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2018 Team Captain
Lifeguard, International Competitive Irish Dancer
I have a competitive drive and enjoy playing tennis and badminton. As a competitive Irish Dancer for more than half my life, I enjoy being able to better myself physically. When playing tennis, there have been many matches that were played to the wire. When I was down, I would rise to the challenge and enjoy every moment. More importantly, the camaraderie and being part of a team sharing wins and losses together are what makes it so enjoyable and I would like to continue to be part of a team as I embark on the next chapter of my educational journey.
Student athletes are more visible to others by virtue of the uniform they wear. When I am on the court, I never engage in poor sportsmanlike behavior whether I am winning or losing. It is disheartening to see other athletes engage in the use foul language or to make derogatory remarks about others whether they are on the same or different team. Everyone contributes different skill sets to a team, and no one should be made to feel unworthy by another person engaging in negative behavior. As team captain, whether someone wins or loses, it is my responsibility to approach it with positivity. By not 'talking smack' about other teams and in looking at positive contributions each player makes, coupled with looking at areas of improvement, I feel this shows leadership both on the court and off- these behaviors don't end when the match is over. They continue throughout the school day, as well, by ensuring that I lead by example- being academically prepared and being kind to all.
As a student athlete, I pursue healthy athletic performance by not engaging in risk-taking behaviors. In addition, I am careful with my nutritional food choices to maximize my stamina and capabilities, with a healthy diet and drink tons of water to stay hydrated.
Serving my community is important because no one is an island. We need to help one another when we may, and I am grateful that I am able to help others. The expression "there but for the grace of God go I" comes to mind. I have assisted children/adults with down syndrome swimming over the summer, participated in food drives, assisted children with homework at the library, etc.
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