I believe high school academics and athletics are laying a foundation for my future success as a college student, leader and future professional. I have thought a lot about what I would like to do in the future and my goal is to work in Business and Finance.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned was during the final four State football playoffs, my sophomore year. I was a starter on the offensive line in the biggest game we had played to date. In the first quarter, another player rolled onto my ankle causing me to break my leg. I was taken to the emergency department for x-rays and to be splinted. I was told to go home, elevate my leg, ice and see an orthopedic doctor. We had been listening to the game on the radio and I begged my parents to return to the game. I knew my teammates were worried about me and I wanted to show them I was going to be alright and to cheer them on. We ended up losing that game but breaking my leg taught me about perseverance, having a good attitude and working hard.
Through surgery, crutches for three months to physical therapy and relearning to use my leg/ankle again; I had to keep a positive attitude and work hard to return to playing baseball that next summer.
My greatest pride was making a full recovery which culminated in pitching the WIAA state championship game – 5 innings giving up only one hit as a sophomore. That game was 6 months after breaking my leg in football. I know this lesson, as simple as it sounds, will help me throughout life to overcome other unforeseen obstacles by having a positive attitude and giving my best effort working hard in everything I do.