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A Step Above 2018 Megan Gosz-Siqueiros Someone once told Palo Verde High School senior Megan Gosz-Siqueiros that she didn’t have what it took to be a top tier soccer player. Her response? Do whatever it took to prove them wrong. Eventually the early morning workouts and countless after-school hours practicing paid off. Not only did she become an unstoppable member of the team, she’ll be college-bound soon with hard-earned scholarships in hand. The lesson she took from the experience is that someday, “someone is going to put you down,” but you don’t have to believe them. You only have to believe in yourself, work hard and stay committed to your goals, a philosophy that lifts Megan Gosz-Siqueiros to– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.6 Sports/Clubs: • Varsity Basketball, 2014-2016; Captain, 2014-2016 • Track and Field, 2014-2015 • JV Soccer, 2014-2015 • Varsity Soccer, 2015-Present; Captain, 2017-Present • Las Vegas Premier Sports Academy Team, 2014-2017 • Heat FC National Team, 2017-Present • National Honor Society, 2016-2018 • North West Youth Empowerment Council, 2014-2017 Scholarships/Awards/Community Service: • Briar Cliff University Soccer and Academic Scholarship • Basketball Scholar Athlete Award, 2014-2016 • Soccer Scholar Athlete Award, 2015-2017 • Basketball Nevada All-State Academic Team, 2015-2016 • Soccer Nevada All-State Academic Team, 2015-2016 • Track and Field Nevada All-State Academic Team, 2014-2015 • CCSD Art Display Award–School-Community Partnership Program, 2016 • Clarke Scholarship, 2018 • City of Las Vegas Soccer League Volunteer Coach, 2014-2016 • Las Vegas Sports Academy Clinics, 2016-2017 • North West Youth Empowerment Council, 2014-2017 What does it mean to you that you’ll be playing soccer at Briar Cliff? “Ever since I was in elementary school I have dreamt of playing soccer in college. I have worked every year, despite any injuries I had to overcome, to get to that level and reach that goal of mine.” Why do you aspire to be a physical therapist? “I want to help athletes who are dealing with injuries, because I myself have had to deal with plenty, and I want to help keep young minds stay dedicated to any sport they love no matter what is thrown their way.” The International Baccalaureate program is tough. How does it feel to succeed? “This two-year program has pushed me to my limits and has made me want to drop out countless times, but I know that that is not the type of person my parents raised. I am grateful for the friends I have made through this program and am proud that I was able to motivate myself for the past two years to finish.” What did you do with the North West Youth Empowerment Council? “It’s a council of high school students from around the valley that initiates projects to help out those in need. I partici- pated in it during my freshman and sophomore years. Projects consisted of fundraising to pur- chase caps and gowns for seniors who were not able to, putting together hygiene kits for homeless shelters and feeding the homeless. The mark we were able to make on the world was really special.” May/June 2018 41