Up Close With Shanna Draughn (Freshman from Dobson, NC)
Join us as we get to know yet another memeber of the Women's Tennis Team at Lees-McRae.
1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?
Coach Goode called me to play tennis with him. When I came up
here it was small and I was a little put off, but Coach and the
people were nice and I felt I would be able to get into the groove
2. What are your personal goals for this season?
I want to build stamina and work on my game.
3. What's your favorite tennis memory here at Lees-McRae so far?
Probably when we went to Hound Ears to play tennis with some older people for a fundraiser. It was really fun.
4. What is your favorite part of playing tennis here at Lees-McRae?
The girls and I have built a friendship that will probably last
a lifetime and I'd have to say that's the best part of playing
5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career?
My Uncle, Ricky Bowman. He was the one who got me into tennis and started coaching me.
6. If you weren't playing tennis, what other sport would you play?
I would probably try to play volleyball because of my height and because it is a good team sport to get into.
7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with
I am a Pre-Health major and I hope to get into Wake Forest Medical School and become a Pediatrician.
8. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?
The 70's because of the music and the clothes.
9. What is your favorite band?
My Chemical Romance.
10. What is your favorite book?
11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
France because it is supposed to be really pretty there.
12. What is one word that describes you and why?
Dedicated because I don't like to quit. I always push myself and finish.
Shanna Draughn is a Freshman from Dobson North Carolina. She is
the daughter of Winford and Annette Draughn. Tennis has been
Shanna's main focus for over 6 1/2 years, and she strives to
dedicate her life to becoming the best she can in all she does.
Shanna knew she wanted to play tennis in college, but when it came
to deciding where, that was a little bit tougher. Throughout her
senior year in high school at Surry Central High School she toured
many colleges but never felt quite at home. This all changed one
afternoon when she received a phone call from Coach Paul Goode.
Coach Goode invited Shanna to visit Lees-McRae College and play
tennis and tour the campus. Arrangements were made and a short
time later she made her way to Banner Elk. Although a little
nervous at first, when she arrived on campus she was amazed at how
beautiful it was and took her mind of the butterflies in her
stomach. She met Coach Goode and played a few sets, and then
spent some time talking with him. After her experience and
conversation with Coach Goode, Shanna knew she wanted to play
tennis for Lees-McRae. Shanna's decision was influenced by the
fact that she knew Coach Goode was going to push her to do her very
best and to be her very best. Before Shanna signed with Lees-McRae
she had to answer the infamous college question: what am I going to
major in? Shanna loves children and wanted to do something in the
medical field. When she looked on the internet resources for
Lees-McRae under the offered programs she noticed they offered a
pre-health major and requested some more information. Jennifer
Ness-Myers, her soon to be advisor, called Shanna to make a
personal connection and answer any further questions she had.
Shanna was impressed and surprised that a professor would actually
call a student to get on a personal level, and it was this event
that sealed the deal for her commitment to Lees-McRae. Along with
the professors sincere concern for their students, the feeling of
welcome Shanna felt from Coach Goode, her advisor, and all the
people she encountered on her trip secured Shanna's decision.
Shanna is a relatively introverted person so a college where she
wouldn't get lost in the crowd was key. Lees-McRae small
population and its location close to home also influenced Shanna's
choice. Shanna looks forward most to making and sustaining her
place in the Lees-McRae family. Shanna feels that signing with the
Lees-McRae Ladies Tennis Team will not only further her education
but will make friendships and memories that will last a life