Senior Michael Battles, 18, of Rock Falls, is the Rock Falls High School December Student of the Month. He is the son of Monte and Melanie Battles, and has a sister, McKinzie, a sophomore at RFHS.
Favorite class: Chemistry. We learn more than chemistry; we learn why and how most of the everyday products in our homes work.
Top teacher: Tiffany Purdy. She has the ability to teach above and beyond what needs to be taught, while at the same time relating to the students in a way that holds our attention.
Extracurriculars: I am involved in BLAST, a group that mentors children at Dillon and Merrill schools in Rock Falls.
After graduation: I will be going to University of Wisconsin-Platteville and majoring in electrical engineering.
Paycheck: I work for M&M Aviation at the Whiteside County Airport. I am basically a handyman; I fix everything that needs fixed and plow snow or mow grass.
Best friend: Dallas Jones. He and I work together, and our girlfriends are best friends, so we get to hang out a lot.
Favorite singer or musical group: No favorites. I do, but like almost any type of music other than rap.
Favorite actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”
Favorite TV show: “Breaking Bad”
Hobbies: I love to do electrical work in my free time. I know, it’s weird ... I’ve just always enjoyed rewiring things in my house and setting up home surround-sound and car audio systems.
Favorite game or outdoor activity: I do not enjoy games or sports. I actually hate organized sports and find them to be a waste of time that could be better spent making money.
Favorite food: Pizza from JW’s in Rock Falls has to go to number one.
Biggest fear: Blood. I can’t handle having to get blood drawn. Every time I give blood, it ends in a panic attack.
Least favorite class: Anything to do with history. I have always loved my history teachers, but I have never been interested in the subject.
What makes your blood boil? Ignorant and immature people who can’t seem to function in society.
Hangouts: I only hang out at home, work, and the girlfriend’s house.
High school survival guide: Do what is expected of you. Those who slack off don’t make it.
Useless knowledge: Logarithms
I’m in the dictionary next to: Mature. I know when it is OK to goof off and when I am expected to act appropriately.
Dream job: I would love to work for a car manufacturer and see how the design process of a car works.
Trading places: With Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford. I would love to know what it’s like to run a multi-billion-dollar company.
Trading spaces: I would love to go to Germany. I have always admired how unique Germany’s culture is.