RIP Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan

UPDATE: ABC News has just published a profile of Miss Wang and Miss Ye. Worth the read.

Classmates Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia

JISHOU, HUNAN — By now, you have heard of the airliner crash at the San Francisco-Oakland airport Saturday. The only fatalities were two Chinese high school students, who were siting in the rear of the plane and were apparently ejected onto the runway when the tail was torn off just before impact.

The two girls, Wang LinJia 王琳佳 and Ye Mengyuan 叶梦圆, both 16, were classmates at Jiangshan Middle School in Quzhou city, Zhejiang Province and were part of a school-sponsored summer trip to Los Angeles. Their 32 classmates and supervising teacher all escaped the crash of Asiana Flight 214 safely.

As a teacher and a parent, I cannot fail to grieve over the loss of two young ladies who probably had bright futures ahead of them.

I’ve found other photos of the girls using Baidu, China’s answer to Google.

Wang Linjia

Ye Mengyuan

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