My name is Elizabeth Williams and I am 16-years-old. I am a junior at Hempfield High School where I was the starting shortstop and lead off hitter for my undefeated JV softball team for my freshman year. For my short lived sophomore year season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I was the starting short stop as well as the fourth batter in the lineup. I also have been playing travel softball for six years. This year I play on the Spooky Nook 16U Elite team where I am the starting shortstop , a backup second baseman. In addition to playing softball I have been helping to coach the Hempfield 8 and under softball team for the past two seasons. I also play for my high school's field hockey team. As a freshman, I made the starting JV line up, as a sophomore and a junior, I was chosen to play for the varsity team as a starting midfielder and defender.
Academically, I am two years ahead in math, taking honors math analysis this year. Also this year, I will be taking honors chemistry and honors government and economics. I have earned a 3.83 GPA this year. I enjoy my coursework and hope to pursue a college degree in applied health either in nursing and potentially medical school . While I enjoy math and science, I also have enjoyed taking creative writing, communication technology 1,2, and 3, computer programming, and sports marketing so far during my high school career. Also I have taken both Spanish one and two courses as an 8th grader and a freshman. And will be taking Latin one this year as a junior. I am looking forward to continuing my advanced math track at Hempfield next year as a senior by taking AP Calculus. I am also looking forward to continue Latin as a senior, and continuing to take communications technology five and six. As well as honors physics for my fourth science course.
When I am not in the classroom or on the softball field, I spend most of my time serving others. I am able to do this through my high schools anchor club which focuses on serving other in and outside of the hempfield community. Through my high school I was a captain of the Mini-THON entertainment committee as a sophomore and become the Mini-THON operations overall this year. Mini-THON is a club that helps raise money for families who have children battling cancer. I am also apart of my school's sisterhood club which focuses on building other girls up instead of bringing them down. I am also apart of my schools fellowship of Christian Athletes club which focuses on bring all athletes together to share in our believes, it is also a way for me to talk freely about my religion and beliefs to other people at my school. I also joined a new club at our school this year called one love which focuses on abusive relationships and how to reach out or help others who have been though it. I was also a member of my high school's steering committee as a freshman, and I was the treasurer for my middle school. Another way that I help to serve others is that for several years my family and I have traveled to Cape May, New Jersey for a week to attend a family church retreat. We are often the host family. In this role we assist the retreat staff in cooking, cleaning and helping the other families feel welcome while bringing them and ourselves closer to God and each other.
For fun, I enjoy cooking, gardening and traveling. In the summer of 2018 I earned my certification to be an open water scuba diver and tested my skills the last few years while on family dive trips. My family travels to Mexico during the fall where we explored the coral reefs off the coast of Cozumel.
I have been playing softball for 12 years starting at the age of 4. And I was lucky enough this year to be able to teach one of my friends how to play and be a competitor for our high school team, because this year unfortunately we needed extra players. So two of my friends and I took it upon ourselves to teach her how to play and that we would be able to have a season for our sophomore year. We would go to the cages and any open spaces we could find and get together to teach her how to play the sport we love. Two months later she tried out and was able to make the JV team. Softball has taught me many important life lessons. I have learned to always work hard because nothing will ever be handed to me. Softball has also taught me how to work as part as a team, and to manage my time wisely. Also, it taught me to always make sure that I perform to the best of my ability and to never walk off the field knowing I could have done better. If I were to be given the opportunity to continue my softball career while earning my college degree, I’ll make sure to give everything I have on and off the field.