Morgan Hoang’s gymnastics career started as a 3-year-old when her mom enrolled her in gymnastics classes because she was “too energetic.”
Today she is a senior at Dulles High school and a Level 10 gymnast at the Houston Gymnastics Center at the J. This month marks her 8th year competing with HGC.
“From a young age, I began to excel much quicker than my peers and my parents realized that gymnastics was my true talent,” said Morgan. “As I continued the sport, I battled many injuries and they regretted their decision. However, my passion for gymnastics had grown so much that they decided to let me continue gymnastics.”
Not only did she want to continue for the love of the sport but she wanted to compete collegiately and at the age of 13 had her heart set on Stanford University.
“I remember the first time I ever looked at a list of colleges that had gymnastics, I was about 13. I immediately pointed to Stanford University and told my coach that that was where I wanted to go. At the time, I had no idea how difficult it was to get into the prestigious school, but I learned how to become self-sufficient and and dedicated the majority of my time to gymnastics and academics.”
A few weeks ago her plan came to fruition.
“Never in a million years would I have ever imagined my dream of being a Stanford Cardinal coming true. I truly owe it all the my family, coaches, teachers, and friends for being my #1 fans throughout the entire process and for encouraging me to work my hardest. I chose Stanford University because they are the only school in the NCAA that would allow me to compete with the tops schools while receiving a top-notch education. Throughout high school, I was also recruited by Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and UC Berkeley. environment. I became so close to the team and coaches that I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I am extremely excited to spend the next 4 years on the Farm with such a great support system."
“Morgan is a huge bright spot in our program,” said Tim Erwin, Gynmastics Director at the J. “She brings talent and hard work into our gym on a daily basis, but most importantly, makes our day with a huge smile and gregarious personality. She has an uncanny ability to learn quickly and mix hard work with positive vibes. We are so proud of her and know she will have continued success at Stanford.”
“Morgan has overcome many hardships and injuries to be the gymnast and person she is today,” said Adam Benas, Gymnastics Coach at the J. “I know that she has a very bright future at Stanford and beyond. I feel very fortunate to have had a small part in her life and will miss her presence and leadership in the gym.”
Morgan says as a child, she was taught that academics always came before gymnastics. She has proven hard work pays off and she found time to fit in a lot of other fun stuff.
“I am involved in many activities at school such as Teens Assisting Special Kids (officer), DECA (officer), Dulles Delta (secretary), National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and Science Honor Society. Throughout high school, my parents and teachers always told me that I was trying to do too much, but being involved in extracurricular activities is exactly why I love high school so much.”