2023 Award of Excellence: Keng Pheng Vang, Tartan High School

Keng Pheng Vang

Award of Excellence Characteristic: Achievement, Community, Integrity, Resilience

Nominated by: Amy Knutson

Parent/Guardian: Vang Yeng Vang

Schools Attended: Phalen Lake Elementary school / Mississippi Creative Arts School, Open World Learning Secondary School, Tartan Senior High School

High School Experience: It has been an amazing journey so to say, a I look back at all the hardships I’ve come across. I’ve learn from my failures and turn them into success and learned my mistakes and turned them into lessons.

Future Plans: I plan to go to University of Minnesota for Sociology and Criminology as well as planning to play for the volleyball team.

Mentor and Why Selected: Hakeem Smith was my volleyball coach for our fall season playing for Infinity, from the East Side Boys and Girls Club. I chose this mentor because he taught me how to enjoy life and to play with my heart. He was a model that I looked up too, and a coach I respected.