June 18th, 2015

20 Questions with Sydney Flynn

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

20 Questions with Sydney Flynn
Photo Courtesy of Bill Brymer

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Name: Sydney Flynn

Age: 17

Current school: Sacred Heart Academy

Current Sports playing: Lacrosse and Figure Skating

Parish/grade school attended: Anchorage Independent Public School

High school GPA (optional): 4.0

Colleges considering or attending: University of Notre Dame

1. What is your proudest athletic moment? I can think of two momentous achievements throughout my athletic career. The first moment that comes to mind is the day I committed and signed to play lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame; the second moment is when I passed my final skating test, which I had been working towards for nearly 11 years, to become a triple gold level skater at the age of 16.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? I don’t have a frequent pre-game meal like some athletes, but I love to eat an apple and crackers, specifically club crackers before a game. They’re not too heavy but they’re also filling!

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? My “go to” song would be Hold Back the River by James Bay. It’s a frequent favorite when I’m driving or in the shower where I can belt it out with no audience and pretend I’m good enough to try out for American Idol.

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? One athlete I admire is Scott Hamilton. After he persevered through physical setbacks as a child and began skating, he battled through cancer twice during his career and continued to skate, even competing in the Olympics. Today, he is whole-heartedly involved in skating and the development of the sport.

5. What is your favorite movie quote? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s such a classic and I’ve realized the quote’s truth throughout high school. The last four years have flown by!

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports? My faith plays a large part in my life, including my athletics. All of my talents have been blessings from God and I play to say thank you to Him and bring recognition to the fact that everyone has God-given talents. All of my successes are a result of his strength and grace.

7. What is your favorite cartoon character? I love Mickey Mouse because he encapsulates my childhood pretty much! I love Disney and all of those classics that started with Walt’s little mouse.

8. All-time favorite board game? The Game of Life. This was my family’s “go to” game when I was younger on our family nights and it was the only board game I did well in.

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? Definitely an iPhone! The others confuse me…my favorite app is Shazam. I’ve found the majority of the songs on my iPod through Shazam. It’s so convenient and applicable to my every-day life.

10. What is your favorite local restaurant? Bunz on Bardstown road; one of my best friends showed it to me during my junior year and I have yet to find a better burger in Louisville.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show? I’m not a fan of reality TV; I try to avoid it at all costs.

12. What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is to disappoint the people who have given their time, effort and faith to me. In many ways, my greatest fear is also my greatest motivator.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic? I try to be welcoming and accepting to everyone I meet. I understand that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses than me, including contrasting beliefs and attitudes; I try to understand different perspectives and be understanding toward every individual.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food? Chocolate covered acai berries and weight watchers’ chocolate fudgesicles are my kryptonite. I have eaten an entire bag of berries without a second thought before but then my stomach quickly made me regret that lapse in judgment.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? I’ve never really thought about this before but my favorite time of the day would probably be lunch time. Lunch is my favorite meal of the day and after lunch there is still half of a day left for any potential activities or plans.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? I have a couple nicknames; most of them were created because they are easier to say than Sydney like “squid” or because they rhyme like “Syd the kid” or “Sydney the kidney”. But on the lacrosse team my freshman year, I was given the nickname “Katniss” simply because my team decided that if we were put in the hunger games, I would be the last one standing.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? I enjoyed serving with Hand in Hand ministries because it allowed me to travel and become immersed in the lives of those who I served. I traveled to Nicaragua and Appalachia over the last two years to build or refurnish houses. Hand in Hand allowed me the opportunity to develop relationships with the families I helped or people from that area. It’s awesome to see and understand the impact I made and can have on another person’s life.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess? Um…I’ve been told I’m a good dancer and I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute if that counts as a hidden talent!

19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one - to travel forward or backward - which would you select and why?

I would choose to travel back to the 1964. My IB history class studied this time period throughout the year and I would have loved to experience that year which contained the peak of the civil rights movement, the influence of the women’s rights movement, the development of youth culture, the infatuation with the Beatles, and the Vietnam War among many other events. There were so many watershed events during the early 60’s which came to a head in ’64 that I think would be incredible to have lived through. That’s kind of the nerd in me talking, haha!

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?

This is an extremely difficult question because the scenario presents so many possibilities…I could ask any author or world leader if their views are being correctly expressed or understood. I could also ask anyone who has died what death is like. I could find out things from so many different important people but knowing me I would probably end up asking Lincoln what color he thinks that stupid dress is.

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