Since birth I went to church every Sunday I was surrounded by people who had a strong love and a fire for Jesus and his message. So growing up I always had this love for everyone and everything. I was a little ball of joy is what everyone tells me. I was very hyper active at a pretty young age. Everybody told me that I was faster than kids my age. I was stronger than kids my age. So I decided to wrestle. My cousins and two of my brothers wrestled so I started wrestling in second grade. Since then wrestling has become a part of me. It’s my passion I love to wrestle. Part of my reason in being interested in a faith-based college is because I want to wrestle for God and God alone. I want to know how to connect my wrestling, a gift that God has given me, and apply it to my spiritual life. Ever since I accepted Jesus Christ into my life and brought my faith to my wrestling I have seen amazing improvements not only in my wrestling but also in my attitude towards life. The summer of 2017 I attended and completed the J. Robinson 28 Day Intensive Training camp in River Falls, Wisconsin. I finished my 15 mile run in the top 10 wrestlers of the camp. This off season I participated on a travel team, Keystone Elite Training Center, where we traveled and competed on the National level. This summer I competed at the NHSCA individual and team dual, AAU Disney Dual, AAU Junior Olympics, where I attained All American status and the Columbus Day Tyrant Dual. On the local level my high school held off season workouts where I attended about 90% of them. My weekly schedule was Mon-Thur 2 hr high school workout followed by either a 1 hr workout with my personal trainer or another 2 hr wrestling practice with Keystone Elite TC. Friday was another session with my trainer and Sunday another practice with Keystone. My only day off was Saturday which I used to either mow the lawn or attend church activities.
As part of my personal statement I want to tell you about myself. Since 8th grade I have been a part of a youth group called CCYM (Christian Council of Youth Ministries).This youth group is made up of kids from all over Eastern Pennsylvania and we represent the youth on a conference level. I’ve taken part in plenty of votes on the future of the United Methodist church and how to move forward with modern problems. I am now the president of that youth group and I sit at the head table next to the bishop of our conference, either giving presentations about the awesome things youths are doing or praying over ballots. I just won a very prestigious award in our conference called the Denmen award for evangelism. Peace and Blessings – Jose Tirado