Hello, my name is Alexandria French, and I would like to introduce myself. I'm an incoming sophomore at Gull Lake High School in Kalamazoo, MI. I played varsity soccer with Gull Lake during my freshman year, where we were SMAC Conference champions, district champions, and regional finalists. While we played Class B, our non-conference schedule consisted of some of the largest and highest-ranked Class A teams in Michigan. Because of this, I'm often matched up against some of the top competition in the state. I play club at Midwest United. We play in the National League Midwest Region, where we also play some of the top teams across the Midwest.
I strive daily to make myself a stronger athlete, and the same is true with my education. I'm currently ranked first in my class of 255 students at Gull Lake and am also enrolled in the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC), which is a selective STEM secondary high school program. Because of my love for the math and hard sciences, I believe I would like to major in biology, with a focus in biomedical sciences. While my education is the core of my high school career, I also spend time working at Theo and Stacy's Restaurant and Steven French Greenhouses, representing the KAMSC student body through KAMSC student senate, advising the Gull Lake Community School Superintendent through a student cabinet, writing for the KAMSC Newspaper (84 Steps), and working on long-term research projects through KAMSC.
More importantly, though, I enjoy giving back to the community. Through a program at my church called Kingdom Builders, I work with peers to raise money and collect donations for an event called the Big Give, in which we work together to supply a designated school with winter supplies for all students. In 2019, that school was Woods Lake Elementary, where 85% of students have families living below the poverty line. That year, we raised just over $150,000 for the school. Besides working with the Big Give Project, I also work with a project called PowerUp Packing, where 2-3 times per month my peers and I meet together to package donated goods into bags for students to take home to their families to help them through the weekend. Because the community has provided me with such wonderful opportunities, I feel it is my duty to give back to them.
I plan to consider colleges that first are a strong fit for me academically, and hopefully, I can make a difference with these soccer programs too.
Thank you for taking this time to get to know me,