Name: Kennan Ewing
School: Hen Hud High School
Sport: Boys tennis
Athletic accomplishment: As of Wednesday, Ewing is 8-1 for the Sailors and has won eight matches in a row. He’s been a starter on the tennis team since seventh grade and the captain since his junior year. He’s been voted all-league each season since the seventh grade, and was named to the all-conference team and team MVP all in his junior year.
Academic accomplishment: Ewing has a 98.4 GPA. He’s recently been named the class valedictorian. He scored a 2330 on the SATs and will be attending Princeton University next year. He’s the president of both the National Honor Society and the Math Honor Society. He’s the Secretary of the Spanish Honor Society and a member of the School Mathletes team since ninth-grade. He’s won the Math Department Award for the being the top scorer on the AMC 12 Sports. In school, he’s a math tutor for high school and elementary school students. He’s also participated in district-wide clean-up days. Out of school, Ewing’s studied the cello since the third grade. He’s been a member of the of the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestra Association since the fifth grade. He’s the principal cellist in the school orchestra since sixth grade, a member of the area all-state orchestra and a member of the pit orchestra for the school drama club musicals. Outside of Hen Hud, He’s the assistant Tennis Counselor at Camp Nabby. He’s a teacher assistant for elementary school kids at Sunday school teaching chess.
Getting to know Kennan Ewing
The Journal News: When you were in third grade, why did you choose the cello?
Kennan Ewing: My sister played the violin and so I tried it for like two or three weeks and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t get my fingers around the small instrument. I like the cello. It just felt right playing it and because you got to sit down, that was the biggest draw in third grade. I love the cello because of the wide range of notes you get to play and the range of music you can play.
TJN: What’s your favorite piece to play?
KE: I don’t have a favorite piece but I love playing musical music in the pit orchestra. It’s the most fun to play.
TJN: What’s been your favorite musical to play in?
KE: It was my freshman year and it was Fiddler on the Roof. The music in that show is unlike any other musical for stringed instruments — really classical music stuff.
TJN: When you get to Princeton, do you know what the deal is with pit orchestra there? Maybe that might be way for you keep playing in college?
KE: I would definitely look into it. I’m not sure what the requirements are but I’m definitely going to look into pit orchestra. If not, then I’d try to play in chamber groups or try out for the actual orchestra.
TJN: What’s it been like to be a member of the Greater Westchester Youth Orchestra Association since fifth grade?
KE: When I was in fifth grade, there were four our five cellos my age. Now, I’m the only still in there since the fifth grade. I’ve just persevered. I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a part of my life for so long. That’s what I do on Mondays, I go to rehearsal. It gives me a chance to play different music then I do in area all-state.
TJN: Do you know what you want to study at Princeton?
KE: I’m not 100 percent sure but I think I want to study mathematics, advanced mathematics.
TJN: What’s left in high school tennis for you to accomplish?
KE: This is year’s goal is to make sections in doubles. Me and my partner (Spencer Mazzilli) were a match away in conferences but we had to play two matches in a row and our legs gave out. Our goal is to get to sections with our two teammates, our first two singles players who play doubles during the postseason.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.