Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, OH
Throughout high school I have always kept academics my first priority. I've had several school quarters where I maintained a 4.0 GPA and overall I have a 3.94. I'm top 6% in a class of 300 students and have taken advanced placement U.S. history. Next year I'll be taking AP French, English, and government. I've taken the ACT twice up to this point. On my first attempt I received a 28 composite score and a sub score of 24 in math, even though I forgot my calculator. The second time around I was prepared and I reached my goal with a composite score of 31. Also, I recently received my school's French Excellence award for my devotion to the study of the language, was inducted into the National Honor Society, and voted student council class Rep.
Though school work has always been important to me, sports are my true passion. I started playing football in the third grade and have continued through my junior year. I lettered as a sophomore and this last season I started ten games, I had 56 tackles at linebacker (third leading tackler on the team). I was recently contacted by football coaches from both the University of Rochester and Occidental College who are interested in my playing for them at the next level. In the football off season I rarely miss a team workout and was awarded our weight room’s "Mr. Dependability" award for my dedication. I also wrestle for my high school in the 171 pound class and until recently I played AAU basketball. I am a 5-time PTC scholar athlete.
A few months ago, like so many during these times, my dad was out of a job. He was constantly searching and applying, but to no avail. My mom was able to help by picking up some part time work, and we received unemployment checks. Even still, our financial situation grew steadily worse. Knowing what I had to do, I set out to find a job. Fortunately, I was hired by a local Burger King just a few minutes from my house. I started working around 15 hours every week, the number soon grew to 18. It was hard to balance school, football, and work, but it was more than worth it to be able to aid my family, even just slightly. Luckily, my dad is now employed and we have breathing room again. But I still work at Burger King and will until I graduate.