Hmong College Prep Academy Class of 2019 Top Graduates

By Dave Bonko

 

Kaliyah Pa Zong Lee

Parents: Zong Her and Koua Lee

College, major: University of Minnesota-Rochester, nursing

Quote: “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill

Fantasia More

Parent: Mall More

College, major: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, biology or human physiology

Quote: “As rice ripens, the lower it bows its head. Never lose your willingness to learn.”

Chaturporn Taw

Parents: Chit Sae Vang and Neil Sao Vang

College, major: Bethel University, nursing

Quote: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Avina Nkaujzoo Vang

Parent: Tou Tong Vang

College, major: Bethel University, nursing

Quote: “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.” — Steve Maraboli

Helena Vang

Parent: Wa Yee Vang

College, major: Century College, radiology technology

Quote: “Stop thinking you can’t, start thinking you can. Failing is part of success, so don’t ever stop trying.”

Ia Vang

Parent: Xee Thao

College, major: St. Catherine University, nursing

Isabella Shang Vang

Parent: Youa Vang

College, major: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; chemistry, pre-med

Quote: “Remember who we are. The most earnest wish lies in front of our eyes. It’s not frightening to begin again. If you keep your dream, it’s bound to come true.”

Mai Chee Xiong

Parent: Khoua Lor

College, major: St. Catherine’s University, sonography

Quote: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle 

Hlee Jennie Yang

Parents: Soua Vang and Thai Yang

College, major: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, social work

Quote: “Work hard, play hard.”

Kenny Yang

Parents: Anita Vang and Eli Yang

College, major: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, computer science

Quote: “If you can’t change yourself, how is someone else going to?”