Playing golf regularly since the age of four, I have been fortunate to receive training and gain valuable experience that have provided me with a strong foundation that should prepare me for college golf. I enjoy being part of a team, leading by example, and helping my teammates excel. As a high school freshman and only girl on the team, I played in the second position on a senior-dominant squad that won a district title for our school for the first time since 1979. As a sophomore, I stepped into the number one position and helped lead our team to its second consecutive district golf title, finishing as co-medalist. As a junior I played in the number one position and met my goal of qualifying for the Virginia Girls State Open after finishing sixth in the regional Class 1A tournament. Besides golf, my experience is well-rounded, serving for the past three years as drum major of our high school band, participating in all-area band as a flutist, serving during my freshman year as a captain of both JV basketball and soccer, and serving as class secretary during my sophomore year. Most importantly, I have excelled in the classroom and look forward to pursuing a college major in biomedical engineering or other STEM-related areas. I have spent three weeks each of the past four summers on college campuses (UGA, LSU and Appalachian State) as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program, learning advanced science and engineering curriculum and gaining a strong familiarity with the college environment. As a note on my golf game, while I have been blessed with the ability of hitting long drives and fairway shots, I continue to work with my coaches to improve accuracy and consistency around the greens to lower my scores, and my handicap has been reduced by six strokes over the past year.