Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM 
Place: Kim Son Restaurant - 10603 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072 (map)

Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) will sponsor the Eighteenth Annual Vietnamese-American Youth Excellence Recognition Program to commemorate the accomplishments of outstanding Vietnamese-American high school students.  VCSA annually recognizes the academic achievements of Vietnamese-American high school students who graduated as either valedictorian or salutatorian of their respective high schools. The program also serves to encourage the younger Vietnamese-American generations to strive for academic excellence and instill a strong sense of civic responsibility among all Vietnamese-Americans in the Greater Houston area. Every year, previous awardees volunteer to co-chair the event.  The following is a list of Vietnamese-American students from the Houston area who 
have graduated as either valedictorian or salutatorian for the class of 2014.

The 17 valedictorians are:

Aldine ISD
Tina Nguyen – Aldine
Nhi Vu – G.W. Carver Magnet 
Alief ISD 
Vy Nguyen – Alief Early College
Huynh Nguyen – Alief Elsik
Sao Bac – Alief Taylor
Channelview ISD
Dave Giang – Channelview 
Crosby ISD
Rana Luu – Crosby
Fort Bend ISD
Carolyn Nguyen – Bush
Houston ISD
Tuyet Nhi Tran – East Early College
Christine Nguyen – Sharpstown
Minh Thu Nguyen – Westside
Pasadena ISD
Tuan Phan – J. Frank Dobie
Spring Branch ISD
Matthew Nguyen – Memorial
BaoTran Ma – Spring Woods 
Alyssa Nguyen – Westchester 
Academy for International Studies
David Pham – Westchester Academy for International Studies
Spring ISD
Trang Luu – Westfield

The 11 salutatorians are:

Aldine ISD
Tina Tran – Aldine
Alief ISD
Whitney Berry – Alief Early College
Jennifer Huynh – Alief Elsik
Clear Creek ISD
Son Dinh – Clear Horizons Early College
Fort Bend ISD
Quy-Hien Nguyen – Kempner 
Houston ISD
Tony Do – East Early College 
Sharon Nguyen – Madison 
Klein ISD
Kevin Tran – Klein Forest
Pasadena ISD
Brian Tran – J. Frank Dobie
Pearland ISD
Elizabeth Nguyen – Pearland
Spring ISD
Kathy Le – Carl Wunsche 

In addition to the Recognition Program, there will be a luncheon featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine, scholarship award presentations, cultural performances featuring beautiful Vietnamese traditions and attire, and a keynote address by Dr. Harry Dao Jr., Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine.  Six hundred (600) guests are expected to attend, including school district administrators; elected officials, such as the Mayor, City Council Members, county officials, and congressional representatives; and local corporation representatives who have continually supported this program throughout the past seventeen years.  Based in Houston, Texas, VCSA was founded in 1990. It has members throughout the U.S. and Canada with chapters in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Diego, Minnesota, Washington DC and Toronto, Canada. VCSA promotes excellence in education, leadership and skills development, and volunteerism through culture and science. The organization encourages multi-generational and cross-cultural collaborations by cultivating civic participation in the mainstream and Vietnamese America.  Tickets to the event, open to all members of the community, are $25.00 per person and can be purchased at the VCSA Center, located at 4615 Belle Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77072.

For more information, please call the VCSA Center at (281) 933-8118
VCSA Admin,
Jul 29, 2014, 5:08 PM