Editor’s note: This is the second in a weekly series this month on students entering their senior year of high school.
By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Floyd High seniors Weldon “W.T.” Whitecotton and Tessa Nall will be busy campers this fall, with a full schedule of activities and commitments.
Nall plays volleyball, basketball and track, as well as participating in Future Farmers of America and Business Professionals of America. She has also done New Mexico Girl’s State, a program that promotes citizenship training and provides knowledge of government and politics for high school juniors.
“I fill my time with sports”, said Nall, who has been participating on varsity in basketball, volleyball, and track since the eighth grade.
“Basketball is definitely my favorite”, says Nall who served as team co-captain last year as a junior and led her team to the state playoffs. She has also seen success on the track, finishing fourth in the 1,600 meters and third in the 3,200 this spring at the state track meet.
“She is the kind of kid you want around. She makes your job easier and she makes everyone around her better,” said Nall’s track and basketball coach, Adam Terry.
Nall handles her business off the field too. She has a 4.0 grade point average and served as her class president last year. She has done land and poultry judging while participating in FFA. Nall also dedicates a lot of time to her faith through her church youth group at Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“I love being in FCA,” said Nall. “It gives Bible study or devotional and increases your faith as well as bond with the kids who have the same faith as you.”
Whitecotton, affectionately known as W.T., has been representing Floyd to the fullest as well. Whitecotton is the Broncos’ starting quarterback, as well as a basketball and baseball standout.
“He is an outstanding student-athlete with a great work ethic. Simply put, he’s a leader,” said Whitecotton’s football and basketball coach, Steve Foust.
After missing a few games due to injury last football season, Whitecotton is looking forward to the fall.
“I like being the quarterback. It can be difficult at times being a team leader but everyone looks up to you,” said Whitecotton, who also has served as class secretary, and like Nall participates, in FFA and FCA. Whitecotton has an affinity for farming, as he has been raising pigs since fourth grade.
He will be showing four pigs at the Market Swine Show at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair.
“Me and my brother will show four pigs. Last year, I got second place in Roswell and fourth place in Albuquerque,” said Whitecotton.
Whitecotton handles himself in the classroom, entering his senior year with a 3.5 grade point average.
Nall and Whitecotton say their favorite subjects are mathematics, and both are planning on attending college but haven’t decided where.