Kylie Fischbach, 17, of Rock Falls, is the Rock Falls High School April Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Deb Razo and Stacey Fischbach. Her siblings are Karli Fischbach, Kasey Fischbach and Andy Razo and Josh Razo.
Favorite class: Intro to business. I loved all the creative opportunities that my business class gave me; in addition, the class taught me many helpful leadership skills that I can use in the future.
Least-favorite class: Chemistry. I have never been a big fan of the sciences. I sometimes have a hard time remembering the laws and equations, but labs were always fun.
Favorite teacher: I have had so many teachers that have made an impact on my life, but I would say Kristina Smith. She has given me some of the best advice for my academic and personal life. Not to mention, she has made English, one of the hardest classes for high school students, a piece of cake.
School activities in which you participate: Basketball, volleyball, softball, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, B.L.I.N.D. (Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die), B.L.A.S.T (Bigs and Littles are Special Together), Junior Optimist, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and class officers throughout high school.
Civic, church, or other volunteer activities in which you participate: I have been a part of the Providing Hope Ministries Honduras Mission Team since the ministry started in 2019. I also volunteer with the Harvest Time Bible Church Youth Group and at various food banks throughout the Sauk Valley area.
What will you do after high school? Attend Aurora University to major in business administration or marketing.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? The atomic mass of oxygen, which is 15.999. Unless you are doing chemistry problems every day, this number is irrelevant.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? I would add lacrosse. It seems like a fun sport.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would it be? A college and career class. We do some of this throughout a normal school year, but I know for me having a whole class dedicated to exploring my options and understanding the structure of various college aspects would have been helpful.
What does it take to be a successful high school student? Having great time management skills and a great work ethic is the key to being a successful high school student. Flexibility also is important, as most of us have learned this year.
Do you have a job? I recently had ACL reconstruction surgery, but before that I worked at Menards and Harvest Time Bible Church. I loved both of my jobs because of the flexible scheduling and the friendly atmosphere.
How would you describe your group of friends? Adventurous, spontaneous, and reliable. They always are up for trying something new or going on spur-of-the-moment trips. I am thankful that at any time I can count on them to be there for me.
Who is your best friend? Karli Fischbach. Most people could have guessed that because we are twins, but she pushes me to be the best version of myself. She encourages me to celebrate my accomplishments and learn from my mistakes. I am thankful to have a built-in best friend like her.
What do you do in your free time? I love to hang out with my family and friends and compete in sports. I also love to be outdoors. I spend a lot of time hiking, kayaking, biking and hunting.
What kind of music are you listening to? If I am in charge of the music, I will almost always play country. Sometimes I will add in contemporary Christian or throwback pop songs.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Alaska. The mountains are beautiful and I would love to go hiking there someday.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Having picnics or cookouts with my family during the summer. I love when my whole family can spend time together.
What is the best way to cheer you up? Chocolate chip cookies and car rides with music blaring always works.
What is your life’s philosophy? Expect nothing, appreciate everything.
Do you have any pets? An English bull terrier, Kleo, and a cat, Sugar.
What would you do if you received $1 billion all of a sudden? I would donate it to Providing Hope Ministries and their missions to Honduras.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I am extremely grateful for all of my family, friends, teachers, and coaches who have supported and encouraged me. Without them I would not be who I am or where I am today.
Movie: “Coach Carter” or “Forever My Girl”
TV Show: “Bones”