Snowstorm Q&A: South Lakes’ Caloyannides Built an Igloo

Snowstorm Q&A: South Lakes’ Caloyannides Built an Igloo


South Lakes senior Melody Caloyannides is committed to play volleyball at Virginia Tech.

A snowstorm caused Fairfax County Public Schools to cancel classes and athletic events for more than a week. Some areas received more than 20 inches of snow during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, creating a break from competition for local high school athletes.

South Lakes volleyball player Melody Caloyannides, who is committed to Virginia Tech, shared her storm experience via email with The Connection.

Q: In what city do you live?

A: Reston.

Q: How did the amount of snowfall in your neighborhood compare to what you thought would fall?

A: We accumulated around 28 inches, but due to drift there were spots as high as 33 inches. We expected 1-2 feet, but it was well over that.

Q: What, if any, preparations did you and your family make for the storm?

A: Like many families, we purchased salt, an extra shovel, and food for a little under a week of home meals. However, I did hear from a few families that generators were bought, as well.

Q: What did you do to pass the time during the storm?

A: The first day I spent mainly at home with my family, but after the first day I walked to visit friends. With water-resistant clothes, it was not too bad. The walk was definitely a workout though.

Q: Did you play in the snow? If so, what did you do?

A: Yes, I did play outside. A few friends and I went sledding and we also built an igloo since there was plenty of snow to do so.

Q: Do you play a winter sport at South Lakes?

A: No, I do not play a winter sport at South Lakes because I play volleyball all year; indoor volleyball during the school year, and sand volleyball during the summer.

Q: Were you able to exercise/practice during the storm? If so, what did you do?

A: Unfortunately, no. We have had about a week off of practice and conditioning which has made preparing for a tournament this coming weekend a little difficult. However, every night we would complete our "homework," which would consist of an hour­long training program to stay in shape.

Q: What made Virginia Tech the right choice for you?

A: I have loved Tech since sophomore year, but was on and off because I wanted to research into more schools. I knew it was the school for me when I went on my third visit during the fall. Up until then, I had not visited since my sophomore year. The day I called the coach telling them I'm accepting their offer, I cried tears of joy like no other. It's an amazing feeling and I couldn't be happier to call myself a Hokie.