Sibley Senior Spotlight: Hieu Nguyen
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Hieu Nguyen
Posted on 05/29/2015

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Hieu Nguyen
Senior Hieu Nguyen 

Son of Anh and Dung Nguyen, of Eagan 

In 2009, Hieu Nguyen, along with his family, immigrated to the United States from Vietnam. Over the next several months, Hieu would attend four different schools before settling in at Friendly Hills Middle School during the 2010-11 school year.

Since joining District 197, Hieu has used his growing interest in robotics and computer science as a bridge to learning English. Before coming to the United States, Hieu had little to no exposure to the language. However, this unfamiliarity with the language has not prevented Hieu from finding his niche at Henry Sibley, and with it success.

While at Sibley, Hieu has been a member of the robotics club and spent a year on the math team. He has also taken higher-level courses such as AP Physics, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science and has excelled in Project Lead the Way engineering courses.

Hieu Nguyen 2“Hieu is a problem solver and anytime we would run into a problem he would research the problem and solve it,” said Doug Sisk, Project Lead the Way instructor and robotics supervisor at Sibley. “Lately, he has been helping us get a CNC (computer numerical control) mill running. He did all the wiring and imaging to make the computer communicate with the robot without any setup guides. Hieu can solve problems better than anyone I have met; he will find the resources to acquire the information he needs.”

Early in his senior year, Hieu spent time at Friendly Hills Middle School helping to tutor younger students after school. He also participates in the Upward Bound program, adding to his preparation for college. 

Hieu will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall to major in computer engineering. He has also been accepted into the selective President’s Emerging Scholars Program at the university. This summer, Hieu will gain some hands on programming and engineering practice at BW Systems, Inc. in South St. Paul.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Hieu: It has allowed me to take higher-level courses that could be transferred to my college. At the same time, the Project Lead The Way program was helpful. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
Computer Science has been my favorite. I like to work with computers and build things out of electronics. I like to work with my hands. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
I have always enjoyed Robotics Club. This year we made a robot with a chair mounted on it. We can just sit in there and drive that one around. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
Work hard and pay attention. If you have questions, you can always ask your teachers.

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2015:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Meital Gewirtz
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Catelin Do
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Adan Rodriguez
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Mario Jimenez
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Georgia Meyer
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Gravelle
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Michelle Friedmann
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jeyca Maldonado-Medina
-Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award Winner
-Menssen, Wilton, Rocke and Krisko recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-four Sibley students earn AP Scholar honors 
-Courtney Dean named Naitonal Achievement Scholarship semifinalist
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Adrian Rocke