Winning the 2012 U12 NAFA Northern Nationals has been the highlight of my softball career to date. However, I feel I grew the most as a student-athlete my last year on U14 when I was unable to play for the first four weeks of the travel ball tournament season due to an injury. Unable to contribute to my team physically, I focused my efforts on cheering for my team from the bench. It was one of the most challenging obstacles for me to overcome. Up until that time, I was often known as the “silent leader.” I lead my team through my actions, rather than my voice. That experience helped me grow as a more vocal leader and allowed me to become a more well-round contributor to my team.
I have been fortunate enough to be part of an amazing program, the WI Bandits, since I was eight years old. I still remember playing my heart out during tryouts, leaving it all on the field, so I could prove to Coach Baker I was good enough to make his U10 team. I did make his team that year. He was a huge influence on my love for the game. Not only did he challenge me as an athlete and an individual; he taught me to respect the game. I learned the value of teamwork, commitment, sacrifice, and leadership throughout my softball career. I still step onto that field with the same passion and drive as I did that day when I was just eight years old; I hold nothing back. I'm looking for a program that will be a good fit for me athletically as well as academically. I believe I not only have the talent to compete for a college team, but the character, work-ethic, and leadership skills to make an immediate impact on your program. My athletic and academic abilities and accomplishments are balanced by my humbleness, integrity and loyalty.