ONLINE: 2020 CIE/USA-DFW Young Achiever Award

2019 CIE/USA-DFW Young Achiever Award

2020 CIE/USA-DFW Annual Convention

2020 CIE/USA-DFW Fall Technical Symposium


YAA Awardees


On August 9th, CIE/USA-DFW awarded 8 students with the prestigious Young Achiever Award. This award is reserved for high school students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service and leadership roles. In addition to a comprehensive application process, each awardee also underwent a live interview with a panel of industry professionals. Mark Carpenter, Senior Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Operations at Oncor and Yesenia Moore, Head of Diversity and Inclusion from Texas Instruments, were on hand to present the awards to the recipients, sharing words of encouragement and inspiration.

This year’s awardees spanned a diverse range of academic and extracurricular achievements as well as extensive community service and leadership roles, including:

Academic & Extra Curricular Achievements:

•PritzkerEngineering Early Distinction Award at the University of Chicago

•National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-American

•2020 AIME qualifier

•3 time consecutive Texas Grade Chess Champion and Team Captain

•Colleyville Heritage High School Valedictorian

•World Science Scholar

•Multiple All-State/All-Region, and soloist awarded musicians

•Southern Private Conference All-Conference Athlete (Swimming)

•International Public Policy Forum Top 16

•UIL Texas State Solo Ensemble-Ensemble (2018), Solo division 1 (2019), Solo (2020)

•Concert Master of TMEA Dallas All Region Symphonic Orchestra (2017)

•Showstopper 2019 Gulf Coast Finals Dance Competition overall 3rd place winner

•5th Place TMSCA State Overall Science

•4-time 1st prize winner at the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association Solo Competition

Community Service & Leadership Achievements:

•Collectively volunteered 2500+ hours across their communities

•Co-founder of Big & Mini, a nonprofit that connects youth and seniors for video calls

•Co-founder of HP Chess Tutoring

•HELP Student Branch Director

•VP of Cultural Events at the Dallas Youth Volunteer Association

•Multiple President’s Volunteer Service Awards

•President of the Plano West Senior High School Band

•Developed official Alexa skill for the City of Dallas 311 Department

•Compassion International Program

2020 YAA Event Screenshot

(1strow, left to right) YAA Chair Mark Reidmiller, YAA awardee David Yang, YAA awardee Kai Tsuei

(2ndrow, left to right) YAA awardee Anthony Zhou, CIE VP Youth Program Wen-Shin Wang, YAA awardee Justin Li

(3rdrow) Sponsor Mark Carpenter, OncorElectric Delivery Company

(1strow, left to right) YAA Chair Mark Reidmiller, YAA awardee Emily Zhong, YAA awardee Veronica Fang

(2ndrow, left to right) YAA awardee Brian Jiang, YAA awardee James Li, CIE VP Youth Program Wen-Shin Wang

(3rdrow) Sponsor Yesenia Moore, Texas Instruments

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