Ravenwood’s Hao nabs USTA scholarship
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Three time state doubles champion Vivian Hao (middle) was named one of only two Dwight H. Davis Scholarship winners nationally by the United States Tennis Association. Here she celebrates one of those titles with teammates Tinsley Hastings (left) and Jacqueline Curtsinger (right). SUBMITTED PHOTO
Ravenwood’s Vivian Hao, a three-time state champion, was been awarded the prestigious Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship by USTA Serves, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
The $10,000 scholarship is one of only two awarded each year by the USTA and is named for Dwight F. Davis, who in 1900 purchased the 217-troy ounce silver bowl that would become the Davis Cup.
Hao won the last three state Class AAA doubles championships, teaming with Lauren Caballero in both 2011 and 2012 before joining Katie Fitt to win in 2013 after Caballero graduated.
The practice and commitment required to play at such a high level has given Hao a very strong work ethic. In addition to her own play, she volunteers as a tennis teacher to special needs individuals, but it doesn’t stop there. She also leads a nonprofit organization called Speak: A Movement to End the World’s Worst Atrocities, and serves as an editor for Ink, a literary magazine. She is also the chairwoman of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Chair for the local United Way chapter in Williamson County, and participates in several projects and activities such as the YAC Leadership Training Day and 5K for the city of Franklin.
Academically, Hao graduated with a 4.69 GPA, was a member of the Honor Society in science and Spanish, and once received a gold medal for a national Spanish exam. In addition to her other accomplishments, Hao plays the violin and also holds down a part-time job.
Posted on: 7/24/2013