My name is Emily Graham and I have been playing volleyball since I was in 4th grade, it wasn't until I was in 7th grade that I started playing club. I had done high-level gymnastics and softball in the past so I was very competitive, but none stuck with me like volleyball did. My first year of club was a great experience; I learned so much of what it takes to be a team player and what confidence means. My 8th grade year was my first year of playing all the way around as an OH and that is when I grew as a versatile player. Going into high school, I was nervous to play with girls older than me, but the volleyball program was so welcoming. I ended up making Varsity! My coaches were hard on me because they saw the potential I had and it improved my coachibility skills and self-motivation. I even got to play in our playoff games and many other tournaments. The next club season I had to play a position I hadn't played before and that was OPP all around. It was a challenge that I took and made it successful, playing for the team. My second Varsity high school season I was a starter at OH. At first I was nervous but then I learned that your team is there to support you, so play with confidence. From that point on it was all effort. At the end I even was awarded the leadership award! Another great experience I had was making the Lakeshore Region High Performance Team and traveling to Tulsa, OK to compete in the HP Championships. It gave me a great insight in very high level volleyball and getting to play each game was a lot of fun. I recently finished my Junior High School season at District Finals. I hit .254 this season as a six rotation player, playing OH and left back. I was very honored to have been nominated to receive the All League Award during the regular season, and am excited to start my club season at Michigan Elite on the 17 Elite West Team!
My grades are a huge part of my life as I maintain a steady 3.9 gpa and participate in student council at my school. I take all honors and AP classes and learned to balance volleyball with academics. I would love to play at a program that supports academics as well as athletics! After college I hope to go on and study oral health and become a pediatric dentist!
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-Emily Graham (email@example.com)