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Zimmerman homecoming parade rallies Thunder fans
Zimmerman High School’s homecoming parade — organized by the high school football program’s booster club — delivered an exciting prelude Wednesday night to the big game.
The 4-0 Thunder were slated to play Little Falls last night.
There were about two dozen individual groups that participated in the parade. The Zimmerman American Legion and Zimmerman Fire Department got the parade started as usual and the varsity football players brought up the rear.
Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department reserves volunteered their time to block off a safe route for the parade.
“The turn out was amazing,” said Jana Schnellman of the Zimmerman High School football booster club. “I feel like our entire community came out to support us.”
The quarterback club has been organizing event for years, and the parade concludes with bonfire and car bashing.
The excitement was to continue on Friday with a pep fest, the crowning of a homecoming king and queen and the football game.
Zimmerman High School royalty held a marshmallow toss on Sept. 25 at the school to help kick off homecoming festivities.
The candidates for king and queen competed in some of their worst outfits as it was “Dressed to Unimpress Day” at the school.
Tuesday was “TV and Movie Character Day.”
Wednesday was “80s Workout Day.” There was a scavenger hunt at lunch and a parade was put on by the Zimmerman High School football boosters.
Festivities contineud Thursday during “Career Day.”
Friday, of course, was “Spirit Day,” and the king and queen were to be crowned before the homecoming football game.
Royalty candidates include:
Athlete of the Week: Dylan Larrabee
When the 2017 football season finally began, senior running back/linebacker Dylan Larrabee was ready to leave his mark.
He had played up on varsity as a junior, but his role was almost exclusively as a special teams player, backing up Haydon Miller on both offense and defense. But with Miller graduating following the 2016 season, Larrabee knew his chance had come.
All he had to do was make the most of it.
“It’s really exciting,” Larrabee said of playing a large role on varsity. “I’m just really happy to be a big part of my senior season with the players I have played with my whole life. That’s super cool.”
While Larrabee is a two-way player for the Thunder this season, he feels as though he makes the biggest impact on the offensive side of the ball as a running back. But in an offense that is featuring the pass more this season than it has in years past, his reps can be limited from time to time.
That all changed when the Thunder traveled on the road to Milaca on Friday, Sept. 22, though, as the Thunder went back to a ground-and-pound mentality.
He did not lead the team in carries, but Larrabee made the most of every opportunity that he got. Rushing eight times for 192 yards and four touchdowns. It was by far the best day he has ever had on offense, saying he’s never before averaged 24 yards per carry.
“All I knew is when I got the ball it wasn’t until five or seven yards down field where I really had someone that I had to put a move on,” he said, recalling the game. “I guess I was able to out run a few players. I just kept getting the ball and kept getting great blocking.”
The Thunder went on to defeat Milaca 49-6, a dominating effort which Larrabee played a big part in. It would be easy for both him and his teammates to get a big head after a win like that, but he’s going to do everything in his power to make sure that doesn’t happen.
He plans on getting right back to work and focusing on cleaning up all the little details of his game because, for the team to reach their ultimate goal, they’re going to have to face a lot tougher challenges than Milaca. And when that happens, they can’t be complacent.
“It kind of gives us a chance to really let the gas off the peddle and start to be complacent if we don’t take that and keep working on it,” he began. “There are weeks like this, even this week, some could say it may not be one of the harder games of our season, but if we can take it day by day and make ourselves better and not focus on our opponent as much it will really help not being complacent.”
Not only is he wanting to focus on taking this season day by day to help improve his game, but also to just enjoy his senior season to the fullest.
Things can get hard when you’re grinding away on the football field, trying to fight through injuries and stay out on the field with your teammates, but, when it’s all said and done, those will all be the moments that are missed the most. Being out there with your teammates, your friends, and giving it everything you’ve got.
Larrabee isn’t ready to let all those experiences go, but is starting to realize the season is flying by a lot faster than he was hoping it would.
Student earns ZHS’s first letter for community service
Mackenzie Risting has become the first student at Zimmerman High School to earn a varsity letter for community service.
Mackenzie, a sophomore, has been instrumental in working with Operation Christmas Child at her church, Central Lutheran in Elk River.
Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes full of items to children in need throughout the world. Last year, more than 500 shoeboxes were collected at Central Lutheran to be distributed through Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes were filled with necessities such as notebooks, toothbrushes, pencils, pens, soap and wash cloths as well as toys like Beanie Babies.
“It’s kind of a good feeling to help people,” Mackenzie said.
She said her sister was involved in the program and, when she graduated, passed it on to her. Mackenzie has been volunteering with Operation Christmas Child since she was in the seventh grade. She is the daughter of Tim and Michelle Risting, of Elk River.
Jaime Hilyar, activities director at Zimmerman High School, said in working with Mackenzie it’s obvious that serving others is important to her and her family.
“Mackenzie is a great kid and we are very happy she is part of our Thunder family,” Hilyar said. “We are hoping her leadership in the area of community service will inspire other students to think about contributing positively to our local and global communities.”
The varsity letter program for community service was first implemented at Zimmerman High School in the 2016-2017 school year. All students in grades nine through 12 are eligible to apply and can earn a letter each year.
“We had many discussions with various groups in Zimmerman about how to get students involved in their communities and serving others. This program was a way to promote and reward students serving their communities,” Hilyar said.
The varsity lettering criteria is as follows:
•150 hours of unpaid, volunteer service completed in any 12-month period. At least 75 hours must be completed through one agency or for one cause to insure understanding and sustained commitment to a selected social issue that is personally relevant to the student, such as homelessness, the elderly, poverty, literacy, environment or health care.
•A record of all service hours verified by an adult supervisor or parent.
•Two recommendation letters from organizations or people served describing the student’s service and performance.
•A written reflection, journal, video, song, work of art, children’s book, presentation or other piece of work based upon student’s sustained service with one agency or in one area of need.
•Digital photo of the student doing service.
•Student must have a 2.0 or above GPA and be chemical-free during the year to participate in the program.
To qualify for her letter, Mackenzie said she did 100 hours of her community service with the Operation Christmas Child project and spent another 50 hours helping some of her mom’s friends, who are teachers. She labeled books and did other tasks for them.
She also made a portfolio of her volunteer work and wrote a paper explaining what she did.
What We Do
The Zimmerman Booster Club would like to thank the many volunteers currently involved, now and from the past. It takes many volunteers coming together to make a difference.
As a Booster Club we are interested in any ideas you may have to better our student’s experiences here at Zimmerman middle school and high school.
Getting involved in your school through the Booster Club is fun and a great way to meet other adults and faculty. We are always looking for people to help with ideas and the planning of Booster Club activities. Everything we do benefits the students of our school and community. We support our Academics, Arts and Athletics. Come check out what we are up to!
Booster Club meetings are always the 2nd Monday of each month, except when there is no school that day. Then it will be the following Monday. Meetings are at 7:00 in the ZHS media center. Please Come and Check It Out!
We are always interested in your thoughts, please come to any meeting and help make a difference.
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