This is the first of 20 profiles of The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2017.
Amy Wang has always loved puzzles. What started as a love for putting together actual puzzles and solving Rubik's Cube has evolved into a passion for math. In eighth grade, she began working with a math tutor and family friend who opened her mind up to a different way to interpret what was going on with all of the numbers and symbols that were math. She started working with him specifically for math competitions, but he ended up helping her in many more ways than just that.
"It wasn't really teaching facts like you would think," Wang said. "It was more about changing the way your mind works." She said that through this her math skills improved because she wasn't just trying to memorize formulas when test time came around; she was able to think about what was really happening.
"I love math," she said. "It's my favorite subject."
She plans to pursue math in a different form through chemical engineering in college. She hopes to work partly in the environmental and partly in the medical fields.
Wang is in tennis season and is playing varsity in the number three singles position. She used to play volleyball and basketball, but during her sophomore year, one of her friends really wanted her to join the tennis team.
"It was one of the best decisions I've made to get out of my comfort zone," Wang said. She took lots of lessons and worked very hard and made varsity during her junior year. She said that her team has a very strong family connection that she couldn't find anywhere else. She may look to play tennis and basketball in college next year.
Working hard is something that Wang has always done.
"I tend to be the one that people know to not take shortcuts," she said. "I'm also quite efficient in doing things." She has always gone to bed before 10 p.m. in high school, and she loves helping people out whenever she can.
Since her freshman year, she has volunteered weekly at Memorial Hospital North as one way to give back to the community.
Wang has lived in Colorado Springs since third grade, and she said she loves it because of the outdoors. "I think I'll miss it, but I'm also excited to be beginning a new chapter and living in a new place," Wang said.
Best & Brightest is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.