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Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: Cherokee senior Erin Forgety

Douglas Fritz • May 13, 2018 at 10:07 PM

Our spring sports Scholar-Athlete Spotlight offers some of today’s brightest high school athletes the chance to answer several random questions. Some questions will be challenging, some will be lighthearted and some will be serious. This is the final installment of the season.

The Erin Faith Forgety File

Senior at Cherokee High School

Softball, pitcher

• GPA: 4.0

• ACT: 31

• Favorite Netflix show: “Parks and Rec”

• Favorite movie: “A League of Their Own”

• Favorite song: “Ice Ice Baby”

• Favorite food: My nanny's homemade biscuits and gravy

• People I admire: My parents, my school and travel-ball softball coaches, and my FIRST Robotics mentors

• College choice: Milligan College on academic and athletic scholarship as part of their softball team and honors program.

Interesting Facts

• Co-captain of the softball team

• Captain of the robotics team

• Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta member

• Academic team member

• Enjoys playing piano, Bible journaling, drawing, and spending time exploring the outdoors.

The Four Questions

1. Out of the blue, you’ve been guaranteed a path to one of three things by the time you turn 40. You can either be the president of the United States, CEO of a top 10 Fortune 500 company or an Oscar-winning movie star. Which one do you choose and why?

“If I had the choice to be the president, a big CEO or an award-winning actress by the time I turned 40, I would choose to be the president of the United States. I would choose this because I feel I have learned a lot of valuable leadership skills throughout my softball and robotics career. I would love to be able to put these skills into good use as the president. I feel like I would be a very level-headed president who would be open to others’ ideas/suggestions and put others’ benefits in front of my own. Also, I have been extremely interested in the inner workings of American history and politics ever since I took AP United States History.”

2. As part of government-led research into the effect of diets, you will be sequestered on a remote island for three months. Bottles of water will be dropped by airplane on a daily basis. Once a month, a specific food will be dropped. You have no way to refrigerate any of it. What three food items would you have during your stay, and why would you choose them?

“If I had to choose three non-refrigerated foods for a remote island, government diet-research expedition, my first choice would definitely be instant mac n’ cheese (plus a solar microwave, of course). Who could get tired of “liquid gold?” My second order would be for a variety of flavors of Pop-Tarts — because no good breakfast would be complete without a good Pop-Tart — that is, unless there are biscuits and gravy involved. Lastly, I would ask for trail mix because it combines several of my favorite snacks.”

3. After working for 15 years and building a sparkling reputation in your field, you are accused by two people of something you did not do. It is your word against theirs. A friend tells you personal information about these two people that would potentially ruin their lives but likely save your job. Do you reveal the information to your superiors? Why or why not?

“I would never give out destructive personal information about anyone, regardless of what they have done to me. I am a strong believer in forgiveness and integrity. I wouldn’t intentionally do something that would have the potential to ruin someone’s life. Being the bigger person and only trying to save my own reputation, rather than destroying someone else’s, is more important to me than the job I’d risk losing.”

4. Think about all of the people you know who are graduating in 2018. Do you believe all of them have the same opportunity for success? Why?

“I think success has come to 2018 graduates in many different ways. I believe everyone has the same opportunity for success academically, if they put in the time and effort. There are so many teachers and even students I have met that are willing to offer free tutoring — especially students, since it counts for community-service hours. I feel that if you do your best and try to learn at least one new thing each day, you are succeeding academically. However, there are many ways in which I have seen 2018 graduates succeed. I know students who already have managerial positions at their jobs, people who have been accepted into paying internships, people who have gotten district player of the year in sports, people who are continuing their sports career in college, and people with full tuition academic scholarships. Success has come to 2018 graduates in many different ways, and with a little determination and persistence, I feel all graduates can be successful as well.”

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