We’ve watched Allan Zhou, now an eleventh grader, for the past 10 years, taking both music and swimming lessons and advancing wonderfully in both.
His violin lessons, under Alex Cheung’s tutelage, have allowed him to participate in musical extracurriculars throughout high school and he has assumed greater responsibility at the Music and Arts School of the University Settlement as a music scholar. During his journey with the school, he has been awarded numerous scholarships, the most recent being the Shiu Shum Lo Memorial Award.
Allan also started swimming lessons at University Settlement when he was six. By age 10, he was part of the Settlement Sharks swim team, where he competed for two years. He went on to earn his National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Society Instructor qualifications. “I really looked up to the lifeguards when I was a kid. My time on the team developed my confidence and interest in aquatics,” shared Allan. He is also currently working as a part-time lifeguard and swim instructor at University Settlement.
“University Settlement has given me opportunities to grow as a musician and swimmer, but more importantly, as a person. Through University Settlement, I have developed critical skills for learning and leadership that have translated into success in academic and extracurricular activities. I would like to thank the University Settlement for providing me with opportunities and support for my growth, and I hope I can give back what it has given to me.” – Allan Zhou