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When Glen Ullin High School senior Kristin Schaaf is not spiking or dribbling a ball on the court, you’ll likely find her outside feeding cows or shoveling grain on her family’s farm.

The 18-year-old is co-captain of her school’s volleyball and basketball teams. While she enjoys both sports, the latter is her favorite.

“I play basketball with my family. I grew up with it,” she said. “It’s definitely a physical game.”

As a sophomore, she participated in the state basketball tournament after her team won the regional championship.

Schaaf, the daughter of Michael and Valerie, of rural Glen Ullin, says helping on her family’s cattle and grain farm is “a lot of work.” From assisting with spring calving to fixing fence to helping plant crops, she’s right there in the thick of it.

“I’ve learned a lot working with my parents and siblings,” she said. “Growing up on a farm has taught me determination, how to work hard and how to be successful.”

That is reflected in her 4.0 grade-point average and score of 29 on her ACT exam.

For four years, Schaaf has been involved in FFA, in which she is chapter president. Food science is her favorite competition because she likes “learning about the stuff that goes in food.” Last year, she received a gold rating in the event at state.

Drama helps push her out of her comfort zone, she says.

A trumpet player since fifth grade, Schaaf also participates in her school’s choir. Her junior year, she received the outstanding band member award. Schaaf is a four-time qualifier for the state music competition, in which she’s received numerous star ratings.

Through her involvement in the Best Friends Mentoring Program, she has had the opportunity to bond with two underclassmen at her school. This year, she’s paired with a first-grade girl, with whom she hangs out with for about an hour each week.

“Every Wednesday, we eat lunch together, then spend 20 minutes coloring together, playing in the gym or drawing on chalkboard — whatever she wants to do,” she said. “I really enjoy it.”

A member of Glen Ullin’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Schaaf regularly volunteers to be a reader, altar server, musician and usher. 

She plans to attend North Dakota State University this fall to major in accounting and minor in management information systems.

“I took an accounting class at school and enjoyed it,” she said, noting she decided on her minor after touring the school last fall. “Both are a really good fit for me.”

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Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.

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