The senior at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts was named by the White House as one of only 20 Presidential Scholars. The award is based on academic and artistic excellence, essays, and evidence of community service and leadership. Ang will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., this month.
How did you feel when you heard the news?
At first, I felt surprised and numb. It took a while for the news to really sink in, but once it did, I was profoundly happy and grateful.
Who shares the credit for your success?
My family, definitely. My brother, Lucas, and my parents, Anwar and Susan Ang, who have raised and supported me with more patience than I deserve.
How has theater helped you?
I realized that, at its essence, theater is just another way for humans to connect and communicate. I like to think I have grown to be a more understanding, intuitive and patient person as a result of theater, of studying human emotions and behavior.
I will be attending Fordham University Lincoln Center in the fall to pursue acting, business and writing. One of my most cherished goals, besides working on stage and film, is to establish a theater company focused on producing the works of ethnic playwrights.