Changing the World, One Hour At a Time

Senior Andrew Zhang leaves a legacy in his last year at ELHS

By Genavieve Ogren

For most ELHS students, the 45-minute lunch period is a break from the stresses of school and a time to laugh with friends. However, for senior Andrew Zhang, lunch is filled with responsibilities as he spends his lunchtime being a leader for the student body.

Zhang is the president of Key Club, Science Olympiad, Ping-Pong Club, and Math League. He is also the senior senate treasurer and a passionate volunteer at the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut. Despite the amount of time his work takes up, Andrew puts in his best efforts into everything he does.

“Andrew is always on top of everything that needs to be done for Key Club. He is very dedicated,” said math teacher and Key Club advisor Patricia Ferryman.

His dedication is not just for building his resume or gaining volunteer hours; community involvement means a lot to  him.

“Volunteering, as well as being in these clubs, has helped me develop a sense of purpose and a deeper appreciation for the importance of collaboration in society… it is my way of making sure that my actions are meaningful beyond my own awareness,” said Zhang.

While Zhang works hard for the community, he also inspires his friends.
“He’s really easy to get along with… he’s a great person who’s always willing to sacrifice a couple ‘brain cells’ for his friends,” said one of Zhang’s best friends, senior Mingfei Duan.

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