Upsala High School staff has chosen Aaron Ripplinger as the February Senior High Student of the Month. He is the middle son of Matthew and Rhonda Ripplinger.
Ripplinger has been on the A Honor roll throughout high school. He is taking several college classes this year, making the President’s List at Central Lakes College fall semester.
He is involved in many extracurricular activities including football, drama, choir, National Honor Society and serves on the Student Council as class president, an honor he has held since ninth grade.
In the fall of 2013, Ripplinger received the All-Conference Academic Football Award and was part of the Honorable Mention All Conference Football Team.
Besides working out and spending time with his friends, community involvement is a big part of Ripplinger’s free time. At school he is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Aaron is involved with his church and youth group. Volunteering with youth athletics is also a passion of his, helping with flag football, elementary basketball and Sunday Sluggers.
Finding time for volunteer work, extracurricular activities and studying, being involved in so much is very difficult, but Ripplinger cites his involvement in athletics as a reason he is able to excel.
“High school sports help teach you time management and leadership skills. They help motivate you to keep your grades up,” he said.
Ripplinger’s advice for his classmates is, “Don’t procrastinate on any work. Participate in as many
extracurricular activities as you can handle. Stress up to a certain point is a good thing.”
“Aaron is very deserving of Upsala Student of the Month. He exemplifies everything it means to earn this honor,” said USA Football Coach Jay Loven. “Aaron is a tremendous student, shows great leadership skills, verbally, as well as on the football field. All of these are great attributes, but I feel Aaron’s best attribute is that he is a terrific person. Aaron is concerned about others, especially the youth that he helps teach. He enjoys teaching the skills that he has learned through the years to the next generation. Aaron is a young man that everyone can be proud of … I certainly am.”
Ripplinger plans to attend a college with a good therapy program to become a physical therapist.