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Vaeda Burkhead ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • Briarwood Christian School
  • dpo, FL
  • Women's Volleyball
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Vaeda Burkhead's Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Costa Rica National Junior Selection (U18) Alajuela
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Personal Statement

 Hello! My name is Vaeda Burkhead and I am an American student-athlete currently living in Costa Rica. In 2021 when I graduate from high school, I will be moving back to the United States with my family to head off to college. Currently, I am playing on three teams: the Varsity team for Country Day School in Costa Rica, the National under-18 team for Alajuela, Costa Rica, and the National premier division team for Goicochea. Playing on several different levels of volleyball has shown me what I want from the game; I need a team bond that will help me enjoy the game for what it is and I need not just to play but to be successful and notice my growth as a player.

In 2018, my National Junior team (U18 UNED) won the Junior National Championship. I can’t remember a time I’ve ever felt more accomplished and proud of, not only myself, but a team as a whole. A big part of this feeling was not only from winning, but from having an understanding, patient, and approachable coach to guide me along the way. To further progress, I need a coach who inspires me to the the best I can be and whose confidence in my abilities drives me to be better than I think I can be.
Whenever I think of playing in college, I feel a little overwhelmed. I know I can, but, man! That’s a lot of volleyball! I’d like my college experience to be more than just volleyball. I look forward to and really would like to have a well-rounded college experience, complete with sports, friends and what I hope will be a stellar education. 

As of now, I’m leaning towards studying animal or equine sciences (maybe even pre-veterinary medicine) to work towards a future career in general animal sciences.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 4 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 4 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #24
  • Individual Awards:
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Individual Awards:
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 2nd Place
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 2nd Place
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 4 seasons
  • 2020 Costa Rica National Junior Selection (U18) Alajuela (club)
  • 2019 Costa Rica National Junior Selection (U18) Alajuela (under 18)
  • 2018 Costa Rican National Junior Selection (U18) Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) (Costa Rican National Junior Selection (U18) **National Champions**)
  • Notes: On November 11 2018 UNED won the Costa Rican National U18 championship defeating Atenas in 3 straight sets. Vaeda Burkhead is the starting setter.
  • 2017 Costa Rica Junior Selection (U18) Ciudad Colon (Mora) (National under 18)
  • Notes: starter. Even though it was not officially posted on the Costa Rican Volleyball Federation website, Mora finished 3rd place in the Nation.

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Bryan Monge (limited english)
  • Athletic Director
  • Glenda Pearson
  • Club Coach
  • Andres Lopez (Spanish only)

Additional Sports

  • Basketball
  • F
  • 4 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • (2018) 1st place division finish American Association of Schools in Central America Unified Basketball tournament. Team MVP: (2017)3 rd place division finish in American Association of Schools in Central America (AASCA) unified basketball tournament. Sel
  • Equestrian
  • F
  • 7 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • I competed in the under 18 and open categories of professional barrel racing in Costa Rica from 2015 to 2017. Unfortunately my volleyball schedule has kept me from riding or competing since 2017.



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High School Information

High School:
Briarwood Christian School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. 10th grade Honors English 11th grade Honors pre-calculus 12th Honors English dual enrollment
AP Classes:
Yes. 2019/20 AP Spanish AP English AP Psychology 2020/2021 AP Biology AP Statistics
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • 2018 National Honor Society
  • Award
    • (10th grade)2019 outstanding achievement intergrated math 3
  • Award
    • (10th grade)2019 outstanding achievement Spanish 4/5
  • Award
    • (10th grade)2019 outstanding achievement choir
  • Activity
    • -High School Choir
  • Activity
    • -volunteer wildlife refuge
  • Activity
    • -volunteer stray dog refuge
  • Activity
    • -volunteer 10th grade college board re-certification committee for high school -co founder of high school organization Bee-caso to raise awareness about the need for pollinator insects (Bees)
  • Activity
    • -Volunteers every available saturday at Alba Vet clinic

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