September 20th, 2012

"20 Questions" with Elizabeth "Izzy" Sherman

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

"20 Questions" with Elizabeth "Izzy" Sherman
photo by Conor Revell

Izzy talks about her busy life on and off the field

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 questions that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. To see past editions of "20 Questions," visit

Name: Elizabeth “Izzy” Sherman

Age: 17

Current school: Presentation Academy

Current Sports playing: Soccer and swimming

Parish/grade school attended: St. Thomas More / St. Nicholas Academy

High school GPA: 3.4

Colleges considering or attending: Bellarmine, Hanover, St Catherine, U of L, U K, or Murray State University

Bio: Four years on varsity soccer team, soccer team captain junior and senior years, all District sophomore and junior years, all regional team sophomore year, Louisville Catholic Sports Net All Catholic Soccer Team sophomore and junior years, Louisville Catholic Sports Net Garrett-Stotz Company Community Service Award 2012 Female Athlete, three years on varsity swimming team, varsity track and field team freshman and sophomore years, four year member of the Student Government currently President, member of mission club, student ambassador, member of Y-club and delegate at KYA and KUNA, member of Louisville Soccer club, two years, captain of U 16 and U 17.  

1. What is your proudest athletic moment? My proudest athletic moment came in the District tournament in 2011 in our game against Manual. At half time the game was tied 1 - 1. I stopped a penalty kick with five minutes to go in the half. Manual has consistently been one of the strongest opponents that Presentation has faced. Even though Presentation lost the game the half time score was proof that anything is possible.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? My ideal meal before a game would be peanut butter and graham crackers with a banana.

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? My go to song would be Firework by Katy Perry.

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? An athlete that I look up to is Hope Solo. Solo is a leader on the field who has had many obstacles in her life, but through persistence, dedication, and hard work she has reached the highest level in her sport. She is the starting goalkeeper on the US Olympic Soccer Team.

5. What is your favorite movie quote? “Hakuna Matata” from the Lion King. The phrase means no worries for the rest of your days.

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports? My faith impacts my sports by giving me the courage to take the necessary “leaps of faith” possible for me to be successful.

7. What is your favorite cartoon character? Mickey Mouse

8. All time favorite board game? Monopoly

9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? iPhone and Twitter

10. What is your favorite local (non chain) restaurant? My favorite local restaurant is Hoops on Strawberry Lane.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show? Dance Moms

12. What is your greatest fear? Death

13. What is your best quality/characteristic? I am a natural born leader with public speaking skills. I am also a hard worker in every aspect of life.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food? My favorite junk food is a Reese Cup blizzard.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? My favorite hour of the day is 5:30 because that is game time.

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? My nickname is “Izzy.” The nickname was given to me by some of my close friends at St. Nicholas Academy. The name really began to stick my freshman year at Presentation Academy, because Elizabeth was too long to yell on the soccer field.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? My favorite place to volunteer is at Hearts for Kenya, a Louisville, KY based not-for-profit Company. Their mission is to empower the Oyugis, Kenya community to address the critical needs of poverty, hunger, and disease through education and training projects.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess? One of my hidden talents is singing. I have been a member of Presentation’s choirs for the past four years. I am currently a member of Prezettes, which is an elite chorus at Presentation.

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 back in time to a period where people communicated more in person or face to face opposed to communicating via electronic means.

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 Mother Teresa how she was able to keep motivated in her fight for humanity.



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