October 6th, 2017

20 Questions with Claire Curtis

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

20 Questions with Claire Curtis
Claire Curtis (14) plays soccer for Pres / photo provided by Diane Curtis

On a weekly basis, Louisville Catholic Sports posts the Sullivan “20 Questions” feature that highlights a high school student-athlete in the local Catholic high school community. If there is a specific athlete that you’d like to know more about, email future suggestions to crevell@catholicsportsnet.com.

Name: Claire Curtis

Age: 16

Current school: Presentation Academy

Sports playing: Tennis, archery, field hockey, and soccer.

Parish/grade school attended: St. Raphael

GPA: 4.0

Colleges considering or attending: I've been making college visits but am undecided.

1. What is your proudest athletic moment? My proudest athletic moment is taking the soccer field the first time as a high school student. I had played soccer since age 3 and volleyball since age 5, and my freshman year at Pres played volleyball. The next year when I walked back on the soccer field as part of our varsity soccer team, I just looked over at my parents and smiled. I was so excited to play on this team - I love my teammates, they are so talented, fun and driven. They always look out for each other.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? My mom teases me but my ideal pre-game snacks are gummy bears and Goldfish.

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? I am a big Imagine Dragons and Billy Joel fan, and I love singing. If I was trying out for American Idol, my "go to" song would be Piano Man. This song is reminds me of being in the van with my best friend one night after ice skating and the song came on the radio and all of us just started singing together in the car.

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? One athlete I admire a lot is one of my first soccer coaches Tim Wolz. He played soccer, coaches soccer and is very passionate about soccer. He inspired me as a child because he took a break from coaching college soccer And wound up coaching a group of young girls who loved playing soccer, all but two still play soccer. He was one of my first coaches. He always had lesson plans for each practice and when he taught us foot skills and passing, he did it in creative ways with zany games. He helped fuel my love of soccer. We were always having fun and did not realize the valuable skills - on and off the field - he was teaching us. Also, during one of our first games, when the other team did not have enough players, he had some of us volunteer to play on that team - this modeled collaboration over competition

5. What is your favorite movie quote? One of my favorite movie quotes is from Hacksaw Ridge, a movie about the bravery of one soldier who stands up for his beliefs, Desmond T. Doss. He was bullied and even court martialed because of his beliefs, "I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe."

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports? My faith is very important, and I was raised this way by my parents and grandparents. I am grateful to God for all I have and all I get to do. When I get on the field, we pray.  I always ask for protection for myself and everyone on the field, and that my guardian angels - my grandpa, grandma and uncle - watch over me. I am lucky also to have a number of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in my life. Their faith and how they live inspire me.

7. What is your favorite cartoon character?  I don't have a favorite cartoon character but I love Japanese animated movies. My favorite character is Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki.

8. All-time favorite board game? My favorite board game is Rummikub because I love numbers and patterns. I also like to play poker.

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? I have an iPhone and really enjoy taking nature photos with my phone's camera. My favorite app is Clash of Clans because of the strategy involved.

10. What is your favorite local restaurant? That's a hard choice, we are so lucky in Louisville to have so many great restaurants. My two favorite local restaurants are Vietnam Kitchen - pineapple curry and the boba drinks, and duck fat fries at Louvino.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show? My favorite reality TV show is "Survivor," I'd love to challenge myself by staying in a remote area and having to use survival skills. "So You Think You Can Dance," is also pretty amazing, so many talented people. 

12. What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is confusing b's and d's on multiple choice tests or flipping other letters because of my dyslexia. If I am not hyper vigilant when I read, or I am really tired, this happens. I prepare really hard for tests and projects but sometimes I can't help how my brain works.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic? I try really hard to go out of my way to include people and make them feel welcome and to be there for friends. I want people to be accepted for who they are. Having dyslexia, I've experienced being judged or left out and don't want that for anyone.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food? I love french fries. I like trying restaurants that have fries prepared in different ways. Louvino has amazing fries.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? One of my favorite hours is 7 p.m. on a Friday night when I can hang out, especially with my best friend, and watch football games, and cheer like crazy in the student section.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? I have two nicknames - Claire Bear and Ladybug. My grandfather, who was very close to me, gave me these nicknames.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? My favorite place is Nazareth Home because of the memories I have helping take care of my grandma when she developed dementia after having strokes. When my grandma became frail, she lived at Nazareth Home. I always learn so much from spending time with, talking to and laughing with people my grandparents age. Watching my grandma struggle with dementia was hard and I am grateful to everyone who was kind to her. I want to pay that kindness forward.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess? One hidden talent that I have is that my elbows are double jointed. When I straighten my arms they look hyperextended. I don't do it much because the sight sometimes freaks people out.

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 travel to the past because I would love to live in big moments in history, so that I could experience them for myself. I was recently watching a series about the young George Washington; I would like to be able to travel back in time to see leaders like him in action.

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 like to meet Ida B. Wells. I admire her because she worked tirelessly for Civil rights and women's rights, was very outspoken and tenacious. She stood up for her rights and the rights of others. I would ask her how she found the courage to do the things she did.


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