By Lorae Vardas
The faculty selection committee recently announced the Students of the Month for November at Pierz Healy High School. Katie Sczublewski and Katrina Tretter take the spotlight not only for maintaining high academic standards, but also for their leadership ability, good citizenship and participation in numerous organizations. Both are members of the National Honor Society, which offers opportunities for community service.
Randy Fischer, science instructor, was not at all surprised to learn that Katie had been named Student of the Month. “Katie, in my opinion, represents a great many of the most positive aspects of public education that a student in a school such as Pierz Healy High can hope to attain” he said. “The breadth of her involvement in extracurricular activities, coupled with a high level of achievement in each, distinguishes Katie from all but a few of her classmates.”
Those activities include tennis (four-year letter winner and senior captain), basketball (three-year letter winner and academic all-conference), Student Council secretary, Concert Band treasurer, Pep Band, Drama Club, Peer Helper and statistician for the Pioneer football squad.
Fischer continued, “In my chemistry class, Katie excelled by consistently pushing herself to master new concepts, no matter the difficulty, at times when other students choose paths that are far less rigorous.” Utilizing that same determination, he anticipates hearing about the student athlete’s future successes as she brings her dreams and aspirations to fruition.
The daughter of Denise Flicker and Rick and Linda Sczublewski plans on attending Iowa State University majoring in public relations. Prior to graduation, Katie is looking forward to a trip to Mexico in March with her family. She’ll also be going on the Caribbean band cruise in February with fellow band members and traveling to New York City/Washington DC with the senior class in April.
Katie lists advanced phy-ed class last spring and being part of the homecoming royalty among her most cherished school experiences, topped only by playing in the state tennis tournament with twin sister Kristin last fall. The busy senior also works part-time at Pierz Foods.
Mark Gray, English teacher, characterizes Katrina Tretter as a person driven by self-motivation, goal setting and determination. “These qualities, along with a warm personality, make Katrina an outstanding leader in our school,” he noted. “Whether in the classroom or in school activities, she has the positive motivation to make the most of every opportunity that comes her way.”
In addition to a high grade point average, Katrina’s leadership is apparent as president of Science Club, treasurer of both the Pioneer Yearbook and German Club, historian of the National Honor Society and member of Business Professionals Of America.
Next fall, the daughter of Kim and Danny Tretter plans on attending St. Cloud State University majoring in psychology. She’d like to minor in something fun like film studies or theater. No doubt, that pleases Gray, long-time Healy High drama coach.
“When it comes to spirit, flexibility and growth, Katrina is one of the finest performers I have had the privilege to direct onstage. She always exhibits great enthusiasm and sincerity, which inspire morale in her fellow cast members,” he observed. “In her very first year with the Drama Club she earned a Merit Award for Leadership for her exceptional ability and maturity in performing a lead role. She also volunteered to play a role in a parody of The Christmas Carol for the grand opening of the school’s new Performing Arts Center.” Katrina also performed confidently as a member of the Mock Trial team, he noted.
When asked about her most memorable school related experience, Katrina responded: “Playing the part of Goldilocks in Of Fate, Farce and Fairytale. I made a lot of friends and had a blast.” It ranks right up there with holding her nephew Grant for the first time and watching him grow the past 13 months. Besides school commitments, Katrina works at Horizon Health as an office assistant.
As Students of the Month, Katrina and Katie become eligible for scholarships sponsored by Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Pierz to be awarded in May.