Hi! My name is Alexis Hanlin, but everyone calls me Lexi. I am currently attending Boiling Springs High School in Pennsylvania and will graduate in 2023. I’m an only child living with my parents Ken and Jennifer, and Tucker- our beloved German shorthaired pointer. I have been raised in a Christian home and the most important things in my life are my relationship with Christ and my family.
I starting playing field hockey at the age of seven, and I knew right away that the sport of field hockey would be my passion. My dream is to someday earn a college degree and play at the highest level of field hockey. In order to accomplish this goal, I realize it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. I have learned through my parents’ guidance and by the grace of God that anything is possible!
I currently play field hockey for Boiling Springs High School and have played club field hockey for the past seven years. I live in the very competitive area of Central Pennsylvania and my teams are always challenged to play at a very high level. As an athlete, the captain of my middle school team and a USA Field Hockey Futures member, I try to be the best leader I can for every team I play for. I don't believe in individual talent- I believe it takes a whole team to be successful.
I am a player that is coachable and wants to continually learn to become a better person and field hockey player. One of my strengths is my mental approach to the game. I enjoy competition and want to be challenged at the highest level so I can gain experience for future games and implement strategies that will not only benefit my performance, but help my team win!
Field hockey has taught me how to work with other people as a team, discipline, problem solving skills, overcoming adversity and how to learn from my mistakes. Field hockey has also taught me how to be more of a leader. By the end of my senior year in high school, I will have played ten years of club field hockey and four years of varsity. Through my high school years, hopefully, my experience both on and off the field will help me make a smooth transition to the college game.
I believe that leadership is not only showing the way for others, it is also to be able to look away from them. Being a leader lets me make decisions on my own and not be influenced by others. I demonstrate superb character and morals in my life. I was honored to be awarded the 2016 Christian Character award at Carlisle Christian Academy. As a Christian, character to me is not doing good things to look good, but to be good when no one is looking. I am honest under pressure and am always striving to help others out. I always am willing to make big sacrifices to help other people. It is with this character that I serve my community. I actively participate in The Meeting House Youth at my church and volunteer at the Salvation Army. I have also volunteered in packing meals for the less fortunate at Project Share, and other local food drive activities.
Throughout my life I have strived to be ambitious in my studies and fulfill my education to the utmost level. I am currently maintaining A’s in all subjects and I have received Distinguished Honors for every marking period since Elementary School. I challenge myself and pursue complex goals in Honors Education. In addition to school and club field hockey, I previously helped my chess team finish third at the 2018 Pennsylvania Chess State Tournament, and I have played piano for the past nine years.
Academics have always been my first priority, but athletics and the time management that comes with it, have been a huge part of my academic accomplishments. Ideally, I am looking for a college institution where I will have the opportunity to play field hockey year round and compete for a position, while earning my degree.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my personal statement.