One of our star senior athletes at RHS, Helen walked into every practice with a positive mindset and the intent to get better. In fact, that’s what she is most proud of. “I know I put a lot of dedication into becoming a better athlete despite how hard practice gets.” During her career at RHS, she has been involved with tennis, cross country, nordic skiing and track, as well as gymnastics. Helen has earned at least one Varsity letter in each sport and she was the runner-up Tri Metro Conference champion in cross country for the 2021 season.
Helen was also involved with the RHS Green Team club, National Honor Society, Me to We and served as the secretary for student government. After graduation, she is planning to pursue a career in physical therapy by studying Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. One day she hopes to have a career helping other athletes to “become the best version of themselves and aim for their athletic successes.”
Helen’s parents originated from Vietnam. “They transitioned from a country they call home, to a country they know nothing about, all so my brother and I can have a brighter future. My motivation comes from my parents. There's nothing I want more than for them to know that the bright future they envisioned for my brother and I are finally coming true. My family does everything they can for me and I am very grateful.” If Helen could visit anywhere, it would be Vietnam.
Her favorite thing about school is all the extracurricular activities available. Whether that is sports or clubs, there is a variety of things to participate in. “I never thought that sports would have influenced me the way that it has. I have met so many amazing people who became some of my closest friends. I have created so many memories that would not have been possible without the opportunities our school offers.”
Her advice for freshmen is valuable: “Try not to procrastinate too much. Get your stuff done right when you get it, then you have all the time in the world to do whatever you want to do.”