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Student Spotlight: Summer Li '16

Senior Summer Li's favorite class at Scecina is physics. She works hard on her studies and still makes time to participate in Scecina's swim and tennis teams and to read books like her favorite, "Pride and Prejudice."

Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

By Cari Gallagher '93

In the summer of 2013 Summer Li came to Scecina as an international exchange student. She desired to improve her English, learn about American culture and meet new people. In just a little more than two years’ time, she has accomplished those goals and much more. Summer has excelled at Scecina academically, athletically and socially.

Summer comes to Scecina through the Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) program and hails from the Chinese city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong. Summer consistently earns a spot on the high honor roll each semester. Her cumulative G.P.A. of 4.13 places her in the top five of the senior class and has earned her accolades such as the President’s Academic Excellence Award and Scholar Athlete recognition. Although she plans to study applied mathematics at either Lehigh University or the University of Toronto, her favorite course at Scecina is physics. She also enjoys reading and literature. Her favorite book is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.

Summer works hard to keep up her grades, but she also finds time for co-curricular activities. During her time at Scecina she has represented the Crusaders as a member of the swim team and the tennis program. As part of Scecina’s Academic Super Bowl Team, Summer is a reigning Indiana Crossroads Conference champion. Away from school she enjoys painting and movies.

When asked what three items she keeps with her at all times, Summer stated “my phone and earbuds, patience and kindness.” This touching answer speaks to Summer’s gentle nature and empathy for others. She is concerned about the possible negative effects of technology, and she wants to crusade against cyber violence and bullying.

Summer is living her life to the fullest, making new memories and accepting unique challenges each day. She strives to live by these word: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Cindy Hemmelgarn wrote:
Way to go Summer! She is an amazing girl to have accomplished all of this in a foreign country and with a foreign language.

Mon, December 28, 2015 @ 12:21 PM

2. Dawna Sandala wrote:
We are so proud of Summer. She is a lovely representative of her culture and a great friend to many people. You are special Summer and Scecina is blessed to have you as a student. Thank you Scecina for recognizing such a deserving student and for opening your doors to the world through international student exchange.

Wed, January 6, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

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