The Young Achiever Award (YAA) is a key program for CIE/USA-DFW Chapter. The YAA is designed to encourage the younger generation of CIE members to achieve high academic performance, develop leadership skills, develop strong interest in engineering, and participate in extracurricular and community volunteer activities to enable them to achieve the greatest possible impact in their communities. These well-rounded skills will help them become better leaders in this very competitive global market place.
CIE is honored to have the professionals from industries to select our YAA winners. Twenty-eight entries were received and out of those, twenty applicants were distinguished to be the recipients of the award. The twenty winners are all truly outstanding based on their extraordinary all round achievements in academic performance, demonstration of exemplary leadership and voluntary involvement in community activities. The following is the list of the winners:
- Emily Tan (Jasper High School, Grade 10)
- Shirley Zhang (Hockaday School, Grade 10)
- Emily Tang (Shepton High School, Grade 10)
- Amy Chyao (Plano East Senior High, Grade 11)
- Michelle Lee (Plano West Senior High, Grade 11)
- Mark Lee (Plano West Senior High, Grade 11)
- Christine Lu Yuan (Jasper High School/TAMS, Grade 10)
- Kevin Chen (Vines High School, Grade 10)
- Kimberley Yu (Shepton High School, Grade 10)
- Wenxi Li (Sheryl Li) (Plano Senior High, Grade 11)
- Alicia Tian Li (Plano Senior High School, Grade 11)
- Grace Hugh (Plano East Senior High, Grade 11)
- Faith Yu (Lamar High School/TAMS, Grade 10)
- William Huang (Jasper High School, Grade 10)
- Stephany Liu (Plano West Senior High, Grade 11)
- Charles Jin (St Mark’s School of Texas, Grade 11)
- Jonathan Huang (Jasper High School, Grade 10)
- Angela Fu (Jasper High School/TAMS, Grade 10)
- Kevin Jiang (Shepton High School/TAMS, Grade 11)
- Henry (Yueheng) Zhang, (Liberty High School, Grade 11)
Impressive accolades of 2011 winners include:
- Five recipients have a class ranking of 1st in their respective schools.
- Three recipients have perfect SAT scores on Math, Critical Reading, Writing, Biology-M, and Chinese Subject Tests
- 1st place, Northlake Regional Science Olympiad Tournament
- 1st place, 2010 Impromptu Speaking at FBLA Texas State Convention
- 1st Grad Prize, 2011 Texas Junior Academy of Science (TJAS)
- 1st place, 2010 Annual 7 to Smoke Breakdance Competition
- U.S. Patent#61300296 (Pending 2010) invention of Triple-ring IPTV Backbone Network.
- Intel ISEF Gordon Moore Award and Best of Category in Chemistry, 2010
- Dallas Regional Science Fair-Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award
- Co-author of scientific publication in The Journal of Biological Chemistry (2011)
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award.
- 2011 Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition Grand Prize
- Grand prize winner, 2010 Collin County Young Artists Competition and DMTA Symphonic Festival
- Gold Medal on National Spanish Exam
The major sponsors of the CIE 2011 YAA are Texas Instruments, AT&T, America First Insurance, and Diodes. CIE also appreciate the coordination effort by Ms. Jane Liu from Texas Instruments. YAA trophies and scholarship will be presented to recipients during the evening banquet of the CIE Annual Convention on Saturday, August 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson, Texas.