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Frederick teen aces SAT

July 10, 1998

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Public School student Christine M. Liu, 15, earned a perfect score of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test she took this spring.

Since her kindergarten year at Yellow Springs Elementary School, Liu's teachers have nurtured her math and writing skills. After kindergarten, she was urged to attend the magnet program for gifted and talented students at North Frederick Elementary School.

During Liu's sixth-grade year at North Frederick, she was introduced to Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School teacher Nick Diaz. He coordinates the MathCounts team and encouraged her to become involved in the Maryland State Math League, in which she achieved first place for three years.

When she attended Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, she served as captain of the school's 1996 team. As a 10th-grader at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Liu returned to the middle school to serve as a mentor for another student on the team.

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In addition to maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Liu works as a layout editor for the student newspaper at Governor Thomas Johnson High, is a member of the yearbook staff, the Student Government Association and is a fund-raiser in the French Club. An accomplished violinist and pianist, she is a member of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra and won the grand prize in the Frederick Optimist Club Talent Competition in 1995. She created a brochure for the youth orchestra and designs posters to publicize the group's events.

After returning from the Christian MasterWorks Music Festival, a prestigious summer program focusing on music performance in New York, Liu plans to pursue her summer project to revitalize the park at North Market and West Second streets in Frederick. One of her other projects is designing her own Web page.

Liu's mother, In-May Liu, is a part-time financial planning consultant. Her father, Dr. C.T. Liu, is a research scientist.

Liu's sisters, Grace and Jeannette, were both valedictorians at Governor Thomas Johnson High. Grace works as an assistant editor of a financial newsletter in Seattle, and Jeannette just finished her second year at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where she is studying to become a neurosurgeon.

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