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Senior Emileigh Dinkel works to make her dreams a reality


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Senior Emileigh Dinkel has grown up in Saint Francis her whole life. Growing up in a small town has allowed her to take an active part in working with animals at the vet clinic along with her own that she has raised. Because she has enjoyed being around and working with animals ever since she was little, it has inspired her future career goals to work with animals as a veterinarian.

“There is definitely something special about living in a small town and I am going to miss it when I go off to college,” said Dinkel. “I will miss the late nights cruising with my friends, seeing all the streets lit up, and the feeling of knowing everyone in the community.”

Even though Dinkel is sad about ending this journey, she is excited to start a new chapter in her life in Manhattan, KS and find out where it takes her.

“My sister is a pretty cool cat,” said Sophomore Brady Dinkel, her brother. “Sometimes she can get on my nerves but at the end of the day, she will always be there for me.” Emileigh and Brady are very close. “It’s going to be different without her at the house but I think we will still stay close,” said Brady.

The Dinkel family often takes trips to Manhattan, KS especially during football season, and will get to spend plenty of time with her throughout the year.

Emileigh is a successful student at SFCHS and Tiffany Poet, ag teacher, is excited for her as well.

“Emi is the ideal kid to have in ag classes because she has knowledge and a passion about it and this makes herself motivated,” said Poet. “She takes what she learns and applies it outside of the classroom and is known to send me a text on the weekend of her animals.” Poet is a K-State graduate herself. “I am absolutely thrilled that she will be a Wildcat next year and have no doubt that she will find a home and a family at K-State that will be successful and allow her to reach her goals.”

Emi is one of my best friends and I am going to miss her when she leaves for college. She is always so much fun to be around and can make you laugh no matter what situation you're in. I know I am going to see her lots when my family goes down to Manhattan but it definitely won’t be the same not seeing her in school everyday.

Emileigh has been very involved throughout her years as a Sainty Indian. She has participates in volleyball, basketball, track, all throughout her junior high career and continues playing those sports in high school along with adding FFA and being an officer to her plate. Dinkel is also president of her 4-H club.

Emileigh is going into school to pursue her dream of being a veterinarian and working with animals at Kansas State University. “I have loved animals since I was little and my dream has always been to be a vet,” said Dinkel.

Congratulations Emileigh for becoming a Wildcat and pursuing your dream. I am so proud of you.  I wish nothing but the best for you in your future in Manhattan. You have left a great legacy here in Saint Francis and you will be missed by so many.

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