Maple Grove Standout Student Accepted into Stanford
This week’s Standout Student from Maple Grove High School has a resume more impressive than most adults.
“I believe that I have something to learn from every single individual,” says Ian Lim, a Maple Grove High School senior.
Ian Lim is not only intelligent but also humble. He’s also no stranger to the spotlight. Throughout his high school career he has been a part of many activities that earned him recognition among his peers.
“My main thing is Junior Achievement,” says Lim. “Basically we get together a group of students and we start a business throughout the year. So two years ago we started a coffee shop in our school and this last year we started a data analytics company.”
Attracting National Attention
Lim’s entrepreneurial endeavors gained him and those he worked with national attention.
“They managed to win the local competition and go to the national competition,” says Jeff Rush, Ian’s economics teacher. “Ian was also named the local entrepreneur of the year by Junior Achievement.”
It didn’t stop there. Lim has traveled all over the country to speak about his startup which would give patients more control of their health care data.
“Patients don’t have a lot of control over their data right now,” says Lim. “It’s all housed in different hospitals. If you try to ask for a copy of your entire medical history you won’t be able to get it very quickly. It takes a lot of time to request it from different hospitals. What we are trying to do is decentralize that to the point that it’s not owned my any hospital rather it’s owned by the patient. The end goal is to make data flow more freely between hospitals.”
Accepted into Stanford
Lim’s achievements in high school are paving the way for an even brighter future. He was recently accepted into Stanford.
“Stanford just really fits what I want to do better than any other university out there,” says Lim. “They are definitely more on the practical side of learning. Also, with Silicon Valley kind of surrounding the university and really having a culture of entrepreneurship and technology I think I could fit in really well over there and start my business.”
Lim plans to major in computer science, economics or product design.