"Upside potential" would be one of the ways I would describe myself. It wasn’t until 2011 after the Cardinals won the World Series that my interest in playing baseball started. In 2012, my father bought me a glove and I threw a baseball for the very first time and almost instantly he noticed I had a skill set that was made for baseball. In 2013 I decided I wanted to join a team and we had a tryout for one of the best baseball teams in St. Louis consisting of other kids that had been playing for many years. Not only did I make the team but I batted nearly .350 in my first season ever. From then on, I began a love for baseball that continues to this day. As I continued playing over the next 6 years, I had to catch up with the others but did so successfully. I started for one of the best high school baseball programs in Missouri the last four years (7th-10th grade) and played against all the top large school programs in St Louis batting between .400 and .500. This past summer I played up two years (18U) finishing first in all offensive categories on my team while playing against teams of graduating seniors and college commits. The point I am trying to stress is that given I have only been playing baseball for 6 years, I am still a “rookie”. As I continue to work on getting bigger, stronger, and faster, as well as getting coached on the use of proper mechanics, I believe my upside potential is limitless and this is what separates me from many others. I simply am not anywhere near my potential but will work hard to reach it.
Academically, I hope to attend a school that will allow me to major in Business and will be able to support students with ADHD. I am currently attending a high school that is academically rigorous and routinely ranked as the best public school in Missouri and also top ten in the nation. This should prepare me well for the next level, but having support if I need it will be important to me.
Finally, there have been many people that have influenced me throughout my life, including my parents, teachers and God. My parents have taught me that by working hard, I can do anything, and God has taught me how to be a better person and to always have a positive outlook on life.