Josh Kimbrell

Athlete of the Week: Josh Kimbrell, Centerville High School

Name: Josh Kimbrell

School: Centerville

Grade: 2017 graduate

Age: 18

Sport: Volleyball

Claim to fame/honors: Senior captain and middle hitter; team earned back-to-back state appearances; semifinals last year; DECA (marketing competition) tied for fifth place in nation this year; Scholar-Athlete Award for Centerville and Ohio High School Volleyball Association; will study marketing at University of Cincinnati.

Bet you didn’t know … I was the treasurer for my high school knitting club

Words you live by: You never really know when your last day is, so make the most of your time

Toughest opponent: Cincinnati Catholic schools

Biggest influence: My mother because she’s really strong. She’s a widow and she’s always been there for me, definitely the rock

Match-day rituals: We have a funny hype speech that someone will give

What’s on your bedroom walls?: Shelf with medals, Fatheads of myself from past seasons, family pictures

When I’m bored I like to … get together with friends

Favorite movie: Interstellar in another dimension

Person who would play you in a movie: Conan O’Brien

Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers

Favorite musical artist: Odesza

I can’t live without: My family, my support system

I can live without: Running in practice

Event you’d like to attend: The World Cup

Favorite book: Hugo

Favorite home-cooked meal: That’s a hard one. My mom is such a good cook. I’ll go with homemade pizza

Favorite restaurant: Maggiano’s at Kenwood Towne Center

Favorite smell: The smell of the beach

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike

Vegetable you won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Lionel Messi

Whose mind would you like to read? Donald Trump

Place where you’d love to travel? The Outer Banks in North Carolina

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: English

Favorite athlete: Lionel Messi

Favorite team: Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Olympic sport: Soccer

Something in the world I’d like to change: Obsession with technology

Favorite sports moment: Beating Alter this year; that was pretty fun

Favorite junk food: I love ice cream

Best thing about volleyball: The force of being a teammate; so many gears have to spin at the right time

In 10 years, I hope to be … not drowning in college debt, have a stable job, in good health playing soccer and volleyball

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