FEATURED SENIOR ATHLETE: Ashley Weir, North Putnam
Ashley is a senior at North Putnam and participates in three sports, volleyball, basketball and softball.
Banner Graphic: How important are sports to you, and what have you learned from them?
Ashely Weir: “Sports are really import to me and I’ve played them my whole life. I’ve relied on sports and learned a little about staying positive and enjoying the time I have with my teammates. I’ve learned about responsibilities and being able to trust in my teammates.”
BG: Talk about your sports.
AW: “There was so much of a team aspect in volleyball. I loved every single minute of it. I loved the environment in basketball too as a lot of volleyball players also played basketball. Everyone has been so supportive and I love being a part of all three teams. They’ve pushed me to be the person that I am today.”
BG: What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in sports?
AW: “I’ve tripped and fallen while running many times.”
BG: What does your game day routine look like?
AW: “Usually I try to go through my day like it’s a normal day because focusing on the game makes me nervous.”
BG: Do you have any favorite college/pro sports teams or athletes you follow?
AW: “I like the Yankees and Aaron Judge is my favorite MLB player. The Yankees were my dad’s favorite team and I started following them after that.”
BG: What else do you do at school besides things involving sports?
AW: “I’m a member of Key Club, Pep Club, NHS, Champions Together and volunteer where I can around school.”
BG: What do you like to do outside of school and sports?
AW: “I like to hang out with my friends and paint, mainly shoes. I paint them sometimes for other people but mostly because I think they’re cool. I have a good appreciation of shoes and when people wear cool shoes.”
BG: What are your favorites in movies, TV and music?
AW: “My favorite show is probably ‘That 70’s Show.’ I don’t really have a favorite movie but I do like Cage the Elephant when it comes to music.”
BG: If you’re home for the night and can’t go anywhere, are you a person that wants to watch TV shows and movies with Hulu and Netflix or stream something from YouTube, Twitch, TikTok etc.?
AW: “Probably Netflix.”
BG: What is something you have never done before that you would like to do someday?
AW: “What’s been on my bucket list forever is to ride an ostrich. I saw it on TV one time on Jack Hanna’s show and said I want to do that some day.”
BG: What is your biggest fear?
AW: “Spiders freak me out.”
BG: You’ve been placed in charge of making dinner. What’s on the menu?
AW: “I’d go out and grill some chicken.”
BG: Do you have any pets?
AW: “I have a dog, Mo, a cat, Moo, two horses, Jeter and Shady, and a goat, Goat.”
BG: If your house were on fire, all living things were already out and you have your keys, cell phone, wallet/purse etc., what is one thing you would go back and get?
AW: “There’s nothing that’s not replaceable. Maybe some clothes that I have a lot of memories with or some pictures.”
BG: If you were to describe your personality in one word, what would that word be and why?
AW: “Happy or bubbly. I always like having a positive attitude and outlook on everything.
BG: What has been your favorite place to visit?
AW: “Florida. We’ve been to multiple parts and I like it all.”
BG: What was your favorite school field trip?
AW: “Camp Tecumseh. I liked how everyone got to bond and be out in nature.”
BG: How important is support from your family and classmates to your success?
AW: “Very important. They’ve always pushed me to be better and sometimes, you just need that in your life.”
BG: Describe your overall school experience both academically and athletically
AW: “I’ve enjoyed both. Our teachers do a good job of keeping us on track and our coaches do a good job of pushing us forward. Both do a good job of keeping us motivated and on the right path.”
BG: If your school was to offer a class it currently doesn’t, what would you want to see taught?
AW: “A dance class. Annabelle (Gross) and I both talked about it and thought it would be a great addition to our school.”
BG: What are your plans for after high school, and what career are you headed toward?
AW: I plan to attend Ball State to study architecture. I’d like to be an architect or an interior designer.”
BG: Is it difficult to keep up with your school work being an athlete?
AW: “Sometimes, just because some of our games are so far away. For the most part, coaches have done a good job of making sure we get our work done.”
BG: Which particular classes and teachers have helped you the most in high school?
AW: “Probably either my math teacher, Mrs. Lippencott, or one of my old weightlifting coaches, Mr. Brothers.”
BG: In the future, if you had your choice, would you want to live in the mountains, on the beach or in the neighborhood?
AW: “Definitely more towards the beach.”
BG: Do you think high school has gone fast, and are you going to miss it?
AW: “I do think it has gone by so fast. I knew it was going to but it still goes by so much faster than you think. I’m going to miss it but at the same time, I’m ready to move on.”