As a freshman, my highest aspirations were to maintain a 4.0 GPA and to make it to the state cross-country and track meets. At the end of cross-country season, not only did I make it to state, but I came in ninth. Then, track season drew to a close, and I fought to place 5th in the 1600 and 6th in the 3200 at the state meet. Most importantly, I succeeded in maintaining a 4.0 GPA during my freshman year.
While freshman year was all about learning how to run to the best of my ability, sophomore year really shaped who I am as a student-athlete. Many of our seniors on both the cross-country and track teams graduated. So, sophomore year, I learned how to lead. With many new-comers and few returning runners, I was often in charge of leading warm-ups and explaining practice routines. The leadership skills that I acquired in my sports seasons transferred to school. I became a tutor and, in the same way that I encouraged my teammates, I encouraged students to do their best.
Now, in my junior year of high school, I am a leader on the cross-country course, on the track, and in the classroom. I have maintained my 4.0 GPA, which was the most important of my initial goals, and I lead others to improve their grades as well. I am blessed to be a part of two amazing teams. My years of running on these teams have helped me grow into a conscientious, confident, friendly, hard-working individual. I have learned that winning is earned through hard work and sacrifice, and success does not come without support from the teams who have become my family.
As I start my college search, I am looking for a school that emphasizes academics. I am looking for supportive teams that want the best for me and for the team as a whole. I believe that with my leadership and determination to succeed, in everything I do, I can become a valuable member of your team!