Hello. My name is Parker Piwinski, I am a junior at Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, MI with an overall GPA of 4.19. I have been playing lacrosse since I was in 2nd grade and my passion for this sport is unrivaled.
I have played Varsity Lacrosse since arriving at Brother Rice in my Freshman year. I am a strong, 6’1” right wing attack with a 98mph shot and great understanding and IQ of the game. Additionally, I am first and foremost a team player. Having played on many, many teams since I was 8 years old, I fully understand the concept of “team”. Having been a team leader, I understand that a winning team never benefits from just an individual achievement.
I’d like to explain some of the things which have gotten me to where I am today.
Determination and Dedication... I began asking my parents to attend Brother Rice HS when I was in 5th grade. I am not certain they understood just how committed I was to attending this lacrosse powerhouse school. However, we continued to have conversations about it. Understandably, there were some logistic and financial issues to be considered. First, we live an hour+ from Brother Rice, which meant that someone would need to drive me to and from school every single day. That was a huge issue. Secondly, the cost of tuition needed to be considered as well. My sister was also attending a university and the burden of attending Brother Rice would add additional stress to the family budget. Somehow, some way, my parents found a way to make my dream happen. My entire family is my biggest supporter and I truly would not be where I am today, if not for them! I see their faces in the crowds at every game, tournament and most practices. In order to make certain their trust in me was not misplaced, I work hard to ensure my academic and athletic efforts are at the highest level possible for me. Although my day needs to start about 4:30 a.m., and I might not get home until 10 p.m. some nights, I will complete my homework, study, etc., until it is complete. Sometimes, that means I don’t get to bed until 1:00 a.m. or later, but I believe my efforts show my dedication to both my GPA and my sport.
Drive and Desire… My love for the lacrosse sport really is unparalleled. As hard as I work for my GPA, I believe I work equally hard toward my athletic fitness. Besides playing for Brother Rice, I have also played for Juiced Cherries for many years. Beyond that, I have played box lacrosse (offseason), and continue to train and work out, 4-5 days a week for speed, agility, endurance, strength and fitness. Even when healing from an injury, I continued to work on core exercises and strength training. I want to be in the best physical condition possible to play at a high level. Additionally, I volunteer with various Brother Rice alum and other coaches, to help teach and train young players. I love sharing my passion with these kids by teaching them the basics and fundamentals and by helping to grow the sport I love.
Since playing lacrosse and attending Brother Rice, I have learned several things about myself. That I am stronger than I thought, that I am able to perform (both academically and athletically) under extreme pressure, that my positive attitude will continue to take me further, and that I do have what it takes to be the best, well-rounded individual. While I may not be the most intelligent person at Brother Rice, or even the very most talented lacrosse player, I can assure you of this…I believe I am among the hardest working people. I simply never give up.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope this personal statement will provide you with some insight into who I am and what I am made of.
Please see my list of accomplishments listed elsewhere in my profile.
I sincerely hope to hear from you and discuss my fit with your program/school and discuss what I can contribute to you as well.