|High School||Evan Thomas|
|Secondary Positions||CF, CD|
I consider myself to be a well-rounded individual with a broad spectrum of interests and talents. I put God first in everything I do, and I try to honor Him daily. My integrity is of the utmost importance to me. I am consistent in my character and decisions, and I am the same person in all aspects of my life. I am respectful of others, and I strive to be worthy of their respect. I take care of my body by eating well, exercising, and getting as much rest as my busy schedule allows. I have never tarnished my body with any form of drugs or alcohol. I believe that profanity is unnecessary in any situation or venue. I do not get caught up in drama or gossip that would only take my focus off of being the best person that I can be.
I have been involved in almost every sport at some time during my life. At age four, I joined a recreational swim league. This summer will be my thirteenth year swimming recreationally. I am currently preparing for my third year of high school swimming. I have earned numerous awards and honors in the recreational league and high school circuit. At age four, I also began playing basketball. I played basketball in the city league, National Junior Basketball League, a club team, church teams, and my high school team. I was consistently a high scorer and team leader on the various teams. At age five, I began taking gymnastics classes to build my core strength. I joined the men's competitive gymnastics team for one season. I played arena soccer in the city league for several seasons and managed to rival kids who were on club teams. I played flag football in a city league and on school teams for six years. I was most-often a running back, scoring many touchdowns and capturing many flags. I excelled in running contests as early as kindergarten and joined the track team during junior high school. I joined my first water polo team in the summer leading into my freshman year of high school. This experience earned me a position on the Varsity high school team, being one of only two freshmen to achieve this honor. By the end of my freshman year, I was a starter on the Varsity team. In my junior year, I scored more points in a season than any player from my high school in the past ten years. In addition to high school polo, I have played on three different club teams. I have competed in USA Water Polo Junior Olympics for the past two summers.
I believe that my exposure to such a variety of sports has contributed greatly to the water polo player that I am today. Clearly, being a fast swimmer with almost endless endurance is a huge asset in polo. But beyond that, the skills that I acquired in the other sports are tremendously valuable. I learned team work, perseverance, to take instruction from a coach, and to lead by example. I learned how to see the big picture, to strategize, to create plays and communicate them with my teammates, to distribute the ball, to anticipate what the competitors would do and adjust accordingly, and to play hard until the end. I learned to perform in high-stress situations, to control my emotions when rivals attacked me with cheap shots, to accept poor calls from referees, and to gracefully accept both victory and defeat. I am proud to say that in the hundreds of games I have played, I have never received a "technical" foul or poor sportsmanship call. I understand that while winning is the goal of the game, it is not worth compromising my character.
In addition to participating in sports, I have been diligent in pursuing my education. I have made it a priority to do whatever it takes to excel in my classes. I am enrolled in challenging courses which satisfy the California A-G requirements. I am on-track to be a Valedictorian of my graduating class. I have spent countless hours helping others with their courses, understanding that in assisting them, my understanding also increases. I have studied the Bible in depth, and I have explored the life stories of successful people. I have researched career options, and I am constantly open to new learning opportunities.
I am active in my church, attending services on a weekly basis. I have been involved in the youth department and sports ministry. I have attended numerous camps and retreats.
I have taken piano lessons since I was in first grade. I perform in piano recitals each spring. I play the keyboard in my high school marching band, and I play percussion in the concert band. I am interested in many genres of music, and I have an incredible memory for song lyrics and artists.
I am grateful for all of the varied opportunities and experiences that I have had. I have learned skills, ideas, and lessons that have molded me into the person that I am today.
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