May 30, 2018 - Plano West Senior High School Salutatorian
Plano West 2018 Salutatorian - Sharon Jiang
Sharon Jiang plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Science and Molecular Biology. She plans to pursue a career in scientific research focusing on the future implications of genetic engineering to find viable cures for diseases.
Her activities include: Junior World Affairs Council, Business Professionals of America (BPA), Quiz Bowl, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and Computer Club.
Most Influential Teacher
Mr. Jerry Grizzle, Plano West Physics teacher, is Sharon's most influential teacher. "Mr. Grizzle always taught his classes with enthusiasm and clearly explained how each concept connected to the real world. In his class, I learned to use scientific principles to understand how physics concepts could be used to explain my surroundings. His entertaining lectures (and that one time he swung on a tire hanging from the ceiling) really made physics come alive and inspired my passion for science and engineering."
Advice to Students
"I think it’s really important to plan out what you want your day to look like before it begins. I know it’s easy to get distracted and procrastinate until the last second, but try to set aside reasonable amounts of time to productively complete work and responsibilities so that you can still pursue what you love. Developing the necessary discipline to reach your goals will help you achieve your long-term ambitions."