized. Congratulations on your achievement and keep on carrying on your good work!
Posted by To David P., a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm
David, we are all socialized not to consider race or gender when commenting about achievement, but without any scientific data, I think it's safe to say that Asian students tend to be more disciplined in their approach to education and knowledge. The culture seems to put great value on academic achievement and hard work. It's something that all other students and families could emulate! In some communities, only athletic achievements are rewarded - we need to also include music, art, traditional studies, reading, research, and just plain good old hard work and effort!
Posted by gcoladon, a resident of Mountain View, on Nov 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm gcoladon is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
To David Pepperdine: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Posted by rick, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Nov 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm rick is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Sounds like they may have the inside track on getting into Caltech, but is Caltech on their short-list? Wherever, the $100,000 top prize ($50k each) would go a long way toward funding their freshman year.
When they turn pro, they will be recruited by the big league teams, but should look for the best coaches. Apparently Jin and Luh have a great coach now, though I can't seem to find Dr Hu Li of UCSF on-line anywhere.
Agree with Green Acres resident that all achievements should be rewarded -- mental athletes as well as physical. Happily there exists a very broad spectrum of appreciative communities that support and cheer for their contestants. And our lives are enriched.