BUCKHANNON – The Record Delta has started a new periodical feature – 15 Questions With...
The Delta will select a Buckhannon-Upshur student-athlete and ask them 15 questions to see what they enjoy about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Our student-athlete for this edition will be senior volleyball and tennis player Johnna Smith.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
My favorite athletic moment at B-U happened in the middle of my tennis season during my junior year. We had a match scheduled with Robert C. Byrd and I had to play a tie-break set with one of my friends that I met through volleyball. Our coaches had both teams sit around the court we were playing on because we were the last match left to finish. Both teams cheered for their teammate after every single point was played. Although it was a very nerve-wracking experience, it taught me how to play better under pressure and it showed me how supportive B-UHS athletes could be.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
My toughest practice at B-U would have to be a swimming practice. I’ve participated in many high school sports (volleyball, tennis, swimming, track), but I have never been pushed so much so than during a swim practice. Swimming is very different from other sports I’ve played because it’s all about endurance. If you want to get better, you have to push yourself to your limits and you can’t let your mind get in the way of that.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
My favorite saying from Coach Cathy Coffield is “Be kind.” She expected nothing but kindness from my tennis team, and she showed us kindness in return. One of my favorite memories from tennis was when she asked the team to help make sandwiches for kids who couldn’t have three meals a day over the summer. The team was able to hangout and goof off with each other while still being able to lend a hand to people in need.
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 is AP Psychology and it’s taught by Brent Kimble. This class has piqued my interest into the world of psychology, and because of it, I am going to college to become a psychiatrist.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
My favorite thing about being a Buccaneer is that everyone supports and encourages you. My volleyball coaches, Ashley Stanton and Lisa Crites have always worked with their team because they wanted them to be well-rounded individuals. It was encouraged for us to be a part of other extracurriculars like band or student council even if that meant missing a couple practices or even a game.
6.Who is your hero and why?
My hero would have to be Nikki Reynolds. She is currently a Spanish teacher at B-UHS, and a mother to one of the Buccaneers as well as a college student. Every time I speak to her or I see her talking with other students, she always has words of encouragement. I’ve never met anyone who can see the best and the brightest of everyone that they meet, and I hope to one day be like her.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I am planning on going to college and becoming a psychiatrist.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
My initial plans after graduation is to get a job.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
A question that I hate to answer is where I see myself in ten years. I hate this question because it makes me think that I must decide my future right now. Yes, I could live out my dream and become a psychiatrist, but I think that I should be able to change my mind if need be. I’m still young and I have my whole life ahead of me to create a future for myself.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family (include yourself).
I am currently the best athlete in my family but that could change because my brother will become a Buccaneer in a couple of years.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
My favorite restaurant is Stone Tower Brews in Buckhannon. I go there at least twice a week and I'm always able to talk to my friends for hours on end.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
My favorite vacation spot is any river in West Virginia.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I am currently against social media. I would rather have a nice conversation with someone about themselves than scroll through their Facebook page or Instagram profile. I think that in order to successfully be a human being, you need face-to-face social interaction and social media gets in the way of that.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
The worst movie I have ever seen is Napoleon Dynamite. The best movie would have to be Beautiful Creatures.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
The only advice I would give is to always work hard. That also applies to anything else you do as a Buccaneer like your education. If you work hard for something, you will always give it your best and that is all anyone can ask of you.