Senior Spotlight: Eden Prairie’s Kevin Bu

Catching up with Eden Prairie High School Senior Kevin Bu.

Eden Prairie High School senior Kevin Bu takes his dad’s advice to “Work smart, not just hard” seriously. It’s helped him juggle multiple activities, including tennis, saxophone, chess club and Destination Imagination, while maintaining a high grade point average. Bu also completed a comprehensive Chinese course at Minghua Chinese School, which taught him to speak Chinese fluently—a skill that allows him to communicate with his grandparents. “By being proactive, I am able to manage my schoolwork and accomplish more of the pursuits I am interested in,” Bu says. “I set goals constantly. I make a list of activities I have going on and things I need to accomplish each day. I set weekly goals, short-term goals and long-term goals.” Bu started playing chess when he was 6 years old, and he was invited to represent the United States in the 2006 World Youth Chess Championship. He’s a three-time national scholastic champion, and the 2012 State High School Champion. As a sophomore, Bu earned the Distinguished Leader Award for service, leadership and sustained commitment to Destination Imagination—an honor that is usually bestowed upon seniors. He’s been involved with Destination Imagination since 4th grade, and for the past four years, his team has competed in the Project Outreach section, devising ways to help the PROP Shop, Eden Prairie High School and Teens Alone.Bu is still exploring different career options, and he’s interested in pursuing studies in the fields of science/engineering, business and computer science. He plans on visiting China next summer before he starts college.Do you know any outstanding high school seniors or juniors? Nominate them for this feature and Prep Elite by emailing