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North Branch Student Accepted to Harvard

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 7:54 am

Rural Pine City resident, Ali Zimmerman, has been accepted to attend school at Harvard University. 18-year-old Zimmerman is a senior in high school, and she also attends classes at the College of  St. Benedict.

Zimmerman got the good news on March 30. She knew that was the day that the school would be notifying applicants by e-mail, so she waited before track practice, and then she got the email. After reading it, she had to read it several more time just to make sure she was reading it correctly. Her first call was to Lori, her mother.

“I’m thankful I was accepted, but more thankful I have people in my life that encouraged me to risk failure in order to apply,” Zimmerman said in a recent interview. Harvard was the only school that she wanted to go to (other than St. Benedict’s), so she only applied there. She will start school in August when she reports for pre-orientation and the traditional cleaning of the dorms. She is currently a double major in math and psychology, and she won’t have to declare a major until midway through her sophomore year, which she expects to continue with math. She has also considered anthropology and sociology and thinks law school might be something she would enjoy.

We could hear her voice shaking through the speaker phone and her sisters immediately started texting everyone the good news. Attending Harvard has been a dream for Ali since she was a little girl, and while it will be difficult having her so far from home, we are confident she will continue to pursue her goals with the same enthusiasm and determination she’s always had,” said Lori, Ali’s mom.

Zimmerman is also a National Merit Scholar finalist and should know by May 4 whether she has been awarded the merit scholarship.

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