A close race at head of Central’s class
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Music is also a big part of Shen’s life. He has played violin for the district orchestra and been selected to the All-County and NYSSMA orchestra. Additionally, he was named to the All-State wind ensemble for piano.
Motwani has been an active member of Central’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. The club takes part in numerous competitions. In his junior year, Shen placed second in the state in the Business Presentation category and was invited to the national competition in San Antonio. As a senior, he placed first in the same category and will be off to nationals in California later this month.
“Presentational skills are really key to business and college in general and meeting people,” he said. “Especially in the world of business, networking is essential, not only for job opportunities but for maintaining relations for the future.”
He has been selected to the National, Math, Science, Business, English and Language honor societies, and has played basketball and volleyball at the junior varsity level.
Before his junior year of high school, Motwani completed an internship with Greenwich Group International in the city, in which he got to sit in on conference calls and learned about real estate and investments.
Each have taken a dozen Advanced Placement courses. Shen said his favorites were physics and music theory. Motwani cited government and statistics has his top courses because he was challenged to work hard. “In both of those classes,” he said, “I’ve never felt more prepared for a test in my life.”
Shen, who attended Wheeler Avenue School in his elementary days, said the key to his academic success was gaining a full understanding of any subject or concept he studied. For Motwani, it was natural desire to succeed, plus hoping to best his sister who ranked fourth in the class of 2010.
Both graduates credit the teachers they had at Central in motivating them to succeed. “They were really influential to me,” Shen said, “setting the right mindset and developing my passions.”
Chung Wei ‘Jason’ Shen
Going to: Harvard University
Plans to study: Computer science
Favorite courses: Computer programming, physics, music theory
Favorite teachers: Robert De La Cruz, physics; Tara Zambrano, orchestra
Going to: Cornell University
Plans to study: Finance
Favorite courses: Government, statistics, photography, business electives
Favorite teachers: Katharine Plett, business; Mario Bakalov, FBLA advisor; Richard Herrmann, English