Albert Zhou

Albert Zhou

Administrator Emeritus (named July 2020)
Co-President (January 2020 – June 2020) Senior Student Administrator (August 2019 – January 2020); position abolished Student Administrator (August 2018 – August 2019)
SPHS Class of 2020 Princeton University Class of 2024
azhou@calcforacause.net

Albert graduated from South Pasadena High School in the class of 2020. He began his tenure with Calculus for a Cause in the fall of 2018 when he was appointed Student Administrator by founder Ruth Moonesinghe. In that role, and later as an inaugural Senior Student Administrator, Albert transformed Calculus for a Cause into what it is today by implementing comprehensive organizational policies, setting a standard of excellence for all operations, and expanding the program to involve more students. During his time at the helm of Calculus for a Cause, over $16,000 was raised for causes both in the US and abroad.

When Calculus for a Cause made the transition from a semi-independent student group to a school club in order to comply with the Free Schools Act, Albert guided the program through the change and helped set up next steps for future administrators to take in order to ensure compliance. His position of Senior Student Administrator was transformed into the new position of Co-President.

After graduating in June of 2020, Albert was named an inaugural Administrator Emeritus in honor of his contributions to Calculus for a Cause. While he will no longer be directly involved in the day-to-day operations of Calculus for a Cause, Albert will continue to actively provide guidance and insight. For his efforts in the classroom and with Calculus for a Cause, Albert received the Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics award from the Math Department.

During his time at SPHS, Albert was also actively involved in the math club, biology club, and swim team. In addition, he helped coordinate peer math tutoring for the Math Department. As a senior, Albert was honored with the Weldon Fair Play Award, the highest and most prestigious award given to graduating seniors at SPHS.

Outside of school, Albert's primary interests lie in music. A classical violinist since the age of five and violist beginning in high school, Albert has dedicated countless hours to his musical studies. His summers have been spent attending chamber music intensives, playing in the Eastern Sierra Symphony alongside professional musicians from the LA Chamber Orchestra and LA Opera Orchestra, and at Interlochen Arts Camp. At Interlochen, he was a violist in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) in the summer of 2018 and 2019 and served as principal and assistant principal on multiple concerts. An avid chamber musician, Albert was the violist of the Canto Quartet, which advanced to the semi-final round of the PCM National Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and the Meridiem Quartet, which was awarded the Bronze Medal in the 2019 PCM National Chamber Music Competition. His primary teachers have been Aimée Kreston, Andrew Picken, Tami Iskenderian, and Erika Walczak. Albert plays on a viola on generous loan from Ann Horton.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, Albert will continue his studies at Princeton University where he intends to pursue a concentration (Princeton-speak for major) in Chemical and Biological Engineering through the BSE program and a certificate (minor) in Viola Performance. In his free time, Albert enjoys listening to classical music, playing chamber and orchestral music, practicing violin and viola, swimming, and pursuing various pet projects.

Legacy

  • Oversaw rebranding of Calculus for a Cause, including the development of logos and designing of visual identity

  • Built and designed calcforacause.net

  • Developed network, including email domain, Google Drive, and multiple webpages

  • Oversaw transition after founder's departure

  • Digitized existing documents

  • Wrote documents for events

  • Oversaw revision and rewriting of review documents

  • Implemented feedback surveys to improve Calculus for a Cause

  • Created templates for future events

  • Wrote comprehensive handbook to guide future administrators

  • Guided transition to school club

  • Designed administrative restructuring