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Saipan student awarded 4-year  college scholarship

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IRIS Lee, who graduated valedictorian of her class at Saipan Southern High School in June, has been awarded a four-year scholarship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

For the fall semester, Lee is taking biology and chemistry courses to fulfill the prerequisite for medical school.

“Since I was in elementary school, the formation of life was something that I have always wondered and willing to learn about,” she told Variety.

“I am also planning to minor or double major in mathematics,” she said, adding that math may be the subject that many people hate, but for her, mathematics has always been interesting.

Iris Lee

Lee said the satisfaction she gets when she solves a hard mathematical problem makes her like mathematics even more.

“I am not good at math; however, it still is one of my favorite subjects, especially because there always is an answer to the problem,” she added.

In college, Lee has joined several clubs such as the Korean Undergraduate Students Association, Volunteer Emory, MEDLIFE, and Remote Area Medical.

“I am planning to join more and run for executive member beginning in my second year in college,” she said.

She attended Saipan Community School from K5 to 8th grade and was the salutatorian of her class.

Then she attended Saipan Southern High School for four years and graduated as the top student of the Class of 2020.

She received the Governor’s Leadership Award, the  Service Learning Award, and the Academic Excellence Award. She was also named Japanese Culture & Language Top Senior, Mathematics Senior 1st Overall, and English Language & Arts Senior 1st Overall.

Lee said in her freshman year at SSHS, she did not join any club. As a sophomore, however, she joined the National Honor Society, the Tutoring Club, and the Youth Advisory Panel.

In her junior year, she was again a member of the Youth Advisory Panel, treasurer of the Tutoring Club, vice president of fundraising for the National Honor Society, and president of the Junior Prom Committee.

She remained treasurer of the Tutoring Club in her senior year when she also became vice president of the Student Council, president of Youth Advisory Panel, and president of the National Honor Society.

Her parents own Nam Dae Moon Restaurant where she helps make dumplings.

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