Right-outside hitter in the fall and post during the winter, Juneau-Douglas' Maria Weyhrauch shines on both the volleyball and basketball court. The six-foot-two-inch senior recently returned from the volleyball state tournament where JDHS placed fourth overall and was also a contributing factor in the Crimson Bears' front court on last year's basketball state championship winning team. Weyhrauch said she likes to stay actively involved at school and enjoys having a voice in the decision making process but in her free time she's happy just "kickin' it with friends".
Can you reflect on your volleyball experience at JDHS?
"I just started playing volleyball in high school, so I wasn't really sure what I was getting into. But it turned out to be one of the most fun sports ever. What really made this year great was my team. I got really close with all of the girls, and even though we didn't get the place that we wanted to get at state, we had a great last trip and we played well in our last game against Wasilla. So, it was good to finish off the season with a good game."
How to you spend your free time when your not playing sports?
"Probably just kickin' it with my friends. I'm also an active member of my youth group, and this summer we're going on a mission trip to Nicaragua, which should be pretty interesting. They're the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, so we can offer a lot. We'll be helping out at the orphanage and helping the people there. I'm also in NHS (National Honor Society) and student council. I like being active in the school. We make so many decisions and I like having a voice in matters as a student. Right now in student council, we're working on changing the school-start time, and in NHS we just sponsored a food drive."
What are your academic interests?
"I really like English. Heading into college, I'm thinking about being anything from an English major to International relations to even pre-med, so I really don't know where I'm heading. I really like writing, every kind. I write in my free time and I like writing essays, which is weird. But I also took anatomy this year, and that sparked my interest in the medical field. I think it's really interesting."
What's it going to take for this year's girl's basketball team to repeat as state champs?
"I think we have a good team. We only lost four seniors - even though they were four really good seniors - we have a lot of good players left. If we want to win state again we'll have to work really, really hard because I know there are some other pretty good teams out there."