I became seriously interested in running in 7th grade when the cross country program opened at my middle school. I've been running with my mom since 3rd grade, but this was the first time I was part of a team which was an excellent experience. I always pushed myself for the good of my teammates. That year, running taught me to think of the team and not only my goals while training and while racing. I brought these values to my team in high school, where I continue to push for my academic goals as well. My academic goals include sustaining a 4.0 grade point average by working hard in class and balancing my athletic life. In April 2018, I was one of 19 students in 5 counties to be accepted to Mountain Vista Governor's School. MVGS has been a goal of mine since middle school and I plan to take advantage of the rigorous academic program to further my opportunities academically.
One thing I think that is unique about myself is my ability to learn from my mistakes. I like to think that I never lose, but rather win or learn. I think this characteristic is great for any team because I will always strive to be better and never settle for just "okay". My personal goal as a rising junior in cross country is to put in more mileage than previous years and to break 16 minutes. In track, I want to become a more mature and experienced runner. I hope to win a state championship in the 1000 and the 800 and to lower my PR.