Hasta La Vista High School!

hasta la vista high school

This is my last week of high school. AHHHHHH! I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. One day I’m sad the next I’m super excited and the next it’s honestly who-knows-what. The end has come real quick and my last day is this Wednesday.

My school has this ceremony known as Eagle Flight and that’s the school’s chance to say goodbye to the graduating class. As one of my school’s co-presidents for student council, I get to hand off one of the executive board items to one of the new co-presidents and I just hope I don’t cry in front of the entire school. Knowing myself, I probably will though, haha.

I’ve finished most of my finals already and somehow managed to get a 100% on my AP statistics final. Literally did NOT see that coming. I have two more AP tests to take, with AP Bio tomorrow and AP Stats on Thursday. I just hope that I pass because it kind of sucks paying about $100 to get no college credit. We’ll see how those go.

Graduation is next Saturday and I have family coming in from New Mexico. I’m so excited for them to come mostly because it’s been about 4 years since they came up to our house. I just know we’re going to eat so much food. It’s gonna be great. In addition to that, I get to go to Hawaii with my aunt and uncle five days after graduation so I’m a very happy person right now.

There’s going to be so many grad parties to go to and so much to do this last week. High school came to a very rapid end and it’s bittersweet. I’ve built so many close relationships with classmates, teachers, coaches, and administration and I’m going to truly miss high school.

To those of you with graduation already passed, congrats! You’ve made it! And to those of you graduating this week or in the weeks to come, you’ve got a little longer but you’re basically at the finish line. Enjoy your last days of high school or college.

Have a beautiful week you beautiful people and congrats to the class of 2018!

The Ending of My High School Tennis Career

Regionals finished this past week and for the first time, I’m not going to state. Some of you might think, “Yeah, whoopee, big deal,” but to me this is a huge deal. Since before my freshman year, I told myself that my goal for high school tennis would be to qualify for state for all four years. Despite my injuries, I worked my tail off to get to where I wanted to be. After some reflection, here’s what I wrote as my last entry in my tennis journal for high school season. It’s honestly pretty sad, but it’s how I was feeling.

I honestly prefer not to comment on this match like I usually do. (Sidenote: I usually talk about what I did well, what I need to work on, and my opponent’s playing style.) After hoping I’d get a playback match, I sadly and unfortunately write that I will not be going to state this year. After all my hard work, I missed my dream and goal. Gone. Finished. After losing, I needed some time to think, and clearly even a day or two after, I am really still not emotionally ready. My dad tells me I was “this close” but for something like regionals, “this close” doesn’t cut it. What did I do wrong? Did I not work hard enough? What could I have done to actually make myself proud? I really didn’t want my season to end this way, nor did I expect it, but it is what it is now. I really saw myself going to state one last time. I really pictured the next patch on my letterman jacket. I really saw myself walking into Gates Tennis Center ready for another fun time with my teammates. I know I can’t take it all out on myself and I truly do recognize that she played phenomenally. I guess she wanted it a little more than I did. I guess she’s just a little more in shape than me. I guess that’s just how it was meant to play out. My high school season is over, and yes, it SUCKED, it watch the rest of my team play at the second day of regionals. I felt that I belonged out there with them. I wanted to go to state with our 2, 3, and 4 doubles as well as my sister. Everything happens for a reason and I hope that I’ll eventually see the good in me losing this match. Thank you to everyone who made my high school tennis career what it was. I’m sorry it ended this way but thank you for making it what it was, regardless. Thank you for making me the player I am today and thanks for believing in me, even when I didn’t. Goodbye high school tennis. It’s been a wonderful experience.

After reading over my own writing, and taking some time to think about it, this experience was very humbling. Regardless of what my results are, I’m SO incredibly proud of the girls on my team that did qualify for state. I know they’re gonna crush it this next week. I’ve also learned that there’s just some things and dreams you can’t completely control and you shouldn’t destroy yourself over things like this. If things always worked out the way we want them to, we’d never become better people or learn from our mistakes. I’m going to miss high school tennis a lot, but I look forward to all of the other opportunities tennis has in store for me. It’s a lifelong sport and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Broomfield Holy Family Girls Tennis
Picture credits to Cliff Grassmick at the Daily Camera

 

Saved the Best Dance For Last: Prom 2018

So, I’m exhausted, but was it worth it? Absolutely!! Last night, was my senior prom and I’m so glad that I went with the people I did because they made last night really fun. Here’s how it all went down.

I was in a group of ten which included myself, my sister, and a couple of both of our friends. Although it had been snowing all night and part way through the Saturday morning, that didn’t stop us all from taking pictures outside and refusing to wear jackets the entire night. (Sorry Mom!) After pictures, we had dinner at Old Chicago and we were all successful in not getting pizza sauce on our dresses!

Prom this year was at the Children’s Museum in downtown Denver. At first, I thought this was going to be ridiculous. Prom at the Children’s Museum? We’re all dressed up and you expect me to be running around in heels and a long, expensive dress?! These thoughts didn’t even cross my mind once while we were there. We had SO MUCH FUN. There was a water room and a bubble room and a supermarket and a little art studio. Not to mention there was a coffee bar with handmade, fresh donut holes that you could decorate with sprinkles and whatever else was available. The dance floor was pretty small but still, there was great music and fun dancing, so that worked out. Right outside the dance floor, there was also a beautiful view of Denver at night. Oh, and there was also a firetruck that you could play around in and turn on the siren and flash the lights. This was a great place to entertain my inner child.

Once prom was over and my feet were dead, we headed back to one of my friend’s house to get ready for JAM. For those of you who don’t know, JAM stands for Just After Midnight, and it’s my school’s after-prom party. And it’s absolutely, THE BEST after-prom party. There’s always a theme for JAM and it’s never revealed until you get to the doors of my high school, which adds to the surprise and fun. From midnight to 4 am, there’s food, bouncy castles and inflatables, caricature drawings, airbrush and Henna tattoos, card games like Blackjack and Craps, prizes ranging from stuffed animals to printers and mini-fridges, and so much more. At JAM, you play games and do activities to earn JAM bucks that you can spend at the store and get sweet prizes for. With all of the things I did, I bought this giant gray teddy bear which was totally worth it. My sister got the same teddy bear and so now we have matching giant teddy bears, and it’s great. It’s weird because I was still very awake at like 3 am, and I expected to feel wiped out and ready to fall asleep at any chance I had. That wasn’t the case this year!

After JAM, whoever was left awake in our group finished our night out with IHOP and then called it a night. Haha, unfortunately, Allyson and I both had to be at work this morning and worked until lunch and then went home and crashed. That was the first all-nighter I’ve ever pulled and I hope I never find myself awake for 32 hours again, haha. After a great winter’s nap, here I am writing this blog so happy that I don’t have school tomorrow. Yay for senior ditch days!

To those of you who had prom already, I hope it was a magical and fun time. To those of you who haven’t had prom yet, I hope it’s going to be a wonderful time. Have a beautiful week you beautiful people!

Me and my beautiful sister. XOXO

 

A Little Adventure in Downtown Denver

It’s honestly been a while since I visited Denver and I live like 45 minutes from it. So this weekend, my family and I took a little day trip to Denver and caught up on our history at the Colorado History Museum, saw the work of Edgar Degas at the Denver Art Museum, and then wrapped up our day with burgers and shakes at BurgerFi.

I’ve never been to the Colorado History Museum, but I’ve walked past it a bunch. It was awesome to finally see the building from the inside, haha. The Colorado History Museum covers everything from Colorado before it was a state to Colorado in the Civil War to Colorado now in all of its glory. The museum was extremely interactive and a lot of fun to mess around in. Allyson and I played in this little barn and went down a couple of slides. (Yes, I’m actually five). We got to “drive” a Model T around which was really cool too and watched a short documentary about Colorado during the Dust Bowl. The special exhibit they had this time around was about baseball and its beginnings. They had Babe Ruth’s bat and some of his merchandise as well as Jackie Robinson’s bat and some of his stuff. It was pretty cool to see. This museum is very hands-on and so much fun so if you’re ever in Denver and wanna learn about Colorado’s history, please come visit!

Now it was time for the Denver Art Museum. Personally, this was my favorite part. Currently on display, they have the work of Edgar Degas, a French painter, sculptor, and just brilliant artist in general. We a lot of his pieces including “The Star”, “After the Bath”, “Dancer With Bouquets” and much more. In addition to Degas’s work, we saw a lot of abstract and weird art as well as some really pretty and just amazing work. That’s the fun thing about art museums, all types of art and every medium is covered. I really enjoy being around art because it’s very peaceful and calming. It makes you think about all types of things and you come out inspired.

After all of this, my dad took us to this AMAZING burger place that’s maybe five minutes from the Denver Art Museum called BurgerFi. Honestly, just sitting here and writing about it makes me hungry. BurgerFi is an all-natural, grass-fed beef burger and hot dog restaurant that I also think has the best fries ever. Their food is just so good I can’t really explain it. What’s cool too is that they “brand” their burgers with the BurgerFi logo. I also got an Oreo milkshake and that was very yummy as well. The service was great and the food was even better and this was a great way to end a very fun day.

Downtown Denver

 

I’m Competing in Miss Colorado!

Miss ColoradoNot too long ago, I received mail from Future Productions and the Miss Universe Organization, which are the companies that put on the Miss Colorado, Miss USA, and Miss Universe pageants. They wanted me to send in my pictures and information to see if I could compete in the Miss Colorado pageant. I am very excited to announce that October 26 and 27th, I will be competing for the Miss Colorado crown in Greeley.

For those of you who didn’t know, I used to compete in pageants. When I was in 3rd and 4th grade (I think) I participated in the National American Miss pageants. My second year, I got the Spirit of America award, which had something to do with my performance in multiple divisions. That was cool. I never finished top 10 but I always finished very high in each of the categories which was exciting for me and my family.

For the Miss Colorado pageant, there will be a swimwear, formal, and interview round and we’ll just see how it goes! I’m definitely going to be on the younger end of this pageant since the ages range from 18 to 28. It’ll be fun to see the different levels of experience and the different girls and women that are there in general. I’m also very excited to see how my experience from modeling and acting will contribute to this experience. The Miss Universe Organization lives by their motto, “Confidently Beautiful” and personally, I’ve struggled to like my body and its image. I hope that through this experience, I build confidence and figure out how to love myself a little more.

I’ll keep you all updated on how this experience goes for me and I’m so honored to have been picked to fight for the Miss Colorado crown. I honestly never thought my pageant days would make a return, but haha, here we are. If you’d like to stay updated with the pageant and other pageants under the Miss Universe Organization, click here. Have a beautiful week you beautiful people!

Happy Easter 2018

This week, I’m not going to actually post an actual blog but I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Today He is risen and it’s just a great day. I hope you all enjoy time with your family, whether that’s at church or at a brunch or at an Easter egg hunt. For you kids out there, I hope that the Easter bunny brought you some goodies this morning. That was always a fun part of Easter morning for my sister. We always enjoyed hunting for eggs and then also hunting for the gifts the Easter bunny left hidden around the house. Have a beautiful week you beautiful people! 🙂

  • Romans 6:8-11 8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  • John 11:25 25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
  • Colossians 1:13-14 13. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14. in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Happy Easter

Oh the Places I Want to Go…

travel

While I’ve only traveled in the States, I’ve found that I love traveling. There are so many places I plan to visit and I also hope that I can study abroad in college. In my bullet journal, I’ve kept a list of places I’d like to travel to and here are some of them!

In the country I’d like to visit:
 – Jackson Hole, WY: My dad used to teach a platform tennis clinic up there every year and I’ve heard it’s beautiful.
– Disney World and Universal Studios: Yeah, I have yet to go to Disney World. Disneyland was a blast and I can only imagine how much fun Disney World is. I also would love to visit Hogwarts and all the other wonders of Universal Studios.
– Oregon: I have some family in Oregon and I’ve heard it’s also just a beautiful state. The weather there sounds wonderful too.
– Alaska: Alaska would be fun to travel to because it’s so different from the rest of the states, at least from what I’ve heard. I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights too. I know that Alaska is also known as the land of the midnight sun and I think it’ll just be a cool experience.

Internationally I’d like to travel to:
– London: I really want to see Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and drink tea. London also just has so much history and I want to see it all.
– France: Like London, France has so much history. I’d really love to visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa and other art.
– St. Petersburg and Moscow: My uncle and cousins live in Moscow and I have a bunch of cousins in St. Petersburg so it would be wonderful to see them in person. Russia also just has so much history and I know I’d enjoy seeing that country.
– Greece: One of my friends traveled to Greece for his senior trip and that instantly made me want to go. It looks gorgeous and the food sounds amazing. I’ve also always wanted to see what the ancient Greeks left behind and see all of the history there.
– Sydney, Australia: Australia just seems like a very fun place to visit. There are so many different animals and I’d like to go down under and see what it’s like.

Traveling is so much fun and there are so many opportunities to learn new things about the places you visit and the cultures that exist there. I hope you all have a chance to explore the world and have a wonderful week!

Frozen by Frozen the Musical

Frozen the Musical

Wow, after seeing the Broadway trailer for Frozen the Musical I just realized that I totally forgot to share my experience at Frozen when it debuted in Denver! Wow, okay. On September 10 last year, my family and I got tickets to see Disney’s blockbuster on stage at the Denver Performing Arts Center. It. was. outstanding.

This, by far, was my favorite show to see. When my family and I first entered the Buell Theater, I was mesmerized by the northern lights dancing across the stage. From the beginning, it was evident that the staging and sets were going to be fantastic. We were not disappointed. From the thousands and thousands of crystals used as ice in Elsa’s castle to Anna and Elsa’s bedrooms to Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (ooh, and Sauna!) the sets were beautifully designed and put together.

Now onto the plot, and I’ll try not to spoil much. The plot remained parallel with that of the movie for the most part. It was different in that the trolls were more like a group of spiritual, part animal, magical, people. They had a very cool dance at the beginning and were a significant part of the musical throughout.  Marshmallow is not a part of the show, which is unfortunate, but there are plenty of other additions to make up for his absence. We get to see more of Elsa’s relationship with her parents and her growing fear of being seen as a monster and her struggle to figure out who she is and what to do with herself. Anna remains her old bubbly self but we see more of her relationship with Kristoff and Hans in “Love is an Open Door”. Speaking of music, there were plenty of new songs, some of my favorite being “Monster” sung by Elsa, “Hans of the Southern Isles” sung by Hans, and “Hygge” sung by the people at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.

The cast we saw perform is currently the cast on Broadway, which is so exciting, in my opinion. They will also be the cast that puts together the album, which is awesome because I have no problem listening to Caissie Levy (Elsa) and Patti Murin (Anna), time and time again. The leads of the show are extremely talented and Caissie Levy, especially gave me goosebumps with her killer performance of “Let it Go” and other songs. Just thinking about her performance gives me shivers.

Overall, this cast is perfect, the music is perfect, and the show is perfect. If you haven’t seen Frozen the Musical, please do. I think you’ll fall in love with it like I did. Now that I’ve seen Frozen, I need to find some tickets to Hamilton

Hello to High School Tennis Season

Girls’ tennis season has been in full swing since late February, and let me tell you, the weather we deal with SUCKS. It’s either windy or snowing or raining or freezing cold or all of the above. We deal with a lot of cold and by the end of matches, we all look like marshmallows because of the five layers we all have on.

Other than the weather chaos we deal with, our season can be so much fun. I’m very excited to be returning to my team at the #2 singles position. I’ll get to play a lot of good tennis and work on a lot of things as well. For those of you who don’t know how high school tennis works, you have three singles teams and four doubles teams. #1 singles is typically your top singles player and #1 doubles is your strongest doubles team, so on varsity, that’s a total of 11 girls. When we play other schools the match is called a duel (but I’ve actually never heard anyone call it this, haha) and you’re trying to win a majority of the matches to claim the overall match for your team. Fun, right?

Being a senior, I got to help pick out the uniforms and spirit packs this year and I’m very excited to be playing with some girls on the team for four years now. While some of us may not be that close, I’ve built friendships with some of the other seniors and I’m very glad to call them friends and great teammates. It’s kinda sad thinking that this is my last lap around high school girls tennis season but it’s truly been so much fun. Qualifying for state the past three years has been wonderful, especially considering my injuries freshman and sophomore year. Playing for the same assistant coach for all four years is also going to be great because I’ve become good friends with our assistant coach and she is such a joy and pleasure to work with. Getting to see my sister grow as a tennis player and make it past the first round at state (WHICH IS SO HARD TO DO, OMG) was inspiring and I felt so happy for her last season.

All of these things and more have made girls’ high school tennis a memory worth cherishing and here’s to the best season yet! Everyone has been working so hard and it’ll be exciting to see where the season takes us. 🙂

high school tennis
Picture credits to Cliff Grassmick at the Daily Camera and BocoPreps. (Haha, look at my face!)

All About Setters…

Some of you that have followed my website for a while will probably notice that this used to be its own page. I decided to take that down and turn it into a blog post. For you volleyball geeks out there, here’s some information on setters. When I played volleyball, I was a setter, and I had the honor of working with some really high-level coaches. Here’s a little wisdom on setting…

A setter has many characteristics. They have to be leaders, accurate, positive, deceptive, creative, vocal, and so on. One way to gain an appreciation for the many characteristics setters have is to evaluate pictures that illustrate these traits.

Thank You Setters

My sister, Allyson, and I evaluated pictures that my father had taken at PAC 12 games and various volleyball coaching clinics. Based on our knowledge from Trisha Kroll and Jenn Pritchard, we added captions that describe what volleyball setters should do.

Setting Lessons in Pictures Tricky

This first presentation is about how tricky setters need to be. It features Nicole Edelman from Colorado University and Lauren Plum from Oregon University.

Setting Lessons in Pictures Consistent

This presentation is about setters and their consistency of sets and technique. Once again, Nicole Edelman and Lauren Plum are featured.

Setting Lessons is Pictures Hits and Misses

This is a mix of shots and points both good and bad. Nicole Edelman from CU and Lauren Plum from Oregon are the stars.

Setting Lessons in Pictures Out of System Passes

Setters have to be able to set the pass no matter where it is. Nicole Edelman and Lauren Plum show us how it’s done.