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Sarah Panzau talks to Bemidji High School students on making smart choices. Panzau was an outstanding high school and collegiate athlete who turned to drugs and alcohol. After she was in an almost-fatal car crash, Panzau decided to become an inspirational speaker. Now, she speaks to students about underage drinking, drunk driving, making smart choices, respecting parents and rising above disabilities. The presentation was sponsored by Big North Distributing. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

'Sarah's story' hits on tough issues for high school students

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Sarah Panzau, 28, of Belleville, Ill., lived her early years of college as if she were immortal.

She was a two-time member of the national Junior College Athlete Association women's volleyball all-American team, who decided to turn to drugs, alcohol and the "party crowd."


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