By: Jared Hines
As all high school students have figured out in the last year…things don’t always end up going the way you think they will. The same could be said for Hannah Mayer, a senior at Monticello High School. While she played Tennis throughout high school for the Magic, she never really thought she would be playing in college.
“Originally I was looking at four different colleges,” Mayer said. “By the time I decided I wanted to continue to play tennis in college, I had my search narrowed down to two.”
The two schools that Hannah was considering were Winona State University and Mankato. She knew that she wanted to study Social Work in hopes of becoming a counselor for children and adolescents but also wanted to make sure the school was the right fit for playing tennis as well. Ultimately, Mayer chose Mankato.
“I decided to go to Mankato because I felt it fit me better both academically and athletically,” Mayer said. “I got to meet the girls on their tennis team, and I loved the environment. Both times I visited Mankato, I didn’t want to leave and being there just felt right.”
While Hannah’s senior tennis season has already come to a close, Mayer remains really active both at school and outside of MHS as well. At school, she’s a member of the National Honor Society and at night, she dances competitively at Lucille Murray’s Studio of Dance. Both—on top of staying on top of her schoolwork—have kept her busy as the district slowly moves back to Hybrid Learning on Feb. 3 for secondary students.
As Hannah transitions from life in Monticello to life in Mankato, she knows that she couldn’t have made it this far without the constant support of her family who are always at events cheering her on.
“There are so many people I would like to thank for getting me to where I am today,” Mayer said. “I have always had so many people who support me. At every match through my high school tennis career, my whole family was there watching. I would simply like to thank everyone who has supported me, including my coaches, my parents, my siblings, my grandparents, and my teammates.”
Congratulations Hannah! We can’t wait to see what you do both now and in the future!
(Photos in this article are by Lommel Photography)