Leadership Comes Natural to Senior Catcher

Pam Buscema throws the ball back to pitcher Brooke Altneu during a Section 1 Class A opening round game at Lakeland last Friday. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

John Jay senior Pam Buscema was the starting catcher on the Indians’ varsity softball team.

How old were you when you started playing softball and how did you get started?

I was 7 years old and played through the town rec league, Katonah Bedford Girls Softball.

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As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader?

I think that being both a senior and a catcher it just comes naturally for me to be vocal and assume a leadership role. As a senior I want to be setting the right example for the team and pushing the girls to be their best, while also encouraging a very positive environment. As a catcher I want my team to always be alert and know where the next play is, as well as make sure we’re constantly communicating on the field.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

Over the years my mom has been my biggest role model. I’ve always admired her selflessness and strong work ethic. She’s been one of the most influential people in my life in helping me become the independent young woman I am today.

Tell us one thing about your-self that not a lot of people know?

I like to take selfies with my dog (she’s not camera shy at all!).

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I’m attending Pratt Institute in the fall to study digital art, specifically interactive art. I’m extremely passionate about the arts and I feel that with technology being such a prominent facet of our functioning world it is essential for me to integrate it into my major. At Pratt I will be exploring the convergence between art and technology and how the two can come together as an innovative form of creative expression.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

I’m actually not a huge sports fan but sometimes I’ll watch WWE. My favorite WWE wrestler is Sheamus.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Rowdy classic rock. AC/DC is usually my go to.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to time travel because who wouldn’t want to see dinosaurs or know what the future is like?

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would go to Greece because it’s so beautiful and it would be incredible to see the ancient architecture. Also I’m sure the food is very good.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

After a game I’m always starving and usually I’ll go to Salsa Fresca and get a burrito. 

Best place to eat in Katonah-Lewisboro and why?

Cameron’s Deli because it’s convenient and you can’t go wrong with a Cluckin’ Russian.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?

Instagram because the memes are the best.

For a young athlete growing up in Katonah-Lewisboro, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the softball program and why should they go out for the team?

Playing softball in this community alone has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’ve formed really special bonds with a lot of my teammates, many of whom I’ve been playing alongside since the third grade. Moreover the current coaching staff from modified to JV to varsity are all so dedicated and have helped tremendously with elevating the program. I would definitely say to try out for softball; between the coaches, the teammates, and the sport itself, John Jay softball offers a competitive, yet very fun atmosphere. Also it’s just all around a good time.

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