Andy Vuong, a Franklin High School alum and a veteran of the school's Athletic Decathlon team, was named to the spring Dean's List at Wake Forest University.
Vuong was one of 1,900 Wake Forest University students named to the Dean List.
In the spring of 2011, Vuong .
When Vuong spoke to Patch in 2011, he talked about how he balances dedication to academics with teenage life.
Andy has a passion for life. His secret to success, whether it is in sports or academics, is dedication. When he played sports, Andy’s priority was to be a great player. Andy decided to challenge himself academically by joining the school’s decathlon team. Since then, he's been spending up to 14 hours a day in school studying. But he enjoys taking a break–in fact, he says taking breaks can help students stay focused.
“It is so important to go home and relax. As I like to say, even professional athletes like to eat ice cream sometimes,” he said.
Andy’s wisdom is far beyond his age. He is not complacent, and that has kept him working hard to better himself. He was at the top of his game during his sophomore year as the captain of the junior varsity football team, but he decided to quit the team and to focus on academics.
“I started to appreciate knowledge and education more,” he said. “I was always an active and physical person, but I wanted to challenge myself. This has helped me to understand life a little more.”