Ali Zimmerman Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Lana Swenson (Green Briar Photography) Wisconsin Issue 17
The Nomination: Ali Zimmerman is active in dance, sports, and volunteering. She is accelerated in math, so she volunteers at the elementary school during her open period, makes bulletin boards for the teachers, is very active in jazz theater outside of school, AND she is on the dance team and in various sports at school!
Tell us about your theater experiences and a favorite memory.
I have been performing live theater since I was 9. It is one of my favorite things in the entire world because I just get to be transported into a whole different world, and there are so many new things I get to learn within the theater. I have been involved in 16 different productions since I started.
One very memorable show happened over this past summer. My dad is not a very musical person (he played the cornet in middle school and was never in choir), but a musical I was in this summer, Hello, Dolly! needed more male ensemble parts. After some convincing, he decided to join the show with me. We had such a wonderful time being on stage together and doing something we both enjoyed really brought us together. Although my favorite thing to do in the theater is to perform and be on stage, I spend some time working behind the scenes too. I have started doing this more often recently, and I have picked up new skills in the areas of stage management, costuming, and choreographing. My goal someday is to direct a show by myself.
Image taken by Shawn Zimmerman
When did you start dancing and what types do you do? I started dancing when I was 2 years old, with a pre-ballet class. I dance at a small studio in my town called Whitney’s Academy of Dance. I have taken classes in all sorts of dance styles: ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, lyrical, contemporary. I was also a member of the competitive dance team and competed in various competitions around the state.
Image taken by Green Briar Photography
How have you volunteered your time at your elementary school? I started working at the elementary school in October of last year. My schedule provided me with an open hour due to the way my classes were set, and I realized that I could be doing something productive with that time, so I reached out to the 4K teachers about helping, and they were all for it. I play with the kids, help the teachers with their prep work for the upcoming days, or help the kids grow their skills like writing and drawing. They are the happiest part of my day.
Image taken by Jenny Delorme
What are your plans for the future? Right now, I’m torn between a few career options. I’m thinking that I either want to be an early elementary or special education teacher, or a nurse/assistant. I really love working with kids, and since I’ve started working with the 4K classes, I realized that I would love to do that. In the nearer future, however, I want to get involved and try new things. Our high school offers wonderful opportunities for youth apprenticeship programs, and a wonderful family and consumer sciences path, that I would love to get involved in. My goal by graduation is to become valedictorian and graduate with a 3.8 GPA or higher.
Ali will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!