Growing up in Florida with two competitive, athletic parents, I was introduced to sports at a very young age. I soon fell in love with the energy, excitement, and especially camaraderie. Having played multiple sports (basketball, flag football, softball, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, and of course volleyball) I was able to interact with a number of different teammates. I learned to become both a vocal leader and leader by example with hard work, determination, and a positive attitude. These attributes are of utmost importance in the game of volleyball where momentum swings can be huge, and keeping a team together through tough times is essential when battling back from a deficit.
I started and was captain of my high school team as a 14-year-old freshman and we finished 14-14. My goal is to eventually take this team to the state championship. I have been taught by my parents that if I set lofty team goals, my individual goals will take care of themselves.
I’ve been lucky enough to play on some amazing teams. My club team, Gainesville Juniors, has won 3 consecutive AAU National Championships. We had some thrilling, tight games, but we had to persevere and fight through adversity. It really has helped shape my strong character.
As competitive as I am with sports, academics are just as important to me. I have gotten straight A’s since grade school. I also scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT for students in the ninth grade. I look forward to attending a school with both high athletic and academic standards. I also am involved with nonprofit organizations. Sharing my time with children who are disabled and those less fortunate has taught me to never take anything for granted. I am also passionate about arts and music, and I have had multiple opportunities to be able to sing an play piano in front of large crowds.
I value my faith, family, and friends and know I couldn't do it without them. The game of volleyball brings so much joy and energy in my life, and I hope it brings as much joy to others when they are watching me play.