Holy Cross High School is proud to announce that Wen Ting Zheng '18 will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall. She was accepted through Early Action in December 2017 and made her final decision to attend this past spring. She will officially begin in late August for pre-orientation programs.
"I chose to attend MIT because my major will be in Bio-engineering," said Wen Ting. "MIT seemed to be a logical choice for that field. I also like the location. There are several opportunities for research internships in the Boston area."
Wen Ting arrived at Holy Cross as a freshman with the goal of getting into a top tier college. "Holy Cross provided me with the opportunities and support to get into this school," she said. "I especially like the small class sizes. The teachers focus on what the individual student needs. (AP Calculus teacher) Mr. Mulhern gives up his free block to help us."
Wen Ting is an exceptional academic scholar. This past year, she took AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Psychology, AP English, an online AP Chemistry course and a college-level Environmental Science course. She is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and a recipient of the Coca-Cola Scholarship.
"This was a huge honor," said Catherine Xeller, Director of Guidance. "Wen Ting is one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars who will receive a $20,000 college scholarship. We are so proud of her and what she has brought to our school community."
Wen Ting also held leadership positions in National Honor Society and Helping Hands, a community service club. She was also instrumental in starting the Girls Who Code club. "I got a group of girls together who were interested in coding. After doing some research, I wrote a proposal and submitted it to (Director of Student Activities) Ms. Dwyer and the school Administration. They were really excited about the mission of the club."
She learned the importance of time management early on in her high school career to handle such a demanding course load and schedule. She credits her teachers and school community for helping her.
"My friends and teachers have always made themselves available to me," she said. "Our school community is filled with people who support each other. I have built some strong relationships in the time I was here. I am sure that will carry over for the rest of my life. Some of my friends are also going to college in Boston. I am sure we will stay in touch."