Gigi Cheng, a graduate of Calhoun High School and a piano student of Betty Jordan, has earned her high school diploma in music from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, American College of Musicians.
Cheng was evaluated by Ibolya Kovacs, of Mission, for this distinguished honor receiving a superior plus rating on her 15-piece program. Cheng has been a National Guild winner for 11 years. In addition to her diploma, she received the Paderewiski Gold Medal for having performed National or International Programs (10 to 20 memorized pieces) for 10 years, according to a news release from the school.
Throughout her studies, Cheng has been awarded gold and silver medals for achieving superior ratings on the State Texas Music Teachers Association Theory Exams. Also, she received a $100 Senior Scholarship Award from the Victoria Music Teachers Association for 2021.
Her senior year, Cheng served as vice-president of the National Honor Society and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She received state medals for three years in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event and received a state medal in UIL Spelling this year. She received a score of one in UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition in Piano, which allowed her to advance to the State UIL Competition in Piano this year. Cheng will attend Texas Tech University in the fall with a major in English and fine arts.
Cheng is the daughter of Anne Teng and Oscar Cheng, of Port Lavaca.