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Senior Spotlight (Ellen Johnson)

Ellen Johnson • Bureau Valley

Date/place of birth: Oct. 3, 1999.

Hometown: Walnut.

Family: Parents - Craig and Anne Johnson, brothers - Alex and Adam.

Sports: Volleyball and basketball.

Favorite sport: Volleyball because of the high energy that comes after a huge block or kill and the teammates I got the privilege to play with, who will forever be my family.

Favorite food and where to get it: Mushroom and swiss burger from Culver’s.

Likes: Coffee, shopping, traveling, binge-watching Netflix.

Dislikes: Spiders, getting injured, ranch dressing, cats.

Person with the greatest influence on my athletic career: My dad, because he has been a coach forever and knows everything there is to know about sports. He has taught me about everything I know and has always pushed me to make myself better.

Person with the greatest influence in my life: My mom, because I tell her everything, and she’s always there to listen and give great advice. She is so selfless when it comes to our family and has truly taught me what hard work and love is.

Who’s your dream celebrity prom date: Adam Levine.

If stranded on a deserted island, I would have my: Phone.

The last song I listened to: “I Fall Apart” - Post Malone.

People would be surprised to know: My favorite movie is “Secondhand Lions,” which barely anyone has ever seen.

I stay home to watch: “Grey’s Anatomy.”

When I need luck for a big game, I: Pray with my team.

The funniest person I’ve ever met: Terry Bivins, because his actions and words are so random and over-exaggerated and he never fails to put a smile on my face.

What they’ll say about me at school after I graduate: “She was very loud, but her dad is Mr. Johnson, so it makes sense.”

Most embarrassing moment: Falling while backpedaling in basketball practice and breaking my wrist.

Most unforgettable moment: Getting 15 rebounds and 10 points in the regional game last year with my wrist brace on ... against doctor’s orders.

Ultimate sports fantasy: Playing volleyball at the University of Illinois and winning the national championship.

What I would like to do in life: Become an elementary education teacher.

Three words that best describe myself: Outgoing, hard-working, and caring.

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