Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest – Angela Liu

Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest - Angela Liu

Angela Liu

When Palmetto High School senior Angela Liu visits family in China, she stops by the school in her mother’s hometown to help students with their English. Liu was born in Beijing, but moved to the United States when she was four years old. She first lived in Mississippi and then the family moved to Miami.

When Palmetto High School senior Angela Liu visits family in China, she stops by the school in her mother’s hometown to help students with their English. Liu was born in Beijing, but moved to the United States when she was four years old. She first lived in Mississippi and then the family moved to Miami.

“I went back to China in 2009 and I talked to the kids and I helped them with their English,” she says. “We’ve sent them software so they could use it to improve better their English. I went back this summer and gave a talk about environmental protection and also about student life here and there. My goal was to raise environmental awareness and help them use their English.”

She says the presentation was well received by the students. “It wasn’t just me talking, I tried to get them to respond in English,” she says.

In China, parents send their children to an English school to supplement the English they learn in their regular school. The children were in elementary and middle school.

“This summer I went back for three weeks,” Liu says. “I went once (to the school) this time. I’m planning on going back and doing that again.”

There were some differences from her trip in 2009. At that time, the students didn’t think about the environment. This time, the kids knew what she was talking about.

“They agreed with me,” she says. “I would ask, ‘What can you guys do, what are you doing now?’ There has been improvement in the five years since I was there. They have recycling bins on the street. There was more awareness for sure.”

At Palmetto, Liu is president of the National Honor Society this year. The club stresses community service. Liu says they are planning a big event, but they have not decided what that event will be just yet. In the meantime, they continue to conduct collection drives for items that they donate to the homeless and children in the hospital. She is also vice president of tutoring in the Science National Honor Society.

She has participated in competitions such as Envirothon and the Fairchild Challenge debate.

“It’s a team of five,” she says. “We all do the research and we all go and debate. The last one we went to was on urban sustainability. That was the theme for all the debate topics.”

Palmetto’s team did well, scoring second place out of approximately 40 schools.

Liu is involved in student government and she is co-captain of the badminton team. She plays doubles. Last year, Palmetto won the GMAC tournament. She believes the team will be equally good this school year.

Her extracurricular activities include being the treasurer of Interact, a community service club. Each year, Interact hosts Panthers Got Talent, a talent show featuring students.

While she doesn’t have time to take orchestra at Palmetto because of all her Advanced Placement classes, Liu hopes to join the orchestra in college. She plays the violin and used to play with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.

Liu recently began working at Math Monkey as a tutor, helping children learn math.

In college, Liu plans to take biology because she wants to go into the medical field. She’s interested in becoming an anesthesiologist.

She is applying for admission to the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Miami and the University of Florida.

By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

“I went back to China in 2009 and I talked to the kids and I helped them with their English,” she says. “We’ve sent them software so they could use it to improve better their English. I went back this summer and gave a talk about environmental protection and also about student life here and there. My goal was to raise environmental awareness and help them use their English.”

She says the presentation was well received by the students. “It wasn’t just me talking, I tried to get them to respond in English,” she says.

In China, parents send their children to an English school to supplement the English they learn in their regular school. The children were in elementary and middle school.

“This summer I went back for three weeks,” Liu says. “I went once (to the school) this time. I’m planning on going back and doing that again.”

There were some differences from her trip in 2009. At that time, the students didn’t think about the environment. This time, the kids knew what she was talking about.

“They agreed with me,” she says. “I would ask, ‘What can you guys do, what are you doing now?’ There has been improvement in the five years since I was there. They have recycling bins on the street. There was more awareness for sure.”

At Palmetto, Liu is president of the National Honor Society this year. The club stresses community service. Liu says they are planning a big event, but they have not decided what that event will be just yet. In the meantime, they continue to conduct collection drives for items that they donate to the homeless and children in the hospital. She is also vice president of tutoring in the Science National Honor Society.

She has participated in competitions such as Envirothon and the Fairchild Challenge debate.

“It’s a team of five,” she says. “We all do the research and we all go and debate. The last one we went to was on urban sustainability. That was the theme for all the debate topics.”

Palmetto’s team did well, scoring second place out of approximately 40 schools.

Liu is involved in student government and she is co-captain of the badminton team. She plays doubles. Last year, Palmetto won the GMAC tournament. She believes the team will be equally good this school year.

Her extracurricular activities include being the treasurer of Interact, a community service club. Each year, Interact hosts Panthers Got Talent, a talent show featuring students.

While she doesn’t have time to take orchestra at Palmetto because of all her Advanced Placement classes, Liu hopes to join the orchestra in college. She plays the violin and used to play with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.

Liu recently began working at Math Monkey as a tutor, helping children learn math.

In college, Liu plans to take biology because she wants to go into the medical field. She’s interested in becoming an anesthesiologist.

She is applying for admission to the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Miami and the University of Florida.

By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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