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2006.07 Luvabulls: Shanon's Personal Profile

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Shanon
Age:
23 | Birthday: August 31

Hometown:
Chicago

Occupation:
Post Graduate Student

Marital Status:
Single

College:
DePaul University: Masters of the Arts in Sociology / Law and Society; Masters of the Arts in Communications / Media Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Nicknames:
Many entertaining ones but none to be carried over.

Dance experience:
I have been dancing for over 18 Years focusing on such techniques as classical ballet, tap and jazz. As a Member of The Dance Academy’s Moves Group I traveled performing all over the city. Ice Skating was my passion for several years as I danced on ice with the Chicago Skates Precision Team. I was a member of the competition dance squad at St Ignatius College Prep High School and continued dancing in college with the DePaul University Demonettes for four years as a performer and captain. Presently I am the Head Coach for DePaul University’s Dance Team and DePaul’s Dance Program.

I have also danced with an Anti-Drug Dance Entertainment Group for over five years whose purpose is to be a positive influence in kids’ lives. Here I work with multi-talented musicians, composers, and performers whose passion for music is aimed at improving the lives of kids through music.

This is presently my third year as a Chicago Luvabull and it has allowed me to re-experience all styles of dance.

Career Goals:
Continue my education in the Field of Education and Social Policy, finishing my MA in Education and achieving a PhD in Social Policy and Human Development. I have high aspirations to support the educational system for our children and to enhance and remedy the institutional situations through governmental policy.

Lifetime Goals:
I want to remember my past, but live in the present, and for the future. I hope to represent an impressive example in all aspects of learning, cultural enrichment, and life. I want to promote and emphasize to children the importance of family unity, expanded knowledge, and mental alertness permitting individuals to recognize and develop self worth and self confidence to face challenges head on. I hope to also have a family of my own that will be the center of my world.

Three words that describe me are:
Ambitious - Vivacious - Caring

Best advice or quote:
A Motto that best describes my outlook on life: Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of someone else. Herman Melville stated, “it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

I’m happiest when …
When I am involved. The volunteering that I have done throughout the years has given me a great sense of accomplishment and also a better understanding about the people around me. The ability to help others through volunteering has made my time spent very rewarding. Volunteering can educate, enlighten, and expand the mind.

My claim to fame is …
Being featured in the Daft Punk Music Video.

Most unusual job:
Working as a spokesmodel for Aero Beds, I wore my PJ’s all day demonstrating the comfort of a mattress.

Most people don’t know this about me:
I am terrified of Boats but I have gone Sky Diving.

My most embarrassing moment was …
when I stepped on the ice at a National Ice Skating Competition in Dallas, wearing my guards, and falling flat on my face. What a way to make an entrance. After regaining my composure, I then proceeded to perform my entire routine backwards.

My passions are …
Dancing, Playing the Piano, and Helping Others

Favorite food:
Sushi, Pickles, and Gummi Bears (but not all together)

Favorite Movie:
Annie Hall and The Little Mermaid

Favorite book:
There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz & the Succulent Wild Woman by Sark Luvabulls

I stay home to watch …
Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order

If I could vacation anywhere, I’d …
travel to Australia, ride in the outback, meet a koala at eye-level in a treetop, scuba dive or snorkel in the Barrier Reef to explore the coral delights and aquatic treasures and end the trip with a sky dive.

The person/people I most admire are …
Those that follow their dreams

My proudest accomplishment to date is …
Graduating with high honors with my Masters in one year from DePaul University.

What is the best advice you could give to children?
America is a wonderful place with many opportunities to live and prosper. Acquainting the youth of today with programs that challenge them to get involved will assist them in gaining valuable experiences and the chance to build relationships that will last a lifetime. When our youth is involved with school or community activities they are off the streets, not thinking about guns, violence, and drugs, and leading a more productive life. How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, because some day in life you will have been all of these.

What is the best gift you have ever received?
Floppy, my long eared stuffed Rabbit.

Name two people you would like to have dinner with.
Nelson Mandela & Madonna for motivational conversation and great music.

What would you like to be doing in five years?
Researching and working with the government and the school systems to ensure every child grows to their potential.

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