|Club||Jeremy Ridgeo||USA South||Estero||FL|
|High School||Carrie Lundy|
|Secondary Positions||RS, MB, OH|
• 2018, 2017, and 2016 Canterbury School Varsity Volleyball-Varsity Team Captain 2018, 2017, and 2016-Speaking Court Captain 2018, 2017, and 2016
Other Athletic Accomplishments/Awards
I am the only female student athlete at Canterbury School to be on 4 varsity athletic teams in one school year. I play varsity volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and I am a discus thrower on the track and field team.
As an athlete, I know that leadership is so important. Leadership comes in many forms and often we measure leadership in terms of how many titles we hold or community service projects we complete. These are ways we can measure a student-athlete’s leadership abilities for sure; however, I think it’s the quiet leadership, the leadership that often goes unrecognized that is most important. In August of 2016 I transferred to Canterbury School on the very first day of high school volleyball tryouts. I was of course nervous since I did not know anyone, yet I was determined to show my teammates I would be an asset to their team. As part of our 3 week tryout we were required to condition. On the first day of the 1 mile run, in the hot Florida sun, I finished second. Every day after that I finished first in our 1-2 mile runs. I decided that if I wanted these girls to accept me and to trust me as their setter I had to work harder than any of them to prove I deserved a spot on their team. Also, from the first day there was another player who struggled with completing the runs. After I finished my run on that first day I was tired and hot, I wanted nothing more than to rest; however, I took that opportunity to encourage that struggling player by running 2 additional laps with her so she knew that someone believed in her and wanted to see her succeed. Every day for the next 3 weeks when I completed my run I would run with that player and tell her she could do it. When she wanted to stop I told her no keep running, I’m right here with you. By the end she was able to run 2 miles without stopping. I believe in demonstrating my leadership by example, hard-work, kindness, and compassion.
Another example of the best leaders are those who are chosen as leaders without their knowledge. As I said, I transferred to Canterbury at the beginning of 10th grade. Three weeks into the school year I was chosen by administration to serve at a school ambassador which is a very prestigious position at my school which many students apply for. I did not apply for this job, but was selected based on my strong academics, work ethic, ability to work well with others, my adaptability to new situations, and public speaking skills. As a school ambassador I have led parent/student tours for prospective students, given informational speeches at open houses, and attended off site events as a school representative. This is a leadership role that means so much to me because I was chosen for being me, not by running a campaign and winning based on popularity.
A healthy athletic performance requires a healthy mind and body. I practice/condition 5-6 days a week, in order to stay in peak shape. I do conditioning and eat healthy to stay in shape. I also stay focused on school, in order to balance my athletic pursuits. I am in an all honors curriculum at the Canterbury School which also includes several AP courses. I love being involved in the extracurricular aspect of school and I am socially active in order to lead a balanced lifestyle.
I believe as a student-athlete and leader, on and off the court, that community service is important. I have been fortunate to lead a comfortable life. I have 2 very supportive parents who have worked very hard so my older sister and I can pursue our dreams. They have always instilled in us that we achieve success through hard work, kindness, and compassion. I have learned that I am most happy when I contribute not only to my success, but the success of others as well. Since starting high school I have volunteered at Trafalgar Middle School, the Southwest Florida Community Cooperative, and the City of Cape Coral youth basketball league. I am currently working on starting my own non-profit organization that would provide sports equipment to economically disadvantaged youth in Lee County.
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