Hi Margie! I hope you and your family are all doing well! I just wanted to update you with some exciting news. As you might know, I was hoping to be recruited to a D1 school for crew. A few weeks ago, I signed a National Letter of Intent to row for The George Washington University. I'm sure you get emails like this all the time from girls talking about how much Spirit has affected them in various aspects of their lives, but I can truly say that everything I learned at Spirit helped me to be recruited to my number one school. You taught me how to communicate with adults, and I remember one summer you explained how important a handshake is. Since that summer, I have always made sure to look people in the eye and offer a firm handshake.
I cannot even tell you how many college coaches have commented on my handshake. In fact, one coach at a college fair told me that my handshake was the best they had received all day, and that meant a lot especially considering they had met/spoken to hundreds of athletes that day. I think many girls feel uncomfortable or awkward when they have to shake peoples hands, especially when it is adults, but I am always confident and ready to offer a handshake, and I owe that to you. Basically, this email is my way to thank you for everything you have taught me the past 7 summers, and I want you to know that I have taken what I have learned at Spirit and applied it to my everyday life. I cannot thank you enough. Tell everyone I say hello, and have a merry Christmas.