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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Shannon Walsh – West De Pere Soccer

By Murray Gleffe


Name: Shannon Walsh

Parents: Thomas and Sandra Walsh

Activity: Girls’ soccer

Twitter:  @Shann_Walsh14

Shannon Walsh was a senior midfielder for the West De Pere girls’ soccer team.

The Phantoms finished 13-6-3 overall and 7-1-1 in the Bay Conference.

Walsh said she can head the ball about eight times without letting it hit the ground.

What was the hardest part about performing in a soccer match?

“Staying mentally tough throughout 90 minutes is the hardest part. Playing soccer is very physically demanding, so sticking with it and never giving up is always challenging.”

Who was the quietest person on your team? 

“Casey Jepson. We gave her a hard time about it because as a freshman she didn’t even say a word.”

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

“I would put money away for college, which is lame but true. After that, I would buy season tickets to see the Milwaukee Bucks play in the NBA.”

Australia or Mexico for a week?

“Australia, because I´ve always wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef. They also speak English, so it would be easier for me to visit.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be? 

“Jennifer Lopez. She can sing, dance, act and speak Spanish. I would love to know what it’s like to be that talented.”

A cool or hot summer?

“Cool. I don’t really like the heat.”

Do you have a nickname? 

On the field, my teammates called me Shan because it´s short and easy. Off the field, it´s Shan-dawg.”

Jet ski or swimming?

“Jet ski.”

What is one thing other teammates or coaches don’t know about you?

“Even though I seem really loud and obnoxious during practice, I’m actually really shy.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“I hope to be a sports journalist for a professional team. I love watching sports and writing, so to be able to do both would make me really happy.”

Talk about a time when you helped somebody out.

“During my sophomore and junior years, our team held a fundraiser called ‘Kick-for-A-Cure’ where we raised money to donate to those suffering from cancer. We were able to present checks to families to help any way we could. It felt really good and is one of my favorite memories from the high school soccer team.”

What are your college aspirations? 

“In the fall, I’m attending UW-Milwaukee to major in journalism or English.”

What are your hobbies? 

“I really love to travel and hang out with my friends.”

What two words describe you? 

“Ambitious, fun.”

What is the trendiest outfit you own?

“I have this jean dress I recently got on vacation that I really love. It goes with almost everything.”

What is the greatest piece of advice you have been told by a teacher?

“Focus and apply yourself. Everything is within reach.”

What is your favorite app?


Who is your favorite soccer player?

“Tobin Heath, because her footwork is some of the best I’ve ever seen. In a way, I tried to model my game after hers.”

Who was the toughest team you played against?

“Xavier. They aren´t the most talented team we´ve ever played, but they were our rivals. We saw them in the conference championship every year since I was a freshman, so whenever we played each other, we brought our best, and it got pretty intense.”

How do you define success?

“Being the best at something you love doing is how I view success. In terms of soccer, as long as I did everything I could to be the best I could be, I would consider this past season a success.”


Restaurant: Moe’s

Subject: English

Color: Yellow

Musical artist: Billie Eilish


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