Female Athlete of the Month: Phoebe Fink


By Balinda Zimmerman

Phoebe Fink was born October 1999 to Jim and Beth Fink as their last of six children in a 16-year spread. She grew up within three blocks of her father’s family home in downtown Ypsilanti where she remains part of a very close-knit family unit.
She was home schooled through 7th grade and then took online classes during her 8th grade. For high school she chose to follow her brother, Ike, as a school of choice student who graduated from Milan in 2012.
Phoebe chose her sport when she began dancing at the young age of four. She fell in love with dance and has been dancing at Randazzo in Ypsilanti for 13 years. She has also been a member of the Milan track and cross-country teams for her four years at Milan High School competing in the 400-yd dash, the 4/4 relay, the 1 mile and the 2 mile runs.
Phoebe carries a 3.77 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is taking as many anatomy and health profession courses as she can and has a big interest nursing within labor and delivery. She presently is taking AP Lit, AP Statistics, Anatomy, and EMU Health. She is also in the MHS Senior Wing as part of the Advertising group for the C-Span project. The documentary focused this year on addressing refugees and illegal immigration. As part of the project, her group had the privilege of interviewing Miss Michigan 2016, Ariana Quan, an immigrant from Beijing, China.
She is hoping to add a new interest to the mix of careers of her siblings that vary from waitress/manager, attorney, seminary student, flight attendant, and a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. She also has a couple relatives who are mid-wives and/or Douala’s and is convinced this is her path in life as well. Phoebe is hoping to become a Douala and later obtain a Bachelor of Nursing & Mid-wife certification.
She is currently exploring her nursing dream while in anatomy class. She has been recently dissecting the mouth and jaw of a pig as well as working with the reproductive system. Phoebe is the only one who actually enjoys the dissecting part in her anatomy work group consisting of Hannah Iverson, Lauren Smith and Emily Ludwig. This year the class has been able to dissect a sheep brain, a goat eye, and now a pig jaw.
Phoebe has been offered scholarships from several colleges but is holding out for her preferred college hoping to continue dancing and explore choreography while still pursuing her education. She will be performing in a duet she choreographed for her Senior Recital on May 14, 2017 at the Saline Middle School.

Balinda Zimmerman is a certified mediator, owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. Balinda can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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