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[20 Jun 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 4,817 views]
OC Register Selects Johnny Li as 2011 Graduate who will Change the World

The Orange County Register has selected 10 2011 graduates who will change the world.
More than 110 public and private Orange County high schools were invited to nominate at least one graduate whom they believed would change the world. St. Margaret’s 2011 Valedictorian Johnny Li was selected from a pool of more than 40 applicants.
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[3 Jun 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,337 views]
Johnny Li: One of 10 Selected for Disney Scholarship

Of more than 125 high school seniors from across Orange County, senior Johnny Li has been selected as one of ten to receive a $5,000 college scholarship from the Disneyland Resort. Applicants were required to complete at least 100 hours of volunteer service last year and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Johnny’s volunteer service included founding the Orange County Math Circle and joining the Art of Problem Solving Foundation.
“I volunteer because it’s the best way for me to give back to the community directly,” said Johnny. “In keeping with this philosophy, …

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[25 May 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,728 views]
Johnny Li Receives National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation Award

On Monday, The Orange County Register announced that three Orange County high school seniors have received awards from the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Senior Johnny Li was among the three seniors. Out of 4,500 applicants nationwide, there were 131 winners. Each recipient won a $1,000 scholarship.
To enter the competition, Johnny wrote about his experience in founding and growing the Orange County Math Circle as a non-profit business since 2007.
“I reflected on activities such as writing the business plan, recruiting volunteers, establishing leadership, creating programs, promoting events, …

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[13 May 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 3,026 views]
Johnny Li Named CA State Science Fair Student of the Year and Qualifies for 2011 U.S. Physics Team

Last week, the American Association of Physics Teachers announced that senior Johnny Li has qualified to compete in the International Physics Olympiad as a member of the U.S. Physics Team. This is Johnny’s second year qualifying for the U.S. Physics Team.
Last January, approximately 3,600 students participated in the Fnet=ma exam for a chance to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Physics Team. Out of the 3,600 students, 20 qualified for the team. These students are in the process of training for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests that they will …

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[8 Apr 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 3,454 views]
Two SMES Students Present at 2011 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair

Update: On Sunday, April 10, sophomore Austin Russell won first place at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair in the senior division category of Electricity and Electronics. He also received three additional Special Scholarship Awards for excellence in his field. The awards were from the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, The Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles (for innovation that advances technology), and The International Optics and Photonics Society.
Senior Johnny Li won the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair’s Sweepstakes Award for the senior division category of Mathematics …

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[17 Mar 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 5,645 views]
Intel Science Talent Search Finalist Johnny Li Visits the White House

President Barack Obama talked with the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search finalists in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Senior Johnny Li was among the 40 high school finalists who have been in Washington, D.C. since last Thursday.
While in D.C., Johnny, along with the other finalists, had the opportunity to meet with scientists and publicly display his work titled, “Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters.”
Click here to read the official post on The White House Blog.
Johnny Li gives …

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[4 Feb 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,907 views]
Johnny Li Named Statewide Winner of the 2010 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement

Senior Johnny Li was recently named one of two statewide winners of the 2010 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, which honors high school students who receive a perfect score on up to eight of the most rigorous Advanced Placement math and science exams offered to students.
The Orange County Register recognized Johnny for his recent accomplishment and his perfect score of 5 on all eight of the qualifying AP exams.
“I think it’s great to have something at the end of the year to test your knowledge,” Johnny said about the AP …

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[28 Jan 2011 | admin | One Comment | 3,437 views]
Johnny Li Named 2011 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist

On Wednesday, St. Margaret’s senior Johnny Li was named one of 40 high school seniors from across the U.S. selected as a finalist in the country’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search. All 40 finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. from March 10-15 to compete for $630,000 in awards. The top winner will receive $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.
In addition to being named a finalist for his project titled, “Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters,” …

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[7 Jan 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 6,122 views]
St. Margaret’s Students Honored with National AP Scholar Awards

St. Margaret’s offers its students 24 Advanced Placement courses ranging from core academic disciplines to music and art. Students’ scores on the culminating AP exams each spring illustrate the exceptional instruction and strength of the St. Margaret’s student body with recent pass rates between 88 and 90 percent (the 2010 national AP exam average pass rate was 57 percent).
The CollegeBoard AP program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Nationally in 2010, 168,889 students were awarded AP …

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[29 Oct 2010 | admin | One Comment | 2,758 views]
Jonathan Li Represents SMES in Nation’s Premier High School Science Competition

On October 22, Jonathan Li was announced as a semifinalist in the prestigious 2010-2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students.
The Siemens Foundation announced the semifinalists and regional finalists of the competition, revealing the brightest high school minds in contention for the nation’s most coveted teen science prize. The Siemens Competition is administered annually by the College Board, and awards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in individual and team categories. More than 2,000 students registered to enter the …

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