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Asaph Li
Graduating at the top of the Class of 2024, senior Brandon Koh plans on attending University of California, Irvine, majoring in business and finance.

The Class of 2024 produced 39 valedictorians, and The Accolade interviewed each to reflect on their high school journeys and thoughts. This is a full version of the Q&A, of which the preview is included in our May magazine issue. Any remaining full-version Q&A will be posted in alphabetical order throughout the week in the Feature section.

Question 1: Which university have you committed to?
Answer: UC Irvine [University of California, Irvine].

Question 2: What will you major in?
A: Business and finance.

Question 3: What were some notable setbacks you encountered during your high school career and how did you overcome them?
A: I did not have any setbacks.

Question 4: What was one of your most memorable experiences in high school?
A: My most memorable experiences in high school were going to prom, meeting friends and having fun. 

Question 5: How do you think beginning high school through distance learning positively or negatively impacted your high school journey?
A: Distance learning was positive because it was an easier transition since teachers were more lenient, and I could attend classes in the comfort of my own house.

Question 6: What is your biggest regret in high school?
A: My biggest regret was not appreciating the high school experience until it was over.

Question 7: What advice about school would you give your freshman self if you were to start high school again?
A: Do not stress too much and find what you like doing.

Question 8: What were some of your extracurriculars and leadership roles, if any?
A: ASB [Associated Student Body] treasurer since sophomore year and ASB executive treasurer currently; varsity water polo from sophomore to senior year. 

Question 9: What class threatened your valedictorian status the most?
A: Mr. [Thomas] Butler’s AP [Advanced Placement] Lit [English Literature and Composition] class threatened valedictorian status because of the AP rubric grading rather than a 100-point scale.

Question 10: What would you say was the most rewarding aspect of being valedictorian?
A: The most rewarding aspect of being valedictorian for me was being able to reflect on my hard work throughout high school.

Question 11: What was your favorite class in school?
A: My favorite class was the ASB because it was fun planning events with friends.

Question 12: Who was a mentor who helped you throughout your academic journey?
A: My mom mentored me by being strict about grades and pushing me to go above and beyond.

Question 13: What is a study habit that you would recommend to someone else?
A: I barely studied, but my study habit is to cram the night before.

Question 14: What is something you look forward to the most after graduating?
A: I am looking forward to the freedom of moving out and going to college.

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