April Student of the Month is
The faculty of Royalton High School has named Austin Zapzalka as their April Student of the Month. Austin is the son of Danelle and Tim Zapzalka, he has one sister named Erin and two dogs. They live on a farm in Little Falls.
Austin’s favorite class and teacher is Accelerated Metals with Mr. Robert Skwira, who is Royalton’s Agriculture teacher. The reason why he would choose Mr. Skirwa as a favorite teacher, he lets them design and build their own projects. I am currently building my own utility trailer. Mr. Skwira is very good about helping and is always willing to lend a hand while doing our projects. Mr. Skwira states that “Austin is a hard working young man and goes above and beyond to make sure he does the job right. I really appreciate his great moral compass and ability to know what is right and wrong. Even if it might not be the popular choice he chooses to make the right choice. Austin has a great personality and is respected among his class mates, community and staff here in Royalton. Austin is very deserving of this honor”. Mr. Joel Swenson, Royalton’s principal states that “Austin has been a great leader and student at Royalton High School. He was a major part of the football team’s success this fall. As a junior, Austin was our team’s leading rusher. His senior year, we asked him to move to the offensive line. He willingly made the move for the betterment of the team and it paid off by winning the section and advancing to state for the 4th time in program history. That is the type of guy Austin is. He put his team and teammates before any of his own personal goals he may have had for himself. It is this type of leadership that we have come to know and expect from Austin in everything he does. That is a tremendous compliment to an 18 year old young man. Very deserving of this honor”.
Austin is involved football, baseball and National Honors Society. Austin’s favorite memory is when he and his teammates earned their way to the Football State Tournament.
Austin plans on attending Wadena for Electrical Lineman. Austin’s advice to freshmen students is “hard work in the beginning will always pay off in the end”. He sees himself in 10 years living in Central MN working as a Lineman and hunting and fishing on his free time.