To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Jason Lemley; I'm a 6'5" 17 year old who loves to compete. I am a team Captain for our summer league Swim Club, Olympic View Swim Club. I also swim for the White Water Aquatics Swim Club, and for the Mt. Rainier High School Swim Team. I'm a hard worker and feel my potential is only just coming into focus. I have a well rounded personality and enjoy life to its fullest. I currently attend Aviation High School, which is a science and technology focused school in the Seattle Area. It has only 400 students, (100 per class), and you must apply for acceptance to attend. It is a public "college prep" school where the teachers set high goals and expect excellence. I feel this school and the swimming background I have will prepare me for college as well as the ability to compete at the college level in swimming. I know what hard work is and especially what success is because both of them cannot live without the other. My most memorable swim meet so far was the "Nike/Toshiba Classic" in Long Beach California, where I competed against some of the best College swimmers on the West Coast. That competition brought out my best times so far. It was a great experience because it gave me the confidence to know I can compete at the College level. My parents and Grandparents are very supportive of me in all that I do. In fact, we all swim, my sister, brother and parents. They all have various competitive swim backgrounds in Club, High School, and College swim programs.
I have had several opportunities to work with poor kids in both Mexico and Belize on Humanitarian Mission trips. This has given me a perspective that I think all kids in the United States should have. In the United States it is true that we take a lot of things for granted and don't appreciate the things we have been given. In Belize, the kids were living in huts with dirt floors. The families had to get their water from a nearby well, in spite of this, each kid had the biggest smile on their faces that showed there gratitude and thankfulness. Having a great attitude is important, no mater what our situation, these trips have taught me this! Thank you for taking the time to consider me for your swim program.