My basketball coach says to us before every game that he needs leaders out on the court because he can't suit up with us. Being a leader isn't always about scoring the most points, having the most assists or rebounds. Stepping up to be a leader is more important when your team is discouraged and you're on the losing side. As a starter my freshman year, I was "baptized by fire" into varsity play. At that time I was one of the smaller players on the court, but I used that to my advantage by moving around my opponent quickly. That year I received Second Team All District. My sophomore year I received Second Team All District as well as Offensive Player of the Year. Junior year I received First Team All District, Team MVP, and led my team to the playoffs for the first time in twenty years. Now in my Senior year, I can use my current height of 6'4" to my advantage, as well as the valuable skills I've learned through several years of playing basketball.
I believe college is an opportunity to explore interests. Along with playing collegiate basketball, a career in a history or health field appeals to me. At the same time, I also enjoy natural history.
I strive to do well in tasks handed to me. This mindset I carry over from athletics, into my studies and my life at home on our family farm. Being a student athlete has taught me the sometimes difficult balance between studies and practice. I am currently ranked second in my class. This student athlete dedication drives me to finish what I start and never give up! It doesn't matter what the score is, I will try my best to find a way for the team to score and come out on top.