Mathew Massmann, son of Jeff and Connie Massmann of Little Falls, was chosen as February Boy of the Month at Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS) by the Little Falls Exchange Club.
Massmann holds a 3.19 grade point average and is very involved in athletics, competing on six conference championship teams and as an individual champion, three times. Throughout his high school athletic career, Massmann has been involved in cross country, Nordic skiing, where he was All-Conference in his junior and senior years and received an Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior; and track and field for three years, where he competed on the state level.
The arts are also an important part of all of Massmann’s high school years, as he has taken part in concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, brass quintet, and was involved in a school musical during his junior year.
Little Falls Band Director Jonathan LaFlamme said Massmann is one of the most dependable, sincere and humble students he’s taught.
In addition to his musical skills, LaFlamme said he admires Massmann’s character.
“I have watched him learn a new instrument and encourage those struggling to play their own instruments to stay positive and goal-oriented. Character, it is such an important nucleus for success in today’s ever-growing, global workplace and Mathew has an extra helping. Mathew exhibits a work ethic that is steady and strong with a level of humility that leaves no preconditions to any endeavor,” he said.
LaFlamme said Massmann is the kind of student “who values the success of others and is quick to point it out.”
“He also gleams from group success and works hard for communal edification within small and large ensembles,” said LaFlamme. “Mathew’s character is coupled or framed-out with a high moral compass which he uses for the benefit of others.”
Teacher Tara Jordan acknowledges Massmann’s athletic skills, but said what sets him apart from his peers are “His positive attitude, friendly personality and charismatic zest for life.
“Mathew’s ambition, drive and determination are evident in his athletic endeavors as he has been extremely successful at setting and accomplishing his goals,” she said. “Mathew is able to keep life in perspective with his easy-going, humble and gracious nature. He demonstrates tremendous leadership qualities by the example he sets for both his peers and teammates.”
Massmann holds a job at Coborn’s and in his free time, enjoys running, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping, farming and playing piano.
After graduation, Massmann plans to attend St. Cloud State University to pursue a master’s degree in physical education and bachelor’s degree in special education. He also plans to run cross country and track during his college career.
“Mathew will be greatly missed when he graduates,” said LaFlamme.