A little birdie just forwarded this essay to me. (It helps to know lots of birdies that LEAP–I get some great intel as a result). If you don’t know the name, Mark Tremayne, read this previous post first and then check out the following college application essay from Hilliard Darby High School student and track team member, Sean Newman.
Witness the building of a legacy:
How Mark Tremayne Has Impacted Me
There are many people who have influenced me on my path of life, one highly notable person is my running coach, Mark Tremayne. I met him for the first time during the summer leading up to my sophomore year and I was immediately drawn to him by his audacious personality. From the beginning, it was obvious that Coach Tremayne was not like most high school coaches. He genuinely cared about each and every member of his team, from the fastest runner to the slowest.
I started really forming a bond with him during the winter of my junior year. After cross country was over only a handful of truly dedicated runners embraced the miserably frigid daily runs. It was through the course of our winter training program that I really got to know Coach Tremayne and not only what he stands for, but why he stands for it. He gave me reason to stay away from drugs and alcohol when it seemed that all the kids at our school were doing it. Ultimately he taught me about the “LEAP Philosophy.” LEAP stands for Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof. Not only did it guide him in his running career, but also, his life in general. He also made it clear to us that while his title is Cross Country and Track Coach, forming good runners was only his secondary goal. Forming good people was his most important job.
I can safely say that my character and what I stand for today has been greatly impacted by Mark Tremayne. He has always put others before him and I cannot even begin to imagine the sacrifices he has made for me. I hope to pay forward his “LEAP Philosophy” to others and ultimately impact others in the same way he has impacted me.