If you were to ask my friends and family who know me best, they would say that I am a standup guy who isn't afraid of a challenge. They would likely describe me as responsible yet willing to take risks. I want to achieve my greatest potential while living my life to its fullest. One of my greatest goals in life is to find success in all things I put my time and effort toward. Over the years, I have learned that work ethic is everything, Most students can pass all of classes by putting in just enough effort but it takes a strong work ethic to achieve the highest possible grade. Along with being a straight A student, I am also an athlete. I fiercely compete in the great sport of wrestling. I have seen some great success the past three years I have been in high school winning big matches and tournaments. I am a three time Oregon state placer getting 3rd, 5th ,and 6th at the state tournament over the years. As a senior, I aspire to reach the highest spot on the podium. I am always seeking additional opportunities to get an advantage over my opponent. I do this by putting in extra work to lift weights before school starts and every day during spring break and summer. I accept the opportunities to wrestle extra with my coaches or other schools athletes who are looking for another partner to workout with. I welcome change and challenges from myself and others. Although I have seen success in wrestling I have also seen defeat and failure. I once read you don’t learn from your wins you win from your losses, I have held that with me for years always reminding myself of it when I can. The greatest quality wrestling has taught me is that you put in what you get out, and I believe that is true in every aspect of our lives. While I am involved in school and sports I am also a leader in my community. As the captain of my wrestling team, I am looking for ways that my team can be as influential off the mat as much as we are one the mat. I have to lead the team and bring them together and that all starts with me finding ways to help us bond as brothers (and sisters). Being the captain means helping someone who is struggling or giving support to the others on the team. But being a leader doesn't stop when I walk out of the mat room. In fact it extends all the way to my peers and family by showing a good example and being someone to lean on for others. I believe communication is key to a healthy environment where everyone feels valued and trusts in the team and the process. I am looking forward to the leadership challenge of being the team captain and the personal challenge to be a state champion.