Patch Whiz Kid of the Week—Jacqueline Gu

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Jacqueline Gu, Age 16

School: senior at Saratoga High School


  • Biochemistry research intern at Stanford University
  • Editor-in-chief of the Saratoga Falcon newspaper
  • Intern at Stanford Daily newspaper
  • President of SHS Science Club
  • Editor-in-chief of Soundings, school's literary magazine
  • Published fiction and poetry in several national literary magazines
  • 2011: Letters About Literature essay contest, honorable mention
  • 2011: Synopsys Science and Technology Championship, second place in biochemistry/microbiology category
  • 2012: Wellesley Book Award
  • 2012: National Merit semifinalist
  • 2012: AP Scholar with Distinction

Key to Awesomeness:

"I don't really have one. I wouldn't exactly say I'm awesome to begin with," says Jacqueline, modestly, adding that she follows the late Apple co-founder, chairman, and CEO Steve Jobs' advice: "Stay hungry; stay foolish."

"It has served me pretty well throughout the duration of high school, at least," she said.

Sheila Sanchez December 05, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I met Jackie the day of the general election Nov. 6 and was impressed by how mature she was for her age! She was one of several polling place workers helping Bill Cooper with the voting process that day. Jackie should be proud of all her accomplishments! She's a success! What a fantastic role model for our kids.


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