- John Cummings Contributing Writer
Name: Elise Kemper
School: Bellbrook High School
Claim to fame: Two-time state qualifier in Division II cross country, recipient of the Academic All-Ohio Award
Bet you didn’t’ know: I’m a big fan of Broadway musicals.
Toughest opponent/why: Myself because the mental component of running is as significant as the physical one.
Favorite book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Favorite movie: The Martian
Favorite TV show: The X-Files
Favorite musical artist: One Republic
Favorite pro athlete/why: Nickie Luse, a local professional triathlete who works with my team, because she is an incredible runner and a great person.
Favorite smell: Freshly baked cookies
Favorite home-cooked meal: Homemade pizza
Game-day rituals: I put on my lucky racing socks and play my pre-race playlist.
Person who would play me in a movie/why: Gal Gadot, because she’s awesome.
Words I live by: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Biggest influence/why: My friends, family, teammates and coaches because they support and encourage me.
I am most annoyed by: Clutter
I can’t live without: My pets
Most embarrassing moment: Rolling my ankle while running down a hill during a race and almost face-planting in the dirt.
In 10 years, I’ll be: Living somewhere scenic and working as an engineer
Best thing about cross-country: The sense of accomplishment you feel after a good race
Worst thing about cross-country: Speed workouts
Vegetable I just won’t eat: Squash
Favorite junk food: Ice cream
Favorite school subject: Physics
Last DVD I bought: The Goonies
Person whose brain I’d like to pick: Elon Musk
Love to trade places for a day with: Tom Hanks
When I’m bored I like to: Read
Worst habit: Procrastination
On your bedroom walls: Pictures with my friends and teammates and a map of the places I’ve been and the places I want to visit
Talent I’d most like to have: To be skilled musically