Class Acts: Michelle Zimmerman, Tolland High School

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Although Michelle Zimmerman serves as captain of Tolland High School's tennis team, her favorite playing partners aren't her teammates. She and a friend started "ACE Tennis," a program for special needs students.

Community service is one of Zimmerman's greatest passions. As a student council member, she organized the school-wide Thanksgiving food drive last November, increasing donations by creating a competition between homerooms. She is also a leading participant in Volunteers In Service In Our Neighborhood, or VISION, a high school student organization designed to give back to others.

"My college essay was about my grandmother," Zimmerman said, "who is 91 now and lives with our family, suffering from dementia. She always took care of me, but now the roles have reversed."

Her grandmother has reason to be proud. Zimmerman's awards include the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference 2012 Scholar-Athlete award for Tolland High girls and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Award for excellence in mathematics. Math is her planned major this fall at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., after which she hopes to become an actuary.

"I never had valedictorian as my goal," said the top student out of about 220 in Tolland High's senior class. "I just wanted to do my best."

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