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Pioneer Profiles: A look at 4 more athletes

We continue with our fall sports student-athletes profiles. This week we feature seniors Bradon Dykes (Cross Country), Carson Carrico (Boys Tennis), and Hanna Mitchell (Volleyball), and sophomore Laura Strahm.

Bradon Dykes started running Cross Country for the first time his freshman year when he was looking for a new sport and has run been running since. He also participates in Track & Field in the spring. Here is his Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start participating in this sport?
Answer: I started because I needed a sport and didn’t want to play high school soccer.
Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I like it’s simplicity.
Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: Hopefully, I’m looking forward to improving times.
Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: My favorite subject is science and always has been.
Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: My most meaningful service project was probably making and distributing lunches.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: Having friends.

Carson Carrico plays No. 1 singles for the Boys Tennis team, a sport he has played for seven years now. Tennis is a year-round sport for him, and he plays in USTA travel tournaments in the off season. He qualified to advance to individual sectionals although his team lost 2-3 to Jeffersonville last night in the opening round. Here is his Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start playing this sport?
Answer: I had watched my brother (Landon ’16, who plays men’s tennis at Hanover College) play, and it seemed like a really fun sport. Also, I had watched pros on TV, and it made me want to go hit even more.

Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I like how rewarding tennis can be. If you hit every day during the summer, you’re going to get better. It’s a fun game I enjoy playing.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A. Just having fun with the team and hopefully winning sectionals.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: Business. I plan on majoring in business at UofL or Bellarmine next year so it should help me prepare for college, and I find it interesting.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: Working the fish fry at OLPH has had the most impact. I get to give back to the school I went to for so many years and get to see people I grew up with.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: Everyone is goal-oriented, and we’ve achieved a lot over the past few years. Also, whether it’s in the classroom or on the court, I think Providence has really helped prepare me for college.

Hanna Mitchell is a middle hitter on the Volleyball team, a sport she has played for nine years, including the last four at Providence. Here is her Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start playing this sport?
Answer: I first started playing this sport when I met my best friend, Lilly [Bivens], who also plays it. She introduced it to me and told me I had to give it a try, so I did and I ended up loving the sport.

Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I like a lot of things about this sport, but I love the competitiveness and being able to work as a team and have to communicate in order to succeed. I feel like it prepares me for my future and has really helped me become a better and more organized person.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: This season I’m looking forward to playing one more year with my friends and putting everything I have on the court.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?
A: My favorite subject at school is math because I enjoy trying to solve problems and find the solutions to them.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: The most meaningful service project I think I’ve done is volunteering at Northside. I was able to help organize and pack up donated clothes for people who really needed them. I felt like I was really able to help, and it made me feel good.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is coming to school every day and feeling like I’m at home. The community makes you feel welcomed and makes you feel like one big family.

Laura Strahm has been a cheerleader for seven years, and this is her second year on the PHS Cheer Squad. It is her only sport. Here is her Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start playing this sport?
Answer: I first started doing Cheer because I did dance when I was younger. Then my sister (Mikaela ’16) started gymnastics, and I wanted to try it and really liked it, which later led me to cheer.

Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I love all of my teammates and how happy this sport makes me.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: I am looking forward to far away games and competitions because I always like driving up there with my teammates, and we have so much fun just spending time with each other. (The Cheerleaders will host a competition on Oct. 22 and then compete at regionals on Oct. 27. IASP State is Nov. 3).

Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: My favorite subject in school is math/algebra because I really like working out problems to find an answer, unlike other subjects where you have to study and know the facts to get a good grade. For math you have to know the formulas and how to work it out and you’ll most likely do well.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: My most meaningful service project at school was when I volunteered at the animal shelter with my friends.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is knowing that you belong to a family and all the staff cares about you and wants you to learn to the best of your ability.

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