2013 Davey O’Brien Scholarship Award Recipient
Eric Yang of The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas is the recipient of the 2013 Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award as announced January 21 at the Foundation’s 6th Annual High School Scholarship Luncheon.
The top-ranked student in his class at The Colony, Eric is considered a role model for his classmates and a leader in and out of the classroom.
He excels not only academically and athletically, but as a competitive pianist as well. The president of The Colony’s chapter of the National Honor Society, Eric is also the school’s senior class president and a four-year member of the varsity swimming team. He is the captain of the school’s UIL Social Studies Team and its National Forensics League/Texas Forensics Association Debate Team.
In 2009, Eric won the National Geographic Bee with a perfect score, becoming the first Texan to win the contest. Later that year, he captained the US team that won the silver medal at the National Geographic World Bee in Mexico City.
Eric has also been active in the community, working as an assistant counselor for Kidz Kamp, The Colony’s summer children’s camp and serving as a swimming class teaching assistant at The Colony Aquatic Center, where he earned “Volunteen of the Year” for his efforts. Eric also spent two summers as an intern in the office of Congressman Michael Burgess, assisting with community outreach efforts.
For the last three summers, Eric has worked for DemiDec, the global educational organization that produces study materials for the Academic Decathlon. In this role he assisted with the creation of DemiDec’s guides and test materials, serving as a tester and writer. He authored study guides, on-line tests and study materials in the subjects of science and economics.
Eric has drawn praise for his ability to inspire his fellow students and his desire to become a “bridge-builder between America and the rest of the world through teaching.”
Eric is undecided on where he will attend college, but he plans to major in public policy, political science or economics with a long-term goal of working in government or with an NGO where he “can touch people’s lives on a direct personal basis.”