My name is Chloe Caroline Hammond and I am a senior at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky, Montana. Below is a brief story through my senior season, going through the obstacles of Covid and more. I think it says something about me as a player and as an athlete.
Like many other schools in the country, we were shut down due to a positive case of Covid-19 on the team. I am lucky enough to say that it was just the right timing so we were still able to compete in the postseason. Until then, we had daily zoom workouts and online school was commenced full-time. When we got back on the court it felt like we had just been shot out of a cannon. It took little time for us to get back into our regular routines because we had all been practicing avidly at home. The day we were out of quarantine, we played the defending state champions who happen to be our rivals. The running emotions from quarantine and the factor of not having a single practice made for a rough performance. Although we lost this game, it was an advantage because it was the final game of the season and we now could better prepare for the postseason. This happened to be the one game giving us an 11-1 record. I tell you this because this was one factor that made me realize my love for the game and how I am not ready to let it go. I remember thinking about if I would ever play again and how scary that was. We did get to compete again but that was a feeling of dread I'll never forget.
Throughout the post-season, we made our way up to the championship of the divisional bracket. We had the mentality that since we have been working since June, we should win this and that we deserve it. When we lost this match and then the challenge match to end our season, it became apparent that luck plays no role. Other schools in our area did not get shut down because of Covid, even when they are larger or have different regulations, so why was it us? Whether we worked harder or not, luck has no role. One thing this season has taught me is that life is going to throw crazy things at you. You have to remain reliable and persistent. These are qualities that I strive to be.
Outside of school and athletics, I love the outdoors, backpacking, and hiking. These activities have kept me happy and with a positive mentality through Covid, school, and life in general. I think they are healthy, life-long activities that serve a benefiting role in my life. With this in mind, and due to what these factors have taught me, I think I am a persistent, reliable, and coachable player.
I would like to indicate that my ACT and SAT scores are not listed because of Covid. I doubt that scores will be put in but I will be updating my profile accordingly.