2010 Award Winners

Mingbo Gong

Pinewood High School, Los Altos Hills

Mingbo is the co-founder of SilkRoad, a non-profit organization promoting Asian culture,  raising money for people in need, and developing education opportunities in third world countries. The Green Ribbon Project is the major fundraising component of SilkRoad and has raised money for a two-room elementary school in Bali and collected 50 used/new laptops donated to Kenya to name a few. To promote Asian cultural awareness, Mingbo created a haiku contest and received over 500 entries from high school students with the winners receiving gift certificates to local Asian businesses. Mingo will be attending the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Aubrie Lee

Henry Gunn Senior High School, Palo Alto

Aubrie has long been involved with the Digital Clubhouse Network, created by NASA to use the power of technology to benefit the community. Aubrie produced a documentary for the “Stories of Service” program on WWII veterans and has another one in production. She is also involved with the Youth Health Advocate project (co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente) to address pediatric obesity and has developed several Public Service Announcements and has worked with the local middle school to increase their involvement. Aubrie was a semi-finalist in the National Amateur Poetry Competition and received the Achievement Award in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English. Aubrie plans to attend Stanford University, tentatively majoring in art and the pre-medicine track.

Donna “Junie” Lim

Foothill High School, Pleasanton

Junie is the recipient of the KPAA Inspiration Award. She volunteers in the community over 15 hours a week providing free childcare at various organizations and also volunteers at Safe Rides to provide transportation home for intoxicated students.  In addition to her community work, Junie works 12-20 hours a week to support herself. She was selected for a school Leadership Award for her positive role model attributes and has also presented to various elementary schools on choosing healthy behaviors. Junie plans to attend University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in psychology with ambitions to go onto law school.

Devanshi Patel

Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose

Devanshi is the recipient of the Susan Chan-Lim Memorial Award. She has been very active in the Silicon Valley YMCA Youth and Government section and was the 2008 Speaker of the Forum Assembly, 2009 Delegation President and Chief of Staff to the Youth Governor. Devanshi is also on the Student Advisory Board for U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo working on a community wide research project. Devanshi was also a regional winner in essay and speech categories speaking fluently in Gujarati. At the same time, she won the Platinum Award for speech and debate at the National Forensics League. Devanshi plans to attend Stanford University, majoring in International Relations and Feminist Studies.

Zoe Tamaki

Berkeley High School, Berkeley

Zoe is the Founder of Berkeley High School’s, “Athletes Tutoring Athletes,” where she created and obtained funding for a program matching honor roll athletes to tutor academically struggling athletes. According to faculty, Zoe’s tutoring program rivals other after school programs at the school and in the community not only for the academic accomplishments of participants but also for bringing together diverse groups of people who are learning more than school subjects from each other. She has demonstrated her leadership skills by developing her secession plan for the tutoring program after she graduates. Zoe plans to attend University of California, Berkeley, and is still contemplating her major.

Huyen “Kiki” Vo

Hiram Johnson West Campus High School, Sacramento

Kiki is the recipient of the KPAA Inspiration Award. At the Youth Advocate of Asian Resources, Kiki is the YouthR.I.S.E’s External Relations Chair and has created a vast community network including school administrators, public officers and other non-profit organizations. She has been a board member for the South Sacramento Youth Leadership Board, youth commissioner for District 2 of Sacramento City and a youth writer for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. Kiki recently was awarded the City of Sacramento Youth of the Month award for her tremendous community work.  Kiki plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Human Development or Integrated Biology.