My love for softball began when I was 7 years old when I insisted that my parents sign me up for the local Little League baseball team. Never afraid of being "different", I spent the next several years playing baseball with mostly all-boy teams who taught me to play tough and earn my place on the team through skill and hard work. I quickly gravitated toward playing catcher where I learned that, not only was I really good at it, but that genetics also played a roll. My great grandfather was a catcher for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies during the 1940's. I credit catching for boys who were learning how to pitch, as my training ground for good blocking and patience. After completing Majors, I made the switch to travel softball.
Without softball I would not be the person that I am today. Softball has taught me how to be a leader both on and off the field, the importance of communication, and how to overcome set backs. All of which are necessary skills to have to be a successful athlete. As a catcher, I use all of these skills every time I step on the field, because it is the responsibility of a catcher to motivate and lead a team to success. To achieve success, one must continuously strive for excellence and push oneself to be different from the competition by giving more than 100%. I constantly strive for excellence, and push myself beyond my comfort zone, whether it is in softball or in the classroom. Because of this, I accepted the challenge of attending Pacific Collegiate School (PCS), a public charter school for grades 7-12. While PCS does not have a school softball team, they are the number one ranked school in California, and have consistently ranked within the top 10 schools nationally since their inception. Their academic and graduation requirements are more demanding than typical schools, but I have never been a typical student, and have never shied away from a challenge to improve myself.
During my three years at PCS, I have managed to maintain an A-average and have won several Science Fair awards both at the County and State levels for baseball/softball related projects. I love both softball and science, and I hope to one day be an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries. During my "off season" from softball (when high school teams play) I am able to pursue another passion of mine by volunteering as a student musician in the orchestra for the PCS spring drama productions. I also use this time to step up my speed and strength training to prepare me for the upcoming spring/summer travel ball season. I am looking for a college that will challenge me on the field as well as in the classroom, and best prepare me for medical school. As a collegiate athlete, you will find me to be dedicated, hardworking, and coachable. I look forward to talking with you soon.