Richard Qiu was recognized by the Roanoke County School Board for his accomplishments, especially his admission to Harvard University, at a recent meeting. He is shown with School Board member Tim Greenway and WBHS Principal Tammy Newcomb.
Wiliam Byrd High School graduate Richard Qiu will be attending Harvard University in the fall. Qiu was also a student at the prestigious Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology for four years while attending WBHS.

However, it’s not his first accolade. During much of his school career, if there was a science or math competition, “Qiu” was the name called when the winners were announced.

When WBHS Principal Tammy Newcomb presented Qiu to the School Board, to his fellow students at awards ceremonies, and to the crowd at graduation, she explained what a singular honor he has received.

“Recognized annually by numerous publications and media sources, Harvard University continues to be ranked among the top colleges and universities in America and across the world,” said Newcomb. “Established in 1636, this private Ivy League university holds the place as America’s oldest institution of higher…

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