July 10th, 2015

20 Questions with Katie Esselman

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

20 Questions with Katie Esselman
Katie Esselman plays field for Sacred Heart / photo provided by the Esselman family

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On a weekly basis, Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to sponsor the "20 Questions" that will feature a high school student-athlete in the local Catholic high school community. If there is a specific student-athlete that you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to crevell@catholicsportsnet.com.

Name: Katie Esselman

Age: 18

Current school:  Sacred Heart Academy

Current Sports playing: Field Hockey

Parish/grade school attended: Sacred Heart Model School

High school GPA: 3.91

Colleges considering or attending: Northwestern University

1. What is your proudest athletic moment? My two proudest moments in my athletic career are winning the gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 2013 and verbally committing to play field hockey at Northwestern University.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? For a snack, I like to fix a fruit smoothie, and for a meal, I like to eat a concoction of pasta, vegetables, and chicken.

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? For the sake of everyone’s wellbeing, I sure hope that never happens. But, I would probably sing “You & I” by One Direction (please change the channel when I butcher Zayn’s high note). 

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? I look up to Keli Smith-Puzo, a two-time Olympian who truly plays for the passion of the game of field hockey. She inspires me to play with passion and determination every time I step onto the field. Even if the competition seems impossible, she looks at it as another opportunity to improve. Not only was she a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team for 10 years and went to the Olympics twice, she continued training with the National Team after having two kids.

5. What is your favorite movie quote? "We're all different. Especially him. But there's something kind of fantastic about that, isn't there?" – Fantastic Mr. Fox

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports? Before every Sacred Heart field hockey game, the team gets together to pray a “Hail Mary”. It grounds us and reminds us of the reason we play. It reminds me to thank God every day for giving me the ability to play.

7. What is your favorite cartoon character? Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite cartoon character was, and always will be, Mario. I can play a mean game of Mario Kart and Mario Party.

8. All-time favorite board game? My favorite board game is Monopoly because I’d always be the last one playing. My family never wanted to finish a game.

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? I have only had one of those three, so I’m going to choose the iPhone (even though the constant and random restarts really test my patience). My favorite app is the Music app that comes with the iPhone. It is home to my favorite bands and playlists, and is an essential part of my everyday life. I constantly listen to my music when I am in the car (at top volume, of course), in the shower, trying to clean my room, and preparing to take the field. Music is my passion.

10. What is your favorite local restaurant? My favorite local restaurant is Fiesta Time, a Mexican food restaurant that serves what I like to think is heaven in a bowl: bean dip. Grimace all you want, but this concoction of refried beans and queso could easily run through my veins for how much I love it. Another local favorite of mine is Morris’s Deli, a cozy old-fashioned deli with warm people and great food.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show? This might not necessarily be reality TV, but I hardcore binge watch Criminal Minds (I mean, come on, Spencer Reid is absolutely breathtaking and mesmerizing with his intelligence). I also adore Family Feud; it cracks me up. 

12. What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is stink bugs... I can hear them from a mile away, and I’m running to get my trusty exterminator (dad) before they can swoop into my hair. Ever since I found myself trapped in the bathroom with two of them, I’ve been terrified of them.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic? My best qualities are that I am passionate, determined, and reflective.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food? Bean dip from Fiesta Time is my uttermost guilty pleasure. That and green apple sour skittles.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? It’s seasonal... 9 a.m. is my favorite hour in the summer because it offers the perfect balance between getting many hours of sleep and having the rest of the day ahead of me to accomplish anything (or nothing). But, during school, I love noon because to me it represents the fact that I’ve accomplished half of my day’s work, but I still have another half that promises relaxed attitudes after lunchtime and another chance to accomplish anything.  

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? I went through an embarrassing fifth grade phase where I called myself “KT” and wrote it on my school papers (get it? because “KT” sounds like “Katie”...), so it stuck. Also, some of my teammates call me “Kessel” or “Kesselman” because there were so many “Katies” on my club team.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? I love to volunteer at the Down Syndrome of Louisville. My 21 year old brother, Ryan, has Down Syndrome and when I volunteer at DSL, it brings me insane happiness to see everyone enjoying the time they spend with each other.  They are some of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met and it just doesn’t feel like volunteer work at all.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess? The first thing that came to mind when I read this question is that I can jiggle/vibrate my eyes. Sounds weird. But I can also draw lyric art pretty well.

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 backwards. Life is already short enough, so I wouldn’t want to shorten it anymore by traveling forward. Besides, if I traveled backwards, I would re-live some of my favorite moments in life AND I would definitely attend more concerts.

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 ask Zayn Malik if he would go to prom with me.

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