WAPAKONETA — Tiffany Gerstner, 13, lives with her family in Wapakoneta in what she aptly describes as a “mini zoo.”
At her home, she has 30 goats, nine pigs, 12 rabbits, two dogs and many, many cats. With her admitted affection toward animals, there are plenty for which to spread the love.
“I really enjoy animals,” Tiffany said. “It is a lot of fun around home.”
Her affection for animals brings a natural conversion into showing animals at the fair. As a member of 4-H, she captured the reserve champion prize for Alpine Goat at the Auglaize County Fair. However, the Wapakoneta seventh-grader still finds plenty of other things to do.
Tiffany is a member of choir, show choir and also plays baritone in the band. She plays recreational soccer and plans on joining the middle school track team in the spring. She is also a member of the school art and ambassador clubs. She is a member of her church youth group and also volunteers at the Auglaize County Library. She also secured the role of Little Orphan Annie in the school play.
Despite her busy schedule, she still has been able to secure a 3.7 GPA. Her favorite subject is math, in which she says “comes very easy for me.”
Tiffany also enjoys baking, and has picked up the hobby of knitting and sewing. She has made several items for family and friends, including pillow cases, blankets and shawls.
When she graduates, Tiffany said she wants to attend Ohio State University to learn to be a special-needs teacher. She said her school has helped her stay on course for her life goals.
“I really like Wapakoneta schools,” Tiffany said. “I really enjoy going to school here.”
Tiffany is the daughter of Chris and Dawn Gerstner. She also has three elder sisters, two younger brothers and a younger sister.
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