Rotary Students of the Month

McKenna Gleisner and Abby Bickler were invited to lunch with the Austin Rotary Club. They were selected for being senior students who excel in academics, leadership and/or activities.

Gleisner

Gleisner

McKenna Gleisner

Activities: I play tennis and am a part of the National Honor Society, Scarlet Chord and link crew. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends and running.

Awards: I have received several Spotlight on Scholarship awards for the sports I have played.

Thoughts on my educational experience so far: It has gone by so quickly and I have loved every minute of it! I am so thankful for the different opportunities I have had to grow in my education.

Plans for the future: I am attending Iowa State University in the fall and majoring in business with a minor in Spanish.

Thoughts about my experience with the rotary club: I have loved coming to the meetings and getting to talk with different people in the community. It has been a real privilege that I am very thankful for!

Bickler

Bickler

Abby Bickler

Activities: I am involved in gymnastics, softball, choir, NHS, and Link Crew through Austin High School. Outside of school I love to spend time exercising, being with friends and family, going to sporting events of all kinds, watching movies, playing with my dog, and shopping.

Awards: Gymnastics: All-Section (five times), All-Conference (three times), All-State (three times), State Competitor (five times). Packer Booster Club Award, Honor Roll Member

Thoughts on my educational experience so far: I have worked hard thus far to challenge myself through my years of high school which has paid off. I have learned many things and kept my grades up, but I have learned the most throughout the many different challenges and successes I have faced in life rather that the number of things that I have learned in school.

Plans for the future: This summer I plan on traveling and experiencing different places, spending time with family and friends. Next fall I will be attending Winona State University to study psychology with a minor in coaching. I will then continue on to a master’s program in sports psychology. I hope to someday work with a college athletic program or professional sports team.

Thoughts about my experience with the rotary club: I appreciated how accepting and interested they were in their guests. It’s nice to know that community leaders are able to join together in a setting like that. They got me very interested in the group and I think it would be great to be a part of a Rotary Club someday.

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