Lakeside High School’s STAR student Edward She has a bright future ahead of him.
At least John Cato, who She named his STAR teacher, believes so.
“He’ll be successful no matter what he does,” Cato said. “He’s got the logical and the critical and the analytical thinking skills to be successful. He’s got the discipline to follow through on it. Really, anything he chooses to do, he’ll excel at it.”
She, 17, scored 2350 on the SAT exam, which is scored on a 2400 scale.
She, who loves math and science, said he hopes to study computer science, but hasn’t yet decided between Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Harvard University.
“Computers have always interested me,” She said. “I think it’ll be a cool field to study.”
She said he really enjoys math and science, but especially physics. He chose Cato, who is a five-time STAR teacher, because he enjoys physics and Cato’s teaching style.
“Mr. Cato’s class was a lot different from anyone else’s class I’ve ever had,” She said. “He really emphasized learning for the sake of learning versus learning to get good grades.
“Physics is very different from any other subject I’ve ever done. It’s harder, but at the same time it’s more interesting because you can actually see applications with it.”
She competes with the school’s Math Team, scoring 35 of 36 each of his four years on the team. He’s known, according to Cato, as a “math guy.”
But She also competes in the Science Bowl, a Jeopardy-style science competition. The school’s team recently won the region competition and will be headed to the national competition in Washington D.C., in April.
“I think it’s really cool learning about the world around us,” She said of his love of science, “how things work together. It’s fascinating how all the branches of science really tie together.”
She also is a swimmer. He spent eight years swimming for the Aiken-Augusta Swim League, but stopped in his sophomore year because it was too big a time commitment to balance with his academics and other interests. He’s swam on Lakeside’s team for four years.
“He has tons of interests and is great at so many different things,” Cato said, adding that She is a dedicated and diligent student who is humble. “He’s just a really good person, and that’s what counts.
“He really is a unique person and I look forward to the future to see what all he accomplishes.”