Student: Feinuo (Penny) He
School: American Heriage School
Parents: Haojun He & Tao Jiang
Feinuo (Penny) He knows what it means to sacrifice for goals. For three years, she’s been away from her parents and her homeland of China to bring her hard work — and her guqin (the stringed instrument she’s holding) to excel at the American Heritage School.
Mini-resume Student government, 1490 SAT, 4.0 GPA, member of ancient Chinese poetry club.
Plans after high school College after a year in China to see family.
Guilty pleasure Eating a snack before going to bed.
Personal motto Don’t lose yourself while pursuing your dreams.
Challenge to overcome Finishing my senior thesis in my non-native language.
Most common thing parents say to you “I love you and I miss you.”
No. 1 thing learned in high school A person without faith is incomplete.
Best high school memory Going to Hobble Creek with the senior class.
Others describe you At first, kind, hard-working and smiley. After they get to know me, they would say insightful but sassy.
Biggest pressure Trying to balance schoolwork with relationships with family and friends.
Best advice received Be true to yourself and don’t try to please others.
Stress management I spend some time alone.
How will you change the world? I hope I can change people’s mindsets and values in my hometown by preaching to them the true principles I learned here.