Fall brims with new beginnings and fresh challenges. As seniors in high school embark on months of endings and “lasts,” they, too, are preparing for transitions after high school.
Before it’s time to don the mortarboards, let’s take a moment to give a tip of the hat to this year’s Prep Elite students, who were among students nominated by their schools and selected for this spotlight by our editorial team. Read about the other Prep Elite students here: Albertline Solo, Austin DeSmet, Tristana Tatur
Kevin Zhang, Wayzata High School
“Kevin has taken our school’s most rigorous course options. He is involved heavily in tennis, Honors Mentor Connection, Mock Trial, DECA, YES and Science Olympiad. Kevin is a student that has stood out to me from the moment I met him for both his EQ and IQ. He is one of the most humble, kind and well-rounded students I have encountered. Aside from taking our most rigorous course options, he is a WHS athlete [and] DECA officer, and does research on breast cancer at the University of Minnesota. While all of that is not uncommon in our community, the way Kevin handles himself does stand out. Kevin graces our halls and classrooms with a giant smile. He greets all those around him. He is approachable and always willing to step up to help another student.” —Peggy Zimmer, licensed school counselor
What or who influenced you the most during high school?
“My most influential high school experience has been serving as a DECA officer. Being in DECA has given me a sense of belonging in my high school and provided me with a community of like-minded people, who I now consider friends. I have enjoyed every moment as a DECA officer. Whether it was helping out freshmen with their projects, racing to pack the most food at Feed My Starving Children or presenting to local groups, such as the Wayzata School Board, I have formed valuable relationships thanks to DECA, making me a better leader and better person.” —K.Z.
Your future in three words: Endless, evolving and unique