Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Peggy Shen, a senior at Clayton High School, is in the spotlight because of her involvement in Student Government.

Peggy is secretary of Student Government and says it is "a great way to get involved with other people and to help other people. It keeps me busy."

At a recent Cultural Awareness Seminar, sponsored by Student Government, Peggy talked to 200 students at her school about the prejudices she faces as an ethnic minority. Peggy, whose family is from Taiwan, shared stereotypical anecdotes such as how people think that because she's Asian, she's smart and good in math.

"The idea was to make people aware of how they treat others," said Peggy. "It's strange being a minority. It's like reverse affirmative action."

An example, Peggy says, is that college quotas for Asian students create a lot of competition and make admission to some schools difficult.

Student Government will sponsor next month the Special Arts Fair in which nearly 500 high-school students will assist 300 Special School District students in making arts and crafts.

Peggy serves as a role model for middle-school students who are preparing for high school and she also is a sixth-grade camp counselor.

Until this year, Peggy played clarinet and saxophone in the symphonic and jazz bands and was in the orchestra for the school's Broadway musical.

Peggy was captain of the girls' varsity field-hockey team this past year, and her coach named her Most Valuable Player. Until this year, she played basketball and was on the swimming team.

Peggy takes advanced-placement calculus, chemistry, European history, English and Spanish III for college credit. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations and the Community Service Club.

She works part time in Olivette at The Princeton Review, which prepares students for taking the SAT and ACT tests.

Peggy plans to major in international business at either the University of Pennsylvania or Stanford or Harvard universities. …

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