Athlete of the Week: Malaya Rivers, Fairborn High School

Name: Malaya Rivers

School: Fairborn

Sport: Cheer

Class: Senior

Age: 17

Claim to fame: Being involved in and a leader of a lot of clubs

Bet you didn’t know: I work in a nursery and know CPR and first aid

Toughest opponent/why: Myself because I hold myself to a very high standard and expectations

Favorite book: Apart from the crowd

Favorite movie: We Bought a Zoo

Favorite TV show: Anything on TLC

Favorite musical artist/song: Khalid, 8Teen

Favorite pro athlete/why: Serena Williams because she defies all the odds and shows that black women not only have grace, but power

Favorite smell: Fresh scents

Favorite home-cooked meal: Fried rice

Game-day rituals: Taking a nap before games

Person who would play me in a movie: Kerry Washington

Words you live by: She will not only climb mountains, she will move them too

Biggest influence/why: My older sister because of all of her hard work and accomplishments

I am most annoyed by: Laziness

I can’t live without: A planner

Most embarrassing moment: Falling down the stairs in sixth grade in front of everyone

In 10 years, I’ll be: A registered nurse going back to school to become a nurse practitioner

Best thing about cheer: Cheering on a team and meeting new and interesting people

Worst thing about cheer: Hot weather

Vegetable I just won’t eat: Celery

Favorite junk food: French fries

Favorite school subject: Math

Love to trade places for a day with: Michelle Obama

When I’m bored, I like to: Listen to music

Worst habit: Biting my nails

On your bedroom walls: Pictures of my friends

Talent I’d most like to have: Playing the piano

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