I have fun when I play, but I am very competitive, focused and intense at the same time. I do my best to lead by example. I help others when I can, and always try to treat others the way I want to be treated. I respect myself, my teachers, coaches, teammates, umpires and opponents.
I give my best effort on every play and at bat. I try to be the first one out of the dugout to congratulate and support my teammates when they’ve made a great play or if they need a pat on the back.
After spending the fall 2019 season rehabbing from a broken hand and torn ligament I experienced in the summer, I worked hard in the off-season to be ready for school ball and the summer travel season. It has been frustrating at times, and a challenge, but I have worked through it and am ready for the next chapter in my softball journey.
I am pursuing a distinguished honors diploma at Harrison High School. Classes and homework are my top priority. I am learning time management by balancing my classes with softball practice, lessons, personal training, and social events.
This is a year-round effort as I completed one of my high school classes online during the summer of 2018 and took a summer class in 2019 — while playing in tournaments around the country. I am getting ready to take AP classes as soon as I can.
I am a member of National Junior Honor Society and hope to be selected to National Honor Society in my junior year.
I love to travel. Playing softball gave me the opportunity to visit 19 states and one foreign country in 2018 & 2019! Beyond softball, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit 14 different countries around the world.
Spring Break 2019 was a trip to Brussels and Paris with my mom. Paris was a dream trip for me since I was a kid. We flew into Brussels and took the train to Paris. We went to the Eiffel Tower at night, the Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Cathedral of Notre Dame, shopping on the Champs Elysees, and of course, Disneyland Paris! I got to use some of the French I have learned in my French classes this year, though it was tough because they spoke so quickly.
I have a long list of other places I’d like to see around the world and plan to keep checking them off of my list.
When we have a little downtime, my mom and I try to squeeze in a quick trip to Disney World or NYC. My mom grew up in NY and I enjoy going back to visit all her favorite spots as well as finding new ones. Those trips got me hooked on Broadway shows. I’ve seen at least 15 different shows so far, including performances in New York, Indianapolis and Chicago. My favorite is Dear Evan Hansen
. The story revolves around teenagers and technology – something I can relate to!
When I was 3, my mom and dad took me on my first trip to Disney. I’ve been in love with the magic ever since. In 2018 I was able to visit Disneyland for the first time during our trip to PGF Nationals in California. In September, 2018, we went to Disney World to celebrate my grandma’s 75th birthday. In March, 2019, we went to Disneyland Paris!
Along with traveling I love to read. I go through numerous books a year while on the road. Mysteries are my favorite genre and I enjoy sharing recommendations with my grandma.
I enjoy attending all types of events at my school. Supporting my friends while doing their things always makes me happy.
When I first started rec ball, I didn’t know anything about hitting. I asked my dad to find me a hitting instructor because I wanted to get better. He did and he also built me a tee cage in our basement so I could work on my swing whenever I had free time.
My dad has now also built a private hitting facility with two full cages, new turf and a Hack Attack pitching machine. I hit and do defensive drills almost every night. I love going to my cage with friends. The competition drives me even more to challenge and push myself in the workouts.
In February of my 8th grade year (2018), I was selected to play on a team of mostly
high school juniors and seniors at the International Women’s Invitational in Puli, Taiwan. It was an amazing experience that I wrote about for Extra Inning Softball. While we were there, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck 40 miles from Puli. There were dozens of 5.5+ magnitude aftershocks during the following 9 days. We were all scared, but that brought us together as a team very quickly.
In January of 2020 I was asked to go back to Taiwan to play in the tournament again. This time we won the tournament. We also got to play the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) national team in an exhibition game, which we lost. One of the great things about the trip was that we got to meet the players from other cultures and exchange small gifts before each game.
I also enjoy basketball and volleyball and played both for my middle school teams. It was fun because I learned another sport, bonded with different teammates, and worked different muscle groups.