November 8th, 2012

"20 Questions" with Shelby Catlett

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

"20 Questions" with Shelby Catlett
photo from Shelby Catlett

Catlett tackles the questions this week

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 questions 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. To see past editions of "20 Questions," visit

Name: Shelby Catlett    

Age: 18

Current school: Mercy Academy

Current Sports playing:Cross Country and Track

Parish/grade school attended: St. Mary Academy (it was Mother of Good Counsel before it merged with Immaculate Conception)

High school GPA: 4.0

Colleges considering or attending: maybe Centre and Transylvania, but not really sure at all


1. What is your proudest athletic moment? I played volleyball up until my sophomore year when I was cut from the team. In order to stay in shape, I joined the cross country team. I worked hard all through my first season with little benefits. It was painful and tedious. I then joined the track team to train until cross country began again. When my second cross country season started, I had improved greatly. I went from being on JV every single meet to being on varsity for the entire second season. I was consistently our third best runner on the team until another girl came in at the very end of the season.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? The night before every meet, my team has a spaghetti dinner. We either go to someone’s house or eat at Fazoli’s. I’m not a superstitious person, so I don’t worry that much about eating the same thing. I just eat whatever sounds good.

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? Well, I am really not a very good singer, but right now I’ve been listening to “Fearless” by Taylor Swift. It’s a great song to get pumped up before a race or for any time of the day for that matter.

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? I had never heard of this man until the Olympics, but after I saw Oscar Pistorius race the 400 meter race, I knew that I could endure the pain of my cross country races. I was inspired to work harder at practice and never give up because I saw this man race his heart out after all of the training he put into it.

5. What is your favorite movie quote? I don’t watch that many movies, but there is one quote that is actually a Bible verse does stand out in my head. This verse, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is from A Walk to Remember. It says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud, it does not dishonor other, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports? I get pretty nervous before I race, so when I need to calm down, I take a deep breath and begin to pray. I just talk to God because I know He will protect me. Just before we line up on the starting line, my team stands n a circle and holds hands. We say the Hail Mary and just relax for a minute.

7. What is your favorite cartoon character? My favorite cartoon character is Timmy Turner from Fairly Odd Parents because when I was younger, I was jealous of him. I had wanted my own Fairly Odd Parents. Each year for my birthday for about three or four years, when I would blow out the candles, I would wish for just this. Timmy Turner is also a funny kid with a wild imagination.

8. All time favorite board game? I have always really enjoyed a good game of Sorry!

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? I have an iPhone right now, but I recently got rid of my Blackberry. I really like the Blackberry better because it was simpler to use. My favorite apps on my iPhone are the ones that have funny pictures and cute quotes on them. I have about 9 apps like that right now. 

10. What is your favorite local (non chain) restaurant? I love going to Goose Creek Diner with my parents. We go there pretty often and just have a nice dinner in a cute little diner. My favorite thing is the chef salad with their smokey tomato dressing. Their cornbread and a chef salad make an awesome dinner.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show? My mom and I watch Dancing with the Stars whenever the show is on. We spend an hour just sitting around together, watching this show. I like the show, but I think the reason I like it so much is because I watch it with my mom.

12. What is your greatest fear? I am super afraid of heights and spiders, but my greatest fear is probably needles. I flip out whenever I have to get shots. I pass out any time I go to the doctor. One time I had to get blood drawn, and it took two nurses and my mom to pin me down. This was after the doctor and nurses consoled me for 45 minutes.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic? Unlike some people who have to speak the loudest and have their opinions heard, I enjoy listening to what others have to say and thinking about what I could say, rather than just shouting the first thing that comes to my head. Some people may call it shyness, but I think of it as inner-conversation. Whenever I don’t talk, it’s because I’m thinking, not because I’m too timid to talk.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food? I have a slight addiction to peanut butter. I go through phases where all I want to eat is peanut butter. When this happens, I have to eat peanut butter with every single meal.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? The best part of a regular school day is about 2:30-3:30pm because school ends at 2:45 and cross country practice starts at 3. In this hour, I get to leave school, see my friends, and start practice.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? My fifth grade teacher has always called my “Shelby Cakes.” My niece, Devin, calls me “Lada.” My best friend, Brant, calls me “Shelbo.” And my cross country coach calls me the “Dragon Lady.” I’m not exactly sure where these names came from, but that’s who I am.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? While I was at the Governor’s Scholars Program, we volunteered each week at St. Mary’s, a school for adults with disabilities, predominantly Down Syndrome. We had a great time meeting all the students and creating close relationships with them.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess? I have always liked doing arts and crafts, so I took an art class my freshman year. I found out that I am actually really good at art, painting and drawing especially. I don’t take art anymore, but I still draw on my own.

19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one - to travel forward or backward - which would you select and why? If I could go back in time to any decade, I would travel to the 1920s. The roaring 20s was a time upbeat like and positive attitudes. When I traveled back in time, I would take with me lots of the technology that I have today. I would get the credit for inventing it, then the people today who are inventing these things would simply improve what already existed. Not only would I be ahead of everyone else of the time, but I would also know what the future holds. I could predict the events of the next century and make money in the process. I would also know about the crash of the stock market. I would use my money very wisely and make a fortune before and after the crash.

20. If you could pick one person, dead or alive, and ask them just one question that they had to answer honestly, who would you pick and what would you ask? I would have to choose to visit Jesus and ask him how I could make my peers follow Him and trust in Him in a way greater than exists now. I would ask Him to show others how to turn away from wrong (such as war, drugs, alcohol, etc.) and live in happiness with Him.



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