This week's WTOC Top Teen is a top notch student with a heart of gold.
Senior Cheryl Lau has a 4.0 grade point average, she ranks second in her class at Jenkins High School and believes using her smarts to help others.
Lau said, "I believe by succeeding academically you can open so many more opportunities for yourself and that someday you can give back to society."
She's been accepted to several colleges, including Wellesley College, Vanderbilt University and Emory University. Lau is still deciding where she wants to go. "I want to become a biological engineer and also maybe go on to medical school," she said. "My goal is to help cancer patients."
And she already is. When she's not hitting books she's volunteering. "I'm team captain for Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society and I also tutor AP students in AP chemistry."
This month the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education superintendent named her student of the month for April.
Her school counselor William Grimm says Lau is a role model and a perfect example of a top teen. "Cheryl is one of those students every teacher would like to have in their class, always prepared for class, knowing where she wants to go in the future, a very focused student, very determined student to obtain her goals."
This week she is WTOC's Top Teen. "I am very honored and thank you so much for this opportunity. It makes me really happy."
Reported by Michelle Paynter, firstname.lastname@example.org