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student of the year MORGAN HILL celebrate awards Myan Written By Robin Shepherd LAM M yan Lam, 18, is a senior at Ann Sobrato High School. Her dream is to pursue a medical career as a pedia- trician with a specialty in neurology and a practice that allows her to care for underprivileged children. “As a pediatrician I could help people understand the true value and potential of children with special needs. I’d like to develop an organization to highlight the diverse ways of learning and the tal- ents that all children have – for example through their art.” Myan’s parents provide chiropractic services in San Jose. Her younger brother Dylan is a Junior at Sobrato. She draws inspiration from her parents’ journey as Vietnamese immigrants settling in the U.S. as young adults. “They overcame hardships and accom- plished a great deal. It’s made me realize 50 I’ve been given many opportunities and I need to take advantage of them.” Myan’s first experience as a volunteer came in Fourth Grade. “My family is Buddhist, so we go to temple to pray and meditate. At temple events, we kids helped serve food and other things. It didn’t seem like volun- teering; we were just having fun with our friends while helping out.” By the time she started high school, Myan had developed a passion for public speaking. Not just for the sake of making a great speech, but with a bigger idea in mind. “I began to view it as a platform for me to make a difference. I joined leader- ship organizations and explored different ways of serving, searching for my place and gradually took on larger volunteer projects.” Myan was Secretary of the Associated Student Body (ASB) during her first half of high school, and is currently President of the school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. Their chapter ramped up community service and increased agri- cultural literacy in the community. “It’s been an eye-opening experience to represent FFA to our 500-member student body. I had to learn time man- agement, networking, communication, and collaboration skills. I also took part in ag leadership in classes like Biology. “We’ve also held fundraisers, plan- ning meetings and workdays, with opportunities to lead and improve the FFA program and promote our activities. And we’ve organized donation drives like Toys for Tots and collected and packaged toiletry kits for homeless shelters.” Myan also volunteers with the California Scholarship Federation, the Model United Nations, a political debate club, and the Buddhist Outreach Group. Myan said it was “a huge surprise” to find out she was nominated by the Chamber of Commerce as one of this year’s Student of the Year honorees. “I was in Biology class when a group walked in with the Principal. My teacher went to the intercom and announced my award to the entire school. Even now, I’m still amazed.” On weekends, Myan takes time to recharge by reading, playing the piano and listening to Oprah Winfrey speeches. “One day I hope to use my words in a way that motivates people to be their best selves and change the world.”