BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…, we interview senior Isaac Stankus to see what he enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Stankus was a member of the soccer team and tennis team while at Buckhannon-Upshur.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
My favorite memory was winning the Big 10 Conference tournament during my junior season in 2019.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
My toughest practice was freshman year during two-a-days. It was so hot, and we had to do 20 120-yard sprints, followed by two miles and then running the hill.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
One of my favorite sayings from a coach is what Mike Donato would say before every home soccer game “Have I ever told you boys you look great in blue.”
4. What was or is your favorite class you have taken at Buckhannon-Upshur and who taught it? Why was it your favorite?
My favorite class was Studio 2 with Mrs. Meese. This class was my favorite because I really enjoy art and I am fascinated by it. In this class I learned a lot about different mediums and different artists all across the world.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
It is very special being a Buccaneer because you’re constantly supported by everyone in the community. It is really something special that not a lot of people get to experience in other communities.
6. Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my dad. My dad has always supported me no matter what. He has never missed a home or away game. He would drive three hours just to watch me play and cheer me on. He is constantly going out of his way for other people and he is someone I will always look up to.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I hope to be an airline pilot.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
My plans are to attend Fairmont State University to major in aviation administration with a minor in professional flight.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
Anytime it would snow or rain it seemed at least 100 people would ask me these questions. “Is your mom going to close school?” or “Are we getting out of school early?” After hearing these questions so many times I started to dread hearing them.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family?
The best athlete in my family would be both of my sisters Hannah and Leah. When they were in high school, they both accomplished amazing things in soccer and track.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
My favorite restaurant would probably be Fusion. It’s my favorite restaurant because I really like their sushi.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
My favorite vacation spot is Denver, Colorado. Denver is so unique and is a very diverse city with lots of cultures. I fell in love with the city and hope to go back soon.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
Social media is great. It allows for people to connect from all over the globe. It also allows for people to share their opinions, ideas, and so much more to thousands of people across the world.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
Spider-Man 3 was the worst movie. My favorite movie is The Dark Knight.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
My advice would be to take every moment in and cherish it. Time flies and one day it will be your last game, last practice, and last time that you will play for Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Don’t take anything for granted and really admire those memories you have while playing your sport at B-U!