|Club||Kevin Jones||Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club||Virginia Beach||Va|
|High School||Gary Hodges|
During my freshman year I earned a position on the FCHS varsity volleyball team and had enough play time to letter. We made it to the VA state tournament and lost to the eventual state champions in the semi-finals.
During my sophomore year I was a starting outside hitter throughout the season and lettered again. Although the team was not as successful in the playoffs, I had lots of court time and was a leader on and off the court.
During my junior year my team didn't have experienced middles, so I became the starting middle as well as played outside and opposite in some sets. Although middle isn't my favorite position, I learned lots, improved my speed blocking and worked on passing when in the back row. It was the best strategic move for our team, and we were rolling into the playoffs 25-1 with 2 state-wide tournament wins. Unfortunately 2 of our starters made poor off-court decisions and were kicked off of the team, effectively ending our run for the state title. We were disappointed beyond words and learned a valuable lesson about how individual choices impact an entire team. I was selected to the second team all conference as a middle, which makes me proud since it is a new position for me.
The 2013-3014 season will be my 5th season as a travel player. I am an outside hitter, middle blocker, and serving specialist on the Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club 17 Navy nationals team. My team came in 2nd in the Boys Junior National Championships in 2012 (15s open) and 3rd in the BJNC in 2013 (16s open), both times losing to the eventual champion, Huntington Beach. We look forward to another run at the title and will play in bid tournaments in Southern California, Chicago, Penn State & Richmond in 2014.
I have been selected for the USAV High Performance program each of the 3 years I've tried out and have attended camps in Colorado Springs and Chicago. I was not able to attend after my freshman year because the camp conflicted with prior commitment to attend a mission trip to New Orleans, LA.
FCHS jersey # 15
I am an Honor Roll student who is active in volleyball (HS and club), mentoring incoming HS freshmen, and my church youth group. During my freshman and sophomores years I received the Presidential Award for community service. I also run my own lawn mowing business and am a paid referee for the Great Neck area rec league.
Off of the court, I am a mentor at my high school. Over 300 people applied for 100 mentor positions. FCHS mentors are assigned ~ 6 freshmen and my job is to guide the new students through their first year at high school. Our high school has Patriot Day for rising 9th graders when we meet the new students, show them around the school, walk them through their schedules, and give them helpful hints to transition from middle to high school. After school starts, mentors meet with their group monthly and maintain contact electronically between meetings. I try to help my group make smart choices and learn from mistakes that others have made.
On the court, I provide spark and excitement for my team. I always have a smile, a great attitude, and stay calm when we have miscues. Whether I am the court captain or not I always make sure that everyone is in the right position. When we have less experienced players on the court I make sure that everyone knows his role and understands what we need to do. Part of being a leader is knowing the there is no "I" in team- during plays I try to do what’s best for the team and not just what's best for me. This season I can provide a perfect example- I'm an outside hitter & that's the position I love. My HS team has several hitters, but we aren't as strong with middles. My coach has shifted me to a starter as a middle. Although I miss swinging from the outside, I'm learning more about being a middle & am more than willing to do what's best so FCHS can achieve our team's goal- becomming state champions.
I really want to play volleyball in college, but I know that my education is what sets me up for success in life. I have to devote time to study to keep my grades up for sports and prepare me for my career. I can be a healthy athlete by the choices I make. I will not do drugs or smoke and I will not drink alcohol until I am 21. Even after I’m 21 I will be responsible drinker and not party every night. I will not drink and drive- my mom has worked in an ER for > 25 years and I've heard too many stories about bad choices that people make when they drink too much or do drugs. I also want to balance my studies and athletics with having fun with friends and participating in service activities at my school and community.
In addition to being a high school and club athlete, I am involved in my community. During my freshman and sophomore years I achieved the FCHS PTSA Service Gold Award and the President's Volunteer Service Award, both which require > 100 service hours.
Examples of my service include:
Patriot Mentor- Mentoring freshmen at my high school- sophomore and junior years
Toys for Tots
Shelter Feedings at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
Volunteer coach for a rec league volleyball team
Volunteer ref for Special Olympics Volleyball tournamnet
Youth group activities including group leader at vacation Bible school & a youth mission trip to New Orleans, La. where we helped to clean & paint L. E. Rabouin Memorial High School and prepare it for the 2012-2013 school year. Our youth group also donated > 100 books for the school library. I also play the guitar in our youth praise band.
Community services is very important to me. I am lucky to have a great house to live in, cool clothes, electronic toys, food on my table, and a family that loves me unconditionally. I want to help others and give my time and energy to people who aren't always as lucky as I am.