August 9, 2016
Has there ever been a time in High School where you wish that you could skip the classes, and just show up for the basketball, soccer, volleyball, or softball games? Are you so pumped or nervous about your performance that you cannot stay focused on the teacher’s lesson that day? Trust me, I know the feeling.
Let me introduce you to Ashlee Tunstall, a young lady who certainly puts the Student in Student-Athlete. Ashlee has always been a fairly quiet girl, but also a very smart one. I first met her during my Senior year of high school, she was a Freshman student who had just made the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team. Her priority has always been academics, but she became heavily involved in sports during her matriculation in high school and college. While maintaining nothing less than a 3.5 GPA, Ashlee managed to be recognized as a Varsity All-Star athlete for her talent in Volleyball & Softball. Although school and sports can be a challenging combination, it was nothing compared to what this future leader had on her plate. She decided to be proactive in achieving her education at the next level and began taking entry-level college courses as an upperclassman in high school. If that wasn’t challenging enough, Ashlee also worked two part-time jobs as a server at Rita’s Italian Ice, and a Swimming Instructor & Lifeguard for Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) in Prince George’s County.
Currently, Ashlee is a sophomore Health Education student at Prince George’s Community College; and a Sports Management student at Bowie State University. Earning her place as a college athlete, she joined PGCC’s Track & Field team, the U.S. Army ROTC Military Science Program, and continues to serve as the Assistant Coach for the Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Team at her old high school. She is relentless in her journey working as a Pool Manager, Licensed Zumba Instructor, and a Swimming & Lifeguard Instructor to help pay her college tuition. I am undoubtedly amazed by this young lady’s time management, leadership, and teamwork skills. Her focus and determination to achieve her dreams of becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army,after earning an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree is truly admirable. This Summer she will be in Ft. Knox, Kentucky for U.S. Army Military Training. Keep an eye out for Miss Ashlee Tunstall as she continues to impact our community and #BuildHerLegacy as a Student-Athlete in the DMV, and more importantly – as a Young Black Woman in 2016.
Follow Ashlee Diamond on IG: @volleybosschick