The award citation at the Awards Ceremony reads:
The Student of the Year award represents more than just academic excellence. The Student of the Year is also a well-rounded individual who performs community service, has interests and hobbies outside of science, and is someone who shows leadership to their peers. This year’s winner embodies all of this and more.
Our Student of the Year has a passion for science and a strong sense of his community and the future. He has passion for improving the experiences of others founding a STEM program for elementary students and participated in a Uganda medical program which helped provide medical care to 6,500 patients over the course of 10 days. The experience has influenced him in many ways, including his Science Fair project. Additionally, he is the First Violinist at his school.
Please join me in applauding our 2013 California State Science Fair Student of the Year — from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County — Alexander Chen!
Alexander Chen presented the following project this year: S0906.California State Science Fair / 2013 / Science Fair Student of the Year / CalifSF@usc.edu