My Story Hearing my future coach blowing his whistle and yelling for us to bring it in for our first varsity practice, I could feel my heart begin to race. Going to a school and joining the varsity team as a freshman with 7 D1 athletes on it and one of the best coaches in the country, one could say I was a tad bit nervous. Looking around in the huddle of teammates and coaches, I knew I had picked the right high school because the group of people surrounding me was going to make me a better basketball player. Having both perspectives of my coach giving me critical feedback of my play and my teammates encouraging me to never give up and keep working hard, I learned that it would be challenging, but if I kept my heart to it, I could reach some
Throughout my experience in Ridgewood High School, I got a chance to show my leadership skills. Showing it by helping others and be responsible. To be in a leadership position encouraged me to show who I am as a student, and help me to build myself by learning from others. To improve my communication and leadership skills, I join Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Choices and International Club. The clubs provide many opportunities including meeting new students, learn from others, and exploring things.
I love basketball because I am terrible at it. Despite my 6’ 0” stature, it seems that my brother stole any natural ability I might have had. Every morsel of skill I have has been worked and paid for with each drop of sweat spilt during the fourth rebound drill, each painful bruise I collect after being caught with a flying elbow, and each ragged breath I take trying to outsprint my teammate. Basketball, for me, is a challenge. Ever since I was a child I have loved a good challenge; I craved everything from riddles to difficult math problems.
During my time at Sacopee Valley Middle School I believe I had a positive impact on the school. I can also say that I have had a positive impact on the middle school during my four years attending Sacopee Valley High School. One of my strong beliefs involves giving back to those who give to you, whether it be little or small. While I was a student at Sacopee Valley Middle School, I was a member of the Civil Rights Club for two years. I don’t believe that the Civil Rights Club is still an active part of the school, but while in the club I promoted many good ideas.
I wore my favorite Rajon Rondo shirt, my velcro shoes, and an unwavering smile. That was the night I realized basketball was my passion. But, many season have come and gone and my years of playing draw fewer and fewer. Looking back, I think of all the things I could’ve done differently to just earn a few more years to play. If I just practiced harder that day or played better that tryout or that game.
The reality of it hit me when I didn’t have to get up at five in the morning,which is what my daily routine called for. In that moment thousands of depressing thoughts rushed through my head. I knew I would miss getting off the bus, seeing my friends circled around each other, and then scurrying to greet me. I would miss the freedom of walking down the halls with my phone in my hand and drama on my mind. I wouldn’t get to complain about how much I didn’t like my classes, when deep down I loved the majority of them.
One being, learning how to manage my time. There were weeks where we would have school all day, then practice till five, then a basketball game at six. It was extremely hard to study, cheer, work, and somehow have a social life. These situations helped me plan ahead to when I was going to finish homework or study for my upcoming tests. I will use this useful skill in college next year where i'll find myself always looking for time that I don't have.
“The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students,” as reported by nhs.us. I am truly honored to be part of this organization, as are some of my classmates. Although there are many requirements when determining who is chosen for NHS and who isn’t, the main requirements are academics, character, leadership, and service. I personally believe I fulfill all of those requirements. One of my top priorities throughout high school is to earn good grades, which can be difficult when I’m involved in many things.
So I felt like I had no free time because once I was done with one assignment I had to start another one. I felt like I already knew what my antecedents were. I felt like they were going to my sister in laws every weekend which all we did was eat and watch movies or shows. Also whenever I went home after school I couldn’t focus on doing my work I would eat then sit in the couch and watch television why trying to do my homework.
On the school-level, I commend myself as a good leader being a class officer of the Student Council in my Freshman and Sophomore years of High School. As a Student Council member, I need to promote activities, such as Spring Fest and SpeakOut, as well as make sure the students’ voices are conveyed to the Administration. I have helped organize events such as SpeakOut last year and the upcoming IdeaCon this year. Moreover, I am in charge of my grade’s finances, including fundraising to donate to a charity and fees for Prom. A few fundraising events in which our council has carried out include a Tie-Dye booth, countless bake sales, raffles, and the Color Fest.