I have had my sights set on playing college hockey since I began playing with Dallas Stars Elite as a U14 goalie at age 12. My love for hockey is something I want to continue as I pursue a degree in Biology and Animal Sciences to prepare myself for Veterinarian school.
I feel that playing AAA hockey has prepared me to balance the workload of academics with work, other sports, and travel. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA through mid Sophomore year at Byron Nelson High School, where I also take all PreAP and AP classes as well as being a part of the Biomedical Sciences Academy. Because of the academic and athletic demands of my schedule, I have developed excellent time management and organizational skills. My work ethic, teachability/coachability, and leadership skills are characteristics my teachers and coaches have often commented on.
What makes me different from others is my desire to see everyone play their best and love the game. It's important to win games, but there are times you encounter a faster, better, stronger team. The value/lesson is in asking yourself if you played your best, if you left it all on the ice, if you played as a team, and are proud of your attitude during the game, even in the face of a loss. Positivity and respect are two things you should always give your coaches. I feel if you're interested in college hockey, you have a skill(s) that you'll ALWAYS be developing, but your attitude and your respect toward your teammates and coaches are also two things that should be consistent and present at all times.
I've been fortunate to see titles such as California State Champion in 2020 and Texas Girls High School State Champions in 2019 for lacrosse. Those experiences have been the highlights of my time and effort on the ice and field. I can only imagine the feeling a player has stepping onto the ice in a collegiate hockey arena where the stands are full and the energy is contagious. I hope to experience that feeling in the fall of 2022 surrounded by my teammates, coaches, and fans.
Within the last two years, I have attended tournaments at the HPC Showcase, CCM World Invite, Three Rivers Cup, Buffalo Winter Classic, CHI-town Cup, Stoney Creek University Showcase, Upper Midwest Elite, East Coast Wizards Holiday Tournament, NHL Cup, and Madison Challenge Cup. Upcoming Camps include College Hockey Showcase World Goalie Summit, Rush hockey, and Colgate Hockey Showcase.
I have also been selected each year for the USA Hockey Rocky Mountain Districts Player Development Camp, and attended NWHL camp by winning a nationwide scholarship. I have been applying the skills I was taught at these camps in games and practices, and I am committed to growing in strength, speed, and skill over the course of this season.
All of these experiences have led me right where I want to be as a student and athlete. In the next few years, I will continue to pursue my academic and athletic goals. I hope to graduate high school and finish up U19 girls hockey as a person my teachers and coaches are proud of, and as someone who takes that same work ethic on and off the ice into a successful college student athlete.
Class of 2022