Steve Yeh wasn’t in any rush. The Huntington High School Class of 2017 valedictorian took his time weighing all the plusses and minuses of a long list of top tier schools before deciding Cornell University was the place where he wanted to pursue his academic interests as he eyes future career possibilities.
Mr. Yeh’s long journey to Cornell began in a kindergarten classroom at Jefferson Primary School on Oakwood Road. “My experience in the Huntington School District has been very rewarding as I have challenged myself with a rigorous education, which has been made even more valuable as I have met and become friends with people from all different walks of life.”
The teenager will address an expected crowd of 2,000 at Huntington High School’s 156th commencement exercises on Friday, June 23.
“The past four years have been eye-opening for me in terms of developing my perspectives on life itself and what to plan for going forward,” Mr. Yeh said. He intends to pursue an academic major in mathematics, physics and/or economics at Cornell.
Huntington Class of 2017
valedictorian Steve Yeh.
A personable and well-liked young man, Mr. Yeh has embraced Huntington’s extracurricular activities program. The founder and president of the stocks analysis club, which recently visited the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, the senior also serves as president of the Math Honor Society, treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society, captain of both the Quiz Bowl and Science Bowl teams and president of the Chinese foreign exchange club.
The teenager was on the Huntington High School Mathletes team that finished third in its division and has also been a member of Natural Helpers, working behind the scenes with classmates to help with personal problems.
“I have also enjoyed being a part of the science research program, conducting independent research on developing novel ways of integration,” Mr. Yeh said. He has served as a “homework helper’ at the Huntington Public Library’s branch in Huntington Station and traveled to Taiwan last summer to help teach English to elementary school students there.
Mr. Yeh has enjoyed his run through the district and he will graduate with warm feelings for Huntington and its faculty and staff members as well as his classmates.
“Every teacher and counselor has influenced and supported me to challenge myself and without that I would not be where I am today,” Mr. Yeh said.