|Club||Dana Fusetti||Carolina Elite||Greenville||SC|
|High School||Dana Fusetti|
|Primary Position||Third Base|
|Secondary Positions||2B, SS|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
As mentioned previously, I am a leader in my church youth group. I also help my father teach softball skills to my younger sister's 12U fast pitch softball team. Many times their team practices after my high school team finishes our practice. This means a lot of late nights. I also
consider myself a leader just by being a member of my school's softball team. Many girls tried out for the team but did not make the team. Being part of this team means being a leader. As a team member, we have to constantly speak in front of the team and share ideas. We have to comment on one another's performance and give, as well as get, "constructive criticism" related to our performance on the field. It is very hard to give upperclassman criticism! Softball players are held to a very high standard. Our softball coaches monitor our social media habits and communication as well as our grades and behaviors on and off the field. Players understand that to be part of the Alexander team you must be disciplined on and off the field. Players have to live up to extremely high expectations. Our coach is a former U.S. Marine and many days players feel they are part of the corp as well. However strict, our high school teams past and present have won a total of 8 N.C. 4A state championships in softball and we are well on our way to the 9th. U.S.A Today has ranked us #1 in the nation for softball teams from 4A schools. This is an accomplishment as we are outranking high schools in California. I am very proud to be a part of this team and although I am just a freshman, I have learned many valuable life lessons being a team member. I know I will learn even more leadership skills as I become an upperclassman in the years to come.
In the off season (because when it is softball season, there are "no days off" when it comes to my coach- we practice 6 days per week, at least 3 1/2 hours per day) I have a personal trainer that I work with at my local YMCA. I work with strength training and cardio. I concentrate on strengthening my "core" and my arms. Before strength training, I competed in gymnastics and worked out 3 hours per day in a gymnastics facility. I developed a lot of upper body strength during that time and this helped me tremendously when I began to concentrate solely on softball. I still use some of the stretches and activities I learned in gymnastics to maintain flexibility. My softball coach makes sure we practice speed and agility daily on the field as part of our routine practice. He believes in "healthy athletic performance" everyday!!!
I also try my best to eat a healthy diet. I try to eat fruit, lean meats and protein whenever possible.
I am an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC. As a member of the high school youth group, I have participated in many community service projects that are directly related to the church and the surrounding counties. Recently, I just returned from Washington, D.C. where I worked collaboratively with other youth from other states to improve the conditions of a city school in Washington. I have also frequently served in my church's community soup kitchen which takes place every Sunday night in our church's fellowship hall. We serve dinner to the less fortunate and provide them with a warm place to eat. We also sit and talk with them and try to learn more about them and ways to help them. I am planning to attend another youth mission trip in a few months which will take me to the Mountains of Tennessee where I will be helping rebuild structures for needy citizens in the area. Being involved in these missions has helped me realize how important it is to help others and made me realize how fortunate I am to have great parents and family, a wonderful place to live and food to eat whenever I am hungry.
Helping others has truly made me a better person.
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