My life would not be the same without baseball. I discovered baseball during the summer of fourth grade. My stepfather encouraged my participation in Little League once he saw potential in my throwing arm. I was the worst player on the team by far. However, the competitive side of me gave me the drive to improve and I began to mature as a player and earned starting positions. I know that my past struggles have contributed to my current successes. One of the biggest character-building moments was in the sixth grade. I was cut from the middle school baseball team. I was distraught, but I did not give up. This sparked a flame in me and training seven days a week became the norm. By eighth grade, I was one of the strongest members of the team.
This sport has taught and engrained in me several qualities that help me excel in other activities. The transition from middle school to high school was relatively simple as I had already learned the importance of time management. Being on the mound as a pitcher with the game on the line has given me the ability to relax under pressure during my musical performances.
I currently play for the Federal Way Knights as a pitcher/shortstop, and am attending Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. I am in my sophomore year. I would like to become a lawyer in the future. It would be a great privilege to attend a college where I can thrive as a student athlete. Thank you for your time.