How many people do you know that has played over 5 sports in their lifetime, still has good grades, and has time to spare? Helix Freshman Elisabeth Shaw not only can take on all these tasks, but still looks “cool as a cucumber”.
Elisabeth Shaw, 14, is a kind and loving person from a big family that consists of four brothers and three sisters. “It’s painful sometimes living with Lizzy because she can be annoying, but we have our ups and downs,” Her younger sister Bekah said. “Other than those times, we have a lot of fun together!” She is the oldest girl in her family. She and her family live outside of Helix in a large house. In her free time she listens to country music, pop, and even Disney songs. She enjoys drawing, painting, and texting her friends, and more importantly— she plays sports.
Elisabeth has played more than five sports in her life, these sports include: volleyball, track, tennis, basketball, and soccer. She also plays kickball with her family on rare occasions. Recently, she lost the kickball in a couple of bushes.
Shaw’s favorite sport is volleyball. She has played the sport for three years. (More precisely her middle school years, or 6th, 7th, and 8th). There is a game called Pip, Squeak, and Wilbur in volleyball that Elisabeth played once.
Pip, Squeak, and Wilbur is a game where you stand in a line containing of three people. One is named Pip, another is Squeak, and one is Wilbur. There are multiple groups standing in a circle, with volleyballs (or whatever you need) in the center. This game is kind of like musical chairs because you keep one less ball in the center. When the person says the person’s name (for example Squeak) they run around the other groups and under Pip and Wilbur’s legs. Whoever doesn’t get the ball is out. This proceeds until one group is left.
Playing this game, Elisabeth tripped over her own feet -- the cause of this was the volleyball grips on her shoes -- causing her to fall down. Instead of just sitting there, she did what she called “a ninja roll” and came back onto her feet. “I was feeling dizzy because we had just run the mile,” Elisabeth explained. “People said my face was really pale.” It takes a lot of balance and athleticism to do a barrel roll and keep on running.
Although volleyball is her favorite sport, Elisabeth is a very competitive person and likes the solo sports more than team sports. She is really competitive; therefore, she prefers to do sports like track and tennis.
Elisabeth has ran track for three years as well. She ran for the Pendleton city league. Then she did track in 7th and 8th for Helix Middle School. She is debating on whether she wants to compete in track or tennis in high school.
She likes track because she likes to run, and likes the competition. “I like to win,” Elisabeth stated.
Elisabeth has competed in a lot of events, but the ones that are her favorite are: Long jump, shot put, 100m dash, and the relay. She has won 2nd in the relay, 4th in the 100m dash, 3rd in the 4X1 relay, and 7th in long jump.
Once, in the 100m dash, she was racing against a shorter girl with brunette hair. They were neck-and-neck, more importantly; they were extremely close to the finish. “I kept on running faster and faster until I beat her!” Elisabeth revealed with energized arm movements.
She may like track because it’s competitive, and volleyball is her favorite sport, but her favorite “Individual” sport is Tennis.
She loves tennis because it’s an overall fun sport that is filled with competitiveness; tennis comes naturally to her. She enjoys serving in the game too, and prefers playing in the back where she can see the entire court.
Playing against another Helix student, Elisabeth was super pumped and took a swing at an incoming ball, when the ball made contact with her racket; it flew way over the courts and onto the kickball field. Her sister Rebekah Shaw (who was also in a match), saw everything; “It was so funny, that I stopped my match to watch it,” She said trying to not burst out with a large grin.
If Elisabeth were to ever play only one sport for the rest of her life, it would be either volleyball or tennis. Both of these sports are ones she is considering playing when she is older.
Although Elisabeth is a very athletic person, in the long run, she wants to be either a cook or an artist. Having the mindset of an athlete will help her pursue any career that she chooses.
Elisabeth Shaw isn’t your average student; she has the spirit and determination of an athlete, the brains of a mathematician, and the sympathy of the most amazing listener. She is the definition of a best friend that gets along with anyone and everyone, making her a champion on and off the court.