|Club||Jennifer Peterson||Canby Rebels 04 14A||Canby||-|
|High School||Monica Sorenson|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
*Varsity Lettered as a Freshman
Softball is my identity at this point. Softball has completely changed my life, allowing me to be as fit and healthy as I am, teaching me my most important value, the value of hard work, and giving me friendships that have helped me get through the hardships of being an adolescent. It is as much of life as anything else, and the longer I can play it, the better. I have a drive to want to achieve as much as I can, to do things at the highest level possible, whether it be school or sports, so if I know something is in reach, even only a little in reach, I will go for it.
Leadership can be expressed in different ways, mainly leading with words, and leading by example. Over my years of playing softball, I’ve made sure to always lead by example for my teammates. That means always hustling, putting in 100% effort, standing up and cheering even when my energy is getting low. A good leader can lead others with their voice, but an even better leader can listen to themselves, and do what they should be doing, not just telling others what to do. Off the field, I take leadership opportunities when they arise, particularly in classes. In group projects, I will most always take the lead, especially when my group members fail to contribute positively to the project. I will also help out any classmate who may be struggling by helping teach them, or giving them the tools they need to succeed.
As a student-athlete in high school, I see the dangers of various addictive substances. My whole life, I’ve always hated smoking and alcohol, and with the rise of vaping in schools, have come to hate it even more. Vaping can completely ruin a student-athlete’s life by damaging their lungs and re-wiring their brain, causing loss of focus, and lack of caring about anything except for their cravings. I have vowed to never in my life smoke, vape, or even drink, as I know that I can live a life of better fulfillment without addictive substances getting in the way of my life.
I give back to my community every summer by volunteering at Camp Yakety Yak, a special needs camp held in Lake Oswego. About 75% of campers have some kind of mental disability like autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, or they have a physical disability, like spina bifida. My job at the camp is either a one-on-one with a camper that may need extra help, or a team leader for a group of around 12 campers. As of 2019, I will be going into my third year of volunteering. This camp allows children who were born with limitations that seriously affect their lives, to be able to have fun and learn life skills that can help them as they get older. I love that it gives them the camp experience that every kid wants.
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