Jill Hanson graduated from Waseca High School in 1980 and from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1984 with a BA in math. She continued her education at the University of Utah and received her law degree from Cornell University in 1993.
Jill was an outstanding four-sport athlete in high school; participating in swimming, basketball, softball and track. She earned 13 letters, five in swimming, four in basketball, three in softball and one in track.
She was in the Waseca Marching Band and was an excellent student, graduating with honors, and was an all-around student athlete. Jill was the recipient of the Waseca’s female scholar-athlete award in 1980.
Jill was a one-year letter winner in track as a freshman. In softball, as a pitcher and outfielder, she was a three- year letter winner, selected to the All-Conference team, and twice voted Most Valuable Player.
Outstanding in basketball, where she lettered four times as a center and forward, Jill led her team to a South Central Conference championship in her senior year and was named to the All-Conference team her sophomore, junior and senior years. In her sophomore year, she joined her older sister Laura on the elite squad. She was voted MVP her junior and senior years. During her basketball career, she set the rebound record for Waseca.
Jill excelled in swimming, earning five letters. She won the MVP award in her junior and senior year and set many swimming records during her high school career. As a senior, Jill had the 10th best time in the state in the100 yard butterfly. Participating in the regional meet, Jill finished fourth in the100 yard butterfly, bettering her record by one second and breaking her school record with a time of 1:04.4. Also at the region, she broke her school record in the100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:15.1 and was on the Medley Relay team that tied a school record.
After graduation from high school, Jill attended Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, MO where she played basketball for two years, lettering both years with the Lady Griffons. The next two years she continued her swimming career at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she also lettered two years. She swam on the men’s team because there was no women’s team. From 1986-1988, while in California, Jill swam with the U.S. Masters adult competition and had the opportunity to swim the Golden Gate.
Jill is an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee where she and her husband, Andrew Worsey reside.