"It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If we take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale." These words from her favorite TV show, Avatar the Last Airbender, have served as an inspiration to Yiling, who wants to come to IU to major in human biology and to explore her other diverse interests. She hopes to study abroad in Asia where she would like to examine the effect of cultural factors on disease prevalence, but she can also see herself traveling to Antarctica or Iceland and see the southern or northern lights. Ignoring the time travel paradox, she’d love to invite a younger version of herself to dinner to alert her to all the activities she could have explored earlier in life. She plans to go to medical school, but likes to joke about becoming a food critic so she could eat fancy meals every night! You’ll know her when you meet her, from her trademark greeting “salutations” instead of “hello,” and “farewell” instead of “goodbye.”

Yiling, the eighth Scholar from Zionsville Community High School, will hold the Luther S. and Louise Roehm scholarship.