In 350 words or less, students had to answer the following question to be eligible to win the NJTL National Essay contest.
The question they had to answer?
In addition to tennis, education and life skills are extremely important to the development of our youth. Which one of the three components above is most important to you, and how will it help you throughout your life.
For Shraiy Gupta, a New Jersey student who moved to the US from India when he was just 1, the answer to the question was clear.
“I know that learning and education are important, but I also see that I can gain knowledge wherever I go, whether it is inside or outside the classroom,” he said.
Gupta’s essay wowed the judges as he was one of 10 chosen out of 2,600 entries throughout the country.
His reward is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Gupta and the nine other winners will receive a two-night stay at the Grand Hyatt in New York with VIP status in the President’s Box during the 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. They will also be honored with awards at a luncheon co-hosted by USTA Foundation Chairman of the Board James Blake and former New York City Mayor David N Dinkins.
“I have to admit, I am thrilled,” he said. I really don’t have the words to describe how honored and excited I am to be able to attend all these events.
Gupta is headed to Carnegie Mellon University in the fall, where he plans to study biomedical and Chemical Engineering with a minor in computer science.
And of course, he plans on playing a little tennis on the side.
Shraiy Gupta’s Full Essay