|Club||Melvin Bullitt||Waterview Wolves Nat'l 17||Rowlett||TX|
|High School||Amanda Dimond|
|Primary Position||Right Side|
|Secondary Positions||S, MB, OH|
Volleyball has been a part of my life since 5th grade and I love the dynamics of the game. I love the quick pace and being a part of a team reaching for a goal. Benjamin Franklin said "Energy and persistence conquer all things." I consider that statement to my personal motto in life and in volleyball.
I am far and away the most vocal person on my school team. I am always shouting out encouragement to everyone on the court during practices and games. More than just cheering when we score a point, I try to constantly call out positive reinforcement to everyone, no matter what the scoreboard says.
I am a freshman mentor and advisor for my school...one of only 8 faculty-voted students in our class who is responsible for helping new freshmen adjust to life in high school. I mentor 10+ freshmen.
I have also been a regular summer teacher's aide at a local pre-school for the past 5 years.
While I am good at being a leader, I also strive to be a supportive part of a team, both on the court and off.
I try to keep my life in "balance". Beyond eating right and getting enough rest and exercise, I try to balance my brain and emotions. I have grown up on a farm and have had the responsibility for farm chores and animals since I was 5 years old. Whenever I start feeling stressed about school or my social life, all I have to do is go down to the barn and play with my goats and lambs to reconnect with life and the natural world.
I work hard in school but I also indulge myself in artistic pursuits to use a different side of my brain.
I love 3-D art and have created many award winning school projects in various media such as clay, wood working, metal, and other non-traditional sculpture materials. Unlike many students my age, I can use a lathe and a forge. I enjoy unusual and unique artistic pursuits.
Local food bank volunteer...being hungry is nothing that any American citizen, especially innocent children, should have to endure.
Local trash pick-up...keeping a clean road/town/city/state/world should be everyone's goal.
I am also a youth soccer referee...modelling leadership to younger kids in sports is especially important. Showing them how to calmly deal with parents and coaches who get too emotional about winning and losing is important. I have had to keep my cool and stay professional many times with irate adults who have forgotten to put the young players first.
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