My best friend Annette. This year she tried out for the high school softball team and got cut. But that isn’t the point of the story. Coach said it was hard to cut such a thriving, caring, up better, and optimistic individual. So instead she asked Annette if she would be our team manager. Our first few games were a little rough and the team just didn’t really connect. It wasn’t until Annette sat us all down on our senior night and told us something that she had never told anyone before. She was diagnosed with skin cancer near the beginning of the season. She didn’t tell anyone for weeks. She was so strong and she didn’t want any of us girls to worry as we had a mission (go to state). But she sat is gown on senior night and told us that she had been diagnosed with cancer. The team was in tears; how could someone so positive, so beautiful, being dealing with something so terrible. After that day something flipped in the team. We had never been closer. After that we didn’t lose a game and we headed to state for the first time in the history of our school. And this, this success is all due to Annette. Her optimism in the dugout, her courage, strength, and positive attitude lead us to state. This is all due to her. She also won the teams inspirational award. Here is what was said about her when the award was given; ” The inspirational award goes to a team member who is not only a motivation on the field but off the field, as well. Although this girl spent little time on the field she was always there when needed whether it be feeding the pitching machine or the players playing catch; even though after a whole season she is still afraid to catch the ball or giving us motivational talks on the field, off the field and in the left field visitors bullpen she was always there for whatever we needed, and even though she is going off to college she will always continue to inspire us and have a special place in our hearts always. Off the field this girl is a true inspiration. Her smile goes for miles and her laugh can be recognized anywhere, her fellow teammate, parents, and coach have shared with us a few words;
“I love her to death”
“she adds so much to this team and this program”
“she missed three years on the softball team”
“she makes people not sad”
“she makes practice more interesting”
“she is without a doubt the most spirited girl on the softball team”
“she is the most positive person I have ever met”
“I have never met someone who has a bigger heart””.
Annette is truly the most optimistic and beautiful person I have ever met. I know she is going to do big things in this world.