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CC Val and Sal Announced

Columbia College—your valedictorian is Lia Friedman. Your salutatorian is Yoshiaki Ko.

Press release:

The Columbia College Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes has announced the names of the Class of 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian. The valedictorian is Leah Friedman, a Russian Literature and Cultures major from New York. The salutatorian is Yoshiaki Ko, a Neuroscience and Behavior major from California.

Friedman “is precisely the kind of student Columbia should be proudest of,” according to a faculty member in the Slavic Languages Department. She is “profoundly gifted and naturally inclined to use those daunting intellectual gifts to inquire, refine, disentangle, rethink, pursue, conceptualize, articulate, enliven interlocutors, make them laugh, make them think, make them wonder, make them uncertain, and make them care about the truth,” the faculty member said. She has lived in Vermont, where she learned to milk cows, and in New Zealand, where she learned to shear sheep.

Ko, who was born in Japan and moved to California at age 8, in 2000, is an accomplished pianist and an extraordinary scientist. He has worked in the laboratory of Psychology Professor Hakwan Lau since his first year, and has already made a significant impact in his field. “Yoshi has already published a paper with himself as first author in which he conducted a sophisticated signal detection theoretic analysis to explain a classic clinical condition regarding visual consciousness – blindsight,” Professor Lau said. “He came up with original computer stimulations to demonstrate that his model can quantitatively account for the psychophysical behavior of the subject. This work has been considered by many of my colleagues in the field to be highly important and has already generated citations in print.”

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42 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous awk should fix “Rusian”

  • Congrats! says:

    @Congrats! I don’t know either of these people, even in passing.
    Cool tho, yay them

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous The Dark Hand for SEAS valedictorian!

    1. al0 says:

      @al0 I thought he was majoring in gender and male sexuality studies with a minor in materials science.

    2. The Dark Hand says:

      @The Dark Hand The deans would never vote me for valedictorian I am too busy taking them down

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I thought her name was Lia

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Lia Friedman?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous val’s not a pre-med this year–good to see some variety!

    1. alum says:

      @alum Neither was last year’s valedictorian? And I dont’ think the girl in 2010 was either.

  • Russian Faculty Interviewee says:

    @Russian Faculty Interviewee VERBS VERBS VERBS

  • surprise! says:

    @surprise! lol a jew and an azn

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon r00d!

    2. dirty mike says:

      @dirty mike where have we seen this rare pairing before

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Yoshi’s a great person! Good for him!

  • RAKland says:

    @RAKland Congratulations Lia! I am so proud of you! :D

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I should think that Ko would have come up with original computer SIMULATIONS, not “stimulations” …

    An additional “[sic]” suggested…

  • Never heard of them says:

    @Never heard of them Glad you made the most of your undergraduate career!!!

  • cc 2016 says:

    @cc 2016 i hear his girlfriend is hot

  • Heisenberg says:

    @Heisenberg One is already being cited in medical papers by other doctors. One can work on a farm. Interesting skill set required

  • From now on, every time says:

    @From now on, every time I introduce one of my friends to someone, I will end the description with “She has lived in Vermont, where she learned to milk cows, and in New Zealand, where she learned to shear sheep.”

    Awesome, tho! Go Humanities!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Yeahhh Lia!! Doing JJ7 proud!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous yoshi also did this in 3 years and is in the julliard joint program. gotta love columbia, making me feel more inferior every day

  • Yay Lia! says:

    @Yay Lia! Congratulations to both!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congratulations!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Is this the same Yoshi that is TAing my psych class right now? That accomplished bastard.

  • silliness says:

    @silliness why is the salutatorian so much more obviously qualified than than the valedictorian? what a joke

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous So that we can listen to the obviously more qualified candidate’s wonderful speech while the other sits silently in the back.

    2. Last time I checked... says:

      @Last time I checked... …the qualifications were having the first highest and second highest GPA.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous No, you just need to have over a 4.00. After that, it’s recommendations are the mysterious decisions of the committee.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous and* the mysterious decisions of the committee.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous yoshi seems much more impressive than the girl

  • just sayin... says:

    @just sayin... K Shaw got robbed…just sayin

    Anyway, how did Yoshiaki Ko get Sal without getting early PBK? Aren’t Val/Sal supposed to have some of the highest GPAs? Early PBK should be a necessary but insufficient condition.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Yoshi was still CC 2014 when the early PBKS came out; he’s graduating a year early, and you only turn in those forms in December.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous the val’s description is so random.

    Friedman “is precisely the kind of student Columbia should be proudest of,” …. [fluff] …. She has lived in Vermont, where she learned to milk cows, and in New Zealand, where she learned to shear sheep.

    that’s great!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Just wondering is her name Lia or Leah?

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon Her name is both Lia and Leah. Technically (and legally), it’s “Leah,” but she spells it “Lia” instead.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m sure Lia is a very intelligent individual, but whoever wrote that blurb for her did her no favors, especially in comparison to sal’s. I mean, weed does all of those things written for certain people.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous yoshi’s didn’t really either. he’s fluent in 4 languages and is getting a master’s at juilliard.

  • fred says:

    @fred congrats lia! very well-deserved

    haters–get out! can you shear sheep?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous sad that she doesn’t actually shear sheep.

  • TK says:

    @TK Лия Фридман.

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