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Senior from Arizona sets career plans to become therapist

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Although not living here her whole life, Senior Hannah Zimbal has come to love this town and its people as her own. Zimbal and her family moved to St. Francis when she was in fourth grade from Mesa, Arizona. Zimbal had her little sister Rian with her to help with the transition. 

“Hannah is so much fun to have as a sister and is always brightening my day,” said Rian. “She has her ‘blonde’ moments, but that makes things more interesting and I am going to really miss her when she goes to college.” 

One of Hannah’s closets friends is classmate Alondra Gomez. The two girls have been best friends since freshman year homecoming and have been inseparable ever since.

“Hannah is strong, beautiful, smart, and such a caring friend and has always been there for me no matter what,” said Gomez. “Hannah knows me probably more than I know myself and we have so many great memories together.” 

Being active has always been important to Hannah. She has been involved in volleyball, basketball, and track throughout junior high as well as high school. Zimbal lettered in all three sports from sophomore through senior year.  

“Sports have played a huge role in my life and have helped shape me into who I am today,” said Zimbal. “I have built so many new friendships through sports that I will always be grateful for.” 

Zimbal was also a member of FFA for three years. She was very determined in the weight room as well. She was one of the top lifters and received the All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year due to the nomination by Coach Nick Fawcett. 

After wrapping up her career at SFCHS, Zimbal will be attending Colorado State University majoring in Family Studies and Human Development to become an occupational therapist. Zimbal was inspired to become an occupational therapist after attending a career fair in Goodland. She first knew she wanted to go into physical therapy, but then fell in love with occupational therapy. 

While excited for her future, Zimbal will never forget the memories and friendships that she made. 

“Looking back, I am very glad we moved here because I definitely wouldn't be the person I am today and wouldn't have the people in my life that I do today,” said Zimbal.

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