Ruthie Flaa, the daughter of James and Sylvia Flaa, has been named the April Student of the Month for Upsala High School.
Flaa participates in Student Council, drama and Knowledge Bowl. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has achieved the “A” honor roll consistently throughout her high school years.
Flaa served as the class president from grades 7 – 10, the student body secretary, and the president of the local National Honor Society. She serves the community in numerous youth group activities and working at Camp Lebanon.
Flaa’s favorite class is Comp II because she feels it challenges her to become a better writer. She said she also feels that her Wednesday night youth group activities are extremely valuable because she “…gets to spend time with so many great people who have such an encouraging and positive influence on me.”
Denise Cheney, 5-12 music teacher at Upsala Area Schools said, “Ruthie is a very caring and outgoing person. She is a great leader, and can laugh and have fun in any situation. It is so great to see her involved in so many activities in the school and community. She is an amazing example for everyone around her, and I am so glad her class and the underclassmen have her to look up to. She is a hard worker and determined, and I know she will succeed in whatever she pursues.”
In addition to her academic pursuits, Flaa enjoys hanging out with friends and singing “Frozen” songs together, laughing, drinking coffee, listening to music, and watching movies. Her future plans include attending the University of Northwestern to major in professional writing and possibly minor in journalism.
Flaa has this advice for her classmates and the underclassmen, “Strive to try your best in high school, always make it your goal to stay positive, and remember that grades and accomplishments don’t define who you are, so make good choices and respect those around you.”