I first became interested in track when I was in the seventh grade. It was my first true introduction into competitive sports besides pee-wee basketball. I wanted to branch out so I also joined football, however my hopes of playing this sport were very short lived when I developed a very rare, reoccurring disease called Rhabdomyolysis. This caused my interest and love to shift over to track and field. I was unable to participate in weight lifting because of this disease until this past year. I have worked very hard to overcome my struggles with this disease, I went from being unable to lift for almost two years, to lifting and working out at least four times a week since July. Through these struggles I have learned that I am a very hard worker, especially when it comes to something I am passionate about like track and field. I am someone who does not like to give up and always gives my best effort. I have learned that on the track I am a very competitive person and I hate to lose, I am always hoping to improve on my times. I am very committed to being a good student, I am taking three advanced placement classes this year and I am maintaining a 3.5 gpa. I believe that my work ethic and determination makes me a good fit for any team, along with my respect for others.