2019 Valedictorian and top IB scorer Minjoon Seo (South Korea) will continue his studies at Imperial College London after also considering offers from University of Toronto, University College London, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and University of Hong Kong. He will pursue a degree in Biochemistry with the ultimate goal of building a career in cancer research.
On the heels of earning a perfect 5 on the AP Calculus exam when he was just a sophomore and being inducted to the TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter as a junior, Minjoon closed out four brilliant years at TASIS by securing 42 points on his IB Diploma Programme® assessment, capturing four major awards at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony—The Shah Akbar Khan Award for Excellence in Mathematics, The Excellence in Science Award, The ECIS Award for International Understanding, and The Valedictorian Scholarship Award—and delivering an impressive Valedictory Address.
Acclaim from Minjoon’s teachers included remarks such as, “He is deeply and sincerely committed to academic excellence,” “He is one of the top students I have ever encountered in my years of teaching,” and, “Simply put, he is on another level.” Minjoon offered his own praise in return, declaring, “I will truly miss all my IB courses, all my teachers, and everyone else who supported me over the past few years, including my advisor and dorm parents.”
Outside the classroom, Minjoon lettered in four varsity sports—badminton, basketball, golf, and swimming—served as a Dorm Proctor, and was an active member of the Opsahl Global Service Program. He described global service as “by far one of the best features of the School—a very special trip that surely can remain with students for a long time” and proctorship as “a unique feature of the School,” noting that all of his extracurricular activities “surely influenced me in the most positive ways and enabled me to develop as a person.”
On top of his many remarkable successes as a student, it was Minjoon’s positive attitude, global outlook, and ability to build bridges with his peers that landed him the prestigious European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Award for International Understanding, an honor that aims to recognize a student who is a contributing force in the life of his or her school, brings people of diverse backgrounds together into a sense of community, and ultimately furthers the cause of international understanding within an institution.
It is this sense of brotherhood that Minjoon helped build with his peers that he’ll miss most. “I’ll miss just being around with my friends—whether it was sitting down with them in our dorm rooms, outside on campus, or in De Nobili,” he said.