Athlete of the month


Name: Ellie Nicolin

Grade: Sophomore

Sport(s) participating in: Poms

Why she won: She has worked so hard this year and has tremendously improved from when she first started. She never ever complains and always goes full out and follows directions. She is a hard worker.


Question: How long have you been dancing?

Answer: Five years


Question: What is your training like (How many days a week for how many hours)?

Answer: During our competition season we practice four-five days a week for two-thee hours, and sometimes on the weekend we would have four-six hour practices.


Question: Why do you dance?

Answer:  I dance because I enjoy it and because it makes me feel good about myself.


Question: How does it feel when you walk out onto the field at a football game?

Answer: The nerves start kicking in when there is 2 minutes before halftime and then they announce us on the field and I get so excited.


Question: What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?

Answer:  We won five first place trophies this season.


Question: What is your biggest challenge?

Answer: The biggest challenge is probably working on my jazz skills because I came from a hip hop team and so I have been taking jazz classes to overcome this challenge.


Question: What is the best advice you have ever received?

Answer: The best advice I have ever received is to never give up and always keep trying.


Question: Who is your role model/hero?

Answer:  My role model is my coach because she always believes in me and knows I can do whatever I put my mind too.


Question: Were you surprised that you won athlete of the week?

Answer: Yes


Question: Do you compete with a private studio as well as doing poms at the high school?

Answer:  No


Question: What is your favorite style of dance?

Answer:  Hip hop



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Claire Filpi
Claire Filpi is the sports editor for the Voice and This is her first year with the newspaper, but she's been involved with yearbook for two years. Claire started yearbook as a staff member and then became photo editor; this year she will be the yearbook sports editor. When she is not in school, Claire enjoys coaching cheerleading and gymnastics, cheering on her level 5 all-star cheer team, and doing freelance photography. She can be reached at


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