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Iselle Ovalle-Vandermeer
Topic Started: Jan 16 2012, 03:10 AM (653 Views)
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Name: Iselle Ovalle-Vandermeer
Gender: Female
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: playing softball; watching Supernatural , The Big Bang Theory, and other science fiction/fantasy television shows

Appearance: “Solid” is a good adjective for Iselle. She weighs 172 pounds, which, at 5’6”, classifies her as overweight on the Body Mass Index. However, she is fairly muscular and appears somewhat fit to the casual viewer. Her Hispanic ancestry is very evident due to her olive skin tone and dark brown hair. Her straight, dark brown hair falls to the small of her back. However, during softball games, she wears her hair in looped French braided pigtails in order to keep it out of her face and out of the dirt.

She has slightly almond shaped dark brown eyes that are accented by high cheek bones, thick eyelashes, and slightly arched eyebrows. Iselle has a broad, flattish nose that has a slight bump in the bridge. The bump was caused by a stray softball hitting her in the face when she was 10. When she is angry or frustrated, she has a tendency to flare her nostrils. She has full lips and a small mole on her right cheek.

Iselle favors a casual and sporty look, wearing jeans, broken in tennis shoes, and fitted t-shirts that flatter her curvy figure. During the winter, she proudly sports an Aurora High letterman’s jacket. She is rarely without her cross necklace and diamond stud earrings which she removes only to play softball.

Biography: Iselle Ovalle-Vandermeer, a Seattle native, is the oldest of Karin and Emily Ovalle-Vandermeer’s three children. Karin, a health teacher at a charter school, and Emily, a therapist who specializes in marriage and families, met while in college at the University of Washington-Seattle. After three years of dating, Karin and Emily had a commitment ceremony and both took the blended surname Ovalle-Vandermeer. A year later, thanks to artificial insemination and a sperm donor, Emily gave birth to Iselle. Two years later, Iselle’s brother, Adan, was born. Finally, five years later, Fabiola arrived to round out the family.

Iselle has had a fairly average childhood and upbringing. Emily stayed home with the children and returned to work in a part-time capacity once they were all school-aged. This allowed the family to have a very flexible schedule in order to accommodate all of the activities and sports the children were involved in. When Iselle was in first grade, Karin signed her up for t-ball after learning that several of Iselle’s friends were also joining. Iselle had a natural aptitude for the game and enjoyed playing, especially when her team was on a winning streak. This winning season began Iselle’s life-long passion for softball.

Karin, who had played softball in college, approved of Iselle’s competitive nature and desire to be the best. Over the next year, the two would spend many hours playing catch and running drills in order to build up Iselle’s skills. Karin encouraged Iselle’s drive to excel and win since she felt those desires would help Iselle succeed later in life. Emily worried about her daughter’s aggressiveness and short temper with herself and team mates when mistakes were made, but was placated when that behavior seemed limited to the softball field.

In the spring, Iselle tried out for a position and earned a spot on one of the Seattle Fastpitch Club’s teams, a competitive travel organization. This organization was a good fit for the Ovalle-Vanderveen family. Both Iselle and her sister would play for Seattle Fastpitch Club teams until Iselle reached high school and Fabiola stopped playing.

Iselle’s first coach often moved the girls to various positions on the field, trying to find the best fit for his players. Iselle was designated the team’s short stop because of the aggressive nature in which she charged the ball and her strong throwing arm. This remained her position for several years until one tournament when the regular catcher fell ill. Iselle was chosen to gear up and fill in for her teammate. She loved being the catcher because she was involved in every play and constantly in action, but was returned to her position the next day when her teammate recovered.

That off-season, at Iselle’s insistence, Karin helped her daughter train to become a better catcher. Karin would have Fabiola practice pitching while Iselle would catch for her. She would also take Iselle to the batting cages and allowed her to practice catching pitches from progressively faster machines while fully geared up. Iselle loved this type of training and would alternate between practicing her catching and batting skills. Her siblings also enjoyed Iselle’s practices at The Castle and encouraged their parents to take her as often as possible. Adan and Fabiola would come along and then go amuse themselves with the facility’s other offerings.

Iselle stopped playing competitive travel softball once she entered high school, but she has not stopped training year-round. This training, combined with her competitive nature, has earned her a spot on the Varsity softball team all four years that she has attended Aurora High School. Her ultimate educational goal is to attend “U-Dub”, as the University of Washington, Seattle is locally known, and major in sports medicine. Her best subjects are science, math, and P.E. but she struggles a bit with English. Being fairly blunt in nature, Iselle dislikes having to do the required readings and essays because she loathes doing any sort of symbolic analyses. Currently, she has a high B average. While not the most popular girl at school, Iselle has a fair share of friends and acquaintances and seems comfortable with her social status.

The Ovalle-Vandermeer household is a noisy and active place with three teenagers, two cats, and a ball python in residence. Because of Emily’s profession as a marriage and family therapist, she insists that the family eat dinner together on school nights. To encourage closeness within the family and to show their interest in their children’s lives, Iselle’s parents begin family meals with questions like ‘what was the best thing that happened to you today?’ Even guests are required to participate in the dinner discussion. Whenever possible, Iselle likes spend time with her parents watching Star Trek and Farscape on DVD. Thursday night is The Big Bang Theory night at their home, and everyone does their best not to miss family viewing time.

On Friday nights, the Ovalle-Vandermeer home is especially active since Iselle usually has some teammates over for dinner and to watch Supernatural together. The family room often goes from silent to filled with laughter or angry jeers in the blink of an eye. After the show, Iselle and the other girls often go on an ice cream run and bring back treats for the entire family.

Advantages: Iselle is fairly muscular and a quick sprinter over short distances. She has a very strong throwing arm and good accuracy with thrown objects even when under duress. Iselle is experienced at quickly reading situations and developing a plan of action.
Disadvantages: Iselle’s competitive nature may cause her to refuse to back down or admit she is wrong in key situations. Her blunt attitude may alienate people when she needs them most.
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