Jessi Zimmerman still has two and a half years of high school left at Northwest, but she has a good start toward being the valedictorian of the Class of 2015.
The Northwest sophomore, who turned 16 Thursday, has a 4.1 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, is ranked #1 academically in her 33-member class and plans to take the ACT during her junior year.
The three-sport participant still has over two years before going to college, but is considering State Far Community College or the University of Central Missouri. She is considering majoring in nursing and she wants to play volleyball.
Besides playing volleyball, basketball and softball for the Lady Mustangs, Zimmerman is the Treasurer of the Student Council, is a past member of the National Junior Honor Society, is a member of the Math Team and the Future Business Leaders of America.
Zimmerman can begin taking weighted courses her junior year, but is taking Algebra III this year.
“Academics are more important than sports,” she said.”They take you farther in life and they can make you successful.”
The Lady Mustangs’ shortstop on the softball diamond, Zimmerman began playing softball early in her childhood, came up through the Tri-County Softball League, played in summer leagues in Sedalia and played her freshman year at Northwest.
She has played basketball since her eighth grade year in junior high at Northwest, sat out her freshman year in high school but plans to play this season.
She was the Most Valuable Player in both seventh and eighth grade in junior high basketball at Northwest
Zimmerman started playing volleyball in seventh grade. She played two years of junior high volleyball and started as a freshman on the varsity last fall.
She was recently named second-team All District in volleyball.
A big grin spread across her face when asked about a high school athletic highlight
“When we beat Sacred Heart this year (in volleyball),” Zimmerman said.
In what little spare time Zimmerman has, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
“When you play three sports, there isn’t much time to do other things,” Zimmerman said.
She has an older sister, Danni Zimmerman, 20, and a student at the University of Central Missouri. She is the daughter of Dana and Wendell Zimmerman, Hughesville.