students named in Class of 03
PHOTO BY ROBERT MIHALEK
YSHS seniors Matthew Zaremsky, Andy Chen and Eli Visbal
Andy Chen has been
named valedictorian and Eli Visbal and Matthew C. Zaremsky salutatorians
of the Yellow Springs High School Class of 2003.
Andy Chens achievement is the culmination of four years of hard
work and commitment to excellence in school and academics.
Throughout high school, Andy has strived to be as well versed in as many
subjects as possible. I enjoy every subject, he said. I
can honestly say there isnt anything I dont like.
However, he feels as though his greatest strength lies in science and
math. Andy attributes his success in these areas to his math and science
teachers, notably Chris Rainey (math), Iyabo Eguaroje (biology) and Emily
Andy has also participated in many extracurricular activities in and out
of school. At YSHS, he participated in Quick Recall, soccer, swimming
and Student Review Board. Outside of school, he studies piano under Cammy
Dell Grote, and he was a participant in Honor Seminars of Metropolitan
Dayton. Andy said that his extracurricular highlights include competing
on WHIOs High Q for the past two years, participating
in Horizons in Medicine, a summer program sponsored by Wright
State University, and performing a piano concerto at the senior concert
recently held at YSHS.
In fact, he said, attending YSHS has been very eye opening. I was
new to Yellow Springs my freshman year and the town was so much different
than what I was used to, he said. Everything was so laid back
and unstructured. It took a little while to get used to, but over time
I found that my peers and I better accomplished many things because of
the combination of self-motivation and raw talent that is so prevalent
in this town. The freedom and opportunity to experience many different
activities have shaped my outlook on life, and I feel wiser over the course
of my four years.
After a year of college applications, interviews and much debate, Andy
has decided to attend Miami University, where he received the Harrison
Scholar award, which includes scholarships to cover tuition, fees and
room and board.
Andys ultimate career goal is to become a physician, so he will
major in biochemistry with a premed track. Next year, Andy will also apply
to an early admissions program between Miami and the University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine, where he hopes to attain conditional acceptance to
medical school as a freshman.
Andy is the son of C.T. and Kay Chen.
Eli Visbals family moved to Yellow Springs just in time for him
to start kindergarten at Mills Lawn School. He has since completed grades
kindergarten through 12, all in the Yellow Springs school system.
During high school, Eli has been involved in a variety of extracurricular
activities. He was a member of the football team for all four years, playing
linebacker, offensive line and fullback. Despite suffering a serious leg
fracture his sophomore year, he returned as the leading tackler his junior
year and acted as a captain last fall. He has been a member of the Student
Review Board, a group that gives student input on school policies and
helps to mediate disputes between teachers and students at YSHS and was
elected the boards chairman this year.
Eli played trumpet in the high school band and orchestra. He was also
a member of the TEAMS competition for the past three years. During each
of these years the team has won the regional competition and placed third-
and fifth-place nationally the last two years.
Academically, Eli has always been interested in math and science, particularly
physics. After graduation Eli will attend Carnegie Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, on a full-tuition scholarship, where he will major in physics.
After receiving his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend graduate
school to earn a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field, such as
Ultimately, Eli hopes to work as a physics professor or as a research
scientist in a government or industrial lab.
Elis parents are Jane and Miguel Visbal, and he has two younger
brothers, Miguel and Alex.
Matthew Zaremsky has attended the Yellow Springs public school system
since kindergarten. While in high school, Matthew has been a cellist in
the high school orchestra, a member of the cross country team, a Quick
Recall team member and an Alchemist. Twice he has competed in the TEAMS
(Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics & Science) competition,
helping the Yellow Springs team place first at the regional and state
level and third at the national level in their division.
Matthews two greatest passions during high school have been theater
and video. As a member of the YSHS Drama Club, he has participated in
nine productions as an actor, writer and director. His love of theater
has also led him to perform for eight seasons with YS Kids Playhouse,
being one of its founding members. Matthew is a member of the Thespian
Troupe No. 4671, the Yellow Springs chapter of the International Drama
Honor Society. He has been a member of the YSHS Video Club throughout
high school, serving as its president.
My experiences in theater and video have been great. We have a very
small high school but the opportunities to participate and create in this
school and community are awesome, he said. The support and
encouragement I have received from teachers, directors, community members
and my theater and video buddies has been wonderful.
Matthew has been a member of the Springfield Youth Symphony for the past
two years and was a member of the Yellow Springs Boy Scout troop for six
years. He was awarded Life Rank, the second highest rank in scouts. Matthew
is a member of Temple Israel in Springfield, where he has served as president
and treasurer of the Temple Youth Group and worked as an assistant Hebrew
He has been included in Whos Who Among American High School Students
for three consecutive years and as a junior was chosen to participate
in Ohios Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted.
Matthew is a member of the National Honor Society and is a National Merit
finalist. He is a recipient of the Ohio Academic Scholarship, a National
Merit Scholarship and the Distinguished Academic Scholarship from Kenyon
College, which he will attend this fall.
Kenyon has a lot of the qualities that I love about Yellow Springs
a strong sense of community and lots of open-minded, creative people,
He is the son of Mary Beth Burkholder and Gary Zaremsky.