Altus’ Journi Abuan - Character Counts Presented By Jackson County Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Clinic
Altus senior soccer player Journi Abuan has played the sport for seven or eight years now.
“I started out as a defense player and I loved it so much,” she said. “The best part about playing sports is doing what you love and being able to have fun and some competition.”
One of her favorite memories didn’t even happen during a game, but it stuck with her because of the relationships she has with her teammates.
“My favorite memory was when we did a team drill, to get to know each other as a team and a player individually,” she said. “It had helped are team so much because we all connected and communicated as a team.”
Of course, due to the pandemic, Abuan will not get to finish her senior season as planned. She puts into words what many senior athletes are feeling right now.
“The hardest part is not being able to play with your team anymore,” she said. “I was prepared for our last game to come to an end, just not so early. All the games we missed this year and senior night, I’m going to miss.”
However, she wants to leave some advice for the underclassmen who will get their shot next year.
“Have fun. You won’t win every game, but to be able to get better, you have to lose some to know what you could do better next time,” says Abuan. “Work as a team, not against each other; get to know each other, and your team will be able to accomplish so much more.”
Abuan admires her mother and aims to model her character.
“I look up to my mom as a role model because she’s always there for people no matter what and is so helpful,” she said. “She’s so hardworking and never gives up.”
Outside of soccer, Abuan was involved in “That Altus Band” as a drum major and played trombone and baritone. After high school she plans to continue her education at WOSC, where she is a concurrent student.