Varsity Girls Basketball · GBB Senior Spotlight: #21 Sam Zanin


Over the next few weeks the Girls Basketball Program will be shining the spotlight on our five seniors as they wrap up their careers!

Senior Spotlight:  #21 Sam Zanin

What are some of your academic and athletic accomplishments? 

“In all four years of high school, sports have been a big priority, but maintaining good grades always come first.  I currently have a 3.7 GPA and received the Hannah Burandt Scholar Athlete award in both basketball and volleyball since my freshmen year.”

What are your plans after high school?

“After high school I plan on attending Cuyahoga Community College to further my education in Business to hopefully continue my career in Cosmetology, as I am in the Cosmetology vocational program at Normandy High School.”

What is your favorite memory from basketball?

“Out of all of the memories my teammates and I have made, practicing was always my favorite part.  My teammates are all like a family to me and spending every day with them during the season the past four years built an unbreakable bond from team dinners to going to Cedar Point over the summer.  A really great memory from this season was sweeping both Valley Forge and Normandy, which we’ve been striving to accomplish since the start.  I have so many memories that will never be forgotten and laughed at forever.”

Who do you admire most and why?

“The person I admire most would have to be my father.  Since my freshmen year he has been to all of my summer league and in season games.  He is my biggest supporter.  Ever since I was little, my sister, father, and I would shoot around outside until it was too dark to see.  He reads a lot into basketball and players from working the Cavs games to always help me stay strong and healthy.  Til this day we play basketball in the yard and he tries to teach me new things.”

What are your hobbies and interests outside of basketball?

“Some hobbies that I have outside of basketball are doing hair and spending as much time as I can with my friends and family.”

If you could have one super power what would it be?

“My one superpower would be the ability to fly so I could go anywhere all over the world and see all of the things we learn about in school.”

If you could give a piece of advice to the younger kids in our program, what would it be?

“My advice would be to never give up and always try your best.  You have to put in effort in order to succeed and put yourself out there, try to involve yourself in school activities and clubs and sports!  If I could go back and do it over again there is a lot that I would do differently.  Instead of counting down the years, months, and days til you graduate.. live in the moment.  I was the freshmen who would wish for school to end and not believe the older kids when they say high school flies by.  It is over in what seems like the blink of an eye.  Cherish every moment, every game, every practice and always give 100%.  High school has been the best time of my life and even though I am sad it is over, it has taught me so much and I will always remember the great times high school and especially this program have brought to me.”