I am currently 18 years old and a Senior at Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio. I have aspirations of continuing my soccer career at a college that will prepare me for a career in architecture or graphic design. I was born severely deaf and wear cochlear implants to hear. I have been able to persevere through the process of verbal communication and listening skills. I have always maintained high grades in all of my classes. People are amazed that I am "deaf", because I talk and hear like a "normal" person. I just have to wear sound processors on both ears to accomplish this. It was hard for me to be considered different while growing up, but I used my athleticism to standout to other people. I was able to earn the respect of my peers by proving that I could do all kinds of sports and be very good at it. Once I realized that I earned the respect of others, my differences didn't matter as much anymore. I have played on travel soccer and baseball teams, I played basketball my freshman year and have recently been asked to be the kicker for the J.V. football team in preparation of being varsity kicker in my senior year.
I consider one of my greatest strengths is my ability to get along with different personalities. I understand that people are different and face their own particular battles. I pride myself on being the teammate that tries to pick up someone when they are feeling down on themselves.
I believe my strongest soccer skills are my physical presence, my endurance, my high energy, and my equally dynamic use of both feet. In the game, I am known to create many scoring opportunities. I am a 3 year starter on my High School Varsity soccer team. I play for Pacesetter Soccer Club on the elite team in the Spring.