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The communication skills Bryant learned as a debater also will help him if he ascends to his chosen profession: diplomacy.

FAMILY: Parents, Daqing Yang and Xiaojing Zhou; one brother, Eric, 10.

"Bryant was able to use his Mandarin to try to explain the concept of homecoming to two boys in the Immersion Center who have recently moved to Sioux Falls from China," she wrote.

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He has helped his fellow students, Lincoln Principal Val Fox pointed out in her nomination, sometimes in unusual ways because of a unique background.

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"The credentials will come if you've truly found the thing you love," Bryant said. "That's the central message I want to convey. Don't do things because it will boost your credentials, but do things that you love."

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ACHIEVEMENTS/INTERESTS: Team captain two years, debate; National Forensic League All American, highest ranked in South Dakota; NCFL grand national champions in policy debate; member of first South Dakota team to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. Only team in the nation to qualify to all four major national championships in more than four years. State vice president of membership, DECA. Co president/founder, Young Democrats; symphonic band; All State Band and soloist. Published blogger for the Huffington Post; national AP Scholar.

While the visit interrupted the last semester of a busy senior year, Bryant looked forward to practicing his Mandarin language.

"In eighth grade, I thought it was going to be catastrophic," he said. "After freshman year was over in Sioux Falls, it turned out really better than I thought it would."

Bryant and his family recently spent three weeks visiting relatives in China.

If that's true, then the Lincoln High School senior can be viewed as both an artist and a scientist.


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"It really raised my interest in being Adidas Rose 773 Black able to smooth over those lines of communication and being able to foster more harmony simply by making sure both sides are getting the right message and there is the right communication going on," Bryant said.

"One of his great traits is he works hard and understands the need to work hard and then get to do the fun stuff," Martinet said.

Bryant Yang describes debate as both an art and a science.

need for "a perfect rsum" so a university would accept him.

Bryant was born in Kansas while his Chinese born parents Adidas Tech Super Made For

His parents have played an essential role in his development, Bryant said.

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For Bryant, that love, that passion came in debate.

Bryant, who also has volunteered on political issues such as the public smoking ban Adidas Y3 All Red


and on cancer fundraisers, has earned statewide and national recognition in speech, DECA, band and journalism.

Bryant has not yet decided where he will attend college; Yale University is just one of several colleges that has accepted him.

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"They were the ones who instilled that initial motivation and initiative in me," he said. "It was through example. They're very driven themselves; they work very hard."

Being in debate allowed him to delve deeply into topics as varied as social services, space exploration and military deployment, Bryant said.

HIGH SCHOOL: Sioux Falls Lincoln

were attending school at Kansas State University. He lived in Vermillion from first grade through middle school when his father, a researcher, accepted a position in Sioux Falls.

"He's been a national qualifier in debate four times, and he's qualified for national in three separate events. That shows how well rounded he is as a speaker and debater, and as a student in general."

"I embraced the English language in terms of debate and speech, but a second language is always just fascinating," he said. "It goes back to the idea of being able to communicate to your audience whether it is here or anywhere in the world."

"As a freshman coming in, we had high expectations for him, and he rose to those," said Tony Martinet of Pueblo, Colo., Bryant's debate coach for his first three years at Lincoln.

´╗┐Champion debater an artist of the spoken word

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That was a difficult move, Bryant said, although he know is grateful for the opportunity to establish connections in a new location.

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