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Ava Dunsirn, Neenah

FVA Spotlight: Ava Dunsirn, Neenah Tennis

Name: Ava Dunsirn

School: Neenah

Year in School: Senior

Sports: Tennis

Other school clubs/activities: LAUNCH executive and captain: A leadership club that helps acclimate Freshman into school. National Honors Society, Key club (grade 9-10), Eco club(grade 9-10), DECA (grade 10), New Student Advisory which helps new students learn and feel welcome to the school. Co Founder of Clay for a Cause: helped Neenah elementary school students get creative during quarantine in spring of 2020. Volunteered 50+ hours teaching tennis to the community.

Parents’ names: Dorothy and Tom Dunsirn

Siblings’ names: Solomon Dunsirn (Sophmore at NHS), Hannah and Amanda Dorsey (Seniors at UW-Madison)

Favorite aspect of your school: I love learning new things and Neenah offers various courses where I can expand my horizons and venture out into different areas of study. 

If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? I volunteered 50+ hours teaching tennis at Fox Cities Racquet Club. Seeing children show a love for the sport that I have loved since I was little is most rewarding. I love working/coaching with children and seeing them develop over the years. 

What is your favorite class? Any Math or Pyschology class

Who is your favorite teacher? Mrs. Brown and Mr. Walter

What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? "Trust your training"- Alexandra at Gomez Tennis academy and "I have three words to say to you... walking tacos"- This was given to me recently by a parent of a girl on our Neenah tennis team.

Favorite youth coach: Tess at Fox Cities Racquet Club

Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Kaukauna, They have the best courts in the FVA

Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Alex Madjun from Appleton North

Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: My favorite tennis memory has been the car rides down to tournaments where we are all bonding in the bus or vans. There have been some great memories made during those drives. For overall co-curriculars, I would say meeting new students or athletes from other school and forming a relationship with them can create great memories as well. 

Favorite professional team: Milwaukee Bucks

Favorite professional athlete: Maria Sakkari

College or post-high school plans: I plan on attending a four year university, and staying in the Midwest.

What is your desired major/career field? Pre-med/Dermatology

Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I attended a Russian Ballet camp and was taught a Russian song. Also, I still remember parts of it.

What is at the top of your “bucket list?” I want to watch every tennis grand slam in person. 

What is your dream job? I would love to have my own dermatology practice. 

Favorite person to follow on Social Media: My mom because she takes amazing pictures of us traveling or of my brother and I playing tennis. 

When I have a weekend off of sports, you can usually find me... You can definitely find me with my family exploring different cities and trying new cuisine! 

A non-athletic talent I have is…: I can sing a little bit. I took voice lessons on and off over the years, but never stuck with it.