My basketball career started in second grade when I played Saturday League for our school. The goal of these games is to have fun and learn the game. This was continued through sixth grade. Middle school basketball started in sixth grade and I played it through seventh and eighth. This is also the time that I started playing on the varsity team. So during seventh and eighth grade I played both middle and varsity ball. Starting varsity ball at an earlier age helped me gain experience and get over the insecurity of playing against older and more experienced players. Over the summer I worked on getting in better shape and both my coaches say they can see an improvement in my stamina. My shooting has improved but my strength lies in defense. I am good at preventing the other team from getting under the basket. I play left side defense. My team members tease me about thinking that I am playing football because I will aggressively go after the ball and the result is usually a jump ball. Coach Arn says that I am showing leadership skills during practice and that he hopes to see them once the games start on November 28.
In September 2016 I had knee surgery and thanks to my great doctor, I am 100% healed and played the entire season. During physical therapy, I was able to lift 160 pounds with each leg. I had been considering a degree in medicine but had not decided between medical or psychiatric. After the great care from my doctor, I decided that orthopedic surgery would be both rewarding and challenging. My doctor graduated from St. Patrick and he has been an inspiration to me. My math and science grades are strong and I am sure that I can achieve that goal. My gpa last year was a 3.7 and my grades so far this year are the same.
I am a strong member of the Catholic Church in Maysville and part of the requirements for going to St. Patrick School is community service. We have done service hours at a local nursing home and I also volunteer at my school at the Fall Festival and when I am not going to an away game, I volunteer by keeping the clock for Saturday League games.