Richland High School's Diana Pham

Richland High School's Diana Pham

Diana Pham says she has always been inclined to perform well in school.

“It goes back to my mom,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to make her proud and repay her for everything she’s done for me and my sister.”

That took a lot of hard work in her earliest years in school. Vietnamese was the language primarily spoken in her home so she received English language learner services until the third grade. That experience led her early on to identify with students like her who faced that same challenge. That, in turn, led her to start looking at how she could help those students.

Diana has excelled throughout her academic career, having recently been awarded a Washington State University (WSU) Regents Scholarship, which means she’ll be admitted to the university’s Honors College when she starts there in the fall. However, she said it was her job shadowing at Kadlec this past school year where she felt affirmed in her goals.

“One of the professionals I shadowed was a speech pathologist and it was everything I want to do,” she says. “I just feel you have to do what gives you purpose.”