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Beyond Perfect: Cheshire's Top Students

The Class of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian both had perfect scores on their SAT tests.

When Xiaomi Du and Daniel Chen are recognized as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at  commencement ceremony on Tuesday, family and friends will see accomplished, friendly and well-rounded teens at the apex of their public school years.

Their list of impressive statistics looks like this:

  • Xiaomi Du: 
  • 4.72 GPA
  • 11 Advanced Placement Courses
  • Perfect score on SAT test
  • Daniel Chen:
  • Nine Advanced Placement Courses
  • President National Honor Society
  • Perfect score on SAT test

But, as is the case with successful young adults, they are more than just a set of numbers on a page. According to an article in the Cheshire High School Rampage, Chen volunteered at Elim Park and worked as an SAT tutor. He also loves ping-pong,  at a ping-pong club tournament.

In her interview with the Rampage, Du said she played volleyball and lacrosse and was president of the Quiz Bowl. She is also English Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. Asked what she hopes people will remember about her, Du said "I have to accept the fact that I will be remembered as a nerd. But I hope to be remembered as a cheerful nerd with a smile."

Editor's note: A video interview with Du will be posted next week on Cheshire Patch.

Kathy Panda June 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
roughly one in 120,000 students get perfect scores of 1600 on the SAT - Good job!!
Brian Duane June 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Great accomplishments. What Universities have they picked to go to in September?
Lance Seeger June 15, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Does anyone know what percentage of students end up with a 4.72 gradepoint? 1 in 3 billion is my guess. Will be interested to learn how a happy nerd does in college and beyond. Congratulations!
Leslie Hutchison June 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Daniel will attend Princeton and Xiaomi to CalTech!
Robert Averack June 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Leslie, these are some very impressive kids, and I certainly want to congratulate them and all of the Class of 2012 for their accomplishments. Having said that, I believe there is a real need to investigate and report on the other side of the coin at Cheshire High School. There are countless students who, through no fault of their own, have had to handle the demands of school life with cognitive, social, and emotional burdens in the face of an administration that looks at them as numbers. The lack of compassion and the bureaucratic, minimalist, impersonal, and insensitive manner in which these kids are treated is a shame that needs to be exposed so it can be corrected. I hope you will consider using your journalistic skills and tools so our more-challenged kids can shine as brightly as the worthy focus of this article. Thank you.

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