Kendall Buff - North Carolina Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination and Photography by Robin Miller Photography Issue 33 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Kendall Buff graduated top in her class after putting in hard work and dedication all four years of high school. She has participated in multiple clubs, played volleyball, was a Junior Marshal, and was nominated to be on the 2019 Homecoming Court at East Burke High School. While at East Burke, Kendall was nominated for many awards and scholarships. She will be attending Appalachian State University in the Fall to get her nursing degree. Kendall has worked hard every day of high school and throughout her life from volunteering to school, to be the best person she can be.
What inspired you to start playing volleyball? Why? Ever since I was a little girl, sports were something I was very drawn to, especially volleyball. My mom played volleyball in middle school and high school, so this was a way for us to bond, and I easily began to love the sport. My mom was the one who first got me involved in volleyball and was even my coach for a few years.
What is your favorite memory you have made with your volleyball team? There are so many incredible memories that I have made with my volleyball team. If I had to pick just one, it would be spending time with everyone on game days. Some of us would go eat before games and we would have the best time, laughing and enjoying the time we were getting to spend together as a team. Being able to bond together like this was what made the volleyball season so enjoyable.
Tell me more about being a Junior Marshal. What did this role involve? Being a Junior Marshal was always a goal of mine through high school. I spent numerous hours doing homework and studying to become a Junior Marshal. I was top 10 in my class as both a Junior and Senior. As a Junior Marshal, I was able to help with the class of 2019's graduation ceremony and be a part of their big day. Being a Junior Marshal was a goal that I was able to accomplish through all my hard work and determination.
You mentioned you volunteer in your community, what projects have you participated in, and which was your favorite? I have spent numerous hours volunteering for people in my community. I have helped with church pantries, senior citizen groups, and many other organizations. My favorite was Operation Christmas Child. We were able to get together and create shoeboxes with toys and other necessities that children need. This was my favorite because I was able to help others that might not get anything for Christmas.
I know you participate in many other clubs, what other clubs do you participate in, and how do you balance all of this with school? I participate in numerous clubs at school such as Anchor Club, HOSA, PIE Club, and Spirit Club. It can be difficult to find the time for homework and these extracurriculars, but I can balance all of it by prioritizing my schoolwork. Being able to do that helps me make sure to get my work done first, then do the other enjoyable activities!
What is one goal you have for your future? One goal I have for my future is to become a nurse. I enjoy helping people and taking care of others, so I think being a nurse is something that will help me feel like I am giving back to others. Since the breakout of COVID-19, it makes me wish I was able to help those being affected by it.
Kendall will be published in issue 33 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!