Discus Award Winner
10th Grade, IL
This past year I have maintained a 3.714 GPA in honor classes while being involved in band, volleyball, and track. In class, I participated in discussions, submitted homework assignments on time, as well as completed extra credit work. My busy schedule involved juggling class, band, track, and volleyball. Many days I came home after 8pm desperately wanting to sleep. However, knowing that I had an important assignment due the next day, i stayed up well after midnight to finish. Whenever I had free time between activities, I studied and did homework. When I finally went home after multiple practices, I worked hard to finish my homework to allow me enough sleeping time to get up the next day and do it all again. I was probably the sleepiest freshman in the whole school. But I did it!
After doing band for 3 years before high school, I thought I knew it all. However, walking into my first band class of the year, I knew I was wrong. I learned more about music than I ever did. And it wasn't hard for me to officially become a part of the band. I constantly attended band practices after school and multiple performances. The winter was my major band "season". Because of this, I was performing at every winter concert, basketball game, and assembles. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to juggle during the spring season. One day, I remember asking my track coach if I had time to go to the short band performance before our meet started. I had to make sure I was there for my band. I made sure I was at every practice even if it meant missing some of practice. i was that into it.
My athletics were very important to me, from the beginning of school to the end. This year was my second year playing volleyball and I made the sophomore team as a freshman. During the season, I made it to every practice and game. By the end of the season I was a starter in every game and a role model for my teammates. When January hit, I was immediately in track mode, going to the weight room every afternoon to get back in shape. During the season, I came to every practice, mentored other freshmen, and ran in all varsity races. I also became the anchor in the 4 by 2 relay, a position rarely given to a freshman. By the end of the season, I had 2 medals and 1 ribbon for my efforts. Of course my athletics didn't come first, but I excelled in them to make it seem as they did.