|Club||Edgar Morales||New York Nationals||queens||NY|
|High School||john palladino|
|Secondary Positions||1B, 3B, OF|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
I am a Senior at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing New York. Since our school does not have a sports team we play for Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows. I am a student-athlete who strives for not only a great baseball experience, but a top education. I want to obtain a Master's in Business administration and hopefully start my own business some day.
As far as baseball goes, I have been playing since I was 9 years old. While I may have been the best player in little league, I got a rude awakening when I started playing travel ball. From the moment I realized that there are people out there who are better than me, I made it a goal to work hard everyday in order to be the best. I have put in countless hours working out, running, doing drills, watching videos, and just about anything to improve my game.
My goal as student athlete is to stand out both in the classroom and on the field. I hope to be a role model to all of my peers academically and sports wise. I strive to set the example for all who follow and lead my team and my classmates to the success they desire.
When I catch I am more than just a catcher, I am a leader. It is not just my job to call the game, but to ensure that it goes smoothly. Whenever my team gets down or is playing sub par, it becomes my duty to rally up the crew and inspire them to continue. Several times I have gathered my teammates together during a tough inning and reminded them that we're out here for a reason. We are baseball players and it is our job to play baseball. That means executing plays, picking up our teammates, and carrying ourselves high. We need to band together in moments where we are fall apart and come as one in a way where we get out of the situation unscathed. There are things we can't control, but what we are able to, we must.
Just as I lead my team to pull together in the game, I have pulled my school together in times of need. Recently I volunteered myself to lead the food drive. My school being very small (only 600 kids between 7 grades) has not produced great results when it came to food drives. In fact we have never met our goal of getting every student to bring in a can. That is until I came along and rallied the school through marketing campaigns and persistence and was able to illicit a response so great that we received over 1000 cans! We literally doubled the best haul in WJPS history, and I'm glad to say that it was due in large part to my leadership.
I am involved heavily in school service. One of the organizations I am a member of, the National Honor Society, spends most of its time planning and executing school service projects and community service projects. These range everywhere from food drives, to toy drives, to valentines for vets, and anything else you ca think of. I myself have been group leader to several of our operations and have found enormous success.
I find that it is greatly important to help out both the school and outside community. Change does not happen just because you wish for it to happen, it happens because you do something about it. I may be one man, but I have made it one of my objectives to change what needs to be changed for the better. Whether I feed one more homeless person or clothed one more unfortunate family, then I have done my part in helping out my community and making where I live a better place for all.
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