Trish (VanDerZee) Plateroti Class of 1997
"Don't do it because you're a girl, do it because you're an athlete." - Mr. Watson, 1995. That was a sentence that not only made me learn how to discard what peoples opinions would be of me but more importantly, made me look at who I was.
As a CHS graduate, there's so many amazing memories that high school has molded me to who I am today. As I'm approaching my 40th birthday, I am so proud of who I am and more so excited about the accomplishments ahead of me.
Over the years, I have completed two ju jitsu competitions, raced in over 10 triathlons, competed in 11 fitness competitions and several other fitness events since high school. I can say athletics was a huge impact on my adult life. As a mom of eight year old twins, being on the wrestling team gave me an attitude of perseverance, discipline and dedication. Being the only female on the team made me mentally tough and I was given no shortcuts by Coach Watson or Coach Lambert just because I was a girl. They made me work harder. So hard, I secretly think they were trying to make me quit.
Now in life, seeing a challenge is exciting to me and finding a path to the solution is rewarding. High school art was another significant part of my life. Being pushed outside the syllabus and exploring mediums that were not 'high school' level was a great experience.
About five years ago, I was searching to feed my creativity, I completed my Florida licensing in Cosmetology, and now currently work in a high end salon and building my own name in several facets of the beauty industry. I started my own beauty business, Trish Van Zee. Check out my work on Instagram @trishvanzee
In addition to hair/makeup, I'm presently a General Manager of an exclusive restaurant, located in a 30 million dollar clubhouse private residency. Time management, being fearless, industrious and seizing opportunities were the greatest lessons I use in my life today that I have learned from my time at CHS.
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