Goodbye Mai Mai, thank you — and we’ll miss you very much.
That was the Board of Trustees’ message last night as they bid farewell to student Trustee Mai Mai and presented the graduating senior with a $500 college scholarship, per Board policy. She plans to attend UC Davis next year to pursue a degree in the medical field.
An Inderkum High School International Baccalaureate (IB) student, Mai Mai has a grade point average above 4.5, is a section leader in the Tigers’ award-winning band, is secretary of the school’s National Honor Society, and participates in the local Youth Action Corps, which offers community-based projects that foster leadership skills.
Amazingly, Mai Mai, who immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam when she was 11 or 12, could not speak English seven years ago but became so proficient in the language that she took on the responsibility of speaking for all NUSD youth as student Trustee this year. Mai Mai now speaks three languages — English, Vietnamese and French.
President Sue Heredia quipped that it’s hard to imagine how Mai Mai finds time to sleep … Thank you, goodbye, and we’ll miss you, indeed, Mai Mai.