Alisha Glass knows that big dreams do come true even in a small town. An outstanding volleyball player, Glass is a 2006 graduate of Leland High School and is now a senior at Penn State University. She was a featured speaker in the Leland Education Foundation "Insight and Inspiration Speaker Series" on March 11, 2010, while home on spring break.
I spoke about what I’ve done so far and that it’s possible to dream big no matter where you live. Dream big and never limit yourself. Work hard. It doesn’t matter how small the town is. I got to do everything I wanted while growing up in Leland.
I received a full scholarship.
I played club volleyball starting in Traverse City, then in Big Rapids, then in Grand Rapids. I started young, I was 11 when I began, and was the youngest on the team. I received my first college recruitment letter when I was in 8th Grade. Leland won the state high school championship when I was a senior.
We won our third national championship this year.
My grandpa was a basketball coach, and my mom was my volleyball coach at Leland. My whole family has been very supportive. So many people have been part of my journey that it would be tedious to list them all.
Mom was pretty tough as a coach. She challenged all of us.
Kinesiology, with a minor in human development and family studies.
I plan to go to California to train with the national team. The national team competes in tournaments with other countries. My goal is to be part of the 2012 Olympic team.
Most other countries have them, but not the U.S. Many Americans play on those teams in the fall and winter and return to train with the U.S. national team in the spring. I could have played (abroad), but opted to finish college.
I’d like to say thank you to the community. I feel their support even here in Pennsylvania. Thank you.