My freshman year I tried out for the Edgewater High School Crew Team and began as a starboard side rower. As the year progressed I also learned how to row port side and had a seat in the women's freshman eight as a rower. However, at the beginning of the spring season, our coxswain quit the team and I went from being a rower to a coxswain. Like every other rower, I thought the coxswain had the easiest position in the boat (little did I know just how hard it was until I was in the coxswain seat myself). After I finished my first race as a coxswain that year, I came to the realization that that was the position on the team where I belonged. I developed a passion for coxswaining and was determined to do everything I could in order to be the best coxswain for my boat. Unlike any other coxswains on the team, I took it upon myself to, research key factors on how to improve as a coxswain, typed a seven-page list of both technical and motivational calls, and finally asked the varsity coxswains and my coaches for pointers. That year, I won the most valuable novice for the reason that I raced both as a coxswain and a rower when needed. I was a committed coxswain and my commitment to this sport and coxswaining has only grown through the years. Currently, I am the first woman ever to be captain of the men's team in Edgewater Crew's history. I am a great candidate for your team because I have the commitment, passion, and drive for this sport. While you can teach any person to steer a straight course or to use specific calls, you cannot teach commitment, passion, and/or drive (unless you're teaching a rower to drive with their legs of course) and for these reasons I am unique. I have been a varsity coxswain on the men's team for the past two years where the Junior Men's Four I was coxswaining placed 2nd at states and then 5th out of 64 entries at the Stotesbury Regatta in May of 2018. I also coxed at the World's Masters Regatta this past September with Edgewater's Master's Crew Team. I have had the honor to be the master's coxswain for the past two years and it has taught me much more about developing my coxswaining skills. As well as being thoroughly committed to this sport I am also committed to my academics, volunteer work, and orchestra. Throughout my years of high school, I have been taking honors and AP classes and am consistently on the Principals Honor Roll for my high academic achievements by having a 4.9 GPA weighted and a 3.9 unweighted GPA. I have been playing the violin since I was in the fourth grade in addition to the cello since seventh grade and have been in two orchestras since the fifth grade. On Saturday's I attend a music program called A Gift for Music. This national program is a non-profit dedicated to providing the exploration of music from students in elementary all the way through high school and of all financial backgrounds. My volunteer work consists of Beta Club community service, being the Communications Director of Best Buddies, volunteering at my church, and my brother and I in the attempt of starting our own non-profit to provide title one school students with gently used and new books to fight illiteracy. In college, I aspire to receive my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering then my Master's and Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering as well as to be a coxswain on a crew team, continue playing the violin, and helping out in the community.