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15 minutes with ... Kimberlee Kay Rankin

| Monday, July 26, 2004

= Name: Kimberlee Kay Rankin

= Marital status: single

= Children: none

= Employment: Connellsville Recreation and JK's County Market

= Hometown: Connellsville

Editor's Note: "15 minutes with ... " is a new feature which appears on Monday's in the Daily Courier. It is about ordinary people in the Fay-West area. Today, we take a look at Kimberlee Kay Rankin.

Growing up in Connellsville as part of a close family, Kimberlee Kay Rankin, or "Kimee" to friends and family, describes herself as a content and happy person. A graduate of Connellsville Area High School, Kimee will be entering her second year of college at the College of Wooster, located on the outskirts of Cleveland Ohio, where she is majoring in biochemistry. She hopes one day to use her degree to work in research. Kimee lives with her parents, Dana and Ron, and older sister, Aimee. She feels they have a good relationship. One of her personal interests, tennis, led her to work with the Connellsville Recreation Program, where she helps kids in grades third through 10th with their tennis game, in a six-week program that she instructs. Kimee says she loves working with the program, which will be winding up for the summer soon. She also works at JK's County Market during her summers and Christmas breaks. Her father, Ron, taught her to play the guitar, which she enjoys. She admits that she would someday like to play as well as him. Camping, reading and hanging out with friends round out this busy girl's days. On a recent trip to Connecticut this summer, she fell in love with the Northern Connecticut/Rhode Island area, and although she loves Connellsville and home, she would like one day to settle in the New England area. A little shy and soft-spoken, Kimee is glad that she is becoming more self-assured and confident, and is looking forward to trying again for a research internship at her college, the same internship that she became a finalist for this past year, being one of the final three chosen for consideration, an honor of which she is proud.

Q: What is the last movie that you saw?

A: Harry Potter, at the drive-in. It was pretty good.

Q: Whom do you most admire?

A: My older sister, Aimee. I get along with all my family, but I admire her. Everything that she's done, I've done. She's like my guiding light.

Q: What person, living or dead, would you most like to meet.

A: Maya Angelou -- I saw a speech of hers once, it was something political. It was a good speech , and I started to read her poems. Some of her quotes are very inspirational.

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: I like pink, light pink.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: Playing tennis, hanging out with friends, writing and reading.

Q: What do you like the most about your job?

A: Being able to teach kids and seeing them improve. I like when they ask me my advice. I just really enjoy working with kids.

Q: What is your tip for leading a successful life?

A: Never regret anything. Don't worry about the past and look to the future. Don't doubt yourself.

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: Doing what you want to with your life. Finding a perfect job and being surrounded by friends and family.

Q: What talent would you most like to have?

A: To play the violin. I never had the chance to take lessons.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Sirloin steak at Texas Roadhouse

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

A: Getting a good scholarship to go to school and applying for an internship and being one of the top three.

Q: If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

A: I don't think I would change anything -- I'm a pretty happy person.

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