Spencer Schutz, 18, of Rock Falls, is Rock Falls High School’s January Student of the Month. He is the son of Shane and Shannon Schutz, and he has a sister, Sydney, and brother, Sloan.
Favorite class: Economics. I have been interested in how the economy works and how to make money.
Least-favorite class: English. If I can’t read or write about a topic that I enjoy, I am probably not going to be motivated or interested. This is nothing against my teacher, Kris Smith – she is one of my favorites.
Favorite teacher: Matt Naftzger. He is probably one of the funniest and most intense people I know. “Naf” is not afraid to tell you what he really thinks about you, and I love that.
If you could create any new class at your school, what would it be? Anything agricultural. We live in a town that is surrounded by agriculture, yet the school doesn’t provide any type of class in relation to it. I think students deserve to learn about what drives this community.
School activities in which you participate: Basketball, golf, National Honor Society, class officers, and I am senior class president.
Civic, church, or other volunteer activities in which you participate: I am a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, where I usher and control the sound system.
Do you have a job? I work on my family farm south of Rock Falls. What makes farming so enjoyable is the ability to do something different every day. No two days are ever the same, which keeps me on my toes and excited.
How would you describe your friends? Hilarious. I may be biased, but I believe my friends are some of the funniest people I’ve ever met. They never fail to make me laugh.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend Black Hawk College in Moline to study agriculture production technology.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? How to write an annotated bibliography. I think it is one of the most boring things someone could ever do, and I don’t think I’ll ever use it for my job.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? To have the ability to go to the restroom during class periods again. If you gotta go, you gotta go.
What does it take to be successful in high school? Being open-minded. Don’t ever be afraid to try new things or talk to new people, because you never know the opportunities it could lead to.
What do you do in your free time? If I’m not hanging out with my friends, then you can probably find me on a tractor somewhere.
What’s one thing in life you can’t do without? My phone. I’m constantly scrolling through social media, talking to my friends or looking things up. I’m not sure if I could survive without it.
What kind of music are you listening to? I listen to so many different genres, but the one I always come back to is country.
What scares you? Heights. Whether it’s on a roller coaster or in an airplane, there is a good chance I’m going to be shaking, and I definitely will not be looking down.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? President. Although it would be an extremely stressful job, it would be an honor to be in charge of this great country.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Bora Bora. The clear waters and white sandy beaches look beautiful, and the free part is definitely a bonus because it’s so expensive to go there.
What is your favorite childhood memory? Going to work with my dad. All those days spent riding with him in the tractor have created my love for farming.
What is the best way to cheer you up? Make me laugh. No matter how mad or upset I am, if you can make me laugh you will most likely brighten my mood instantly.
What is your life’s philosophy? Nothing runs like a Deere.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I bought my own 40-acre farm when I was 12.
What is your favorite ...
Musical artist? Morgan Wallen
Movie? “Step Brothers”
TV show? “Two and a Half Men”
College sports team? Nebraska
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