Dedication has always been my number 1 strength. I'm willing to work harder and smarter to achieve both my academic and athletic goals. As a straight A student (4.8 weighted average- class rank 4th out of 574) in an International Baccalaureate program I've had to learn to manage my time and maximize my practices. As a 14 year old I qualified to play with an 18s team, not because I was the tallest or the strongest, but because my teammates and coach knew that I will leave everything I have on the court. I'm a consummate team player and even when I'm rotated out, I know I have a role to play, to cheer my teammates, and to lift them up. I was allowed to play varsity as a Freshman and our team came back to win the state championship game from an 11 point deficit. We kept our cool, stayed focused and supported each other.
Regarding my character, I've been volunteering with students with disabilities for 3 years. I work with teens with Autism as a mentor. Not because I have to, but because I want to. As someone who moved frequently, including a move to Australia, I know what it's like to not have many friends and I'm proud to be a part of this Teen Social Skills Group. I am helping my new school start a neurodiversity celebration week and am a member of the Autism Support Club. I also have been volunteering at the State Nature and Science Museum. Sometimes, I spend up to 40 hours a week there in the summer as a counselor in training. During the school year I volunteer on weekends. I want to share my passion for science with others and hopefully make a difference in the world. I recently moved to California and I'm playing with MVVC, Red 16s team. My coaches and teammates are phenomenal. We recently won a gold medal at a national tourney. My family has been so supportive in making my volleyball and academic dreams come true.