BUCKHANNON — It is important to highlight the youth in Upshur County and the hard work they have put in to excelling in the sports they choose to play. This series of articles will go in-depth with one of B-U’s student athletes, allowing readers to get to know a little more about who athletically represents the community. This week, the multi-talented senior Cameron Zuliani took time to offer the community an inside look at her journey as an Upshur County athlete.
Question 1: Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past. What standouts out to you about your high school athletic career?
“I believe that my biggest accomplishment of my athletic career is being the first female to score a point in a football game at both B-UMS and B-UHS. One thing that stands out to me about my high school athletic career is that I was able to manage four varsity sports as well as my rigorous courses” said Zuliani.
Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities were you involved in during high school?
“During my four years at the high school, I was involved in Student Council, the West Virginia Association of Student Councils, Youth in Government, Youth Leadership Association, Future Business Leaders of America, Youth Environmental Club, Buckhannon Youth Council and National Honor Society,” explained Zuliani.
Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing sports?
“I am passionate about playing sports because it has always been a part of my life. Both of my parents encouraged me to try any sport I wanted and to always stay active and involved,” told Zuliani.
Question 4: What is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to the sport?
“My favorite sport is swimming. My parents took me to the high school pool as soon as I could walk and I had my first swim lesson at the age of four, so I have always liked being in the water. Friends of my parents coached a club swim team and said I should swim, so I joined the Randolph Area YMCA when I was five. I have always liked the atmosphere and competition at swim meets and the challenge of a hard practice. Also, I have made many lifelong friends from around the state,” said Zuliani.
Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“My coaches and teachers would describe me as a determined and dedicated team-player, who is a friend to all,” explained Zuliani.
Question 6: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from a coach over your years playing any sport?
“The best piece of advice I’ve gained, from a coach over the last four years, is that working together as a team will teach you how to work with co-workers in the real world and that perseverance and teamwork can help you overcome many obstacles in the future,” stated Zuliani.
Question 7: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“I manage my athletic responsibilities and other activities with my time management skills. There is no way that I could manage four sports, AP and Dual-Credit classes, homework and hanging out with my friends, if I didn’t have good time management and organizational skills,” said Zuliani.
Question 8: What’s the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?
“I think one of the biggest lessons that I have learned while playing sports is that by being the coach’s daughter in two sports, you always have a huge target on your back… you really can’t mess up and you always have to be the best player you can be,” explained Zuliani.
Question 9: How long have you been swimming? How would you describe yourself as an athlete?
“I have been swimming for 13 years. I would describe myself as a disciplined, optimistic and diligent athlete that especially pays attention to technique,” described Zuliani.
Question 10: How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life?
“Being involved in sports has positively impacted my life by bringing me, not only joy but teaching me life lessons along the way. Along with life lessons, sports have also brought me some of my best friends today,” said Zuliani.
Question 11: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student-athlete meant to you? What’s your best memory?
“Having the opportunity to represent Buckhannon-Upshur as a student-athlete is such an honor to represent my community and school. I don’t have one specific memory, but a few of my favorite memories were scoring my first varsity point in football at Princeton my freshman year. My other two favorite memories are getting to walk out during halftime in my football pads with my sash and crown this year with one of my good friends Clay Ware, as we were named homecoming king and queen. One last memory is winning the 200-yard freestyle relay at the state swim meet my senior year, as it was my last high school event ever in that sport and I won with some of my best friends, Alayna Whitehair, Cadence Vincent and Riley Vincent,” explained Zuliani.
Question 12: What’s one thing you want to be remembered for as you leave high school?
“One thing I want to be remembered for after I leave high school is that I was just a hard-working student-athlete who always tried to do the right things the right way,” stated Zuliani.
Question 13: Finally, are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years? What about in the future 10 years or more down the road, where do you think you will end up? College plans?
“Currently, I am planning on majoring in nursing and becoming a CRNA. One of my short-term goals I would like to accomplish over the summer is to read at least two books a month and finish my custom paint by number of my dog, Dean and I. I have not yet announced what school I will be attending, but I have verbally committed to a Division 1 college in New England where I plan to swim and throw discus,” said Zuliani.