|Club||Paul Belt||Lakeshore Pirates||Stevensville||MI|
|High School||Denny Dock|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
This year (2014), I was the starting center fielder, and batted 2nd for the Lakeshore Lancer State Championship team, where I was fortunate enough to make a diving catch at a key point in the Championship game against Ladywood, which you can see at http://shar.es/1a4khc. I was named to the Honorable Mention, All-State Team, and as an All-Region, All-District, and All-Conference player. I batted .400, and led the team in stolen bases (25/25), sacrifices, and runs. I was second in average and third in hits (52). I was listed as one of three LHS "Players to Watch" on the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Preview for the Semi-Finals website. http://secondhalf.mhsaa.com/AllNews/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3012/Preview-Familiar-Contenders-New-Home.aspx.
Speed is my game - I have worked hard to develop an effective soft and hard slap. My defensive game relies on speed as well; the outfield has a lot of ground to cover, though I am confident that I will be able to reach any ball that is hit to me.
I am a team player first; I will be up to any task that I am needed for. This is one of the things I love most about the game - your team is only as strong as the weakest player. Everyone depends on each other, and teams must work together to succeed. I maintain this mindset through every inning, striving to overcome any mistakes or mental challenges that present themselves.
I also pitch, though my impact on the game in center is usually greater, but I believe pitching is a skill that can be useful at any level.
I am one of two children; Jamey, my sister, is 12, and also plays softball. I work with her and her team when I have the time, but my academic schedule is my main priority. I am a student first and an athlete second; my courses include those of Lakeshore's Math & Science Center, and Honors STEM program as well as AP Government and AP Language and Composition this year. Last year, I took my first AP exam for U.S. History and received a score of 5. Over the past three years, I have achieved all A's and one B+, with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.95. That said, I always look forward to participating in cross country in the fall and, most notably, softball in the spring and summer.
I am a member of Key Club and National Honor Society, both of which provide great opportunities to volunteer and stay active in our community. For Key Club, I have helped decorate for dances and other events, as well as worked fairs for a few local elementary schools. We have spent afternoons tying blankets for Hospice at Home and cleaned up roads throughout our town. I recently joined the NHS, and have since begun staying after school to aid students who seek help on homework or extra guidance in a certain subject. These activities are very important to me because I feel that I am able to give back to those who have helped me so much in the past; they prove that I can make a difference.
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