Kristina Kwan


Hi! My name is Kristina Kwan, and I am currently a junior here at SHC. A little bit about myself: I am an only child, I was born and raised in the Richmond District of San Francisco, and I previously attended Alice Fong Yu Alternative School. Some of my hobbies and interests include reading, baking, trying new foods, learning about various cultures, and engineering. I hold a special interest in Chinese Brush Painting, which I have been doing since I was 7 years old. 

Last year, I was fortunate enough to have tested into AP Mandarin, where I was introduced to the academic rigor associated with taking an Advanced Placement class. I also had the chance to participate in a bridge-building competition as a part of the i2 physics curriculum, and my group and I managed to win an award at the ceremony held at UC Berkeley. Through that competition, This year, I decided to increase the rigor of my schedule while still taking classes that fascinate me by taking 3 AP classes–AP Computer Science Principles, AP World History, and AP Psychology. In addition to those 3 AP classes, I am also taking two honors classes, English and Chemistry, as well as Advanced PreCalculus and History of Christian Art.

This past summer, I attended a week-long engineering summer camp at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where I was exposed to a variety of different engineering fields, specifically, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering. During this week-long endeavor, I learned to build bridges with different materials, and I also learned about an extremely prevalent worldwide issue that I plan to base my project on this year: water desalination.


Here is My Plan for This Year's Project:

For my passion project this year, my goal is to somehow integrate my newfound interests in designing and creating. I am planning on designing and potentially making i2 merch. I hope it turns out great, but I’m not sure if people will wear the clothes I design, which is a bit unsettling. It was a […] Read more

The i2 Journey Begins

I was first made aware of my acceptance to the i2 program through my online acceptance letter to Sacred Heart Cathedral. I will admit, I was ecstatic at the time, even though I had close to no idea what the program was. Once I read about it on the SHC website, I began to wonder […] Read more


Salty Water

I am building a prototype for a cost-effective version of the portable water desalination device developed at MIT.

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