Faith Lemire-Baeten has met a lot of students through her tutoring side-business. She’s worked with many of them for years.
“I’ve been with these kids for so long ... I know I’ll develop those relationships in college, but it’ll be hard,” Lemire-Baeten, who earned a grade-point average of 4.372 to become one of two Liberty Ranch High School valedictorians, said.
While in high school, her favorite teacher was Jason Pyles, who teaches English. He also taught the students to love reading again, she said.
Lemire-Baeten, who has lived in Galt since she was 3, attended River Oaks Elementary and McCaffrey Middle schools. Her parents are M.J. Lemire and Thomas Baeten, and she has an older brother, Austin, who is attending University of California, Davis.
She will attend Harvey Mudd College in the fall to study bio-medical engineering. She wants to create hospital machines and prosthetics to help the aging population.
“I’ve always wanted to do engineering,” Lemire-Baeten said. “When I took AP biology, I fell in love with it. I already do a lot of community service, so if I can do that in my career ...”
In her free time, she writes and designs costumes for fashion shows, and for herself and her friends. She took second place in a Japanese design contest in Sacramento.
“It’s just casual, especially since I (don’t) have that much time to devote to it,” she said.
During high school, Lemire-Baeten served as the first Liberty Ranch High School Honor Society president for two years, and was an officer in California Scholarship Federation all four years.
Other accomplishments include being a National Merit Scholar (awarded to top 1 percent of juniors tested nationwide who take the PSAT) and running her successful tutoring business since the summer after she graduated eighth grade. Since then, she has helped at least 40 students — from pre-kindergarten to high school freshman — mostly through homemade fliers and word of mouth.
“If I’m not at school, I’m probably tutoring,” she said.
Last week, she learned she has been awarded a full scholarship to travel to China with the Jinan-Sacramento Sister Cities Corporation. JSSCC is a nonprofit organization that fosters cultural and educational understanding between the people of the cities of Sacramento and Jinan.
Being chosen was based not only on grades, but an interview and essay written to explain why being an ambassador to China was important to her. She is one of four area students chosen.
Lemire-Baeten will live with a local family while she tours China, meets officials, visits grade schools and interacts with students at the University of Jinan, she said.
“I’m so blessed to have this opportunity,” she said. “When I got the email that said I was chosen, I probably read it like 10 times.”
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