|Club||Chris Birch||Synergy 17 Uranium||King of Prussia||PA|
|High School||Ryan Brewer|
|Primary Position||Outside Hitter|
|Secondary Positions||RS, DS|
Owen J. Roberts Varsity MVP (as a Freshman)
I believe the main reason for me to go to college is to pursue my education, for that is my priority. Yet, to be able to play volleyball while doing that, would make entering a new world with a team by my side much easier. Furthermore, volleyball is my favorite pastime and it has always been a dream for me to play at a more professional level. If I am able to play at a college level, I would be able to enrich my skills by being trained by the most experienced coaching staffs. Ultimately, being able to pursue not one, but two of my dreams at once would be amazing.
While I have been playing volleyball since sixth grade, my high school has only completed its second season with an official volleyball program. This means that in my freshman year we were a completely new program. As a result, I was unexpectedly made a varsity captain. From there I was made court captain and have been proud for being a part of all the progress my team has made since. Off the court, I am a part of the ambassador club for my school--in which I take part in helping with many activities and introducing new students to our community.
During my high school team's off season, I participate in a very competitive travel team called Sparks. And when that season is over, you can find me playing outdoor volleyball and competing in a sport called orienteering. Orienteering, while not widely known in the United States, is an international sport that is extremely popular in Scandinavia and much of Eastern Europe. It combines the skills of endurance, map reading, and speed into one sport. Similar to cross-country, it is an outdoor running sport, but it takes place in the middle of the woods and can often take its athletes off the trail. While it is not my priority sport, it continues to train me while off the court, and between that and a balanced diet, it helps me maintain a "healthy athletic performance".
I have been a girl scout for the past ten years and we do active service for our community and churches; this includes volunteering at the local soup kitchen, singing Christmas carols at the nearby veteran's center, singing to local shut-ins, being a secret Santa for a needy family every year, sending cookies over seas to American troops, and assisting at vacation bible schools. These efforts are important to me because they have inspired me to appreciate the life that I have and they have pushed me to give back to those who are not so lucky.
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