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Chloe Vollmar balances family, friends, sports with busy schedule

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Jory Shepard, a junior at Wayland Union, and junior Chloe Vollmar take pictures for 
Wayland Union High School's homecoming.

Jory Shepard, a junior at Wayland Union, and junior Chloe Vollmar take pictures for Wayland Union High School's homecoming.

IMAGE / Courtesy of Chloe Vollmar

IMAGE / Courtesy of Chloe Vollmar

Jory Shepard, a junior at Wayland Union, and junior Chloe Vollmar take pictures for Wayland Union High School's homecoming.

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Powerlifting, volleyball, soccer, Student Council, homework, a job, and spending time with friends and family — it sounds very overwhelming.

No one could possibly do all of that right? Wrong.

For junior Chloe Vollmar, this is her life. Her daily schedule includes school until 2:20 p.m., practice from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and then work from 4 to 8 p.m. Somewhere among all of that, she finds time to study, do homework, go to sporting events, and spend time with her family and friends.

But Vollmar is able to handle all of this with the help and support from her family and friends.

Vollmar’s family includes her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rick and Kristie Vollmar, her brother senior Jack Vollmar, and her dog and cat named Daisy and Kitty.

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Mr. Rick (l to r), junior Chloe, and Mrs. Kristie Vollmar pose for a picture before Kearsley’s homecoming dance.

She is close to her parents and views them as her role models.

“They are the two strongest people I’ve ever met,” Vollmar said. “They’re always there, whether it’s if I need to talk to them or if I have a school event or sporting event. They’re always cheering me on.”

Vollmar said her closest friends are senior Bailee Stevens, junior Zachary Moore, and her boyfriend, Wayland Union High School junior Jory Shepard.

During her junior year, Vollmar has been able to get closer to Moore and Stevens.

“Zach and I share five out of our six classes together,” Vollmar said.

Nothing brings you closer than mutual stress over homework and tests.

Stevens and Vollmar are lifting partners, so they spend a lot of time at powerlifting practices and meets together.

Vollmar describes Shepard as “wonderful and supportive” and the two have been in a long-distance relationship since Vollmar’s sophomore year.

She is thankful for these three for being by her side when she needs them.

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Senior Bailee Stevens (left) and junior Chloe Vollmar support the Hornets at a Kearsley varsity football game.

“These people have always been there for me the past year and are always there when I need a laugh,” Vollmar said.

Vollmar moved to Kearsley from Genesee when she was in sixth grade. Although she didn’t want to move at first, she believes the move was good for her.

“Moving to Kearsley was the best decision my parents ever made for me,” Vollmar said. “Even though I didn’t want to move, moving helped me challenge myself more, meet new friends, and try new sports Genesee didn’t offer.”

Sports and extracurricular activities mean a lot to Vollmar.

“Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and I’m always looking to push myself,” Vollmar said.

Vollmar is active in many school activities, including National Honor Society, Student Council, powerlifting, and attending as many sporting events as she can.

She enjoys going to Kearsley sporting events because she believes “we are all a family,” and she enjoys supporting her classmates.

Out of all of the extracurricular activities Vollmar participates in, powerlifting is what she is most passionate about. She believes that it has pushed her to become a better version of herself.

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Junior Chloe Vollmar (front, third from left) and her team pose for a picture after a powerlifting meet at Birch Run High School.

“Powerlifting has made me a much stronger person, physically and, definitely, mentally,” Vollmar said. “Lifting has taught me that no matter what, you can always improve.”

It has also taught her how to push herself to do better.

“If a lift isn’t successful, you have to forget about it and move on and get it next time,” Vollmar said.

Powerlifting has given her the opportunity to meet new people and become close to her classmates and team.

“Lifting has allowed me to meet new friends from all over Michigan,” Vollmar said. “I love powerlifting, and I love my team.”

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