Athlete of the Week: Greg Smith, Stivers School for the Arts

Name: Greg Smith

School: Stivers

Grade: Senior

Age: 17

Sport: Swimming

Claim to fame/honors: Second-year captain for Stivers; also competes for Kettering City Swim Team and Miami Valley Makos; has volunteered and taught swimming lessons with downtown YMCA’s Splash program; will attend Salem University (W.Va.) on a swimming scholarship.

Bet you didn’t know … I’m one of the nicest people you’ll meet

Words you live by: Beyond the walls of intelligence life is defined

Toughest opponent: Myself because I know all of my weaknesses and all of my strengths

Biggest influence: My parents because they motivate me through everything I do

Meet-day rituals: Usually I’m by myself and listen to music

What’s on your bedroom walls? Spiderman poster and a ninja poster

When I’m bored I like to … draw

Favorite movie: The Wood

Person who would play you in a movie: A Boogie wit da Hoodie

Favorite TV show: The Game

Favorite musical artist: Nas

I can’t live without: Family and friends

I can live without: Homework

Event you’d like to attend: Next presidential inauguration

Favorite book: Gal

Favorite home-cooked meal: Burgers and fries

Favorite restaurant: Smokey Bones

Favorite smell: Incense burning

Favorite cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Rue 21

Vegetable you won’t eat: I eat pretty much every vegetable

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Kendrick Lamar

Whose mind would you like to read? My parents

Place where you’d love to travel? Jamaica

Talent you’d like to have? Play an instrument

Favorite school subject: Language arts

Favorite athlete: Randall Cobb

Favorite team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Olympic sport: Swimming by far

Something in the world I’d like to change: All the hate going around

Favorite sports moment: When I qualified for Junior Olympics in six out of eight events

Favorite junk food: Honey buns

Best thing about: Getting in shape

In 10 years, I hope to be … an athletic trainer for a professional sports team

Nominate an Athlete of the Week: Send an email to freelance writer Dave Lamb at Please include the athlete’s name, school, sport and a phone number or email address where we can reach that athlete. Include Athlete of the Week in the subject line.

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