I was first introduced to volleyball in middle school. My gym teacher made the sport super fun and taught us the basics. I told myself when I became a freshman in high school, I would tryout for the team. To prepare, I watched college and Olympic teams play. It only made me want to work harder so I can be a great asset to the team. In my freshman year of high school, I impressed the coaches with my next level serving, blocking and hitting skills. As a result, I was recognized for being the most improved athlete on the team. My sophomore year came and I worked even harder to improve the skills I already learned. I helped lead the team to the regional championships. Once again, my coaches acknowledged the effort I put forth and announced me as the most valuable player. While playing volleyball, I've maintained a 3.8 GPA and is ranked number 8 in my class. Being a student athlete is very important to me. It proves to me and others that anyone can continue to be successful with their academics while participating in a sport that they enjoy.