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Hampton City Schools announces top students in the Class of 2019 at Kecoughtan High School

Congratulations to Kecoughtan High School students Mia Wright and Huong (Allen) Ji Liu.  Wright has been named the valedictorian and Ji Liu has been named the salutatorian for the Class of 2019.

Mia Wright

Mia Wright

Wright’s activities include Scholastic Bowl, Rho Kappa (president), French Club (co-president), Mu Alpha Theta (secretary), National Honor Society, Keyettes, National English Honor Society, and National Science Honor Society. She is also active in dance as a student and assistant teacher, in her church as a nursery volunteer and a member, and in youth group as a worship leader and member.

She was accepted to North Carolina State University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Harvey Mudd College, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. She will be attending Harvard University in the fall and plans to major in biomedical engineering

Wright plans to pursue a master’s degree and then work in the health industry. She said she might pursue becoming a physical therapist and opening her own pediatric physical therapy practice. Her third option is to become a princess.

Fondest high school memory:
“Governor’s School was a blast! It was so much fun being surrounded by so many like-minded people who worked extremely hard. My fondest high school memory is also my group of friends who are genuine and know how to live in the moment.”

A tradition at your school you will miss:
“I will miss spirit week. It was practically my runway.”

An achievement you are most proud of:
“(I am most proud of) staying true to myself through all these years.”

I am proud to be an HCS graduate because:
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Governor’s School for Science and Technology and take so many higher level classes taught by amazing teachers."

If you could thank a teacher who had the greatest impact on you, who would it be and why?
“Thanks to my engineering professor, Dr. Woo, at Governor’s School. Dr. Woo brought physics to life for me, helped me actualize my strengths, and has made me want to be an engineer.”

Hong Ji Liu

Hong Ji Liu

Ji Liu’s activities include Scholastic Bowl, Rho Kappa, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Bowl, ICAT, Governor’s School, Blue Crab Bowl, and Questbridge. He is also a Lockheed Martin STEM scholar.

He was accepted to Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. He plans to attend the University of Virginia and major in aerospace engineering. He hopes to work with a company such as Boeing, NASA, or Lockheed Martin.

Fondest high school memory:
“(My fondest high school memory is) my 18th birthday and just enjoying time with my closest friends.”

An achievement you are most proud of:
“(I am most proud of) being salutatorian. I started my high school career ranked as #31.”

I am proud to be an HCS graduate because:
“I am proud to graduate from Hampton City Schools because there was a community to support me.”

If you could thank a teacher who had the greatest impact on you, who would it be and why?
“I would thank Mr. Lieberum for always supporting us and giving us all the resources that we needed.”

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