November 6, 2023
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Montgomery, Ala. –For three and half years, the student experience of Michael Storie ’23 has been a collection of stories of exemplary student engagement. Now, a week before completing his Huntingdon degree, Michael is transitioning to new roles on campus, including one sharing the stories of Huntingdon’s intercollegiate athletics program. Get to know Michael in this Q and A feature.
Q. Your undergraduate chapter at Huntingdon is ending this semester, but you’re starting a new chapter of service to the College. What are your new roles?
A. Going into the Spring 2024 semester, my roles will be Residence Director in Blount Hall and Sports Information Director for the Athletic Department.
Q. You’ve built a lengthy resume of leadership roles at Huntingdon. This semester alone, what leadership roles have you played in the student body?
A. This semester alone I have served as a Head Orientation Leader, the President of the Interfraternity Council, Vice President of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Chief Justice of the SGA Judicial Board, a Huntingdon Ambassador, member of the CCV Student Council, and a SAAC representative for the cross country and track teams. It’s been a busy semester to say the least.
Q. Beyond running cross country and track for Huntingdon, what organized sports have you played in your life?
A. Aside from cross Country, I played basketball throughout high school.
Q. In your three and a half years as a Huntingdon student-athlete, can you name a specific moment of athletic accomplishment that you’ll forever cherish?
A. In terms of an athletic accomplishment, I can safely say that running the fastest mile of my career (including high school) by about 40 seconds in my first collegiate race comes to mind first. I was ecstatic.
Q. You’ve already been on the job as the new sports information guy for a week. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned so far about this work?
A. The biggest thing I’ve learned so far is ownership. There are no training wheels. It’s my show to run and I should approach my work with that level of respect and responsibility.
Q. Do you have any ideas for how you can put your own spin on the sports information job?
A. I am looking into transforming sports information, as far as media goes, into something that is truly centered around the student-athletes at this College. There are countless athletes who deserve recognition for things that might extend beyond the playing field, and I hope to highlight their successes in all aspects.
Q. Looking in your crystal ball, which winter or spring Huntingdon athletic team do you see having a breakout season in the months to come and why?
A. I have some high expectations for the men’s basketball team in the upcoming semester. Coach Richards has pushed his guys to a level that I feel will lead to them being tremendously successful. It also helps that they returned essentially everyone from last year’s roster, so I feel that their experience will benefit them.
Q. Who are some Huntingdon student-athletes you most enjoy watching play on the court, course, mat or field?
A. All of our upcoming sports really excite me, but to name a few — Myles Murphy is an energizer bunny for that basketball program. His passion for the game is exciting. From my trackandfield Hawks, Caden Howard returns as the CCS Champion in high jump. His dedication to perfecting his craft leads me to believe that he’s due for a repeat title. Jordan Holman for the softball program is a huge part of their success. I expect her to only grow from her last season, where she was a statistical champion in Division 3. Last but certainly not leastfreshman Mary Charles Davis of the women’s golf team. She won USA South Rookie of the Week four times in the Fall, and I expect similar results in the spring season(she was also in my orientation group this past fall, that’s always a plus).
Q. Tell us about your residence life experience at Huntingdon. Where have you lived on campus during your time as a residential student?
A. As a student, I lived in Searcy Hall, Trimble Hall, and 1557 College Court. My favorite memory from those times is probably when I moved into Trimble. At the time, it was the Lambda Chi Alpha House, and living with my brothers was such a fun experience.
Q. Favorite Searcy Hall moment?
A. My favorite Searcy Hall moment is probably when the string of hurricanes came through in the Fall of 2020. Power was out for a little over 48 hours, I believe, and I think all of us on the third floor really got to know each other better.
Q. Shed some insight on your academic experience at Huntingdon. What was your major? What were two or three classes you took that really made a difference in your life?
A. As an English major, I think the classes that benefitted me the most were Dr. Chandler’s editing and style course, legal psychology with Dr. Mugno, and my English capstone project (also with Dr. Chandler). All three of these courses pushed me more than any other throughout my academic career.
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