There is not a time in my life that I don't remember pursuing baseball. I love learning the game, competing and more importantly the life lessons the game has brought to my life. I am fortunate enough to have a dad who coached high school baseball when I was younger, it allowed me to be around the game and some great influences at an early age in my life. In addition my grandpa pitched for Oklahoma State University and both of my uncles played college baseball and football. They have spent countless hours pouring into my life and teaching me valuable lessons on the game, competition, teamwork and determination. I have learned to not take for granted that I wake up healthy everyday and I am able to train my body to be in the best position to compete on the field for my team. Baseball has taught me many life lessons. I was fortunate to be a part of Mike Matheny's organization for several years (Warriors) while completing many character studies and service opportunities that have had a lasting impact on my daily life. I traveled to the Dominican Republic with Coach Matheny and my team at 14 years old and built life-long relationships with players and coaches in the Dominican with GO Ministries. Our family continues to host players and coaches today from the DR when they come to town. Our family adopted my two younger siblings from the inner city of St. Louis as well as foster many other children that are in the foster care system. These experiences have taught me about true commitment to others through serving. I have been through many ups and downs in baseball but was taught at an early age to stay positive, level-headed and grateful no matter what the outcomes. I have high athletic goals for college and beyond but more importantly I have aspirations to get my college degree so that I can be a successful contributor to my community and my future family. I feel I have a God given talent to be able to pitch. I have been competing as a pitcher for many years and have overcome some tough competitions when my back was against the wall. I am looking forward to my junior year at Francis Howell High School where I hope to be a part of a state title run in the next two years.