Qualifying for the State Cross Country meet junior year has been my most significant accomplishment as a runner, however many aspects of my life have contributed to the person I am today which gave me the character and ability to achieve that goal. I joined the Cross Country team freshman year intrigued by the individual competition and excited to spend more time outdoors versus in a gymnasium like my previous volleyball years. After racing in a few meets and coming to means with the colors of flags and large hills, I began to develop an understanding for the sport and saw that improvement would come with practice and more miles. I decided that I wanted to commit to Cross Country and was willing to work hard to be a competitor. Coming from a small school, not many kids come out for Cross Country and many that do focus on spending time with friends and having a joyful experience. This aspect of my team has served as the biggest challenge and attribute to my success. I’ve had to run many miles alone and find competition within myself, but my teammates have always been supportive and made practice positive. My leadership skills have grown also, as I encourage teammates to do their best and reach new goals.
Aside from Cross Country, I play basketball and run Track. I am involved in 4-H in which I lead youth in making positive impacts on the people around them and giving back to the community. I live on a family farm so I am given the opportunity to show animals at the county fair. The Farm also accounts for many of my work ethic skills, as it gives me a summer job harvesting blueberries, strawberries and selling fruits and vegetables at local markets. On the school spectrum I have been the Vice President of my class for three consecutive years, a member of the student council, Spanish club, W club and National Honors Society. My experience as a 3 sport athlete, captain and qualities of leadership portray that I would be a positive addition to your team.