Each year at Thatcher High School, the senior with the highest composite score on the ACT, a national college entrance exam, is awarded the Ming Jeang Prize. With a score of 34, Travis Skinner, the son of Randy and Wendy Skinner, was the recipient of this prize. The highest a student can score on the ACT is a 36. He was awarded a certificate, medallion and cash prize.
The Jeang Prize was established by Ming Jeang, a 1973 graduate of Thatcher High School. He attended Thatcher High School for only one year but truly valued education. Upon returning to Thatcher High School for his 20-year reunion, he established a permanent endowment for the scholarship.
Dr. Jeang earned his M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine after graduating with a degree in chemistry from the University of Arizona. He was valedictorian of his high school class and is now a cardiologist in private practice in Texas, with an academic rank of clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Medical School.
Thatcher High School extends appreciation to Dr. Jeang and congratulations to Skinner.