Kirston Moriconi

Sandy Valley

Softball

1) Your thoughts on the cancellation of spring sports.

The cancellation of spring sports breaks my heart. This year we were going to experience senior night, our final at bat, and make the most memories. Due to the circumstances, we do not get to experience any of this. I will never feel the threads of a softball perfectly in my fingers before I throw somebody out. I will not experience the adrenaline of stealing a base, or cheer with my teammates in the dugout. It saddens me that the Class of 2020 no longer gets the season they hoped for and deserved. We do not get a final game or meet. Our final ones were played as juniors. We had no idea we would never put our uniforms on and play with our teammates again. The worst part of losing the last part of senior year is missing out on my final and favorite sport.

2) What are you going to miss most about your cancelled season?

The traditions. Every game day we ride to BellStores to get our go-to pregame snack. We change in the locker room and wear the same bow as we did the previous game. Some wear visors, others wear sunglasses, but one thing we all know is to prepare for each game the same way we have all season. Routine is key for us. We get hyped by listening to music as we warm up and we have a tradition where we get in a circle and pump each other up before we play. Coach reads off the lineup and tells us the game plan and a senior, would have been me this season, yells the lineup and gets everyone fired up to play. This season after every win my fellow seniors and I would have collected win dirt. Every field we win on we take a little bit of dirt and at the banquet we give everyone a jar containing a mixture of this win dirt. It was a tradition I was so excited to participate in. We no longer get to ride the bus with the baseball players having remember when conversations and singing anything from Hannah Montana to Chance the Rapper to John Denver. Then on senior night, after the teammate we select reads a speech in honor of us, we take one final lap. Our teammates are lined up in the baseline and we hug them goodbye as we take the final lap. Waiting for us at home plate are our coaches. I know I would have tears running down my eyes at this point for they have done so much for me. I am thankful for the last three years, but I am heartbroken that I do not get another season with my teammates and coaches.

3) What are you doing to help fight the spread of COVID-19?

I have been staying home. As a three-sport athlete who also enjoys her free time being spent with friends, this is very difficult. I get very bored and miss all of my friends. Face timing and snap chatting is not the same. I miss my school, my teachers, my classmates, and getting to hang out with friends.

4) What are you missing the most due to the quarantine?

I miss my freedom. I miss asking my friends if they are busy and the excitement I get when they say no. I miss surprising them at their houses, because I miss them or to work on homework. I miss going to get ice cream with my teammates after a win. I miss jamming to music with the windows down because for that moment in time, it feels like everything is okay and we forget that we are graduating. I miss going to church on Sundays. I miss my teachers and getting to have food days. I miss softball the most, but other than that, I miss my freedom.

5) What are your future plans?

I plan to attend Malone University in the fall. I am going to major in childhood education and plan on teaching. I am also planning on coaching, so to gain experience I will be a manager on the women’s basketball team. I am blessed with an opportunity to further my education somewhere close to home.

6) What is your favorite high-school memory?

My favorite high school memory happened last summer. I had some friends over to swim at my grandmas while she was on vacation. All of a sudden we all wanted ice cream, so we jumped out of the pool and hopped in Pam, my awesome Honda Civic. We were in a hurry because Dairy Queen closed in like 30 minutes. As we pulled in we realized some of us never put shoes on. We hopped in, one croc each, with towels around us and our bathing suits. We ordered and headed back, laughing at how crazy we all looked. I do not remember anything we talked about that night. I just remember it being the most fun I have ever had with my favorite people.

7) What is your favorite movie?

Step Brothers. No matter how bad of a day you have had, it will always make you laugh.

8) What is your favorite binge-worthy show?

Now that Friends is off of Netflix, my go to is The Office. Every episode makes you cringe so hard that it is comical. Each character has a quality about them that makes you laugh and I could watch The Office over and over again without getting bored.

9) What is your favorite food?

Banana bread. It tastes good at every time of the day.

10) Who is your favorite musical artist?

One Direction. I have always loved their music growing up, and it always makes me happy.

11) Who is your favorite teacher?

Mrs. Jernigan. She cares about her students in and outside the classroom. She makes learning fun and often lets us have food days as rewards. Mrs. Jernigan has a big heart and a passion for teaching. I will miss her dearly.