School subject: AP calculus
Extracurricular activities: Math Club, Toledo Youth Orchestra
Musical artist: Muse
Movie: Pan's Labyrinth
Cafeteria food must-have: Fruit
Last book read that wasn't required: Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter.
Pet peeve: Groupthink
Person most admired: Richard Feynman
Person I'd like to meet: Douglas Adams
Items always in my locker: A towel
First job: Freelance violinist
Top accomplishment: Getting accepted by one of my top-choice schools, U.C. Berkeley.
After-graduation plans: Researching physics and cognitive science in college.
Career goal: To understand human cognition better and hopefully find a way to help humans understand each other in order to reduce conflict and to increase universal tolerance and acceptance.
Quote from teacher: "Yifang is that special type of student who relishes a challenge," said Kasey Vens, math teacher. "The more thought-provoking or complicated a task is, the more interested Yifang gets in cracking it. I feel fortunate to have had her in my class because her insights have definitely shaped how I approach teaching some topics."
-- Information is compiled for The Blade by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West.
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