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Jayla Tarver – DDN Athlete of Week

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Name: Jayla Tarver

School: Northmont

Grade: 2017 graduate

Sport: Track and field

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Claim to fame/honors: A top sprinter and team leader; ran 100, 200 and 4×200 relay and 4×100; scholar-athlete all four years; member of National Honor Society; Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award in eighth grade; fourth place in DECA competition sophomore year; most outstanding sprinter sophomore year; most outstanding newcomer freshman year; will run at track at Wright State University and major in nursing

Bet you didn’t know … I can juggle

Words you live by: Finish … Just Do It … Don’t think about it

Toughest opponent: My mind

Biggest influence: My parents, and Allyson Felix

Meet-day rituals: Just relax

What’s on your bedroom walls? Nothing at all

When I’m bored I like to … get on Instagram

Favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast

Person who would play you in a movie: Sydney McLaughlin

Favorite TV shows: New Girl, Scandal, Empire, Star, The Quad, Friends

Favorite musical artist: I like Mariah Carey and Beyonce

I can’t live without: Pizza rolls

I can live without: TV

Event you’d like to attend: An Olympic event

Favorite book: The Scarlet Letter and Incantation

Favorite home-cooked meal: Greens

Favorite restaurant: O’Charley’s

Favorite smell: Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite cereal: Frosted Flakes

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Forever 21 and Charlotte Rue

Vegetable you won’t eat: Carrots

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Sydney McLaughlin

Whose mind would you like to read? The male gender

Place where you’d love to travel? Paris

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: Spanish

Favorite athlete: Allyson Felix, Michael Jordan and Sydney McLaughlin

Favorite team: U.S. women’s track team

Favorite Olympic sport: Track and gymnastics

Something in the world I’d like to change: Ignorance and illiteracy

Favorite sports moment: Being in the zone

Favorite junk food: Brownies and chocolate chip cookies

Best thing about track: Getting better every time

In 10 years, I hope to be … a neonatal nurse

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