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IN FOCUS: Blare Gerido

IN FOCUS: Blare Gerido

In today's installment of IN FOCUS, we take a closer look at Senior Blare Gerido. We asked her some questions to get a better idea of who she is and what she's about. Here’s what Blare aid…

Name? Number?
Blare Alexandria Gerido / #27

What position do you play for the Raptors?
I play everything except goalie!

How long have you been playing soccer?
I have been playing since I was 5 years old!

What is your favorite position?
My favorite position to play in soccer is center back/outside back.

What were/are your goals for this season?
My goal for this season is for the Lady Raptors to win State.

What regular season game are you most looking forward to? Why?
I am looking forward to playing Franklin the most because every time we play them it is a battle.

Tell me about the most exciting sports experience you've had? An exciting game you participated in, watched, etc.
The most exciting sports experience I've had is getting to watch the USMNT win at Nissan Stadium. The most exciting game I have participated in was this year when my travel team won the State Championship.

What are your plans after high school?
After high school, I plan on attending college.

If your plans include college, have you decided on where you are going or at least narrowed it down? 
I plan to attend UT Martin on a soccer scholarship.

Why have you selected this college/colleges?
I love the players, coaches, and the campus. It really feels like home.

Do you plan on playing soccer beyond high school? Are you pursuing other interests (music, art, business, medicine, etc)?
Yes I plan on playing in college and also pursuing a career in medicine.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
My favorite professional athletes are Crystal Dunn and Simone Biles. I love how hard they have worked in there sports to achieve their dreams.

Who's your favorite teacher? Why is he/she your favorite?
My favorite teacher is Mrs. Jen James. I like Mrs. James because she is an awesome teacher and she taught me so much in my Honors Anatomy class and I think it really prepared me for what's to come. I also like Mr. Robin Dickerson, the Assistant Principal because he has always been there for me when I needed him whether it was for soccer or in my education.

Do you have any mentors or anyone in your life you really look up to? Why?
I really look up to my parents because they have always been there for me, and no matter what they will always love me.

Who or what inspires you?
God inspires me be the best version of myself all the time and to stand up for what I believe in. At the end of the day we are here to serve him and live out his word.

Tell us about your accomplishments you are most proud of?
I am proud of my soccer accomplishments such at defensive player of the year and being named to the all mid-state 1st team. I am also proud of my academic accomplishments such as making the honor roll each year. I am also a member of the National Honor Society, Social Studies National Honor Society, FMP, STARS, Student Council, United Way, First Priority, FCA and HOSA! 

Tell us about your parents/family? What they mean to you? What they do for a living? Anything else you want to share...
My family means the world to me. My father is a SAC for ATF. He inspires me to always do my best and to persevere through any obstacles I may face. My Mom is a Substitute for Metro. She has always been there to support my brother and me in our education and sports. My brother, Blake attends college and taught me how to always stand up for what I believe in and be the best that I can be. 

Have there been any times if your life when you have overcome adversity and learned something about overcoming an obstacle?
Throughout my soccer career I’ve had to fight because of its lack of diversity. I have always been on the top teams until I was moved down to the third team for travel. During tryouts I lost my mentor, Mrs. Audrey Davis-Allen to cancer.  She was my soccer coach and my Moms best friend. I fell apart during tryouts which resulted moving down. Instead of giving up, I worked out, trained harder, and eventually worked my way back up to the top team. I never gave up and persevered through my adversities. I know that Mrs. Audrey is smiling down on me. 

What are your favorite things about Brentwood? Places to eat, things to do, etc? (3 favorite places)
My favorite things about Brentwood is going to the movies with my friends, eating at Chick fil-a, Chipotle, or Saladworks.

Tell us about a typical day in the life of you?
A typical day for me starts early by waking up, getting dressed for school, eating breakfast, driving to school, sitting through all my classes, then going to soccer practice/game, coming home to complete homework saying my prayers and going to bed. Only to start it all over again the next day! On the weekends I either travel for soccer or I hang out with my friends.

What kinds of activities do you do outside of Ravenwood Soccer? Church groups, mission trips, music, other sports, Etc.
Outside of soccer, I attend Lake Providence MBC. Where I help with stuffing backpacks with school supplies, attend youth camp, and am a part of Lylas. I also love to attend football games. And I play more soccer.

What advice would you give to other girls who aspire to play varsity soccer at Ravenwood?
My advice to any girls who aspires to play soccer for Ravenwood is to always set goals and aim high. Learn how to except Jose's constructive criticism and move on. Always give it your all and most of all have fun with everything you do. Remember, it's just a game!!!

When life gets challenging, what do you do to deal with the worries and stresses of life?
I pray, go to yoga, and hang out with my friends.

Senior Raptor shout out: Is there someone in the community you think deserves recognition beyond your family or teachers you may have already mentioned (friend, pastor, volunteer, etc)? If so tell us about them.
I've had so many great teachers such as Ms. DJ, Mr James, and Ms. Neuroth. They have taught me so much over my high school years and there classes were so much fun.

Tell us about the blessings you have in your life.
My life itself is a blessing. I love my family, friends, and my teams. I am thankful for all that I have and the journey that I have been on so far.

If you see Blare, please let her know how much you appreciate her and her dedication to Ravenwood girls soccer.

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