Nataliya Amaral ‘20 Recruiting Profile

  • St Andrews School
  • Walpole, MA
  • Women's Basketball
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Nataliya Amaral's Women's Basketball Recruiting Profile
MCW Starz
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Personal Statement

As a freshman in High School, I was moved up to the Varsity Team Starting 5 after two games. The fact that the Coach saw something in me inspired me to work even harder at my game to ensure that I get the most out of my high school playing experience.  I have both the heart and the skills to be a competitive basketball player beyond high school and play at the collegiate level.  My experience playing for Mandy Carter Zegarowski and MCW Starz these past few years has underscored my desire to play ball in college as a Stretch 4.

As an only child, adopted from Russia at 15 months, I exhibited natural leadership skills at an early age. I’ve drawn on those skills over the years to create a Middle School Girl's Self-Image Campaign as a special school project (age 11), published a book of my own nature photography (age 12), launched my own children’s summer camp (age 14), and opened my own photography business called NA Photography.  I am extremely independent, have a wide variety of interests and love a good challenge!

As a Sophomore in HighSchool, I discovered I suffer from test anxiety (a PTSD from first 15 months in Russian orphanage).  It did not surface until I transitioned from private to public high school.  I took honors classes so the pace and level would keep me engaged and, while I understood what we were learning, I found I could not demonstrate my knowledge in a standardized test setting.  This was frustrating because I have an IQ of 140 and never struggled academically in school before.  Even though I remained full engaged and actively participated during class,  my grades in HS were not reflecting my mastery of the material.  My parents had me assessed and i was diagnosed with performance based test anxiety, relating back to the trauma I experienced the first 15 months of my life in a Russian orphanage.  Since the diagnosis, I have had a 504 put in place enabling me time and a half for tests and have been working with an Academic Coach 3 times a week to improve my study habits and take practice tests to manage my anxiety relating to standardized testing.  I also work with a Mind Body/Brain Integration Specialist who uses EFT and muscle memory to help me shift the subconscious beliefs I developed spent in an extremely traumatic environment.  I am really proud of the fact that with this support, I'm managing the test based anxiety and have improved my grades this past year.

I have been given the opportunity to transfer on a partial scholarship, as a repeat Junior/Student Athlete, to St. Andrews School in Barrington, RI.  I am willing to put in the extra year of High School in a project based learning environment where I'm confident I can get grades that match up with my true academic capabilities.  The basketball program at St. Andrews also offers a more competitive level which will help me develop as a player. 

I'm interested in a career in Psychology with a focus on on integrative health & wellness.  I thinking that getting a business degree, or at least taking a number of business courses, will help me run my own practice some day.  This past year, I began facilitating workshops for middle school girls at a Women's Empowerment Studio to help them identify and manage anxiety in school as I have had to learn to manage test anxiety.  This summer, I'm planning to be a volunteer to train service dogs who help adults needing emotional and physical support (in between AAU Tournaments). I am greatly interested in politics and social issues impacting our country  and want to find opportunities that enable me to help create positive change in the world.

I've enjoyed developing my skills by playing AAU on elite teams and competing on a national level. I love basketball and hope to play in college but also recognize that I am more than a basketball player. I look forward to finding a school  where I can make a positive impact as a student-athlete, both on and off the court.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2015 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #40

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 4 seasons
  • 2019 MCW Starz
  • 2018 MCW Starz Elite
  • 2016 MT Elite (NEAUU Division 1 State Champions)
  • Notes: Been playing with MT Elite since 2011
  • Season Schedule
  • 2011 MT Elite (NEAAU Division 1, 15 U)
  • Notes: Mt Elite 15U 2016 Spring Schedule
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Mandy Carter-Zegarowski



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Test Scores

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High School Information

High School:
St Andrews School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors English, History, Algebra and Latin (Freshman year) Honors English and History, (Sophomore year) AP lit and Us History Junior Year
AP Classes:
Yes. AP English, AP History, & Pre-Calculus (Junior Year)
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Honors Classes Freshman thru Junior Year 140 IQ 2015 NEAAU Div 1 State Champs (MT Elite 8A) 2015 MetroWest Div 1 State Champs (Walpole 8A) Called out on Players to Watch List for Select Hoops Made Varsity team as a Freshman/Starting 5
  • Activity
    • Facilitate Workshops for Middle School Girls on Managing Anxiety
  • Activity
    • 2018 Online Math Tutoring for HS Students
  • Activity
    • 2018 Volunteer at Animal Shelter 2016-2017 Camp Counselor for Rebel Hoop Camp
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    • Summer
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    • 2016-2017 Referee for WYBA Youth Basketball Program
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    • 2016 Camp Counselor for WYBA Youth Basketball Camp
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    • 2016 Best Buddies
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    • 2016-2018 Launched NA Photography
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    • 2015 Founded Camp Cocobunga
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    • a Summer Program for Kids
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    • 2014 Girls in the Lead Program
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    • 2014
  • Activity
    • Launched Self-Image Campaign for Middle School Girls
  • Activity
    • 2014 Student Council and Yearbook Committee 2012-2014 Elected as School Ambassador
  • Activity
    • 2013 Self-published a Novella
  • Activity
    • City of Lights
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    • 2013 Self-published Book of Original Photography
  • Activity
    • Signs of Spring
  • Activity
    • 2013

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Statistic 2016 MT Elite 2015 Varsity Te
Points/Game 13 4 points/game average
Season High Points 13 14 in one game
Rebounds/Game 8 4 Rebounds/game average (41 for season)
Season High Rebounds 8 8 Rebounds in one game
Assists/Game 4 4 FG Assists/game average (53 FG Assists for the season)
Season High Assists 6 12 FG Assists in one game
Steals/Game 4 3 Steals/game average (34 for the season)
Blocks/Game 2 4 Blocks/game average (22 for the season)
Free Throw Pct. 90% 60%
Games Played 11 14
Field Goal Pct. 35%
3 Point FG's 1
3 Point FG Pct. 13%


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