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2017-18 Midterm Awards

2017-18 Midterm Awards

Outstanding Award

Honors students who embody strong moral character, excellent academics, great work ethics, and strong leadership that set themselves as role models.

Hanxuan Ji, Class of 2020, Dance Track

“Fiona is doing excellent in Geometry. She is a self-motivated and quick learner who is able to apply what she learned into new situations. She actively participates in class and likes to share her insight with the class.” — Miss Lu Lu, Geometry Teacher

“Strict to herself in all aspects; earnestly exhorts peers; kind and diligent.” — Dorm Teachers

“Very attentive during dance classes, and is often one of the last students to leave the dance studios during self practice.” — Miss Alison Chen, Dance Teacher

Wanrong Qiu, Class of 2020, Music Track

“WanRong always comes to class with a smile. She works very, very hard and completes her assignments with quality.” — Miss Lu Lu, Geometry Teacher

“WanRong is always polite and eager to learn. She is a conscientious, hard-working student.” — Dr. Zheng Qu, Chinese History Teacher

“A great girl with many good characteristics. She practices Bassoon very hard everyday. Her playing is improving always.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Chair of Music Dept.

Shang Ming Qin Li, Class of 2019 , Fine Arts Track

“Constantly demonstrates hard work in all of her assignments, and showcases wonderful excellence in both academics and in the arts.” — Mr. Michael Sokoler, History Teacher

“Ally is kind and hard-working student. She is polite to adults and peers in and out of the classroom.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Thankful and sunny to others. Diligently strive for professional experience.” — Dorm Teachers

Isabelle Wu, Class of 2019, Fine Arts Track

“Positive, motivated and hard-working; very polite with good manners;  doing very well in class.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Isabelle is a very earnest in her studies. I’d like to thank her for helping me in the classroom and wish her all the success with future drawing artwork.” — Miss Jieqing Zhou, Fine Arts Teacher

“Good at coordinating, organizing and helping to keep dorm clean; she won trust from roommates and teachers. ” — Dorm Teachers

Yufei Xu, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Xiaofei is an inquisitive learner who enjoys analyzing situations and making new discoveries. He is able to apply what he learned into new situations, and he completes assignments with quality in mind. Notably, Xiaofei has shown a strong ability of doing independent research to sort out difficult problems and challenging questions before he asks for help.” — Miss Lu Lu, AP Chemistry Teacher

“As a Club President, Xiaofei is very responsible, coordinates and organizes activities.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Chair of Music Dept.

Character Award

Honors students for strong moral character, positive attitude, self-discipline and effort.

Xin Lian, Class of 2024, Dance Track

“Top notch work every time, and outstanding behavior in class, Paula is a model student.” — Mr. Matt Carl, English Teacher

“Paula is an attentive, hard working student in class, she is always a role model for others. I believe she has a lot of potential in dance.” — Miss Chloe Chan, Dance Teacher

“Paula is a good model for all students. She always keeps everything neatly.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Oliver Mantyk, Class of 2024, Music Track

“Oliver is doing extremely well in class. He is a hard worker and participates on a regular basis.” — Mr. Mark Horler, Social Study Teacher

“Oliver is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. He’ll build a solid math foundation with a persistent effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Junko Takahashi, Class of 2024, Dance Track

“I would like to nominate Junko for both Character & Academics award, both 5’s.” — Miss Kim Crespin, ESL Teacher

“Junko is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. She understands the class content even with language barrier.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Victoria Wu, Class of 2024, Dance Track

“Victoria is a smart and bright child. She always faces challenges with a smile. Keep up the good work.” — Miss Chloe Chan, Dance Teacher

“Vicky is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. She also help classmates that has language barrier. ” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Chenxi Zhao, Class of 2024, Dance Track

“Bryan is being recognized for his hard work and academic achievement.” — Mr. Chris Montalto, Science Teacher

“Bryan is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. He will excel in math with a persistent effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Katherine Parker, Class of 2023, Dance Track

“Katie goes above and beyond for every assignment. She has shown sharp understanding of everything we have done, but her effort has made the difference between good and great.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Katie has very good manners, and is very respectful. She is a hard worker during class. I enjoy teaching her.” — Miss Chloe Chan, Dance Teacher

Yuyang Jiang, Class of 2022, Dance Track

“Yuyang is always thoughtful of others, always respectful, and gives her full dedication to all of her work. She demonstrates excellence on a consistent basis.  She never gives less than total effort to all her work.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

Eva Grossjohann, Class of 2021, Dance Track

“Eva can always perform high quality of work on her programming project. Her works are extraordinarily impressive. Keep it up.” — Mr. Anson Zhao, Web Programming Teacher

“Eva is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. She absorb new concept quickly.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Chris Mei, Class of 2021, Dance Track

“Chris always fulfills his obligations with excellence.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Time and again, Chris has shown the ability to adhere to what is right in the face of peer pressure and other challenges with calm and rational resilience.” — Mr. Mingye Liu, Chair of Dance Dept.

Cathay Ma, Class of 2020, Music Track

“Kind and respectful; good self-control and self-management.” — Dorm Teachers

“Righteous, kindness, considerate of others and always ready to help.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

Yixi Xie, Class of 2020, Dance Track

“Jack has shown respect and positive attitude towards dance and class in general. His serves as an influential reminder in ethic and behavior.” — Mr. Brian Cao, Dance Teacher

“He is polite and kind and took study very seriously. He always turned his homework in on time, participated class activities positively.” — Ms. Ruijin Ma, History Teacher

Rachael Yu, Class of 2020, Dance Track

“Rachael is a very good student who is really respectful to teachers and peers. She is obedient and kind-hearted. She puts evident efforts into her work as she accomplishes her assignments with quality in mind. She is quite attentive in class, and spends time and effort helping her friend in class.” — Miss Lu Lu, Math Teacher

“Realizing the high standards by the school, she became strict with her study and daily life.” — Dorm Teachers

Wei Huang, Class of 2019, Dance Track

“Wendy gets my nomination for her great manner and effort.” — Miss Yenhsiu Chen, Dance Teacher

“Strict to herself but generous, kind and respectful to others, and always ready to help others.” — Dorm Teachers

Mei Yu O, Class of 2019, Dance Track

“Mei Yu gets my nomination for both Character and Artistic Achievement.” — Miss Yenhsiu Chen, Dance Teacher

“Positive attitude, hard-working and academic excellence. Meiyu is very polite with good manners.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

Leadership Award

Honors students for active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that made positive impact to school.

Alice Tang, Class of 2019, Academic Track

“Alice has strong mathematical skills and Physics skills. Very attentive. Completes all assignments in time and pays great attention to details. Actively participates in class discussions and asks questions when needs clarification. Always positive and motivated. A great pleasure to have in class.” — Mrs. Valeria Dyman, Physics & AP Calculus Teacher

“Alice is, no doubt, an excellent student in the class.” — Mr. Anson Zhao, A World Bridge Teacher

Anna Yan, Class of 2019, Dance Track

“Anna gets my nomination for her strong leadership and good character.” — Miss Yenhsiu Chen, Dance Teacher

“Anna is very positive and motivated student and always completes her assignments in time and pays attention to details. She participates in class and asks questions when needs clarifications.” — Mrs. Valeria Dyman, Physics & AP Calculus Teacher.

Hongsheng Zhou, Class of 2019, Music Track

“Hongsheng is able to consistently offer unique insight into all of our class discussions, showcasing both an enthusiasm and a desire to take an active role in our class work. I nominate him for both Leadership and Academic Award.” — Mr. Michael Sokoler, History Teacher

Lixuan Ding, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Lixuan is a model student. She is a very diligent learner and practice Erhu very hard everyday. She plays her role very well in the orchestra. Lixuan does everything with righteous thought. As senior class leader, she is trying her best to do her job.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Qinyang Jiang, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Qinyang is an adorable girl who everyone likes. Her Viola playing improves very fast. I was very impressed with her victory in the Student Council election. The whole music track feels honored to have such a great leader.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Erin Leung, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Erin is being recognized for her hard work and academic achievement.” — Mr. Chris Montalto, Business Management Teacher

“Erin is doing very well. Her strong dedication towards her work is always a delight to see. Additionally, she consistently enjoys pushing herself to exceed expectations on all assignments, going above and beyond to secure strong scores which is why she has an A+.” — Mr. Michael Sokoler, History Teacher

Grace Li, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Grace is a bright girl who always works hard and try her best in both the music and academic studies.” —- Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

“Grace is one of the best students I have had in 32 years of teaching.” — Mr. Mark Horler, Civics Teacher

Tianyao Wang, Class of 2018, Academic Track

“Tianyao is a righteous, kind and hard-working student. He helps set a positive atmosphere in the class and willing to help others. Excellent in academics, teamwork and leadership.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Tianyao is doing very well, he is a hard worker and participates in class on a regular basis. I am very pleased with his progress.” — Mr. Mark Horler, Social Study Teacher

Academic & Artistic Achievement Award

Recognizes students for achieving academic and artistic excellence.

Yutong Kong, Class of 2020, Music Track

“Yutong gets my vote for academic excellence. A+!” — Mr. Zheng Qu, Chinese History Teacher

“Emily is a great girl with many good characteristics like hard working, sincerity, enthusiasm etc. She practices the Viola very hard everyday. Her playing improves fast that we were very impressed by her performance in the concert practice. She always thinks of others first and is very thoughtful.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Daniel Cui, Class of 2019, Music Track

“Daniel is extraordinary student. He is always positive and very motivated student. He learns very quick and shows great interest in the subject.” — Mrs. Valeria Dyman, AP Physics Teacher

“Daniel is really a talented musician. His performance in the VIP event was impressive. He plays both clarinet and percussion in the orchestra. He is very enthusiastic in helping others during rehearsal.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Academic Award

Recognizes students for achieving academic excellence.

Amber Wang, Class of 2023, Music Track

“Amber gets my vote for both academics and character.” — Mr. Mark Horler, Social Study Teacher

“Amber has a sold math foundation and is an active thinker. She will excel in math by keeping up the good effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Alice Wang, Class of 2023, Dance Track

“Alice has a sold math foundation and is an active thinker. She will excel in math by keeping up the good effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

“I nominate Alice for her academic excellence.” — Mr. Mark Horler, Social Study Teacher

Xiaoyun Hu, Class of 2022, Dance Track

“Michelle has strong work ethic and ability for all assignments.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Michelle has a solid math foundation and is an active thinker. She will excel in math by keeping up the good effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Alan Li, Class of 2022, Music Track

“Alan has great understanding for the subtle nuances of text, and brings a palpable voice to his writing.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Alan is a very gifted young musician. He shows excellent listening ability and Violin playing. What he accomplished during the Summer amazed everyone.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Chair of Music Dept.

Kevin Xu, Class of 2022, Music Track

“Kevin is always attentive to his work, and generates outstanding results.  His presence in class helps focus the group’s energy.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Kevin has a sold math foundation and is an active thinker. He will excel in math by keeping up the good effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Wanqi Zhao, Class of 2021, Dance Track

“Vicky is very straightforward and easygoing. Also she always participates in-class activities very well. She did well during the first quarter. I am sure she can make a lot of progress in this school year.” — Mrs. Ruijin Ma, History Teacher

“Vicky is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. She has solid math foundation and is diligent in her work. Keep up the effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Julia Zhu, Class of 2021, Academic Track

“Julia is a self-motivated learner who has high expectations for herself. She has been doing very well in her academic classes.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Julia provides high-level professional work.” — Mr. Anson Zhao, A World Bridge Teacher

Trueman Wu, Class of 2019, Academic Track

“Trueman is an inquisitive learner who enjoys analyzing, and is able to break down complex problems into simple components. He is an independent thinker and often shares his insightful ideas.” — Miss Lu Lu, AP Chemistry Teacher

“Trueman is an excellent, highly motivated and hard-working student. He is polite and always ready to help.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Always keeps excellent high-class work and highly self-disciplined.” — Mr. Anson Zhao, A World Bridge Teacher

Minghui Zhang, Class of 2018, Academic Track

“Minghui is a motivated and hard-working student. She has been doing very well in her academic classes.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Minghui is very positive and motivated student. She has very deep understanding of the subject and performed at a very high level. Minghui is very friendly and polite student. She always completes her assignments in time and pays attention to details.” — Mrs. Valeria Dyman, AP Calculus Teacher

Artistic Achievement Award

Recognizes students for achieving artistic excellence.

Aila Verheijke, Class of 2021, Dance Track

“Aila shows potential in dance, and I hope she can push herself to improve more. She is a good girl who is always helping her friends.” — Miss Alison Chen, Dance Teacher

“Aila is an active thinker and an active participant in class activities. She has good math foundation. Keep up the effort and she’ll excel in math.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Yuchen Hua, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Rebecca is a very smart girl with music talent. She has a very natural sense of music expression. She is a hard worker and could strive for her goal. She did a great job in Ear Training & Music Theory classes. She was a great flutist in our orchestra. If Rebecca could keep up in a more steady performance, and a more stable emotion, she certainly would be one of our best music graduates in the future.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Eugene Liu, Class of 2018, Music Track

“Eugene has great music talent. He shows good control of advanced techniques as well as musicality. You could hear how well he understands the structure of the music through his performance. Besides, he has strong character of leadership. He was born with it.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Wanrong Qiu, Class of 2020, Music Track

(See teacher comments for her Leadership Award.)

Mei Yu O, Class of 2019, Dance Track

(See teacher comments for her Character Award.)

Alan Li, Class of 2022, Music Track

(See teacher comments for his Academic Award.)

Improvement Award

Recognizes students for positive changes in attitude and effort.

Kangqi Ren, Class of 2024, Dance Track

“At first, Peter was undisciplined and wild in class, but now he is a completely respectful and attentive student who works diligently at improving his skills, and seeks growth.” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Peter tries very hard in class and grasps key points well through active thinking. He has shown great character and artistic talent in dance.” — Mr. Brian Cao, Dance Teacher

Hei Choi, Class of 2023, Class of 2023, Music Track

“Jimmy consistently demonstrates a strong grasp of ideas and he always asks just the right questions.  His dedication to excellence is powerful, and his work has been superior..” — Mr. Matt Carl, ELA Teacher

“Jimmy is a talented young musician who has great sense of music. His violin technique improved a lot this year. He behaves much better that last year, yet needs better self-control still.” — Conductor Wenwen Chou, Music Dept. Chair

Siegfried Wu, Class of 2023, Dance Track

“Siegfried is being recognized for his hard work and academic achievement.” — Mr. Chris Montalto, Science Teacher

“Siegfried improved significantly in math this school year. He is focused in class and actively participate in all learning activities. His math foundation is a bit weak. But I believe he will gradually improve with his persistent effort.” — Mr. Tim Sun, Math Teacher

Dunhuang Liu, Class of 2021, Music Track

“Dunhuang is a conscientious student with an amazingly positive attitude, an inquisitive mind and exemplary work ethic. She has assimilated to the rigorous life at Fei Tian Academy and will make this school proud wherever she goes later as a student. I feel privileged to have her in my class.” — Mrs. Kati Vereshaka, ELS Teacher

Albert Sun, Class of 2020, Academic Track

“Albert is polite, self-motivated and very attentive in class. He has been doing very well in his academic classes.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

“Big change from last year, highly self-disciplined anytime, work proactively, self-motivation.” — Mr. Anson Zhao, A World Bridge Teacher

Meichun Sze, Class of 2020, Fine Arts Track

“Meichun has made a lot of progress since last semester. I am very happy to see she got more motivation to learn. I am positive that she will make more progress in the next quarter.” — Mrs. Ruijin Ma, History Teacher

“Meichun pays close attention to details when instructions are given and asks appropriate questions. She has strong motivation and works hard to complete assignments on time. She is a wonderful student to have in my classroom.” — Miss Jieqing Zhou, Fine Arts Teacher

Daniel Xu, Class of 2020, Dance Track

“Daniel has improved his focus and attentiveness in class and as a result, has shown noticeable improvement in his dancing.” — Mr. Mingye Liu, Dance Dept. Chair

“Daniel gets my vote for improving his work ethic. He is attentive, and has been doing well in class.” — Miss Gloria Shang, Chinese Teacher

Caiheng Wang, Class of 2019, Fine Arts Track

“She has a strong dedication to all of her work, putting forth tremendous effort in all of her assignments and studies.” — Mr. Michael Sololer, History Teacher

“Good manners. She’s improved her appreciation of traditional lifestyle and value. Very good efforts.” — Dorm Teachers

“Alice is very motivated and works hard to complete all her assignments on time. She is an enthusiastic learner committed to do her best.” — Miss Jieqing Zhou, Fine Arts Teacher

Honorable Mention

Nominated by teachers for merits, including grades, effort, manner and improvement.

Annie Sun, Class of 2021, Academic Track

Shan Wu, Class of 2020,  Academic Track

Anna He, Class of 2019, Academic Track

Huaqi Zhang, Class of 2018, Academic Track

Suming Zhang, Class of 2018, Academic Track

Nora Huang, Class of 2023, Dance Track

Jenna Klemann, Class of 2023, Dance Track

Tianyuan Ma, Class of 2023, Dance Track

Nikou Baniasadi , Class of 2022, Dance Track

Justin Cui, Class of 2022, Dance Track

Yufong, Chiu, Class of 2021, Dance Track

Lotusie Nguyen, Class of 2021, Dance Track

Justin Sun, Class of 2021, Dance Track

Sacia Ashe, Class of 2020, Dance Track

Charlie Cai, Class of 2020, Dance Track

Kexin Jiao, Class of 2020, Dance Track

Yingtong Li, Class of 2020, Dance Track

Kadelin Nguyen, Class of 2020, Dance Track

Lee Rubacek, Class of 2020, Dance Track

Tianzhen Xiong, Class of 2019, Dance Track

Pin Jou Liao, Class of 2024, Fine Arts Track

Chikage Ida, Class of 2020, Fine Arts Track

Amy Yin, Class of 2020, Fine Arts Track

Tammi Okamura, Class of 2024, Music Track

Lily Li, Class of 2021, Music Track

Aaron Wong, Class of 2021, Music Track