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James Lu is a rising junior and a passionate explorer of STEM-related fields. He ranked highly in multiple state-level math and science competitions and was awarded the ACP Youth Award for Excellence in STEM in 2019. This summer, James was also admitted to the Welch Summer Scholar Program, a prestigious research program offered for high school students. Outside of his interest in STEM, James also participates actively in many extracurricular activities such as orchestra and MUN and is the president and co-founder of Highland Park Youth Toastmasters. He is also a two-time recipient of the Gold level President Volunteer Service Award. James has experience in a variety of fields including AI, social entrepreneurship, and economics. James enjoys YES because of the opportunities it provides to connect with and learn from influential business entrepreneurs. He looks forward to honing his business skills at YES this year.

Executive Vice President

Li Shen is a rising senior at Plano West Senior High. She loves meeting new people and working to better the community through programs such as Best Buddies. In her free time, Li enjoys drawing and teaches her own art class.

Vice President
of Event Planning and Social Media

Amy Tian is a junior at The Hockaday School. She is very passionate about climate change and women's rights. Amy loves to read, watch movies, play tennis, and try new food in her free time. YES has provided her with plenty of volunteering and learning opportunities, along with unforgettable friendships.

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Event Planning Manager

Anderson Shih has been in the Youth Entrepreneur Society for two years now. He is a junior at Plano East Senior High and was the journalist of the organization last year. This year, he will be serving as the Event planning manager.

Social Media Manager

Elaine Yao is an Senior at Lebanon Trail High School. She is a member of DECA and Business Professionals of America. She is was the past Junior VP of LTHS Orchestra, and Board member of Plano Youth Musical Association. She was the recipient of the highest title at State Solo and Ensemble, and enjoys mentoring youth, playing the viola, and studying business concepts.

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Linda Shen is a Senior at Allen High School. She has been in the Youth Entrepreneur Society since it was been found, and was the community involvement manager last year. Asides from YES she also participates in many other clubs such as NAHS, NHS and student council. She loves painting and reading when she has time. One thing that had made yes so unique is the opportunities and platform it had provided her to help her learn more about the business world.

Vice President
of Community Involvement and Journalism
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Thomas Lu is a rising junior and an academically accomplished scholar. He has participated in many STEM competitions and earned awards at all levels, most notably the ACP Youth Award of Excellence in STEM in 2019. He was ranked top ten in the state of Texas GeoBee Contest when in sixth grade, and received National Grand Recognition from Duke University TIP program in seventh grade. During the last two years in Highland Park High School, he won a few academic awards including Texas Mathematics and Science Coach Association State Meet, 2nd Place Overall, 2nd Place in Math, 3rd Place in Science in March 2019, Calculus Bowl in March 2020. In his leisure time, he loves traveling with his family and has been to all fifty states and 40 countries on six continents around the world. He also likes playing chess with his teammates in an afterschool club, and once was placed #1 in Los Angeles Area Scholastic Chess Contest. Thomas is also a founding member of Highland Park Youth Toastmasters and currently serves as its VP Membership. He has also volunteered regularly at the Perot Museum in downtown Dallas, and has earned two Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Thomas enjoys YES because of its members and informative meetings that are not just limited to business, but also include finance, healthcare, and more.

Community Involvement Manager

Diana Xiao is a 12th grader at Lebanon Trail High School. She is a member of DECA, BPA, NHS, and NAHS. She is passionate about volunteering and trying new things. When she has free time, she enjoys writing, reading and drawing. 


Catalina Zuo is a 10th grader at Rock Hill High School. She is involved in her school's student council and other clubs. She is also vice-president of her school's speech and debate team, as well as president of the Amazing Champions Youth Toastmasters in Plano. She hopes to be more involved in YES and wants to be able to create something greater and more positive for the community. 

Vice President
of  Fundraising and Historian Records

Ryan is currently a 10th grader at Greenhill school. He is involved in many clubs and activities, both in and outside of school. He participates in soccer, cross country, debate, Toastmasters, and much more. He is a vice president of why ES Toastmasters, and much more. He is a vice president of YES and is looking forward to seeing everyone at our meetings 

Fundraising Manager

Derek Zhang is an 11th grader at Jesuit Dallas. In school, he plays ice hockey and the clarinet. YES provides him with the opportunity to connect with others over the shared interest of entrepreneurship.

Fundraising Manager

Kevin Su is a freshman at Heritage High School. At school, he is the president of the National Jr. Art Honors Society (NJAHS) and involved in the Math and Science Team. He has earned an Award at the Dallas Regionals Science Fair, as well as Second Place with his team at the AYSI-SCI Coding competition. In his free time, Kevin enjoys art, gaming, and just overall talking and meeting new people. He is passionate about YES because it has so many opportunities to offer and so many new things to learn.


William Li is an 11th grader at Liberty High School. In school, he is part of several clubs and is the founding member and president of Java Club. He is also involved in Computer Science UIL and is part of the UIL Social Studies team. In his free time, he likes to work on various coding projects, volunteer, and play piano. He is looking forward to a great year at YES.

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Alan Zhao is a sophomore who transferred from Allen to Highland Park High School. At school, Alan was the Freshman Representative of CASH Club, a club that teaches investing, and outside of school, he is part of the Executive Board for City House, a non-profit organization that distributes supplies to homeless and runaway children in Collin County, and he is the VP of Public Relations at his local JLTM Toastmasters which strives to help students improve their speech and interpersonal skills. He played school basketball at Allen and hopes to continue this at Highland Park. On a typical weekend, you can find him playing basketball at the gym, video games at home, or biking with his friends. Alan is excited to create amazing opportunities within the business world in the upcoming years of YES.

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