YORKTOWN, N.Y. – My name is Diane Yang. I have two younger twin sisters, who are in middle school. I grew up in Rochester, but moved to Yorktown when I was 7, right before the start of first grade.
Areas in STEM have been a large focus of my education, as I’ve taken many advanced math and science courses at Yorktown High School. I’ve also been involved in our Science Research program since sophomore year, where I’ve interned at the City College of New York to study wind energy. I’m also involved in the arts with my participation in the orchestra as a cellist.
Community service has also been a large part of my high school experience and has included fundraising at Relay for Life and volunteer tutoring. I’m also an avid nature-lover, and I volunteer at the Audubon Greenwich Nature Center, where I serve as the chairperson of the teen board.
What is your favorite subject in school and why?
My favorite class in high school has been my senior year English class, which follows the curriculum of and is recognized by Syracuse University. We’ve explored issues relating to poverty, race, class, and gender while learning how to write on a higher level, and I’ve really enjoyed how relevant and engaging the material has been.
Who inspires you the most and why?
In the fourth grade, my class was assigned an oral project on a historical figure. Out of sheer luck, I ended up with Marie Curie, and ever since then, I’ve been in awe of her work and legacy. As a woman, Curie not only joined the ranks of a predominantly male group of famous scientists and engineers, but she shone amongst the best. Even with her two Nobel Prizes and two added elements to the periodic table, Curie was also an outstanding wife and mother to her daughters—one of which was also a Nobel Prize winner. Marie Curie reached these milestones with an admirable, almost effortless grace, and I’ve drawn strength from my admiration for her throughout my journey in STEM.
What is a typical week for you at Yorktown High School?
There isn’t a typical week at Yorktown High School—each day presents something new and exciting, from making a Rube-Goldberg machine in AP Physics to connecting with a new friend in orchestra.
What do you enjoy most about the Yorktown schools and community?
The individuals, from the faculty and administration to my classmates and close friends, who’ve each added their own touch to make my experience at YHS unforgettable.
What is your most memorable high school experience?
Through the Civic Intern program at YHS, I was able to work as an intern in the regional office of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, which was an extremely eye-opening event for me as a behind-the-scenes view into politics.
What are your plans after you graduate from Yorktown?
I’m planning on attending Princeton University in the fall to pursue a career in electrical engineering. My dream job would be to work in the field of sustainable energy sources, where I would be able to combine my love for the environment with my passion in engineering and science.
What are some of your favorite hobbies/extracurricular activities?
In my free time, I like to read books, practice skateboarding, and bake cakes. I also love watching movies with my siblings.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Yorktown?
I love going to the Yorktown Pastry Shop for special events. My favorite is their apple strudel.
Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn.
I have a terrible sense of direction. I once got lost going from the Starbucks in town to CVS.
Is there a place you’d most like to visit?
Camping in Wyoming is at the top of my bucket list.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
My favorite band of all-time is Queen. Throughout high school, my alarm ringtone every morning has been “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
What is your favorite show to binge?
“Community”—I love how clever and charming the show is.
What is the go-to app on your phone?
My calendar app. Without it, I’d be a mess.