2004 Award Winners

Alan Ai

Bellarmine College Preparatory School, San Jose

Alan is a National Merit Finalist and has participated in many community activities. He has been a Public Policy Intern with California State Assemblyman Leland Yee and has participated in Vision New America’s Youth Leadership Training for Asian Pacific Americans. Alan started a youth basketball clinic at Palo Alto Chinese School four years ago and continues to be its general manager and coach. Alan plans to attend the University of California at Los Angeles, majoring in English or Political Science.

Susan Fang

Lowell High School, San Francisco

Susan is the winner of the Linda Chiu-Wei Wu Memorial Scholarship for exemplifying perseverance and dedication in achieving her goals. In her family, Susan has had to bear great responsibility for translating written and verbal communications for her parents as well as caring for her sick father. Regardless of these challenges, Susan has been very active in the community by being a Facilitator for the Youth Leadership Institute’s Youth Initiated Projects Grants Review Board and School Action Fund Grants Review Board. She has facilitated groups of reviewers to fund over $300,000 dollars to Bay Area programs. She also organized a workshop, “Young Asian Women Against Violence” held in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  Susan plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in physical sciences.

Vanessa Lee

Oakland Senior High School, Oakland

Vanessa is very active in her school’s government and in her community. She was instrumental in bringing together two competitive service organizations at her school, Key Club and KIWIN’s, to create a unified organization working together for the betterment of the community. Her ability to initiate this process to re-establish Oakland High Schools National Honor Society, was admired by the school’s faculty and students. In addition, Vanessa is a member of the statewide accreditation team with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). She visits high schools and reviews them for recommendation to WASC for accreditation. Vanessa plan to attend the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Education or Social Sciences.

Debbie Li

Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Debbie has a strong background in debate and was one of 22 speakers out of 350 selected for “powerhouse” debate at the Junior Statesmen Summer School Powerhouse at Stanford University. She has also participated in a Mock Congress in Sacramento as part of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Program. For the past 3 years, Debbie has been a youth attorney at the McCullum Youth Court representing youths or the community when a misdemeanor was committed. In addition, Debbie has participated in the Oakland Youth Orchestra and has won numerous awards in musical competitions. She plays the violin, viola, piano and harpsichord.  Debbie plans to attend Yale University, majoring in Political Science.

Melanie Maykin

College Park High School, Pleasant Hill

Melanie is the recipient of the Susan Chan-Lim Memorial Award based on her leadership and dedication to community service and activism. She has done strong work at the Immigration and Resettlement Cultural Center and the Margaret Lescher Center for Children of Domestic Violence. She has a long history of helping others and is currently a student volunteer at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek. Melanie plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Life Sciences and focusing on premedicine.