My name is Annmarie Lawrence. I started playing volleyball in the third grade. At the first volleyball camp that I went to in third grade, I immediately fell in love with the game. I loved the excitement of having a really long rally and really fighting to keep the ball alive. Since then, I have been playing Club and school volleyball. Some thing that you should know about me is that I live on the South Side of Chicago. Right now, I am a sophmore at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. So far this year, one of my biggest and proudest accomplishments is that I have been starting on the varsity team since freshman year as well as on the 18s Team with my club program. A few weeks ago, I got the news that I was selected on the first team for the red conference ( 1 conference below gold). I was very proud of this award because even though I was the youngest person to have my name submitted. This proves that no matter what age or grade I am in, I can still work as hard and even harder than the upperclassmen. I am a good candidate for your team because I am a hard worker and I show a lot of dedication to a team that I am on. What makes me different from other recruits is that I bring a lot of energy and excitement to the team. I love to really encourage my teammates to keep working hard and trying their best. I also believe that you always need to go into something with the right mindset. If you have a negative viewpoint on something from the start you will really have a hard time overcoming your challenges. I stand out academicallybecause all through grammar and high school, I have kept my GPA at or above a 3.0 . Academically, I have been able to balance my school work and volleyball. I always put my academics first and I still work hard to improve my game each and everyday. Lastly, I stand out athletically because I feel like I am a really good and experienced player. I have a really strong and powerful hit/downswing. I have been to various camps and training sessions across the US and I know that they have all really helped me develop my skills. During the spring and summer, I attend training sessions at Velocity for speed, agility, and vertical jump. My dream has always been to play volleyball and at the college level . I am able to work hard and do whatever it takes to get to this level. In college, I want to major in Physical Therapy. As a minor, I am interested in Journalism.