|Club||VA Juniors Volleyball Club||VA Juniors U17s||Herndon||VA|
|High School||Dominion High School|
|Secondary Positions||RS, DS, OH, UH|
Awarded MVP Honors at UVA Volleyball Camp
I once ziplined over a lake full of alligators in Florida.
When I was first introduced to volleyball in the 5th grade, I was obsessed. I stuck post-it notes on the wall to see how much higher I could jump from one day to the next. I would serve and hit the volleyball against a wall for hours. Everywhere my parents took me (wineries, picnics, family parties, the park, etc), I brought a volleyball and found a random guest to pepper with. I would teach all the neighborhood kids how to serve and pass so that I had someone to practice with when I wasn't at practice! I still feel the same about volleyball now and am still as obsessed. I especially love tournaments and can't wait to get on the court and compete again. For me, playing in college would be a dream. I look forward to playing with the serious athletes, who are just as obsessed as I am. Most of my current teammates have no plans to play in college, so being with others who are as crazy about the sport as I am would be amazing.
I was team captain for three of my club volleyball teams. I think my confidence, staying cool under pressure and resilience may have been part of it. I cheer my team on and try to keep them going, especially when they feel like giving up. I have been playing multiple sports since age 4, and have gotten used to dealing with pressure. I remind my teammates that it is about the next point, not the last point, which we can no longer control.
I was recently inducted into the French National Honor Society, and am a member of DECA. These organizations celebrate leadership, community, and initiative. I have become more involved in these organizations, built relationships with members and have gained confidence off the court, as well.
Serving as a referee and assistant coach to youth teams in my local community has brought me joy. Leading youth athletes, leading their drills and teaching them basic skills and techniques is
very rewarding. They look up to older players and really pay attention to what you are showing them. I feel like I adopted 12 little sisters last year. It was great to watch their games on weekends and to cheer them on.
I believe that Healthy Athletic Performance is a combination of food, mind & body. Good nutrition nourishes both. Both of my parents are great cooks and I am fortunate to eat delicious homemade meals daily. It is important to my parents that we sit down as a family every night and spend at least 30 min eating together. I notice that if I don't eat well, my mind and body don't function as well. We are the product of what we put in. I exercise daily, and do not feel normal if I am not moving. Physical fitness is very important to me. I am also able to manage my limited time on my own, and self-motivated when it comes to academics and homework. I plan to continue what my parents instilled in me when I go to college and keep a balance to ensure I stay strong.
I volunteer as a coach and referee for the local youth volleyball program (Loudoun Youth Volleyball) in Northern VA. I have been doing this for 3 years now. It is very rewarding to assist young athletes who are just getting acquainted with volleyball to help them grow and develop in the sport.
I volunteered at our local zoo for two summers as a youth camp assistant and shadowed zookeepers as they made their rounds. I assisted with feedings, treatment and greeted visitors, sometimes with a snake around my neck! I also volunteered at a vet office last summer and helped the staff with maintaining exam rooms, disinfecting surfaces and making sure that supplies were on hand. These experiences were amazing prep for my plans to be a veterinarian someday.
I also help fundraise for my high school's volleyball program through various activities like car washes, selling items, working in concessions, etc. In a public high school, there are never enough funds to cover the basics, so this is an important component to keeping our program going.
I've also volunteered for organizations such as SUDEP, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Friends of Homeless Animals.
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