|Club||Jhonmar Castillo||Patriot Aquatic Club||Lincolnshire||Il|
2013 AAU Central Association Championships, 1 Meter National Qualifier, Normal IL. Pts. 352.20- 9 dives
2012 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) High School State Championship, Evanston, IL 21st place 391.1 – 10 dives
2011 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sectional Championship, Wilmette, IL
2010 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) NSC conference, Lake Forest, IL
|Years diving||USA Diving||AAU|
2011 Coaches Award Lake Forest High School
In diving I do believe that I am a leader and role model for the underclassmen. I have been named the diving captain for 2013-2014 at Lake Forest High School and I try to encourage all of the other swimmers and divers to stay involved through the off season by coming to time for the boys events and by having small gatherings to garner team cohesiveness. I also try to encourage any eighth graders to try out the high school team and see if they want to be involved.
Outside the pool I am very involved with my orchestra and am currently assistant concertmaster of the symphony orchestra. I help out my classmates in lower orchestras by leading sectionals and helping out the less experienced players.
As a student athlete I hold sportsmanship in very high regard. I always try to reach out in competitions and be friendly with the other competitors and cheer everyone on, not just the other girls on my team. I believe that by getting everyone at the pool in a positive attitude that everyone performs better and all-in-all everyone just has a much better time and gets so much more out of their experience.
Since 7th grade I have earned the Presidential Gold Award for service to my community. This award is for students that perform over 250 hours of service each year and includes a nice gold pin and a personal letter from President Obama. I believe that by putting myself out there and volunteering in my community that I am bettering not only myself but all the people around me.
I am also a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. This award is the equivalent to the Boy Scout's Eagle award and is given to a scout after doing a significant project that totals more than 80 hours. For my project I organized a mothers day concert in the local nursing home and recruited my string chamber quartet as well as several other chamber groups to play for the residents. I have been involved with Girl Scouts from the time I was 5 until now and by still helping out at girl scout events and helping with my younger sister's troop, hopefully setting a good example for them and being a positive role model.
In school I am involved in Human Rights Club. This year we choose a charity that provides mosquito nets to children in Uganda. We have been selling bracelets and having bake sales all year to try and raise $1000 for the charity. We also planned a international human rights day talk in the auditorium that featured the charity we are reaching out to. I believe that even if you have not met someone halfway across the world they are entitled to their own rights and even with something as small as a $5 mosquito net you are making a lasting difference on their lives.
I am also involved in my churches youth group and have painted murals in a nearby food pantry, gone to an native american reservation on a work trip, helped out the younger CCD classes, as well as many other projects. It is important to me to be involved in my church and try to make a difference in my community.
My siblings and I did a fairly major service project this year. Our local fire department holds a summer camp for children who have been badly burned or disfigured by fire. We conducted a drive for new and like new stuffed animals for them, as well as purchased and made some with money I raised from babysitting. This has been a really rewarding undertaking, and one we will continue in the years to come.
Environmental stewardship is also very important to me. I am lucky enough to live across the street from an Open Lands parcel. Every spring, I help with pulling garlic mustard, a very invasive species, pulling weeds from the path, and every few weeks, my family and I clean up any trash that has accumulated.