Congrats to our first finalist for the 96.1 BBB and Penn Station East Coast Subs Athlete of the Year – Charli Rosenberg!
She is in the running for a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of Penn Station East Coast Subs.
Do you know an outstanding High School Senior Athlete? Nominate them now!
Charli plays Soccer, is a Cheerleader, and runs Track. But that’s not all! She’s active in Student Government, National Honor Society, Yearbook, is a Trojan Ambassador and is a member of Elite Dance Company at Alicia’s School of Performing Arts.
She is extremely active in the community, and even has a community service award named after her (The Charli Rosenberg Community Service Award). She volunteers for the Miracle League of Johnston County (She’s their youngest board member), volunteers at Beulah Hill Church, gives Princess Parties to little girls with cancer, and collects tabs for the Ronald McDonald House (over 6 million to date!).
This award winning senior has quite the list of accomplishments:
- Principal’s List (2014 – Present)
- Coaches Award for Cheer (2016)
- National Honor Society (2016-2018)
- Trojan Ambassador (2017-2018)
- Junior Marshall (2016-2017)
- Physical Fitness Award (2015)
- All-American Cheerleader (2017)
- Academic All-Conference Cheer and Soccer (2014-2017)
- Good Citizen Award (2017)
- 2nd Place National Cheer Competition Team (2017)
- 2nd Place SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team at State Conference (2017)
- 4th Place SkillsUSA Debate Team at State Conference (2015)
- Presidential Scholarship to Campbell University (2017)
- Park Scholar (NCSU) Nominee (2017)
- Multiple Overall Dance Competition Solo and Team Awards
- Reigning Miss Benson 2017-2018 (Interview and Talent Award Winner) – and the youngest Miss Benson in 60 years
Who is your Role Model?
The kids and families of Miracle League and Special Olympics. They play just as hard as kids without disabilities, and they put their all in to it every time.
What is Your Greatest Achievement?
If I have to choose one, it would be being named to the Board of Directors of the Miracle League of Johnston County at 16. I have been blessed with many achievements, but my greatest achievement hasn’t happened yet. That will come when I graduate from medical school, and I can help children with disabilities, sickness and cancer.
What are Your Plans for the Future?
I plan to attend a four year university to major in Biology/PreMed Sciences. I will then attend medical school to obtain a doctorate in Pediatrics, and possibly, specialize in Pediatric Oncology. My hometown of Benson doesn’t have a pediatrician, so I may open a practice there.
Why Do You Love to Play Your Sport?
I love to play soccer and cheer because it gets me outside of my box, teaches me more leadership skills, and makes me think of different ways to approach things. Through both sports, I gain strength and learn what it takes to be a team player. It’s also a lot of fun and a positive way to hang out with my friends.
What Made You Decide to Play the Sport for Which You Were Named Penn Station Athlete of the Season?
I played soccer for one season when I was very young, but was injured and never went back. However, 7th grade tryouts came around and I told my mom that I wanted to try it. She was honestly worried about me because I am a very low key kind of person and I had not played in so long. I made the team and was a starter. The love for soccer, and the desire to try something new was the reason I started playing.
I have cheered since a young age, and no matter how hard or frustrating it got, whether as a flyer or a base, I have always loved it. Being part of a team, learning to trust others to carry me, building strength to carry others, and doing what I love is what continues to give me joy and determination to succeed wherever my coach needs me.
How has Participating in High School Athletics Benefited You?
High school sports has taught me a lot of lessons in determination and leadership, pushed me to be stronger mentally and physically, smarter and well rounded. I have made friends that I will share memories with that will always connect us. I have also had the privilege of being coached by some amazing individuals that are mentors on and off the field.