My name is Catelyn Coulombe. I am a senior at Washburn District High School. My collegiate goals as far as academics go are to maintain a 4.0 and strive in my degree. As a senior I am taking part in an aspirations program to complete a few college classes ahead of time. I maintained a 4.0 until the finals and ended with a 3.9. Even though I want to actively progress in my studies, sports has always played an important part in my life.
Soccer has been my favorite and most practiced sport. It is one of two sports I enjoy to play. I push myself to do the best I can and to learn whatever can be learned about the game. Throughout my recreational, middle school, and high school career I have attended many Dutch Soccer Academy camps. Most of them were held by our Recreation Center during the day. I have only attended one all day camp at UMPI for high school students. During that time, I took the goalie program and a defense program. This camp has taught me to work out my weak side so I wouldn't have a weak side, taught me anticipation, and gave me knowledge of the field. Of course I cannot give all the credits to the camp. My coach has done a phenomenal job teaching me great skills on the field. She is the main person who helped me reach my goal for All Aroostook. Coach Marcie Barbarula has coached me since I was six. I played recreational soccer, indoor soccer, middle school, and high school soccer all with her coaching. She has definitely played a huge part of my success. Her inspiration and love for the game helped me through a tough patch when I decided to become a manager my senior year because of an ACL and Lateral Meniscus tear. It was a tough time but being able to help out my girls and still be a part of the team was definitely heart warming.
As for myself, on a regular day, I am a normal young woman who goes to school, works, pays bills, plays sports, and stresses of a few minor things that teens usually do. Leadership is only half my thing. I do not mind being a leader, but being a follower isn't bad itself. I choose to lead when I have the knowledge, and follow when I need to learn. My leadership is best shown on the soccer field. I was the mouth of the defense and the wall between anyone in front of me and the goalie. If I saw something that needed to be fixed or if we needed to switch up our defensive strategies, I talked to my girls on defense and they agreed. After a while we got into not having to say a word most of the time; exchanged a look and played it like it was planned. Just like my connections to my girls on the team, I hold great friendships with a lot of them in school and out. I am great to come to if you need someone to talk to or need a friend; however, if I feel that I need to be, I am very blunt.
Seeking great progress in athletics and academics are one thing. Finding the right coach to match the player is the tricky part, but just like a challenge on the field you take it head on. I hope to be challenged by some of the greatest coaches out there!