New Oasis students are academically focused and take advantage of the many opportunities available to international students studying in the United States.
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KEVIN KUANHAO JIANG, JUNIOR, ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
The United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) is a highly-selective, high school mathematics competition held annually in the United States. Simply qualifying for this contest is one of the highest achievements a high-school student can earn.
Kevin Jiang, New Oasis student at Allentown Central Catholic High School, not only qualified as one of the 264 students selected from the 350,000 that entered the American Mathematics Competition, but he has now advanced to the final round.
The USAMO is the final round of the American Mathematics Competition. In order for a high school to register in this competition, it must have a math club. Jiang wanted to participate, so he founded a math club at his high school, the AMC Math Club, and assisted his teachers with the registration process.
Jiang enrolled in AP Physics and AP Calculus, and exceeded expectations in both.
When he’s not in math class at his school, he is participating on the Lehigh Valley American Regions Math League Team, the team in the local community which competes in the American Regions Math League, the premier national competition for math teams. It is the largest and most prestigious on-site math competition in the United States.
In addition to his success in his high school classes, Jiang plans to join the High School Scholar Program at Lehigh University, where he will attend college classes, on-campus, for college credit.
Jiang has agreed to become the assistant coach of the New Oasis AMC Training Program, a training program provided by New Oasis to prepare its students for the national math competition. Jiang was a student in the program last year, and wants to give back to his fellow New Oasis students.
He also plans to start an online AMC club for New Oasis Students. The club will encourage participation in the national competition and dedicate time to training New Oasis students.
RENA SHENGHAN GAO, FRESHMAN, THE RAVENSCROFT SCHOOL
Rena Gao, her host family, and president Sean Chen at headquarters
Only a freshman at The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina, Rena has already achieved more than most students achieve during their entire four years in high school.
She is actively involved in a number of extracurricular activities and was recently elected vice president of her school’s Student Government Association by her peers.
When she’s not in class, Rena often spends time taking care of students in Ravenscroft’s elementary school. She loves observing other’s behavior and offering help whenever she can. She has also worked with the Chinese-Culture Club, where she plans activities to introduce Chinese culture and language to other students.
The freshman student is especially interested in Psychology. When her academic adviser suggested a psychology summer program for Rena to attend, she didn’t hesitate to take action and apply for the Duke TIP Scholar weekend program in Abnormal Psychology.
She was admitted by the program shortly after applying. The scholar program is an intense, demanding, weekend session where students are challenged to think critically about themselves and the world.