Athlete of the Month: Minsong Hsu

Xing Yen Quek, Photo Editor

As the varsity boys tennis captain, a Mock Trial member, and an academically driven student, senior Minsong Hsu is an exemplary Brahma who has successful accomplishments in both extracurricular and grades.

Hsu’s passion for tennis has only continued to grow ever since he was first introduced to the sport in fifth grade. Although he was considered a late bloomer to the sport, his determination and dedication rewarded him with the opportunity to join the varsity tennis team his freshman year.

As a freshman, he and his teammates led the team into league finals but came up short. They made a successful comeback his sophomore year by winning league. In the individual division that year, Hsu and his partner, Kenny Sakata, also took home the league title, further representing the Brahmas.

“My team and my coach are my main motivation. When I entered high school tennis, it really showed me that tennis is not an individual sport,” Hsu said.

Even with his relentless commitment to the sport, Hsu will have managed to juggle a total of seven AP classes by the end of his senior year. With outstanding academics, he was honored in the academic all-league team his junior year for having the highest academic GPA in the entire league.

Aside from his sport and academics, Hsu is an active member of the Mock Trial team and volunteers at Mary’s Soup Kitchen. He also coaches tennis to children in his free time.

Hsu plans to continue his pursuit of the sport by joining the college team or a club tennis team. He will be majoring in business administration with a concentration in management and finance. After his undergraduate degree, he anticipates continuing his education by studying for a Master of Business Administration. He also hopes to pursue his interest in flying by earning his private pilot’s license.

This season, tennis is currently number five in CIF with a 12-3 record. Hsu hopes to carry the team to yet another league title and possibly CIF championship.

“All I can really ask for at the end of the day is that I can bring out the best in all of my players both on and off the courts. Playing with confidence, intensity, and a respect for their opponents is what’s expected. The amount of potential this year’s lineup can achieve is quite remarkable and I know by reaching that threshold our success as a team will come along on its own,” Hsu said.

Although Hsu has not decided which college he wants to go to, the sport will follow him anywhere. Hsu’s burning desire for tennis will never extinguish, even in college.