Meet the Livingston High School Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Howie Shen and Kevin Xiang, Livingston High School valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2017. Credits: Marilyn Joyce Lehren

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Meet Livingston High School’s (LHS) top senior scholars Howie Shen and Kevin Xiang, the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2017.

Principal Mark Stern said these two students have shown exceptional commitment to their academic endeavors as well as their personal explorations.

“They have consistently represented our school well and I am confident they will be successful in all they do in life after LHS," he said.

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Howie Shen, valedictorian, is a candidate in the Presidential Scholars Program and recipient of Princeton Alumni Association Book Award for “intellectual promise, academic excellence, exemplary service, and outstanding personal character.” He is captain of the LHS varsity swim team and plays trombone in the wind symphony.  

In addition, he has competed in the Essex County math and science leagues, and in the national tournament for Quiz Bowl. He is a member of the LHS chess club and four national honor societies. He placed second in New Jersey in the National Spanish Exam for Level 2 and third for Level 4.  

Salutatorian Kevin Xiang is a member of the LHS Forensics team, serving as debate captain, and the Future Business Leaders of America, competing at both state and national competitions. He placed in the Top 16 at nationals for debate.

He also leads a team in the International Public Policy Forum, which is an essay debate competition on issues such as the environment, morality and economics. He placed in the Top 32 in that forum.

His activities also include serving as state senator at Boys State and as president of the Math Honor Society. He is a finalist for a National Merit scholarship and was recognized by Scholastic with a national gold key award for writing. 

Howie Shen and Kevin Xiang are pictured above in front of their soon-to-be alma mater. 

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