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Senior Spotlight, Emily DeLaurelle-Ashwaubenon tennis

By Murray Gleffe


Name: Emily DeLaurelle

Parents: Jim and Karen

Activity: Tennis

What is it like to be a leader on the tennis team at Ashwaubenon High School? “Being an upperclassman on the Ashwaubenon tennis team means taking responsibility and being a good role model for the younger athletes. It’s really cool to see how younger students look up to older ones, but it also means that you need to be careful of how you’re talking and acting around them.”

What is your most embarrassing moment ever in tennis? “I don’t remember one specific instance, but any time you go for the ball and completely miss it, or you get aced on the opponent’s second serve is really embarrassing.”

How many years have you been involved in tennis? “I’ve been playing on the tennis team since middle school, but my older brother hit with me before I was on the team.”

What is your most memorable moment? “Last season, my junior year, the team had a really great season. I made it to sectionals and took second for No. 4 varsity singles. It was a really cool moment to share with my team and my family and I’ll never forget it.”

What’s the hardest part about performing in a tennis competition? “The hardest part is when you’re facing an opponent that’s supposed to be better than you, and not mentally giving in before you even start the match.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be? “If I could be somebody for a day, I would be Bitz Steinhoff.”

What is your sports routine before a big game starts? “I don’t really have much of a routine, but I like to try to think about the match as minimally as possible right before I play. I’ll usually warm up with some teammates and joke around so I don’t overthink it.”

Do you have a nickname or something a teammate calls you during a game? “We never came up with individual nicknames for each other, but I remember sometimes calling the varsity singles players the singles squad.”

What is one thing that other teammates or coaches don’t know about you? “One thing my teammates and coaches don’t know about me is that I want to play ultimate frisbee in college.”

Winning individual honors* or a big team win? “Big team wins for sure. When you win as a team it means so much more because you have a bunch of people to share and celebrate with.”

What are your college aspirations? “I’m not exactly sure what I want to do yet or where I want to go, but I either want to minor or double major in Spanish.”

What would your dream job be once you graduate? “My dream job would either be a political scientist or a veterinarian technician.”

What are your hobbies? “My hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee with my youth group, biking or walking with friends, swimming, cooking, and reading.”

What is your favorite event ever attended? “I’ve only been to one Packers game, and it was last year with my friend. It was really cool because we got to go onto the field beforehand.”

What is your favorite type of music? “I like John Mayer, Coldplay, twenty-One Pilots, and Christian rap music.”

What is your favorite thing to do on your phone? “Probably Pinterest. I go on the site a lot.”

What three words describe you? “Thoughtful, conscientious, and determined.”

What is your favorite trip ever taken? “I went to Mérida, México this past Christmas to visit my brother who was studying abroad, and it was incredible. I got to use my Spanish and learn more about the culture there. I would definitely go back.”

TV or Outdoor Activities? “I don’t really watch TV shows other than old ones like ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and the ‘Andy Griffith Show’. I also really like finding and exploring new parks with my friends.”


Food: Tortellini

Subject: Government/social studies

Color: Yellow

TV Show: “Gilligan’s Island”

Athlete: Brodie Smith

Board Game: Checkers

Candy: Gummy worms

Ice Cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough

Holiday: Easter

Season: Fall and summer

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