WAPAKONETA — Sherry Zhao, a 17-year-old senior at Wapakoneta High School, is hoping to pursue a career after high school involving science and math.
“I have an idea of what I want to do, but I’m not entirely sure. I’m thinking about going undecided for my first year but later on, I’m thinking of something between computer science or data science or something else in a math-science realm,” said Zhao.
She’s considering going to college at Ohio State University.
Zhao’s parents are from China, and she was born in the United States.
“I’m bilingual, and I’m able to speak both Mandarin and English,” said Zhao.
She’s also in French and Spanish clubs, so if you’re keeping count, that’s four languages she speaks.
She also serves on the Student Senate, is a member of the yearbook staff and a member of the Octagon Club at Wapakoneta High School which is affiliated with the Optimist Club.
“It’s a community service organization and we just do different types of community service projects around the community,” she said. “I find it really rewarding. I really enjoy meeting the people involved because they have a really open mindset about helping others and understanding how other people work and how some people are disabled and like unable to do things themselves.”
One thing the Octagon Club does is help keep the football stadium looking good.
“Every Saturday after the Friday night football games, we go around to the football field and we clean up and then every month we go to The Gardens which is a nursing home and then we just spend time with residents there. We do different types of activities. So sometimes we make crafts sometimes we sing songs and then we also help out with our craft show in the fall,” she said.
In her spare time, she likes to play video games, strategy games and card games.
She appreciates the education she’s getting through Wapakoneta schools.
“I really like the rigor and like the types of classes they offer here,” she says.
As for the teachers and classmates … “They’re really helpful especially the teachers. Whenever I need something, I can just go up to a teacher and ask and my classmates are really helpful. Whenever I need something, I can just ask them,” she said.
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