Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am Isabella Buckley, a catcher in the class of 2021. I live in San Diego, California where, since I was 9 years old, I have been privileged to play softball year round. From my first step on a diamond I have been in love with the game, and it has given me more than I can ever repay. I have used my personal goals to make me a better softball player, and in the process, softball has taught me so much about myself. As an academic achiever (4.33 GPA), I have engaged in multiple extracurricular activities that have helped me build skills that I can apply both in the classroom and on the field. Accomplishing my academic goals (I was selected as the Honor Graduate for my primary school, I have earned Head of School Honors for 3 consecutive semesters (so far) of high school, and have been awarded a scholarship as the winner of a regional Optimist Speech competition) has been possible in part through the skills and confidence I have learned on the softball field.
I have in turn used the skills learned in the classroom to help me fulfill my softball goals of being very coachable, a great teammate, a patient and continuous learner and contributor in any capacity to the team. In middle school, I set a personal goal to be the starting catcher all four years of high school. As a sophomore, I am proud to say that through hard work, discipline, and the ability to learn and apply new and better coaching techniques, I have been a starting Varsity catcher for the Academy of Our Lady of Peace during both my freshman and sophomore seasons. Those same skills have enabled me to “play up” at each level of my travel ball career, beginning as a 13-year-old playing for a high school skills team and playing on 18U teams from the time I was 15 until today. My leadership skills have grown in both my academic and athletic environments, as a former member of my Student Government and as the starting Varsity Catcher. My focus is to continue to challenge myself academically and to grow as a person and an athlete throughout high school and beyond.