Michael Zhao graduated from Lynbrook High School in San Jose in 2021. He has been deeply involved in STEM throughout his middle school and high school years and founded Silicon Valley STEM 4 Youth to share his passion and knowledge in STEM with others in the community.
Michael’s passion for STEM runs deep. He is the founder and president of Lynbrook's Science Olympiad Club and also loves biology. He frequently participates in STEM competitions. Michael has been recognized as a 2-time USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finalist (Top 20) in 2020 and 2021, has won national invitational, state-level medals in Science Olympiad and regional awards in the Synopsys Science Fair, and was a member of the 2017 National Middle School Science Bowl Champion team as well as 2021 Bay Area High School Science Bowl Competition Champion Team.
Michael was also actively involved in his school community as ASB (Associated Student Body) President, and was previously a national officer in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), leading 230,000 members in the world's largest student business organization. Michael is not only named as one of 161 US Presidential Scholars, the highest honor for the high school student in the nation, he is also the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship as a Coca Cola Scholar for his dedication to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Michael was admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Yale and MIT and he will matriculate to Harvard in the fall.
In his free time, he likes to play french horn and is a member of the California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra.