My name is John Cotter and I am a 6’ 170 lb. attackman/midfielder from Mendon, Vermont. I began playing lacrosse in 7th grade and fell in love with the sport immediately. The game seemed immediately intuitive but equally complex. It had pieces from all of the other sports I’d played before – hockey, soccer, basketball,and track and field – and yet still seemed incredibly independent from any of them. This newfound love for lacrosse was nothing short of addictive and I soon became enamored with the sport. I travelled to camps and tournaments across my state and in my 8th grade year I joined a high school travel team for the summer. I have continued practicing with my club team, high school team, and by myself year round. If there is one title I would give myself when it comes to lacrosse, it would be “gym rat” as I am always training and trying to better my game. This has lead me to receive a varsity letter both my freshman and sophomore years, and starting as a sophomore. I aim to one day play in college and contribute to a team at the next level.
However, I am not defined by lacrosse. I like to see myself as a well rounded person both in school as well as life. In school I play oboe in the concert band as well as community band and have been a District Festival Finalist. I am also a member of the Music Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Key Club, and Model UN. I have been a high honors student every semester, a varsity letter winner in lacrosse and indoor track, and a state and regional finalist in Speech and Debate. No matter the subject or task, I pride myself on my pursuit of excellence and I believe that the standards I hold myself to are important both for my own growth, as well as that of my peers.
I have also placed an emphasis on leadership and service, and have attended several conferences centered on these disciplines. This year I was one of two students from my high school who were selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar for my state. This seminar brought together students for a week that involved guest speakers, community service, and student debate. I am also a voted member of my schools Executive Board as well as an officer in my schools chapter of the Spanish Honors Society.
My goals both in academics and sports are to play at a high level academic institution where I can play the game I love while also receiving the education that will set me up for the next chapter of my life.