BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior Madison Wamsley to see what she enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Wamsley has competed in tennis and basketball at Buckhannon-Upshur.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
My favorite athletic moment was when I lettered my freshman through junior years of tennis and starting on varsity my senior year, although the season was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
My toughest practice was definitely the first day of basketball tryouts my freshman year. Sweet 16s were not my friend and still are not.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
My favorite saying from a coach is “You are such a tough and good person.” This quote came from a text from the former WVWC tennis coach Marc Walters after he told us he was taking a job offer in Tennessee. I had been taking lessons from him since freshman year to halfway through my senior year. He taught me a lot about tennis. He was one coach that always believed in me and encouraged me to do better especially on my bad days.
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 classes were AP Lit, English 11, and my Senior Enrichment class. They were all taught by Mrs. Mindy Dawson. Although English isn’t my favorite subject, she is my favorite teacher! I enjoyed having her for the past two years as my teacher.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
My favorite thing about being a Buccaneer is the school being in a small town. I have gotten to have special connections with people that I may not been able to in a bigger city. In hard times, I have not only seen Buckhannon Upshur High School come together but also the community. I will always take pride in knowing where I came from.
6. Who is your hero and why?
My heroes are both of my parents. They have always been to all my sporting events unless something very important came up. Both my mom and dad have shown me nothing but support and love from a young age. They have taught me many life lessons/responsibilities and have never failed to make sure that I was on the right track in life and in sports, which I am forever grateful for. Especially after the year we have had as a family, I look up to them even more.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I want to become a RN/BSN. I would like to one day specialize in labor and delivery or emergency medicine.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
My plans for after graduation this spring are to continue working at the City of Buckhannon’s Water Department with my dad. I GPS various items things that make our Water Department function, such as meter barrels, waterlines, booster stations, and water tanks. In the fall, I am attending WVWC for a four-year BSN program.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
Any questions where I have to describe myself.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family?
My dad is the best athlete in my family. Growing up he played a variety of sports, such as baseball, basketball and men’s league softball. He is also a really good skier. To this day, my dad is still pretty good at sports.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
My favorite restaurant is Olive Garden, because I love Italian food!
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
My favorite vacation spot is Outer Banks, NC. I love this beach because it is not as commercialized as others and it is beautiful there.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I am in favor social media because it is an easy way to get in contact with people and keep up with family and friends who live far away. I can also see why it has become a huge problem in today’s society because people have learned to talk through a screen and not face to face.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
I have watched a lot of movies and can’t decide on one I hated the most. The best movie I have ever seen is The Notebook. It is my favorite movie.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
Work hard and have fun! High school goes way faster than you think it will so enjoy it while you can. Always remember that a bad game, match, or meet is not the end of the world or the most important thing in life; just work harder and try again. Also, give 100 percent all the time, even at practice. It will pay off!