Three years ago, I would have told you I would be heading to college to play D1 volleyball. However, life had a different plan for me after tearing my ACL. While this event rocked my world, and knocked out what had been encompassing a huge amount of my time and energy, I took this opportunity as a chance to grow. I grew deeper in my faith, spent more time in service, and found a passion for Spanish. I was led to bring Unified Track and Field to our school with other Student Athletic Leaders, spend weeks serving in Mexico and with our ZCHS Haiti team, and gain leadership roles in other clubs. During this time, I continued to grow more self-aware through the mentors and experiences I was given. I was connected with doctors to shadow and led to study abroad in Oviedo, Spain for six weeks with the support of our Spanish department. I will be attending college to study biology and Spanish to one day become a missionary doctor. I see myself spending years serving the people of our world in many ways from giving vaccinations to prenatal care before I settle down to start my own family. I cannot wait for the day I am able to raise my own children and bless them with the same opportunities as my wonderful parents and this town have blessed me.

Janet Mann