Name: Sammy Shockey
School: Twin Valley South
Sports: Track, football
Claim to fame/honors: Junior season in track was state qualifier in 4x800 relay, county champion in four events (4x800, 400, 200 and 4x400), regional champ in 4x800, most valuable runner on team; all-county and all-league in football the past three years as running back and linebacker; member of student council all four years; will run at Ashland University and major in education.
Bet you didn’t know … I could solve a Rubik’s cube
Words you live by: To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift
Toughest opponent: Myself because I’m hard on myself
Biggest influence: My father; he always inspired me to be the best person I could possibly be
Meet-day rituals: I always eat oatmeal for breakfast; I like to relax all day long and listen to motivational speakers
What’s on your bedroom walls? Two Steve Prefontaine posters, Mountain Dew sign and 2016 800-meter state final results (so I see where I need to be).
When I’m bored I like to … listen to music
Favorite movie: Without Limits
Person who would play me in a movie: Brad Pitt
Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers
Favorite musical artist: Garth Brooks
I can’t live without: My family
I can live without: Broccoli
Event you’d like to attend: Olympic Games
Favorite book: The Hunger Games
Favorite home-cooked meal: Pork chops and green beans
Favorite restaurant: Hot Head
Favorite smell: Rain
Favorite cereal: Cap’n Crunch
Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Vegetable you won’t eat: Broccoli
I’d love to trade places for a day with … Usain Bolt
Whose mind would you like to read? Steven Hawking
Place where you’d love to travel? Italy
Talent you’d like to have? Singing
Favorite school subject: History
Favorite athlete: Steve Prefontaine
Favorite team: Kentucky Wildcats
Favorite Olympic sport: Track
Something in the world I’d like to change: Racism
Favorite sports moment: Winning regional championships last year
Favorite junk food: Oatmeal cream pies
Best thing about track: The thrill you get at the finish line
In 10 years, I hope to be … a college professor
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