During my freshman and sophomore years at my high school, I primarily played center back. In my junior year, I started as a defensive midfielder, but we had difficulties scoring in our first three games. We switched our formation and I played as a center attacking midfielder, which was a new experience for me. I took the challenge and lead my team in scoring and assists. I used my time as an attacking midfielder to improve my shooting and 1v1 skills, which I can use on my club team where I usually play outside back.
This past season with my club, Alliance FC Indiana, I played a multitude of positions. I played as right and left back, center back, center midfielder, and as an outside midfielder. Being able to play almost anywhere on our team helped increase my playtime as I could fill in where others could not. I learned to play these positions by watching my own teammates and the opposition. When I went up against opposing wingers as an outside back, I would take those experiences and flip them around when I was a winger. I tried to do the things that I knew were difficult to deal with as an outside back.
Along with high school and club, I also participate in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). I have been on the state team the past four years. As my ODP career comes to a close, I will remember the many places it enabled me to travel to, and the friendships I made with teammates from around Indiana. ODP helped me transition into a better defender, as I went up against better competition. It also helped my composure on the ball, since I was asked to create from the back. ODP gave me a different view of the game because the different coaches I worked with had many varying ideas and tips.
I challenge myself in school by taking all the honors and AP classes that are available to me. I am also involved in other activities outside of soccer, including Science Olympiad, band, Best Buddies, and Unified Track. I have been involved with Science Olympiad and band since 7th grade and I have been in Best Buddies and Unified Track since I was a freshman.