My name is Mikala Urenda and I have been playing club soccer for five years. My father introduced me to the sport at a young age, but I did not join a competitive team until sixth grade due to living overseas in support of my father’s military service. Through soccer, I have uncovered much about my character. I have learned and demonstrated leadership skills, the importance of being coachable, and how to present myself on a new team. I was a team captain for my previous travel team, in which I played up an age group and I am the captain of my current club. Being coachable is an attribute I’ve tried to instill in myself by taking coaches’ input and making necessary adjustments. Playing or trying out for a new team can be intimidating but I’ve learned how to present my skill set and personality in a positive manner.
Recently, I was recognized for two Niceville High School awards: The Sportsmanship award (Elton Cook award) and an academic honors award (Ann T. Mitchell award). However, I believe I learn the most about myself through perseverance and overcoming adversity. My goal is to graduate high school leaving a legacy behind, and continuing on to the next chapter of my life. I am looking to enroll in a college that encompasses the same morals that I do, and maintains a soccer program with determined athletes like myself.