Sturgis East volleyball captain Carly Burns freely admits she would have felt quite comfortable being a teenager some 50 years ago.
In other words, she sees herself as a full-fledged “Child of the 60s.”
“My mom says that about me,” she said with a smile. “I love all of the old vintage songs from that era. I’m just a really big fan of The Beatles. They’re my favorite band.”
But instead of sporting peasant shirts and bell-bottoms, flashing the peace sign or promoting flower power, she’s happy just to relive those days through the music of the Fab Four.
“I think in the entire music industry, every song, every artist has stemmed from The Beatles and what they have done,” she said. “I’m very interested in the ’60s scene, the peace protests. I think it’s so cool to learn about it; it’s such an influential part of our history.”
Case in point: the person she’d most like to meet? Former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr.
And her bucket list place to visit? “To me, the Moon would be a fun place to go,” she said. I feel like everyone usually says something like a tropical place, or foreign country where they’d like to go. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to go to the Moon?”
However, she also realizes that the ’60s was an era of campus unrest, political assassination and war in Vietnam.
“I suppose it would have been nice to live back in the ’60s, but the more I think about it with the racism and the sexism of the time, maybe I don’t want to go back there,” she said.
Despite her yearnings for a simpler time, in the present she has been one of the top performers for coach Mike Sarney’s volleyball team this fall.
Unfortunately, the Storm was upset last week in a first-round defeat at the hands of No. 13 seeded Archbishop Williams, 3-2. Just the same, Burns had an outstanding final game of her career with 13 kills and four blocks.
A member of the Sturgis East girls’ basketball and tennis teams as well, she said volleyball is her favorite sport.
“I’ve been playing basketball most of my life, but I only picked up volleyball when I came to Sturgis,” said the six-foot senior. “I like the mental strategy of the sport.”
And like her predecessors of the ’60s generation, Carly hopes to cultivate her own interest in activism as she moves into the next decade in college.
“I’d like to maybe do something with environmental science, perhaps fighting climate change through the government and policies,” she said.
So, whether she’s daydreaming about life in the ’60s or contributing to a better world in the 2020s, Carly Burns will be certainly making the scene with a “far-out” future.
20 Questions with Carly Burns
1. Favorite subject: Environmental science and biology
2. Favorite book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
3. Favorite food: Chicken fingers and French fries
4. Favorite movie: “Across the Universe”
5. Favorite TV show: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
6. Favorite Cape restaurant: Rendezvous Cafe & Creperie, Hyannis
7. Favorite Cape hangout: Any beach
8. Favorite sports team: Columbia Women’s Volleyball and the LS boys’ volleyball
9. Favorite athlete: Maddie Tucker (my BFF)
10. Favorite ‘pump-up” music: “Hot shower” by Chance the Rapper or “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame
11. Best advice I’ve received: “Think tall, be tall.” –Callie Sullivan
12. Person I’d most like to meet: Ringo Starr.
13. Hobbies and interests: Sports, painting and making clothes
14. Greatest sports moment: Our 13-3 volleyball season last year, the best season in school history.
15. Most inspirational person: Sheri Hall
16. Pregame rituals / superstitions: “I am so psyched” cheer
17. Bucket list place to visit: The moon
18. Biggest sports setback or obstacle: Getting in my head during a game and over thinking my playing.
19. College plans / major: I want to study environment science and policy, but I do not know where yet.
20. Advice to young athletes: Listen to your coach, no matter how loud they are yelling, it’s not personal, they are just doing it to make you better.
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