Last Modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 9:58 AM
St. Louis Catholic senior Margaret Lie was named a 2012 National Merit Finalist and will be considered for more than 8,000 Merit Scholarship Awards. She was the only private or public school student to receive this kind of recognition in Calcasieu Parish this year.
The nationwide competition awards students based on PSAT test scores taken during their junior year.
“I feel so blessed about my recent achievements,” Lie said. “It proves that with diligence and a great support system of family, friends and teachers, anything can be accomplished.”
Lie was also selected to be a delegate for the 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program March 9-16 in Washington, D.C. She is one of only two students chosen from the state. She will join 104 other student delegates from across the country to attend the program’s Washington Week. The merit-based program gives students a chance to study the federal government and officials within the system.
Each student will also receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship.
“She is an exceptional student and is also well rounded,” said St. Louis Catholic High School Counselor Gisele Puckett. “She’s got a lot of irons in the fire but always seems to accomplish everything.”
Lie, whose parents immigrated from Indonesia, is the first person in her family to be born in the United States. She is heavily involved in both school and extracurricular activities. She has spent much of her time doing ballet and is trained in playing the violin, flute and the piano — which she has been playing for 13 years.
She said doing well academically is important because it is the basis for landing a job, finding a passion and it “functions to facilitate communication to others,” something she believes makes ideas and aspirations a reality.
“The discipline learned from succeeding in academics is transferred to all aspects of one’s life and is one way to discover your strengths,” she said.
Along with being chosen student of the year for her school, Lie has served as a senator for Student Council and is president of the National Honor Society.
Accepted to Rice University, she plans to major in biochemistry and cell biology with a pre-med concentration. She said practicing medicine has been a lifelong dream. At a young age she would spend time with her father, a doctor, and in high school she started volunteering at the Calcasieu Community Clinic, she said. She attributes her achievements to her motivation to complete assignments and a curiosity for learning. She said having supportive parents has been another factor in academic accomplishments and reaching her goals.
“Setting goals for myself is key for staying focused. Having something to strive towards gives a necessary impetus for the task ahead of me,” she said. “Knowing that all the work I put in now will have some benefit in the future helps me continue to lay a strong foundation for myself and other students.”
Posted By: Olivia Uy, M.D. On: 2/19/2013
Title: Outstanding Achievement
Congratulations! Your hard work and appreciation of your parents, teachers, friends, and country will always be the foundation of your success. God's blessing be with you always.
Posted By: Christa On: 2/18/2013
Title: Congratulations on your Accomplishments
What a blessing to have a supportive family, and readily available resources to accomplish all your dreams and aspirations. We live in a great country where immigrants are welcomed with open arms and your parents are examples of what great contributions immigrants make to our society. I respect your hard work, and dedication. I pray you are an inspiration to other young people, that everyone has the potential to accomplish great things.