This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Rachel Kromke from Rockford High School in Rockford, MI. Nominator Lisa Avram writes:

Rachel joined my class as a shy and quiet student. This past summer, she attended the JRGC and has made it her mission to see that all schools see what we are accomplishing at Rockford High School.  She is documenting through social media, photos, and any other means possible all the activities, events, and acknowledgements we are sponsoring. Rachel came to me shortly after school started and said ‘Mrs. Avram, I want to make sure we are a Platinum Award school.’ She has taken this task on, formed a committee and making sure we are doing everything we can to make our school a place everyone wants to be!

How long have you been involved with Renaissance?

About one year.

What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?

Attending the Rally in Florida. That was very first time I was involved with Jostens and I never thought that something could be so fun and still recognize people.

How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?

Rockford is known very well for our sports and not often enough on our art and music. Through Jostens we have been able to still support our athletes and recognize our artistic and musically talented students.

How has Renaissance affected you personally?

Renaissance has definitely helped me step out of my comfort zone and take me out of my shell. There are so many things I never would have thought to do until I learned about it and put effort into it.

What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?

Be willing to look at things from all perspectives and try something new. Not everything you do has to be laid back or formal. Be willing to stand on your chair and support those who need it and deserve it. Get out of your comfort zone because in the end its worth every minute.

Rachel will receive a water bottle and a lapel pin in recognition of her achievement.

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