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Cassie Dickerson 
Junior Defender
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Q: What do you miss most about your hometown?
A:
My dog and my family!

Q: Besides you, who is the most famous person from your hometown:?
A:
Derek Jeter grew up in Kalamazoo and went to my high school….so definitely DJ.

Q: How often do you get home?
A:
Whenever I get a free weekend and feel like driving 5 hours, so not that often!

Q: What do people ask you most about your hometown?
A:
“Where is that?” or “Is that really a place?”

Q: What’s the biggest difference between your hometown and Columbus?
A:
The size, I can mainly tell because of the variety of things and stuff to do, like downtown and the malls.

Q: How would you describe your hometown?
A:
Kalamazoo is a smaller city, consists of more suburb than actual city….my house is a mile down a road of corn fields and then out of no where pops out this subdivision. That’s kind of a bad impression of Kalamazoo but that’s where I live. Kalamazoo gets a lot of its business from Western Michigan University which is right outside of downtown so I guess you could kind of call it a college town too.

Q: How many stoplights are in your hometown?
A:
Too many to count, “the zoo” isn’t that small!

Q: What is the population of your hometown?
A:
I feel like this is something I should know but I don’t….I’d compare it to a Dayton.

Q: How long has your family lived in your hometown?
A:
My mom and dad met in college at WMU where my dad was a football player and mom was a ballerina. After that they stayed in Kalamazoo.

Q: What sport/activity is the most popular in your hometown?
A:
We do have a semi-pro baseball team in kzoo, but I’d still have to say football or basketball. My high school usually produces some quality athletes.

Q: What is the tallest building in your hometown?
A:
It used to be the Comerica building downtown but now the new Radisson downtown is extra nice, as well as big.

Q: What do visitors to your hometown need to see/do?
A:
Go to a Kings game, the air zoo is always fun, if you’re of age I’d recommend Wayside or Monoco Bay.

Q: Is anything interesting made in your hometown?
A:
Bells beer is brewed in Kalamazoo and it’s the hometown of Pfizer which is a major drug production company.

Q: What is the biggest attraction in your hometown?
A:
I have no idea!

Q: Most prominent industry/line of work?
A:
My best guess is Western Michigan and Pfizer.

Q: Is there a local food your hometown is known for?
A:
No but Nina’s Café is the best! Maybe Bilbo’s pizza.

Q: How long has your family lived there?
A:
I’ve lived there all my life. My dad’s from Cleveland and mom is from Flint.

Q: Any historic event that happened there?
A:
Probably not. It used to be a common place for lots of stars and people to stop half way on their trip from Chicago to Detroit.

Q: Your favorite place in your hometown?
A:
My house! Or my high school soccer field…great memories!