Student: Jaehyung Kim
School: Meridian School
Parents: Namkyun Kim & Jeonghee Hong
Originally from South Korea, Jaehyung Kim excels in the classroom and on the soccer field. He’s overcome the challenges of mastering a new language while navigating high school to become a school leader.
Mini-resume Captain of soccer team, vice president of international club, won the region in National History Day competition.
Plans after high school Go to university and study aerospace engineering.
Personal motto Don’t give up and always work hard.
Guilty pleasure I’m used to eating rice every day. I often spend my time watching Korean dramas, football and baseball.
Most common thing parents say to you “Don’t give up and always work hard.”
No. 1 thing learned in high school Communication and leadership are the most important things in my life.
Best high school memory Senior trip to California and going to the state soccer tournament in 10th grade.
Best advice you received When I came to America, my parents advised me to take the hardships of being away from them and in a foreign country to take every opportunity to become a better person.
Stress management I try to learn from it and frequently suffer through it. Sometimes, I watch soccer. That relaxes me.
How will you change the world? Through communication and by respecting others. I want to emphasize that all people are equal and they have their own rights to pursue what makes them happy and successful. Diversity is something to learn from, not to fear.