Katie Yorek has been selected by the local PEO women’s chapters as February Girl of the Month for the Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS). The daughter of Ken and Brenda Yorek, she enjoys hunting, fourwheeling and active sports in her free time.
Yorek’s mentors at the high school, Lynn Gwost and Doug Ploof, describe her as a soft-spoken person who “leads by example;” a student who brings a diligent work ethic to the classroom where she values turning in quality work on assignments; a student who exemplifies “education, leadership and a willingness to always finish strong.”
The advisers noted Yorek brings her best into a classroom and in return expects the best from her teachers. “Katie’s quiet demeanor masks her maturity, competitiveness and spirited attitude. That showed itself last fall where one night found Yorek was voted as homecoming queen and the next day assisting her soccer team to victory with many goals and assists in one game. On the soccer field assisting in a victory by one night – following being voted homecoming queen the night before, they noted.
Yorek has been involved in many school and community activities over her four years in high school. She keeps physically active by participation in track, the weightlifting club and soccer; where she was named Best Defensive Player her junior year, Most Valuable Player and all conference player her junior and senior years. Yorek participated in FFA all four years, participating in the state convention her sophomore year as well as holding the local vice president position. She is a Link leader and a member of the prom committee.
In the community, Yorek has worked at Bowlus Day the last seven years, collected recycling during the annual Little Falls Arts and Crafts Fair, volunteered her time for fundraisers over the years as well as participating in her church’s confirmation activities. Throughout her growing up years, Yorek worked on her family’s farm before and after school. “Katie has done a wonderful job balancing all her activities,” said the PEO chapters.
Yorek was selected for Honor Society, achieved eighth place in the section track meet as well as fourth place in weightlifting her junior year, qualified for the state weightlifting competition her senior year, second place her sophomore year in the Region 11 FFA dairy judging competition. Yorek capped her high school sports career by being named not only Athlete of the Week but also Athlete of the Month during her senior year.
Yorek will transition to college at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls where she plans on studying toward a dairy science degree or a pre-veterinarian course of study.