BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior Olivia Caynor to see what she enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Caynor is a stand-out swimmer, a member of the air rifle team and member of the softball team for Buckhannon-Upshur.
15 Questions With…Olivia Caynor
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
I have quite a few memorable athletic moments from my high school career, however placing in the top four at states in air rifle which led me to nationals, as well as my team placing first in states was a super surreal moment for myself and for the team.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
One of my toughest practices definitely came from swimming. I think it was sophomore year maybe. Coach had has swimming crazy hard and exhausting sets to the point some of my teammates and I almost as well were throwing up in the trash can on deck.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
I have two favorite sayings from my coaches. The first one is "Not bad for a chick" which coach Russ Warner says all the time. He says it in a loving and jokingly way which I find hilarious, because sometimes to most of the time the girls are out shooting the guys, whether its air rifle or archery. My second favorite quote comes from one of my softball coaches, it goes "COACH BOARD IS NOT MY MAMMA!!" It’s a running joke now with the softball team but at the time it wasn't. After a game there was some trash that hadn't been picked up by the team, so coach Tiffany Board picked it up for us, we learned the next day at practice while we did conditioning the coach Board is not our mamma and we need to pick up after ourselves.
4. What was or is your favorite class you have taken at Buckhannon-Upshur and who taught it. Why was it your favorite?
I'm a big art fan, so any of the art classes I have taken are by far my favorites. I've taken art, pottery, and a bunch of musical arts. For me I just love the stories you can tell with a sculpture/drawing or with a piece of music.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
My favorite thing about being a Buccaneer would be the togetherness, I feel like I am part of something. Especially through band and sports, I feel like I'm with my other set of family. The spirit and love that I feel when I'm with my friends, my family, it makes me feel truly grateful to be a Buccaneer.
6. Who is your hero and why?
I would say my number one hero has always been my dad, I've always looked up to him. He risks his life every day to protect me, protect the community, because he wants to make a difference. I don't really know how to explain it but my dad is definitely my number one hero.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Since I was little I've always wanted to be an orthodontist, I don't know what it is I guess I just like braces and teeth. However now that I'm older I still want to following the career path but also have a few more. I really love art, so something in the field of tattooing would be super cool to do as well.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
My initial plans after graduation, other than my summer of work, fun, and travel, would be going to college.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
The question I hate most answering, would definitely be "Did you get shorter or did I get taller?" The answer is you've gotten taller. I'm short enough as it is, please do not make me shorter. I say this in a jokingly manner but it bugs me hearing it every day.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family?
I don't really know who is the best athlete in my family, I think we all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to specific sports. I would say that I am probably the most athletic because I do a bunch of sports, but I wouldn't qualify that as being the best athlete. I'm not sure who the best athlete is.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
I not sure if I have a favorite restaurant.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
My favorite vacation spot is definitely be Holly River State Park, my family and I go there all the time. It’s so nice and relaxing to be off your phone and in nature just taking a break. Also there are so many things you can do while you're there.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I have mixed feelings about social media, I think today we spend why too much time on it, instead of actually experiencing life. However, I don't think it’s the worst thing in the world, I like to see what my friends are up to or what’s going on in the world today. But I think we should cut down on what we are posting, and how much time a day we spend on it.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
The worst movie I have ever seen is "Dragon Wars" I think that's what it’s called. It just wasn't a good movie at all, I kept waiting for it to get better and it just didn't. The best movie I have ever seen is are hard one, I don't actually know what it would. I love all kinds of different movies so it would be hard to just pick one that's the best.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
My advice to younger athlete's which will probably seem like a lot but hopefully not. Firstly, don't play a sport that you don't love or aren't having fun with. You want to go to practice, you want to see your teammates, you want to keep learning the sport because it's what you love to do. You gotta love the game! Secondly, you will never get better if you don't try a 110% percent all the time, even in practice. Along with you have to want to practice and learn to get better. Even if you fail or mess up keep trying, keep pushing even after you have it right. Lastly, you have to believe in yourself. Have confidence in yourself, be okay with making mistakes, trust yourself and your team, never give up on your abilities to be a great athlete. For me those are a good start at becoming a successful Buccaneer, and a successful athlete.