Jessica Staricka has been chosen as Swanville’s October Student of the Month for grades 10 – 12. She is a senior and is the daughter of Joe and Dianne Staricka.
“Jessica is an excellent student and an exceptional writer. She is the kind of person who sets high standards for herself and then raises the bar each time that she meets them,” said Kathy Detloff, English teacher. “She is active in band, theater and speech.”
Having been in every play since the seventh grade, Staricka has one of the lead roles in the production of “Uff-da” by Kamrom Klitgaard. She is also on the Swanville speech team and has represented Section 5A at the state speech contest for the past two years. She is also actively involved in her family’s farming operation.
“She is an excellent choice for Swanville’s student of the month,” said Detloff.
Staricka’s many hobbies include writing fiction and drawing and creating comics. She also enjoys listening to and making music, biking and reading books. She has plans to attend a four-year college and eventually become an author and comic artist.
Staricka’s high school activities include band, theatre, choir and speech. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and participated in Student Council in seventh and eighth grade. She was a Knowledge Bowl team member as an eighth and ninth grader, has been on the A honor roll since seventh grade and has won several departmental awards.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Jessica the last four years as her science teacher,” said Char Bzdok. “In this time Jessica has excelled in all the upper level classes. She is an excellent problem solver and strives to do her best.”
A volunteer and participant in her church youth group, Staricka spent 10 days in 2012, doing service work in Biloxi, Miss. and New Orleans, La. She recently received a writing award from Central Lakes College and had a short story published in a magazine.
“Don’t just go through the motions: find something you ‘love’ doing. Everybody has a passion,” is Staricka’s advice to fellow classmates.