Wayzata senior gets national recognition for research

Biology is a science that deals with living organisms. For some students, it's just another class. For Wayzata's Emily Chen, it's a way of life.

"I started science and I found I really had a passion for it and I loved it, and so I decided to pursue it," Chen said.

That love for science is evident when you look at what she does at Wayzata. She's involved in Science Olympiad, speech, Future Problem Solving and the National Honor Society.

She also stays busy in her free time. 

Chen spent the last two summers doing research at the University of Minnesota, she volunteers at North Memorial Hospital and she's studying a blood disease called Fanconi anemia.

It's an impressive resume for this high school senior and Wayzata staff members say with her passion, it's no surprise.

"She has these beautiful stars up there that she puts her hands out for and she pulls them down, and that's Emily," said Jane Stapleton, a guidance counselor at Wayzata High School.

Recently, Emily competed in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation's premier research competition for high school students.

"I think it was around 1,600 projects, they select 331 students to receive this honor, and I received the semifinalist award," Chen said.

In fact, Chen was one of only six Minnesota students to receive the honor and be recognized as a semifinalist.

"I know I want to do science, so I put my time in it and I love it," Chen said.

Those who know her say her future will include plenty of accolades and success stories.

"I see that she's going to make a big difference in somebody's world, just with her own research that she's doing and what she's coming up with," Stapleton said. "And I think the sky's the limit for this young lady."

Chen is still undecided on a college, but she said she's considering Yale, Columbia and MIT. Her ultimate goal is to become a doctor.

Delane Cleveland

Oct. 24, 2013



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