Judo Champ, Alysa Avanesyan

Q. You participate in Judo tell us about that?

A. I started Judo when I was six years old. I like to the competition aspect of the sport. I believe that the techniques I learn will help me one day in a real life situation. Judo helped me be more confident. Through Judo I have overcome my fear of performing in front of a crowd. I’ve also developed better tolerance for pain, and I am not scared of facing an opponent.

Q. How do you rank among your peers?

A. I have been going to local, state, and national competitions. Every time I have gone to competitions I have always placed either first or second place.

Q. What is the hardest thing you have had to learn in Judo?

A. Trying to relax and dealing with stress. Participating in tournaments can be stressful, there are a lot of distractions: my parents, the crowd, referees, and coaches are telling me what to do at the same time.

Q. You make honor roll as well, how does this make you feel?

A. It makes me feel proud and appreciative that I have the opportunity to travel around the world and compete. Also, it makes me feel like I can excel at two things I love; if I practice.

Q. How do you juggle Judo/extra curriculasr and academics to the point of honor roll?

A. I always make sure to get my homework done before I go to Judo class. I also schedule study hall on days that I have Judo.

Q. What do you aspire to be when you grow up?

A. When I grow up I want to be a Judo Olympian, and a Pharmacist.

Q. What is the best thing about Freedom Academy?

A. The best thing about Freedom Academy is my teachers and my friends.

Alysa is an eighth grader at Freedom Academy.

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