My name is Tammy Marshall. My real name, Tamara, is also my mother’s name, so I go by Tammy. I go to Oakland Middle School, and my best friends are Amy and Nicole. We play on a travel softball team called the Lady Tigers. In the winter, I play basketball for my school and co-edit the Oakland Middle Newsletter. I love researching a writing. My dad is the professor of World Event Journalism at the nearby college, and he taught me how important it is to be aware of the world around me. My mother is a doctor at Barton Hospital, so I also know the importance of sports when it comes to staying healthy. But the reason I love softball so much is the teamwork. As a girl with three brothers, I know how important teamwork is to a successful family. And that’s what the Lady Tigers are— a family.