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Panther Profile: Kelsey Notestein

Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Kelsey Notestein

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


Kelsey Notestein is a junior at Mt. Pleasant High School and a member of the Panther cross-country team.

Notestein is one of the few upper-classmen on a young Panther team and can usually be found crossing the finish line in the first few MPCHS runners.

Notestein met with The News on Wednesday before practice. The questions are in bold with her answers following.

Did you grow up here in Mt. Pleasant? Yes, I did.

How long have you been running cross-country? I’ve been running cross-country since seventh-grade, so about six years.

Did anyone convince you to do it? Yes, actually! My friend (did) and then she ended up not doing it in high school. I ended up staying with it because I just loved it so much.

Do you have plans for after high school? I kind of want to go to college out of state. I think I want to run cross-country in college, and then I want to get into medical stuff.

So you want to be a traveler, huh? Do you mean Midwest out of state or are you going-going? Well, not like going-going but maybe like Chicago or something like that.

What is your favorite cross-country memory? Oh goodness. I don’t even know, there are too many to think of.

What is it like this year with the new coach? Have you learned anything new about Coach Murray that you didn’t know? Not yet.

But you’re working on it. Yeah. It will come! I’m pretty sure we’ll know more once the season goes on.

What has it been like running with the boys more this year? Well, very interesting because we get to hear all their conversations. We’re just kind of there, along for the ride.

So the boys are chattier than the girls, then. Yeah, definitely. It’s kind of hard to keep them quiet!

When you’re not at practice or a race, what can we find you doing? Probably either doing homework, working or sleeping.

So kind of the essentials in life then. Yep, that’s kind of just my life.

If you had to live a day as an animal, what would you choose and why? I would choose to be a goat. I just love goats, so that’s probably why. They just kind of roam around.

Do you own any goats or anything? No, I don’t. I wish, but it’s like my favorite animal.

There aren’t many goats in Chicago though. No, there aren’t, unfortunately.

If you could hang out with one celebrity for a day, who would you choose? I’d choose Bruno Mars. I went to his concert in seventh-grade, and I’ve just been obsessed with him ever since then.

What would you guys do? I don’t even know, probably just whatever he wanted to.

What about sing, are you a singer? I could probably sing his songs with him. We’d just jam out in his car or something.

So if you were at the concert in seventh-grade and he was like, “I’m going to pull up one random fan to come up on stage,” you’d be cool with that and wouldn’t like run off or anything? Oh yeah! Definitely, I would not run off.

What if you could pick a super power? Probably to know how to do everything in school.

Oh, so just like super knowledge? Yeah, super knowledge. Know how to do everything in math, everything in chemistry. Just be super smart.

That’s a lot of pressure though if you’re super smart, people would be asking for you to invent stuff. Yeah, I know, but it’d be worth it.

Would you rather be rich or famous? I’d probably want to be rich but not like a snobby rich. Just kind of have a lot of money to save up and then be able to buy things that I want but then also be able to give it back to people.

Who’s your favorite teacher? Probably my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Young.

How come? She was just really kind, and she just helped you whenever you needed it and she was really soft-spoken. She was really old-fashioned, and I like old-fashioned. I really liked her.

Do you have any shout-outs? Shout out to the cross-country teams and shout out to all the people who support us and come to our meets, do the meals, all the moms, bus drivers and everybody who supports the cross-country team.

Panther Profile is a series of interviews with Mt. Pleasant athletes currently in season. This season will focus on athletes in cross-country, football and volleyball.


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