Student of the Month Michael Battles
Senior Michael Battles, 18, of Rock Falls, is the Rock Falls High School December Student of the Month. He is the son of Monte and Melanie Battles, and has a sister, McKinzie, a sophomore at RFHS.
Favorite class: Chemistry. We learn more than chemistry; we learn why and how most of the everyday products in our homes work.
Top teacher: Tiffany Purdy. She has the ability to teach above and beyond what needs to be taught, while at the same time relating to the students in a way that holds our attention.
Extracurriculars: I am involved in BLAST, a group that mentors children at Dillon and Merrill schools in Rock Falls.
After graduation: I will be going to University of Wisconsin-Platteville and majoring in electrical engineering.
Paycheck: I work for M&M Aviation at the Whiteside County Airport. I am basically a handyman; I fix everything that needs fixed and plow snow or mow grass.
Best friend: Dallas Jones. He and I work together, and our girlfriends are best friends, so we get to hang out a lot.
Favorite singer or musical group: No favorites. I do, but like almost any type of music other than rap.
Favorite actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”
Favorite TV show: “Breaking Bad”
Hobbies: I love to do electrical work in my free time. I know, it’s weird ... I’ve just always enjoyed rewiring things in my house and setting up home surround-sound and car audio systems.
Favorite game or outdoor activity: I do not enjoy games or sports. I actually hate organized sports and find them to be a waste of time that could be better spent making money.
Favorite food: Pizza from JW’s in Rock Falls has to go to number one.
Biggest fear: Blood. I can’t handle having to get blood drawn. Every time I give blood, it ends in a panic attack.
Least favorite class: Anything to do with history. I have always loved my history teachers, but I have never been interested in the subject.
What makes your blood boil? Ignorant and immature people who can’t seem to function in society.
Hangouts: I only hang out at home, work, and the girlfriend’s house.
High school survival guide: Do what is expected of you. Those who slack off don’t make it.
Useless knowledge: Logarithms
I’m in the dictionary next to: Mature. I know when it is OK to goof off and when I am expected to act appropriately.
Dream job: I would love to work for a car manufacturer and see how the design process of a car works.
Trading places: With Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford. I would love to know what it’s like to run a multi-billion-dollar company.
Trading spaces: I would love to go to Germany. I have always admired how unique Germany’s culture is.