Athlete of the Week: Makayla Ventura, Valley View High School

Name: Makayla Ventura (Kaya)

School: Valley View

Sport: Track & field

Grade: 11

Age: 17

Claim to fame: Long jump and sprints

Bet you didn’t know: You say my name like Ven-Tor-a instead of Ven-Chura

Toughest opponent/why: Myself, because everything is a mind game

Favorite book: Hearts in Atlantis

Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing

Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Favorite musical artist: G-Eazy

Favorite professional athlete: A.J. Green

Favorite smell: Vanilla

Favorite home-cooked meal: Lasagna soup

Game-day rituals: Eat an apple

Person who would play me in a movie/why: Mila Kunis because she’s outgoing

Words you live by: Everything happens for a reason

I am most annoyed by: People driving under the speed limit

You can’t live without: My Gatorade water bottle

Most embarrassing moment: Slipped in heels while walking into school

In 10 years, I’ll be: A physician’s assistant

Best thing about track: Being able to compete

Worst thing about track: Being sore

Vegetable I just won’t eat: Carrots

Favorite junk food: Pizza rolls

Favorite school subject: Math

Last DVD bought: The original Independence Day

Person whose brain you’d like to pick: Jesse Owens

Love to trade places for a day with: Will Smith

When I’m bored, I like to: Play on my phone

Worst habit: Picking at my nails

On your bedroom walls: Pictures

Talent I’d most like to have: Singing

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