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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Maple Grove senior Anna Mirkin may be small in stature but she clearly thinks big. As a sophomore Anna and three fellow students decided they wanted to represent their school on the debate team. The fact that there was no coach, and nodebate team, was not a problem.

"We couldn't find a coach, so we just started going to tournaments around the state and eventually got a lot of attention from coaches around the state", says Anna. "And the next year we wound up getting a coach and grew our debate team to 20 people, so it was a really big accomplishment for us."

Turns out, Maple Grove senior Anna Mirkin knows a thing or two about big accomplishments. A member of the National Honor Society, with a weighted GPA over 4-point-0, Anna is a 2nd-degree black belt who takes advanced math and speaks fluent Russian.

Besides working part-time and volunteering at North Memorial Hospital in Maple Grove, Anna is a captain of the speech team,andaspires to help others on issues like reforming food.

"I learned that the infrastructure we have right now in place is not actually helping the developing countries, or I could work on immigration", says Anna. "I'm an immigrant myself and I want to make the opportunity possible for as many people as I can."

While it's still early in the college application process, right now Anna is considering a career as a lawyer, where she can work on behalf of those without power. And, should life bring her back to the Maple Grove Area she'd like to give back by coaching kids who, like her, want to participate in debate and speech.

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