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May 31, 2018 - Plano Senior High School Valedictorian


Plano Senior High School 2018 Valedictorian - Karen Ziwei Chen



Future Plans

Karen Ziwei Chen plans to attend Duke University with a double major in economics and computer science.


Karen's activities include: National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America (BPA), Key Club, Academic Decathlon and Math Club.

Most Influential Teacher

She has identified Ms. Megan Bourgeois, her English III AP teacher, " a compelling and stimulating teacher, constantly challenging her students; even more important, however, was her endless optimism, generosity and good humor. She not only rekindled my childhood love for reading and writing, but also constantly provided me with support and guidance. I only hope that one day I will be as kind, intelligent and giving as she is."

Advice to Students

"Tackle every challenge a little bit at a time. When you see an enormous obstacle or task looming ahead of you, it is easy to become discouraged, so instead, subdivide each undertaking into smaller segments. Focus on taking a single step forward, then another, then another, and before you know it, you will have reached your goal."