Emma Badnek spotlight

Athlete Spotlight: Millbrook softball player Emma Badnek

Millbrook High School 17-year-old junior

Sport: Softball. Position: Shortstop

Parents: Tina and Marc Badnek

Hometown: Winchester

What do you love about softball: I love the thrill of the game. I love the girls as well. You get a lot of close relationships and friendships. I really like it.

Most memorable moment in softball: My first home run. I didn’t even know I hit it. I was so excited. It was actually for travel. I was playing for the Front Royal Fire.

Most embarrassing moment in softball: I have a lot of those. One time, I hit a pop fly and I thought it was foul, but it actually wasn’t. I didn’t run at all, so I stayed at home and I got out.

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: Abraham Lincoln, because he’s like super inspiring and I’d like to ask him a bunch of questions about his presidency. [Softball player] Jenny Finch, I’d like to ask her about all of her experiences and how she became so good. Barack Obama, I want to know about his experience as being the first African-American president. I think that would be kind of neat and the struggles he went through to get that kind of position.

What’s the best athletic advice you’ve ever received: No matter how frustrated you get, always keep working. Maybe take a timeout, but always always keep your head in the game. Don’t get too frustrated or you will mess up. (From former Millbrook coach Mandee Madden)

If you could go on a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go: I would like to go to Paris and France. I would love to see the Eiffel Tower and I think French is such a beautiful language. I would like to see the sights around there.

Favorite teacher: Miss [Ashton] Strosnider. She was my 10th-grade history teacher. I never liked history before her. She made the class so much fun and entertaining. History is actually one of my favorite subjects now because of her.

Favorite athlete: Jenny Finch

Favorite team: Washington Nationals

Favorite movie: “The Goonies”

Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds”

Favorite song: “Rumor” by Lee Brice

Favorite food: Ribs. Outback is good, but I like homemade more.

Plans after high school: I’d like go to college. Most likely I will go to Virginia Tech, but I’m not 100 percent positive on that. I want to study either veterinary science or wildlife, something with animals. I’ve always been interested in this. I love my dogs and I’ve always enjoyed helping animals. That’s always been on my mind, ever since I was little.

— Compiled by Walt Moody

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