2014 Conference Honorable Mention for Offense
Played in 2014 Summer League at Potomac High School, Woodbridge, Va
I lead by example both on and off the field. Off the field I contributed to the Best Buddies Program in Tampa, FL; Senior to Senior program in Woodbridge, Va; and during my summers I volunteer at local elementary school where I interact with young kindergarten students. I help them to learn their letter sounds, problem solving skills, and master a daily routine. On occasion, I was allowed to assist the classroom teacher.
To pick one example, I must pick my family. Although, I have learned leadership and team work from coaches, teammates, and directors in all the activities and sports and I participated in; however, my parents taught me the most about leadership and team work! My mother is an elementary teacher. My father is an Army officer. We do not always agree or get along, but despite our differences we always unite and overcome adversity.
As a family unit/team, moving consistently reinforces my lesson learned in leadership, supervision, teamwork, sympathy and empathy. As a military family we have moved every three to five years. We have had to follow directions from both my father and mother when preparing to move. Sometimes, we packed, sometimes we supervised, sometimes we simply gave the packers food and drinks; at the time, I did not realize it but we were acting out roles as part of a team. Our roles and contribution to the team were critical to making sure that all of our stuff arrived at our new home. As for empathy and sympathy, my sister and I have been devastated by the news that we are moving. We have had to say good bye to our home and friends, only to establish a new home and more friends. My parents taught us that it was ok to be disappointed, sad or even angry. They demonstrated both sympathy and empathy while working with us through our phases (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) of loss.
Our last move from Tampa, Florida to Woodbridge, Virginia was the hardest. My mom was diagnosed with cancer the week before the packers came to pack our house for our move to Virginia. The entire time week that our house was being packed, my mother was in the hospital for surgery and recovery. Our family team was down a valuable team member. We were all coping with the news and dealing with the phases of loss while we all had to share her responsibilities and distribute those responsibilities across the team in order to accomplish everything that had to be accomplished. Teamwork was absolutely critical. Again, I did not realize it; but my father was teaching us about leadership, teamwork, sympathy and empathy. We all had roles; we rotated those roles as the move progressed and my mother's situation evolved from diagnosis, to surgery and recovery. One of us would be in charge of watching and taking care of my mother. One of us would be in charge of observing and supervising the packers/movers. One of us was preparing our stuff to be packed and separating the stuff that we would take in with us.
My mother never disappoints! As a military mother, she overcomes adversity daily; she is a role model that I strive to become. My mother has had d to juggle her work and our family life daily due to my father’s work, work trips or deployments. For a period of nine years, my father was deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan. My mother was not only our mother, she was our father, our best friend; she taught us that it was ok to be afraid, to have faith, to trust and believe in each other. Together we were a team that took care of our home while my father was deployed. To date, my mother still has cancer. She does not use her illness as an excuse to do less. Instead she does more with less energy. She allows no one to use her cancer as an excuse for poor performance, so she continuously demonstrates her competence through her student’s scores. Even though my father has not deployed for five years now, she still leads our family by making sure we put our responsibilities as our main priority and we get everything that needs to be done, accomplished.
My father, we joke that he has no emotions. My father has taught us strength, integrity, honor, loyalty, perseverance, dedication and professionalism. He constantly reminds us that we do not have problems. We only have situations; the way we deal with our situations determines who we are. He has taught me not to except failure, but to only try again and again until I succeed. My father challenges me daily to be the person both mentally and physically that I can be.
I have learned leadership from my family and through participating in multiple activities and sports. I believe that all of my time volunteering at schools, being a part of clubs, playing team sports and being a team player, has shaped me as the leader I am today. I believe my experiences have contributed greatly to my success and they are why I have excelled in lacrosse. The lessons I have learned as a member of a military family translate directly to my actions and leadership on the athletic field. Based upon the situation, I may be leading, I may be following, I may be sharing responsibilities and or I may be rotating between offense and defense. I am flexible and agile. I believe that all of my experiences, as a military dependent, moving every three to five years, constantly establishing a new home, making new friends, living abroad in Germany and traveling Europe, as well as South Africa, are what makes me different than other recruits in character, athletics and academics. My experience provides me with a foundation to develop me into a future leader.
I pursue “healthy athletic performance” as a student-athlete much in the same manner that I purse clean eating and a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes a proper diet, exercise, relaxation and sleep. Like a balanced life style and a healthy meal, athletics is just one component of my “healthy athletic performance.” Education is my priority; however, I must properly balance education, athletic performance, leadership and volunteer opportunities, school spirit activities and college life in order develop “healthy athletic performance.” Through this life style, I plan on developing relationships with Coaches and Teammates, Professors and Classmates that will not only provide wisdom and mentorship, but friendship and support even during the occasional failure when I need assurance and motivation. “Healthy athletic performance” and college should not only provide me a foundation for my future career as a physical therapist, but it should give me long lasting friendships and experiences that will contribute to my growth as a strong independent woman.
Freedom HS Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences (CENS) - The program emphasizes interactive science research and projects that make use of the on-site CENS lab, greenhouse, aquarium, diverse habitats, and wet pond. Students participate in co-curricular and extra curricular activities, including community service, and will become involved with business and community partnerships that enhance their understanding of environmental and natural sciences. The program of studies includes a sequence of required CENS science courses which include a variety of Pre-AP/Advanced Placement courses; Pre-AP/AP English and Social Studies classes; and a strong mathematics sequence.
Freedom HS - Woodbridge, Va - Senior to Senior
Durant HS - Tampa, Fl - Best Buddies
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