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A Step Above: A Step Above – Wen Jay Tan

Coronado High School
Class of 2013

In a world of fast paced technology, Coronado High School senior Wen Jay Tan has no problem keeping up. This aspiring valedictorian hopes to one day stand at the forefront of innovation by turning his computer programming hobby into a career in software development. Gracious, sophisticated and always forward thinking, Wen Jay keeps his mind sharp with everything from varsity quiz to robotics, but it’s his generous spirit that shines through with hundreds of hours spent tutoring fellow students and helping local children. From music to bowling to academics and beyond, his all encompassing enthusiasm elevates Wen Jay Tan to – A Step Above.

G.P.A.: 4.8

Sports/Activities/Community Service

  • Varsity Bowling, 2010-Present; Captain, 2011-Present
  • Mu Alpha Theta, 2009-Present; President, 2012
  • Robotics Club, 2009-Present
  • Varsity Quiz Team, 2011-Present; Regional Champions, 2011-2
  • Science Bowl Team, 2011-Present; Captain, 2012
  • Chess Team, 2009-Present; Third Place State, 2011-12
  • Paseo Verde Library Teen Advisory Group, 2010-Present; President 2011-12
  • Nevada Boys State Delegate, 2012
  • Math Tutor, 2009-12
  • Volunteer at Lamping Fall Festival, 2009-10
  • Volunteer for Summer Reading Kickoff, 2010
  • Volunteer for Magic Tree House, 2010


  • National AP Scholar, 2012
  • National Merit Semi-Finalist, 2012
  • USIP Conference in Washington, D.C., 2012
  • USIP Essay Contest State Winner, 2012
  • All State Academic Team (Bowling), 2011-12
  • Scholar Athlete (Bowling), 2010-12
  • Harvard Prize Book Winner, 2012
  • 1st Place, Mathleague Competition, 2011
  • 2nd Place, Clark County Chess Tournament, 2011
  • Outstanding Score for Junior Festival in Piano, 2010

Wen Jay is Successful Because: “My drive for knowledge is what makes me successful. I always seek out new information by reading articles online or researching topics that interest me. However, I find the easiest way to obtain knowledge is to pay attention in my classes and do my homework each day.”

Wen Jay Looks Up To: “I look up to my sister because she taught me to always persevere. Currently in medical school, my sister had to endure multiple challenges on the way to achieving her dream of becoming a medical doctor. Now that it is my turn to pursue my career, I must also persevere against all future challenges.”

Part of the Solution: “Today, young adults aren’t politically active enough. They don’t take advantage of their right to help determine the future of the country. I can be part of the solution by becoming politically active myself and encouraging others to vote.”

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