Washington Island school is small. So small, in fact, that when Mary Hansen graduated in 2008, it was a buzzworthy event in the community thanks to the abnormally large size of the graduating class – of 13. Hansen got a look at that larger world after high school, heading to UW– LaCrosse, where she got her degree in health education. She had every intention of carving out a career in education, but when her mother got into a serious car accident, Hansen moved home to help take care of her younger brother during his final high school years. Hansen soon connected with Rob Purman at Island Orchard Cider in Ellison Bay. She quickly learned the ropes and moved up to head of production.