Frisco ISD Focus Magazine May 2018 - Page 8

Iris Zhang Liberty High School College Plans: The University of Texas at Austin Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering In other school districts, Colby Delashaw might have had to choose be- tween baseball and track. In Frisco ISD, the Wakeland High School senior splits his time between the two, even though the seasons overlap. “It does allow for students to do more and compete more,” Delashaw said. The District’s model of multiple, small- er high schools means more students can participate in athletic and fine arts activ- ities. Delashaw also plays football and committed to play at Baylor University after he was selected as a preferred walk-on. He also received an academic schol- arship to Baylor after loading his high school schedule with multiple Advanced Placement (AP) math and science courses. “I’m good with hands-on stuff,” he said, explaining his plans to major in mechani- cal engineering. Delashaw has been involved in numer- ous clubs and organizations at Wakeland, 8 | FOCUS There is no question Iris Zhang is motivated. Zhang, a National Merit Finalist, is among an elite group of ACT test takers to achieve the high- est-possible score of 36 on the college entrance exam. “I like to challenge my- self,” she said. The Liberty High S c h o o l s e n i o r to o k multiple Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school, includ- ing Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry and three different types of physics. She hopes to earn college credit for most, if not all of them. By graduation, she will have taken a total of 15 AP Exams. Zhang also plays violin in the Liberty orchestra and is a past international qual- ifier in DECA. As part of the Independent Study and f ro m N a t i o n a l H o n o r Society to DECA. He also explored sports and enter- tainment marketing and is poised to earn dual credit for English, government and economics courses he’s taking at Collin College. “AP courses helped me develop good study habits,” he said, “and because they are college-level classes, you know what to expect.” Delashaw gives credit to the teachers and coaches he’s had over the years for the success he’s experi- enced in FISD. “I really feel like they cared for every one of us,” he said. Mentorship (ISM) course, she’s gotten the opportunity to assist with biomedical re- search under the direction of a profes- sor at UT Southwestern. The research is evaluating the effectiveness of a drug to treat Werner syndrome, a disorder char- acterized by the appearance of premature aging. “Now I have hands-on experience with a professor in a research lab,” she said. “I didn’t think I could achieve that.” ISM has also provided a lot of practi- cal and valuable skills for the workplace. “It has taught me a lot about profes- sionalism, verbal and w&GFV6VЦ6F62BV&Ɩ27Vr( p6B( bFR62FB&RfFF琦6&VW"fVB( Ф6'FV6pvVBv666VvR3&"VfW'6GFVFVB#V66VvVW&p