Posted Date: 10/21/2020
Sloan French and Abigail Ren have been named Seniors of the Month for October at Union High School, 6636 S. Mingo Road. French is the son of April French of Tulsa, and Abigail is the daughter of Hua Tang and Xiaoming Ren of Broken Arrow.
French is active in The Crew as ‘czar’, Leadership as publicist and secretary, tennis, National Honor Society and the South Tulsa Baptist Youth Group. He has been recognized as a member of the Junior Court for Mr. Union and a member of this year’s Homecoming Court.
“TeePee Crew, now called The Crew, is what I am most passionate about,” he said. “The brotherhood and relationships that are formed within our group keep me looking forward to Friday nights. Playing an integral role in hyping up the crowd is another added bonus.”
French sees no difference between being a leader or a team player. “Why does there have to be distinction between the two? The best and most effective leaders are servants as well as team players. I will do whatever is necessary to achieve the common goal.”
Looking back on his education, he cites his sixth grade teacher, Tina Fridrich, for making an impression on him and his choices going forward. “My sixth grade STEM class with Mrs. Fridrich sparked my passion for engineering and set me on the path upon which I am about to embark at Oklahoma State University.” He hopes to pursue a degree at OSU in engineering technology and eventually secure a job for a company like Microsoft or Apple.
Ren is active in Key Club as president, Mu Alpha Theta as co-president, Academic Team, National Honor Society, Tulsa Union Medical Society as a former secretary, Club Scrubs and Tulsa Youth Symphony. She has been recognized as an All-State student and is a National Merit Semifinalist.
Ren said, “I’m passionate about the Key Club and the volunteerism because I like feeling like part of something bigger than myself. Community service helps our community grow but I also feel like it helps me to grow as a person.”
Ren thinks of herself as a team player. “I am 100 percent more of a team player than a leader. My primary concern in my leadership roles is to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. I take charge and delegate when necessary, but I want to make sure that everyone involved is good with it all.”
In terms of academic growth, Ren said, “My eight grade Medical Detectives and 9th grade Principles of Biomedical Sciences classes fostered my passion for the health science. In terms of personal growth, my 10th grade English and AP Physics 1 class caused a lot of introspection that made me better understand my interest and goals – who I am and who I want to be.”
Ren’s goal after graduation is to attend the University of Oklahoma and explore careers in community/public health.