Chiayi County Yung Ching Senior High School student Lin Yu-hsien lost both parents when he was still very young, but relied on his own sporting prowess to represent his country in wrestling, and has now been given a President’s Education Award (PEA). Yu-hsien comes from a family of seven children, four of whom have received a PEA.
Having lost their parents when Yu-hsien was still little, the family were looked after and raised by their maternal grandmother and uncle. They were a low-income household living in Taibao City. When Yu-hsien went to Taibao Junior High School, he started training in wrestling, and became even more interested in the sport when he went to Yung Ching Senior High School. It was there that he made the national wrestling team.
According to Su Yuan-yuan, the principal of Yung Ching Senior High, Yu-hsien was born into poverty, and yet approached everything with a positive attitude and was very self-disciplined, and even gave his prize money and the pocket money he’d earned from a weekend part-time job working at a recycling plant to the family, something that was extremely commendable.
Su added that Yu-hsien’s eldest sister Pei-chen, second eldest sister Tzu-chi and elder brother Hsuan-pin had also done well, being awarded the PEA themselves. That is, of a family of seven kids, four have been awarded a PEA, which is no small feat.
Yu-hsien says that his brother Hsuan-pin is his idol, and that he trains with him when they work on their wrestling. He says that every time he saw his brother win a prize he would get envious, and when Hsuan-pin won the PEA last year he felt driven to achieve this goal for himself. When his dream came true this year, he was elated.
According to Yung Ching Senior High School wrestling coach Chuang Fu-hsiang, Yu-hsien is not the top of his class with his studies, but he throws himself into his wrestling, and for two years he has been selected to represent his country. Even though he could have gotten a place at a sports university he decided instead to study at a military academy, thinking about his responsibilities to his family. He has now passed the academy’s physical and IQ tests.
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Su said that the school parents association wanted to give Yu-hsien a gift to reward him for his success, and he asked for a laptop computer as his younger sister, who was studying in the first year of senior high school, needed a laptop to do her schoolwork on. Su said that this kid always thought of his family first.
Yu-hsien says that Pei-chen is now studying at Nanhua University, despite being blind through complications due to a premature birth, and has herself been awarded a PEA, and this year has also won a Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal. She also has a street performer’s license, and on weekends she goes to help her uncle out in a night market, where he has a stand. She hopes to make a living from performing, and Yu-hsien himself wants to be independent like his sister when he graduates from senior high school. He has plans to be a professional soldier and join the airborne Special Operations Forces.
(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)
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