I did not take on a leadership role on our bowling team by choice, but it slowly came to me because when all of the seniors graduated my sophomore year, I ended up being the oldest person on the team as a junior. Taking over the leadership role of the bowling team forced me to convince people that in order to succeed, the team’s mentality had to change.
Coming into the 2013 – 2014 school year, we knew that we had a chance at making this change in our team’s mentality by first proving our team could be competitive. Instead of talking to people and trying to convince them that our team could make it to state, we instead decided to lead by example and slowly plant seeds in everyone’s minds that we could make a run at state qualification. We made a couple of changes, including having some practices where we would only shoot corner pins (7 and 10 pins). By improving our spare games, the team got a lot better, and the rest of the team’s confidence slowly began to build. Once we won our first couple matches, we realized that we could actually do something that would be able to change the culture of our bowling program.
By becoming a leader for the bowling team, I had to take on something that I was not normally used to doing. Allendale High School has helped me learn to become more comfortable with leadership roles and with how to change people’s mentality about different things.