As a senior at Paradise Valley High School with a 4.8 GPA, Katherine Leung prides her many amazing accomplishments on her ability to pursue her passions, challenge herself and take advantage of the what she describes as “incredible opportunities” along her journey of excellence.

Despite her initial intimidation about entering high school, with the support of her parents, as well as many teachers and mentors along the way, Katherine was challenged and given the opportunity to explore her limits, define her path and shape her future. During her time in high school, she was the National High School President of SkillsUSA - a 300,000 member organization from which she has won five gold/silver medals at the State and Regional levels, a four-year member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Society of Women Scholars, a four-year member of the basketball team and varsity captain this year, and a National Merit finalist. In addition, she earned a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT. She hopes to have a paper published through a local engineering firm for research she did on the benefits of changing the orientation of 3D printed parts.

While Katherine’s path has been incredibly successful for her, she encourages others entering high school, “to remember not to compare themselves to others, but rather do whatever they can to follow their dreams regardless if others don’t believe they can do it.” As Katherine puts it, “each person has their own individual talents and everyone is brilliant in their own way.”  She credits her personal success to the many teachers and administrators for their involvement with her education. “Without these people, much of my high school experience would not have been possible. Their support has allowed me to explore my interests and capabilities and prepare for college,” said Katherine. She will be attending Princeton University in the fall.