My name is Lindsey Pratt, and I am from a small town in Colorado. I have been playing volleyball since I was seven years old and I fell in love with it the moment I picked up the ball. Growing up, I was surrounded by friends and family that lived by volleyball. Because of that, I was able to follow my passion all over the country. I got the opportunity to play in a beach doubles tournament in California, go to a High Performance Camp in Chicago, and travel all over Colorado playing the sport. Volleyball has been a huge part of my life for quite some time; over the years I have learned a lot about myself and my qualities. My sophomore year in high school was a record setting season. I was able to help lead and run a 5:1 as the setter for the team that advanced to the Colorado State tournament for the first time in school history. However, my junior season was when I discovered the true depths of who I am. After losing our powerhouse players, we were stuck with an unexperienced, and to say the least, dramatic team. Here I learned that leadership and encouragement can propel a team further than talent can.
As a junior in high school, I value my academics. I really enjoy high school and the classes I get to take. I have had a 4.0 GPA throughout my entire high school career, and I constantly strive for good grades and to go above and beyond in everything I do. I have won our town's "Optimist Award" twice. This award is for students that show exceptional optimism during school. My favorite classes include Spanish and World Studies. I am in my third year of Spanish, and I tutor younger kids during my free period. Although I know what I am passionate about, I am still undecided as to what I would like to pursue in college. I would love to explore my options a little more and pick a major that I will be genuinely happy with.
Growing up in Colorado, I have had amazing opportunities to do things that are unique to Colorado. I grew up whitewater rafting, skiing, paddle boarding, and hiking. I now work at a whitewater rafting company during my summers and I continue to do these activities daily. Each year, my town has a community dinner in memorial of a family that was killed in a rockslide. I volunteer to help line the streets with hundreds of tables and serve dinner to the thousands of people in attendance. I also volunteer at little kid volleyball camps and teach them the basics of volleyball. At school, I volunteer to mentor incoming freshmen in a leadership position. I was asked to volunteer to create a healthy vision and be a role model for the new high schoolers.