Katie Drezen, 17, of Dixon, is Dixon High School’s January Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Brenda and Paul Drezen, and has two sisters, Ellie Spilman and Becca Drezen, and one brother, Ben Drezen.
Favorite class: All of my Spanish classes and medical biology.
Least-favorite class: I have liked a part of every class I have taken.
Favorite teacher: I have truly enjoyed all of my teachers, with special shoutouts to Wendy Fitzanko and Jeff Clark.
School activities in which you participate: Swimming, track and field, band, Student Council, freshman mentoring and Building Lasting Impressions That Never Die (B.L.I.N.D.).
Civic, church, volunteer or activities in which you participate: I volunteer at KSB Hospital, and have been on multiple mission trips with both my church, First Presbyterian Church, and my cousin’s church in Iowa. I also have helped with other organizations such as Day of Caring, Buddy Bags, Hot Dog Days, and more.
Do you have a job? I used to teach swim lessons at the Byron Park District.
How would you describe your group of friends? Intelligent, hilarious, caring, and super supportive.
What will you do after high school? I will attend South Dakota State University to major in nursing, and compete on the swim team.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? The Unit Circle.
What kind of music are you listening to? I listen to basically everything, mostly country and some pop.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? My family, friends and dogs.
What is your advice for surviving high school? Study as much as you can, because it helps more than you think. Also, join as many clubs or activities as you can, it makes high school 100 times more fun, and do what you love.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Have a larger variety of classes, so you can learn different things to see what you love to learn about or do.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? A stuntman, because I think it would be thrilling.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Switzerland to see the mountains, or Africa to learn more about the culture.
What is your proudest moment? This year I qualified for the Illinois High School Association state swimming meet, along with two of my relay teams; and signing to continue my swimming career at SDSU.
Who is your hero or role model? My parents have taught me everything I know, have shown me what strength is, and have supported me unconditionally.
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? I believe I will have a nursing job living in the somewhere in the west.
What is your life’s philosophy? You are never too important to be kind to people.
Shout out: India Thompson for always supporting me and keeping me involved. Also to the best principal, Michael Grady, for always chatting with me throughout the day.