Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Paige Bird, Amherst volleyball
By Jacob Heid
Amherst senior Paige Bird has been a part of the Amherst volleyball scene since she was in fifth grade. Ever since then, she hasn’t missed a year of volleyball.
As for the team, she enjoys the close-knit group and the dedication of the coaches and players.
Here is more on the Amherst senior:
When did you start getting into volleyball?
“I first started getting into volleyball in the fifth grade when Coach Beaudoin started a small volleyball league for fourth and fifth-grade girls at my school. I realized I really enjoyed playing the game and had lots of fun. Since starting, I’ve played every year since and continued playing through club as well.”
Do you have a nickname that family or friends call you?
“The main nickname that most people address me by would be my last name, Bird. It just became a thing when I was younger, and it’s just stuck ever since.”
How many siblings do you have? If so, what is your favorite thing to do with them?
“I have one sister, Lauren. She’s 20 years old and is in college studying at Mankato, Minn., through a track scholarship. My favorite thing to do with my sister is annoy her. Although, when I’m not doing that, we both enjoy going shopping together because I always let her drive.”
What is your dream vacation spot?
“My dream vacation spot would be the south of France. The water from the sea there looks amazing. The buildings and structure of cities in the area have such fun colors, and they are all unique. Although, the main reason I’d want to go there is because my best friend lives in France, Léonie. She came to Amherst for an exchange year, and we instantly clicked. I haven’t seen her for two years, and it’s been hard, but we always keep in touch. So we both dream of the day we can go to the south of France together.”
What is your go-to pregame meal?
“My go-to pregame meal would definitely be fruit and yogurt. I could eat it every day, but I save it mainly for game days. The best part of it is definitely when I add granola or grape nuts. It’s a healthy meal, and I really like it.”
What is your favorite thing about Amherst volleyball?
“My favorite thing about Amherst volleyball is the dedication of the team and coaches. Everyone gives up so much and makes volleyball their No. 1 priority throughout the whole season. Because of this, our team spends hours together every day, and it’s caused us to bond together not only as a team but as family as well.”
Any plans for after high school?
“My plans for after high school consist of attending college to further study therapeutic recreation. I hope to become a Child Life Specialist after college.”