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May Rotary students of the month

Published 10:56am Saturday, June 7, 2014

Last month brought the start of spring, and for two senior students, there has been an added bonus.

Diana Kassel and Michael Kroymann were invited to lunch with the Austin Rotary Club during May. They were selected for being senior students who excel in academics, leadership and/or activities.

Diana Kassel

Activities/ Hobbies:

I enjoy drawing and creating videos for YouTube.

Awards/ Recognitions:

I have received Student of the Month, Student Choice Award, Best of Show and Magnum Opus. I have also received Honorable Mention Junior Duck Stamp and a Superior Award at the Minnesota State High School League Art Show.

Thoughts on your educational experience so far:

It’s been going by quick but I’m ready for my next chapter.

Plans for the future:

I plan to attend the Arts Institute in Minneapolis for a Bachelors in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics.

Thought about your experience with the Rotary club:

It was really fun meeting all the different people of Rotary and learning about the diversity in our town, as well as about Habitat for Humanity and what they do for people. I was very honored to be invited to join Rotary for a couple of weeks.

Michael Kroymann

Activities/ Hobbies:

I have been involved in National Honor Society, Youth Leadership, Austinaires, Art Club, Drama Club and Cross Country.


I was a member of the 2013-2014 All-State Men’s Choir, and I was a candidate for Artist of the Year.

Thoughts on your educational experience so far:

School has certainly had its challenges, but I absolutely love to learn! In the past few years especially, I have really enjoyed expanding past basic knowledge and making connections between the different areas of learning.

Plans for the future:

I will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and majoring in Elementary Education.

Thoughts about your experience with the Rotary club:

It has been great to get to know members of the community that I wouldn’t have been able to meet without Rotary. I have also loved learning about our community in the varied presentation; it’s interesting to learn new things about my hometown.

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