Running is a huge part of my life. I have been running since sixth grade, at first just to try and beat my older sister at something, but as time went on, I realized that running was more than just a sport, it was a lifestyle. Throughout my years as a runner I have grown in ways I could have never imagined, I have learned that I must be disciplined, committed and tough physically, but more important mentally. So, every time I run, I focus on that mental aspect, knowing that in doing so I can elevate myself not just as a runner but as a man. Running has helped build me into the passionate, determined, hardworking student athlete I am today. My hard work is not just found out on the course, but also in the classroom. Currently my GPA is 5.28 as I enter my junior year with a 4.0 unweighted. I am a varsity member of my high school team, which I earned varsity honors since my freshman year. I have run and scored for my team in the State Cross Country Championship as we are two-time state runners up over the past two years. Being a part of a team like mine, carries a lot of expectations from the coaches and my teammates, however that has helped shape me into the leader I am today. I have never let my age stop me from leading or setting the right example, I always encourage, support, and motivate my teammates in any way I can. I truly believe I would be a tremendous asset to your team, regardless of where I am ranked nationally, I will train as hard as I can, not just pushing myself to break those walls but encouraging others to do so as well, while helping them with whatever they need.