North Central High School, Spokane, WA
Class of 2020
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Despite the fact that through three cross country seasons is where I have made some of my closest high school connections, my true passion confines itself within a smaller space. Spring of my eighth grade year was the first that I’d ever touched a track, let alone even thought about one. Prior to the becoming the athlete I am today, for eleven years I spent numerous hours each week doing ballet. Perhaps the agility and technique ballet requires still exhibits itself today in my performance in this sport. The main events I do are both the short and the long hurdles; however, I also participate in relays. My love for hurdling is evident in all the time, persistence, and passion I pour into track. Despite its characteristic of being more individually competitive, track has taught me the value of collective teamwork and all it can do.
My success in track really began when I broke the NC freshman record in the 300m hurdles; it continued through sophomore year where I missed state by only a hundredth of a second in the high hurdles, making second team all GSL. That loss taught me so much about being tough and working doubly as hard in order to reach one’s goals, exemplified by my 2019 season where I returned to go undefeated in the GSL save for one race, in both the short and long hurdles. I made first team all GSL and finally qualified for state, ending up seventh place.
Aside from athletics, working a part-time job has taught me discipline and other important life skills. My leadership skills are put to work through my involvement as president of NC’s senior class. I currently maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.99 as an AP and honors student. Hands down, my absolute favorite subject is biology; in the future, I hope to take my knowledge of genomics and other biological sciences and study within a neuroscience related field. Ask any of my classmates, and they would say of the big things that define me, science and track are definitely up there at the top. Balancing school, work, and track, as well as doing my best to spend time with family too, can sometimes prove difficult, but resilience gets me through!