October 7th, 2010

"20 Key Questions" With Jewell Dobson

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Jewell Dobson
photo from Facebook.com

Mercy Academy senior gracefully faces the Questions

Each week, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

With the perfect distribution of grace and grit, Mercy Academy's Jewell Dobson is as well-balanced of a high school athlete that there is.

Known for singing the national anthem before home volleyball matches, Dobson possesses the poise to belt the high note, as well as the ability to play high at the net, often times leading her nationally-ranked Jaguars to a key point on the court. A senior middle blocker, Dobson has led Mercy to a 25-5 record in 2010, including a win at the Berkely Premier Tournament in Florida.

Dobson is a member of several impressive organizations, including Mercy First Honors, Congressional Youth Leadership Conference Alumni, National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society, and Peer Leaders, and plans on continuing her education and career at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tn. next season. Before that, however, Dobson and Co. have volleyball business to attend to first, and they will be a definite contender for the state championship as postseason play begins next week.

Mercy will begin 21st District Tournament play Oct. 12 against Portland Christian, and would play the winner of Presentation Academy and Central for the district championship. See below for Dobson's answers to the "20 Key Questions."

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

I like anything that I can dance and go crazy to. I also like inspirational songs with good lyrics. One of my favorite songs is "Dare You To Move" by Switchfoot. I also like "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus because it brings back awesome memories from my junior year volleyball season.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

I often like to eat a Payday and sweet tea before games.

3. Cats or Cards?

I'm pretty neutral on this subject because my family is pretty much split. If the Cats are playing anyone else but the Cards I'll go for them, but I've always had a thing for Louisville.

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

An athlete that I look up to on a professional level is Phil Dalhausser, an Olympic Beach Volleyball player. I watched him in the 2008 Olympics and I was impressed by how amazing he was. I also thought he seemed very focused and driven while he was playing.

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

I have two; "Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." (The Princess Bride) and "Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, 'Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.' Don't be resigned to that. Break out!" (Dead Poets Society).

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

My Catholic faith is a big part of my life so of course it will have an impact on my volleyball life as well. I feel that I have learned many important lessons through playing volleyball, involving character, integrity, perserverance, and leadership--all important to leading a Christian life.

7. What keeps you motivated?

What keeps me motivated is the thought that I have so many talents and abilities that I could use in a positive way and I don't want to take them for granted. I also think of everything I can accomplish if I put forth my best effort.

8. All time favorite board game?


9. Blackberry or iPhone?


10. Favorite Facebook function?

The Bumper Sticker application.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

My favorite reality TV show is America's Next Top Model because it's the only reality TV show I watch. I really like watching One Tree HIll and The Office, too, although they aren't reality TV.

12. What is your favorite pro team?

I don't really have a favorite pro-team.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

This is a hard one. I'd have to say that I'm a very happy and energetic person. I like making other people smile. I also try to stay true to myself, which I think is an important quality for anyone to have.

14. Gatorade or Powerade? Which flavor?

Purple Gatorade, preferably G2

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

I'm an evening person, so I'd have to say around 8 to 9 p.m.

16. Best smart phone app?

The Pandora app.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

Right now for a Senior Service Project, a group of my friends and I are trying to promote healthy lifestyles in kids and teens. To do this, we're working with the YMCA and educating young kids about how to stay healthy and eat right. I'm also very involved at my church. I attend Youth Mass at St. Rita Church and I'm involved in the Youth Group there. I sometimes sing in the choir and we also particpate in a lot of service projects. I also volunteer at St. Luke Church with picnics and other events.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I'm actually a decent singer. I'm no Mariah Carey, but I do enjoy singing the National Anthem at our home games. A weird talent I have is being able to touch my nose with my tongue. 

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent?

This is a tough one. I think it would be cool if there was actually an Everlasting Gobstopper, like the one in the Willy Wonka movie. A peice of candy that featured a full-course dinner would be cool, too. That may be more for the candymakers rather than the scientists, though.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

I'd have to say that my proudest athletic moment thus far is winning the State Tournament last year. It was the greatest feeling because not many people thought we were going to make it very far last year, yet we came together as a team and beat the odds. 


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