I am LaMonique MoNae Berrios. I was born on the beautiful island of St. Croix to Rafael and Velsina Berrios. I am a seventeen-year-old 12th grade Honor Roll student attending the St. Croix Central High School. Science and Mathematics are two of my favorite subjects. Throughout my academic tenure I have maintained either the Principal Honor Recognition or school-wide Honor Roll. I remain passionate about my education and my growth. Therefore, I seek academic challenges such as AP courses and rigorous activities every semester to support such a passion.
My growth and discipline can also be seen outside of the classroom. As a young child, and during my teenage years I enjoyed playing softball and volleyball for the Pearl B. Larsen Dolphins, Elena Christian Simbas, and Central High School Caribs. I also found myself positioned on the baseball field with the boys in the Elmo Plaskett Little League.
I have a love for the sport of bowling. At the age of seven I became a member of the St. Croix Jr. Bowlers. I am currently the top Female Virgin Islands Junior Bowler, a position I have held for several years. Over the years my development in bowling have allowed me many opportunities to participate in tournaments locally and on the mainland. These tournaments, to include the Pepsi Tournament in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Tournament in Mexico sparked my interest in the competitive aspect of bowling.
I was awarded the opportunity to travel to Cleveland, Ohio in July 2017 to compete in my first Junior Gold Bowling tournament. This experience fostered competitive friendships, positive and learning interactions with other professional bowlers. In July 2018, I again participated in the Junior Gold Bowling Tournament in Dallas, Texas. During this national event I ranked 95 of 855 girls under the age of 20. To end my year of competitive bowling I traveled to the 2018 Qubica World Cup of Bowling in Las Vegas where I ranked 41 of 73 ladies in the competition. I was also the 2nd youngest player to take part in this competition.
During the summers of 2016 and 2017 I was employed at Virgin Islands Legislature, Senator Neville James Office as an Intern where I gained experience in the operation of our second branch of government. As a Camp Counselor at Total Academy Summer Camp, I fostered a love for helping the children of my community in my two favorite areas, academics and sports.
When I am not studying or playing sports I relax my mind and body by shopping, listening music and spending time with family.
Upon graduation in June I plan to attend Sam Houston State University to further my education and earn a Degree in Computer Engineering. While there I will continue to strengthen my bowling skills and follow my dream of becoming a member of the NCAA Women’s Bowling Team.
After completion my Bachelor’s degree it is my intention to seek gainful employment and own a business in the area of technology.