BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior Kassidy Wilfong to see what she enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Wilfong has competed in cross country and basketball at Buckhannon-Upshur.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
The two times that I was fortunate enough to go to the Girls State Basketball Tournament with my team. I loved cheering my teammates on and getting to see the community rally around us.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
Anytime coach Jim Johnson made us run Cutright because it always seemed to be about 1,000 degrees outside. Cutright itself is about seven miles long.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
Anytime my dad tells me “I’m not your dad at practice I’m your coach.” But actually, it’s when Rob Kittle, my basketball coach, tells us that he isn’t going to beg us to play. To me it means that I should want this bad enough myself that no one should have to urge me to do it. If you're not going to do something 100% and give your full effort, then why are you doing it?
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 that I have taken would probably be band with Mr. Friend. Band allows me to express myself outside of sports and I get to do it with some of my closest friends.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
My favorite thing about being a Buccaneer is the support we have. We have teachers who truly care about us and a community that supports us. Both years that we went to states for basketball, we got the best spirit award because we had the most supporters. B-U supports B-U.
6. Who is your hero and why?
My hero would have to be my parents. My dad is always going above and beyond whether it’s being my dad or a basketball coach. My mom is caring and thoughtful, and even when she’s had a long day and is exhausted, she always makes sure that I'm taken care of.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a Speech Therapist and work within the school system.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
My plans are to attend WVU and major in Speech Pathology.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
Questions that ask me to describe myself.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family?
It’s either me or my dad. Before my senior basketball season ended, I was doing Cross Country in the fall and basketball the rest of the year for about seven years. My dad though, is 46 and still hauling it up and down the court, scrimmaging us during practice and is constantly at the gym.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
I love going to Stone Tower Brews. They always have something new to try and I love their coffee.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
My favorite spot is the New River Gorge. I love going ziplining and whitewater rafting there.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
Social media has its pro’s and con’s. It allows me to stay in touch with my friends far away, but it also can be a place where people judge themselves and others.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
The worst movie I have ever seen is the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp. It gave me nightmares as a kid and still terrifies me to this day. I refuse to watch it. My favorite movie is probably Gone with the Wind.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
Get involved as much as you can and everything you do make sure you give it 110% effort because it will be over before you know it.