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|Club||Jay Smith||Bettendorf - Pleasant Valley Aquatics||Bettendorf||IA|
|High School||Jay Smith|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
|50yd breast||50m breast||100yd breast||100m breast||200yd breast||200m breast|
|50yd fly||50m fly||100yd fly||100m fly||200yd fly||200m fly|
|200yd IM||200m IM||400yd IM||400m IM|
2012 - Freshman year - Second team All-Conference and second team All Area.
The principles of character, service, leadership and scholarship have been encompassed in my life. I believe character depicts my personality and work ethic; service portrays my contributions to society; leadership involves the effect I have on other people’s lives; and scholarship shows my dedication towards learning. It has been a goal of mine to apply these principles in high school, swimming, and church in order to succeed in the future.
In high school, I have challenged myself greatly by taking many honors and AP classes. I have embraced the task of completing every honors class with an A average and I take pride in partaking in such difficult classes. By doing, and mastering, these difficult classes, I have proven that I relish several challenges and am eager to learn. Being a keen scholar and having a hard work ethic has benefited my high school journey and shows my strong belief in the ideals of character and scholarship.
My favorite, but most treacherous, place to be is at the swimming pool. This small place has been an essential part of my life for over nine years. Throughout swimming, I have discovered many important traits that I hold pertaining to character and leadership. By attending morning practices and afternoon practices, grinding out grueling practices, and pushing myself to new heights, I have shown that I put forth a hard working effort ever day and have great dedication towards the sport. This characteristic was presented to me the first day I stepped into a pool and is translated into every facet of my life. Leadership is also present when I walk onto a pool deck. I find that the best way to fuel determination in a group of men is by intensity and motivation. I have a positive effect on others and can sense their goals within me. Without swimming, character and leadership would not be as prominent in my life.
Lastly, religion has been an aspect of life that has recently affected me. During sophomore year, I was being confirmed, thus becoming a man in the eyes of the church. This was an enormous step in my life that I did not feel I was ready for. I felt that my service and leadership to my community was lacking. During the retreat, I experienced the great leadership of counselors and priests who had graciously given up their time to teach us about the importance of faith and religion. They instilled me with the courage to make a difference in my life by leading others. I helped collect food for needy people as well and felt that my services contributed to the well-being of people everywhere. During conformation, I was taught to value other people before myself.
Overall, scholarship, leadership, and services have helped pave the way for my future, but character is a crucial element to my lifestyle. Without it, I would not be where I am now. Hard work is the key to success in every area of my life.
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