Placerville mourns loss of Yale grad student

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Annie Le, the Yale graduate student whose body was found in a university medical lab, was seen as a high-achiever in high school who knew early on that she wanted a career in medicine.

She was valedictorian at Union Mine High School near Placerville, about 45 miles east of Sacramento, and was voted by her peers as the female student "Most Likely to be the Next Einstein."

High school Principal Tony DeVille said Monday that teachers who had her as a student described her as driven, vibrant and well-respected.

Many of her photographs in the yearbook from 2003, the year she graduated, show Le with a beaming smile surrounded by friends.

In a yearbook posting, Le said her goal was to become a laboratory pathologist. DeVille said her teachers were distraught because they knew she was going to succeed.

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