BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior Garrett Butler to see what he enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Butler was a member of the swim team at Buckhannon-Upshur.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
I can't really think of any specific moments. I always enjoy winning a race, even if it is getting first just in my heat. It feels good to know that your hard work paid off. Beating your own time has a similar feeling and helps me see how much I have improved. I also really enjoyed the time I had with all my friends on the team. I have some great memories of our time together.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
I think my toughest practice was one from my sophomore year. We had to do kick on the wall until we heard a whistle, do a flip turn, swim down and back in only two breaths, and then start kicking again. We weren't swimming a very long distance, but it was a long way for such few breaths, and we didn't get much time to rest.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
I can't think of any specific sayings, but I liked all of our coaches. They were always very supportive and encouraging, which I appreciated. For example, coach Squires, our head coach for the past two years, would always encourage me to keep working to qualify for states, and made all of us feel like we had the ability to get to states.
4. What was or is your favorite class you have taken at Buckhannon-Upshur and who taught it? Why was it your favorite?
If I had to pick, it would probably be Music Theory with Mr. Friend. I've always loved music and learning about how it is written is really interesting to me. Mr. Friend also does a great job of keeping the class enjoyable and engaging.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
We have a great community here. If you ever need help, you can always find someone who is willing to lend a hand. I think our helpful nature is extremely important and something you don't find in many other places.
6. Who is your hero and why?
It's hard for me to narrow it down to just one person, because I have been inspired by and look up to many people. My parents and my older brother have had a huge influence on me. They have helped me to become who I am today. I also want to mention some of my teachers who I look up to such as Mr. Kimble and Mr. Friend. They have both been very supportive during my time in high school, along with many other teachers.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do. I think it is important to find a job that you enjoy and can be proud of. I'm hoping that my experiences in college will help me find the career that is right for me.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
I plan to go to West Virginia University as an engineering major.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
Questions about what my favorite of something is (like favorite TV show, book, etc.). Usually the answer depends on my mood, so the answer changes often. It's also hard for me to narrow it down to one specific answer.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family?
I guess I'm the most athletic. I've been involved in more sports than anyone else in my immediate family. My dad and brother also did some sports when they were younger, though.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
It’s probably Fish Hawk Acres. They have great food and a chill, calming atmosphere.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
I think my favorite is the beach. I have some good memories of our family trips to the Outer Banks, and the beach is usually peaceful. We also got the opportunity to visit our foreign exchange student, Florian Cramer, in Germany this past summer, which was an amazing trip. It was fun to experience their culture and see their country. Hopefully, we will get the chance to go back.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I think it is really important because it allows people to stay connected like they never could before. It is extremely easy to have friends from around the world and stay in contact with them. However, I also think it is easy for people to abuse social media and use it in bad ways that hurt others
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
I saw the Emoji Movie with my friends when it came out, and it's probably the worst movie I've seen. The best movie is a harder choice for me. Napoleon Dynamite and The Truman Show are probably two of my favorites, though.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
One of the most important things is to get involved, whether it's in sports, band, choir, or whatever you are interested in. I know people say that a lot, but your time in school will be much more rewarding if you surround yourself with good friends and participate in activities you enjoy.