|Club||Jeff Alzina||SCVC||Redondo Beach||CA|
|High School||Justin Kainoa|
MVP High School Season as Freshman and Sophomore.
Currently working as an Assistant Counselor at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
In terms of volleyball, I have been the head captain for every team that I have been on since I was 14; even as a freshman in high school to now, I have been captain. As a captain, I have been setting an example by committing, always going 120% at practices, showing enthusiasm and consideration towards my teammates, playing for my team and not just myself, being aggressive, always being open for new ideas or suggestions, and excelling in my schoolwork.
Outside of volleyball, I was a youth leader at my church's youth program from the age of 12 to now. As a leader, I had to lead prayer groups, reach out to the new-comers at our church, help organize the music set up or layout of the area, perform (not required for all leaders), and direct actions for activities during the service. This was a great way to interact with others and since I was surrounded by those of the same faith, there were little worries and little negativity. Even in times of stress, having the outlook of a bright future made every action made used go towards a positive direction.
To succeed as a healthy student athlete, I make sure I prioritize accordingly while also being able to accomplish all of my goals. School always comes first; I take any extra time as an opportunity to study or be proactive. Knowing my practice dates or tournaments, I use as much time as I can beforehand to focus on my school work. Volleyball comes next. I make sure I plan everything ahead of time in order to be able to attend all volleyball activities I can. Despite the tough balancing between excelling in academics and growing as an athlete, I'm able to maintain a positive attitude allowing me to consistently progress in each.
Throughout the years I have participated in many organizations to help the homeless, parades, children, students, and the church. Every Thanksgiving I am active in an event in which we feed, clothe, clean, and entertain the homeless. In addition I have also gone on mission trips with my church to Mexico for Christmas. Here we donated clothing, cleaning supplies, caroled, and fed thousands of children. On top of that, I have been extremely active in serving my church's youth group. I am in their youth band as a guitarist/vocalist and also a leader for the Junior High service. These duties consisted of rehearsals every Thursday evening, forming new games, leading prayer groups, and also causing thought provoking questions to teach the kids. Currently I am working at Cheviot Hills Rec. center as an assistant counselor. I work in the Day and Sports camp with kids ranging from ages 3-12. As an employee I must organize/participate in games, field trips, supervising, and scheduling.
All of the work I do whether it's with the unfortunate or not is my way of reaching out to people. I love communicating with diverse groups and understanding cultures. It keeps an open mind and allows me to learn how certain people react versus others. In addition, by working with generally flexible-minded kids, I can influence certain thought-patterns and lead them to success for when they get to my age. By using personal experience, I am able to connect with the children and become their outlet. Therefore they're not only finding security in me, but I am also learning about growth and the mind from them. It maintains a steady path of progression for me and those I am working with.