Winnie Cheng: Tennis Starter Finds Patience Is Key To Success
The latest NY1/TWC Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week juggles her time on the tennis courts and volunteering with various organizations. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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Winnie Cheng is a visible leader in the school community and the go-to person for help. The RFK Community High School senior is ranked third in her class and a starter on the tennis team.
"I know what it feels like to feel like you're left behind and there's no one to help you so I'd just go up to them and be like do you need any help? Because we're a team and we're all going to be successful at one point," says Winnie.
"She's always willing to help fellow students. She usually picks up the material quicker than the other students and is willing to explain it," says AP calculus teacher Robert McTiernan.
As a senior member on the team, Cheng spends a lot of her time teaching new players the game.
"A lot of the girls have never played before, don't even know how to hold a racquet. They really emulate her play, she sits with them and explains the rules, shows them how she holds her racquet, really has patience with them," says girls tennis coach Jason Grossman.
Cheng even used her art skills to design new team uniforms for this season. As president of the National Honor Society, Cheng spends her spare time volunteering for various charities such as Izote which helps develop impoverished communities in El Salvador.
"She's a hard worker. She's the type of leader, she really identifies with the other students. She's quiet, she's a really good team player and listens really well. She leads like that," says National Honor Society advisor and art teacher Stacy Heller Budnick.
Cheng wants to pursue a career in medicine or business in college. She has been a long-time volunteer at New York Hospital Queens to gain experience.
"I've worked for hospitality and pharmacy, but right now I'm with hospitality. Basically we go around to patients and we interact with them," says Winnie.
So, for her dedication to helping those around her, Winnie Cheng is the latest NY1/TWC Business Class Scholar Athlete of the Week.