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Amy Tung – Sophomore Extraordinaire!

1) Amy Tung speaking at the CSV Now event. 2) Tung and Lopes-Smith in 2008 3) Tung and Lopes-Smith in 2012 4) Tung with her medal.

Question – How many sophomores in high school could deliver a speech with poise and eloquence in front of several hundreds adults? The answer: Amy Tung could and did, at the recent CSV Now event held in the award-winning atrium of Genzyme, a Sanofi company, in Kendall Square. CSV held the event to honor its special KeyPal program partners – Draper Laboratory, IBM, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and to thank them for their 18 years of extraordinary collaboration and caring for the public school students of Cambridge. Amy, a CRLS sophomore and former KeyPal, was the only student speaker at the celebration. She spoke of her fortune at having been paired with Doreen Lopes-Smith, her IBM KeyPal during sixth grade. She and Doreen exchanged hundreds of e-mails over the year. Together, they worked on several projects: a time-line of Amy’s life, a book review, a math PowerPoint portfolio, and a biography of Doreen. Amy got to go to Doreen’s workplace and see what she did at her job; Doreen visited Amy at the Kennedy-Longfellow School during a school day, along with other KeyPals.

 What a thrill for Doreen to know that her former student, four years later, spoke so highly about her and the program! And just as powerful was Amy’s description of how she would not be who she is today had she not had Doreen as her KeyPal. Amy read part of her 6th grade biography of Doreen, highlighting the strong, positive impact that Doreen and the KeyPal program had on her character development.

Amy’s speech has not been the only highlight of her year so far. She is also a member of the Science Olympiad team that competed in March against student scientists from 41 other Massachusetts high schools. She gained a medal in the Experimental Design event, coming in third, and placed a respectable 5th place in Rocks and Minerals. CSV volunteer scientist Lindsay Hays advised Amy and helped her prepare for the competition.

 As a post-script to the story of Amy and Doreen as KeyPal partners, both student and former KeyPal met for lunch recently to “catch up”. It’s clear that each will stay in the other’s life for a long time to come!