2009 Award Winners

Jimmy Dinh

Oakland High School, Oakland

Jimmy has volunteered over 200 hours in the community with the KIWIN’s service club and other community organizations. Jimmy has inspired his fellow students to become involved in the community through other ethnic organizations such as Filipinos for Affirmative Action and Latinos Unidos.  Jimmy works over 20 hours a week and also finds time to teach other young people karate each week. Jimmy plans to attend University of California, Berkeley to major in Molecular and Cell Biology and minor in Spanish.

Lea Gee-Tong

Marin Academy, San Rafael

Lea is a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Golden Gate Planned Parenthood fully participating in budget and oversight discussions. She is also a Youth Member of the governing Board of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network as well as its Statewide Advocacy Council Member meeting with legislators and school board officials to discuss curriculum development and legislative issues as they pertain to LGBT youth. Lea is also an accomplished flute, piccolo and saxophone player. Lea plans to attend Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology.

Betty Kwan

De Anza High School, Richmond

Betty is the recipient of the KPAA Inspiration Award. Betty has been the president of her school’s chapter of BuildOn for three years. BuildOn is a unique after school program for high school students who provide service in their own community and in developing countries. Betty has led other community service efforts while working up to 20 hours a week for the past two years. Betty plans to attend University of California, Davis, majoring in Wildlife Conservation with a minor in International Relations.

Spencer Louie

San Mateo High School, San Mateo

Spencer is the recipient of the Susan Chan-Lim Memorial Award. He is the founder of his school’s American Cancer Society chapter, Co-President of the Mock Trial team and a member of the Kaiser Permanente Teen Board. He has attended the Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp for emerging non-profit leaders and is a recipient of the Jefferson Award. Spencer plans to attend University of California, Los Angeles.

Anqi Ran

Balboa High School, San Francisco

Anqi has led multiple community service organizations at her school. As President of her school’s Development Institute of Youth, Anqi organizes an after school tutoring and college information program. In addition, she led the development and showcasing of a musical show that raised $3000 for the earthquake victims in China last year. Despite being the only ESL student in her AP English Literature class or on an East Coast College Field Trip, Anqi continually challenges herself to attain her goals. Anqi plans to attend University of Southern California’s Leventhal School of Accounting.

Xing Hua Wen

Oakland Technical High School, Oakland

Xing is an active member of his school’s Interact club volunteering many hours over the years to serve his local community. In addition, he has volunteered for the Red Cross for their community service projects while working many hours each week at his job. Xing will attend the Jacob’s School of Engineering at University of California, San Diego, majoring in Computer Science.