Christopher Xu, Jericho High School

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Christopher Xu, 17,

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Christopher Xu, 17, of Jericho, recalled a very shaky moment at age 10 when he stepped up to play the piano at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. He started to play, and "Once I got comfortable, and let loose, the music started coming." His counselor has said that aplomb has carried him through tough times and a hectic high school schedule that includes college-level math courses, music and fencing. He plans to go to Duke University in Durham, N.C. (Credit: Newsday / Chris Ware)

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