This all changed as soon as I began high school tennis though. When the fall of 2014 came around and I was insanely nervous about my first year of high school, who wouldn’t be though? Tennis helped me transition from having only two grades in one school to having four. The team dynamic helped me become accustomed to being the new freshman on the block. Tennis also helped me form new friendships, and learn to break out of my shyness when it came to new people.
For the entirety of my life, I have been adept at making friends with people from all walks of life. Each of my friendships is unique, special, and treasured. While some friendships end I will carry others with me for the rest of my life. In the upper right corner is a picture of me and my best friend Alyssa. Alyssa and I have been friends since we were one month old.
Playing with her for 3 years was one of the best experiences for me because I was challenged by her hard work ethic every day in practice and got to guard her every single day. Being on the court with her for every practice made a huge impact on my game because she was such a phenomenal player to play against/with. I do not have a specific story with her, but just creating a relationship with her inside and outside of basketball helped me get to know an amazing person on a greater level.
I surprised myself by getting to golf varsity as the fourth golfer out of six. I accomplished this by putting in many long hours to become the best golfer I could be. I even placed first out of all the other girls at a meet. I will never forget that magical moment. The sound of my teammates and coach cheering as they heard my name being called out.
Cheerleading allows me to participate in activities that contribute to worthwhile programs within my community as well. The team participates in the Smiles program that allows downs syndrome kids to cheer with my school team on game nights. I was also able to organize a group to participate in the Susan G Komen Walk for the Cure which carried significant importance to me since my grandmother passed away from breast cancer. These have been outstanding experiences that I might not have been involved with if I was not participating in cheer. When I started cheerleading, I thought it was all about winning the trophy
In my final soccer season in a Edgewood jersey, I was able to achieve many personal goals and team goals. One of my personal goals was to finish first in the league in stats and I was able to do it with sixteen goals and thirteen assists. As a team, we were able to do something that had never been done in school history and that was winning our first tournament game. We went on to the second round to play a very good team, and we actually ended up scoring the first goal and holding them from scoring until the second half. Unfortunately, we lost but it was a great experience.
Some people assume that I have been dancing here my whole life because of my connection to the girls and my improvement over the years, but truthfully I started dancing at Spotlight when I was in fifth grade. A good friend of mine from school, Alexa, had always talked to me about how much she loved this studio and how great the people were there. I had danced when I was younger but left the sport to plays soccer for several years. Dance was always within me, and it finally came to the point that I knew I wanted to continue to do what I previously had loved. I decided to go to the fall open house and check out the dance studio.
The past four years of my life hold both my highest of highs and my lowest of lows. High school can be a very awkward time period in a person’s life. Four years ago, I made the intimidating switch from St. Mary’s School to Algoma High School. There were certain aspects of high school which made me nervous, but academics was not one of them. I learned how to be a responsible student in my earlier years, and school had always come relatively easy to me.
Unfortunately, failure came before success. This experience has aided me in all other aspects of my life, because it serves as an encouragement whenever something does not go as planned. Having been apart of different cheer teams for about 5 year. Some of my accomplishments would include first place at nationals, first place winner at state, and first overall best at UCA camp. I was even able to make the SACS Varsity cheer team, which is an unforgettable experience knowing that they are one of the best in town.
Homecoming I almost completed my 12th. Yeah almost because I wasn’t confident enough that I would pass my math exam, which I fortunately did pass. So a day before returning home I had this house party at my friends place, which was exclusively thrown for me as a farewell. Though there were only 5 of us – my two best buddies and three of their cousins. But yeah that party was awesome we had a lot of booze as well as had the best quality of weed.
TNSCTP Scholarship Letter Athlete: Madelynn Weas Madelynn has been voted President of Str8 Shooters Clay Team by her teammates for the last 2 years. She fills the role perfectly with her drive for knowledge, she has been in a leadership roll for years as a 4H Honors/Allstar member. I think that this has helped her perfect her pursuit through coaching or mentoring shotgun sports with SCTP. I can always rely on her to work with me on our new and upcoming youth, her form and stance will always be textbook, this seems to help the youth understand what goal we are working towards. She could and will pursue the roll of coaching to the next level in the future.
Theresa is the fourth oldest of her siblings and the third of the girls. Theresa attended Kinsman elementary when she was a younger child. By the age of nine Theresa transferred to Wilson while living on Miles St. East 136th. She explained growing up with nine siblings joyed her heart because she learned plenty even though being the fourth child. Theresa’s big brother John played basketball every day with each other.
Katelyn Hobbs, Cassidy Young, and Alyana Campbell were her best friends. Every weekend they would stay at each others houses. Katelyn’s mother and Alyana’s father were single. Eventually, with being around each other so much, us girls got the two to go on a date together. Soon, Katelyn and Alyana moved in together, which made it easier for all of us to spend time together.
I vividly recall my mother’s astonishment that I, as a 10 year-old, would be glued to the television set. The Casey Anthony case was aired for years, I was fascinated by how the law worked and the new facts that were discovered that threw the case to one side or another; I felt connected to this case because it was in my home state. My mom never grows tired of telling this story, and with every year passing I know she becomes more and more proud of the little girl who admired the men in blue suits on the screen and decided then she wanted to be a lawyer. I remember watching my mom gaze at me with an amazed look in her eye that I have now grown so fond of. At ten years old, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I proudly responded, “I want to be a lawyer.” To this day I have worked hard to familiarize myself with the law and since then my interest in helping people grew and grew.
I take a second to pull myself together. I am so happy for her. I go up to her and do the unthinkable for two tennis players in high school; I gave her a hug and told her to rock it in her next match. I looked over to the bleachers and nothing can describe the shock of my team mates, their parents and the coaches. I look at my parents and all they can do is smile.