Meet Bucky’s Family member, Alice Welch!
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Junior Alice Olivia Welch was born in Portland, Oregon to a family with European ancestors. She has one older brother who is attending college right now, as she attends Beaverton High School, living with her mother and father.
Alice was living a pretty normal life up until fourth grade, before her family got a call from her father’s, Derek’s, doctor. The doctor had found a tumor in Derek’s brain. At the time, Alice was terrified because she did not know what that meant for her and her family. Their life had been put upside down. After the surgery, her mother, brother and herself were put in a hard position because they had to change their daily life in order to help Derek. In times where it feels like nothing good can be taken out of these devastating situations, Alice and her brother had decided that they were going to further their education in the medical field. Two weeks ago, he had another surgery causing him a lot of pain, but he stays strong and fighting.
Staying strong, just like her father, Alice participated in water polo freshman year because her brother played. Water Polo was not one of her favorite sports because she had a hard time doing it, but ended up trying goalie and really enjoyed it. A time she felt really proud of herself was when her team was playing against Sunset High School. Defending her side, Alice charged after her opponent, who had the ball, and ended up taking the ball from them. This was a memorable moment for Alice that will stick with her forever.
One sport that stayed with Alice forever is track & field. She started in the third grade and fell in love with the running. Speeding her way through the finish line, Alice competes in the 100m and 200m race. On the field, she uses all her strength in javelin. Even though she is not the best, Alice still is passionate for it and keeps trying to make her team proud.
Her parents were in love with skiing, so eventually they felt the need to share this experience with their two amazing children that they love. Alice started skiing when she was three. Ever since then, they try to go up every year to Mt. Hood Meadows.
The most memorable experience Alice will always cherish is the time her family and her took on Oahu, Hawaii. Before sophomore year, Alice and her family decided that Hawaii would be a beautiful place to make memories. During their time spent in Oahu, Alice fell in love with the marine life. Her family was taken out on a boat to a gorgeous spot where there were a ton of fish and turtles swimming around. Their experience snorkeling was nothing like she would have ever been able to imagine. It was so breathtaking and calming. Although the weather was more hot than what she would have preferred, Alice is so grateful to have experienced this time with her family.
Alice is not only a sports person, but has a huge passion for art. She is currently taking printmaking at Beaverton. She loves lino-cuts because she gets to carve out the design and print it multiple times. Through art she gets to express herself and share her ideas.