23 with ’23: Hank Shoemaker


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Hank Shoemaker poses for a photo.

Maggie Storts, Staff Writer, Editor

Hank Shoemaker is a senior at Jonathan Alder High School. He is on the Varsity Baseball team and was recently named CBC Athlete of the Month. We sat down with Hank as part of our 23 with ‘23 series to spotlight 23 different members of the class of 2023.


Q: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?


A: I work in the mornings before school every day.


Q: What’s your wake-up ritual?


A: Wake up, eat a small breakfast, get in the car and go to work.


Q: What’s your go-to bed ritual? 


A: Hop in the shower, brush my teeth, eat a snack before brushing my teeth, lay down in bed, and go to sleep.


Q: What’s your favorite time of day and why?


A: Probably dinner time because you just get to eat and relax after.


Q: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be?


A: Probably a pro baseball player to see what they do.


Q: Dream country to visit?


A: the Caribbean.


Q: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?


A: Probably going to Disney when I was six. Big surprise; we got it for Christmas.


Q: If your life was a TV show, what song would be in the intro?


A: “Life is a Highway” from “Cars.”


Q: What are three things you can’t live without?


A: Food, water, and family.


Q: What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for?


A: Probably my mom, my grandparents- they count as one- and we can go with my dad, throw him in there.


Q: Window or aisle seat?


A: Window.


Q: Secret talent?


A: Nothing really, I’m pretty basic.


Q: Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?


A: We explored the quarry behind the Darby Creek and we threw rocks in the water and scared birds. 


Q: How would you define yourself in three words?


A: Happy, excited, go-with-the-flow.


Q: What’s inspiring you in life right now and why?


A: I’ll say my friends are inspiring me to be better every day.


Q: Best piece of advice you’ve received?


A: Never give up.


Q: What would you like to be remembered for?


A: Being disciplined and always kind to people.


Q: Best thing to happen to you today?


A: Breakfast was good. 


Q: Worst thing to happen to you today?


A: Nothing’s really been bad today.


Q: If you made a documentary, what would it be about and why?


A: It’d be funny to make a documentary about Plain City, just about pizza shops.


Q: Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry?


A: Probably “Passion of the Christ” on Easter.


Q: Song you can listen to on repeat?


A: “Free Bird.”


Q: On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?


A: 10. Life is fun.