My name is Alex Hutchins and I am both a student and athlete at Green Mountain Union High School. Academics have always been a priority for me, ever since elementary school. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout all of high school, this includes through honors classes, dual enrollment, and AP classes. I tutor middle and high school math students and truly value this weekly experience as it is an opportunity to see first hand how hard work and dedication pays off. This being said, my favorite part of my day is when I get to practice and play alongside my team on the soccer field. I played soccer in elementary school and middle school but never as a goalkeeper. I stopped playing after my 7th grade year and it wasn't until my health teacher/current soccer coach approached me and asked me to train with her to be her varsity goalkeeper, that I even considered playing again.
My sophomore year I walked onto our high school’s varsity soccer team with little to no experience as a keeper. I trained both during and outside of practice, with and without my coach to try and reach my full potential or as close as I could get at that time. I have been a starting varsity goalkeeper since sophomore year and was named to our region’s MVL second team after my first year in goal. Everyday I continue to work at my dream to play soccer in college at a school that challenges both my academics and athletics, and hope to study secondary education. I think I am a good candidate for your school because of my drive and work ethic to get better every practice. I had to work really hard in starting from scratch as a player and because of this, I know how valuable hard work is. I will never not put in 110% and work hard at being a leader on and off the field. Both my sophomore and especially junior year, I have been approached by both coaches of opposing teams and referees whom have spoken to both my hard work in goal and sportsmanship on the field. I think it is this that sets me apart from other goalkeepers. I have not been playing the position for as long as many keepers. Having started my sophomore year, I had a lot of catching up to do. I worked hard to play at the level that I do now and I believe that this work ethic can be useful and carried over to playing collegiate soccer.