I started high jump in the seventh grade. Originally track was supposed to be my second sport to keep me in shape for soccer. That first season I was definitely not the best jumper, or even jumping close to the height of the team's best jumper. I learned the basics that season. Over the summer, I decided that I wanted to excel in this event. I went to the high jump pit before soccer practice 5 times a week. My eighth grade season I came back with a bang. I went from jumping 3'8" every meet to jumping 4'10". My first goal was to get 5'1". I jumped it. My second goal was to jump 5'2", and beat our school record. I jumped it. I got first in all of our middle school meets, except one where I received second place. I then later went to our team's county meet and jumped 5'2" again; winning first place. That summer, I didn't stop. I practiced constantly, and participated in the Junior Olympics. I got first in the Mid-Atlantic meet, second in Regionals, and ninth at Nationals. I recently completed my first High School track season with a PR of 5'4" and a second place medal for my county. My sophomore indoor season, I received 5th place at indoor states, with a jump of 5'4". I ended last year’s season with a new PR of 5'6" to break my school record. I then received 5th place at outdoor States with a jump of 5’5”. This past junior season, I had an ongoing ankle injury and was out for the school season. Although, I will be participating in junior Olympics this June. I don't give up until I see the results I want. My hard work and determination has gotten me this far, and I can't wait to see where I go next.