Amelia Pham, an eighth-grader at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond, is the 2016 eighth-grade Student of the Year for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
“I hope to become an accomplished and skilled cardiologist that saves many peoples’ lives. I know that this can be accomplished through my faith in God, through hard work and from the love and support of my family,” Pham said.
Pham is the daughter of Thuy Pham and Doan Tran and has a younger sister, Audrey, who is a fourth-grader at Holy Ghost.
Pham has a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, holding the office of historian, and has been a quiz bowl member and captain since the fifth grade. She qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program in the seventh grade and earned state recognition and the grand recognition. She is taking three high school courses at Holy Ghost and is a library volunteer.
Pham is one of the top 10 Accelerated Reader Points earners at Holy Ghost and has been a Points Club member since second grade, has earned high honors in math, reading and English by completing courses through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, won a veterans letter-writing contest and is a five-year member of choir, serving as choir cantor for the past two years.
She has been taking piano lessons since she was 6 and competes annually at piano competitions through the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. She also plays the violin.