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Getting To Know: Payton Ladson

Name:  Payton Ladson 

Sport:  Girls Soccer 

Twitter handle:  @LadsonPayton

Instagram handle: Payton.Ladson

Hashtag that best describes you or your philosophy:  #hitmewithyourbestshot:)

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through Athletics?: Through athletics, I have learned to shake off the bad plays in order to be ready for the following play and also to keep my head in the game. 

What are your pre-game rituals?: First, in pregame, I listen to music to get in the game mindset. Then just before the whistle I jump and touch the crossbar and loosen and tighten my gloves 2x. 

Who is a player (at any level) you look up to, and why?: Julie Ertz is a player I look up to because she is very passionate and well-rounded in the game, also her level of athleticism is something I strive for.   

Why did you start playing soccer and why do you keep on playing? I started playing when I was about 9. I did not expect to like the sport as much I did. I kept with it because I found a love for the game and it was something I could easily comprehend. Ever since then it has always been a big part of my life. 

What do you love about representing Penn High School?: The thing I love most about representing Penn high school is being a part of such a great team and phenomenal athletic program. 

What advice would you give a freshman about Penn Athletics?: Penn Athletics is a grind, it requires commitment and passion in every aspect of high school whether it’s in the classroom, weight room, or field/ court.

What is your favorite sports movie, and why?: My favorite sports movie is Remember the Titans because it is a good story about team building and overcoming obstacles. 

What do you love about your sport?: I love the people I play with and the game itself. 

If you can have lunch with any living person, who would it be, and what would you talk about?: If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be Michelle Obama because she is one of my idols. And I would ask her about her life accomplishments and her time in the white house. 

What does each win and loss of a game help you in future games?: It teaches me that each game is a different game and how we react to the outcome strongly affects the team.  So have a positive mindset and if we lost we reflect on the game and our mistakes. Then the following game we come back even stronger than before.  


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