National Honor Society president, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Youth Council co-chairman, captain of the football team, and Huron High School senior are just a few of the many titles on 17 year-old Kevin Yang’s resume.
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Youth Council is a grant-allocating organization, comprised of 25 high school students, that allocates approximately $70,000 a year to local youth programs, services, and projects. Now in his second year, Yang is serving as co-chairman on the council.
“I always thought [Youth Council] was a unique opportunity for me. Typically, you don’t see high school students handing out thousands of dollars to nonprofit organizations,” Yang said. “It’s pretty cool because oftentimes it’s just 25 high schoolers making these big decisions.”
As president of the National Honor Society (NHS) for the past two years, Yang has helped to supply area nonprofits with many volunteers, overseeing over 250 junior and senior high school students while they logged over 2,000 volunteer hours since early 2012. Last year NHS raised $7,500 for Ozone House, a local nonprofit that helps high-risk youths in the Ann Arbor area.
“I think for any high school student, you volunteer because you’re supposed to… after a while there’s a turning point where it kind of becomes more than something you have to do,” Yang said.
Yang has been the captain of the football team for the last four years with his respective level and was named to the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association’s (MHSFCA) Academic All-State First Team, which recognizes high school athlete’s outstanding academic achievements statewide for the year. The average GPA for the First Team is 3.996.
Yang has been accepted into the University of Michigan college of Literature, Science, and the Arts, but still plans to apply to Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Stanford. He is interested in economics and business, but is open to the possibility of another major. No matter what he pursues, these are only the beginning of his successes.
Favorite movie: Lord of the
Favorite food: Szechuan Chinese
Favorite sport to watch: Football
Favorite Book and Author:
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Favorite comedian: Kevin Hart
Favorite artist: The English classical composer, Gerald Finzi. Everybody should listen to one piece of his in particular – Eclogue for Piano and Strings. I promise you won’t be disappointed!