My name is Madison Johnson, and I’m a student-athlete at Union Catholic (UC) high school in Scotch Plains, NJ. I enjoy reading, watching television, and spending time with family and friends. My love for sports is fueled by my parents. Basketball not only teaches me the must know fundamentals, but it also teaches me lessons that I will not only need on the court, but in life as well. My love for basketball naturally evolved as I became older. My mother, maternal aunts, and uncles have all played on various levels. As a child I would watch my family play basketball in the backyard, and was inspired by their skill and competitiveness.
The lessons I learned from playing both Basketball and Volleyball are the lessons I can take into my everyday life. The main lessons sports has taught me is hard work and discipline. I have traveled more than 50 miles at 6:00 AM on weekends to workout with the best trainers possible. In these sessions, I have done suicide drills until points way beyond nausea. My parents have always instilled in me the principles of hard work and discipline. I always hear the phrase, “Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard!” I carry these traits over to the classroom. I’m an honor roll student at UC and take great pride in maintaining that standard. I will continue to meet this standard in high school and college. My goal is to study Accounting in college. I love numbers and business, so this seems like a natural fit. I hope basketball can help to facilitate this dream.
Lastly, I would like colleges to know that I am a hard worker, a great teammate, and more importantly a grounded person. If chosen for your academic institution I will try my best to excel above your expectations.