Athlete of the Week: Alissa Spieles, Vandalia Butler

Name: Alissa Spieles

School: Vandalia Butler

Grade: Senior

Age: 18

Sports: Bowling

Claim to fame/honors: Three-year varsity bowler qualified with team for state tournament her junior year; has a high game of 245

Bet you didn’t know … I love pineapple on pizza

Words you live by: See the good, be the good

Toughest opponent: Myself

Biggest influence: My friends and God

Match-day rituals: Jam out to music and pump up my teammates

What’s on your bedroom walls: Pictures of me and my friends

When I’m bored I like to … listen to music, hang out with friends, and watch Netflix

Favorite movie: Mamma Mia and Instant Family

Person who would play you in a movie: Moana

Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers

Favorite musical artist: Ariana Grande

I can’t live without: Sweet tea

I can live without: Hang nails

Event you’d like to attend: To be able to watch the ball drop in New York on New Year’s Eve

Favorite book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Favorite home-cooked meal: My grandma’s homemade mac and cheese

Favorite restaurant: Fusian

Favorite smell: The smell of caramel or rain

Favorite cereal: Corn Pops

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Barnes and Noble

Vegetable you won’t eat: Cooked turnips

I’d love to trade places for a day with … My friend Josh Bosworth

Whose mind would you like to read? Kylie Jenner

Place where you’d love to travel? Denmark

Talent you’d like to have? I wish I could be multilingual

Favorite school subject: History

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite team: Alex Ren and Alan Bersten on Dancing with the Stars

Favorite Olympic sport: Ice skating

Something in the world I’d like to change: I wish people were happier

Favorite sports moment: Me and my teammates crying and cheering when we heard we were moving on to state

Favorite junk food: Hot Cheetos

Best thing about bowling: The incredible friendships I made and the new challenges that came my way

In 10 years, I hope to be …living life to the fullest filled with the people I love the most

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