|Club||Floyd Pier||Evolution Volleyball Club||Alexandria||VA|
|High School||Ashleey Stevens|
2014 Team Awards:
2015 Travel Season:
Invited by AIST to Play in United World Games- 2015
Being Starting Libero of my 2015 Travel Volleyball Team was very exciting, and the MLK Classic was a tournament where I really had to demonstrate my leadership skills. Our first game was against one of the best Travel teams in our state, and a lot of my teammates were displaying nervous attitudes towards playing tough competition. I could tell that the back-row players were intimidated by the hitters in warm-ups, so I first made sure to reaffirm their confidence by smiling, remaining upbeat, and presenting our method of defense to get the biggest blocks and most touches. During game time, I directed my teammates where to read the ball and position themselves so that the ball could be dug up. It was a very intense game, and we played very well against them even though we did not win. That game taught me for the rest of the season that a Libero does not simply pass the best for the team. She must lead her team in the midst of adversity and demonstrate the highest amount of mental toughness among her peers.
Another leadership experience I have had occurred in school. This year, I was Head of 2015 Prom Committee, and A LOT of planning was required to make our Junior/Senior Prom a success. Some students did not seem excited for the event, but I truly wanted to make it a memory for everyone, regardless of whether Prom was in their interest. Some students even berated our school's Prom history, commenting that 2015 Prom would be too conservative for their taste. I realized something then- there will always be people who want to criticize your dreams and plans; as a leader, you have to look past the rebellious minority and cater to the willing majority. My goal was not to please people, but to serve them, by creating a memory that they could one day happily reflect on. By God's grace, everything worked out perfectly, and my Principal really enjoyed the event. People loved it, and it was encouraging to see how determination, sacrifice, and an undying commitment to excellence paid off in the end.
Healthy athletic performance to me is balancing academics, athletics, and other important activities so that none of these things becomes more important than the other. To be a healthy student-athlete, it is important to ensure that I am well-rounded in every area possible while having perfected one or two main skills. In my personal life, this means that I must not only strive for excellence in volleyball, but in school and in service to my community. Thus, I must prioritize and discover what is important at the appropriate time, making sure that I maintain myself physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially in the proper manner. Whatever work ethic I use in the classroom is also used on the volleyball court. Healthy athletic performance means sacrificing my effort and time to ensure that others around me are improving as I continue to grow. It means selflessness and humility, encompassed with a dedication to work with the highest excellence and the best attitude.
In Junior Year, I served as a National Honor Society Tutor, specifically catering to the needs of middle/high school students in our Writing Center. Here, I was able to mentor young men and women and help them develop their writing techniques.
In Sophomore Year, I served as Chaplin of the National Honor Society and Secretary of Student Government. I participated in clothing/school supplies/shoe drives, as well as a food & prayer outreach during the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Operation Christmas Child Program, Semper Fi Fund Fundraising, etc.
In Freshman year, I was President of the National Honor Society and implemented exciting projects to have the National Junior Honor Society become more interactive with its community. This included bake sales, a Chick-Fil-A fundraiser, a food drive, a Children's Hospital Valentine's Day Fundraiser, etc.
I enjoyed participating in all of these service activities. These opportunities are important to me because they allow me to use the leadership abilities God has given me to serve my community. In that way, I am able to demonstrate the love of Christ to the outside world.
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