With spring sports currently suspended, the Tyler Morning Telegraph wants to profile East Texas seniors in those sports in a feature called “From the Sidelines”. If you’re an East Texas senior who competes in a spring sport and would like to be featured, fill out the following questionnaire and send it to email@example.com, along with a photo. Today’s featured female athlete is John Tyler's Meraida Pineda.
Name: Meraida Pineda
School: John Tyler High School
Parents name: Aurelia and Javier Pineda
Brothers/sisters: Merab Pineda and Noemi Pineda
Sports you play: Soccer
Favorite high school sports memory: The bus rides and hanging out with the team
Plans after high school: Travel and college
If college, what schools are you considering, and what do you plan to major in? Tyler Junior College. I plan to major in criminal justice.
Favorite song : I don’t have one
Favorite food: Mexican food
Favorite TV show: “All American”
Favorite movie: I don’t have one
Who are your role models: Alex Morgan, my parents and my cousin who is currently serving at the Navy.
Which coaches have had the most influence you? Why? Coach Mendoza from my high school because he has always taught me to never give up and push yourself to be a better player, and Coach Jason from an outside school team because he has always encouraged me and helps me a lot even though he is not my coach anymore. He also taught me to always play my heart out.
Who is your favorite teacher ? I don’t have one.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Being a detective
Something about yourself that most people don’t know: I never give up.
What will you miss most about high school sports? Honestly, playing with my teammates. Soccer is a beautiful sport, soccer is really where you feel safe, but what’s so beautiful about high school soccer is that you meet new people and at the end of the day you become a family on the field and outside of the field, and that’s what I am gonna miss the most.