Catching Up with Southside's Grace Johnson

Name: Grace Johnson 
Hobbies: Film
Academic interest: Spanish & pre-med 
Personal bests: 5K-19:52 

What does it mean to be named to the Shrine Bowl Run team and helping the hospital?
It is a great honor. I feel so proud to represent my team and to represent a cause that gives so much back to the community. It is the perfect way to end my senior season, reflecting on why I am so thankful to be able to run. 

What did you hear about the Shrine Bowl Run before this year?
My co-captain my sophomore year got selected to participate, so I accompanied her for the Hospital tour, and then supported her leg of the race. She was someone I look up to a great deal. Therefore, I knew the Shrine Bowl was a great honor that celebrates senior athletes for their accomplishments, while simultaneously contributing back to the hospital. 

What do you hope to experience during The Run?
I hope to connect with some other athletes, that I may not have gotten the chance to meet outside of this experience. I also know that this run will put back into perspective why we run and who we run for. 
How are you preparing to run with a football?
I have not been practicing, but playing football was my childhood dream, so hopefully some of those skills are lingering around. 

How would you rate your senior season?
I would rate my senior season a 10/10. The team accomplished so many goals like winning region for the first time in school history. I could not have been prouder to be a part of the first of many more times that will happen. 

What future goals do you have?
My future goal is to translate the work ethic and team appreciation I have grown through running into a medical career. 

Have you made the decision to compete at the next level? Please explain.
I would love to compete at the next level, but it will depend on where I make the decision to attend college. Academics come first, and that may mean turning down offers to run at other schools. 

How did you get involved with the sport and when?
I got involved with cross country my freshman year simply to get in shape for basketball. I ended up loving the family atmosphere and sport exponentially more. I have been committed ever since. 

Do you have any relation or know someone that has attended the Shriners Hospital?
I do know a few people that have attended Shriners Hospital. 

How have you seen the sport change in the state? Please explain.
Other than knowing it has become much more popular, I cannot speak to it changes on a state level. However, I assume it has had the same impact I have seen on a community level: bringing groups of people from different backgrounds together. 

What was your motivation for your final XC season?
My motivation my final XC season was leaving something behind that lasted; I wanted to build a foundation that the following years could add to. A school record, region championship, and the team placing the highest we ever have a state, definitely are a sturdy foundation to build upon in the coming years. 

If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
I do not feel like I can fully answer this question in the limited amount of time I have. The world is in need of so many advancements in so many places, and I would want time to contrive a creative way to envelop as many of them as possible. If this question was not hypothetical, I feel like I would answer in a way that worked the system. Something such as: if there was one thing in the world I could do, it would be to be able to do anything I wanted in the world.