For her exceptional contributions, Royalton High School (RHS) staff members named Mary Fleck, daughter of Fred and Joan Fleck, as April Student of the Month. Fleck stays active with her involvement in National Honor Society, FFA, Business Professionals of America (BPA), band, choir and her tenure as a Benton County Dairy Princess.
Stephanie Burg, BPA adviser, said that Fleck “was a leader in the BPA group this year and her diligence led to her qualifying and competing at the state leadership conference in the payroll accounting event.”
Fleck said English with Sheri Menden has been her favorite class because “she pushed me to be the best that I can be and I feel that she has really prepared me for college.”
“Mary is very involved in school activities, but she is always caught up with her work. When she recently attended a three-day competition, she reminded me of the trip, turned in some work before she left, and submitted everything else on the day she returned,” said Menden. “The integrity she demonstrates in such situations shows she is not only dedicated to her schooling, but she is prepared for anything life has to throw her.”
Fleck works on her family’s dairy farm which inspired her love of animals and influenced her career path. RHS FFA adviser Robert Skwira emphasized that her passion for animals and dairy farm experience will ensure that she excels at Ridgewater College this fall.
Science teacher Patrick Ross said that Fleck “worked very hard in chemistry this semester to meet the entrance requirements for the veterinary technology program she plans to attend post-graduation.”
In the not too distant future, Fleck sees herself living on a hobby farm with her husband, working as a veterinary tech and enjoying life. She added that “family is very important to me and I would like to think that I can stay in the area to be near them.”
She advises incoming high school freshmen to “make the best of your high school years. They fly by faster than you think and you don’t realize how fast they have gone until you’re a senior looking back at the past 13 years of your education, and how much you have accomplished.”