What gets you the most excited about starting a new US Academic Triathlon season?
Growing up with Academic Triathlon (my mother, Peggy Sheldon, is the founder), it is fun to see what the kids come up with as the solutions to the problems – it’s always very different every year. This year I’m excited to be part of the whole process as a formal staff member. I think it’s an excellent program to foster creativity in middle school kids.
- What creative things do you do in your spare time?
I’m a photographer, so I’m constantly thinking creatively to get the shot – and thinking outside the “lens” for creative perspectives. Additionally, I run a print shop, so I get to work with clients to design business cards, signs, and whatever printed materials they might need.
- What is your favorite USAT event and why?
I love trivia – I have a good mind for facts and details. Ask me nearly any sports statistic or sports history fact and I’ll come up with it. My memory is like an elephant’s – I never forget. Therefore, it has always been fun for me to come up with the content for Face-Off!, and I liked to help my team in this event when I was a student competing in USAT.
- What is your role in the program?
I am the Production Director, so it’s my job to make sure the Meet materials each team receives are done well. I value a high standard of production, so it is my goal to make sure the materials you receive are top notch.
- Who was your hero when you were in middle school?
Kirby Puckett – he stood for strong leadership and great teamwork. Plus, he was an amazing athlete.