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2013 Graduates: East Ridge's Kim accomplishes a personal goal

East Ridge High School's No. 2 student, Kyutae "Alex" Kim, will graduate with a GPA of 4.35 and attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall where he will study biology or biochemistry. Bulletin photo by Amber Kispert-Smith

Early on in his high school career, East Ridge High School senior Kyutae "Alex" Kim set a goal for himself of beating his older brother's class ranking.

Well, Kim has done more than that by earning the rank of No. 2 in his graduating class.

"I wanted to rank higher than my brother," he said. "I don't even remember where he ranked, but it wasn't two."

Kim will graduate June 1 with a GPA of 4.45.

He said setting a goal to earn a high ranking helped to push himself further.

"It definitely makes you work hard," he said.

Kim said one of his favorite aspects of school was continuing to always push himself.

"I have to always be working towards something more," he said, "like a destination."

In terms of coursework, Kim said his favorites have always been science.

His favorite class this year was physics.

"I'm just a really science-minded guy," he said. "I like how the answers are concrete."

Kim said he spends about two or three hours on homework a night.

"I'm slightly a perfectionist," he said. "Everything has to be perfectly done."

Kim also stays busy outside of school; he is involved in Math Team, Science Olympiad and National Honor Society.

"I like meeting people and doing something outside of school rather than just sitting around at home," he said. "It's engaging and it's fun."

Kim will be heading to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall where he hopes to study either biology or biochemistry before attending medical school.

Another possible career path, Kim said, is something more research-based.

Kim said he looks forward to being on his own next year.

"I'm looking forward to being independent," he said, "and not having to rely on your parents."

Kim said he is leaving high school with nothing but positive memories.

"I enjoyed my high school experience," he said. "For the most part it was fun. I met a lot of people, learned a lot of stuff."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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