My name is Vanessa DeRado and I'm from Fort Mill, SC. I'm a student in the Class of 2020 at Fort Mill High School. I am one of the team captains and a three-year starting center back for the varsity soccer team. In 2019, I was named to the Spring Valley Viking Cup All Tournament Team, All Region for SC Region 4-AAAAA and also named Defensive Player of the Year for FMHS. I was also named All Region for 4-AAAAA in 2017. I am one of the captains of the 01 CSA Palmetto King G Region III Piedmont Conference National League team. I have two years’ experience as a player on the SC ODP Region III '01 team. In addition to soccer, I hold a 3.875 GPA and have expanded my curriculum by taking several honors level courses in a variety of different subjects. I am looking to continue my education at a college or university of any size or location in the health science field. It’s most important to me that I attend a school that will challenge me both in the classroom and on the field. I am a leader, as well as a good team player. I challenge myself physically and mentally and always keep my focus on not only being the best athlete I can be but also the best person I can be. A coach once told me, “you live like you play.” That statement holds very true in my heart. If you are respectful, hardworking, positive and disciplined in your everyday life, you will carry those same qualities with you when you play.