Dane Christian Schielein, 18, of rural Dixon, is Dixon High School’s April Student of the Month. He is the son of James and Bernadine Schielein, and has six siblings: Alyssa, 25, Ian, 20, Joelle, 16, Clint, 14, Braden, 12, and Tara, 11.
Favorite class: AP Statistics. Statistics can be applied to so many real-world situations, and I enjoy math.
Top teacher: Jason Mead. He is an outstanding coach; therefore, he understands the pressure of a student-athlete. He is flexible with his schedule to be available to help other students.
Extracurriculars: Football all 4 years, on the varsity team the past 3 years. This year, I was team captain and received Northern Illinois Big 12 first team all-conference linebacker, Sauk Valley Media second team all-area, Northern Illinois Big 12 first team academic all-conference, and IHSA Class 4A all-state academic honors. I have been part of the track team all 4 years and received Northern Illinois Big 12 first team all-conference academic. I am a captain on the 2014 Dukes track team. I wrestled for DHS my freshman and sophomore years. I have been part of the DHS concert band, where I played the trombone. I was involved in the Lee County Palmyra Hillbillies 4-H Club for 8 years. I am part of the National Honors Society at Dixon High School. I also represented Dixon High School at the American Legion boys state at Eastern Illinois University.
After graduation: I will be attending North Central College in Naperville, where I will major in actuarial science and play for the North Central Cardinals football team.
Paycheck: I will be working for Jacobs Construction this summer. It’s a lot of manual labor, but I enjoy that kind of work.
Best friend: Simon Thorpe. He is cool, because he is driven to be successful athletically and academically and has a sweet moustache.
Favorite singer: John Mayer
Favorite actor: Steve Carell. I am a huge fan of “The Office.”
Favorite movie: “Caddyshack”
Hobbies: I play guitar and piano, and I make many attempts at singing.
Favorite game or outdoor activity: Football
Favorite food: Sushi
Biggest fear: My biggest fear is probably the dark; it can be scary, especially when you live in the middle of nowhere.
Least-favorite class: Spanish
What makes your blood boil? It drives me nuts when other students are not supportive of all the activities going on at DHS.
What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Country
Favorite hangouts: I enjoy going to friends’ houses. I am a sociable guy. I like having time to hang out with other people.
High school survival guide: The key to surviving high school is making friends, being involved, and working hard in class.
Useless knowledge: It is likely that I will never use the Spanish language in the future.
I’m in the dictionary next to: Motivated. I am extremely motivated to be a successful individual.
Secret twin: Ed Sheeren would be my twin, because he is musically gifted and most importantly, a ginger.
Dream job: An anchorman
Trading places: With John Krasinski when he was starring as Jim Halpert in “The Office.” His character was the prankster of the TV show, so I would enjoy taking the time to prank Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) every day.
Trading spaces: Australia. I have never been on an island, so I figured I would visit the largest island in the world. I also would enjoy the weather and the exotic nature found in Australia.
Read this: “Never Stop Pushing,” by Rulon Gardner. It is an inspirational memoir of an Olympic gold medal wrestler with a learning disability. I loved the book, because it demonstrates an individual overcoming extreme adversity to be the best.
Shout out to: Bruce Luther, my head track coach