Congratulations to Helen Wang, Valedictorian - Class of 2022
Principal Kraemer, the high school leadership team and HS counselors shared the news with Helen Wang just before Spring Break. We asked her about the honor and share her responses below.
Pictured: (L-R) Principal Ken Kraemer, HS Counselor Julie Horning, Helen Wang and Assistant Principal Geron Tate.
What does it mean to you to be selected Valedictorian?
It is an honor to be given this title, and I'm glad my hard work these past four years has paid off!
What do you consider to be the "secret to your success" and this achievement?
Although this may sound cliche, the effort is more important than the result. So for me, it's just trying to put forth my best work at whatever task is before me—but a good night's sleep can also solve a lot of problems.
What would you say has been the most helpful thing during your high school career to get you to this level?
New Albany is a large district, but everyone seems to know everyone. I have always had a supportive network of amazing friends, family, teachers, coaches, and upperclassmen who served as my role models. They have made my years here unforgettable, and they are the reason I could get to this level.
How many years have you attended New Albany Schools?
I have been here since 3rd grade, so it’s been almost ten years.
What colleges or universities are you considering?
I will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall. Go Blue Jays!
What would you like to pursue as a major, career, etc?
I plan to major in biomedical engineering with a possible minor in computer-integrated surgery. With college and the rest of my life ahead of me, I cannot wait to see how I will leverage my education as I strive to pursue a career in the field of medicine.
What sort of activities are you involved with at NAHS or in the community?
At NAHS, I played on the tennis team for all four years. I'm also the historian of Key Club, president of National Honor Society, and a captain of Science Olympiad. Outside of school, I completed a mechanical engineering internship at the Ohio State University, coach tennis, and recently, I started working at Panera Bread.
Please share anything else you may feel you want people to know.
If I could do high school over again, I would try to savor every moment. I remember staying up late, cramming for tests, and wanting to grow up. Now that graduation is here, it really puts things into perspective—time sure does fly! Regardless, I am truly grateful for all the memories I have made here at New Albany.