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New Richmond High School senior Serena Randolph (center) is shown signing her national letter of intent to play volleyball at Friends University. She is pictured with head coach Martin Ayin (left) and her parents, Dawn and Todd Randolph.

Randolph to play college volleyball in Kansas

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It was her love of animals, not of volleyball, that led to Serena Randolph’s choice of colleges.

But when she found that the possibility was available to play volleyball at Friends University in Kansas, Randolph jumped at the opportunity.

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The main reason Randolph is attending Friends University is its Zoo Science program. She plans to double major in zoo science and field biology, with aspirations of working at a zoo.

Randolph lived in the Twin Cities near the Como Zoo before moving to New Richmond. Her frequent visits to the zoo sparked an interest in nature. Her home has a creek running through the backyard and she can often be found at the creek, studying the animals and plants.

In February, Randolph attended a career day at the Minnesota Zoo. At the end of the day, there were resources made available on possible careers in that field. That’s when Randolph discovered Friends University. She was attracted to the school, which has an enrollment of 2,500, because it not only offers classes at the school, but there are also classes at a nearby zoo. The Sedgwick County Zoo is considered one of the finest mid-sized zoos in the country and is accredited by the AZA (The Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Randolph said the opportunity to work hands-on with the zoo animals was one of the selling points that drew her to Friends University.

Randolph said her dream job is to work with elephants in hopes of increasing their population.

Randolph was a backrow specialist for the New Richmond High School volleyball team last fall.

“I’ve played volleyball since fourth grade, so it’s definitely amazing that I get to continue,” Randolph said.

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