Hok Hei Tam is the class valedictorian and Linda Chen is the class salutatorian at Dublin Coffman High School.

Hok Hei Tam is the class valedictorian and Linda Chen is the class salutatorian at Dublin Coffman High School.

Hok Hei Tam

Parents: Kwok Kwan Tam (father), Mo Yee Lee (mother)

Grade point average: 4.484

Awards and honors: Honda Math Medal, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Finalist

College: Ohio State University

Major: Math and engineering, possibly English

Extracurricular activities: Theatre, Robotics, Quiz Team, Math Team, National Honor Society, Dublin C.A.R.E.S tutor.

What does it mean to you to be at the top of your class academically as you approach graduation? It means that I have been educated well by terrific teachers at a superb school and consequently have to give a speech at commencement.

Did you set goals for yourself in high school? What were they? Did you achieve them? My goal was to graduate and get into a college, which I achieved.

Who has had the most influence on your life? Why? My parents have had the most influence on my life because I have lived with them for 17 years.

Is that same person your role model? If not, who is? Why? Jesus is my role model, as he is perfect, yet humble; and my religion dictates that he should be my role model.

What is one thing in your life you are most proud of? I am probably most proud of being disciplined and self-controlled.

If you could go back is there anything you would change in the way you prepared for life after high school? Yes, but none of them are academic.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen that would help them make the most of their high school years? Be passionate about your interests. If you have no interests, find some. Caring a little also helps. And don't do drugs or alcohol; they make you stupid.

Linda Chen

Parents: Ping Pei and Xiaoping Chen

Grade point average: 4.43

Awards and honors: National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with distinction, National Latin Exam Silver Medalist.

College: Ohio State University

Major: Pre-pharmacy

Extracurricular: Pit orchestra, National Honor Society, Latin Club, piano

What does it mean to you to be at the top of your class academically as you approach graduation? I am obviously very proud of my achievement, but I am more pleased that I proved to myself that hard work really does pay off in the end.

Did you set goals for yourself in high school? What were they? Did you achieve them? I never really set specific goals for high school. My goals were more vague and along the lines of "Do well" and "Survive." Now that I am here and unharmed, I think, "I did very well in reaching those goals."

Who has had the most influence on your life? Why? Most definitely, my parents are my biggest influences. They are usually the people that I see first in the morning and last at night. Therefore, they naturally have the biggest impact on me.

Is that same person your role model? If not, who is? Why? My parents also double as my role models. Looking up to them, I can learn from their perfections and imperfections, which allow me draw my own conclusions from both their life experiences and my life experience.

What is one thing in your life you are most proud of? On the trivial side, I am most proud of my first finished crossword. On a more serious note, I was surprised at my own capabilities when I exceeded what I thought was my limit. I am very proud that I challenged myself to learn and comprehend subjects that I could not have understood or done a few years prior.

If you could go back is there anything you would change in the way you prepared for life after high school? I wish I had acted on eliminating my procrastination. Ironic isn't it?

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen that would help them make the most of their high school years? Don't sweat the small stuff. Focus your priorities for high school, and do not let education fall too far down your list. It is always good to find a steady balance.