May 11th, 2011

"20 Questions" With Michael Woeste

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Questions" With Michael Woeste
photo by Chris Jung

St. Xavier volleyball senior takes on the Questions

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 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.

The St. Xavier High School boys volleyball team swept Trinity and won a state championship this season, and senior Michael Woeste was a key component of that run.

Woeste, who is the team's setter, has already led the Tigers to wins on the road against Cathedral (Indianapolis) and within the Carmel and Cardinal Classics in Indiana and Ohio respectively. He and his team are also scheduled to play a match this weekend (May 14) in Franklin, IN.

Boasting a 3.68 GPA, Woeste will attend the University of Dayton next year, where he plans on studying mechanical engineering. He says he "wants to create something useful for the world." 

We recently asked Woeste to take part in the weekly "20 Questions" segment, and he obliged. His answers are listed in full below.

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

"Heart of a Champion" by Nelly always gets my head in the right place before a game.

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

Emergen-C 1,000mg Vitamin C drink mix gives me the energy I need....and a Chewey bar.

3. If you were a contestant on "American Idol," what song would you sing?

I would sing "Wanted, Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi because that is the only song I successfully sing on Rock Band.

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

I look up to Rajon Rondo because he is a great example of talent from Louisville going places and making a name for themselves. He is an unselfish, talented player.

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"What is this, a center for ants?!" "How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?!" - Derek Zoolander in Zoolander

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

I recognize that God has provided me with all the talents and abilities I need to be successful on the court and in life. I thank Him every day and have the faith to know that I He will provide.

7. What keeps you motivated?

I stay motivated by my desire to succeed and win for myself and for my teammates.

8. All time favorite board game?

Santa Bingo (a bingo game my mom created)

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry?

I have an ENV Touch but I am hoping to upgrade to an iPhone very soon.

10. Favorite Facebook function?

My favorite Facebook function is definately the like button. I like a lot of things on Facebook and it as easier than commenting.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

I'm not a big fan of Reality TV shows but the main one I know about has got to be Jersey Shore

12. What is your favorite pro team?

I am a Cincinnati Bengals fan, maybe they will be good this year.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

My best quality is my personability. I am friendly towards everyone and I get along well with everyone. I am easy to talk to and I always have something to say. I make friends easily and I am well liked by my friends.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food?

Jolly Ranchers. Blue Rasberry is the best flavor.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

I like 5:00 AM because many times I wake up at that time before school and realize I still have an hour and half to sleep. It is the best feeling.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

Sometimes I am called "squeeshty" for some reason I do not know why. I am also called "wowowowoeste" sometimes because I stuttered at a tournament one time and my team never lets me live it down.

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

I like volunteering at Habitat for Humanity because it is a great way to get experience and give back to the community. I will be volunteering there three times a week this summer.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I was a pretty good chess player in grade school.

19. If time machines were real and you could only travel in one direction - forward or backward - which would you choose and why?

I would travel to the future because I have few regrets in my past and I am looking forward to starting my career and seeing what I will end up doing with my life.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

Beating the number one volleyball team in Indiana - Cathedral - my junior year.


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