Because she is a positive role model for the student body, the faculty of Royalton High School (RHS) named Mallory Ratke, daughter of Roger and Patty Ratke, as May Student of the Month.
Ratke is a National Honor Society member and involved in youth group, Knowledge Bowl, WE Club, one act play, speech and drama.
“For the past six years, Mallory has been a key member of the RHS Drama Team,” said drama coach Sheri Menden. “I admire students who begin as non-speaking characters and over the years move up to lead roles; they show such personal dedication when they begin in the trenches and muck around until they earn the choice roles. After this much time, Mallory is also comfortable offering suggestions for stage actions and character development. This year, Mallory took a college level theater class, so she played a key role in the designing as well as building of the fall play set. Because of all she brought to the stage, especially her positive personality and dependability, I will greatly miss Mallory next year.”
Creatively and artistically gifted, Ratke “has always been one of our most dedicated band members and an excellent clarinet player,” said band director Steve Kunkel. “She has an obvious love for music.”
Art instructor Carl Halverson said, “Mallory’s photography skills, which she honed in Studio Art 2D this year, are the reason why she will excel at the post-secondary level next fall as she pursues her dreams.”
Ratke will attend Ridgewater College to major in photography which she plans to parlay into a career that allows her to travel the world. “In 10 years, I see myself working for a photography company based out of the UK or Minneapolis. I haven’t decided which yet.”
Always willing to volunteer in the community and school, Ratke maintains a positive attitude, no matter the task, that is infectious to others, her nomination noted.
Her wisdom for incoming freshmen includes, “You’ll never regret treating everyone equal.”