Brock Drengenberg, 18, of Dixon, is the Dixon High School February Student of the Month. His parents are Debra Drengenberg and David Drengenberg. His sisters are Leah and Shana Drengenberg.
Favorite class: AP lit, because we have thought-provoking discussions which are different from every other class.
Least-favorite class: Study hall, because it feels like I never get as much done as I should.
Favorite teacher: Wendy Fitzanko, because she always keeps class interesting and cares about our lives outside of school as well.
School activities in which you participate: Cross-country, track and field, Student Council, freshman mentoring, Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die leader, Sterling Stingrays Swim Club, MMTT Triathlon Team, (Multisport Madness Triathlon, we race swimming, biking and running triathlons and maintain bike trails.)
What will you do after high school? I plan to go to college to run cross-country and study engineering, I have not yet decided which college.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? Details about Shakespeare’s life. Although this did give me a deeper understanding of the formation of the English language, I will never truly need to know about Shakespeare’s birth town and the date he was born.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? I would add a pool so we could have our own swim team and every swimmer at Dixon wouldn’t have to drive to Byron every day for practice.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would it be? A study-skills class that teaches students how to correctly prepare for tests such as the SAT and how to efficiently stay caught up in more challenging classes.
Do you have a job? Over the summer I often do yard work for my neighbors and rake for lawn care services.
How would you describe your group of friends? They are all hard workers in both sports and school, and I believe a lot of my success is due to the positive influence they have had on me throughout high school and middle school.
Who is your best friend? I don’t have one friend whom I would consider my best friend because I am so close to all of my friends and I never would put one friend above another.
What do you do in your free time? I enjoy doing outdoor activities such as mountain biking and waterskiing when it is warm out.
What kind of music are you listening to? My music choice depends on what I’m doing at the moment; for example, when I’m working out, I listen to music that motivates me and when I’m driving, I listen to chill music.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? I would go to a remote tropical island, because I love warm beaches and exotic foods and would not need to worry about it being crowded.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Playing in my backyard with my best friend and next-door neighbor at the time, Ryan Pitzer.
What is the best way to cheer you up? Let me hang out with my friends.
What is your life’s philosophy? Hard work always beats talent, and if I put my mind toward something, I can achieve my goals.
Do you have any pets? I have an 11-month-old dog named Blaize that we got as a rescue when he was 4 months old.
What would you do if you received $1 billion all of a sudden? I would use the money I need to pay for college and invest the rest and not let myself touch it until I have finished college, because I want a normal college experience.
Movie: “The Interview”
Book: “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief”
Source: The Daily Chronicle