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Student Profiles: Linsly’s Kyle Zelenitz, Daniella Truong

∫ Kyle Zelenitz is a member of The Linsly School’s graduating Class of 2017. In addition to receiving academic honors, Zelenitz was actively involved in the Linsly community.

He earned the position of senior prefect, Linsly’s form of student government, where he served as the Advancement Committee Chair and was the senior class president. He was a member of the Amnesty International and Environmental clubs at Linsly.

Zelenitz was recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Honor for his performance on advanced placement examinations and also earned the distinction of being named a National Merit Commended Student. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the National German Society.

In 2016, Zelenitz received the National Security Language Initiative Scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State to live and study abroad in Russia. In addition to his academic achievements, Zelenitz served as the captain of the varsity track and cross country teams at Linsly and was a Boy Scouts senior patrol leader. At graduation, Zelenitz was the recipient of the Headmaster’s Award, the Guenther Award and the Max W. Laborde English Award. He was named a recipient of the Christ Scholarship and was awarded the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship.

In the fall, Zelenitz will attend Princeton University where he will study in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

∫ Daniella Xinyi Truong is a member of The Linsly School’s graduating Class of 2017. During the commencement ceremony, she was awarded the President’s Education Award, United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, Gilleland Latin Award and Hofreuter Award.

She was named an AP Scholar by the College Board and is receiving the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. She is passionate about dance and has also run cross country and track and field for the last six years, serving as a captain for both teams.

At Linsly, she has participated in a variety of clubs such as Key, Students Against Destructive Decisions, dance, Ultimate Frisbee, Classics, photography, ski and snowboarding, and Amnesty International, serving as an officer for many of these clubs. Outside of school, Truong volunteered her time with her dance school, Oglebay Institute School of Dance, and with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.

She was also president of the West Virginia Junior Classical League, a member of both the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society, a participant of the Viennese Cotillion, and earned the position of Linsly’s head prefect for the 2016-17 school year. During the summer, she attends intensives to enhance her learning at places such as Point Park University, the Joffrey Ballet School, and Governor’s Honors Academy.

Truong will attend Columbia University in the fall.


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