An Independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, D.C.

Grant

Extracurriculars: I devote a lot of my free time towards playing and studying basketball. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. Additionally, I am a leader of the Potomac Chess Club and a member of Focus (Christian Club) and the Black Student Alliance.
Favorite Class: Economics and Column Writing. I enjoy Economics because it allows me to work with numbers analytically. I enjoy column writing because it allows me to express my opinions in a creative manner.
Favorite Thing About Potomac: The fact that you are able to build long-lasting and close-knit relationships with not only members of your grade, but members of all divisions, including faculty.
Memorable Potomac Moment: The most memorable moment I have had at Potomac was when I was a freshman playing in my first Potomac vs. Flint Hill rivalry basketball game. The atmosphere was something you have to experience to believe.
Aspirations: Whether it be involved with basketball, business, or life outside of these two, I aspire to lead and inspire others to become better individuals.

Grant
Class of 2016

Finishing with a record of 12-15 may tempt one to automatically label the varsity basketball team's season as unsuccessful; however, success cannot truly be measured by points scored or games won. Instead, in the wise words of Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, "success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort of becoming the best of which you are capable."

The team's journey towards achieving this began in late November when both the JV and varsity teams ventured to the University of Virginia for our team training camp. Here, we spent three days working hard and learning on the court, while also having the opportunity to bond and become a tight-knit group at the UVA vs. Duke football game.

A month later, during our winter break, the varsity team had the opportunity to go to Coral Springs, FL, to compete against some of the top teams in the state. Despite being undersized and down a couple of key players, throughout the tournament, we demonstrated resiliency, grit, and strong desire, finishing with a record of 2-1. Upon returning home and beginning conference play, while we struggled to continue this hot streak, our perseverance and strong work ethic never faltered.

In a game that went down to the wire, in front of a packed home crowd, our poise and determination, combined with offensive balance and defensive discipline, led us to defeat a talented St. Andrews team. Weeks later, we were able to maintain this strong play, beating the likes of Saint John Paul the Great, Maret, and Highland, and it was wins against tough teams like these that helped us qualify for the Division I state tournament.

While many of our losses this year could have, and probably should have been wins, I'm proud of our hard work and resiliency. With a brilliant coaching staff and a returning group of young and talented players, who strive to compete and improve each time they step on to the floor, the future is bright for Potomac basketball.

Finishing with a record of 12-15 may tempt one to automatically label the varsity basketball team's season as unsuccessful; however, success cannot truly be measured by points scored or games won. Instead, in the wise words of Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, "success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort of becoming the best of which you are capable."

The team's journey towards achieving this began in late November when both the JV and varsity teams ventured to the University of Virginia for our team training camp. Here, we spent three days working hard and learning on the court, while also having the opportunity to bond and become a tight-knit group at the UVA vs. Duke football game.

A month later, during our winter break, the varsity team had the opportunity to go to Coral Springs, FL, to compete against some of the top teams in the state. Despite being undersized and down a couple of key players, throughout the tournament, we demonstrated resiliency, grit, and strong desire, finishing with a record of 2-1. Upon returning home and beginning conference play, while we struggled to continue this hot streak, our perseverance and strong work ethic never faltered.

In a game that went down to the wire, in front of a packed home crowd, our poise and determination, combined with offensive balance and defensive discipline, led us to defeat a talented St. Andrews team. Weeks later, we were able to maintain this strong play, beating the likes of Saint John Paul the Great, Maret, and Highland, and it was wins against tough teams like these that helped us qualify for the Division I state tournament.

While many of our losses this year could have, and probably should have been wins, I'm proud of our hard work and resiliency. With a brilliant coaching staff and a returning group of young and talented players, who strive to compete and improve each time they step on to the floor, the future is bright for Potomac basketball.

Last May, right before school ended, I was faced with the daunting task of deciding my senior course schedule. I was very pleased when I saw that most of the classes I was able to choose from were electives, for I felt as if I were able to configure my schedule in such a way that every class I could take would be enjoyable to me.

However, in making this decision, in addition to focusing on applying for classes that were enjoyable to me, I also desired significant challenge. The class that I was most interested in taking was AP Economics because I have always loved learning about numbers and business, and it being an AP class, I knew that I would have the enjoyment of confronting the thought-provoking tasks that the class would provide.

When September came and I was able to see my schedule for the first time, I was extremely pleased to see that I was accepted into the class. My excitement and gratification increased when I was able to meet my teacher, Mr. Betzelberger, for the first time. Specifically, throughout our first unit, it was obvious to me that he was not only dedicated to helping his students succeed, but he was also dedicated to learning about our lives outside of class.

For example, when we got back our first test and I saw that I did not do as well as expected, he was eager to meet with me to discuss areas for improvement. Furthermore, I remember him coming up to me directly after class and saying, “I know your score probably isn’t what you wanted or expected, but there is no need to be worried. Come meet with me, and we will figure out how to raise your score for the next test.” So, in order to pinpoint these areas of improvement, I did as requested and scheduled a meeting with Mr. B that following week.

To initiate our conversation, Mr. B asked me personal questions, many of which were about how my preseason basketball workouts were going. At first, I thought this was quite strange because in a meeting about correcting mistakes I made on a test, I did not expect to be talking about my favorite extracurricular activity. However, as our discussion progressively transitioned into more academic-focused dialogue, I noticed that the strategies he was giving me for improvement were analogous to basketball strategies. For example, one section I struggled on was the multiple-choice section, and he explained to me that succeeding in multiple choice is like improving your jumpshot. Furthermore, he said that in order to increase your shooting percentage, you need to get more repetitions in practice. He then compared this type of practice to economics, saying that being able to break down and correctly answer multiple-choice questions is parallel improving your jumpshot. Even if your jumpshot form (or studying habits) is appropriate and precise, the only way to actually hit that jumpshot (or score well on the multiple-choice) is with practice. He then proceeded to give me a number of problems to work on in order to improve my abilities and skills with the multiple-choice section.

Over the course of these first few months of school, in addition to Mr. Betzelberger showing me that approaching school with similar techniques as basketball can help me achieve greater success, through our meetings, we have also had the opportunity to develop a strong teacher-to-student and friend-to-friend relationship.