Hi! My name is Ala Killen. I am currently entering my sophomore year at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School and am working towards my goal of being an engineering major. Recently I took some time off of swimming to run a cross country season with my school team, where I made varsity top 10 and was on the winning state team. I truly enjoyed the experience of being a part of such a tight knit group, but through it also realized that swimming is the sport that I love and will always turn back to. Swimming has been my constant through my transition from homeschooling to middle school in 7th grade, and from 8th grade to my current high school. It has always been a place for me to put thoughts aside and focus on the moment. I am looking for a school that allows me to continue to push myself beyond what I am currently capable of and has a positive team environment with people who are close to each other and genuinely strive for team success. I work best when I am around those who are also working to better themselves and are supportive of each other. While I can get the job or practice done on my own, I thrive in places where I feel like I am a part of something bigger and greater than myself. I don't have a specific friend group, and usually find myself becoming friends with people from all different facets of life and enjoy learning from others to make myself a better person.