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A Step Above: A Step Above – Riley Lawrence

Coronado High School

Class of 2013

Finding the bright side in any situation isn’t hard for Coronado High School senior Riley Lawrence. With a winning smile and a positive attitude, she values the strong connections to friends, family and community that keep her spirits high and her willpower strong. Volleyball has long been her sport of choice, and she’s grateful to have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level when she attends the University of Puget Sound this fall. Whatever comes her way, she’s determined to face the road ahead with the same poise, grace and personal pride that’s led her this far, and that’s what places Riley Lawrence – A Step Above.


G.P.A.: 4.78


  • • Women’s Varsity Volleyball, 2011-12
  • • Women’s JV Volleyball, 2010; Captain, 2010
  • • Women’s Freshman Volleyball, 2009
  • • Encore Volleyball Club, 2009-11
  • • CSA Volleyball Club, 2011-13
  • • Coronado Orchestra, 2009-10
  • • National Honor Society, 2011-12
  • • Student Council Junior Class Representative, 2011-12
  • • Student Council Student Body Historian, 2012-13

Awards/Community Service

  • • 2nd Team All Region, Women’s Varsity Volleyball, 2012
  • • Scholar Athlete, 2009-12
  • • Most Valuable Defensive Player Award, 2009-13
  • • Southern Star Award for Student Council, 2012
  • • Silver Star Award for Student Council, 2013
  • • Sun Youth Forum Scholarship Winner ($1000), 2012
  • • Vance Scholarship ($82,000), 2013
  • • Trustee Scholarship ($76,000), 2013
  • • Habitat for Humanity, 2011-12

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: “I am most proud of my admittance into the highly selective University of Puget Sound and being recruited to play volleyball at the collegiate level. I have spent the past five years playing volleyball year round, and I am so glad that I can continue to play a sport that I love. Volleyball is my passion, and I am ecstatic that all of the time and effort, travel, and sacrifice have paid off.”

Riley is Stronger and Wiser Because: “I have always been the shortest person on all my volleyball teams. Most people dismissed my chances to play volleyball at a competitive level, but being 5’5” only made me more determined. I practiced, played year round and kept my grades up so I could increase my chances to play at the collegiate level. I’ve learned firsthand that it’s not just what you have that matters, it’s what you do with what you have that counts.”

Part of the Solution: “Many young adults are not exposed to interpersonal communication. Technology encourages texting instead of talking and that may prove to be a huge disadvantage in their future endeavors. I am majoring in Business Leadership, and I hope I can help develop a verbally challenged generation into effective communicators, team players, and more altruistic members of society.”





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