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Grace Gilmore ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Wake Forest High School
  • Women's Soccer
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Grace Gilmore's Women's Soccer Recruiting Profile
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Personal Statement

Soccer is my passion, my driving force, my accomplishments, my failures, my quiet place, my arena, where I feel most at home, where I live!

My name is Grace Gilmore. I currently play for The University of Southern Mississippi and am looking to find a new home.  I attended Wake Forest High School and played 03/04 NCFC ECNL under Cindy Parlow Cone and Bobby Johnston. I am primarily a forward and center mid but can play anywhere on the field as I’ve spent time in defense as well. I believe playing several positions has made me a more well-rounded and impactful soccer player.

Throughout my childhood, I have always been a multi-sport athlete. I love to compete, and often found myself trying new things, but the two sports I always stuck with were soccer and track. I am currently a member of my high school’s Varsity Track Team. Between indoor and outdoor, I compete in the 55m, 100m, 200m, 300m, 500m, 4x200m anchor,  4x100m anchor, and 4x400 anchor. I was county-ranked in the 55m and held the top times on our team for the 100m and 200m. I believe track has fostered a natural talent of mine, allowing me to be more competitive on the soccer field. My speed is often the first thing people notice about me. 

I am very lucky to come from a very close family. We haven’t always had it the easiest, but I never doubt that they will be by my side. My dad unexpectedly passed away in May of 2021. Although our family dynamic isn’t the same, the love and support we have for one another has been unwavering. I know my dad wants us to be happy, to be successful, and to never give up. If this loss has shown me anything, it’s that I should go after my dreams wholeheartedly and that’s what I’m doing. 

I started playing soccer when I was just 5 years old and I quickly learned it was something I wanted to do for as long as I could. I workout every day and train on my own time weekly in addition to club training. To me, soccer is my favorite thing to do. I take any chance I can to get on the field. I know the only way to set myself apart is to do what others aren’t, on my own.

 How would my coaches describe me?  I've taken a few quotes from past correspondences with my coaches: "You have the mentality and confidence to take players on with the ball." "You have a unique mentality and personality." "I believe I know the true measure of your intent, passion, skill, and desire to get better every day. I love that about you, Grace."  These are all things I've been told by coaches that give me another reason to work my hardest. I have the utmost respect for my coaches and value their opinions greatly.  As much as I want it, they want it for me too. My teammates would say I'm a tough competitor, willing to play any position on the field, that I never give up, that I have a positive attitude, and that I am always pushing myself and my team to our full extent.  My competitors might recognize me for my toughness, my speed, and my competitive nature.

I work hard in every aspect of my life. I have a fire inside me that is lit by my competitiveness. I have been class president since freshman year and am currently running for Student Body President. I strive to take very AP course offered and I am highly involved in extracurriculars. I am currently a member of National Honor Society, Student Government, Unified Champions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth Group, National Society of High School Scholars, and remain within the top 5% of my class academically.  I am also enrolled in the College and Career Promise program in my area which allows me to take classes at the local community college. Outside of school, I am a  member of the Youth Advisory Board for my local town's government, as I am an appointed member of the Human Relations Council. 

Within student government, I have been given several opportunities to get involved and make change within my community. Over the past three years I have organized a Make A Wish fundraiser raising up to $50,000 dollars. I have also helped lead several food and book drives and volunteer regularly within my community at the recreational sports club, and my church, and strive to get my school involved in community betterment programs. 

 My younger sister has battled severe idiopathic epilepsy for the past 13 years. This has created a passion for volunteering within several local special needs programs; Dream League, Unified Champions, and Genome Giants. I see them trying to reach their goals and it pushes me to reach mine. Some of these kids have to push themselves just to be able to complete daily activities, and that’s okay.  Everyone has a different skill set and ceiling, but what makes us alike is we all want to feel successful. I want them to be successful! I also want my baby sister to be successful! She fights every day against the setbacks of uncontrolled seizures. “She makes broken look beautiful, and strong look invincible,” I think this quote fits her perfectly and I too want to be successful.

 I never wanted to make life harder on my parents, so I choose to be self-motivated. I was born a fast runner, so I train to be faster. I was born with an inquiring mind, so I strive for straight A's and excel in the National Honor Society. God gave me abilities, so I want to use them. I want to be successful, and I want to “make strong look invincible.”


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #12
  • Individual Awards:
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #12
  • Individual Awards:
    Honorable Mention All-Conference

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 7 seasons
  • 2020 03 NCFC ECNL (ECNL)
  • 2020 Wake Forest Highschool Varsity (Varsity Captain)
  • Notes: Captain, Varsity Starter
  • 2019 03 NCFC ECNL (ECNL)
  • 2019 Wake Forest Highschool Varsity (Varsity High School )
  • Notes: freshman, varsity starter
  • 2018 North Carolina Football Club 03 ECNL (03 NCFC ECNL)
  • 2017 NC ODP (NC-A, received regional camp invite but was unable to attend )
  • Notes: .
  • 2017 North Carolina Football Club ECNL (03 NCFC ECNL)
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Jason Keyes
  • High School Head Coach
  • jeremiah Mattingly
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Coach Thomas Retzlaff
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Coach Glenn Brizendine
  • Private Coach
  • Taylor Pilkington
  • Other
  • Coach Carl Depo
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Willie Davis

Additional Sports

  • Basketball
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • School basketball, and travel team.
  • Track
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • I am Captain for Wake Forest Middle School Track team. I run the 100 open, 200 open, and the 4x100 relay as an anchor.
  • Track
  • F
  • 5 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • I have run track for 5 years. Now, for my highschool I run on our winter team, competing in the 55m, 300m, 500m, and 4x200m as the anchor. I have the top times for the 55m and 300m. I am on the edge of breaking the school record for the 55m, and have be



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High School Information

High School:
Wake Forest High School
(919) 554-8611

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. University of Southern Miss Honors College (2022-23) University of Southern Miss Presidential Scholar (2022-23) University of Southern Miss Honor Society (2022-23) Honors College Acceptances to several Universities High School Honors: English (9th, 10th), Math (9th), Pre Calc (10th) Computer Science (10th), Spanish (9th, 10th, 11th), Horticulture (9th), Anatomy (10th), Chem (10th), Bio (9th)
AP Classes:
Yes. Dual Enrollment: ENG111, ENG112, PSY150, COM120, SOC210, PHI215, BIO110 High School: AP World History (9th), AP Human Geo (10th), AP Calc AB (11th), AP English (11th), AP Calc BC (11th), AP US History (11th), AP Environmental Sciences (12th), AP Literature (12th)
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • 2022 Wake Forest High School Student Body President 2022 Southern Mississippi Presidential Scholar 2022 Lane Meyer Scholar 2022 TEAF Scholar 2022 Summa Cum Laude 2022 Trentini Scholar 2022 NHS 2022 NSHSS 2018-21 Wake Forest High School class president! 2017- 18 Beta Club
  • Award
    • All A Honor Roll
  • Award
    • Academically or Intellectually
  • Award
    • Gifted Program
  • Award
    • Duke TIP
  • Award
    • Grade Wide Responsibility and Respect Award
  • Award
    • 2017-18 Social Studies Student of the Year
  • Award
    • 2017-18 Math 2 Student Award
  • Award
    • 2018-19 Deans List
  • Award
    • All A Honor Roll 2018-19
  • Award
    • Academic All Conference 2018-19 Beta Club 2020-21 National Honor Society 2019-2021 National Society of High School Scholars 2020 Selected for National Student Leadership Conference 2019 Invited Scholar for National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine and Healthcare
  • Activity
    • Wake Forest High School Class President x3 Student Body President x1 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Unified Champions ( Special Olympics and buddy) Saint Catherine's Youth Group Town of Wake Forest Dream League (special needs baseball buddy) Wake Forest Tri-Area Food Pantry Volunteer Make a Wish Fundraiser Organizer Epilepsy Awareness Day Organizer

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Statistic 2019 Wake Fores
Goals 6
Assists 7
Games Played 20
Record 10-8-1


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