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Defender Madison Sumatra Gets IN FOCUS

Defender Madison Sumatra Gets IN FOCUS
In this installment of Raptor IN FOCUS, we take a closer look at Senior Defender Madison Sumatra. We asked her some questions to get a better idea of who she is and what she's about. Here's what Madison said… 
 
Name? Number?
 
What position do you play for the Raptors?
Right outside back
 
How long have you been playing soccer?
12 years
 
What is your favorite position?
Right outside back 
 
What were/are your goals for this season?
Win district, go to state, and WIN STATE
 
What regular season game are you most looking forward to? Why?
Franklin, because they are gonna be a tough competition, and they are also undefeated right now.
 
Tell me about the most exciting sports experience you've had? An exciting game you participated in, watched, etc. (Doesn't have to be Ravenwood)
An exciting experience I had was when the Ravenwood football team won state my Freshmen year. It was super fun and definitely a memorable high school memory.
 
What are your plans after high school?
I plan on going to a 4-year college and majoring in Biology
 
If your plans include college, have you decided on where you are going or at least narrowed it down?
I am currently still undecided.
 
Do you plan on playing soccer beyond high school? Are you pursuing other interests (music, art, business, medicine, etc)?
I am pursuing the pre-med path. I plan on going to medical school and becoming a doctor. As for soccer, I would love to play college soccer if the opportunity is given to me.
 
Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
My favorite professional athlete is Lionel Messi because he is such an amazing player. He's not very big, but he is super speedy and tricky. He is also very humble and is always trying to better his game.
 
Who's your favorite teacher? Why is he/she your favorite? 
One of my favorite teachers is Mrs.Greer. She was my teacher for Biology and Principles of Biomedical Sciences. Her class made me very interested in the field of Biology. She's super sweet and is always helping me out. My other favorite teacher is Ms.DJ. Ms. DJ is my AP Psychology teacher. She always starts my day on a good note in her first period class. She is super nice and filled with energy. She also has the best humor.
 
Do you have any mentors or anyone in your life you really look up to? Why?
I look up to my parents because they are always there for me. They are both very hardworking and loving. They come to almost all my soccer games and are always there cheering me on. I'm super blessed to have them as my parents.
 
Who or what inspires you?
My religion and faith really inspire me. I am a devoted Christian that relies on my religion a lot of the time. I thank God for all the blessings in my life, and my faith really motivates me.
 
Tell us about your parents/family? What they mean to you? What they do for a living? Anything else you want to share...
I have 2 sisters that are currently in college. Tara is a sophomore at Milligan college in Johnson City, TN. Savannah is a Junior at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. My Dad is a business administrator for the Pulmonary-Allergy division at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and my Mom is a homemaker.
 
What are your favorite things about Brentwood? Places to eat, things to do, etc? 
Moe's Southwest Grille, Jeni's ice cream, and Peter's Sushi and Thai
 
What kinds of activities do you do outside of Ravenwood Soccer? Church groups, mission trips, music, other sports, Etc.
FCA, Cultural Heritage Club, National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, National Science Honors Society, young republicans, United Way, and the InterACT club.
 
Tell us something about you? 
I am half-Korean and half-Filipino
 
What advice would you give to other girls who aspire to play varsity soccer at Ravenwood?
My advice for girls wanting to play varsity soccer is that you need to play 100% all the time. You need to have confidence on the ball and showcase your abilities. You never know who is watching. It's alright to make mistakes. You play how you practice.
 
When life gets challenging, what do you do to deal with the worries and stresses of life?
I like to listen to chill music and hang out with my friends. I also turn to God and pray about my struggles.
 
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 would like to give recognition to two of my soccer coaches. Coach Ronnie Woodard is my current travel soccer coach, and she has bettered my game so much. She is such an amazing coach that has shaped me to be the soccer player that I am. Coach Nicole Aquila is also one of my travel coaches that deserves recognition. She pushed me to become a strong player mentality. She's hardworking and goofy. Both of them have a huge love for the game. I am super thankful to have these two coaches in my life.
 
When you see our seniors, please thank them for their years of dedication and commitment to the Lady Raptor soccer program. We appreciate you!