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UC's Shaan Trehan Making Presence felt on and off the tennis court at Union Catholic

In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic sophomore tennis star Shaan Trehan 
Trehan, who lives in Scotch Plains, is an Honor Roll student, plays first singles on the tennis team, is a member of the Forensics Team, and he founded the Artificial Intelligence Club at UC.
Here is our Q and A with Trehan, who has started off his tennis career at Union Catholic with two impressive victories without surrendering a game.  
You are obviously a very talented tennis player, so tell me when and how you first started playing tennis, and what you love the most about playing tennis?

Thanks for your kind words!  My dad introduced me to tennis when I was nine years old, and it has been no looking back for me since then. I simply enjoy being on the tennis court and competing in tournaments. It is a challenging sport – not only physically, but mentally as well, and I believe it has helped me become a stronger person. 
What was it like to finally play your first high school tennis match? You waited a long time. It must have been very exciting!
Unfortunately, my freshman season was cancelled just as we were getting started due to Covid-19. As a sophomore now, it was a great feeling this past Monday to finally step on the court representing UC! It was a fun match, and I am enjoying the experience of playing tennis as part of a team.
How do you feel about the great start to your high school career? You are 2-0 and haven’t lost a game yet? What are your thoughts on the way you’ve started out?   
I am pleased with the start, but there are quite a few matches to go including the county tournament, which I am looking forward to. 
What do you love the most about being on the tennis team at UC? 
Being on the varsity tennis team is the perfect combination of playing the individual sport of tennis, and having the camaraderie of team sports.
What do you consider your greatest strengths as a tennis player? 
I consider my serve and my forehand to be the strongest parts of my game. 
Tell me about the tennis club you play for, and when you started playing there, and how many days a week you play/practice year-round? 
I play at Mountainside Racquet Club. I've been there for the last four years, and have met a lot of great people. I play/practice about four days a week at either my club or outdoor courts (weather permitting).

I know you play in lots of tournaments. What do you consider your biggest victories/moments of your tennis career so far?
Competing in tournaments outside of school, I have had my share of wins and losses. It is hard to pick one such match or moment, however, the most memorable matches have been those where I have come from behind after losing the first set and won. Also, a victory over an opponent who is ranked higher than me is most satisfying.

What kind of goals do you have for yourself for the rest of this season and for the rest of your high school career?

My goals are to continue to add value to the UC team and share my past experiences with team members.

Besides tennis, what are some other things you are involved in at UC (clubs etc.)

At the beginning of my sophomore year, I founded the club- UC Artificial Intelligence (UCAI). We discuss relevant and timely topics on artificial intelligence and how it is being used across various fields. Additionally, I am a member of the UC Forensics – Congress team.

Can you explain how the balance between academics, and extracurricular activities has helped you become a better student, and how important it is to be involved in so many different things?

Between academics, tennis and other extra-curricular activities, my days are packed to say the least. Juggling all of these have helped me in honing my time management skills – something that I believe I will need when I start college in couple of years. While it is important to be involved in different activities, I think it is more important to find those which you truly enjoy and are passionate about.

What do you love the most about being a student at Union Catholic?

I was only in UC for seven months before we locked down for COVID-19, but I have enjoyed the support and encouragement of my teachers and guidance counselor. They have all made themselves very accessible.

Why and how did you decide that UC was the place for you to be? What was it about UC that made you want to be a student here?

My older sister (Manya) is a UC alumna. During her four years, I watched her learn and experience life through her courses, extra-curricular activities, and varsity sports. When it was my turn, UC was the natural choice as I already felt I was part of the UC family.

What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?

My advice for incoming students is to take advantage of all UC has to offer. Join new clubs and tryout various sports. This is the time to learn and experience new things. In my opinion UC is a perfectly sized high school. Students are part of a strong community that promotes individuality and leadership.

I know you’re still only a sophomore, but have you thought about your future as far as what you’d like to major in when you get into college, what type of career you’d like to pursue?

As of now, I’m leaning towards business with a major in finance as I enjoy following the stock market.

How about with tennis - what are your biggest long-term goals in tennis? Is playing tennis in college something you’re planning to do?

Tennis will continue to be part of my life and I do plan to pursue tennis in college.

What is something about yourself that most people don’t know? Maybe a hidden talent or hobby?

My most favorite hobbies go hand in hand – I love to travel and I’m a foodie. I have traveled to four of the seven  continents. Also last summer, I started coaching tennis to kids and adults.

Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I enjoy listening to music, watching TV, exercising, and biking outdoors.

Favorite class and teacher at UC?
Freshman geometry with Mrs. Doherty

Favorite UC Event?
Pep rallies
Favorite UC Core Value and why?
Community, because I believe there is strength in diversity and we should value those individual differences such as culture, religion, and personality that make each of us unique.
Life Motto?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
One word to describe your UC experience?
Share one tip for members of UC’s Class of 2025?
Work on building your time management skills by prioritizing what is more important.
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