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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Senior Week- Allison Mangieri

Senior Night this week vs. UTHS on Thursday. Time goes by pretty fast. We have a great group of six senior players and two senior managers. They have represented their school and community so well. I asked each of them to reflect on their basketball careers. As I receive their replies, I will post them.

This is from Allison Mangieri.

When you were younger, was there a male or female player you watched who inspired you? What was it about them or their game that drew your attention?
When I was younger, I looked up to Libby White. For some reason, I was obsessed with her haha.  She gave me her number at one of the camps and told me to call her if I wanted to go shoot around at the YMCA with her.  I was always too scared to call her because I didn't want to embarrass myself!


What have been your favorite classes or teachers at GHS? Why?
Favorite classes: Law in America, World History II, Aerobics, and Film & Video.  I liked these classes because the teachers were awesome and I enjoy learning about the subjects/activites/films covered!
Favorite teachers: Ms. Clay is one of my favorite teachers because she is caring and treats students equally.  I could talk with her for hours! 

What are you options or plans for next year?
Attend a four year university- Bradley or University of Illinois, Springfield.

Do you have an idea of what you would like to study after high school, or what kind of career you would like to go into?
I'd like to major in Political Science.  I'm still unsure if I want to be a teacher or go to law school to become a lawyer.

I am sure there are many things you appreciate that your family have done for you. In what ways have they inspired you?
My family has inspired me in an infinite amount of ways. First off, my parents are absolutely amazing for raising 12 children.  I believe they have been the best parents I could ever want and I love them more than words can express.  My parents always encourage me to do my best and tell what I have done well, instead of harping on what I could do better. Ever since I can remember my Dad always told me that the most important thing in life is to help those who cannot help themselves.  I believe he follows this motto well due to his past and present career. I'm thankful for his guidance. My Mom is my hero, for she is the most non-judgemental, loving, and caring woman I know.  I can tell her anything.  As for my siblings, they are all so different, but have impacted my life in so many positive ways. Some are Mothers and Fathers now, while some are working to further their careers, while one is teaching children in Cameroon, Africa, while the rest are still growing up.  Each individual in my family has inspired me to be the person I am today.

After the season is over, what could your teammates say about you that would make you the most happy to hear?
I would be most happy to hear that my teammates say that I was a positive leader and inspirational.

Your senior class is a special group. How have these relationships made it a good experience for you?
I'm extremely close with most of the seniors on our team which make this seasons experience awesome.  We all share the fact that it's our last year in school and sports together, thus we make it fun and memorable for each other.

What are some of your favorite memories from your basketball experiences?
I've enjoyed all the summer camps together as a team.  I've roomed with my bestfriends and girls who I didn't know too well.  However, I grew to love them and I'm glad I got the chance to get to know them as good as I do now. In my opinion, Notre Dame camp was the most memorable!

What advice do you have for junior high or freshmen/soph players?
Your years in high school go by a lot faster than what you think! Your basketball seasons will go by even faster! So, go into every practice and game like it was your last because you only get to be a Silver Streak basketball player for a short period of your life.

I know you will be pulling for your younger teammates who return for next season. What do you hope the freshmen, sophs, and juniors on the varsity have learned from this season? What message would you have for them?
My message is to work hard on and off the court.  Know your role on the team and own it.

What do you hope fans say about our team?
I hope fans say that we battled through anything together.

The best thing about basketball is.....
The cool gear. Just kidding! The best thing about basketball is.... The people you meet and how you build relationships with them.

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