Andrew Bui a senior at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, has a passion for swimming. He excels in both individual swimming and water polo, and his talent has earned him a nomination for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. Bui took time to answer some questions about himself for El Observador.
Q: What sport do you play and how long have you been
A: I have been swimming for the West Coast Aquatics Club for 9 years and have swam on a high school team all four years and played high school water polo for the past three years.
Q: What do you like best about
A: Swimming: The competitiveness and adrenaline. There is no feeling for me that is even relatively close to the feeling of my heart pounding and my body tingling as a step up onto the blocks before a race. It is pure adrenaline. Many people have the false impression that competitive swimming is a completely individual sport. Besides for relays, racing is completely independent. However, there is a different type of respect and admiration that swimmers have for the competitors and teammates that comes from the intense practices and dedication to the sport.
A: As for water polo, it fills my need for the teamwork aspect and learning how to work with others. I loved getting to know my teammates strengths and weaknesses and grow together as a team. A win in swimming is a great and satisfying feeling. But it is an entirely different feeling when you know you have helped your team win. It is about being apart of something bigger than just yourself. Swimming & waterpolo: What other sports involve such a lack of clothing and freezing temperatures? I love it.
Q: How do you feel about being nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award?
A: To be nominated for this award is just amazing. It makes me feel that besides the awards and honors coming from the sport itself, this scholarship symbolizes the hard work and dedication that I have put forth.In a way, it is reassuring. It reassures me that my hard work has indeed paid off, and that there is still a long road to come from these sports.
Q: What college do you plan on attending and what do you plan on studying?
A: I hope to be a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience.
Created in 1994 by Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches.
The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.