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Aislynn Anderson [DOB 10.9.99], born in Battleground, WA, will be a Junior at Timberlake High school and will also attend North Idaho College in the Early Completers Program.
I am blessed to have loving and supportive parents, three brothers, two sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. Our family bond brings strength, love and happiness to each and every one of us. I currently reside in Athol Idaho and attend Timberlake High School in Spirit Lake Idaho.
This year I will be a junior in high school with the option of graduating in 2017. I believe I will consider dual enrollment, graduating with my class in 2018, and attending North Idaho College during my senior year taking classes that pertain to my career choices.
I have dreams of becoming a neonatal nurse or possibly a teacher for elementary students. Either career will bring with it the opportunity to care for and help children, which is something I have always enjoyed doing. These options are still in the decision making process.
I became interested in track and field at the beginning of 6th grade. In 7th grade, I changed schools. My track coach saw something in me that I never saw in myself, coaching and guiding me through years of success and record breaking in middle school. Coach Ben Castro, not only my beloved coach but adopted grandpa, passed away last year, leaving an emptiness that I have struggled with since. I had no direction in what was to come with my track career at that point. This became my challenge to overcome and move ahead.
It was at this time that a very special coach and man, Coach Cecil Jackson, came into my life filled with expectations and direction on how I could become the best I could be. His first encouraging words to me were, “In order to achieve greatness your comfort level has to be disturbed.” His knowledge and strength in this sport has pushed me forward with a chance to run in the Junior Olympic Nationals this year. The opportunity and honor to be a Junior Olympic athlete in this event would be life-changing opening up possible opportunities for a track and field scholarship in the future.
My love for this sport has shaped me into the woman I am today. It has given me mental toughness to push past the impossible to achieve personal records, as well as, substantial goals helping to make me the best I can be. I give credit to my parents, my family and friends and especially to my coaches believing in me and pushing me to achieve what they saw possible when I did not. For this I am more than thankful.