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East Meadow Junior Tennis Player Attends Inauguration

February 16, 2017 02:30 PM

13-year-old eighth grade junior tennis player Vinit Patel enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime event in January when he was invited to Washington, DC to attend the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.

A student at Woodland Middle School in East Meadow, Vinit was a member of the school’s 7th and 8th grade tennis teams and looks forward to playing again in high school next year. He has been playing tennis for three years, starting out with the Hicksville Community Tennis Association and also playing at Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick.

Vinit says that at the end of 6th grade, based on his grades, he was invited to apply to a program called STEM Scholars (science, technology, engineering and math). Through STEM Scholars he attended a study camp in Philadelphia in 2014 and then was invited to attend the Inauguration with other student leaders.

This was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history,” Vinit says. “As a Summit Delegate, I was able to attend the historic 58th Presidential Inauguration on the National Mall. I also had the opportunity to see/meet and listen to world-renowned speakers such as Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, who talked about current situation of women’s education in their homeland Pakistan and how Malala took a stand. I also heard great speeches from Spike Lee, General Colin Powell, Abby Wambach, Governor Martin O’Malley, Carly Fiorina, and Ann Compton at the Eagle Bank Arena.”