November 10, 2006

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 easier here.

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 here.

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 your degree?

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?

Sweet Sensations

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's Story…

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 time.