Ever since I was little, I have loved competing. My earliest sport was soccer, and soon after, I started basketball and track and field. My parents have been my biggest support, helping me understand the importance of hard work and character, and also with understanding how to learn from my successes and adversities. I feel my biggest growth as an athlete came two years ago, when my travel basketball team won a tournament - personally, it was one of the best tournaments I had to that point. After the tournament many of my teammates treated me differently - I felt badly at first, but I learned that my team needed me to step up in the tournament in order to compete, even if they didn't share my enthusiasm. The best lesson I took from that was that leadership isn't going to be given to me, and that even though I know my teammates appreciated the trophy, the leadership I felt I showed on the court didn't was going to have to be earned almost every day.
I have a goal not only to compete in basketball at the collegiate level, but to stick out and to make a name for my self and the program. To get into college, however, I understand the dedication and effort needed on the court or field, and inside the classroom. As a high school freshman, I have goals to earn at least an 88% in all of my classes. I am currently enrolled in two honors classes (biology and English), and will continue taking additional honors courses throughout my high school career. As an upperclassman, I plan to take several college classes to get an early start on earning credits toward my college degree. I hope to earn my way into a college program where I can be successful in the classroom and on the court. I feel I could use my leadership and work ethic to help a college program, and I look forward to earning that opportunity.