High school students can get a little crazy when they prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the standardized test for most college admissions in the United States.
Not Henry Lee.
While a student at Clovis West, he read nearly 20 books on taking the SAT, and it paid off. His highest score: 2120.
Word spread — and peers asked him for tips. So he coached them.
He also concluded the books that he read "weren't good enough." So he wrote a new book — "SAT The Game: How to Beat the House Writing Edition" — that was released in October for Kindle, Kobo, Nook and other e-book formats.
Not surprising to many at Clovis West, Lee recently graduated in the top 1% of the senior class of 486 students with a 4.56 GPA.
Outside the classroom, he was busy helping others. He amassed more than 600 hours in volunteer work at Saint Agnes Medical Center.
He says he is grateful for his parents, who immigrated from China in the early 1990s. He was born in the United States.
Years ago, Laurie Lee showed her son a copy of The Bee with photos and stories about the Academic All-Stars, saying, "One day, you should be there."
Henry says, "I just did my best. Thanks to her, I'm here now."
He is headed to UC San Diego to study bioengineering.
Tammra Brisky, a Clovis West counselor, says: "He is the most humble, kind-hearted student on campus."
School: Clovis West
Parents: Kwok and Laurie Lee
Alexandra Heckel, 18, Fresno
School: Central High East Campus
Parents: T.A. and Michelle Heckel
Achievements: With a 4.71 GPA, she is a California Scholarship Federation lifetime member. She also founded and served as president of the For the Love of Books Club, which raises money for the school library. She worked on the publications/yearbook staff for four years and was a broadcast and reporter for CTV — Central Television. She also served as varsity cheer captain in her senior year. She volunteers at NorthPointe Community Church, Community Regional Medical Center and Children's Hospital Central California. She also worked this year as a teacher's assistant for Tina Johnson. Alexandra plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, in the fall.
Demitria Lion, 17, Fresno
School: Clovis West High
Parents: Jeff Lion and Ingrid Lion
Achievements: She earned a 4.48 GPA while taking eight AP and two honors courses. She earned Graduate of Academic Distinction for the Class of 2014. She was Clovis West Scholar/Athlete all four years as well as a California Scholarship Federation lifetime member. She served on the pep and cheer squad for four years and performed in drama productions. She also was a member of Fresno Assisteens for four years. She was co-founder of Lion's Helping Hands, which collects recyclables and donates proceeds to charity. She also is a volunteer at Break the Barriers. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society named her 2013 Teen of the Year, after she raised more than $41,000. Her older brother is a survivor of leukemia. She will start at the University of Southern California in August.
Stephanie Tran, 17, Fresno
School: Clovis North High
Parents: Todd and Mary Wilson
Achievements: She earned a 4.6071 GPA, and became AP Scholar of Distinction while taking 10 AP and two honors courses. Twice, she placed in the Academic Decathlon, taking a first and a fourth in the Valley. She also competed in varsity forensics and Science Olympiad. Outside the classroom, she amassed more than 500 hours of volunteer work at Children's Hospital. She earned a full scholarship to Stanford University, which was her dream. Todd Wilson, Stephanie's guardian, says she grew up without a father. As she was beginning high school, she lost the support of family members, when Wilson and his wife, Mary, became Stephanie's guardians through court action. He says, "Despite these very traumatic events, she's been able to stay focused on her education and extracurricular activities, which she pursues with a passion."