Renee Lechner named Kiwanis Student of Month


Renee Lechner
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GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY
SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE

The Spring Valley Kiwanis Club has chosen Renee Lechner as its January Kiwanis Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Jon and Ann Lechner of rural Spring Valley. 

The Kingsland senior has been very active in school activities, participating in cross-country, dance, track, trap shooting, Knowledge Bowl, drumline, Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, robotics, one-act play, the spring play, band, choir and FFA.  She said she likes National Honor Society, cross-country and the plays the best. 

“My favorite subject is math, and I really don’t have a least favorite subject,” said Lechner. “There are aspects about each that I love.”     

Outside of school, she’s been involved in Just for Kix dance, church groups and the Bluff Country Singers.  She works at Four Daughters, which she said “has been the best job.  I love my coworkers and my management, the food is amazing, and I love seeing the extravagant events that go on.” 

While Lechner generally has so many things to do in a week that she doesn’t have much spare time, she does enjoy playing flute, catching a movie or reading a few books.  Her favorite movie is “The Greatest Showman” because it’s an amazing story and the music is beautiful, she said.  She also listens to a lot of Broadway music and classical music.  Her favorite books are the “Eragon” series.  “It’s such an amazing world that the author created, and I love fantasy books,” she explained. 

As far as personal tastes, she said she could live off of any pasta for the rest of her life, but she really doesn’t like anything with olives in it. Her biggest pet peeve is when people stay in the left lane, but they are driving slower than the right lane.  If she could travel to any country in the world, she’d choose Australia because she wants to go snorkeling there.  If she could choose any state, she would go to California because there are so many things to see and it’s always warm there.       

The 18-year-old most admires Kingsland staff, including superintendent and high school principal Jim Hecimovich, teacher Erin Milz, and former teacher Elliott Grandall.  “They taught me so much about how to be successful, push through pain and try my best,” she said.

Lechner shared that she was completely set on being a veterinarian when she was little, and since then has considered being a dentist, surgeon, lawyer and veterinarian. However, she landed on being a radiologist in seventh grade, and that has been her goal ever since.  She plans to achieve her goal after she completes her college education. She has been accepted to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she’ll become a member of the U.S. military and gain her education in radiology. 

“I would encourage women to go into the military,” she said. “Currently, we are underrepresented, but we can do just as much as men.”        

The Kiwanis will honor her and her parents during the club’s Feb. 13 regular noon meeting at the Spring Valley Community Center.