MEET EMMA YANG
Emma Yang, a sophomore at George Washington University, graduated from South Lakes High School in 2017 with a GPA of 4.076. She is now studying psychology and will go on to study law to become a human rights lawyer. Her fight for human rights is passionate and personal. Her father, instrumental in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, has been under police surveillance in China for the past 29 years. He is unable to leave China, and Emma and her mother, who arrived in the U.S. five years ago for a speaking engagement, are not allowed to return. They Skype every night and dream of one day reuniting.
At South Lakes High School, Emma took the most rigorous classes offered (IB Math, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Honors Virginia Government and History), volunteered at the Reston Library, made multiple trips to West Virginia as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and had a full-time summer job at the Reston Children’s Center.
Her counselor, Moira Fleche, wrote “She is one of the most academically motivated students I have worked with in my four years as a counselor.”