We often know Korean stars through their entertainment products, not academic performances. Here are 7 Celebrities who were top students in school.
Here are seven brainiacs of the Korean entertainment industry who have reached the highest scores in their grade during their school years!
Nam Ji Hyun
In 2014, Nam Ji Hyun received an early admission to attend Sogang University with a major in psychology and graduated earlier this February. The actress was also a star student growing up, placing first in middle school. In high school, Nam Ji Hyun consistently stayed in the top five students despite acting in a variety of projects throughout her childhood.
Kim Tae Hee
When Kim Tae Hee was in middle school, she received perfect scores in every subject for three years straight, easily landing the top spot in her grade. In a previous broadcast of MBC every1’s “Star The Secret,” Kim Tae Hee’s old teacher shared, “Kim Tae Hee’s concentration during class time was so high that she would make the teacher nervous. In the entirety of teaching my career, I haven’t had a student as perfect as Kim Tae Hee.” On top of that, Kim Tae Hee most likely placed in the top 1-1.5 percent in the country when she took her college entrance exam, as she was accepted into the prestigious Seoul National University.
Yoo In Na
The next name in the list of “Celebrities Who Were Top Students In School” is Yoo In Na. On a broadcast of SBS’s “Heroes,” Yoo In Na showed off her history of placing first during school and receiving perfect scores. She commented, “When I was in elementary school, there was a time I placed No. 1. Until I was in fourth grade, like everyone else, I was pretty good at studying.” Yoo In Na continued, “There was once when I was the only one in my class to receive all perfect scores. My teacher said ‘Whoever got all perfect scores, stand up’ and I remember being the only person to stand up.”
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun
Kyuhyun has shared his academic achievements on a numerous shows, most notably on SBS’s “Running Man.” During his appearance, he revealed that he had not only been the top student at his school, but that he had also received multiple awards in various math competitions. In an appearance on KBS2’s “Happy Together,” he explained, “I received a prize from the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology for math. I was pretty good in school.”
Yoo Byung Jae
On an episode of “Problematic Men,” Yoo Byung Jae shared his past report cards. MC Jun Hyun Moo introduced him saying, “During his school years, he was the top student at his school and received a perfect math score on his college entrance exam. After attending Sogang University for communication and media studies, he made his debut as a screenwriter.” Yoo Byung Jae explained, “I didn’t always place first, but I did sometimes. However, I always stayed in the top 10.”
On an episode of KBS2’s “1 vs. 100,” Im Siwan revealed that he had experienced placing at the top of his class before. He shared, “I placed first in both my class and my grade, and I was the vice-president in middle school and high school.” The star continued, “When I was in high school, I studied really hard thinking that that I’d be able to stop once I got into university. However, once I got to university, I had to study even more.”
Kim So Hyun
The last name in the list of “Celebrities Who Were Top Students In School” is Kim So Hyun. Like Nam Ji Hyun, despite being a child actress, Kim So Hyun previously revealed that she had excelled throughout school. On an episode of “Strong Heart” in 2012, the actress shared, “I reached top 1 once in fourth grade,” bringing out a recent report card. On the report card, she showed off her impressive scores of 91.5 in language, 87.4 in math, and 92.7 in science. Kim So Hyun commented, “These are the grades I got from studying diligently while filming. This time, I missed a test because I was filming the drama ‘I Miss You.’ I’m the type of the person that studies really hard once I begin.”
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